GotY 2008 Nominees: Special Achievement

It’s that time of year again where we all like to weigh in on what was the year in video games and award the ones that we deem the best. This is my first of three updates within the next week with me listing my Game of the Year 2008 Nominees. In this first part I will be revealing my nominees for Special Achievement. After perusing my nominees, tell me what you think in the comments!

NOTE: A GAME ELIGIBLE FOR MY AWARDS MUST MEET THESE CRITERIA:

• THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN FINISHED TO MY SATISFACTION
• THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN PLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR
• THE GAME DOES NOT HAVE TO HAVE BEEN ORIGINALLY RELEASED THIS YEAR

BEST MUSIC
Normally I will only have a maximum of five nominees for each category, but music in video games has been off the charts this year and these nominees prove it!
Space Invaders Extreme (PSP)
God of War II (PS2)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
The World Ends With You (DS)
Bionic Commando Rearmed (PS3)
Mega Man 9 (PS3)
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS)

BEST SOUND EFFECTS
Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou (DS) [also known as Retro Game Challenge – due out Jan. 6 in North America]
• Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
The Eye of Judgment (PS3)
Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)

MOST SURPRISINGLY GOOD GAME
Fire Pro Wresting Returns (PS2)
Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth (N64)
kill.switch (PS2)
Bujingai: The Forsaken City (PS2)
DOA2: Hardcore (PS2)

BEST GRAPHICS, TECHNICAL
• Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Unreal Tournament III (PS3)
• Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)
• Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

BEST GRAPHICS, ARTISTIC
• LittleBigPlanet (PS3)
Arcana Heart (PS2)
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3)
• Space Invaders Extreme (PSP)
Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil (PS2)

BEST COMPILATION
• Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou (DS)
Fatal Fury Battle Archives Volume 2 (PS2)
Taito Memories II Gekan (PS2)
Sega Genesis Collection (PSP)
• SNK Arcade CIassics Vol. 1 (PSP)

BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME
• Burnout Paradise (PS3)
• Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PS3)
• The Eye of Judgment (PS3)
• LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

MOST IMPROVED SEQUEL
• Mega Man 9 (PS3)
• Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
• Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil (PS2)
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (PS2)
R-Type Final (PS2)

MOST DISAPPOINTING GAME
• Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)
Sega Superstars Tennis (PS3)
• Unreal Tournament III (PS3)
Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS)
Ghosthunter (PS2)

特別業績

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