Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Our take on X-Play Games of the Year

Tonight at 6 p.m. on G4, "X-Play," a TV Show dedicated to videogames, will announce its game of the year awards.


Here's our take on the nominees:


Game of the Year

Assassin’s Creed II

Borderlands

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

inFamous

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

OUR PICK: Assassin's Creed II (Italian Renaissance game was well done and well thought out. You could interact with a huge gaming "world" with virtually anything you could see or touch. I loved it).

Best Original Game

Borderlands

Brutal Legend

Flower

Scribblenauts

Shadow Complex

OUR PICK: Flower (who knew that playing out the dreams of a flower sitting on a windowsill could be so cool?).

Best Gameplay Innovation

Borderlands (Gun Tech)

Demon’s Souls (Multiplayer)

Modern Warfare 2 (Death Perks)

Red Faction: Guerilla (New Geo-Modding)

Scribblenauts (Vocabulary)

OUR PICK: Scribblenauts (You write a word on the DS and the graphic depiction of that word, more often than not, shows up on your screen. Totally original, dude)

Best Multiplayer Game

Borderlands

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Halo 3: ODST

Left 4 Dead 2

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

OUR PICK: Halo 3 (This is my homer pick. I'd pick CofD, but I just love the Halo series. I'm sold before I play it).

Best Action/Adventure Game

Assassin’s Creed II

Batman: Arkham Asylum

inFamous

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

OUR PICK: Batman (not sure the last two movies were much cooler than this)

Best Shooter

Borderlands

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Halo 3: ODST

Killzone 2

Left 4 Dead 2

OUR PICK: Call of Duty (I didn't pick it before, so I have to pick it now)

Best New Character

Chloe (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)

Cole (inFamous)

Claptrap (Borderlands)

Eddie (Brutal Legend)

Ezio (Assassin’s Creed II)

OUR PICK: I kind of liked Morrigan from "Dragon Age: Origins" (the dark sorcerer kind of thing), but given the choices, give me Chloe, the pretty girl you should never trust.

Best Art Direction

Assassin’s Creed II

The Beatles: Rock Band

Borderlands

Brutal Legend

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

OUR PICK: Beatles. Just amazing attention to detail. You see the band members grow up and the colors are simply amazing.

Best Animation

Assassin’s Creed II

Fight Night Round 4

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time

Street Fighter IV

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

OUR PICK: Fight Night has always been brutally realistic and the fourth version was the best of all.

Best Writing

Assassin’s Creed II

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Brutal Legend

GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

OUR PICK: Batman. See comments above.

Best Original Soundtrack

Assassin’s Creed II

Flower

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Halo 3: ODST

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

OUR PICK: How is Beatles not here? But I guess I'll have to pick Uncharted. None of the choices here excited me.

Best Sound Design

The Beatles: Rock Band

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Killzone 2

Left 4 Dead 2

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

OUR PICK: Beatles. Hands down. This is one of the best videogames ever, if you like music driven games.

Best Downloadable Game

1 vs. 100

Battlefield 1943

Flower

Shadow Complex

'Splosion Man

OUR PICK: I didn't play anything in this category other than Flower, so I couldn't vote here.

Best Role-playing Game

Demon’s Souls

Dragon Age: Origins

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor

Torchlight

OUR PICK: I'd pick against the grain here and go with the "kiddie" game. Mario was well done.

Best Music Game

The Beatles: Rock Band

DJ Hero

Guitar Hero 5

LEGO Rock Band

Rock Band Unplugged

OUR PICK: DJ Hero is a long awaited "band" type game. People who like something other than rock got represented -- well.

Best Fighting Game

Street Fighter IV

Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny

BlazBlue

OUR PICK: Street Fighter. Old school still works.

Best Handheld Game

GTA: Chinatown Wars (DS)

LittleBigPlanet Portable (PSP)

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

Rock Band Unplugged

OUR PICK: Mario. Just plain fun.

Best Sports Game

FIFA 10

Fight Night Round 4

MLB 09: The Show

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (Wii)

Wii Sports Resort

OUR PICK: Can we write in Madden or NBA2K? No, Tiger on Wii was ground-breaking, so we'll go there.

4 comments:

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Assassins Creed II is excellent graphics a little difficulot to understand how to control the character, but is a encellent game

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Anonymous said...

I also enjoy your column, but had to shake my head at not choosing Dragon Age as RPG game. Nothing against Marior, but geez.