January 14, 2007

Gameweb Awards 2006

So, what were the best games of '06? Prepare to find out in the Gameweb Awards 2006!
PS2 Game of the Year

Kingdom Hearts 2

I don't think a lot of people realize how great this game was. It was leaps and bounds above the original game while keeping all the stuff that made the original great. All in all, KH2 was one hell of a great game and one of the best RPGs of the year.

Runner up:

Clover had a way of creating incredible original games, and Okami was no exception. It blended the best of classic gameplay with some great all new ideas and beautiful visuals. Okami was a game not to be missed.

Xbox 360 Game of the Year
Gears of War

What a surprise, eh? There's no doubt that Gears was an excellent game. It was a blast to play, had great multiplayer and one of the best co-op experiences ever. What it lacked in story it made up in sheer fun and mind-exploding visuals.

If Oblivion wasn't a multi-console game, however, it would have taken this award. Since it's not Xbox exclusive, though, Gears reigns supreme.

Runner up:
Dead Rising
Dead Rising has become somewhat of a cult hit. It's sold over a million copies worldwide. It's a fun game, no doubt about it. Nothing is quite like zombies in a shopping mall. The guy who came up with the idea for this game is a genius! If you don't have it, I strongly recommend you get it!

Wii Game of the Year
Zelda: Twilight Princess
What a surprise again! Of all the Wii games, Zelda is by far the best. It controls beautifully, looks great, and is just plain fun. It's classic Zelda, plain and simple, with a twist on the controls.

Runners up:
Red Steel
Let's face it, the Wii didn't have the worlds best launch. When you look at the games and you've got to make a decision what the best of the best is, it's a little tough. Red Steel is the kind of game you either love or hate. All in all, the game works for me. I love the controls, and if it's any indication of the future, I'm looking forward to future Wii FPS games. The sword fighting also isn't that bad. It grows on you and become kind of fun.

Wii Sports
Wii Sports makes the list on its excellent bowling game alone. I was seriously blown away by how great it was. It truly simulates real bowling. Best of all, it's free! Wii owners need never pay for a game of bowling again!

Overall Game of the Year
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

I've played a lot of great games this year, but when they're over, they're over. Even multiplayer can only last so long. The one game I keep coming back for more, however, is Oblivion. This is a game that truly innovates and never ceases to amaze. The sheer magnitude of everything still blows me away. The game is huge, and with expansions constantly being released, this is a game we'll be playing, hopefully, for years to come.

Runner up:
Gears of War
A game that truly lived up to the hype, Gears of War was a blast to play and one of the year's best games.

What!? No PS3 games!? Nope. That's because no one here has or plays the PS3. The thing is a ripoff. Just to please Sony fanboys: Resistance wins. Why? Because that looked like the only worthwhile game for that thing.

There were also a lot of great handheld games this year. At the top of the list is New Super Mario Bros, Metroid Prime: Hunters, Lumines 2, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, MGS: Portable Ops, and DBZ: Shin Budokai which gets my vote for PSP GOTY.

DS GOTY: Metroid Prime: Hunters for it's innovation and just plain fun factor. NSMB is runner up.
PSP GOTY: DBZ: Shin Budokai because it is the single best DBZ game ever made. If you're any kind of fan, you need this game.

No doubt that 2006 was a great year in gaming. Let's hope '07 is even better!

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