Yeah, I know all three of us have been kinda behind in updates, but everyone knows that this part of the year is busy for a lot of people. Az has stuff she’s got on, Rappy has a really big project going on, and I’m up to some stuff as well, but what better way to get back to updating than taking a moment to tell you folks about the Golden Joystick Awards ((http://www.goldenjoystick.com/ )). I was putting in my votes and I thought I’d share them with you, and tell you why. There are a couple of games that got my vote in multiple categories, so it will be game first, then the categories. I’ll be leaving out the two UK Specific categories.
Final Fantasy IV
Nintendo Game of the Year
Yeah, out of the candidates I have to say that FF4 was the best choice – there were a couple others I thought “Yeah, they’re good as well” but the port is one of the best I’ve seen – improved graphics, voice acting, everything was given a major upgrade, and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was – I was worried that my nostalgic memories would make me reject the remake, but they stayed faithful, and re-created the game well. I had to give my vote to this.
Other Games considered: Madworld, Okami
Football Manager 2009
PC Game of the Year
This may seem like an odd choice, but I love the game, and the series. To take control of your favourite football ((Or Soccer to you weirdo Americans)), and guide them to success if far more than exploring uncharted worlds, slaughtering hordes of zombies or backstabbing someone from behind.
Other games considered: Empire Total War, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned
Soundtrack of the Year, Xbox Game of the Year
Yeah, it’s a double award for the DLC big enough to be a stand-alone game. Rockstar were fantastic doing this, and Episode Two promises to be as good, if not better. The extra music was fantastic, and with all the games that came out on the 360 over the past year, I have to give it to Rockstar’s incredible offering.
Other games considered for Soundtrack of the Year: Guitar Hero: World Tour, Left 4 Dead
Other games considered for Xbox Game of the Year: Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Rock Band 2
Guitar Hero: World Tour
Playstation Game of the Year
This was way too easy – there were very few good games released for the PS3 or PSP in the last year
Other Games Considered: Crisis Core: FF7, Call of Duty: World of War
Left 4 Dead
Multiplayer Game of the Year, Online Game of the Year, The Ultimate Game of the Year
See the review I did back in January for why I hold this game in high regard. This is an incredible game when you team up with friends, and is deserving of these awards.
Other games considered for Multiplayer Game of the Year: Call of Duty: World at War, Rock Band 2
Other games considered for Online Game of the Year: Burnout Paradise, Empire Total War
Other games considered for The Ultimate Game of the Year: Empire: Total War, Grand Theft Auto IV
Mass Effect 2
The One to Watch
I love Bioware, and I loved Mass Effect – this series has all the makings of being as epic as the Original Star Wars trilogy. It’s dark, gritty – and chock full of awesome-sauce. AS much of a Square-Enix and Batman fanperson, it’s gotta be ME2 that gets my gaming blood pumping
Other Games considered: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Final Fantasy XIII
Metal Gear Solid Touch
Mobile Game of the Year
I’m not a fan of the MGS series, but to see a PS1 game on something like the iPhone is an achievement – I may not like it, but I do like what they did
Other Games considered: Peggle, Worms: World Party
Handheld Game of the Year
Again, go check out my review back in January on the Pokemon series – they did some upgrades, they did some changes, and Platinum is certainly an improvement on D&P
Other Games considered: Call of Duty: World at War, Final Fantasy IV
Publisher of the Year
Screw what’s going on with Left 4 Dead 2 – Left 4 Dead was awesome, TF2 was awesome, Half-Life, Counter Strike…they consistently make good games, so they are rather good.
Other Publishers considered: Rockstar, Square-Enix
World of Goo
Family Game of the Year
SO. DAMN. ADDICTIVE! And fun for all the family!
Other Games Considered: Guitar Hero World Tour, Rock Band 2
PS: “Family” games generally suck
Those are my choices – See you guys soon