RPG of the year:
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
That's about it.
The winner is:
Imagine the Oblivion world, all those mages and shit, the beautiful graphics and all that... And then an atomic bomb fell over the whole continent. So, now the continent is called Capital Wasteland, that is actually set in Washington D.C., and apparently it was raining guns, scrap metal, and tesla coils. I loved it. Oblivion is now better, you don't fight wolves and bandits, you fight radscorpions and bandits. The humour, the atmosphere, the shooting, the level progression, the clichee story with a lot of endings, the good vs bad, all that good shit is packed into this game. Long story short, if you don't like this game, you should stick to Pong.
Adventure game of the year:
Rhiannon: Curse Of the Four Branches
A Vampyre Story
Overclocked: A History Of Violence
The winner is...
To properly review this game, I'd have to explain details of the storyline, which I won't do. Everything you need to know is that critics bashed it and bashed it (GS gave it 4.0). It has a story that TWISTS your very view of the world. Yes, literally, this game made me change my opinion on my life. Yes, it did. The atmosphere and graphics are beautiful, while not being heavy. The clues are sometimes packed below 3 stacks of books, but those books are interesting. Reminds of Myst in a lot of ways. You either fanatically love it, or hate it. I'm the first one by the way.
Shooter of the year:
Call Of Duty: World at War
Left 4 Dead
Stalker: Clear Sky
The winner is:
Tum, tum, tum
Left 4 Dead
So, you don't get a story (you do, but there were too many zombies in the intro cinematic so I would give a shit about it). This game has balls. A lot of balls. Everything you do is shoot, and any gamer like myself that pays attention to the mechanics would be horrified with the ammount of repetetiveness contained in this release... But that didn't happen. I can't remember the last time I had that much fun. That game doesn't let you breathe, it's just shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot. Playing with friends is enormous fun, having a chat at the same time, shit is bangin. So, anyone who thinks this isn't a good choice, could be right, but this has everything a shooter needs. You could replace zombies with whales, you'd still get the same effect.
Strategy of the year:
Sid Meier's Colonization
Sins of a Solar Empire
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
The winner is:
Fuck you, it's Colonization
A year and a half ago, I was visiting www.abandonia.com just because I got a little sentimental, and wanted to check for some games I spent my pre-school years with. So I downloaded a lot of stuff. Elder Scrolls Arena, Heroes of Might And Magic 1 & 2, Lotus Racing, a lot of shit... but I also downloaded Colonization. I had a little sentimental moment, and was playing that shit for days. And I thought "Wouldn't it be great if Sid Meier made a remake of this game, like he did with Railroads! and Pirates!". A couple months later, Sid Meier confirms Colonization. A lonely tear was walking down my cheek. This game is essentially everything the original version was, only with better graphics and some mechanical improvements. This is the best strategy game of the year, without any doubt in my mind. ANY doubt. I don't even know why I put the other nominees...
Sports game of the year:
The winner is Fifa 09. Fuck the drama. It simply has the best game mechanics, very good new improvements (with the be a pro mode). No bugs, good commentary, fun multiplayer, nice physics, that's it. NBA 2K9 is fantastic, but unoptimized for the Pee See. I just wanna send a big FUCK YOU to EA Sports for not releasing Madden 09 for the PC.
That's it for the genre awards, now we got the special awards. You'll see some shocking results here, and I don't give a fuck. I never had the gaming taste of the masses. I always had my shit going on, so I'd like you to hold your negative comments about these awards to yourself. But feel free to give your opinion on who was the best. Just don't hate on my taste... It's gaming, we're the same people.THE BELL AWARD (*dung*)
Most disappointing release
Grand Theft Auto IV
See what I meant when I sead you'll dislike this... This was so overhyped that I thought this was going to be among the best games I've ever played. And no, it's not my fault I got my expectations too high. What should I expect when GameSpot gives it a 10, and it has MetaCritic score of NINETY-FUCKING-EIGHT (98). That has to be a brilliant game right? So your brother helps you and gives you a home in Liberty City, but he's in a lot of debts and you gotta help him. You're a Serb voiced by someone who shouldn't voice a Serb. The accent is all fucked up... So you help your brother, and he gets in new shit, new shit, new shit, new shit. You're after these two guys from the war... one turns out to be a fag, and the other one... I didn't get to the other one, the missions bored me like fuck. Every two missions you're interrupted by someone wanting to hang out with you. And if that hangout looked like some fun it would be good, but it isn't fun. You get out for a drink, and have to walk all the way home stumbling every two steps. Alternatively, you can hail a cab to go anywhere you wish, but that's not fun. The only thing good is the cinematic camera and Little Jacob.
THE MIXTAPE AWARD
The best sequel should be the game that improved the most from its predecessor. Fallout took a big risk, and turned the isometric turn-based RPG into a FPS-RPG. I wouldn't take a risk, but then again, I wouldn't get the RPG of the year award. The atmosphere is something that makes 60-70% of a game. Not literally, but if the atmosphere is bad and not fitting, I can't play the game. My fav game ever is my fav game ever only on the strength of it's atmosphere and surroundings.
THE WHAT YOU IN FO' AWARD
A game we all looked forward to, but got pushed back
Actually, none. Everything (big) planned for this year, got released this year. Congrats 08, for not being totally lazy.
THE SIXTH PLAYER AWARD
The honorable mention
This game is great, but not quite there to compete with the few best games of the year. It's very original, fun, cute, and replayable. Ok, you can replay it once, but it's still something. It really sparks your imagination and the creature creator really grips you to itself when you get to create your own being. Also, when you get bored, you can always pop into the creature creator and create a creature that looks like an oversized cock. Then giggle like a little girl and press alt+f4. This game isn't totally original, it consists of 5 stages, which are copies of the already existing game types. The civilization stage also bears it's name. It's a great game nonetheless, and it shouldn't go unnoticed.
THE KODAK AWARD
Crysis: Warhead. Mandatory end of story.
THE SHINY EYES AWARD
Game I'm looking forward to the most in '09
because Diablo III ain't coming in '09
From the trailers, it looked like the original game, and that's really good news. You got new campaigns, new units, new buildings, better graphics, better mechanics.. same game. That's what makes sequels good. The formula being intact. That's why Fallout 3 did it. They put on 50's music, rugged armor, rugged terrain, rugged guns with very low durability, super-mutants and voila. You got a FPS Fallout 2. Starcraft II is going to be the game of the year (duh... that's Blizzard). I don't have any expectations, I know it's going to be good, the only question is, how good...
Aaah... The Shizzah Award
Game of the Year
This is a very hard choice, since there were no more than 3 games which could earn this title. Those rleases are- Fallout 3, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition and OutCry. So. I'm gonna go with the one that got me most hooked, that's held me the longest, and the one that is legendary status.
As I said, it changed the way I look on life, that's something only one game did in my life except this one. And that game is Civilization. So basically, what I've got here, is a game which, if it was a book, it'd be a masterpiece. If it was a film, it would be a classic, if it was a music album, I'd bump it every day. It's work of art, wrapped into a point and click adventure that is possibly the best way to pack the story which is OutCry. Trivia: The other name for this game is Sublustrum, which means "faintly glimmering".