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PSXE's 2006 Game of the Year Awards

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Best Platforming Game

Nominees

  • Mega Man Powered Up (PSP)
  • Ape Escape 3 (PS2)
  • LocoRoco (PSP)
  • Mega Man X Collection (PS2)

Winner: Daxter

Oh no, a year without another Ratchet and Clank or Jak! Whatever shall we do? Well, pick the game that at least uses one of those major characters! In all seriousness, though, we chose Daxter because of its wonderful sense of style and humor, not to mention that uber-addictive gameplay. The PSP will eventually come into its own when it comes to future platformers, and this is one hell of a good start. Letís face it: Daxter pretty much carried Jak on his back, anyway, and so he deserved his own game, especially one that does so many things so well.

Best Racing Game

Nominees

  • Ridge Racer 7 (PS3)
  • TOCA Race Driver 3 (PS2)
  • Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix (PS2)
  • OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PSP)
  • Race Driver 2006 (PSP)

Winner: Ridge Racer 7

Although we had a special write-in vote for Need for Speed: Carbon on the PS3 (*cough* Arnold *cough*), it was the other major PS3 racer that took the crown. Ridge Racer 7 is a great representation of the quintessential arcade racer, complete with crazy drifts, sweet graphics (and available in 1080p!), a bunch of cool cars and upgrades, and wickedly entertaining online play. It had its flaws, but the game was a solid addition to the PS3 launch lineup, and its smooth-as-silk gameplay would appeal to just about anyone. All in all, this one is accessible, competitive, flashy, and a downright blast to play. If youíve scored a PS3 and havenít yet played Ridge Racer 7, youíre missing out.

Best Puzzle Game

Nominees

  • Exit (PSP)
  • Lumines II (PSP)
  • Mercury Meltdown Remix (PS2)
  • Bomberman (PSP)
  • Lemmings (PSP)

Winner: Lumines II

Puzzle games are starting to gravitate more and more towards the handhelds, so itís no surprise the PSP scored four of the five nominations in 2006. Weíre sure you recognize the likes of Bomberman and Lemmings, but when it came right down to it, we just couldnít ignore the insanely addictive sequel to one of the simplest Ė and catchiest Ė puzzlers in recent memory. Building on a foundation that began nearly 20 years ago with Tetris, Lumines II proves that this style of gaming is timeless. Regardless of your gaming tastes, few can resist the allure of this tempting title, so ultimately, itís a hands-down winner.

1/8/2007 Ben Dutka

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