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PSXE's 2006 Game of the Year Awards

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Game of the Year

And so we arrive at the prestigious Game of the Year award for 2006. We’ve given it a lot of thought, and while it was another tough decision, we believe the correct game came away with the coveted crown. We’d just like to take this opportunity to say we respect all the great games outlined in these awards, and we know 2007 will be even better. The next – or should we now say, current – generation is upon us, and we’re all just itching to know what’s around the corner!

Nominees

  • Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)
  • Okami (PS2)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (PSP)
  • Guitar Hero II (PS2)
  • Final Fantasy XII (PS2)

And the winner is...

Winner: Final Fantasy XII

We’ll begin with Arnold’s personal take on this soon-to-be-a-classic title-

Final Fantasy XII is the ultimate videogame experience for me. Not since Final Fantasy VII have I been this obsessed with an RPG. After 62 hours of game time, I completed the story – but before doing so, I also made a second save which I’ll be using for side-quests, leveling up, hunting, and finding the best pieces of equipment the game has to offer. When a game has a scope this limitless, and an execution that is this tight, nothing else seems to matter. I thought I’d never complete another RPG after Final Fantasy X, largely because they were so time consuming. But FFXII quickly changed that, as two-hour sessions became six, eight and even ten-hour sessions, at times. I’ve not only completed FFXII, but I intend to complete it many times over again, much like I did with FFVII. After nine years, Final Fantasy XII has unseated Final Fantasy VII as my favorite game of all time and I never thought that I’d see the day. In fact, I couldn’t even fathom the thought of another RPG ever rivaling VII. I was wrong and XII swept me off my feet. Final Fantasy XII is easily my game of the year, there’s simply no contest.

As for our Editor-in-Chief – the one sitting here writing this, ya dummies – he can’t quite place FF XII at the top of his "favorites" list, but he certainly agrees with the GoY decision. For the record, Resistance: Fall of Man was seriously considered for quite a while, but it all came down to one question: “which game in 2006 gave us the complete experience, and perhaps more importantly, which is the game that excelled in the most areas?” And when we asked that, the answer invariably came back, Final Fantasy XII. It’s always tough to choose only one game out of so many wondrous titles, but then again, only one can rightfully hold the title.

So there you have it- PSX Extreme’s 2006 Game of the Year.

1/8/2007 Ben Dutka

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