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PSXE's 2006 Game of the Year Awards

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Looking back at 2006, we had quite the selection of games. And it seems like, with each passing year, it gets more and more difficult to choose nominees and winners for the selection of Game of the Year awards. From one of the more unique games to ever hit the gaming industry to the role-playing phenomenon that was the latest Final Fantasy installment, we had all kinds of quality titles to choose from. But weíve done our best to select only the most worthy games to be in our 2006 Game of the Year awards, and weíre going through both the genre and platform awards.

So here we go: the best of the best in 2006, so says PSXEís venerable staff.

Genre Awards

Best Action/Adventure Game

Nominees

  • Bully (PS2)
  • Okami (PS2)
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (PSP)

Winner: Okami

It was a neck-and-neck race this year, but in the end, Cloverís innovative and colorful Okami ekes out a close victory. Being a God in the form of a wolf clearly has its advantages, and when it comes to bringing life and vibrancy back into that mystical world, itís all about your magical paintbrush. It sounds almost as weird as Katamari Damacy, but really, it works amazingly well, and the stunning originality is what makes Okami a winner from front to back. Despite a great year for the Metal Gear Solid franchise, we just couldnít resist this little gameís undeniable charm.

Best Shooter

Nominees

  • Call of Duty 3 (multi)
  • Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (PSP)
  • Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)
  • Black (PS2)
  • SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2 (PSP)

Winner: Resistance: Fall of Man

"Best Shooter" was certainly an easier category, considering the greatness of this PS3 launch title. Unfortunately, itís possibly the only must-have title for said launch, but hey, itís worth every second of game time and every word of our praise. Thereís no doubt that Resistance: Fall of Man is a fantastic experience; loaded with large and immersive environments, awesome AI, diverse levels and weapons, and wholly entertaining multiplayer and online gameplay. Hell, itís even got a halfway decent story. Yes indeed, there is no denying this oneís quality, and therefore, we couldnít possibly deny it this award.

Best Fighting Game

Nominees

  • Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX (PSP)
  • The King of Fighters 2006 (PS2)
  • WWE SmackDown Vs. Raw 2007 (PS2)
  • Tekken: Dark Resurrection (PSP)
  • Power Stone Collection (PSP)

Winner: Tekken: Dark Resurrection

It didnít take us long to recognize this oneís crazy fun-factor level. There were plenty of top-notch fighters for the PSP in 2006, including the return of great franchise names like Street Fighter and Power Stone, but Tekken: Dark Resurrection was a landslide winner. It captures the instantly recognizable polished fighting engine, complete with a revamped style and a few sweet additions. Thatís the kind of thing we just canít help but appreciate, especially when we have such a faithful handheld version the whole way Ďround. Tekken will be Tekken and thatís always a good thing.

1/8/2007 Ben Dutka

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