PSX Extreme: Game Of The Year Awards 2007
Best PS2 Game
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
- Rogue Galaxy
- God of War II
- Tomb Raider: Anniversary
- Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007
Winner: God of War II
In the biggest no-brainer of the awards, God of War II wins in one giant landslide. Granted, we got several great RPGs from the PS2 this year, and Tomb Raider: Anniversary was a surprisingly good action title, but nothing even came close to touching SCEA's amazing sequel. It had some big shoes to fill after the original raked in plenty of Game of the Year awards back in 2005, but GoWII stepped up to the plate...big time. After establishing a nigh-on perfect foundation, the uber-talented Santa Monica team delivered even more thrills and absurdly refined combat action. It's good enough to challenge even the best in the new generation; is that a precursor of things to come? Perhaps...
Best PSP Game
- Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow
- Jeanne d’Arc
- Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
- Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops+
Winner: Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
We had some great titles for Sony's handheld in 2007, and that includes the second Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, an excellent strat/RPG in Jeanne d'Arc, another more-than-solid Syphon Filter, and an amusing and highly polished action/platformer in Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters. But despite the competition, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions must be the winner. The original remains one of the best games ever created, and the remake only reminds us that it's difficult to improve on an almost flawless strategy/RPG production. We get another Job class in the form of Dark Knight, though, and with the addition of head-to-head combat for two players, the new FFT stands up and nabs PSP Game of the Year.
Best PS3 Game
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
- Unreal Tournament 3
- Assassin’s Creed
- Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
- Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Winner: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
In one of the most hotly contested categories, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune ekes out a win by edging Unreal Tournament 3. It's easily one of the best games of the year - or maybe the best...? - and Naughty Dog has definitely provided PS3 owners with a real treat. It's unfortunate that so many potential "AAA" titles had to be delayed into 2007, but as you can see by the above list, we were hardly lacking for top-notch titles. Uncharted just gives us an all-around fantastic experience that never grows boring and the fun factor always remains sky-high. It doesn't suffer from many of the negatives we find glimpses of in those other games, like the repetitiveness of Assassin's Creed, the brevity of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, or the fact that Oblivion is basically an enhanced version of a game that debuted in 2006. No, Uncharted has it all, and therefore, it wins 2007's PS3 Game of the Year.
And now, the moment of truth...
12/26/2007 Ben Dutka