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PSX Extreme: Game Of The Year Awards 2007

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Despite all the big news in 2007 - Grand Theft Auto IV getting delayed, the saga of the four different PlayStation 3 models and price drops, the GameSpot/Gerstmann/Eidos fiasco, etc. - our Game of the Year Awards honor only one thing: the titles that made 2007 a fantastic year. As always in this hobby, it's all about the software, and now's the time to examine the best of the best. Last year, the PS2 dominated with the likes of Final Fantasy XII, but we've officially ushered in a brand new generation and we've enjoyed some truly outstanding PS3 and PSP titles.

Oh, but let's not forget- the PS2 had one last blockbuster in the form of God of War II this year. Even though it's a "last-gen" game, is it good enough to topple all the top contenders from the current generation? Could it be possible...? Well, no more talking. Let's find out who took home our coveted awards in 2007!

Achievement Awards

Best Graphics

Nominees

  • Unreal Tournament 3
  • Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
  • Assassin's Creed
  • Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Winner: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

This really came down to a battle between Assassin's Creed and our winner. While it's true that Ubisoft's production is meticulously designed and unbelievably sweeping in design, we had to give the edge to Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. The lighting and color was just a bit better, and we had to admit the frame rate drops in Creed - as rare as they were - hurt the visual presentation just a tad. But just about everything in Naughty Dog's awesome PS3 exclusive is a joy to behold, and despite stiff competition in this category, it prevails.

Best Sound

Nominees

  • Heavenly Sword
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
  • Rock Band
  • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Winner: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Yes, two very sweet music-based titles came out this year, but we just couldn't ignore the unbelievable polish and intensity we heard in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Infinity Ward's wonderful FPS is nominated for several awards this year, and it takes home this category after a close battle with Rock Band and Heavenly Sword. Every impact, every explosion, every bullet fired, just about every voice...it was all exquisitely fashioned and implemented, which makes the latest Call of Duty entry a truly involving experience. More games should take a sound cue - or two - from this game.

Best Acting

Nominees

  • Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
  • Heavenly Sword
  • The Darkness
  • God of War II
  • Uncharted: Drakeís Fortune

Winner: Heavenly Sword

We saw several examples of incredible acting this year, which we consider to be a nice change of pace. As games become more cinematic in nature, this category becomes more and more crucial, and as gamers, we have to recognize that. While both Uncharted and The Darkness can be considered strong contenders for Best Acting, the award has to go to Ninja Theory's beautiful action game, Heavenly Sword. The blending of facial animation and outstanding voice acting is absolutely unparalleled, and we were continually impressed at every turn. This is something we haven't seen before; if every game was able to depict emotion like Nariko and Co., we'd be treated to endless amazing cut-scenes. The moral here, is- the more professionalism you utilize, the better off you'll be.

Best Multiplayer Game

Nominees

  • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
  • Warhawk
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Unreal Tournament 3
  • Rock Band

Winner: Unreal Tournament 3

Depending on your gaming preferences, you could make an argument for any game on that list. However, when it came right down to it, we had to give the nod to Unreal Tournament 3 due to its inherent multiplayer roots. After all, without multiplayer, UT isn't a fraction of the game it really is, and UT3 is an exercise in ceaseless online - and even offline - entertainment. It won out in a close battle with Warhawk, primarily due to how well Epic Games optimized their latest creation for the PS3. With everything UT3 has going for it, most especially user-generated content on the PlayStation Network, it's a multiplayer beast. Plain and simple.

Best Artistry/Art Direction

Nominees

  • Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
  • Heavenly Sword
  • Assassinís Creed
  • Folklore
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Winner: Folklore

Assassin's Creed and Heavenly Sword shine in more than a few areas, but Folklore was all about artistry. Sony's atmospheric and beautifully designed game may not be a prominent fixture in this year's awards, but there's no denying what it accomplished. Every last Folk is painstakingly crafted, and the environments constantly exhibit a level of achievement and originality that's second-to-none in 2007. The amount of effort displayed throughout the adventure is pretty damn impressive, so we couldn't let that go unnoticed. This win is well deserved, and we hope more gamers looking for something unique will give Folklore a chance.

Most Addictive

Nominees

  • Unreal Tournament 3
  • Warhawk
  • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

Winner: Warhawk

We had to pass on it in the Best Multiplayer category, but we weren't about to do that here. Once you start playing Warhawk, you just can't seem to put it down. Our fascination with this excellent online title began with the beta last summer and only grew in intensity when it released in late August. Now that the new booster pack, Omega Dawn, has arrived, this multiplayer blast is more fun than ever! The combination of third-person action (complete with vehicles and everything) and flawlessly controlled flight is intoxicating, and impossible to ignore. From the moment you take out your first bogey with a Homing Missile to the time you crack into the top ranks, you will be hooked. It's the originality and the completeness of this experience that gave Warhawk the edge.

12/26/2007 Ben Dutka

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Danny007
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 10:47:18 AM
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That's cool that there was a tie.

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