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PSX Extreme Game Of The Year Awards 2008

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We welcome you to the PSX Extreme Game of the Year Awards 2008! It was a fantastic year for gaming, especially on the PlayStation 3, and we all enjoyed the first defining experiences of the new generation. You all know who the front-runners are, so we won't waste any more of your time with preamble and intro. We've already given you a peek at the nominations, but now it's time for the Grand Finale!

Achievement Awards

Best Graphics

Nominees

  • Gran Turismo 5: Prologue
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  • Resistance 2
  • Grand Theft Auto IV

Winner: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Although we have to give an honorable mention to Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, nothing can top MGS4's unbelievable level of detail and overall professionalism when it comes to visuals. This is why many of us purchased the PS3 in the first place, and Kojima and Co. didn't let us down. Easily one of the most impressive graphical achievements ever, MGS4 is best seen on a fantastic HDTV...it's a jaw-dropping experience, plain and simple.

Best Sound

Nominees

  • Resistance 2
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  • Dead Space
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Call of Duty: World at War

Winner: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Both Dead Space and Resistance 2 put up a good fight, but once again, we couldn't look past the stellar voice acting, sound effects and music in Konami's masterpiece. It was the entire package from front to back - just like the graphics - and the sound is one of the big reasons why this game feels so epic. Yeah, you need a great TV for this experience, but you also need an awesome sound system to truly appreciate it!

Best Acting

Nominees

  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Dead Space
  • Bioshock
  • Silent Hill: Homecoming

Winner: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

You may be noticing a bit of a trend, here. But this is another Achievement category where, as far as we're concerned, the winner is as clear as day. The voice acting was absolutely superb throughout the entire game, and without it, this largely cinematic production would've fallen flat on its face. These days, acting is a giant part of gaming, and when it's something like MGS4, it's crucial. They pulled it off beautifully, and nothing in 2008 can really compete. Not to take anything away from the other nominees, though; it's just that MGS4 is so good.

Best Multiplayer Game

Nominees

  • MotorStorm: Pacific Rift
  • Guitar Hero: World Tour
  • Resistance 2
  • Metal Gear Online
  • Rock Band 2
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • LittleBigPlanet

Winner: Resistance 2

In one of the toughest categories to determine - especially in terms of nominees - Resistance 2 emerges victorious, thanks primarily to an excellent 8-player co-op online mode and an absolutely insane 60-player competitive match limit. The game is more fluid and intense than ever before, and it's certainly one of the best multiplayer experiences of the generation. It's just so much better than the first one in terms of options and depth; you won't find a superior multi experience in 2008. And trust us, that's saying something, considering the competition.

Best Artistry/Art Direction

Nominees

  • Prince of Persia
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  • Mirror's Edge
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Dead Space
  • Bioshock

Winner: LittleBigPlanet

Really, it didn't take us long to give Media Molecule's excellent platformer the Best Artistry award this year. There's just so much here, and it's all designed with meticulous attention and care. Everyone, regardless of their gaming preferences, should be ale to appreciate the immense amount of work that went into SackBoy and his ever-changing environment. This is the kind of work that absolutely needs to be rewarded; no ifs, ands or buts about it. We need more of this ingenuity in the industry.

Most Original/Innovative

Nominees

  • Mirror's Edge
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • echochrome
  • Valkyria Chronicles
  • Patapon

Winner: LittleBigPlanet

We give the nod to LBP once again, just because it broke new ground this year and the entire concept survives and flourishes on originality and innovation. At its core, it's little more than a basic platformer, but due to the limitless possibilities, this becomes a gamer's best friend...especially if he or she has a penchant for control. As Arnold said, "it's anything you want it to be," and that, if we're not mistaken, is the very basis of innovation in this industry that continually focuses more and more on increased player interactivity and freedom.

Most Overlooked

Nominees

  • Valkyria Chronicles
  • The Club
  • Pure
  • Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Perelli/li>
  • Patapon

Winner: Valkyria Chronicles

Sega went and made a great game...and nobody bought it. Granted, Western audiences aren't too keen on titles like this, anyway, but Valkyria Chronicles didn't even fare very well in Japan. We also want to remind you that although EA said that Dead Space and Mirror's Edge underperformed, and Sony expected bigger things from LittleBigPlanet, they all still did relatively well. "Relatively" is key, here; these are the titles that basically flopped in terms of sales, and VC should never have been overlooked. Ah well, this happens, sometimes.

1/1/2009 Ben Dutka, Arnold Katayev

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Comments (124 posts)

attack88
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:08:55 AM
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i would only agree with the metal gear solid 4 placement because it is a good game but if i had to chose it would be Resistance 2 all the way just bc i'm a huge resistance fan!!!!

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Papa Burgundy
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:10:14 AM
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Totally agree with the pics psx.
The best games truly won

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somethingrandom
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:16:24 AM
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I personally disagree, but only because I have no patience for stealth games. Though I do agree that MGS4 had the best graphics.

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eLLeJuss
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:29:22 AM

lol, then go rambo snake xD

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Schmitty
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:17:21 AM
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i dont think mgs should win because i dont think it is fair to put it with everything else obviously its the best because its godly i think that it kinda cheating since its so good

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Scarecrow
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 3:05:35 AM

lol icawatudidthere

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 8:52:54 PM

HAHAHAHAHAH... AGREED !

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eLLeJuss
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:29:54 AM
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i knew it! a near mgs4 sweep xD!

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:39:31 AM
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i dont think MGS4 deserved best sound, the soundtack for MGS4 unlike MGS1-3 is really forgettable. I thought Dead Space made the best use of sound if im honest. but over all a good sum up of a very good year.

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King James
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:47:53 AM

didn't MGS4 use music from MSG1-3?

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Scarecrow
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 3:06:54 AM

MGS4's music was sick!
Better than all of them 'xcept MAYBE the original.

And even then, I think MGS4 surpassed even the original in terms of soundtrack.

So much so that I just HAD to put some of those songs on my mp3 player.

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 8:53:36 PM

False. Playing through shadow Moses with the Ipod playing MGS1 Nuke warhead storage facility was godly gaming.

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dlte
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:39:47 AM
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I thought echochrome was a little more original.

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King James
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:47:12 AM
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I'm SOOOOOOO glad MGS4 won best acting. GTA4 wasn't close to what MGS4 did. I don't care how good Niko's accent was.

Thank you for giving Best Racing to GT5. Burnout & Motorstorm wasn't that good.

Last edited by King James on 1/2/2009 1:53:11 AM

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dveisalive
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:02:58 AM
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Deadspace is legenedary! PERIOD! especially that last Boss Fight, You have a huge Asteroid falling towards you and you fight this shadow of colossus wannabee monster, that is just even crazier/humongous. I mean i would of gave Deadspace best graphics and sound, and just tell me that the sound of Deadspace wasnt atmospheric and it scares the living S---T out of you! but I played Metal Gear Solid 4 and was bored with it, I have never been a fan of Metal Gear, so i gave it a try, but Deadspace is just better!

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dveisalive
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:04:12 AM
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But you made the right decision Ben, for Metal Gear Solid 4 sold way more than my Deadspace! lol!

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inkme101
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:15:28 AM
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i pretty much agree with all i think GOW coo shouldve taken best psp though.

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Scarecrow
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 3:07:52 AM

Yeah same here

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:17:52 AM
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I disagree with just about all your picks. Nice. Anyway that tie is a total cop out and you know it. lol.

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Qubex
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:23:42 AM
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Agree with the choice of game wins!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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Jizmack
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:43:14 AM
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Lol personally i got more hours out of resistance 2, and second is Mgs4 I dunno why just happened like that, third is a tie between fallout 3 and little big plannet. And I own those 4. Also Grand Theft Auto has been played more than fallout or little big planet but i'm getting very bored of it. also i just got resistance fall of man this year and i loved it just as much as 2.

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Wazomba
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:44:02 AM
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I agree with all the winners PSXE gave to each category, an Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots cleary deseveres overall game of the year as imo its an incredible experience from start to finish, an to whoever said mgs4 didn't deserve the award for best sound, play the game through 5.1/7.1 decoder an you will amazed at the sound level, the explosions, gun fire, noise of explosions in the back ground etc, etc, i could go an on, playing valkyria chronicles at the moment another amazing game, can't understand why its been widely overlooked, goes down to personal taste for consumers i suppose :-(

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Jizmack
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:45:22 AM
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Oh yeah who was the voters.

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Jed
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 3:25:01 AM
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I totally agree with you guys PSXE.

With a masterpiece like MGS4 it would seem like your work was cut out for you. However with all the incredible games we were blessed with this year it must be hard to give recognition to every game that deserved it.

I have not played Valkyria Chronicles yet, but once I can climb out from under all the great 2008 games I will definitely give it a try.

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weeee
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 3:42:39 AM
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mlb?bleh

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Deleted User
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 3:51:30 AM
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Never played a MGS game. But I hear good things about them.

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www
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 5:13:20 AM

rofl.........

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weeee
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 5:26:41 AM

rofl nice picture.....rofl jk

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Qubex
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 10:43:27 AM

Sell your 360 and get a PS3 so you can play MGS4... damn shame it is an exclusive :) Lol!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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tlpn99
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 12:37:33 PM

Or better yet like most of us on here get both machines. Wii next for me then I shall have all 3 consoles. Whatever you do don't sell your 360! I got the 360 for what few exclusives there are now Halo's Gears, Mass Effect etc Same as I did with my PS3 I bought for MSG4!

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 4:47:54 AM
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Meh well i didnt find MGS4's Soundtrack interesting at all, i have it, i got it with my UK Litimed Edition version of MGS4,but the tracks just didnt have any impact likethe previous 3. i though dead space's use of sound was far more effect, it was quite intimidating. if there wasnt a catorgory for voice acting, MGS4 would deserve it, becuase the voice acting is as always phenominal, but as there was a seperate award for that i think Dead Space deserved to win.

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killzone100
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 5:12:16 AM
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I disagree with the best racing game. It should have been midnight club hands down. GT5 only had 2 tracks or whaterever and it was just boring.

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 10:00:00 AM

GT5P had 7 tracks actually and it's anything but boring. You can't call it boring just cause its not your cup of tea. Us GT players love it and have been playing it for over a year.

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www
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 5:14:29 AM
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The awards went to the ryte games,everything is true!
Big ups PSX.

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Advent Child
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 5:57:12 AM
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I think best artistry should have gone to Valkyria Chronicles, but who am I to judge?

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supremekai
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 12:32:23 PM

I agree~

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Arvis
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 12:57:50 PM

Ditto, brother.

I also would have given it "Best RPG" just barely over Crisis Core.

-Arvis

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city96
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 5:59:19 AM
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I think GT5 was best graphics n not the best driving game. its slow no sense of speed. 150MPH head on crash. BUMP!! drive away. pathetic.

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 9:58:38 AM

Its a real sense of speed. When you're going 180mph in a Viper...you FEEL it. What do you want? The fake visuals of NFS and Burnout ? No...that's not realistic.

PS: Damage is coming but when it does come it won't be the lame-duck that Forzas was. PD is going for PERFECTION even in damage.

Last edited by Xanavi23 on 1/2/2009 10:01:11 AM

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Jed
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 9:15:03 PM

gran tourismo has great graphics, but it is a lot harder to make human characters look as good as they did in MGS4 than it is to make cars look good.

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somethingrandom
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 7:06:09 PM

You think crashing is more realistic in GT5 Prologue than Burnout Paradise?!?!?! No, I'm not necessarily talking about damage, but it could be more realistic than just bouncing on collisions.

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city96
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 6:01:25 AM
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I dnt think MGS4 should have won all of those. Maybe its Bcoz Ben loves the game abd is just bigging it up other than that and some others perfect list.

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sabitrulz
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 6:09:30 AM
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In da best gfx sec u guys nominated R2 but not deadspace???U didn't even give fallout3 a single nomination???Watz da prob with you guys???
U guys r simply insane........i can't expect dis frm psxe........really can't expect

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Random_Steve
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 6:17:53 AM
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This may be off topic, but when playing competitive online in r2, i get XP in the match, but when I look at my stats and what rank I am, it says that I havent gained any XP. Does anyone know what i'm doing wrong. Thanks

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sabitrulz
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 6:27:32 AM
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ha.ha.ha.ha.......psxe guys juz selecting sony's gamez as winner.......cheatin.....cheatin
1.Best racing:burnout paradise is way better than gt5:pro,
2.Best rpg:i'll never choose ff7:c.c. prior 2 fallout3
3.Best acting:GTA-4 n MGS4 tie......can't forget Brucie,Roman's words.....

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 9:57:45 AM

Burnout is better than GT5P HAHAHAHAHA....yea sure...that barely qualifies as a real racing game. It for 5 year olds for crying outloud lol.

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:01:37 AM

*Edit* i can't say its for 5 year olds but it surely isn't the type of game many who seek a game that requires skill, patience and time would want to play.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 2:28:27 PM

Xanavi, Burnout is just as deserving as GT5:p. It is a complete expirience, no it's not realistic but it doesn't pretend to be. It is IMO the only game to ever do the whole "open world" thing right and it was their first try at it. Then when you add that to the fact that Criterion implemented the most original online component a racing game has EVER seen, it makes everything else look more like a joke. If you don't like Burnout that's cool, but to call it, not a real racing game is absolutely wrong.

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somethingrandom
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 7:14:51 PM

@xanavi
Have you ever played Burnout? It takes a shitload more skill than GT. Your going about twice as fast with traffic everywhere. You don't simply bounce off of things, you crash. You can't afford to hit anything or you'll lose. Plus Burnout is actual fun! You are not always cursing at the a$$hole who knocked you out of the race(like in GT). You can do awesome things called jumps. Heard of 'em? It's not a cakewalk like GT.

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JoshBall
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 7:00:11 AM
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I so agree with MGS4- best game of all time easily. The only thing that i disagreed with is the racer as i preffered wipeout to gran turismo, but that's just me =]

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Aftab
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:46:42 PM

Nope, not just you. WipeOut HD is my favorite PS3 game. Strange though, because of all these great games that cam out back-to-back, I haven't played it for like a month.

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Zorigo
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 7:39:04 AM
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i suppose recession isn't helping overlooked titles. as for most innovative, i think M.E would have won if it had more gameplay. 6 hours isn't enuf. apart from that, nice on page one. Nice to see MGS is winning a few awards. epic game. just epic.
music, puzzle game, i don't care. but for racing, i think motorstorm 2 was the best, it is hard though but burnout can get slightly tedious at times but it is excellent still. But prologue? no, not a full game, yeah credits award were credits due, but it isn't the full monty as it were, so GT5 should get it next year instead. what could be better than GT5 next year. Fuel? HA!
As for RGP, fallout3 all the way. Sport, don't care either.
best fighter? i haven't played any so i'm not one to judge, but surely SCIV. but that's by the by. fPS: resistance is fine. action adenture: gta is probably the best in that category.
platform awards? don't care for anything but ps3. don't hav anything but ps3. and i agree mgs4 does make it as the best title. Some won't agree but it's been so long since release, some might have forgotten the magic.
GOTY: MGS4 is perfect. great. now that's 08 wrapped up, lets get on with 09. i need KZ2, GT5 and COD:MW2. and i'll see what else takes my fancy. i think i'll pik up nfsu too.

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 10:04:55 AM

GT5P isn't really a demo. 7 tracks + a reverse version or two which changes the flow completely and over 70 cars, more than most "FULL" racing games = even though a Prologue, just a taste it offers more than full racing games. All this for 40$...nuff said.

It won the award it deserves.

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Zorigo
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 9:08:16 AM

fair enough. but Motorstorm 2 is better, 16 tracks plus more with dlc, and a TON of vechiles. gt5p is good but M:PR is better.

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Shatterday
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 9:28:52 AM
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Everything was a little too predictable. If you've read 3 posts by Ben, you knew what the outcomes were :-P

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 9:56:42 AM
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Thank you guys, great awards and while i love GT5P, im an addict. I have to agree, MGS4 graphics would blow my mind sometimes ESPECIALLY in the middle east when you were creeping around enemies real close by. Amazing graphics.

GT5P deserves best racing for obvious reasons. Best physics, best graphics and likely the most cars with new ones being given to us for free *COUGH* Spec III update 3 new cars FREE.

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city96
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:13:34 AM

Xanavi23 i know theres damage now but they based it on GT5 prologue.

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:23:23 AM

Never the less, GT5Prologue still massacres other racers in all regards that matter without Damage. Best physics, you actually feel like you're driving the car, best graphics, IMO great music. Best courses to race on which are only made better by the graphics.

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Arvis
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:04:10 PM

Xanavi, you haven't mentioned the new Dashboard Cam. Playing the game in that view is SICK! I can never go back to the old camera views. You really get the feel of the car even more when playing in that view.

-Arvis

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:19:57 PM

Arvis, i feel the same man. In some cars the view is limited but man i can't not rase the dashboard/cockpit cam and now i can't play other racers cause i don't feel like im actually playing a racing game. That view really makes me a part of the action.

One thing you gotta do, play around with your buttons. I have the Look left/Look right view to L/R buttons respectively, it REALLY helps when i need to look for racers next to me. I have look back on the down D-button so i have a pretty good view of the action around me.

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smileys_007
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 10:13:55 AM
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hey guys, i have a question.. i just got Prince of Persia. i just want to know how many levels or chapters does it have.. does anyone know?

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Qubex
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 10:47:11 AM

Do you have a genie you can rub up for an answer... it is ancient Persia after all... only kidding :) Best you play the game and enjoy the ride... surprise - surprise...

Q!

"i aM hOme"

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Alienange
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 2:51:40 PM

Pull up the map. It gives you a pretty good idea how long the game is.

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LightShow
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:06:32 AM
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man, i dont think i agree with more than half of those.

the biggest standouts to me was that Battlefield Bad Company should have taken best FPS, Burnout Paradise should have taken best racing game, and the MGS4 sweep across nearly every category it was in was a bit much...

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 12:35:49 PM

Lol @ Burnout Paradise, and this is someone who owned the first 3 installments.

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www
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:08:44 AM
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Wait wait hol'on,i didn't see page 2.
I think Burnout Paradise had more popularity but i haven't played either of them(GT5 or Burnout)thus can't really judge.

TO ME best sports game would be soccer,thus
Fifa 09 for me.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:13:46 AM
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Ergh...not sure why the # of Comments isn't appearing on the front page...gotta fix that.

Anyway, I think some of you are focusing too much on MGS4. There were a LOT of awards this year, and obviously, MGS4 didn't win every Genre award. In fact, it didn't win ANY. It lost the major Best Action/Adventure title to GTAIV. Just because it won Best Graphics, Best Sound, Best Acting, Best PS3 Game and GotY doesn't mean it's a "sweep."

Whole lot of awards and a whole lot of winners, including several for LBP and Resistance 2, plus about a dozen other single winners. Seriously, read the WHOLE thing before you start talking crazy, please. ;)

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Redx17
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:39:03 AM
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perfect list i agree with everything
GT5:p best racing for Ps3 100% agreed

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Dante399
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:58:25 AM
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HAHAHA....MGS you rock!!
(Devil May Cry 4 kinda lame I wish Capcom stops this disheartening multiplat thing and be more like Konami with MGS4)

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TEG3SH
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:58:31 AM
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boo on all those gta4& R2 AWARDS ,AGAIN PSX BOOOOOOO
BIOSHOCK SHOULD HAVE GOT BEST FPS,AND ANYTHING ELSE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THAT AWARD FORM GTA4.
good list nontheless .cheers

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atomaweapon
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 12:08:16 PM
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I never even finished MGS 3 or 4. SOmething about the control scheme borders on throw your controller down frustrating. Story was ok but I just couldn't get into it.

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 12:17:01 PM
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in my opinion, all the cadidates are great games and we have to have a single winner out, thats why MGS4 has to be the one, cuz no one else deserves the crown more than MGS4, however, other cadidates are also the best in their styles and categories, I love them all therefore I want to get them all. lol

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 12:24:30 PM

Sounds like a plan for all gamers. ;)

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Zaben
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 12:52:25 PM
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I haven't played Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII but it's hard to believe that there is a better RPG game than Fallout 3.
As for best FPS game, Battlefield: Bad Company should have won IMO. I just really didn't like Resistance 2...

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Arvis
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:11:24 PM
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Ok, once and for all: Fallout 3 is BARELY an RPG, everyone. If you consider it the best RPG of 2008, then you probably don't really like ACTUAL RPGs and of course would not understand how a game like Crisis Core could win the award. So, just accept that Fallout 3 is more of an unholy abominable action/adventure/FPS/RPG hybrid step-child and should not be considered of higher quality than REAL RPGs like Valkyria Chronicles and Crisis Core.

-Arvis

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:53:00 PM

Do you have it arvis? I ain't against ya, Fallout 3 can really only be called an RPG because of the long interesting story and the V.A.T.S system, I prefer my RPG's old school style too but F3 is a farking awesome game.

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Arvis
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:08:15 PM

Actually, I'm DYING to really get some quality time with Fallout 3. I just really don't think it should be called an RPG -at all- much less "Best RPG."

When games like Fallout 3 start winning Best RPG awards, my childhood dies.

-Arvis

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Alienange
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 3:07:01 PM

Arvis - You've been on this site blasting people who are judging VC before they've played the game. Agreed. Now you're on here mouthing off at Fallout 3 before you've had time to spend any "quality time" with it? I don't know what section of the field you're playing in, but F3 is an RPG and a damn good one at that. In fact it's an atrocity that PSXE didn't give it it's proper award. Now take your own advice and give it quality time before making any assessments. It spanks FFCC all over the map and is by far the best RPG of 2008.

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potato
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:22:35 PM
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Well Ben ive been following this site for like a year when you just started and before the update and ive never signed up cause im tired of arguying over and over with fanboys about which console is the better.

One thing that has changed about you is that you became a fanboy of Sony so deep you can't even see it, you do a game of the year and you fail to mention in any category any game that hasn't been realesed on a Sony machine.

Sorry but either dedicate this award to only Sony platforms or come back as you where before and stop being a fanboy.

BTW im not gonna respond to this comment so bash me that im a wii fanboy or a 360 droid all you want.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:50:59 PM

Except for all those places where he mentioned Gears2 and Fable 2...

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Arvis
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:11:14 PM

I thought it was understood that these were all going to be Sony-only platform awards. Hence no "Best 360 Game" or "Best Wii Game" categories.

I think that is the obvious conclusion that people who have an ounce of reason will come to, anyways.

-Arvis

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:42:48 PM

This is a Sony-centric site, genius. And for the record, I'm playing Gears 2 right now and it rocks. In fact, I said as much in my last Week in Review. It's the third-best game of 2008 behind MGS4 and GTAIV, IMO.

But I shouldn't need to explain myself. This is a PLAYSTATION SITE so we're limited to games on PLAYSTATION platforms when doing awards.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 4:22:05 PM

Ummm...wow. I try to not sound like an ass to our readers, but it seems like this guy's brain is nothing more than his PSXE alias.

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Jove
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 4:32:33 PM

yeah like you were hoping for another game to not be mgs4 to be the goty... these awards were predictable as hell...

but i agree with everything you said

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 1:49:49 PM
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Had a crazy dream last night where I wandered into a post apocalyptic shopping mall (Too much Fallout 3 on my brain) and found an intact store selling games named "The first PSX Extreme retail store" Pretty wacky huh?

Can't wait for you guys' picks in the new year.

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Daedusian
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 2:21:45 PM
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A couple things I disagree with (just opinion):
To me, Fallout 3 is best RPG,
GoW:CoO is best PSP game,
and I think Deadspace should win best Sound but that could be because I haven't completely finished the first three MGS games..

Everything else is deserved.

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BeezleDrop
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 3:28:52 PM
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I can agree that MGS4 is GOTY. But honestly I'm pretty sure Haze should have taken the title...

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BeezleDrop
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 3:33:09 PM
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The only award choice I can disagree with is GTPro as Best Racer, don't get me wrong it's a great racer but Wipeout HD is amazing. Plus it's only $20.

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 8:03:31 PM

You know man, its nice to read an actual case being heard for another good racer. That is a fair thing to say.

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Aftab
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 8:44:02 PM

WipeOut HD is the ultimate adrenaline rush. And for $20, it belongs in every PS3 owner's library. It's an underrated title, just like Valkria's Chronicles. GT5P is in a class of it's own. Wipeout HD is like a highly caffeinated energy drink, while GT5P is like a finely brewed espresso.

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 8:55:04 PM

I wouldn't mind buying Wipeout. The very first version was the first game i played on PS1. Goodtimes.

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weeee
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 4:08:34 PM
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nhl09>mlb

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smileys_007
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 4:12:03 PM
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haha! i think potato must have "mashed" himself and has forgotten that this is a playstation site. I think that MGS4 is still the GOTY even if you include all the best games on other consoles on the nominations.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 4:36:53 PM
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Allow me to clarify our choice for GT5P as best racer, R2 for best FPS, Crisis Core for best RPG, and MGS4 for best sound.

Everybody knows I'm a hardcore fan of the racing genre. A lot of you ask for Burnout or Midnight Club to win, but the big picture here is that these games exhibit some horrific flaws. Burnout gets extremely repetitive and tedious, and doesn't allow for instant race restarts. Midnight Club had a poor framerate and an awful rubberbanding A.I., making it beyond frustrating to play. For GT5, it costs much less than the other games, yet provides a far more polished experience, with a ton of value, a superb physics engine, absurdly great visuals, online gameplay, and downloadable content. MClub and Burnout are still stuck feeling more like past-gen games, where as Gran Turismo makes far more advances.

As far as sound is concerned, MGS4 had it all. Remixed tunes from MGS1-3, Dolby 5.1 and 7.1 support, uncompressed audio, flawless voice acting, and immense background audio. The other games in the list, while great, didn't convey the overall aural package - when compared to MGS4, they were all missing at least one thing.

Also, as far as best FPS, we decided Resistance 2 was the best for a number of reasons. R2 features the largest online campaign you could ask for - eight players! Then there are the 60 player multiplayer matches. On top of that, there's still the single-player campaign, which is the ONLY thing games like Bioshock and Dead Space had. Boasting such an epic online component helped drive R2 above the others.

The pick for best RPG was not an easy one to make, but I ultimately argued that Crisis Core is more accessible, and is the more traditional RPG game, with less of an action element, as opposed to Fallout 3. Fallout 3's depth is so expansive that it can almost border confusion, and the game doesn't really fall into any one genre, either. Crisis Core, while not as long as Fallout 3, is arguably more fun, with a better, more engaging story that also progresses a lot smoother than Fallout's, thanks to the amazing cut-scenes. Even though Crisis Core is linear, it's still got more charm and appeal than Fallout 3, which can often feel polarizing.

Like I said, you have to look at the big picture here, and not just one little aspect. We choose these winners with our minds and not our hearts, as poetically corny as that may sound.

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Xanavi23
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 6:38:27 PM

Thank you very much. The GT5P section was spot on.

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Scarecrow
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 8:34:56 PM

Definitely agree with GT5P

I played the Burnout demo and after a while it was like "what am I doing?"

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Aftab
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 8:54:13 PM

We got to give Wipeout HD best "downloadable-only title" or something. Samething with Wipeout Pulse. Has to be best PSP online game.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 2:45:46 PM

Judging Burnout by the demo is unfair. It was a good demo but it only had like 4 events. The main game completely changes things because literally EVERY stop light has an event, it's much less tedious.

I would have agreed with "no restarts" comment when I first started playing Burnout but after about a month I realized that not having that option actually made it feel like more of a "real world". I would also ask what felt repetitive about it? What other racing game has ever given you so many options? There are also 50+ different cars some of them different in every way from others.

No offense Arnold but the problems you had with the game make it seem like you just rushed through the game or tried it for a couple hours and gave up on it. I'm not assuming anything, just saying that I felt the same way after about a week of having the game. After I adjusted to the fact that this new Burnout was a completely new Burnout I had more fun with it than any racing game ever.

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Alienange
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 3:21:44 PM

Arnold... man I respect you, but your assessment of what makes the RPG of the year has got me seeing red. I see why YOU thought CC was better than F3, but I really feel sorry for anyone who loves RPGs and goes out to spend 40usd on CC instead of 60usd for F3 based on these awards.

RPGs are about playing another life. If anything took me out of that experience in FFCC it was those randomized god forsaken spinning slot machines. Then it was the on-rails game play. Fun game, but for total immersion in an RPG environment, F3.

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TEG3SH
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 5:18:55 PM
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^^^^ i knw am an ass , but i just can't stand neither GTA4 nor R2. as for anything else i totally agree ,
AND AFTER ALL ur still entitled to ur own opinion.lol
happy new year Y'ALL.
for potato this site is called PSXEXTREME.COM,although i still concur GOTY should have included GEAOF WAR,plz y'all dont mind my grammar or spelling cause my blood is still filled with alcohol still partyin .lol

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MRSUCCESS
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 6:58:51 PM
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Arnold must be smoking those good drugs saying that Crisis Core is more fun than Fallout 3. Here we go again adding more hype to the FFVll saga.

You can't justify a game winning best RPG by saying "it's more fun", that's relative, it changes from person to person. sure, Fallout 3 doesn't have the best story or the cut scenes to go with it, but let's take in mind the depth of the game. You can play Fallout 4 times and things won't go the same way each and every time and I'm not being technical.

To even think Crisis Core won best RPG of the year over Fallout 3 and Valkyria Chronicles is simply preposterous.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 8:21:42 PM

You're missing the point. It's not about what we thought was more fun, it's about what we thought MORE people would enjoy. In this way, Crisis Core is a better RPG. Personally, I have a feeling I'd greatly dislike Fallout 3 and would never play it, and I don't know anyone who really DOES want to play it. Furthermore, it's difficult to argue against Crisis Core's quality...I doubt you played it, to be honest.

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Aftab
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 8:47:12 PM

My exact feelings.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 9:51:29 PM

Like you said about fun, it's relative. This is the opinion of PSX Extreme, and we're not trying to pass it off as fact.

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Aftab
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 10:16:21 AM

Sorry, I was ambiguous. I meant I'm in agreement with Ben.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 2:49:27 PM

That's really relative too Ben. I don't know ANYONE who has any interest in Crisis Core. But I do know tons of people who would play Fallout 3. It appeals to the shooter fans while still technically being an RPG.

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Knightedrik
Saturday, January 10, 2009 @ 8:41:47 AM

So you never even PLAYED Fallout 3 Ben? Hmmm...

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ohmikkie
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 7:45:22 PM
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I would like to have seen a best sound nomination for Battlefield Bad Company.

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LightShow
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 10:38:56 AM

no kidding man, the audio on that sucker was amazing!

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 8:09:23 PM
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Yeah...LittleBigPlanet wasn't even a Best Multiplayer nominee? something's wrong there. I'd have to say it's WAY better then R2 in sure enjoyment, and what MGO ius on there? Come on ._. LBP is way better then MGO at least...

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 9:52:56 PM

That is an unintentional omission on our part. I think we accidentally pasted the unedited list of nominations for the multiplayer genre, because we contested R2 and LBP before concluding R2 should win by a hair.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 6:01:38 AM

Woot =D does that mean I get a cookie for finding an unintentional omission in the article =D Haha

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 2:53:28 PM

I said earlier that just about everything in your multiplayer category was wrong to me, but I didn't even mention LBP because I didn't personally care for it. Burnout and Cod:WaW should have been on this list and maybe Socom too.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 9:01:22 PM
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For the record, my personal GotY list would most certainly include Gears 2. I'd still say MGS4 is the best game of 2008, but I'd have to think long and hard when choosing the runner-up...it'd be between GTAIV and Gears.

Then it would probably go R2, Dead Space, Prologue, and DMC4. Bear in mind that I didn't play either LBP or Fallout 3.

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Aftab
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 10:30:19 AM

For me, MGS4, GTA4, R2, Gears2,Deadspace. Deadspace, for me actually had the most riveting single-player experience, but the other games didn't fall too far behind with their's, plus, they had multiplayer. GTA4 was the most fun, but only for the first playthrough. R2 beat out Gears for me, just because I find fp more engaging and action-oriented than tp. And MGS4 was just overall the best package.

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Daedusian
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 7:24:22 PM

Not to drag too much on 360 but I felt Gears2 was a little disappointing gameplay wise. Well at least for the first half, it got a bit better/livelier towards the end but still. I think I walked over 2 miles in that game lol.. and it was much easier, I think, compared to the first. But it was still loads of fun! =)

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MRSUCCESS
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 11:40:00 PM
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Interesting. So Crisis Core wins best RPG without Ben getting the chance to experience playing Fallout 3... hmm. Alright, well i think we on the same page... I haven't played Crisis Core.

So Ben, when I play Crisis Core and you play Fallout 3 we will both know what we both missing and I'm sure you'll play Fallout 3 two or more times. The game will have you hooked that you'll find it hard making time for PSX lol... just a lil joke ^_^

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 1:08:01 AM

Sorry, just not my kind of thing. And I'll trust Arnold if I haven't played the game in question, but for the most part, we both played all the games listed here.

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Aftab
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 10:34:33 AM

Me, too. I've heard great ratings about Fallout3 across the board, but after playing some of Oblivion, I just found Bethseda's art-style, or complete lack thereof, was completely putrescent in a Garbage-pale kids kind-of-way. Though, I think Ben doesn't like it because he abhors substandard ports.

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Deleted User
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 3:12:03 AM

Fallout 3 looks pretty good.

Its like a PS Halo.

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SubjectiveTruth
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 7:40:10 PM
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I'm probably the only person weird enough to say this but I think Mirror's Edge should have got best art direction and most innovative. Maybe even most overlooked.
I liked that game, ha ha.

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Jed
Saturday, January 03, 2009 @ 9:33:18 PM
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So, who is the girl in the picture?

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Skwidd
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 11:05:09 AM
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Really Im shocked GRID never was even nominated.

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Knightedrik
Saturday, January 10, 2009 @ 8:56:50 AM
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Damn it, Dead Space should have won SOMETHING.. it's not everyday EA knocks it out of the park like that. Plus that game is insane.. the boss battles are some of the best I have ever played. As for MGS4, lol you guys must really like Kojima.. I thought it was a great game throughout.. but way to give it to the mainstream. And one other thing.. how about next year.. we have seperate catagories for PSP games.. Because when you give an award to a psp game over a (outstanding) PS3 game.. it just seems VERY biased. It could be the best PSP game ever.. but it simply is an entirely different ballpark. Besides, they are still selling PSP's?!? Lmao.. the people who make those Barbie games are going to be really happy to know all you people like to play with dolls. (Im looking at you LBP players.)

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