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Nominees for 3rd annual PSX Extreme Awards

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RPG:

Because of Square's last minute decision to bring Final Fantasy X out on to the PS2 in time for the holidays, it was quickly obvious that this would be the RPG of the year. That is not to say that the PS2 doesn't have a fair share of other RPGs available this year, because it most certainly does. UbiSoft released its great sequel, Jade Cocoon 2. Interplay brought Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (it's an RPG game as well). Midway enters with Shadow Hearts. And Atlus' Tsugunai: Atonement. The RPG nods are as follow...

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance - Interplay - Not only is this one of the best adventures on the PS2, Interplay's, Snow Blind's and Black Isle's Baldur's Gate also makes for an amazing RPG title, as well. The Dungeons and Dragons world comes alive on the PS2 in full force. If you're a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's writing, you'll love BG.

Final Fantasy X - Square - Please read statement above for Gran Turismo 3. Replace whatever words must be replaced in order to make the context sound appropriate. Thank you.

Jade Cocoon 2 - UbiSoft - Yet another sequel returns on to the PS2, as Jade Cocoon has set foot on the PS2. Embark on this lengthy journey as you fight to capture hundreds of monsters for you to train. JC2 is a visual feast, and an RPG worth the buck.

Shadow Hearts - Midway - Developed by the same team who made Koudelka, Shadow Hearts doesn't suffer from the same tediousness that Koudelka did. Dedicated RPG fans may really want to give this game a look. It's quite flashy and has a very adult like atmosphere.

Sports:

As far as the best sports game of the year is concerned, if you look carefully at a few of my sports reviews, you'll catch me mentioning what I feel is the sports game of the year. Developed in only 5 1/2 months, Sega debuts its very first sports game on the PS2, and it quickly becomes the best pigskin sim on the market. Since there's only room for one football title, NFL 2K2 snubs Madden. The full list of nods is...

FIFA Soccer 2002 - Electronic Arts - I'm a sucker for a great soccer game, and FIFA 2002 delivers every way imaginable. Visually, improvements have been made, and the gameplay is still as edgy and fresh as it's always been. On top of that, the commentary is good stuff.

NFL 2K2 - Sega Sports - Being in development for the shortest amount of time, the team at Visual Concepts was able to craft the finest pigskin on the market.

NHL 2002 - Electronic Arts - Easily the best hockey game on the market, NHL 2002 is an incredible hockey experience from the start. Gamers can immerse themselves into a deep and entertaining sim that's got excellent commentary to boot.

NCAA Football 2002 - Electronic Arts - Even though its papa Madden didn't make the cut, NCAA does indeed deserve a nomination for being the best college football title on the market. Simply put, this game kicks ass.

That about does it as far as genre based awards go. Below will be technological merits and yearly achievements, leading up to the nominees for GOTY. The games will be listed, but this time with no descriptions. Please read their corresponding reviews in the reviews section.

Visuals:

X-what? Gamewho? Supposedly these consoles were supposed to make the PS2 look inferior. Hmm...no games on the market currently compare to these fiendishly gorgeous wonders. And the nominees for best visuals are...

Final Fantasy X - SquareSoft -

Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec - Sony -

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance - Interplay -

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - Konami -

Gameplay: 

As far as games are concerned, just these past few months, weeks and day, the PS2 has received some of the greatest software in ages. Grand Theft Auto 3, Metal Gear Solid 2, Final Fantasy X, ICO, Devil May Cry, Gran Turismo 3, Jak and Daxter and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 are some of the biggest titles to ever grace a console. Each and every one has fantastic gameplay, in fact all of them have nearly perfect gameplay, but four must be nominated, and one will take home the gold.

Devil May Cry - Capcom -

Final Fantasy X - SquareSoft -

Grand Theft Auto 3 - Rockstar -

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - Konami -

Sound:

Videogame soundtracks have always held special places in our gaming-hearts, and this year's games have some incredible ones. Not to mention, some kick ass audio altogether, that includes sound effects and voice acting. A game like Grand Theft Auto 3 shows off the perfect blend of audio. It features radio stations with some awesome tunes, actual Hollywood voice talent, and the whole nine. Similar can be said for Final Fantasy X and Metal Gear Solid 2. The nominees for best sound are...

Final Fantasy X - SquareSoft -

Grand Theft Auto 3 - Rockstar - 

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - Konami -

Frequency - Sony -

Best Replay: 

We have come across some VERY lengthy games this year. Replay value is a very fundamental key to the success of a game. Games like Final Fantasy X, Grand Theft Auto 3 and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 highly benefit from their replay value. The nominees are...

Final Fantasy X - SquareSoft -

Grand Theft Auto 3 - Rockstar - 

Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec - Sony -

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 - Activision - 

Best Multi-Player:

Even though PS2 doesn't have four controller ports, there are dozens of kick ass multi-player games on the console! For one, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater going online and everything makes things even more complicated and challenging. NFL 2K2 is just an overall exciting experience to play with friends, and so is Frequency. The following four have been given nods to this category...

Frequency - Sony -

NFL 2K2 - Sega Sports -

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 - Activision -

Twisted Metal: Black - Sony - 

Publisher of the Year:

With all of this fantastic software coming out, we felt it was only right to honor a publisher for the year. Who will go home with the first ever Publisher of the Year award? The nominees are...

SquareSoft - For their incredible efforts on Final Fantasy X, the revival of Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV in the form of 'Chronicles', The Bouncer, and although somewhat lacking, Driving Emotion Type-S. 

Capcom - For their incredible efforts on Devil May Cry, Onimusha: Warlords and the porting over of Capcom vs. SNK 2.

Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) - For their incredible efforts on ATV: Offroad Fury (developed by Rainbow Studios), Twisted Metal: Black, ICO, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, Frequency, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, the revival of Cool Boarders, Dark Cloud, and even Okage: Shadow King. But will the lackluster Extermination, and the average NFL GameDay 2002, hold Sony back? 

Best Game (Xbox and GameCube):

We here at PSX Extreme can't stand bias, and fanboyism, so we'll be doing a little cross-platform award giving as well. And the nominees for Best Game are...

Halo - Microsoft - Microsoft Xbox's Halo is just about the only good thing the console has to offer. But this good thing is in fact wildly good, as Halo is easily one of the greatest FPS console titles since GoldenEye 007 for N64.

Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader - LucasArts - Everyone agrees, this is hands down the best Star Wars game ever! It was also the first game to be bought with SolidSnake's GameCube on Nov. 18th.

Super Smash Bros. Melee - Nintendo - The game that good ol' Snake and Joseph have been playing for countless hours, has earned a spot on the chart. Smash Bros. Melee is the most addictive fighter since Street Fighter 2 Turbo.

Game of the Year:

Here it is everybody. The announcement you were all waiting for. This year alone, our Editor-in-Chief, SolidSnake, handed out five overall scores of 10! FIVE! He doesn't regret doing so one bit, as he has clearly justified his merits with very lengthy reviews to each game. But unfortunately, one of these games has to be snubbed, as we now present our final nominees, for game of the year...

Final Fantasy X - SquareSoft -

Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec - Sony -

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - Konami -

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 - Activision -

It took us an hour or so to decide which of the 5 should be picked. None of us really wanted to snub DMC,  and we agreed that we love the game! But, the reason for the elimination of DMC lies in the game's replay value. Granted, the game is fun to play a few times through, but altogether it was a short adventure, where in areas FFX (50-60 hours), GT3 (100+ hours), MGS2 (15-20 hours) and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (infinite) are not. Stay tuned for the 3rd Annual PSX Extreme awards to premiere in just a couple of days, hopefully on New Year's Day. Until then, at ease fellow gamers.

12/22/2001 PSX Extreme Editorial Staff

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Antu
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 6:06:37 AM
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Dice_for_Death_
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 11:48:55 PM
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