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3rd Annual PSX Extreme Awards

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  X-what? Gamewho? Supposedly these consoles were supposed to make the PS2 look inferior. But Sony's powerhouse is still dishing out the best looking software out there (Final Fantasy X, MGS2, and The Bouncer anyone?). It was an incredibly tough decision to come to, as Baldur's Gate, Metal Gear Solid 2, Gran Turismo 3, and Final Fantasy X all feature nearly perfect visuals to represent their respective genres. But when it comes down to the last piece of eye-candy the game that stood out was...

Final Fantasy X (SquareSoft)

  They've done it again! Square has managed to create the most breathtaking game of the year! Final Fantasy X's visuals sport the in-game detail of everyday CGs, and features CG sequences relative to those found in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. The visuals are drop dead gorgeous, it's as simple as that. 

Silver: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (Sony)

Bronze: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Konami)

Honorable Mention: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (Interplay)


  As far as games are concerned, just these past few months, weeks and days, 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 only one has taken the gold this year...

Grand Theft Auto 3 (Rockstar)

  It was either this, or Final Fantasy X. Final Fantasy X's unbelievable depth, flexibility and customization made it very hard for us to choose GTA3 over it. But, GTA3's "see that, go there freedom", wide array of artillery, dozens of vehicles, and the story just barely edges out Final Fantasy X. It's a photo finish if you will.

Silver: Final Fantasy X  (SquareSoft)

Bronze: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Konami)

Honorable Mention: Devil May Cry (Capcom)


  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. But the one winner in this category is...

Final Fantasy X (SquareSoft)

  This one was fiendishly tough. On one hand, you can't deny GTA3's realistic sound with its radio stations, that features not only real DJs (DJ Stretch Armstrong) but also actual hip-hop, pop and classical songs. The voice acting was drawn straight out of Hollywood as the Italian accents were done fabulously! On the other hand, MGS2 its voice acting and Harry Gregson Williams were a fantastic combo. Then, we got Nobuo Uematsu, FFX's awesome voice acting, and overall a truly tearful soundtrack. The sound was too close to call, since we could only pick one, FFX was the way to go.

Silver: Grand Theft Auto 3 (Rockstar)

Bronze: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Konami)

Honorable Mention: 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. But the only winner is...

Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (Sony)

  Certainly GT3 is the longest game the Playstation 2 has to offer. With dozens and dozens of races, including the endurance and rally races, Gran Turismo 3 can take well over 200 hours to complete 100%. The best racing game, is also the the longest game of the year.

Silver: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (Activision)

Bronze: Final Fantasy X (SquareSoft)

Honorable Mention: Grand Theft Auto 3 (Rockstar)

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 3 online capabilities and everything else makes things even more complicated and challenging. NFL 2K2 is just an overall exciting experience to play with friends, and so is Frequency and Twisted Metal. But of the four that we given nods the winner is...

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (Activision)

  It was almost a no-contest decision when it comes down to multi-player. What other game on the PS2, let alone any other console has a game like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, and allows the owners to play it online via Broadband or Narrowband? None. On top of that, THPS3's two-player modes are just as good.

Silver: NFL 2K2 (Sega Sports)

Bronze: Twisted Metal: Black (Sony) 

Honorable Mention: Frequency (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?

Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA)

  This award goes to Sony for their incredible efforts on ATV: Offroad Fury (developed by Rainbow Studios), Twisted Metal: Black (developed by Incog Inc), ICO, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (developed by Polyphony Digital), Frequency (developed by Harmonix), Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (developed by Naughty Dog), Okage: Shadow King, Dark Cloud, and even the revival of Cool Boarders

  "Sony Computer Entertainment America is pleased to accept this award from PSX Extreme. We are very proud of the titles we have published for the PlayStation(R) game console and PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system this year," said PR Specialist Tina Casalino. "We look forward to having a wonderful and prosperous year again in 2002. Thank you PSX Extreme for recognizing our efforts."

Runner ups: 

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, Resident Evil Code: Veronica X, Onimusha: Warlords and the porting over of Capcom vs. SNK 2.

Best Cross-Platform 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. After completing Halo, Star Wars and spending dozens of hours with Smash Bros., it wasn't easy the but the award for Best Cross-Platform Title goes to...

Super Smash Bros. Melee (Nintendo) 

  The game that good ol' Snake and Joseph have been playing for countless hours, has earned its mark. Super Smash Bros. Melee is the most addictive fighter since Street Fighter 2 Turbo, as the game has countless extra options, modes, characters, and an all out four-player mode!

Silver: Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader ( LucasArts)

Bronze: Halo (Microsoft)

5 Best Playstation Games of the Year:

  Ah well, it's obvious the Playstation has lived its last year as far as great software releases go. Home to some of the best videogames ever, the Playstation's time has come. Thankfully, the console's sending into the history books is a good one, as the PSX managed to see some great games. These are the 5 best of the year...

5) Tales of of Destiny 2

4) Saiyuki: Journey West

3) Dragon Warrior VII

2) Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

1) Final Fantasy Chronicles (SquareSoft)

1/3/2002 PSX Extreme Editorial Staff

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 11:49:32 PM

Here for the Uncharted 2 FHE treasure? Sorry, it's not here.

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