• Best PSP Game
  • Best PS3 Game
  • Best Nintendo DS Game
  • Best Nintendo Wii Game
  • Best Xbox 360 Game
  • Best Multiplatform Game
God of War: Chains of Olympus | Publisher: Sony | Developer: Ready at Dawn

From the development team that brought us the fabulous Daxter, Read at Dawn returns to make another landmark title for the portable platform in God of War: Chains of Olympus. "Chains" is a must have title for anyone who owns a PSP. The level of production in the graphics, sound, controls, storyline stands on firm ground right along side the PS2 editions of the game. Chains of Olympus might come on a small UMD, however this adventure is epic and the very definition of a great action game for the Playstation Portable. Until Kratos makes his debut on the Playstation 3 in 2009, Chains of Olympus is a excellent way to relive the magic that is God of War.


Runner-Up: Papaton (Sony/SCEJ)
Honorable Mentions: Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2, Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core

GOTY 2007:
JEANNE D'ARC (Sony/Level-5)
GOTY 2006: LOCO ROCO (Sony/Sony Japan)


Little Big Planet | Publisher: Sony | Developer: Media Molecule

Insomniac Games has finally been dethroned of their Game of the Year winning streak by Sony latest partnership with modest developer Media Molecule. Media Molecule has done more than provide a fun, creative gaming, it has given a new life to the console along with a new mascot. Little Big Planet is the name of the game and the cute guy on the cover is non other than, Sackboy. Highly imaginative and strangely alluring the conceptual gameplay bursts out the hands of the developers and into the hands of the player. In Little Big Planet you can create your own worlds, post them online, and go in solo, or with a group of friends and explore creativity and imagination from around the world. Little Big Planet is your virtual playground worthy of 2008's PS3 Game of the Year.


Runner-Up: Metal Gear Solid 4 (Konami/Kojima Productions)
Honorable Mentions: Motorstor: Pacific Rift, Bioshock, Valkyria Chronicles, Resistance 2, Singstar

GOTY 2007:
R&C: TOOLS OF DESTRUCTION (Sony/Insomniac Games)
GOTY 2006:
RESISTANCE: FALL OF MAN (Sony/Insomniac Games)

Guitar Hero: On Tour | Publisher: Activision | Developer: Vicarious Visions

The Nintendo DS sales remain strong, however Nintendo as a first party developer has stepped aside and let the third party groups pull out their magic on the system this year. For the first time our Best Nintendo DS Game of Year will go to someone outside of Nintendo, and that someone is Vicarious Visions for their work on Guitar Hero: On Tour. Along with Guitar Hero: On Tour, Vicarious released a second edition of the game called "Decades" in the same year. Ambitiously On Tour lets gamers get their Guitar Hero experience on the road thanks to the innovative GuitarGrip peripheral. Guitar Hero: On Tour is super fun and a must have for all those who own a Nintendo DS and love Guitar Hero. Guitar Hero: On Tour is more than the obvious cash grab, its a fun way to play that old Nintendo DS in a new way. Bravo Vicarious, can't wait for more.

Runner-Up: Disgaea DS (NIS America/Nippon Ichi)
Honorable Mentions: Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

GOTY 2007:

Super Smash Bros. Brawl | Publisher: Nintendo | Developer: Nintendo

Mario and gang pick up the award for Best Nintendo Wii Game of 2008 with their long await Wii edition of Super Smash Bros. Titled Brawl, Nintendo brings the fight to the Wii platform with support for online battling. More than a remake, Brawl invites a whole new gang the battle include some outsiders like Sonic and Solid Snake to their battling ways. Super Smash Bros. Brawl shows the gaming community, Nintendo can make fan favorite games that appeal to the casual audience and hardcore fans all in one swoop. This is remarkable game and the years best on the Wii.


Runner-Up: Wario Land: Shake It (Nintendo/Feel Good)
Honorable Mentions: Tetris Party, No More Heroes, World of Goo, De Blob, Mario Kart Wii

GOTY 2007:
GOTY 2006:

Gears of War 2 | Publisher: Microsoft | Developer: Epic Games

Microsoft hits gamers hard this year with a steady line-up of release accumulating at the end of the year with two of the best exclusive games for the system, Fable II and Gears of War 2. Two follow-ups, and two great games make for an excellent holiday season for the Xbox gamer. Unfortunately they can't all be winners and we have to side with one game over the other, and that game is Gears of War 2. Following the massive success from the original, Epic Games puts even more of themselves into their follow-up which met and then surpassed all expectations. Gears of War 2 pushes the Unreal Engine to new heights giving gamers enough high energy action, plot twists, and massively oversized monsters to do battle with... and when the smoke clears hit em' up hard online. Gears of War 2 is our Best Xbox 360 Game of 2008.


Runner-Up: Fable II (Microsoft/Lionhead Studios)
Honorable Mentions: Left 4 Dead, Lost Odyssey, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Tales of Vesperia

GOTY 2007:
MASS EFFECT (Microsoft/Bioware)
GOTY 2006:
THE ELDER SCROLLS IV: OBLIVION (2K Games/Bethesda Softworks)
GOTY 2005: PROJECT GOTHAM RACING 3 (Microsoft/Bizarre Creations)

Grand Theft Auto IV | Publisher: Rockstar | Developer: Rockstar Games

The Multi-Platform Award is new category for our Game of the Year which will look at all the titles that came out for one or more of the consoles. Since the market for first party games is so strong and the numbers of third party games keeps growing, it's only right that they can be represented in their own category. There are too many good games to mention in 2008, but we don't want the good games, we want the exceptional games. In 2008 our Honorable Mentions sums up a few of the spectacular titles, some first runs, and others follow-ups to older franchises. One game somehow manages to be more than the all the other games and that is Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV. Grand Theft Auto IV which launched on the Playstation 3 and for the first time on the Xbox 360 was a smashing success and a win, win, for gamers who own either of the consoles.


Runner-Up: COD: World at War (Activision/Treyarch)
Honorable Mentions: BIA: Hell's Highway, LEGO Batman, Dead Space, Devil May Cry 4, Prince of Persia