3DGalaxy 2009 Game Awards – Overall

Overall 2009 Awards

Quick note: Only games that I’ve played / am excited to play soon will be eligible to win awards.

Since all of these games have won in other categories, I won’t go into why I picked them since you should already know.

Best Action Game – Ratchet & Clank: ACiT

Also notable: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, inFamous, Batman: Arkham Asylum (playing soon)

Best Fighting Game – Street Fighter IV

Best Music Game – The Beatles: Rock Band

Also notable: Guitar Hero 5, Rock Band Unplugged

Best Platform Game – LittleBigPlanet PSP

Also notable: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Best Puzzle Game – Critter Crunch

Also notable: Scribblenauts

Best Racing Game – Dirt 2

Also notable: F1 200, Need for Speed: Shift, Gran Turismo PSP, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge, Excitebots (if it was released here)

Best Shooter – Borderlands

Also notable: Modern Warfare 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Killzone 2, Resistance: Retribution

Best Sports Game – FIFA 10

Also notable: Tiger Woods 10 (Wii), Grand Slam Tennis, NBA Live 10, Wii Sports Resort

Best Strategy Game – Plants vs Zombies

Also notable: StarDefense

Best Visual Quality – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Also notable: Killzone 2, Ratchet & Clank: ACiT

Best Use of Sound – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Also notable: Ratchet & Clank: ACiT, Killzone 2, Modern Warfare 2, Shatter, Critter Crunch

Best Story – inFamous

Also notable: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Ratchet & Clank: ACiT, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Best Family Game – Boom Blox Bash Party

Also notable: Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus

Best Multiplayer – Modern Warfare 2

Also notable: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Left 4 Dead 2, Killzone 2, Battlefield 1943, Borderlands, Resistance: Retribution, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge

Best Downloadable Game – Shatter

Also notable: Critter Crunch, Flower, Fat Princess, PixelJunk Shooter, Plants vs Zombies

Overall Game of the Year – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Also notable: Ratchet & Clank: ACiT, LBP PSP, inFamous, Batman: Arkham Asylum


3DGalaxy 2009 Game Awards – iPod Touch / iPhone

App Store 2009 Awards

Quick note: Only games that I’ve played / am excited to play soon will be eligible to win awards.

Best Music Game – Rock Band

Rock Band has great production value for an iPhone game, very good graphics and as you would expect, a good set list of songs to play. The controls of the game can be inconsistent from my experience which can make the game frustrating sometimes.

Best Puzzle Game – Peggle

Peggle is a great game, and this port is the perfect title to keep you occupied for a few mins every now and then.

Also notable: Bookworm

Best Strategy Game – StarDefense

StarDefense is another quality game from ngmoco that takes tower defence to a whole new level. Each level takes place on a 3D planet which you can scroll around freely. It’s a very unique take on the genre with high production values.

Best Visual Quality – Zen Bound

Zen Bound is a very unique, stylish game which is all about a relaxing experience. You simply use your finger to manipulate the object on screen and wrap the rope around it as much as you can.

Best Use of Sound – Zen Bound

The sound of the game compliments the relaxing gameplay well, providing a great overall experience.

Best Multiplayer – Eliminate

Eliminate is an impressive online multiplayer game on the App Store. While I’m not big on playing shooters with touch controls, I can appreciate a well designed and executed online game on a platform where you might not expect it. Plus, the game is free barring any downloadable add-ons.

App Store Game of the Year – Peggle

Possibly the best casual game of all time was perfectly recreated on iPod / iPhone with great controls and the same fun gameplay that the PC and other versions have for years.

Also notable: Uno, StarDefense, Zen Bound

Coming Soon: Overall Awards


3DGalaxy 2009 Game Awards – PSP

PSP 2009 Awards

Quick note: Only games that I’ve played / am excited to play soon will be eligible to win awards.

Best Action Game – Patapon 2

Patapon was a great PSP game. The sequel takes what you loved about the first one and multiplies it. It’s definitely worth playing whether or not you played the first.

Also notable:

Best Music Game – Rock Band Unplugged

Rock Band Unplugged might not have the same lasting appeal that the console versions have but it does provide an excellent way to spend a few minutes when you want to rock. Because you play with just the buttons, it can make you feel great if you nail a tricky solo or other satisfyingly tough part of a song because the notes are faster than on the normal game, but also easier to hit. Instrument switching takes some getting used to but it is fun after some practice.

Best Platform Game – LittleBigPlanet PSP

LBP PSP is a great portable version of the original PS3 hit game LBP, lovingly downsized to fit the PSP perfectly. You don’t lose much of the experience either, making it an astounding technological achievement.

Best Puzzle Game – PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe

PJ Monsters Deluxe is essentially the collectors’ edition of the hit PS3 tower defence game. It’s a game that was perfectly suited to the handheld from the beginning and it is really fun to play.

Also notable: LocoRoco 2

Best Racing Game – Gran Turismo PSP

GT PSP might not be technically quite up to speed with MotorStorm but in the end, I had more fun playing this overall. The lack of a career mode is a bit disappointing but it is a handheld game so I can accept that omission. Collecting cars will keep you playing for a while and the promise of being able to transfer the cars to GT5 when it comes out will please quite a few players.

Also notable: MotorStorm: Arctic Edge

Best Visual Quality – LittleBigPlanet PSP

This game will make you marvel at the 4 year old PSP and marvel at how this game is really pushing it and unlocking it’s untapped potential.

Also notable: MotorStorm: Arctic Edge

Best Use of Sound – MotorStorm: Arctic Edge

I could have given this to LBP as well, but I think MotorStorm definitely deserves an award. It has a great soundtrack, great effects and provides the same brutal off-road racing experience you will find on the PS3 versions of the series.

Also notable: LittleBigPlanet PSP, Gran Turismo PSP

Best Story – Resistance: Retribution

I must admit that U bought RR mainly for the multiplayer. With that said though, the story that is there, is actually well done and for a PSP game and is worth a look if you’re into the gameplay.

Best Multiplayer – Resistance: Retribution

Resistance PSP really comes alive online. By far the best online shooter on the system, it feels console quality in its setup and really run exceptionally well considering the hardware. You can tell that Bend Studio made use of all their expertise from creating the Syphon Filter PSP series in creating this game’s online component.

Also notable: MotorStorm: Arctic Edge, Gran Turismo PSP

PSP Game of the Year – LittleBigPlanet PSP

I’m a big fan of Patapon 2, but I couldn’t put it ahead of LBP because of how LBP does something that’s never been done before on a handheld. The way you can create levels and share them online works extremely well so you cold conceivably never run out of new levels to play. Of course, the story levels are fantastic as you would expect too. They seem to be a bit tricky for a handheld but they’re fun and challenging without being overly tough. The lack of ad-hoc multiplayer is a shame but the game offers so much that you almost forget about it.

Also notable: Patapon 2, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge, GT PSP, Resistance: Retribution

Coming Soon: iPod / iPhone and overall awards.


3DGalaxy 2009 Game Awards – DS

DS 2009 Awards

Quick note: Only games that I’ve played / am excited to play soon will be eligible to win awards.

Best Action Game – GTA Chinatown Wars

GTA Chinatown Wars on DS is an impressive game. It fitted more action gameplay into a single cartridge than certainly I thought possible. I had fun Dealing drugs and escaping the cops among other things. It feels like a game that shouldn’t be able to fit on DS, but somehow defies that belief.

Best Puzzle Game – Scribblenauts

Scribblenauts is a game so huge in its concept that I can’t believe that it even works as a game. Making a game where you can summon almost anything and still make a working game is so impressive. The only real downside is the fiddly controls, namely not allowing you to move Maxwell with the D-pad rather than by the stylus. It’s still a game that a lot of DS owners will enjoy.

Best Visual Quality – GTA Chinatown Wars

GTA is technical marvel. Rockstar Leeds did a great job on not only fitting a full GTA experience on the handheld, but making it run well and look great as they have done.

Best Story – GTA Chinatown Wars

I’ve never been so engrossed in a DS game before that doesn’t have Pokemon in the name.

Best Multiplayer – GTA Chinatown Wars

I played some local multiplayer with my brother one time and we had fun. It’s a bit basic but they do have quite a few modes to choose from. It’s definitely worth trying out at least once if you can.

DS Game of the Year – GTA Chinatown Wars

For all the reasons stated above, GTA Chinatown Wars on DS is an exceptional game ad pushed the system seemingly to it’s limits. It’s a shame it hasn’t sold up to expectations so far but since Nintendo’s games tend to have a longer lifespan than most, there’s still time for that to change.

Also notable: Scribblenauts

Up next: PSP