2008 GWJ Community Game of the Year Awards

As a rule, we at Gamerswithjobs avoid putting together any kind of intenal Game of the Year awards, primarily because the debate over the value and standards of such a thing would result in bloodshed, assault charges and the very likely ritual suicide of our own literary leporidae. Besides, it's far less interesting for us to make grand pronouncements from on high, and far more interesting to hear what a few hundred gamers we trust actually have to say on the matter.

This year's Game of the Year contest was a horse race with a true photo finish, and like that spunky sentaorial upstart Al Franken, I'd not be surprised to see Valve's lawyers demand a laborious recount to contest the result in favor of the close runner-up, Left 4 Dead. But, until that comes to pass, I will grudgingly validate these results, and congratulate the GWJ Community Game of the Year: Fallout 3!

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While the Fallout 3 experience may not have fully captured me, it's not hard to see why this was a Game of the Year contender, with a massive play area and unlimited opportunities for exploration and strategic amputation. The Capitol Wastelands is a barren and harsh fronteir that you can get lost in for days at a time. Oozing with an oppressive atmosphere this is a gamespace that is at both eerily lonely and constantly threatening. Bethesda has recast the struggle for control between the militaristic Enclave and the last paragons of almost religious idealism, the Brotherhood of Steel, in the context of one man's quest for his father's mysterious disappearance, and the result echoes with post-apocalyptic familiarity.

Thanks, as always, go out to Sinatar, who does a habitually phenomenal job organizing the contest and tabulating the results. Our full Game of the Year results are posted below and ripped shamelessly from his post.

GAME OF THE YEAR: FALLOUT 3

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Runners Up:
2. Left 4 Dead
3. Sins of a Solar Empire

PC EXCLUSIVE GAME OF THE YEAR: SINS OF A SOLAR EMPIRE

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Runners Up:
2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
3. The Witcher Enhanced Edition

XBOX 360 EXCLUSIVE GAME OF THE YEAR: [i]FABLE II[/i]

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Runners Up:
2. Braid
3. Gears of War II

PLAYSTATION 3 EXCLUSIVE GAME OF THE YEAR: [i]LITTLEBIGPLANET[/i]

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Runners Up:
2. PixelJunk Eden
3. Resistance II

WII EXCLUSIVE GAME OF THE YEAR: SUPER SMASH BROTHERS BRAWL

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Runners Up:
2. Boom Blox
3. No More Heroes

DS EXCLUSIVE GAME OF THE YEAR: [i]PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE[/i]

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Runners Up:
2. The World Ends With You
3. Disgaea DS

PSP EXCLUSIVE GAME OF THE YEAR: PATAPON

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Runners Up:

2. God of War: Chains of Olympus
3. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

INDEPENDENT GAME OF THE YEAR: BRAID

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Runners Up:

2. World of Goo
3. Castle Crashers

Raw Voting Data - Original Thread

Fallout III 569
Left 4 Dead 564
Sins of a Solar Empire 235
Fable II 215
Braid 202
Rock Band II 200
Grand Theft Auto IV 177
Gears of War II 172
World of Goo 133
LittleBigPlanet 120
Castle Crashers 110
World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 103
The Witcher Enhanced Edition 103
Far Cry 2 88
Warhammer Online 85
Dead Space 85
Civilization Revolution 82
Mount & Blade 79
Metal Gear Solid IV 76
Mass Effect PC 75
Penny Arcade Adventures 73
Audiosurf 66
Spore 66
Saint's Row 2 65
Burnout Paradise 61
Geometry Wars II 60
Lost Odyssey 57
Professor Layton and the Curious Village 57
The World Ends With You 54
Prince of Persia 52
Super Smash Brothers Brawl 52
Boom Blox 45
Mirror's Edge 41
STALKER Clear Sky 38
No More Heroes 38
Rez HD 35
EVE Online Quantum Rise 34
Too Human 33
Pixeljunk Eden 32
Patapon 30
Persona III FES 29
NHL '09 28
Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of Arnor 28
Mario Kart Wii 28
Lego Indiana Jones 28
Rainbow Six Vegas 2 25
Tomb Raider Underworld 24
Battlefield Bad Company 23
Lord of the Rings Online Mines of Moria 22
Viking Battle for Asgard 21
Wii Fit 20
Sacred II 19
Persona IV 18
Red Alert III 17
Mother III 17
Sam & Max Season II 17
Final Fantasy IV 16
Call of Duty World at War 16
Football Manager '09 15
Castlevania Chronicles 15
Soul Calibur IV 15
Bionic Commando Rearmed 15
Tiger Woods 09 14
Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts 13
Super Street Fighter 2 HD Remix 13
Europa Universalis III: In Nomine 13
King's Bounty The Legend 13
Crysis Warhead 12
God of War Chains of Olympus 12
Age of Conan 11
Resistance 2 11
Yakuza II 10
Wii Music 10
Mega Man IX 10
Peggle Nights 10
SOCOM Confrontation 9
Space Invaders Extreme 9
Disgaea DS 8
Myster Dungeon Shiren the Wanderer 8
Da Blob 8
Ninja Gaiden II 8
Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn 8
Advance Wars Days of Ruin 8
Chrono Trigger 8
Dark Sector 7
Hinterland 7
Final Fantasy Tactics A2 7
Tales of Vesperia 7
Wipeout HD 7
FIFA '09 6
Guitar Hero World Tour 6
Pic Pic DS 6
Metroid Prime III 6
Valkyria Chronicles 6
Assassin's Creed PC 5
Dragon Quest IV 5
Mr Coo: El Laberinto Esférico 5
Condemned 2 5
Pixeljunk Monsters 5
Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword 5
Star Ocean The First Departure 5
Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII 5
We Ski 5
Viva Pinata Trouble in Paradise 5
N+ 5
GRID 5
Star Wars The Force Unleashed 5
Colonization 5
Mercenaries 2 4
Animal Crossing City Folk 4
Multiwinia 4
Ticket to Ride 4
Devil May Cry IV 4
Savage II 4
Depths of Peril 3
Castlevania Order of Ecclesia 3
Hot Shots Golf 2: Open Tee 3
GalCon 3
Rolando 3
End War 3
Frontlines Fuel of War 3
Shift 2
Debrysis 2
41st Reality 1
Echochrome 1
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People 1
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection 1
The NXE 1
Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition 1

Comments

Really ? I didn't know Certis hated Little Big Planet that much.

shihonage wrote:

Really ? I didn't know Certis hated Little Big Planet that much.

I'm (mostly) joking. I really need to play it more before I pass final judgment, but I definitely have some hangups after playing a few hours.

Certis wrote:
shihonage wrote:

Really ? I didn't know Certis hated Little Big Planet that much.

I'm (mostly) joking. I really need to play it more before I pass final judgment, but I definitely have some hangups after playing a few hours.

Could it be that somehow playing it alone feels completely pointless? (or missing the point)

...

Oh and I'm looking at that longass list of games and I'm thinking of a recent podcast ... was it Elysium or Rabbit? Probably Elysium because Rabbit spent '08 playing WoW but, this is a compelling list of titles, most of which I would like to play. Really!

When you said the games seriously lacked Oomph this year I think it's more you becoming jaded/blasé/whatever with gaming. I'm no stranger to this feeling. When it happens, I think back of the first time I played Lunar on Sega CD and thought to myself (seriously): "This is it, they won't be able to do anything better than this for a long time." or being impressed with a bubblegum animation in a tv spot for Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball.

Anyways, I'm not judging you, I'm merely pointing it out

When you said the games seriously lacked Oomph this year I think it's more you becoming jaded/blasé/whatever with gaming. I'm no stranger to this feeling. When it happens, I think back of the first time I played Lunar on Sega CD and thought to myself (seriously): "This is it, they won't be able to do anything better than this for a long time." or being impressed with a bubblegum animation in a tv spot for Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball.

Anyways, I'm not judging you, I'm merely pointing it out

Gosh, free psychological evaluations! Do me next!

Certis wrote:
When you said the games seriously lacked Oomph this year I think it's more you becoming jaded/blasé/whatever with gaming. I'm no stranger to this feeling. When it happens, I think back of the first time I played Lunar on Sega CD and thought to myself (seriously): "This is it, they won't be able to do anything better than this for a long time." or being impressed with a bubblegum animation in a tv spot for Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball.

Anyways, I'm not judging you, I'm merely pointing it out

Gosh, free psychological evaluations! Do me next!

I think you just got did. Stop hogging the couch, other people have issues too!

Certis wrote:

Do me next!

interstate78 wrote:
Certis wrote:
shihonage wrote:

Really ? I didn't know Certis hated Little Big Planet that much.

I'm (mostly) joking. I really need to play it more before I pass final judgment, but I definitely have some hangups after playing a few hours.

Could it be that somehow playing it alone feels completely pointless? (or missing the point)

I think this is dead on, actually. I enjoy LittleBigPlanet far more when played with people. The pubbies that play LBP, for the most part, are great. So I try not to play alone.

Certis wrote:
When you said the games seriously lacked Oomph this year I think it's more you becoming jaded/blasé/whatever with gaming. I'm no stranger to this feeling. When it happens, I think back of the first time I played Lunar on Sega CD and thought to myself (seriously): "This is it, they won't be able to do anything better than this for a long time." or being impressed with a bubblegum animation in a tv spot for Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball.

Anyways, I'm not judging you, I'm merely pointing it out

Gosh, free psychological evaluations! Do me next!

Why must you always ridicule me? First the caps, now this? I hate you, I hate you, I hate you!

All I really wanted to do is point out that it's surprising what Sean said about this year's game when you look at that list. Surprisingly, I was sortof agreeing with him at the time.