Xbox Live Arcade Game of the Year Candidates

These are my personal downloadable game of the year candidates. Seeing as I don't own a PS3 and the Wii's only good one was Cave Story...which was cool, I guess...I'm sticking to what I know best about. Here we go! Feel free to leave comments on your opinions at the bottom and see my regular GOTY candidate blog as well!
 
Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is a game that was designed for me. Seriously. I grew up on stupidly hard platformers on the NES and SNES, and I love 'em. I'm only missing a couple achievements from this game now, and every time I get stuck on a level I just get a stupid grin on my face. The game is nearly perfect as far as controls and design go, and I enjoy it far more than I anticipated. I don't typically love ridiculous Flash games, but SMB has captured my heart.
 
 
 

  Limbo
Straight up, Limbo is amazing. It's evocative, it's chilling...despite its rather short length, it's very tightly paced and never once lets you up for breath. The moment you stop paying attention is the moment when some trap springs and you're left dead. This is one of the most intriguing and artistic games available on Xbox Live.
 
 
 
 
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Another title from the XBLA Summer of Arcade, GoL is a great co-op romp. It has a great look to it due to running on the Underworld engine, and it's the most fun I've ever had with a Lara Croft game. I still haven't completed it, but it is a ton of fun to play with a friend. Now that online play has been patched in, too, I highly recommend it.
 

 
 
 
 
 
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Simply stated, CE DX is a blast. I've never been the biggest fan of Pac-Man, but I really enjoy the direction taken by this game. The real focus is getting insanely high scores by memorizing patterns and executing them at nauseating speeds. It looks great, controls great, and has lots of modes and features. I have nothing negative to really say about this game.
 
 
 
 
 
 Honorable Mentions:
This was such a great year for downloads that I simply have to mention others that I think are great. Ilomilo is technically not available yet, but the trial can be downloaded here and then purchased by unlocking the full game for 800 points. I have only just started playing it, but it gives me vibes of a combination of Adventures of Lolo and LittleBigPlanet, which I think is fantastic. We'll see where it goes, though I'm a bit bummed by the lack of simultaneous co-op. Doritos Crash Course is a goofy, fun, and best of all free game that is great to play with friends and honestly looks pretty decent. Last of all, Snoopy Flying Ace really scratches the dogfighting (ha!) itch left unattended to by the death of old Xbox Live and Crimson Skies with it. Even though I kind of hate Peanuts, I really enjoy the feel and style of this game.  
 
 ilomilo

 Doritos Crash Course

 Snoopy Flying Ace
January 1 I will announce my Game of the Year and other categories.
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Posted by MormonWarrior

These are my personal downloadable game of the year candidates. Seeing as I don't own a PS3 and the Wii's only good one was Cave Story...which was cool, I guess...I'm sticking to what I know best about. Here we go! Feel free to leave comments on your opinions at the bottom and see my regular GOTY candidate blog as well!
 
Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is a game that was designed for me. Seriously. I grew up on stupidly hard platformers on the NES and SNES, and I love 'em. I'm only missing a couple achievements from this game now, and every time I get stuck on a level I just get a stupid grin on my face. The game is nearly perfect as far as controls and design go, and I enjoy it far more than I anticipated. I don't typically love ridiculous Flash games, but SMB has captured my heart.
 
 
 

  Limbo
Straight up, Limbo is amazing. It's evocative, it's chilling...despite its rather short length, it's very tightly paced and never once lets you up for breath. The moment you stop paying attention is the moment when some trap springs and you're left dead. This is one of the most intriguing and artistic games available on Xbox Live.
 
 
 
 
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Another title from the XBLA Summer of Arcade, GoL is a great co-op romp. It has a great look to it due to running on the Underworld engine, and it's the most fun I've ever had with a Lara Croft game. I still haven't completed it, but it is a ton of fun to play with a friend. Now that online play has been patched in, too, I highly recommend it.
 

 
 
 
 
 
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Simply stated, CE DX is a blast. I've never been the biggest fan of Pac-Man, but I really enjoy the direction taken by this game. The real focus is getting insanely high scores by memorizing patterns and executing them at nauseating speeds. It looks great, controls great, and has lots of modes and features. I have nothing negative to really say about this game.
 
 
 
 
 
 Honorable Mentions:
This was such a great year for downloads that I simply have to mention others that I think are great. Ilomilo is technically not available yet, but the trial can be downloaded here and then purchased by unlocking the full game for 800 points. I have only just started playing it, but it gives me vibes of a combination of Adventures of Lolo and LittleBigPlanet, which I think is fantastic. We'll see where it goes, though I'm a bit bummed by the lack of simultaneous co-op. Doritos Crash Course is a goofy, fun, and best of all free game that is great to play with friends and honestly looks pretty decent. Last of all, Snoopy Flying Ace really scratches the dogfighting (ha!) itch left unattended to by the death of old Xbox Live and Crimson Skies with it. Even though I kind of hate Peanuts, I really enjoy the feel and style of this game.  
 
 ilomilo

 Doritos Crash Course

 Snoopy Flying Ace
January 1 I will announce my Game of the Year and other categories.
Posted by TheGreatGuero

If I had played more of them, maybe I could be a better judge in this category. I think Super Meat Boy is a very strong candidate. In fact, I think it might even be worthy of being a legit overall GOTY contender, rather than being limited to just Xbox Live Arcade games. 
 
I happen to be of that opinion that Limbo was a whole lot of fuss over a whole lot of nothing. I feel robbed having paid full price for it, and betrayed by all the hype and undeserved high review scores it received. 
 
I'm still on the fence about trying out the new Pac-Man game. Even if it's as great as everyone says, I must admit I've never been all that fond of Pac-Man. If you ask me, it's always been a game that gets by more because of it's nostalgia rather than it's gameplay. After a few levels, I just lose interest completely.

Posted by dwej1973

I love the fact that snoopy is up for the game of the year and have already voted for it as I think its by far the best arcade game out there. I am just hoping for another huge expansion or even a part 2 to come out. 

Posted by Clumsyman

I enjoyed all of these games immensely save for Lara Croft, which I did not play.  The one I enjoyed the most though was definitely Costume Quest.  It maybe just due to my absolute love of anything that Tim Schafer touches.  I thought that the combat was simple, but the battles were fun and over quickly enough to prevent it from getting repetitive. The game oozed charm from every orifice and remains the only game that I beat is one sitting this year.
 
So yea, enjoyed that game a lot.

Posted by RidleysLieutenant

Personally, I pick Pac-Man CE DX. Just not that big on platformers, as good as Meat Boy and Limbo are. Also, Monday Night Combat was pretty effing awesome too. Great mp alternative to Halo or CoD.
Posted by Skytylz

I easily had the most fun with Pacman, Meat Boy just makes me mad.