GotY 2008 Nominees: Genre Awards

It's that time of year again where we all like to weigh in on what was the year in video games and award the ones that we deem the best.  This is my second of three updates this week with me listing my Game of the Year 2008 Nominees.  In the second part I will be revealing my nominees for Genre Awards.  After perusing my nominees, tell me what you think in the comments!

NOTE:  A GAME ELIGIBLE FOR MY AWARDS MUST MEET THESE CRITERIA:
  • THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN FINISHED TO MY SATISFACTION
  • THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN PLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR
  • THE GAME DOES NOT HAVE TO HAVE BEEN ORIGINALLY RELEASED THIS YEAR

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE
• Bujingai: The Forsaken City (PS2)
• God of War II (PS2)
• Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
• Yakuza 2 (PS2)
• Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS)

BEST ACTION/PLATFORMER
• Kaze no Klonoa: Door to Phantomile [from namCollection] (PS1)
• Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil (PS2)
• Bionic Commando Rearmed (PS3)
• Mega Man 9 (PS3)
• LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

BEST SHOOTER
• kill.switch (PS2)
• Darkwatch (PS2)
• Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PS3)
• Unreal Tournament III (PS3)
• Half-Life 2: Episode 2 [from The Orange Box] (PS3)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
• Arcana Heart (PS2)
• Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3)
• Sengoku Basara X (PS2)
• Last Blade 2 [from Bakumatsu Roman: Last Blade 1 & 2] (PS2)
• DOA2: Hardcore (PS2)

BEST PUZZLE GAME
• Wetrix (N64)
• Portal [from The Orange Box] (PS3)
• The Eye of Judgment (PS3)
• Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (PSP)
• Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (GBA)

BEST RPG

• Dragon Warrior I & II (GB)
• Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (PS2)
• The World Ends With You (DS)

BEST SHMUP
• DoDonPachi DAI-OU-JOU (PS2)
• Twinbee Da!! [from Twinbee Portable] (PSP)
• Espgaluda (PS2)
• Space Invaders Extreme (PSP)
• R-Type Final (PS2)

BEST DRIVING/RACING GAME
• Burnout Paradise (PS3)
• Stuntman Ignition (PS3)
• Ridge Racer 7 (PS3)

BEST SPORTS GAME
• Sega Superstars Tennis (PS3)
• Neo Turf Masters [from SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1] (PSP)
• Baseball Stars 2 [from SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1] (PSP)
• Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory [from SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1] (PSP)
• Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (PS2)

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Posted by Usagi
It's that time of year again where we all like to weigh in on what was the year in video games and award the ones that we deem the best.  This is my second of three updates this week with me listing my Game of the Year 2008 Nominees.  In the second part I will be revealing my nominees for Genre Awards.  After perusing my nominees, tell me what you think in the comments!

NOTE:  A GAME ELIGIBLE FOR MY AWARDS MUST MEET THESE CRITERIA:
  • THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN FINISHED TO MY SATISFACTION
  • THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN PLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR
  • THE GAME DOES NOT HAVE TO HAVE BEEN ORIGINALLY RELEASED THIS YEAR

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE
• Bujingai: The Forsaken City (PS2)
• God of War II (PS2)
• Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
• Yakuza 2 (PS2)
• Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS)

BEST ACTION/PLATFORMER
• Kaze no Klonoa: Door to Phantomile [from namCollection] (PS1)
• Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil (PS2)
• Bionic Commando Rearmed (PS3)
• Mega Man 9 (PS3)
• LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

BEST SHOOTER
• kill.switch (PS2)
• Darkwatch (PS2)
• Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PS3)
• Unreal Tournament III (PS3)
• Half-Life 2: Episode 2 [from The Orange Box] (PS3)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
• Arcana Heart (PS2)
• Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3)
• Sengoku Basara X (PS2)
• Last Blade 2 [from Bakumatsu Roman: Last Blade 1 & 2] (PS2)
• DOA2: Hardcore (PS2)

BEST PUZZLE GAME
• Wetrix (N64)
• Portal [from The Orange Box] (PS3)
• The Eye of Judgment (PS3)
• Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (PSP)
• Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (GBA)

BEST RPG

• Dragon Warrior I & II (GB)
• Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (PS2)
• The World Ends With You (DS)

BEST SHMUP
• DoDonPachi DAI-OU-JOU (PS2)
• Twinbee Da!! [from Twinbee Portable] (PSP)
• Espgaluda (PS2)
• Space Invaders Extreme (PSP)
• R-Type Final (PS2)

BEST DRIVING/RACING GAME
• Burnout Paradise (PS3)
• Stuntman Ignition (PS3)
• Ridge Racer 7 (PS3)

BEST SPORTS GAME
• Sega Superstars Tennis (PS3)
• Neo Turf Masters [from SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1] (PSP)
• Baseball Stars 2 [from SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1] (PSP)
• Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory [from SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1] (PSP)
• Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (PS2)

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Posted by SonicHomeboy

Looking good so far. :) Would Bangai-O Spirits be considered a shoot-em up? I know you got the game, but it looks like you never did get a chance to play or it didn't make the cut. Just curious.

Posted by Usagi

I haven't played it enough yet to warrant consideration for my awards, but it'll be up for next year most likely.

Posted by LordAndrew

Do Sega Superstars Tennis and Unreal Tournament III really stand a chance against that competition?
I mean, you also nominated them for Most Disappointing Game.

I loved Persona 3. I should start playing FES sometime. But with Persona 4 coming out soon, I'm not sure I'll have the time. :(

Edited by Usagi

LordAndrew:  There is a possibility because a nomination for Most Disappointing Game doesn't necessarily mean it is a bad game.  It just means that those games or aspects of those games weren't as good as I expected.

Posted by SonicHomeboy

I see. Well, this list is pretty impressive so far. :)