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Best of 2007 Pt. 3

Gamespot’s Best of 2007
Noteable Winners
Most Disappointing Delay – Grand Theft Auto IV
Best Action Adventure Game – Assassin’s Creed
Game of the Year – Super Mario Galaxy

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FoxNew’s Best of 2007 (nothing special, just a good read)
Noteable Winners
Most Enjoyable #1 – BioShock
Most Enjoyable #4 – Mass Effect
Best game that almost seems like an afterthought – Portal

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GameZone’s Reader’s Choice Best of 2007 – Coming January 8th, 2008
1UP’s 2007 Awards – Coming Soon
and more may come tomorrow…who knows.

Best of 2007 Pt. 2

The Edge Awards 2007
Noteable Winners
Best Game – Super Mario Galaxy
Best Visual Design – Bioshock
Best Hardware – Rock Band

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GameDaily’s NOD Awards 2007
Noteable Winners
Game of the Year – Call of Duty 4
Best Racing Game You’ve Never Heard Of – Dirt
Best Game with its own Softdrink – Halo 3

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X-Play’s Best of 2007
Noteable Winners
Game of the Year – Bioshock
Most Original Game – Portal
Best Action/Adventure Game – Super Mario Galaxy

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Coming Soon
Gamespot’s Best of 2007
GameZone’s Reader’s Choice Best of 2007
1UP’s 2007 Awards
Foxnews’s Best of 2007

This Week’s Releases – #7

The releases for the week of December 25th, 2007 – December 31st, 2007 is currently unavailable.

Best of 2007 Pt. 1

The Best of the Year awards have started and we have a few to share right now. We will be posting more as they are released.

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Gamespy’s 2007 Game of the Year Awards
Noteable Winners
Handheld Gaming Overall Top 10 Winner – The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Overall Console Top 10 Winner – Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
2007 Game of the Year – Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

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TeamXbox’s Game of the Years Awards 2007
Noteable Winners
Best Multiplayer Game of the Year – Halo 3
Best Story of the Year – Mass Effect
Game of the Year – Mass Effect

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IGN’s Best of 2007 Awards
Noteable Winners (Overall Winners will be announced on January 8th, 2008)
Best PS3 Game of the Year – Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Best Xbox 360 Game of the Year – Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Best Wii Game of the Year – Super Mario Galaxy

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Gamesradar’s seemingly annual Platinum Chalice Awards 2007
Noteable Winners
Holy Crap, New Ideas! – Bioshock
Special award: Best Alien Sex – Mass Effect
Actual Game of the Year – The Orange Box

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Yahoo! Game’s Game of the Year 2007 
Noteable Winners
Best Action Adventure Game – Super Mario Galaxy
Best Original Game – Bioshock
Best Overall Game of the Year – Super Mario Galaxy

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Best of 2007’s Coming Soon
The Edge Awards 2007 – Coming Today
GameDaily’s NOD Awards 2007 – Coming Today
X-Play’s Best of 2007 – Coming Today
Gamespot’s Best of 2007 – Starting December 24th, ending December 28th
GameZone’s Reader’s Choice Best of 2007 – Coming January 8th, 2008 –
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1UP’s 2007 Awards – Coming Soon – Vote Now
and maybe even several more coming soon.

In the News – #5

  • Jerry Bruckheimer, the man behind movies and hit shows like CSI and many more, is teaming up with MTV to create video games.
  • IGN has posted an interview with the lead game designer of Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Jean-Pascal Cambiotti, and discussed some new features for the upcoming Rainbow Six title. A new teaser trailer for Rainbow Six Vegas 2 was also released.
  • The long-awaited title, Duke Nukem Forever, is back in the news with a new teaser trailer. The devolpers are still promissing a multi-platform game, but has yet to announce which platforms and when the game might be released.
  • Another interview brought up some questions a couple of days ago regarding the Half-Life series. Kotaku interviewed Doug Lombardi regarding the future of the series. He says the series won’t end after Half-Life 2: Episode 3.
  • New features and info has been released for Saint’s Row 2. The city, Stillwater, is newly revamped and 45% larger with 130 playable building interiors. Helicopters, speedboats, jet-skis, and planes are new to the series. You can literally crash helicopters and planes into the inside of buildings. The story mode can be played entirely in co-op and you can chose to play as a male, female, or as an undecided individual.

Wii troubles?

Are you still having a hard time trying to find the Nintendo Wii console in time for the holidays? We have a few ideas that could get you a Wii – or the next best thing – in time for Christmas.

Solution #1: To deal with frustration among holiday shoppers hunting for its Wii game console, Nintendo Co. and retailer GameStop Corp. are launching a rain check program.

The rain checks will be available at the regular Wii system price, $249.99, on Dec. 20 and 21, and will entitle buyers to get the Nintendo console before Jan. 29.

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Solution #2: Ebay will always be a solution when looking to purchase something that isn’t available in stores. Literally thousands of Wii consoles are being sold on Ebay for about the regular price. Some are going up to $500; but I am sure you can find one for the regular price (maybe even less.)

See the Wii Ebay listings.

Five tips for Ebay:

  1. Before bidding on an item, make sure you read the seller’s feedback from other buyers and sellers. Sellers with a low feedback probably won’t deliver the item up for sale.

  2. Don’t bid on the first Wii listing you see. There are over 7,000 listings, I am sure you can find a good offer for one.

  3. You might be able to find a listing for a Wii bundle. A lot of the listings come with extra games and controllers.

  4. There are still a few days left ’til the cut off date to buy from eBay to get it to your door before Christmas. Read the description of the items and talk to the seller to see what you can do to get it there quickly.

  5. Beware of the shipping costs! Many buyers don’t even pay attention to the shipping costs when bidding for a product.

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Solution(s) #3: Still can’t get a Wii? Try giving the money as a present instead of the actual console. Or, buy a gift card to a video game retailer for the amount of a Wii console. Or just make an “IOU a Wii” card and wrap it up.

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Good luck. 

Foxnews.com’s Best and Worst Games of 2007

Read the full article.

BEST GAME: “BioShock.” Available for the Xbox 360 and PC. $59.99. Rated M.

A first-person shooter turned morality play, a thinking person’s action game, a piece of electronic fiction with a soul.

There are many positive ways to describe this gripping game and they’re all true. There’s just nothing else like this eerie vision of an undersea social experiment gone horribly wrong.

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BEST DEAL: “The Orange Box.” Available for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC for $59.99. Rated T through M.

For $59.99, the innovators at Valve Corp. have provided one of the best bargains in 2007. You get five games, and all of them are excellent.

“Portal,” in particular, seems destined for legendary status, having spawned a cottage industry for plush companion cubes. (If you don’t know what that means, you’re really missing out).

Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC, $59.99, Rated T through M.

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BEST GAME THAT INVOLVES GETTING OFF THE SOFA: “Rock Band.”

Close the windows, lock the doors and warn the neighbors before you blare the volume.

“Rock Band” elevates music rhythm games to arena-filling levels in a game that gets better the more people there are.

For a true rocking experience you’ll at least need two guitars — lead and bass — plus a drummer and a singer to belt out the dozens of tunes. Groupies are optional.

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MOST TIRING CONTROVERSY: “Manhunt 2.”

OK people, it seems pretty obvious that “Manhunt 2” is not a game for the kiddies. So why all the uproar?

Ratings issues aside, if a game that lets you perform execution moves is a turnoff, change the channel.

Parents have a tough job keeping content like this away from their children, but it’s ultimately part of the responsibility. And this game is no more graphic than any number of R-rated movies I’ve seen — except they aren’t being altered to appeal to industry ratings groups.

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MOST OVERRATED GAME: “Halo 3.”

Yes, I went there. And I’m not saying “Halo 3” is bad. It’s a decent game, with some good fighting and excellent online modes, no doubt.

But don’t believe Microsoft Corp.’s marketing and PR hype machine. “Halo 3” changes nothing about video games.

“Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” has a more interesting multiplayer component. And “Halo 3’s” single-player story is baffling and leaves this supposedly epic saga feeling somewhat incomplete.

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Read more in the full article.