Rockstar is known for pushing the envelope. Almost every title they touch turns to gold, and they've done this by both exploring the boundaries of maturity in gaming and ensuring that their games are polished to perfection. Rockstar San Diego has created a masterpiece with Red Dead Redemption, our game of the year, and they deserve accolades.
Quantic Dream was responsible for one of the past year's most visceral gaming experiences: Heavy Rain. Though the game's murder-mystery format seems instantly familiar, Quantic Dream did a great job of creating an immersive experience that pulled gamers into a branching narrative that demands both play and replay.