BEST ADVENTURE GAME: Nominees:
BEST ADVENTURE GAME:
3rd Place:THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: PHANTOM HOURGLASS
2nd Place:SUPER MARIO GALAXY
There has been a long wait for Assassin's Creed. Gamers have been drooling for this game ever since footage was shown at the last E3.
Assassin's Creed has promised a new and open game world, giving the player numerous ways to tackle their various assassination assignments. The combination of freedom, next gen visuals, and the ability to play as a super-cool medieval assassin shows why this game is at the top of the adventure genre. We're keeping our fingers crossed that the glitches we saw on the E3 demo are fixed by the game's November release.
- D'Marcus Beatty
BEST RPG GAME:
3rd Place:MASS EFFECT
2nd Place:FABLE 2
RPGs are like peanut butter; they taste creamy and stick on the roof of your mouth for a very long time. It comes as no surprise that Blue Dragon knocks off some stiff competition for the best of E3 RPGs. Sure, there are some RPGs that should have taken the ring, but when you say RPG, generally you want a nice blend of what we have had before plus a little dose of new. Therefore, when you have a title that shows those signs of gameplay, you have a winner before you take the pole; Blue Dragon will be one of the strongest RPGs that we will have arrive this year, next month to be more exact.
The beauty behind Blue Dragon will remind most avid Cartoon Network viewers of the Dragon Ball Z series, mainly due to the fact that the characters are designed by the Dragon Ball Z creator himself. Fans will be automatically drawn to the game quicker than any other. Throw in the fact that it will have wonderful music that we have grown accustomed to from RPGs, and more than half the job is done for Blue Dragon. As I said, there are other titles that I can see could have taken the top spot, but Blue Dragon actually retains a vast amount of what made RPGs good.
- Matthew Walker
BEST RACING GAME:
3rd Place:PROJECT GOTHAM RACING 4
2nd Place:BURNOUT PARADISE
Winner:MARIO KART WII
For the past decade or so, there has been one name that has been synonymous with car racing and endless hours of fun. Mario Kart. The series is recognizable by gamers and non-gamers alike as a staple in Nintendo's empire, so we all knew that it was just a matter of time before the Mario Kart franchise would be coming to the Wii.
Although there wasn't much actual information about Mario Kart Wii, there was enough at this year's E3 to get people pumped. We know so far that Mario Kart Wii will be coming sometime next year and will come with what has been dubbed the "Wii wheel". And while these are great, what a lot of people are excited about is the online capacity. Since Mario Kart for the DS was so successful at getting people hyped about racing online, it only seems natural that the Wii version would have similar features.
Although the Mario Kart franchise is a staple of sorts in the Nintendo catalog, it nevertheless succeeds at always getting people excited. Even people who don't necessarily like racing games seem to flock to Mario Kart's unique charm. And so it is Mario Kart's seemingly universal appeal that gets it the E3 best in show this year for the racing genre.
- Amanda L. Kondolojy