CCC Best of 2006

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CCC's Best & Worst of 2006 Video Game Awards

Participating Editors: D'Marcus Beatty, Adam Brown, Mike Chasselwaite, Patrick Evans, Cole Smith, Vaughn Smith, Colin Thames
Layout/Design, Graphics and Words: Vaughn Smith

ow! What a year 2006 turned out to be. Last year at this time we only had an inkling of what was in store for gamers everywhere. We saw the Xbox 360 come into its own with a slew of impressive titles that started with the release of Dead or Alive 4 at the very end of 2005, followed by Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and GRAW in late winter/spring, Dead Rising and Saints Row just to show off and then ultimately delivering a one-two knock-out punch with Gears of War in November.

Gamers snickered at the newly unveiled name of Nintendo's Wii system in May, but then a few months later stood in line overnight just to pre-order it and get their hands on Link's latest adventure. Sony's latest was once again the 800 lb gorilla, due to the price and the lack of availability. It's not untrue to say eBay made a lot more revenue off of sales of the PS3 than Sony did. Those who were lucky enough to get one (and actually play it) were quite content to drool over the eye candy of Resistance: Fall of Man.

But for all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the arrival of the next gen systems the current gen systems (we need everyone to adjust their lexicon as the next gen should now be called "current gen" and current gen" should now be called "old gen") like the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Cube still had some surprises in store. The PS2 still had some fight left in it with Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Guitar Hero 2, Bully and Final Fantasy XII (to name a few) and even the Cube showed signs of life with Chibi-Robo! Plug Into Adventure, Baten Kaitos Origins and of course, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Microsoft managed to shock Xbox owners with just how quickly they dropped support of their big black box. To put it into easier to understand terms, the Xbox became the 'Jennifer Anniston' of video game systems while the X360 was the 'Angelina Jolie'.

While the consoles battled it out for supremacy, the handhelds were waging their own war. Nintendo's DS, once known for its gimmicky gameplay was hard to ignore with interesting and fun titles like Brain Age and New Super Mario Bros. The PSP didn't fare quite as well in terms of overall sales, but the quaility of games appearing on it tripled compared to 2005. If you've played Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Killzone Liberation, Pursuit Force or GTA: Vice City Stories you already know just what kind of a killer year the PSP had. We'd love to see a big fat price reduction in the new year for Sony's handhelf badboy. Why? Cuz we're cheap!

Unlike us, you probably haven't played hundreds of incredible, almost incredible, not quite so incredible, and definitely not remotely credible, games like the editors at That's why every year at this time we find ourselves pouring over release lists, nominating, voting and fighting over the best and worse of the previous 365 days.

So sit back, relax and enjoy CCC's Best and Worst of 2006 Video Game Awards. We've trimmed the fat, cut Richard Simmons and Clay Aiken's Splinter Cell musical duet production number and told Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie to continue cooking us cheeseburgers until we're done.

Have a fantastic New Year and remember to unplug yourself every so often to take in the sights in the real world! We hear the graphics are incredible, but the NPC's still suffer from a lack of decent artificial intelligence.

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