GameSpot's Best and Worst Awards

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GameSpot rewards excellence and highlights poor performance each year in its Best and Worst awards. From 1996 through 2002, GameSpot held separate awards for PC and console games, though no results of the console awards are not available before 2000. In 2003, all PC and console games began to compete against all others, regardless of system.

The roughly forty current awards are chosen by the site's editors and are classifiable into four divisions: Special Achievement, Dubious Honors, Genre Awards, and the Platform Awards. One game is chosen as Game of the Year. The public can vote on GameSpot for their own winners, which are later tabulated and announced as the Readers' Choice winners.

The Special Achievement division is currently comprised of the following awards:

   * Best Original Music
   * Most Surprisingly Good Game
   * Best Licensed Music
   * Best Story
   * Best Sound Effects
   * Best Graphics, Technical
   * Best Voice Acting
   * Best Graphics, Artistic
   * Best Use of a Creative License
   * Best New Character(s)
   * Funniest Game
   * Biggest News
   * Best Multiplayer Game
   * Best Expansion Pack
   * Best Original Game Mechanic
   * Best Downloadable Console Game
   * Best Downloadable Content
   * Best Atmosphere
   * Best Use of Control Scheme
   * Most Improved Sequel
   * Best New Gaming Hardware

The Dubious Honors is comprised of seven awards:

   * Most Despicable Use of In-Game Advertising
   * Worst Use of Celebrity Voices
   * Worst Trend
   * Most Disappointing Game
   * Flat-Out Worst Game
   * Worst Game Everyone Played
   * Best Game No One Played

The Genre Awards division is currently comprised of ten awards:

   * Best Action Adventure Game
   * Best Shooter
   * Best Fighting Game
   * Best Platformer
   * Best Driving Game
   * Best Puzzle Game
   * Best Rhythm/Music Game
   * Best Role-playing Game
   * Best Sports Game
   * Best Strategy Game

The Platform Awards division is currently comprised of the six awards:

   * Best Nintendo DS Game
   * Best PSP Game
   * Best Xbox 360 Game
   * Best PlayStation 3 Game
   * Best Wii Game
   * Best PC Game

Contents [hide]

   * 1 History of Winners
         o 1.1 Game of the Year
         o 1.2 Special Achievement
               + 1.2.1 Current Awards
                         new   Best Atmosphere
                     # 1.2.1.1 Best Classic Compilation
                     # 1.2.1.2 Best Downloadable Console Game
                         new   Best Downloadable Content
                     # 1.2.1.3 Best Expansion Pack
                     # 1.2.1.4 Best Graphics, Artistic
                     # 1.2.1.5 Best Graphics, Technical
                     # 1.2.1.6 Best Licensed Music
                     # 1.2.1.7 Best Multiplayer/Online Game
                     # 1.2.1.8 Best New Character(s)
                     # 1.2.1.9 Best New Gaming Hardware
                     # 1.2.1.10 Best Original Game Mechanic
                     # 1.2.1.11 Best Original Music
                     # 1.2.1.12 Best Sound Effects / Design
                     # 1.2.1.13 Best Story
                     # 1.2.1.14 Best Use of a Creative License
                         new    Best Use of Control Scheme
                     # 1.2.1.15 Best Use of Xbox 360 Achievement Points
                     # 1.2.1.16 Best Voice Acting
                     # 1.2.1.17 Biggest News
                     # 1.2.1.18 Funniest Game
                     # 1.2.1.19 Most Improved Sequel
                     # 1.2.1.20 Most Surprisingly Good Game
               + 1.2.2 Retired Awards
                     # 1.2.2.1 One-Year Awards, Miscellaneous
                     # 1.2.2.2 Best Artificial Intelligence
                     # 1.2.2.3 Best Budget Game
                     # 1.2.2.4 Best Graphics
                     # 1.2.2.5 Best Multiplatform Game
                     # 1.2.2.6 Biggest Surprise
                     # 1.2.2.7 Most Innovative / Original Game
         o 1.3 Dubious Honors
               + 1.3.1 Current Awards
                     # 1.3.1.1 Best Game No One Played
                     # 1.3.1.2 Flat-Out Worst Game
                     # 1.3.1.3 Most Despicable Use of In-Game Advertising
                     # 1.3.1.4 Most Disappointing Game
                     # 1.3.1.5 Most Long-Winded Game Title
                     # 1.3.1.6 Worst Game Everyone Played
                     # 1.3.1.7 Worst Trend
                     # 1.3.1.8 Worst Use of Celebrity Voices
               + 1.3.2 Retired Awards
                     # 1.3.2.1 One-Year Awards, Miscellaneous
                     # 1.3.2.2 Most Disappointing Delay
                     # 1.3.2.3 Most Regrettable Licensing Deal
         o 1.4 Genre Awards
               + 1.4.1 Current Awards
                     # 1.4.1.1 Best Action Adventure Game
                     # 1.4.1.2 Best Driving Game
                     # 1.4.1.3 Best Fighting Game
                     # 1.4.1.4 Best Platformer
                     # 1.4.1.5 Best Puzzle Game
                     # 1.4.1.6 Best Rhythm/Music Game
                     # 1.4.1.7 Best Role-Playing Game
                     # 1.4.1.8 Best Shooter
                     # 1.4.1.9 Best Sports Game, Traditional
                     # 1.4.1.10 Best Strategy Game
               + 1.4.2 Retired Awards
                     # 1.4.2.1 Best Interactive Movie
                     # 1.4.2.2 Best Massively Multiplayer Online Game
                     # 1.4.2.3 Best Simulation
                     # 1.4.2.4 Best Sports Game, Alternate
                     # 1.4.2.5 Best War Game
         o 1.5 Platform Awards
               + 1.5.1 Current Awards
                     # 1.5.1.1 Best Game Boy Advance Game
                     # 1.5.1.2 Best GameCube Game
                     # 1.5.1.3 Best Nintendo DS Game
                     # 1.5.1.4 Best PC Game
                     # 1.5.1.5 Best PlayStation 2 Game
                     # 1.5.1.6 Best PlayStation 3 Game
                     # 1.5.1.7 Best PSP Game
                     # 1.5.1.8 Best Wii Game
                     # 1.5.1.9 Best Xbox Game
                     # 1.5.1.10 Best Xbox 360 Game
               + 1.5.2 Retired Awards
                     # 1.5.2.1 Best Dreamcast Game
                     # 1.5.2.2 Best Game Boy Color Game
                     # 1.5.2.3 Best N-Gage Game
                     # 1.5.2.4 Best Nintendo 64 Game
                     # 1.5.2.5 Best Playstation Game
         o 1.6 Readers' Choice Winners
               + 1.6.1 Game of the Year
               + 1.6.2 Special Achievement
               + 1.6.3 Dubious Honors
               + 1.6.4 Genre Awards
                     # 1.6.4.1 Action Adventure
                     # 1.6.4.2 Best Shooter
                     # 1.6.4.3 Best Fighting Game
                     # 1.6.4.4 Best Platformer
                     # 1.6.4.5 Best Driving Game
                     # 1.6.4.6 Best Puzzle Game
                     # 1.6.4.7 Best Rhythm/Music Game
                     # 1.6.4.8 Best Role-Playing Game
                     # 1.6.4.9 Best Sports Game
                     # 1.6.4.10 Best Strategy Game
                     # 1.6.4.11 Best Simulation (retired)
               + 1.6.5 Platform Awards
                     # 1.6.5.1 Best Game Boy Advance Game
                     # 1.6.5.2 Best Gamecube Game
                     # 1.6.5.3 Best Nintendo DS Game
                     # 1.6.5.4 Best N-Gage Game (retired)
                     # 1.6.5.5 Best PC Game
                     # 1.6.5.6 Best Playstation 2 Game
                     # 1.6.5.7 Best Playstation 3 Game
                     # 1.6.5.8 Best PSP Game
                     # 1.6.5.9 Best XBox Game
                     # 1.6.5.10 Best Xbox 360 Game
                     # 1.6.5.11 Best Wii Game
   * 2 External links

History of Winners
Game of the Year
   2007 : Super Mario Galaxy, (Wii), Nintendo
   2006 : Gears of War, (XBox 360), Epic Games
   2005 : Resident Evil 4, (Gamecube), Capcom
   2004 : World of Warcraft, (PC), Blizzard Entertainment
   2003 : The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, (Gamecube), Nintendo
   2002 (PC) : Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Blizzard Entertainment
   2002 (console) : Metroid Prime, (Gamecube), Retro Studios
   2001 (PC) : Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Croteam
   2001 (console) : Grand Theft Auto 3, (Playstation 2), DMA Design
   2000 (PC) : The Sims, Maxis
   2000 (console) : Chrono Cross, (PlayStation, SquareSoft
   1999 (PC) : EverQuest, Verant Interactive
   1998 (PC) : Grim Fandango, LucasArts
   1997 (PC) : Total Annihilation, Cavedog Entertainment
   1996 (PC) : Diablo, Blizzard North

Special Achievement
Current Awards
Best Atmosphere
   2007 : S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, (PC), GSC Game World

Best Downloadable Console Game
   2007 : Pac-Man Championship Edition, (XBox 360), Nambo Bandai
   2006 : Uno, (X360), Carbonated Games

Best Downloadable Content
   2007 : Rock Band, (XBox 360, PS3), Harmonix

Best Expansion Pack
   2007 : World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, (PC), Blizzard Entertainment
   2006 : Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, (PC), Relic
   2004 : Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots, (PC), Big Huge Games
   2003 : Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, (PC), Blizzard Entertainment
   2002 : Dark Age of Camelot: Shrouded Isles, (PC), Mythic Entertainment
   2001 (PC) : Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge, Westwood Studios
   2000 (PC) : EverQuest: The Ruins of Kunark, Verant Interactive
   1998 (PC) : Starcraft: Brood War, Blizzard

Best Graphics, Artistic
   2007 : Super Mario Galaxy, (Wii), Nintendo
   2006 : Okami, (PS2), Clover Studio
   2005 : Psychonauts, (XBox), Double Fine Productions
   2004 : Half-Life 2, (PC), Valve Software
   2003 : The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, (Gamecube), Nintendo
   2002 (PC): Syberia, Microids
   2002 (X-Box): Jet Set Radio Future, Smilebit
   2002 (Gamecube): Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, Silicon Knights
   2002 (Playstation 2): Rez, UGA
   2001 (PC) : Clive Barker's Undying, EALA
   2001 (console) : Ico, (Playstation 2), SCEA
   2000 (PC) : Sacrifice, Shiny Entertainment
   2000 (console) : Jet Grind Radio, (Dreamcast), Smilebit
   1998 (PC) : Grim Fandango, LucasArts

Best Graphics, Technical
   2007 : Crysis, (PC), Crytek
   2006 : Gears of War, (XBox 360), Epic Games
   2005 : F.E.A.R., (PC), Monolith Productions
   2004 : Doom 3, (PC), id Software
   2003 : SSX 3, (XBOX, GC, PS2), EA Canada
   2002 (PC): Unreal Tournament 2003, Digital Extremes
   2002 (X-Box): Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Ubi Soft
   2002 (Gamecube): Metroid Prime, Retro Studios
   2002 (Playstation 2): Ratchet & Clank, Insomniac Games
   2001 (PC) : Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Gray Matter
   2001 (console) : Dead or Alive 3, (X-Box), Tecmo
   2000 (PC) : Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Planet Moon Studios
   2000 (console) : Shenmue, (Dreamcast), Sega
   1998 (PC) : Unreal, Epic Mega Games

Best Licensed Music
   * Though games that won the "Best Music" award featured licensed music, this did not become its own category until 2003.
   2007 : Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, (Xbox 360, PS3, others), Neversoft Entertainment
   2006 : Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, (Xbox, PC, PS2), The Collective
   2005 : Project Gotham Racing 3, (XBox 360), Bizarre Creations
   2004 : Battlefield Vietnam, (PC), Digital Illusions
   2003 : True Crime: Streets of LA, (XBox, Gamecube, Playstation 2), Luxoflux, Inc.
   2002 (PC): Mafia, Illusion Softworks
   2002 (console): Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, (PS2), Rockstar North

Best Multiplayer/Online Game
   2007 : Rock Band, (XBox 360, PS3), Harmonix
   2006 : Gears of War, (X360), Epic Games
   2005 : Battlefield 2, (PC), Digital Illusions
   2004 : Halo 2, (XBox), Bungie Software
   2003 : Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, (PC), Blizzard Entertainment
   2002 (X-Box): MechAssault, Day 1 Studios
   2002 (Playstation 2): SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs, Zipper Interactive
   2000 (PC) : Half-Life: Counter-Strike, The Counter-Strike Team
   2000 (console) : Quake III Arena, (Dreamcast), Raster
   1998 (PC) : Starcraft, Blizzard
   1997 (PC, multiplayer) : Total Annihilation, Cavedog Entertainment
   1997 (PC, online-only): Acrophobia, (PC), Berkeley Systems
   1996 (PC) : Quake, id Software

Best New Character(s)
   2007 : Half-Life: The Orange Box, (PC, XBox 360, PS3), Valve
   2006 : Delta Squad, Gears of War, (XBox 360), Epic Games
   2005 : Harman Smith, Killer7, (Gamecube, PS2), Grasshopper Manufacture
   2004 : The Boss, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, (PS2), KCEJ
   2003 : Tesshu, Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven, (Playstation 2), K2 LLC

Best New Gaming Hardware
   2007 : Rock Band instrument set
   2006 : Nintendo Wii
   2005 : Microsoft Xbox 360
   2002 (Best New Peripheral): Microsoft Xbox Live

Best Original Game Mechanic
   2007 : Portal, (PC, XBox 360, PS3), Valve
   2006 : Free-Motion Controls, [[Madden NFL 07, (Wii), EA Canada
   2005 : NBA 2K6, (Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2), Visual Concepts
   2004 : Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, (XBox, PS2), Midway

Best Original Music
   2007 : Mass Effect, (XBox 360), BioWare
   2006 : Bully, (PS2), Rockstar Vancouver
   2005 : God of War, (PS2), SCEA
   2004 : Katamari Damacy, (PS2), Namco
   2003 : Freedom Fighters, (PC, XBOX, GC, PS2), Io Interactive
   2002 (PC): Mafia, Illusion Softworks; Though this game featured licensed music, GameSpot had not yet established that as an award category.
   2002 (X-Box): Jet Set Radio Future, Smilebit
   2002 (Gamecube): Metroid Prime, Retro Studios
   2002 (Playstation 2): Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Rockstar North; Though this game featured licensed music, GameSpot had not yet established that as an award category.
   2001 (PC) : Tropico, PopTop Software
   2001 (console) : Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, (Playstation 2), Konami
   2000 (PC) : Icewind Dale, Black Isle Studios
   2000 (console) : Chrono Cross, (PlayStation), SquareSoft
   1998 (PC) : Grim Fandango, LucasArts
   1997 (PC) : Total Annihilation, Cavedog Entertainment

Best Sound Effects / Design
   2007 : Rock Band, (XBox 360, PS3), Harmonix
   2006 : Dead Rising, (XBox 360), Capcom
   2005 : Condemned: Criminal Origins, (XBox 360), Monolith Productions
   2004 : Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, (PS2), KCEJ
   2003 : Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, (PC), Cyan Productions
   2002 (PC): Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, 2015
   2002 (X-Box): Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Red Storm Entertainment
   2002 (Gamecube): Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem,(Silicon Knights
   2002 (Playstation 2): Medal of Honor Frontline, EALA
   2002 (GBA): Aggressive Inline, Full-Fat
   2001 (PC) : Clive Barker's Undying, EALA
   2001 (console) : Soul Reaver 2, (Playstation 2), Crystal Dynamics
   2000 (PC) : The Sims, Maxis
   2000 (console) : [[SSX, (PlayStation 2), Electronic Arts
   1998 (PC) : Thief: The Dark Project, Looking Glass
   1997 (PC) : NHL 98, EA Sports
   1996 (PC) : Diablo, Blizzard North

Best Story
   2007 : Bioshock, (XBox 360, PC), 2K Boston
   2006 : Neverwinter Nights 2, (PC), Obsidian Entertainment
   2005 : Indigo Prophecy, (Playstation 2), Quantic Dream
   2004 : Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, (PS2), KCEJ
   2003 : Beyond Good & Evil, (PC, XBOX, GC, PS2), Ubisoft
   2002 (PC): Freedom Force, Irrational Games
   2002 (X-Box): Dead to Rights, Namco
   2002 (Gamecube): Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, Silicon Knights
   2002 (Playstation 2): Dead to Rights, Namco
   2002 (GBA): Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis, Quest
   2001 (PC) : Anachronox, Ion Storm
   2001 (console) : Final Fantasy X, (Playstation 2), Square
   2000 (PC) : The Longest Journey, Funcom
   2000 (console) : Summoner, (PlayStation 2), Volition
   1998 (PC) : Starcraft, Blizzard
   1997 (PC) : The Last Express, Smoking Car Productions
   1996 (PC) : The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery, Sierra On-Line

Best Use of a Creative License
   2007 : Sherlock Holmes: Awakened, (PC), Frogwares
   2006 : Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, (X360, PS3, PC, Xbox, PS2, GC, Wii), Raven Software
   2005 : The Warriors, (PS2), Rockstar Toronto
   2004 : The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, (XBox), Starbreeze
   2003 : Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, (PC), XBox, BioWare
   2002 : The Thing, (PC, X-Box, Playstation 2), Computer Artworks

Best Use of Control Scheme
   2007 : The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, (NDS), Nintendo

Best Voice Acting
   2007 : Mass Effect, (XBox 360), BioWare
   2006 : Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, (PC), XBox, Funcom
   2005 : Psychonauts, (XBox), Double Fine Productions
   2004 : Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, (PS2), Rockstar North
   2003 : The Getaway, (Playstation 2), Team Soho
   2002 : Freedom Force, (PC), Irrational Games

Biggest News
   2007 : Vivendi merges with Activision in $18.9B deal
   2006 : The Saga of the PlayStation 3 Launch
   2005 : San Andreas rated AO, Take-Two suspends production
   2004 : PSP hitting Japan on December 12 for $185
   2003 : Half-Life 2 code heist
   2002 : Nintendo and Square get back together

Funniest Game
   2007 : Half-Life: The Orange Box, (PC, XBox 360, PS3), Valve
   2006 : Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock, (PC), Telltale Games
   2005 : Psychonauts, (XBox), Double Fine Productions
   2004 : Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, (PS2), Rockstar North
   2003 : The Simpsons: Hit & Run, (PC, XBOX, GC, PS2), Radical Entertainment
   2003 (Inadvertently) : Arthur's Quest: Battle for the Kingdom, (PC), ValuSoft
   2002 (Purposely) : No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way, (PC), Monolith Productions

Most Improved Sequel
   2007 : Medal of Honor Heroes 2, (Wii), EA Canada
   2006 : Tomb Raider: Legend, (X360, Xbox, PS2, GC), Crystal Dynamics
   2005 : Resident Evil 4, (Gamecube), Capcom
   2004 : Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders, (XBox), Phantagram
   2002 (PC): Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, IO Interactive

Most Innovative / Original Game
   2007 : World in Conflict, (PC), Massive Entertainment
   2005 : Killer7, (Gamecube, (PS2), Grasshopper Manufacture
   2004 : Katamari Damacy, (PS2), Namco
   2003 : EyeToy: Play, (Playstation 2), SCEE
   2002 : Animal Crossing, (Gamecube), Nintendo
   2001 (PC) : Shattered Galaxy, Nexon Inc.
   2001 (console) : Grand Theft Auto III, (Playstation 2), DMA Design
   1997 (PC) : Dungeon Keeper, Bullfrog Productions

Most Surprisingly Good Game
   2007 : Medal of Honor Heroes 2, (Wii), EA Canada
   2006 : Saints Row, (XBox 360), Volition Inc.
   2005 : Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, (PS2), Midway Studios - Los Angeles
   2004 : The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, (XBox), Starbreeze
   2003 : Otogi: Myth of Demons, (XBox), From Software

Retired Awards
One-Year Awards, Miscellaneous
   2006 "Best Use of Xbox 360 Achievement Points" : Dead Rising, Capcom
   2005 "Best Use of Sweat" : NBA 2K6, (XBox 360), Visual Concepts
   2005 "Best Use of Upset, Disheveled Men" : Condemned: Criminal Origins, (XBox 360), Monolith Productions
   2005 "Most Metal" : Guitar Hero, (PS2, Harmonix Music Systems
   2005 "Most Outrageous Game" : Amped 3, (XBox 360, 2K Sports
   2004 "Best Use of a Celebrity" : Vin Diesel, The Chronicles of Riddick, (XBox, Starbreeze
   2002 "Best Crossover Since Capcom vs. SNK" : Kingdom Hearts, (Playstation 2), Square
   2002 "Best Japanese Import" : Ikaruga, (Dreamcast), Treasure
   2002 "Best Name for a Game" : The Pinball of the Dead, (Game Boy Advance, Sega
   2002 "Best Party Game" : Super Monkey Ball 2, (Gamecube), Amusement Vision
   2002 "Best Port of a 16-Bit Classic" : The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, (Game Boy Advance), Nintendo
   2002 "Best Use of Taxpayers' Dollars" : America's Army: Operations, (PC, US Army
   2002 "Most Deserving of a Remake" : Bionic Commando, (Nintendo NES), Capcom
   2001 (console) "Best In-Game Water" : Wave Race: Blue Storm, (Gamecube, Nintendo
   1997 (PC) "Best Cinematics" : Curse of Monkey Island, (LucasArts
   1997 (PC) "Best Ending" : Fallout, (Interplay Productions

Best Artificial Intelligence
   2005 : F.E.A.R., (PC), Monolith Productions
   2001 (PC) : Black & White, Lionhead Studios

Best Budget Game
   2005 : Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, (XBox 360), Bizarre Creations
   2004 : ESPN NFL 2K5, (PS2, XBox), Visual Concepts
   2002 (PC): Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Croteam

Best Classic Compilation
   2006 : Sega Genesis Collection, (PS2), Sega
   2003 : The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition, (Gamecube), Nintendo
   2002 : Activision Anthology, (Playstation 2), Contraband Entertainment

Best Graphics
   2002 (Game Boy Advance) : Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Nintendo
   1997 (PC) : Wing Commander: Prophecy, Origin Systems
   1996 (PC) : Diablo, Blizzard North

Best Multiplatform Game
   2003 : Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, (PC, XBOX, GC, PS2), Ubisoft
   2002 : Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, (PC, X-Box, Playstation 2), IO Interactive

Biggest Surprise
   2002 (PC): Battlefield 1942, Digital Illusions
   2001 (console) : Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, (Playstation 2), Konami

Dubious Honors
Current Awards
Best Game No One Played
   2007 : Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, (XBox 360, PS3, NDS), multiple developers
   2006 : GTR 2, (PC), Crystal Dynamics
   2005 : Psychonauts, (XBox), Double Fine Productions
   2004 : Silent Storm, (PC), Nival Interactive
   2003 : Amplitude, (Playstation 2), Harmonix Music Systems
   2002 (PC): MoonBase Commander, Humongous Entertainment
   2002 (X-Box): Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Collective
   2002 (Gamecube): Sega Soccer Slam, Black Box
   2002 (Playstation 2): Dynasty Tactics, Koei
   2001 (PC) : Clive Barker's Undying, (EALA
   2001 (console) : Victorious Boxers, (Playstation 2), New
   2000 (PC) : Allegiance, Microsoft
   2000 (console) : Samba De Amigo, (Dreamcast), Sega
   1998 (PC) : Battlezone, Activision
   1997 (PC) : Seven Kingdoms, Enlight Software
   1996 (PC) : Spycraft: The Great Game, Activision

Flat-Out Worst Game
   2007 : Hour of Victory, (PC, XBox 360), N-Fusion Interactive
   2006 : Bomberman: Act Zero, (XBox 360), Hudson
   2005 : Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green, (XBox), Brainbox Games
   2004 : Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, (PC), Stellar Stone
   2003 : Gods and Generals, (PC), Anivision
   2002 (PC): Demonworld: Dark Armies, Ikarion
   2002 (X-Box): Gravity Games Bike: Street Vert Dirt, Midway
   2002 (Gamecube): Jeremy McGrath Supercross World, Acclaim
   2002 (Playstation 2): Gravity Games Bike: Street Vert Dirt, Midway
   2002 (GBA): Mortal Kombat Advance, Virtucraft
   2001 (PC) : Survivor: The Interactive Game, Magic Lantern
   2001 (console) : Kabuki Warriors, (X-Box), Genki\Lightweight
   2000 (PC) : Blaze & Blade - Eternal Quest, T&E Soft
   2000 (console) : Spirit of Speed 1937, (Dreamcast), Acclaim/LJN
   1998 (PC) : Trespasser, Dreamworks Interactive
   1997 (PC) : Conquest Earth, Data Design
   1996 (PC) : Catfight, Phantom Card

Most Despicable Use of In-Game Advertising
   2007 : Need for Speed ProStreet, multiple, EA Black Box
   2006 : Fight Night Round 3, (X360, PS3), EA Chicago
   2005 : SWAT 4, (PC), Irrational Games
   2004 : Need for Speed Underground 2, (PC, XBOX, GC, PS2), EA Canada
   2003 : Tony Hawk's Underground, (XBOX, GC, PS2)), Neversoft Entertainment

Most Disappointing Delay
   2007 : Grand Theft Auto IV, (XBox 360, PS3), Rockstar
   2005 : The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, (Gamecube), Nintendo
   2004 : Gran Turismo 4, (PS2), Polyphony Digital
   2003 : Half-Life 2, (PC), Valve Software
   2002 : The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, (Gamecube), Nintendo
   1997 : Unreal, (PC), Epic MegaGames

Most Disappointing Game
   2007 : Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08, multiple, EA Tiburon
   2006 : Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting, (XBox 360), Sensory Sweep
   2005 : FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup, (XBox 360), EA Canada
   2004 : Fable, (XBox), Big Blue Box
   2003 : Devil May Cry 2, (Playstation 2), Capcom
   2002 (PC): Civilization III: Play The World, Firaxis
   2002 (X-Box): ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth, ToeJam & Earl Productions
   2002 (Gamecube): Super Mario Sunshine, Nintendo
   2002 (Playstation 2): The Mark of Kri, SCEA
   2002 (GBA): The Revenge of Shinobi, 3d6 Games
   2001 (PC) : Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor, Stormfront Studios
   2001 (console) : Luigi's Mansion, (Gamecube), Nintendo
   2000 (PC) : Star Wars: Force Commander, LucasArts
   2000 (console) : Shenmue, (Dreamcast), Sega
   1998 (PC) : Star Wars Rebellion, Coolhand Interactive
   1997 (PC) : Starfleet Academy, Interplay Productions
   1996 (PC) : Gene Wars, Bullfrog Productions

Worst Game Everyone Played
   2007 : Spider-Man 3, multiple, multiple
   2006 : Jaws Unleashed, (XBox), Appaloosa Interactive

Worst Trend
   2007 : Lousy Wii Ports
   2006 : Release-Day Shortages (Games, Consoles, Accessories)
   2005 : All the lousy "urban"-themed games

Retired Awards
One-Year Awards, Miscellaneous
   2005 "Biggest Buster" : 187 Ride or Die, (Xbox, PlayStation 2), Ubisoft
   2005 "Most Aggravating Frame Rate / Best Slideshow" : Quake 4, (XBox 360), Raven Software
   2005 "Most Gratuitous Use of F------ Swearing" : True Crime: New York City, (Xbox, PlayStation 2, PC), Luxoflux
   2004 "Most Baditude" : Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, (PC, XBOX, GC, PS2), Ubisoft Montreal
   2004 "Most Light Bloom" : Fable, (XBox, Big Blue Box
   2004 "War of the Year" : The Vietnam War
   2002 "Most Embarrassing Game" : Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, (XBox), Team Ninja
   2002 "Most Pretentious Game" : Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht, (Playstation 2), Monolith Soft
   2002 "Worst Loading Times" : Stuntman, (Playstation 2), Reflections

Most Long-Winded Game Title
   2006 : Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army, (PS2), Atlus Co.
   2005 : Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube), Ubisoft

Most Regrettable Licensing Deal
   2004 : Fight Club, (XBOX, PS2), Genuine Games
   2002 : Dark Angel, (Xbox, PS2), Radical Entertainment

Worst Use of Celebrity Voices
   2006 : The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, (Xbox, PS2), Krome Studios
   2005 : Christopher Walken, True Crime: New York City, (Xbox, PlayStation 2, PC), Luxoflux
   2004 : ESPN NFL 2K5, (XBOX, PS2), Visual Concepts
   2003 : Charlie's Angels, (Gamecube), Neko Entertainment

Genre Awards
Current Awards
Best Action Adventure Game
   2007 (Action Adventure) : Assassin's Creed, (XBox 360), Ubisoft Montreal
   2007 (Adventure) : Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure, (Wii), Capcom
   2006 : Dead Rising, (XBox 360), Capcom
   2005 (Action Adventure): Resident Evil 4, (Gamecube), Capcom
   2005 (Adventure) : Indigo Prophecy, (XBox 360), Quantic Dream
   2004 (Action Adventure): Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, (Ps2), Rockstar North
   2004 (Adventure): Myst IV Revelation, (PC), Ubisoft Montreal
   2003 (Adventure) : Silent Hill 3, (Playstation 2), KCET
   2003 (Action Adventure) : The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, (Gamecube), Nintendo
   2002 (PC, action, single-player): No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way, Monolith Productions
   2002 (PC, action, multiplayer): Battlefield 1942, Digital Illusions
   2002 (PC, adventure): Syberia, Microids
   2002 (X-Box): Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Ubi Soft
   2002 ([[Gamecube): Metroid Prime, Retro Studios
   2002 (Playstation 2): Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Rockstar North
   2002 (GBA, action): Metroid Fusion, Nintendo
   2001 (PC, action, single-player) : Max Payne, Remedy Entertainment
   2001 (PC, action, multiplayer) : Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Gray Matter
   2001 (PC, adventure) : Myst III: Exile, Presto Studios
   2001 (console) : Grand Theft Auto III, Playstation 2, DMA Design
   2000 (PC, action) : The Operative: No One Lives Forever, Monolith Productions
   2000 (PC, adventure) : The Longest Journey, Funcom
   2000 (console, adventure) : Resident Evil: Code Veronica, (Dreamcast), Capcom
   1997 (PC, Action) : Half-Life, Valve Software
   1997 (PC, Adventure) : Grim Fandango, LucasArts
   1997 (PC, Action) : Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, LucasArts
   1997 (PC, Action/Simulation) : Wing Commander: Prophecy, Origin Systems
   1997 (PC, Adventure) : The Curse of Monkey Island, LucasArts
   1996 (PC, Action) : Diablo, Blizzard North
   1996 (PC, Adventure) : The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery, Sierra On-Line

Best Driving Game
   2007 : Forza Motorsport 2, (XBox 360), Turn 10 Studios
   2006 : GTR 2, (PC), SimBin
   2005 : Forza Motorsport, (XBox), Microsoft Game Studios
   2004 : Burnout 3: Takedown, (PS2), Criterion Games
   2003 : MotoGP 2, (XBox), Climax
   2002 (PC): Rally Trophy, Bugbear
   2002 (X-Box): Rallisport Challenge, Digital Illusions
   2002 (Gamecube): NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona, Monster Games
   2002 (Playstation 2): Burnout 2: Point of Impact, Criterion Studios
   2002 (GBA): Driver 2 Advance, Sennari Interactive
   2001 (PC) : NASCAR Racing 4, Papyrus
   2001 (console) : Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, (Playstation 2), Polyphony Digital
   2000 (PC) : Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed, Electronic Arts
   2000 (console) : Test Drive Le Mans, (Dreamcast), Infogrames
   1998 (PC) : Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit, Electronic Arts
   1997 (PC) : CART Precision Racing, Terminal Reality

Best Fighting Game
   2007 : Virtua Fighter 5 Online, (XBox 360, PS3), Sega-AM2
   2006 : Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, (XBox 360), Digital Eclipse
   2005 : Tekken 5, (PS2), Namco
   2004 : Mortal Kombat: Deception, (XBOX), PS2, Midway
   2003 : Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, (Playstation 2), SEGA-AM2
   2002 (X-Box): Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Midway
   2002 (Gamecube): Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Midway
   2002 (Playstation 2): Virtua Fighter 4, SEGA-AM2
   2001 (console) : Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves, (Dreamcast), SNK
   2000 (console) : Capcom vs. SNK, (Dreamcast), Capcom

Best Platformer
   2007 : Super Mario Galaxy, (Wii), Nintendo
   2006 : Daxter, (PSP), Ready at Dawn
   2005 : Psychonauts, (XBox), Double Fine Productions
   2004 : Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, (PS2), Insomniac Games
   2003 : Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, (Playstation 2), Insomniac Games
   2002 (X-Box): Jet Set Radio Future, Smilebit
   2002 (Gamecube): Super Mario Sunshine, Nintendo
   2002 (Playstation 2): Ratchet & Clank, Insomniac Games
   2001 (console) : Conker's Bad Fur Day, Nintendo 64, Rare Ltd.
   2000 (console) : Banjo-Tooie, (Nintendo 64), Rare

Best Puzzle Game
   2007 : Portal, (PC, XBox 360, PS3), Valve
   2006 : Exit, (PSP, Taito Corporation
   2005 (Best Puzzle/Rhythm Game): Guitar Hero, (PS2), Harmonix Music Systems
   2004 (Best Puzzle/Rhythm Game): Katamari Damacy, (PS2), Namco
   2003 (Best Puzzle/Rhythm Game): WarioWare Inc.: Mega MicroGame$, (Game Boy Advance), Nintendo
   2001 (PC, puzzle/miscellaneous) : The Typing of the Dead, Sega
   2000 (PC) : The Return of the Incredible Machine: Contraptions, Sierra Attractions
   2000 (console) : Samba De Amigo, (Dreamcast), Sega
   1998 (PC) : You Don't Know Jack: The Ride, Jellyvision
   1997 (PC) : Chessmaster 5500, Mindscape
   1996 (PC) : You Don't Know Jack Vol. 2, Jellyvision

Best Rhythm/Music Game
   2007 : Rock Band, (XBox 360, PS3), Harmonix
   2006 : Elite Beat Agents, (DS), Inis
   2005 (Best Puzzle/Rhythm Game): Guitar Hero, (PS2), Harmonix Music Systems
   2004 (Best Puzzle/Rhythm Game): Katamari Damacy, (PS2), Namco
   2003 (Best Puzzle/Rhythm Game): WarioWare Inc.: Mega MicroGame$, (Game Boy Advance), Nintendo
   2001 : Frequency, (Playstation 2), Harmonix Music Systems

Best Role-Playing Game
   2007 : Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3, (PS2), Atlus
   2006 : The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, (PC, XBox 360), Bethesda Softworks
   2005 : Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, (PS2), Level 5
   2004 : Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, (Gamecube), Intelligent Systems
   2003 : Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, (PC, XBox), BioWare
   2002 (PC): Neverwinter Nights, BioWare
   2002 (X-Box): The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Bethesda Softworks
   2002 (Gamecube): Animal Crossing, Nintendo
   2002 (Playstation 2): Suikoden III, KCET
   2002 (GBA): Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis, Quest
   2001 (PC, single-player) : Wizardry 8, Sirtech Canada
   2001 (PC, multiplayer) : Dark Age of Camelot, Mythic Games
   2001 (console) : Final Fantasy X, (Playstation 2), Square
   2000 (PC) : Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, BioWare
   2000 (console) : Chrono Cross, (Playstation), Square
   1998 (PC) : Baldur's Gate, Bioware
   1997 (PC) : Fallout, Interplay Productions
   1996 (PC) : Diablo, Blizzard North

Best Shooter
   2007 : Crysis, (PC), Crytek
   2006 : Gears of War, (XBox 360), Epic Games
   2005 : F.E.A.R., (PC), Monolith Productions
   2004 : Half-Life 2, (PC), Valve Software
   2003 : Panzer Dragoon Orta, (XBox), Smilebit
   2002 (X-Box): MechAssault, Day 1 Studios
   2002 (Gamecube): TimeSplitters 2, Free Radical Design
   2002 (Playstation 2): SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs, Zipper Interactive
   2001 (console) : Halo, (X-Box), Bungie Studios
   2000 (console) : Perfect Dark, (Nintendo 64), Rare

Best Sports Game, Traditional
   2007 : NHL 08, (XBox 360), EA Canada
   2006 : Madden NFL 07, (Wii), EA Canada
   2005 : FIFA 06, (Xbox, PlayStation 2), EA Canada
   2004 : ESPN NFL 2K5, (XBOX, PS2), Visual Concepts
   2003 : ESPN NFL Football, (XBox, Playstation 2), Visual Concepts
   2002 (PC): Madden NFL 2003, Electronic Arts
   2002 (X-Box): NFL 2K3, Visual Concepts
   2002 (Gamecube): NFL 2K3, Visual Concepts
   2002 (Playstation 2): NFL 2K3, Visual Concepts
   2001 (PC) : FIFA Soccer 2002, EA Sports
   2001 (console) : NBA 2K2, (Dreamcast), Sega
   2000 (PC) : FIFA 2001 Major League Soccer, EA Sports
   2000 (console) : NFL 2K1, (Dreamcast), Visual Concepts
   1998 (PC) : FIFA 99, EA Sports
   1997 (PC) : NHL 98, EA Sports
   1996 (PC) : NHL 97, EA Sports

Best Strategy Game
   2007 : World in Conflict, (PC), Massive Entertainment
   2006 : Company of Heroes, (PC), Relic
   2005 : Civilization IV, (PC), Firaxis Games
   2004 : Rome: Total War, (PC), Creative Assembly
   2003 : Rise of Nations, (PC), Big Huge Games
   2002 (PC, single-player): Medieval: Total War, Creative Assembly
   2002 (PC, multiplayer): Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Blizzard Entertainment
   2001 (PC, single-player) : Civilization III, Firaxis Games
   2001 (PC, multiplayer) : Shattered Galaxy, Nexon Inc.
   2000 (PC) : Shogun: Total War, Creative Assembly
   2000 (console) : Ogre Battle 64, (Nintendo 64), Quest
   1998 (PC) : Starcraft, Blizzard
   1997 (PC) : Total Annihilation, Cavedog Entertainment
   1996 (PC) : Civilization II, MicroProse

Retired Awards
Best Interactive Movie
   1996 (PC) : Spycraft: The Great Game, (Activision

Best Massively Multiplayer Online Game
   2004 : World of Warcraft, (PC, Blizzard Entertainment

Best Simulation
   2003 : Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight, (PC), Microsoft
   2002 (PC, traditional) : Flanker 2.5, Eagle Dynamics
   2002 (PC, sci-fi) : Star Trek: Bridge Commander, Totally Games
   2001 (PC, traditional) : IL-2 Sturmovik, 1C:Maddox Games
   2001 (PC, sci-fi) : Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos, Particle Systems
   2000 (PC, traditional) : Enemy Engaged: RAH-66 Comanche Versus Ka-52 Hokum, Razorworks
   2000 (PC, sci-fi) : MechWarrior 4: Vengeance, Microsoft
   2000 (console) : Theme Park Roller Coaster, PlayStation 2, Bullfrog
   1998 (PC, traditional) : European Air War, MicroProse
   1998 (PC, space sim) : Independence War, ( Particle Systems
   1997 (PC) : Longbow 2, Jane's Combat Simulations
   1996 (PC) : AH-64D Longbow, Jane's Combat Simulations

Best Sports Game, Alternate
   2005 : Blitz: The League, (XBox), Midway
   2004 : Mario Power Tennis, (Gamecube), Camelot Co. Ltd.
   2003 : SSX 3, (XBOX, GC, PS2), EA Canada
   2002 (X-Box): Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, Neversoft Entertainment
   2002 (Gamecube): Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, Neversoft Entertainment
   2002 (Playstation 2): Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, Neversoft Entertainment
   2002 (GBA): Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, Vicarious Visions
   2001 (console) : Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, (Playstation 2), Neversoft
   2000 (console) : Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, (PlayStation/Dreamcast), Neversoft

Best War Game
   1998 (PC) : The Operational Art of War, Vol. 1, TalonSoft
   1997 (PC) : Sid Meier's Gettysburg!, Firaxis Games

Platform Awards
Current Awards
Best Nintendo DS Game
   2007 : The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Nintendo
   2006 : Elite Beat Agents, Inis
   2005 : Mario Kart DS, Nintendo

Best PC Game
   2007 : Crysis, Crytek
   2006 : Company of Heroes, Relic
   2005 : Civilization IV, Firaxis Games
   2004 : World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment
   2003 : Rise of Nations, Big Huge Games
   2002 : Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Blizzard Entertainment
   2001 : Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Croteam
   2000 : The Sims, Maxis
   1999 : EverQuest, Verant Interactive
   1998 : Grim Fandango, LucasArts
   1997 : Total Annihilation, Cavedog Entertainment
   1996 : Diablo, Blizzard North

Best PlayStation 2 Game
   2007 : God of War II, SCE Studios Santa Monica
   2006 : Final Fantasy XII, Square Enix
   2005 : God of War, SCEA
   2004 : Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar North
   2003 : Dark Cloud 2, Level 5
   2002 : Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Rockstar North
   2001 : Grand Theft Auto III, DMA Design
   2000 : SSX, (PlayStation 2, Electronic Arts

Best PlayStation 3 Game
   2007 : Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward
   2006 : Resistance: Fall of Man, Insomniac Games

Best PSP Game
   2007 : Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, Vicious Cycle Software
   2006 : Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Kojima Productions
   2005 : Lumines, Q Entertainment

Best Wii Game
   2007 : Super Mario Galaxy, Nintendo
   2006 : The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Nintendo

Best Xbox 360 Game
   2007 : Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward
   2006 : Gears of War, Epic Games
   2005 : Project Gotham Racing 3, Bizarre Creations

Retired Awards
Best Dreamcast Game
   2001 : Phantasy Star Online, Sonic Team
   2000 : NFL 2K1, Visual Concepts

Best Game Boy Advance Game
   2006 : Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation, Banpresto
   2005 : The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Flagship
   2004 : Astro Boy: Omega Factor, Treasure
   2003 : Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Nintendo
   2002 : Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis, Quest
   2001 : Advance Wars, Intelligent Systems

Best Game Boy Color Game
   2001 : The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Series, Nintendo
   2000 : Dragon Warrior I & II, Enix

Best GameCube Game
   2006 : The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Nintendo
   2005 : Resident Evil 4, Capcom
   2004 : Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Intelligent Systems
   2003 : The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Nintendo
   2002 : Metroid Prime, Retro Studios
   2001 : Super Smash Bros. Melee, Nintendo

Best N-Gage Game
   2004 : Colin McRae Rally 2005, (Ideaworks3D

Best Nintendo 64 Game
   2001 : Paper Mario, Intelligent Systems
   2000 : Perfect Dark, Rare

Best Playstation Game
   2001 : Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, Activision
   2000 : Chrono Cross, Square

Best Xbox Game
   2006 : NCAA Football 07, EA Sports
   2005 : Ninja Gaiden Black, Team Ninja
   2004 : Burnout 3: Takedown, Criterion Games
   2003 : Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, BioWare
   2002 : MechAssault, (Day 1 Studios
   2001 : Halo, (Bungie Studios

Readers' Choice Winners
Game of the Year
   2007 Game of the Year : Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, (PC, XBox 360, PS3), Infinity Ward
   2006 Game of the Year : 
   2005 Game of the Year : Resident Evil 4, (Gamecube), Capcom
   2004 Overall Game of the Year : Halo 2, XBox, Valve Software
   2000 Game of the Year (PC) : Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, BioWare

Special Achievement
   2007 Best Original Music : Bioshock, (XBox 360, PC), 2K Boston
   2006 Best Original Music : 
   2007 Most Surprisingly Good Game : S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, (PC), GSC Game World
   2006 Most Surprisingly Good Game : 
   2007 Best Licensed Music : Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, multiple, Neversoft Entertainment
   2006 Best Licensed Music : 
   2007 Best Story : Bioshock, (XBox 360, PC), 2K Boston
   2006 Best Story : 
   2007 Best Sound Effects / Design : Bioshock, (XBox 360, PC), 2K Boston
   2007 Best Graphics, Technical : Crysis, (PC), Crytek
   2006 Best Graphics, Technical : 
   2007 Best Voice Acting : Mass Effect, (XBox 360), BioWare
   2006 Best Voice Acting : 
   2007 Best Graphics, Artistic : Assassin's Creed, (XBox 360), Ubisoft Montreal
   2006 Best Graphics, Artistic : 
   2007 Best Use of a Creative License : The Simpson's Game, multiple, Electronic Arts
   2006 Best Use of a Creative License : 
   2007 Best New Character(s) : Half-Life: The Orange Box: GLaDOS, (XBox 360, PS3, PC), Valve
   2006 Best New Character(s) : 
   2007 Funniest Game : Half Life: The Orange Box: GLaDOS, (XBox 360, PS3, PC), Valve
   2006 Funniest Game : 
   2007 Biggest News : Bungie and Microsoft officially split
   2006 Biggest News : 
   2007 Best Multiplayer Game : Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, (XBox 360, PC, PS3), Infinity Ward
   2006 Best Multiplayer Game : 
   2007 Best Expansion Pack : Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance, (PC), Gas Powered Games
   2006 Best Expansion Pack : 
   2007 Best Original Game Mechanic : Half-Life: The Orange Box, (XBox 360, PS3, PC), Valve
   2006 Best Original Game Mechanic : 
   2007 Best Downloadable Console Game : Warhawk, (PS3), Incognito Inc.
   2006 Best Downloadable Console Game : 
   2006 Best Classic Compilation : 
   2006 Best Use of Xbox 360 Achievement Points : 
   2007 Most Improved Sequel : Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, (XBox 360, PC, PS3), Infinity Ward
   2006 Most Improved Sequel : 
   2007 Best New Gaming Hardware : Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT Video Card
   2007 Most Innovative Game : Half-Life: The Orange Box, (XBox 360, PS3, PC), Valve
   2007 Best Downloadable Content : The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, (PC), Bethesda Entertainment
   2007 Best Use of Control Scheme : Assassin's Creed, (XBox 360), Ubisoft Montreal
   2007 Best Atmosphere : Bioshock, (XBox 360, PC), 2K Boston

Dubious Honors
   2007 Most Despicable Use of In-Game Advertising : Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, multiple, Neversoft Entertainment
   2006 Most Despicable Use of In-Game Advertising : 
   2007 Worst Trend: Lousy Wii Ports
   2006 Worst Use of Celebrity Voices : 
   2006 Most Long-Winded Game Title : 
   2007 Most Disappointing Game : Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, (XBox 360, PS3), Io Interactive
   2006 Most Disappointing Game : 
   2007 Flat-Out Worst Game : Hour of Victory, (PC, XBox 360), N-Fusion Interactive
   2006 Flat-Out Worst Game : 
   2007 Worst Game Everyone Played : Sonic the Hedgehog, (XBox 360, PS3), Sonic Team
   2006 Worst Game Everyone Played : 
   2007 Best Game No One Played : Hotel Dusk: Room 215, (NDS), Cing
   2006 Best Game No One Played : 
   2007 Most Disappointing Delay : Grand Theft Auto IV

Genre Awards
Action Adventure
   2007 Best Action Adventure Game : Assassin's Creed, (XBox 360), Ubisoft Montreal
   2007 Best Adventure Game : Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure, (NDS), Capcom
   2006 Best Action Adventure Game : 
   2005 Best Action Adventure Game : Resident Evil 4, (Gamecube, PS2), Capcom
   2005 Best Adventure Game : Indigo Prophecy, (Xbox, PC, PlayStation 2), Quantic Dream
   2004 Best GameCube Action Adventure Game : Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Retro Studios
   2004 Best PlayStation 2 Action Adventure Game : Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar North
   2004 Best PC Action Game : Half-Life 2, Valve Software
   2004 Best PC Adventure Game : Myst IV: Revelation, Ubisoft Montreal
   2004 Best Xbox Action Adventure Game : Halo 2, Valve Software
   2003 Best GBA Action Game : Super Mario Advance 4: SMB3, Nintendo]]
   2003 Best GameCube Action Game : The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Nintendo
   2003 Best PS2 Action Game : Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Ubisoft
   2003 Best PC Action Game : Call of Duty, Infinity Ward
   2003 Best PC Adventure Game : Beyond Good & Evil, Ubisoft
   2003 Best XBox Action Game : Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Ubisoft
   2000 Best Adventure Game (PC) : Escape from Monkey Island, LucasArts
   2000 Best Action Game (PC) : Half-Life: Counter-Strike, The Counter-Strike Team

Best Shooter
   2007 Best Shooter : Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, (XBox 360, PC, PS3), Infinity Ward
   2006 Best Shooter : 
   2005 Best Shooter : F.E.A.R., (PC), Monolith Productions

Best Fighting Game
   2007 Best Fighting Game : Virtua Fighter 5 Online, (XBox 360, PS3), Sega-AM2
   2006 Best Fighting Game : 
   2005 Best Fighting Game : Soul Calibur III, (PS2), Namco

Best Platformer
   2007 Best Platformer : Super Mario Galaxy, (Wii), Nintendo
   2006 Best Platformer : 
   2005 Best Platformer : Psychonauts, (Xbox, PlayStation 2, PC), Double Fine Productions

Best Driving Game
   2007 Best Driving Game : Forza Motorsport 2, (XBox 360), Microsoft Game Studios
   2006 Best Driving Game : 
   2005 Best Driving Game : Burnout Revenge, (XBox, PS2), Criterion Games
   2004 Best PlayStation 2 Driving Game : Burnout 3: Takedown, Criterion Games
   2004 Best PC Driving Game : Need for Speed Underground 2, EA Canada
   2004 Best Xbox Driving Game : Burnout 3: Takedown, Criterion Games
   2003 Best GBA Driving Game : GT Advance 3: Pro Concept Racing, MTO
   2003 Best GameCube Driving Game : Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Nintendo
   2003 Best PC Driving Game : Need for Speed Underground, Electronic Arts
   2003 Best PS2 Driving Game : Need for Speed Underground, Electronic Arts
   2003 Best XBox Driving Game : Project Gotham Racing 2, Bizarre Creations
   2000 Best Driving Game (PC) : Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed, Electronic Arts

Best Puzzle Game
   2007 Best Puzzle Game : Half-Life: The Orange Box: Portal, (XBox 360, PS3, PC), Valve
   2006 Best Puzzle Game : 
   2005 Best Puzzle/Rhythm Game : Guitar Hero, (PS2), Harmonix Music Systems
   2000 Best Puzzle Game (PC) : Chessmaster 8000, Mattel Interactive

Best Rhythm/Music Game
   2007 Best Rhythm/Music Game : Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, multiple, Neversoft Entertainment
   2006 Best Rhythm/Music Game : 
   2005 Best Puzzle/Rhythm Game : Guitar Hero, (PS2), Harmonix Music Systems

Best Role-Playing Game
   2007 Best Role-playing Game : The Witcher, (PC), CD Projekt RED STUDIO
   2006 Best Role-playing Game : 
   2005 Best Role-Playing Game : Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, (PS2), Level 5
   2004 Best GameCube Role-Playing Game : Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Intelligent Systems
   2004 Best PlayStation 2 Role-Playing Game : Final Fantasy XI, Square Enix
   2004 Best PC Role-Playing Game : World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment
   2004 Best Xbox Role-Playing Game : Star Wars KOTOR II: The Sith Lords]], Obsidian Entertainment
   2003 Best GBA Role-Playing Game : Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, [[Nintendo
   2003 Best GameCube RPG : Skies of Arcadia Legends, Overworks
   2003 Best PC Role-Playing Game : Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, BioWare
   2003 Best PS2 Role-Playing Game : Final Fantasy X-2, Square Enix
   2003 Best XBox Role-Playing Game : Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, BioWare
   2000 Best Role-Playing Game Game (PC) : Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Bioware

Best Sports Game
   2007 Best Sports Game : Madden NFL 08, (XBox 360, PS3), EA Tiburon
   2006 Best Traditional Sports Game : 
   2005 Best Sports Game : Madden NFL 06, (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360), EA Sports
   2004 Best GameCube Sports Game : Mario Tennis, Camelot Co. Ltd.
   2004 Best PC Sports Game : Madden NFL 2005, Electronic Arts Tiburon
   2004 Best PlayStation 2 Sports Game : ESPN NFL 2K5, Visual Concepts
   2004 Best Xbox Sports Game : ESPN NFL 2K5, Visual Concepts
   2003 Best GBA Sports Game : Tony Hawk's Underground, Neversoft Entertainment
   2003 Best GameCube Sports Game : SSX 3, EA Canada
   2003 Best PC Sports Game : Madden NFL 2004, Electronic Arts Tiburon
   2003 Best PS2 Sports Game : SSX 3, EA Canada
   2003 Best Xbox Sports Game : ESPN NFL Football, Visual Concepts
   2000 Best Sports Game (PC) : Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, Neversoft

Best Strategy Game
   2007 Best Strategy Game : Supreme Commander, (PC, XBox 360), Gas Powered Games
   2006 Best Strategy Game : 
   2005 Best Strategy Game : Civilization IV, (PC), Firaxis Games
   2004 Best PC Strategy Game : Rome: Total War, Creative Assembly
   2003 Best PC Strategy Game : Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Blizzard Entertainment
   2000 Best Strategy Game (PC) : Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion, Ensemble Studios

Best Simulation (retired)
   2005 Best Simulation : Trauma Center: Under the Knife, (DS), Atlus Co.
   2004 Best PC Simulation Game : IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles - Ace, 1C
   2003 Best PC Simulation : Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight, Microsoft
   2000 Best Sci-Fi Simulation (PC) : MechWarrior 4: Vengeance, Microsoft
   2000 Best Simulation (PC) : Combat Flight Simulator 2: WWII Pacific Theater, Microsoft

Platform Awards
Best Game Boy Advance Game (retired)
   2006 : 
   2005 : Final Fantasy IV Advance, Square Enix
   2004 : Metroid: Zero Mission, Nintendo
   2003 : Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, [[Nintendo

Best Gamecube Game (retired)
   2006 : 
   2005 : Resident Evil 4, Capcom
   2004 : Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Retro Studios
   2003 : The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Nintendo

Best Nintendo DS Game
   2007 : The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Nintendo
   2006 : 
   2005 : Mario Kart DS, Nintendo
   2004 : Super Mario 64 DS, Nintendo]]

Best N-Gage Game (retired)
   2004 : Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2: Jungle Storm, Gameloft

Best PC Game
   2007 : Crysis, Crytek
   2006 : 
   2005 : F.E.A.R., Monolith Productions
   2004 : Half-Life 2, Valve Software
   2003 : Call of Duty, Infinity Ward
   2000 : Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, BioWare

Best Playstation 2 Game (retired)
   2007 : God of War II, SCEA
   2006 : 
   2005 : God of War, SCEA
   2004 : Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar North
   2003 : Final Fantasy X-2, Square Enix

Best Playstation 3 Game
   2007 : Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward
   2006 : 

Best PSP Game
   2007 : Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, High Impact Games
   2006 : 
   2005 : Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Rockstar Leeds

Best XBox Game (retired)
   2006 : 
   2005 : Ninja Gaiden Black, Team Ninja
   2004 : Halo 2, Valve Software
   2003 : Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, BioWare

Best Xbox 360 Game
   2007 : Halo 3, Bungie Software
   2006 : 
   2005 : Call of Duty 2, Infinity Ward

Best Wii Game
   2007 : Super Mario Galaxy, Nintendo
   2006 : 

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