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My Top Ten Favorite (updated as I play) ...

... Role-Playing Games:
1. Final Fantasy VI
2. Mother 3
3. Chrono Trigger
4. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
5. Final Fantasy IV
6. EarthBound
7. Lost Odyssey
8. Kingdom Hearts
9. Paper Mario
10. Final Fantasy IX

... Adventure Games:
1. Day of the Tentacle
2. Full Throttle
3. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
4. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
5. Sam & Max Hit the Road
6. King�s Quest III: To Heir is Human
7. Grim Fandango
8. King�s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow
9. The Secret of Monkey Island
10. Professor Layton and the Curious Village

... 2D Action/Adventure Games:
1. Super Metroid
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
3. Cave Story
4. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
5. The Legend of Zelda: Link�s Awakening
6. Fez
7. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
8. StarTropics
9. Shadow Complex
10. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime

... 3D Action/Adventure Games:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Shadow of the Colossus
3. Beyond Good & Evil
4. God of War II
5. God of War
6. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
7. Metroid Prime
8. Okami
9. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
10. Ico

... Survival Horror Games:
1. Resident Evil 4
2. Dead Space
3. Resident Evil 2
4. Dead Space 2
5. Resident Evil
6. Dino Crisis 2
7. Resident Evil 5
8. Alan Wake
9. Silent Hill
10. Dino Crisis

... Open World Games:
1. Red Dead Redemption
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
3. Bully
4. Grand Theft Auto IV
5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
6. inFamous 2
7. inFamous
8. L.A. Noire
9. Prototype
10. Crackdown

... 2D Action Games:
1. Contra III: The Alien Wars
2. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
3. Gunstar Heroes
4. ActRaiser
5. Contra 4
6. Ninja Gaiden
7. Gunstar Super Heroes
8. Viewtiful Joe 2
9. Snake Rattle 'n' Roll
10. Viewtiful Joe

... 3D Action Games:
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
2. Uncharted 3: Drake�s Deception
3. Gears of War 2
4. Bayonetta
5. Sin and Punishment: Star Successor
6. Ninja Gaiden II
7. Gears of War 3
8. Vanquish
9. Gears of War
10. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

... Strategy Games:
1. Valkyria Chronicles
2. StarCraft
3. Fire Emblem
4. Pikmin 2
5. Advance Wars
6. StarCraft II
7. Advance Wars: Dual Strike
8. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
9. Pikmin
10. Plants vs. Zombies

... Sports Games:
1. Punch-Out!!
2. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
3. Wii Sports Resort
4. Wii Sports
5. Super Punch-Out!!
6. Mario Golf
7. Mario Tennis
8. Pilotwings 64
9. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
10. International Superstar Soccer 64

... First-Person Shooters:
1. Half-Life 2
2. Portal 2
3. Portal
4. BioShock
5. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
6. Singularity
7. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
9. Resistance 2
10. Call of Duty: Black Ops

... Racing Games:
1. Uniracers
2. Mario Kart DS
3. Diddy Kong Racing
4. F-Zero
5. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
6. Mario Kart 64
7. Wave Race 64
8. F-Zero GX
9. Excitebike 64
10. Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

... 2D Platformers:
1. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
2. Super Mario Bros. 3
3. Super Mario World
4. Super Meat Boy
5. Rayman Origins
6. Donkey Kong Country Returns
7. Mega Man 2
8. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
9. Mega Man 9
10. LittleBigPlanet 2

... 3D Platformers:
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2
2. Super Mario Galaxy
3. Banjo Kazooie
4. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
5. Super Mario 3D Land
6. Super Mario 64
7. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
8. Jak 3
9. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
10. Jak II

... Fighting Games:
1. Super Smash Bros. Melee
2. Mortal Kombat
3. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
4. Street Fighter IV
5. Super Smash Bros.

... Puzzle Games:
1. Tetris Attack
2. Planet Puzzle League
3. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
4. Meteos
5. Puzzle Quest 2
6. Tetrisphere
7. Tetris DS

... Variety Games:
1. Journey
2. World of Goo
3. Shatter
4. Wario Ware: Twisted!
5. Katamari Damacy
6. Pac-Man: Championship Edition
7. Devil�s Crush
8. Flower
9. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
10. Boom Blox

... Rhythm Games:
1. Elite Beat Agents
2. Parappa the Rapper
3. Rock Band 2
4. Rock Band
5. Guitar Hero
6. Um Jammer Lammy
7. Guitar Hero II
8. Karaoke Revolution - Volume 2
9. Karaoke Revolution Party
10. Karaoke Revolution

... Shooters:
1. Ikaruga
2. Star Fox 64
3. PixelJunk Shooter
4. Gradius III
5. Air Zonk
6. PixelJunk Shooter
7. Galaga Legions
8. Space Invaders Extreme
9. R-Type III: The Third Lightning
10. Omega Five

... Party/Multiplayer Games:
1. Mario Party
2. Mario Party 2
3. Scene It?
4. Mario Party 6
5. Mario Party 7
6. UNO
7. Mario Party 3
8. Pac-Man Vs.
9. Mario Party 5
10. Mario Party 4

... Simulations:
1. Roller Coaster Tycoon
2. Animal Crossing
3. Roller Coaster Tycoon 2
4. Nintendogs
5. Animal Crossing: Wild World

... Light Gun Games:
1. Link's Crossbow Training

... Collections:
1. God of War Collection
2. Metroid Prime Trilogy
3. God of War: Origins Collection
4. The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
5. Final Fantasy Anthology
6. Final Fantasy Origins
7. Final Fantasy Collection
8. Sonic Mega Collection

... Beat 'em Ups:
1. Castle Crashers
2. River City Ransom
3. MadWorld

... LEGO:
1. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
2. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
3. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
4. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
5. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
6. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
7. LEGO Batman
8. LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
9. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

... NES Games:
1. Super Mario Bros. 3
2. Mega Man 2
3. Mike Tyson�s Punch-Out!!
4. StarTropics
5. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
6. Castlevania III: Dracula�s Curse
7. The Legend of Zelda
8. River City Ransom
9. Ninja Gaiden
10. Snake Rattle �n� Roll

... Super NES Games:
1. Super Metroid
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
3. Final Fantasy VI
4. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
5. Contra III: The Alien Wars
6. Chrono Trigger
7. Final Fantasy IV
8. EarthBound
9. Super Mario World
10. Uniracers

... Genesis Games:
1. Gunstar Heroes
2. Earthworm Jim
3. Sonic the Hedgehog
4. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
5. Shining Force
6. Beyond Oasis

... TurboGrafx-16 Games:
1. Air Zonk
2. Devil's Crush
3. Neutopia II
4. Neutopia
5. Bomberman '93
6. Bonk's Adventure
7. Alien Crush
8. R-Type
9. Cho Aniki
10. Bonk's Revenge

... Nintendo 64 Games:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Paper Mario
3. Banjo-Kazooie
4. Super Mario 64
5. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
6. Goldeneye 007
7. Star Fox 64
8. Conker's Bad Fur Day
9. Banjo-Tooie
10. Diddy Kong Racing

... PlayStation Games:
1. Final Fantasy IX
2. Metal Gear Solid
3. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
4. Final Fantasy VII
5. Resident Evil 2
6. Final Fantasy VIII
7. Spyro the Dragon
8. Parappa the Rapper
9. Dino Crisis 2
10. Ape Escape

... GameCube Games:
1. Resident Evil 4
2. Beyond Good & Evil
3. Pikmin 2
4. Metroid Prime
5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
6. Pikmin
7. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
8. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
9. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
10. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

... PlayStation 2 Games:
1. Shadow of the Colossus
2. God of War II
3. God of War
4. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
5. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
6. Kingdom Hearts
7. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
8. Ico
9. Final Fantasy XII
10. Okami

... Xbox Games:
1. Halo
2. Ninja Gaiden

... Wii Games:
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2
2. Super Mario Galaxy
3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
4. Donkey Kong Country Returns
5. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
6. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
7. Kirby's Epic Yarn
8. Punch-Out!!
9. Wii Sports Resort
10. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

... PlayStation 3 Games:
1. Valkyria Chronicles
2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
5. LittleBigPlanet 2
6. Demon's Souls
7. LittleBigPlanet
8. God of War III
9. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
10. Final Fantasy XIII

... Xbox 360 Games:
1. Half-Life 2
2. Portal 2
3. Portal
4. Lost Odyssey
5. BioShock
6. Red Dead Redemption
7. Rayman Origins
8. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
9. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
10. Batman: Arkham City

... PC Games:
1. Day of the Tentacle
2. Full Throttle
3. StarCraft
4. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
5. StarCraft II
6. Sam & Max Hit the Road
7. King�s Quest III: To Heir is Human
8. Grim Fandango
9. King�s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow
10. The Secret of Monkey Island

... Game Boy/Game Boy Color Games:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
2. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
3. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
4. Metroid II: Return of Samus
5. Final Fantasy Adventure
6. Final Fantasy Legend
7. Golf
8. Tennis

... Game Boy Advance Games:
1. Mother 3
2. Fire Emblem
3. Wario Ware: Twisted!
4. Advance Wars
5. Drill Dozer
6. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
7. Metroid Fusion
8. Advance Wars: Black Hole Rising
9. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
10. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

... Nintendo DS Games:
1. Mario & Luigi: Bowser�s Inside Story
2. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
3. Elite Beat Agents
4. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
5. Advance Wars: Dual Strike
6. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
7. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
8. Contra 4
9. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
10. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

... PSP Games:
1. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
2. God of War: Chains of Olympus

... Nintendo 3DS Games:
1. Super Mario 3D Land
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
3. Resident Evil Revelations
4. Mario Kart 7
5. Pilotwings Resort

... WiiWare Games:
1. Cave Story
2. World of Goo
3. Mega Man 9
4. Fluidity
5. Mega Man 10
6. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

... PSN Games:
1. Journey
2. Shatter
3. PixelJunk Shooter 2
4. PixelJunk Monsters
5. Flower
6. PixelJunk Shooter
7. Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty
8. PixelJunk SideScroller
9. Noby Noby Boy

... Xbox Live Arcade Games:
1. Super Meat Boy
2. Limbo
3. Fez
4. Shadow Complex
5. Spelunky
6. Pac-Man: Championship Edition
7. Braid
8. Plants vs. Zombies
9. Costume Quest
10. Castle Crashers
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Welcome to part two of the Amazees!

Yesterday I gave away the awards for my favorite movies of the year, and now it is time to tackle the category most of you know a lot better: videogames!

There is no time for pointless jibber jabber. Let’s get to the awards, shall we?



*applause*

*taking off my shirt*

*audience members throwing rotten fruit and asking me to “put my Goddamn shirt back on!”*

And the winners are ...

________________________________



Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PlayStation 3)



True, Metal Gear Solid 4 was full of a ridiculous amount of cutscenes, but the featured action set pieces (although minimal) were unbelievably epic. Think about the motorcycle chase, the boss fights, the final battle! Every action sequence in the game is beyond phenomenal.

Honorable Mention: Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (PSN)



Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo DS)



Part adventure game, part puzzle game, all amazing.

Honorable Mention: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (Nintendo DS)



Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)



Even ignoring the Nintendo fanboy aesthetics, Smash Bros. is easily one of the most addictive and deepest (yes, deepest) fighting videogames ever created. I still love playing it even this many months later. Dibs on Ike!

Honorable Mention: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (XBLA)



Rock Band 2 (Xbox 360)



Not much changed from the first Rock Band, but the small stuff that did made this a vastly improved sequel. Although I never know many songs in the Rock Band collection (a Disney version please!), I still have a blast playing guitar, drums, or “rocking out” on the mic. “Rocking out:” Is that what all the kids are saying nowadays?

Honorable Mention: Lips (Xbox 360)



LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation 3)



After playing and falling in love with LittleBigPlanet I immediately ranked it as one of my top ten favorite platformers of all time. After playing through it again (and checking out some of the brilliant user-created levels) I ranked it in my top four. LittleBigPlanet is phenomenally designed and the most fun game of the year.

Honorable Mention: Mega Man 9 (WiiWare), N+ (XBLA)



World of Goo (WiiWare)



The genre “puzzle game” is starting to blur its lines a little bit. Back in the day it was easy to decide what kind of videogame a puzzle game was: if it looked like Tetris it was a puzzle game! Now, things are different, with classics like Portal slipping into this getting-broader-by-the-second genre. World of Goo, the latest non-traditional puzzler, is an absolute masterpiece, combining some of the most original visuals with some of the most challenging, yet satisfying gameplay I have experienced in years.

Honorable Mention: Boom Blox (Wii)



Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (Nintendo DS)



Although the series got “darker” with this installment, the classic, strategy gameplay remained intact, even getting a little better with the inclusion of new vehicles and tighter map design. I love this series like crazy.

Honorable Mention: Lock’s Quest (Nintendo DS)



Burnout Paradise (Xbox 360)



When I heard that the Burnout series was changing to open-world gameplay I got a little nervous. The best part about Burnout is its arcade feel -- adding any sort of realism could only hurt the series. Luckily, I was wrong, as Burnout Paradise is easily the best in the series.

Honorable Mention: Mario Kart Wii (Wii)



Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360)



I know I have mentioned it a million times in the past, but I adore Lost Odyssey. It is the first RPG I have played in this new generation that plays like an old school SNES role-playing game with a beautiful, high-def polish. Words cannot express how refreshing and classic Lost Odyssey feels to me.

Honorable Mention: Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)



Resistance 2 (PlayStation 2)



Resistance 2 is, hands down, the most underrated game of the year. How could a game with extraordinary multiplayer, a strong single-player campaign, and some of the most amazing boss battles ever put in a videogame become so quickly forgotten?

Honorable Mention: Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360)



Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PlayStation 3)



Man, how do you even rank the beautiful games that came out this year? Even though many of them had different styles, the ultra realistic and stunning visuals in Metal Gear Solid 4 stood out the most.

Honorable Mention: Mega Man 9 (WiiWare)



Mega Man 9 (WiiWare)



Mega Man 9 could have had the most discordant soundtrack of all time and it still would probably win just because of my love affair with all things 8-bit MIDI related. Lucky for me (and my ears), the music in Mega Man 9 is classic, featuring some of the best level tunes in the entire series. Tornado Man stage FTW!

Honorable Mentions: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii), de Blob (Wii), Bionic Commando: Rearmed (XBLA)




Dead Space (Xbox 360)



Even though I loved all aspects of Dead Space, I remember being particularly impressed by the creepy and extremely effective sound effects in the game. The sound in Dead Space is some of the best I have ever heard in a videogame.

Honorable Mention: Galaga Legions (WiiWare)



Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360)



This category was a tough call. While Metal Gear Solid 4’s stellar voice acting could have easily taken this award, the very fact that Jansen exists gives the edge to Lost Odyssey. Best character EVER!

Honorable Mention: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PlayStation 3)



Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360)



Um, the end of Disc One. That is all.

Honorable Mention: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PlayStation 3)



Braid (XBLA)



I am still trying to wrap my head around what happens at the end of XBLA masterpiece Braid. Whatever the real meaning is, Braid’s ending is one of the most thought-provoking and moving videogame endings of all time.

Honorable Mentions: Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360), Castle Crashers (XBLA)



Jansen (Lost Odyssey)



Jansen is ridiculous. Right when you think he is gay, he has sex with multiple women. Right when you think is he becoming mildly annoying, he says something hilarious. I love Jansen and will always remember him as one of my favorite RPG characters ever.

Honorable Mention: Sackboy (LittleBigPlanet)



Castle Crashers (XBLA)



Remember how much fun it was to play videogames with friends in the same room or standing next to each other in an arcade? Well, Castle Crashers was the first game to give me that nostalgic feeling in a long, long time. Also, giving your companions timed button press CPR is my favorite new way to revive a downed teammate. Awesome.

Honorable Mention: Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360)



World of Goo (WiiWare)



World of Goo took me my surprise. Before I played it I was worried the Wii controls, combined with the unique gameplay, would render the downloadable game too cumbersome and challenging for my tastes. I was really wrong. World of Goo is an absolute masterpiece and one of the best puzzle games I have ever played in my entire life.

Honorable Mention: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)



Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360)




I have talked about this epic, incredibly amazing RPG enough in these awards. Just go play it. Like, right now.

Honorable Mention: Braid (XBLA)



LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation 3)



Ladies in gentlemen, I give you the closet race of the Amazees! As much as I adore (and worship, even) Metal Gear Solid 4, LittleBigPlanet takes the cake due to its flawless design and revolutionary level creator. But, man, this one was close.

Honorable Mention: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PlayStation 3)



Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo DS)



The Destructoid editors’ trip to Cancun last year was one of the most fun and enjoyable times in my entire life. I brought Professor Layton with me and it almost distracted me a couple nights from the epic, topless festivities. That’s how good of a game it is.

Honorable Mention: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (Nintendo DS)



World of Goo (WiiWare)



At $15, World of Goo is the best value of the year. Buy this game for WiiWare as soon as you can. If you already have, play it again! Great games like this don’t come along very often.

Honorable Mentions: Braid (XBLA), Mega Man 9 (WiiWare), Castle Crashers (XBLA)



LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation 3)



After much thought and many internal debates, I finally decided that my favorite videogame of 2008 is LittleBigPlanet. While Metal Gear Solid 4 surpassed my wildest dreams of how cinematic a videogame can be, World of Goo impressed me with its uniqueness, and Lost Odyssey made me bawl like a little girl on several occasions, LittleBigPlanet, literally, revolutionized this industry I hold so dear to my heart.

Even without the level creator, LittleBigPlanet would be one of the best designed platform games of all time. But, wait, that’s not even a fair statement: the level creator is what LittleBigPlanet is all about! Once you dive into this user-created feature, man, the game becomes one of the most incredible videogame experiences of all time. All of the dreams we as gamers had growing up about designing our own game could finally come true care of the very capable, intuitive hands of LittleBigPlanet.

What a year for the (supposedly) struggling PlayStation 3! LittleBigPlanet is an absolute masterpiece and the best videogame of 2008.

Honorable Mention: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PlayStation 3)

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Congratulations to LittleBigPlanet on the big win and to Lost Odyssey for winning the most Amazees this year with a count of five!

Until next year, everyone! :)

Oh, and for the curious, here is a list of my Top Ten Videogames of the year:

Top Ten Videogames of 2008
1. LittleBigPlanet
2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
3. World of Goo
4. Lost Odyssey
5. Braid
6. Mega Man 9
7. Resistance 2
8. Castle Crashers
9. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
10. Fallout 3

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