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The E3 2010 Awards

Disclaimer: The opinions stated in this post are strongly believed in by the individual who made them. Any attempts to dissuade said individual may turn ugly. It is advised to keep your frustration to yourself should your favorite game not make it in any category. If it does, add me as a friend.

I wrote this article as a response to all the "E3 2010 Videogame Awards" posted in dozens of websites, which I disagree with.

If you don't like anything written below, you might want to find someone who posted something more agreeable to your tastes. As it stands, some of my opinions can be considered unpopular. Read on at your own risk.

SAMA's Ultimate E3 2010 Video Game Awards
Brought to you from Couch Potato Gym Central

Let's get the most basic categories out of the way:

General Awards

Best Graphics:
Killzone 3

Runner Ups: Crysis 2, Gears of War 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic
Explanation: Go back and watch the trailers in action, then tell me that isn't some amazing water and snow design. Also, the destruction effects are jaw dropping.

Most Disappointing Absence:
Resistance 3

Runner Ups: The Last Guardian, Dragon Age 2
Explanation: Although the second game in the resistance franchise got some bad reviews, the fact remains that I enjoyed it. I am especially excited at what new online modes Resistance 3 will have. This spot would have had Twisted Metal if not for the surprise announcement.

Best Trailer:
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Runner Ups: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Portal 2, Metal Gear Solid: Rising
Explanation: Seeing the Apprentice actually turn off his lightsaber to confuse his enemies as he sneaks up to them sold me. Also, it's good to see him back in action.

Best (and Only) Motion Sensor Game: Sorcery
Explanation: I'm against motion controlled games in general, as you will see further down this article. This is the one game in which the stage demo ended with me wanting to know more of the game.

Genre Awards

Best Action Game:
inFamous 2
Runner Up: Dead Space 2
Explanation: As a fan of the first game, I'm interested in seeing where this one goes. To be honest, this one was a close tie, with my actually beating the story of inFamous being the factor that tipped the scale at last.

Best Puzzle Game:
Portal 2
Runner Up: Donkey Kong Country Returns
Explanation: Do I really need to justify having Portal win? The runner up is there for playing on nostalgia.

Best Racing Game:
Twisted Metal
Runner Up: MotorStorm: Apocalypse
Explanation: Racing games are not my type of game, and I know some may debate having Twisted Metal in this genre. To me, any game containing wheels and that takes place in streets is considered racing. I just enjoy my "racing" with a side dish of mayhem.

Best Role Playing Game:
Fallout: New Vegas
Runner Up: Valkyria Chronicles 2
Explanation: Again, a very close competition. I am excited about both in regards to having thoroughly enjoyed playing through their predecessors more than once, which is a rare thing for me. What tipped the scale is the fact that Fallout: New Vegas has an open world, whereas Valkyria Chronicles 2, with all that its story and gameplay has to offer, is linear.

Best Shooter Game:
Quantum Theory
Runner Ups: Killzone 3, Gears of War 3, Halo: Reach, Twisted Metal
Explanation: What at first seems another insignificant attempt at a shooter of Gears of War proportions takes on a life of its own and truly excites me above the rest of the games in the genre.

Best Strategy Game:
Valkyria Chronicles 2
Runner Up: Civilization V
Explanation: I loved the first Valkyria Chronicles game. So much, in fact, that I'd buy a PSP just to get the second one. No other game in recent memory actually excited me to purchase a new gaming device just to get it.

Console Awards
Best PC Game:
Fallout: New Vegas
Runner Ups: Civilization V, Portal 2, Crysis 2
Explanation: To be perfectly honest, Fallout: New Vegas excited me way more than any of the runner ups. It was a very easy win.

Best Playstation 3 Game:
Twisted Metal
Runner Ups: Fallout: New Vegas, Killzone 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, inFamous, Quantum Theory, Metal Gear Solid: Rising
Explanation: An action packed game that is a breath of fresh air to remind us what gaming is really about. As the trailer suggested: "The ultimate ass-kicking."

Best PSP Game:
Valkyria Chronicles 2
Explanation: I don't actually give a damn about hand held games, but I'm still getting this device for VC2.

Best Xbox 360 Game:
Halo: Reach
Runner Ups: Gears of War 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fable 3, Metal Gear Solid: Rising
Explanation: The ultimate offline multiplayer game for me and my friends returns promising a bigger, better and more intense multiplayer experience.

Best Wii Game:
Metroid: Other M
Runner Ups: Goldeneye 007, Epic Mickey, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Explanation: One of the less appreciated Nintendo franchises return with the magic touch of Team Ninja. I look forward to a more story-focused Metroid experience.

Best DS Game:
StarFox 64
Runner Up: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Explanation: It's about time Nintendo realizes it has great titles that are NOT Mario or Zelda. Too bad it brings nothing new to the story.

Game of the Show:
Fallout: New Vegas
Runner Ups: Twisted Metal, Killzone 3, Valkyria Chronicles 2, Halo: Reach, Quantum Theory
Explanation: An open world game of the year published by Bethesda, the studio that developed Fallout 3 and Oblivion, developed by Obsidian, the studio that developed Neverwinter Nights 2, Knights of the Old Republic 2 and Alpha Protocol. What's there not to like?

Crap Awards
Here is where I expect everybody to get pissed off and start calling me names, so I won't bother trying to sugar coat it and will tell it as I see it.

Worst Game of E3 2010:
Runner Ups: Kirby's Epic Yarn, Dance Central, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Explanation: You know what? All those games sicken me. I lost my trust in Microsoft and Nintendo because of them. Call me a Sony fanboy. It's a badge I will proudly wear now. I'm a gamer, and Sony is where my gaming future rests.
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About SAMA1984one of us since 3:01 AM on 01.11.2010

I'm a lifelong gamer who has enjoyed video games through the thick and thin of my life. I'm also a person who speaks my mind often, which is why I chose to start this blog here where others can discuss what I have to say.

Originally a Nintendo fan, I've turned my back on it when they turned their collective backs on their old following. Currently, my Wii is still connected to my TV and I play with it from time to time.

Had an Xbox 360, which got the red ring five times before I put it out of its misery, and got an Elite, which got the E74 error and couldn't be replaced or fixed. Currently, it's on a shelf in some game repair shop, collecting dust, and that doesn't look like it's about to change anytime soon.

Have a PS3, which is going strong. It's currently my primary console.

I also have a DS and am planning to pick up a PSP as soon as Valkyria Chronicles 2 comes out. And a PC that runs Crysis, Supreme Commander and World of Warcraft, often at the same time.

You see, my posts may get responses suggesting I'm a fanboy or a hater, which is why I clarify this here: I tried all consoles, and didn't cling onto them when they started to fail, either in company support or in hardware/software.

My favorite genres are real time strategy and first person shooters, and I often turn to role-playing games and fighting games, with a bit of platforming on the side.

I hate, HATE music games. I love the songs you can play in them, but I hate the concept.


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