Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The SuperPhillip Central Best of 2010 Awards - Day Three

Yay! I got the grape jam out of my tuxedo. I've been wearing this thing for three days straight now. That's how dedicated I am to this award show, darn it! Today is a cool day for nominees. This time we're checking out the Most Overlooked game, Developer of the Year, and Multiplatform Game of the Year. It's sure to get interesting, so put on your helmets, fasten your seat belts, and do whatever else is necessary to prepare for the awesomeness that is the SPC Best of 2010 Awards-- Day Three!


[Most Overlooked]

It hurts me deeply when a favorite game of mine is overlooked. I get angry. Not, like, "grrrr" angry, but more, like, "Darn you, people, for not buying this game!" You know what I mean? Well, I do at least, and that's all that really matters here, I imagine. Here are your nominees for most overlooked game of 2010...

Picross 3D (DS)

Man, was I addicted to this title! The goal is to make a shape by chipping away at blocks in a three-dimensional fashion. Numbers on the side of the shapes inform you of how many blocks are in a set row. Then it all comes down to the power of deduction to solve the puzzle for yourself. With hundreds of puzzles and a cheap budget-price tag, there's no excuse why this title didn't sell better!

Metroid: Other M (Wii)

Metroid: Other M didn't set the world on fire like Nintendo intended. It was supposed to be one of their biggest titles of the year, but it has yet to even hit half a million sales worldwide. Now that is sad. Regardless, was it game's weird story? Was it the linear progression of the game? Who knows? I am just disappointed that this wonderful game in the Metroid series didn't sell the way it should have!

FlingSmash (Wii)

I like hitting that little sucker around. Zip and Pip, the dynamic duo, trying to help out Sutton Island from the evil bad guys trying to take over the island. You use the new Wii MotionPlus to smack those bastards through twenty-four progressively more difficult side-scrolling levels. It's good fun when the controls work. And the game is really only ten bucks with a forty dollars Wii MotionPlus controller. Pretty cool deal that most people overlooked for Wii Play. Bastards!

Limbo (XBLA)

What can I say about Limbo? It's an atmospheric platformer/adventure game where you watch out for hidden traps, rolling boulders, and gigantic arachnids! The game is really beautiful to look at, but so many gamers overlooked it. Why? I don't know. Maybe art is subjective to people, and many folks didn't appreciate the style of the game. Limbo is in limbo to most gamers, and that's just disappointing.

Red Steel 2 (Wii)

RED STEEEEEEEL! YEAAAAAAAAH! All right. I'm calm now. This game must have been hampered by the MotionPlus only controls which left many a-gamer out in the cold. Regardless, those who played the game appreciated the masterful gunplay and swordplay that the game possessed. It was a blast taking down samurai warriors with a combination of a gun and a sharp, slicin' and dicin' katana blade. Unfortunately, the game sold like Enron stock.

And the winner is...

Metroid: Other M (Wii)

A big blockbuster game that sold poorly in the eyes of everyone, including Nintendo. That's no good! Now Samus Aran's next adventure may be in ten years instead of two since Other M sold so poorly. I definitely mind this unlike some people. I loved this game. Sure, the story was told oddly, but it was a fun adventure for the most part save for those Where's Waldo? TM sections.

Runner-Up: Red Steel 2 (Wii)


[Developer of the Year]

Nintendo EAD won last year over Rocksteady Games who made the incredible Batman: Arkham Asylum. Can they make it a repeat this year with Super Mario Galaxy 2? Let's find out with our nominees...

Nintendo EAD

Last year, Nintendo EAD won this coveted award for their work on both New Super Mario Bros. Wii as well as The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. This year they are nominated for this award for their work on Super Mario Galaxy 2. A team that can consistently pump out award-winning franchises and games is just sensational. Can they pull of the two-peat?

Sony Santa Monica

The makers of God of War III crafted an exceptional game. It consisted of Kratos, the God of War himself, terrorizing the god who turned against him, Zeus. The gameplay here is exquisitely-made with some impressive backdrops, intense sequences, and clever camera angles. This game really is a work of art, and only Sony Santa Monica could have done it. Well, maybe not.

Polyphony Digital

The team perfected the racing simulator with Gran Turismo 4. They somehow further enhanced the genre with Gran Turismo 5 on the PlayStation 3. How do you enhance perfection? Well, the fine folks at Polyphony Digital did just that. With more cars, more tracks, realistic driving physics, and a snazzy soundtrack, Polyphony Digital certainly outdid themselves this time around.

SUMO Digital

This team is known for their great tennis titles. However, in this case and in this year the team worked on Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, and did a terrific job. The tracks are well-designed, the cast of colorful characters is terrific, and the multiple modes are enjoyable. Who hasn't wanted to pit Sonic against Knuckles in a race?

And the winner is...

Nintendo EAD

For two years in a row, Nintendo EAD has amazed me the most with their impressive game-making skills. This time they crafted the excellent Super Mario Galaxy 2 which may be in the running for best Wii game! This time just knows how to make fun games, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a testament to that.

Runner-Up: Sony Santa Monica


[Multiplatform Game of the Year]

I own multiple consoles, but my 360 RROD'd. That's the reason why the 360 won't have a game of the year this year or any other. If Microsoft could make dependable products, this wouldn't be a problem. Regardless, I own every other console, and got to play a slew of multiplatform games. Here are the nominees...

Dead Rising 2 (PS3, 360)

Join Chuck Greene as he battles the undead in beautiful Paradise City in Dead Rising 2. While not as impressive as the original Dead Rising on the 360, Dead Rising 2 does have its share of interesting and exciting moments! From driving through the halls of Paradise City's casinos, running over zombies, to combining weapons to form new, more powerful tools of destruction, Dead Rising 2 is a fantastic sequel worth your money.

Super Meat Boy (360, PC)

Meat is delicious. You vegetarians are missing out! Nonetheless, meat is also fun to play as, especially when you're Super Meat Boy. You play through super-difficult platforming perils, through sawmills, chainsaws, and other death traps. The game is a bone-crushingly hard, but it's rewarding to run through and complete each and every level Super Meat Boy offers.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (PS3, 360, Wii, DS)

SUMO Digital's Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is an impressive racer as I've said repeatedly throughout this award show. May I have your permission to gush about it even more? Awesome! With fun and creative tracks to race upon based on several SEGA properties, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is a racer that outshines, outclasses, and outperforms Mario Kart Wii. It beats out a Mario Kart! Unbelievable!

Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3, 360, Wii, PC)

Ooh-ra-- all right. That's enough of that. Call of Duty: Black Ops features an intense single-player campaign, incredibly fun online multiplayer, and some gorgeous graphics. The multiplayer's prestige system gives players rewards for kills and wins and levels up players with new rewards and weapons. All right. I'm saying it again! Ooh-rah!

Super Street Fighter 4 (PS3, 360)

Over thirty fighters from around the world fight for purpose, honor, and strength. Super Street Fighter 4 features new fighters, arenas, and options. It's a terrific fighting game with individual strategies offering new standards of play. The graphics are super-impressive with an awesome art style, great music, and classic characters that we know and love. Plus new ones!

And the winner is...

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

I'm sick of talking about the wonderful track design featuring locations like Dino Jungle from Billy Hatcher, Seaside Hill from Sonic Heroes, and many more. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Eggman, Billy Hatcher, Ulala, Aiai, and others join the fray as you race through the colorful courses and awesome tracks. Better than Mario Kart Wii, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is SPC's best Multiplatform game.

Runner-Up: Super Meat Boy


There goes by the halfway point of our lovely awards ceremony. I'm jumping into the washer with my tuxedo to get it clean. That is the smart thing to do, right? Hope you enjoyed tonight's awards. See you tomorrow, friends!


Anonymous said...

You almost did it right but Dead Rising 2 is on pc and it supports directx11

Anonymous said...

Sorry, it is me again and DR2 supports Dx10 (my mistake)

Unknown said...

I do not cover PC gaming on this blog, so that is why I don't mention it. It's not out of ignorance, I assure you.

I've posted this twice, so hopefully you see it! :)