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Times' Games of the Year: The games that got everyone buzzing

[ Notes: This is from Times the British daily newspapers, not the US-based magazine. InGear is Times' weekly section for men on cars, gadgets and adventure. ]

The Sunday Times - December 16, 2007:

Stuart Andrews reviews the year in gaming, the reason for Wii's success, and high-definition (HD) gaming. Then he announces Times InGear's picks of 2007:

• Game of the Year - Crysis (PC)

• Family Game of the Year - Wario Ware: Smooth Moves (Wii)

• Sport and Driving Game of the Year - Project Gotham Racing 4 (Xbox 360)

• Action Game of the Year - The Orange Box (multi-format)

• Adventure and Strategy Game of the Year - World in Conflict (PC)

• Handheld Game of the Year - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)

View the full article for special mentions in each category. (Crysis, Culture, Nintendo DS, PC, Project Gotham Racing 4, PS2, PS3, PSP, The Legend Of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, The Orange Box, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Wii, World in Conflict, Xbox 360)

darkness within  +   2978d ago
Yay for Crysis
FCOLitsjustagame  +   2978d ago
I guess I will once again put Orange Box in and try to see the appeal. So far I am not getting it but then I have only tried to drudge through HL2.
sa_nick  +   2978d ago
World in Conflict and HL2 I can kinda understand... rest of the list sucks.... especially wario ware *shudders*
bootsielon  +   2978d ago
Times? What would they know?
Seriously, it's funny how it lacks consistency with what most gamers and press outlets think. I can't wait till some parent gets to work dirty after spilling their coffee when asking what kind of computer (in $$$ terms) do they need to run Crysis.

Where the hell are Bioshock and Mass Effect? Why is that Mediocre game "Crackdown" doing up there? Assassin's Creed, another sandbox game, is better than it, but I guess you can thank the Halo 3 bundle for that. Furthermore, if Crackdown deserved a mention, then Lost Planet too and with more reason (haters go to hell). By the way, Rockband > any party game on the Wii, and Motorstorm > PGR4 (if this guy is gonna recommend "popular" games, or "games for the family", Motorstorm is definitely more casual oriented than PGR4).

I bet they were simply trying to fill the "game section", if there is one. Morons.
jinn  +   2978d ago
Times is out of business
herassmentalot  +   2978d ago
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