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2010 Game of the Year Awards

With 2011 in full swing, the staff has reflected on the past year and highlighted the absolute best on each system.

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Winner - Persona 3 Portable

If you frequent PixlBit, by now you have a strong understanding of the love this staff feels for the Atlus developed and published title. The game started life on the PlayStation 2 with just a single quest focused around a male protagonist.

Mixing standard RPG elements with real time components, a weakness system, demon fusion, and demon classes, players are left with a dynamic and highly strategic Japanese RPG. Combine this with the game's other half, which has players partaking in the daily life of a high school student, and things become even more interesting. Thanks to social linking, players will be able to power up their demons and fusion powers in the RPG portion of the extremely lengthy quest.

Even if you aren't a fan of RPGs, Persona 3 Portable does the genre incredibly well and morphs it into something very unique; it's truly a game that shouldn't be missed. Now with a full female quest available, even those who made their way through the original title should revisit for the new dialog and social links.



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Runner-Up - God of War: Ghost of Sparta

For those who aren't fans of RPG gameplay, but instead prefer fast-paced, non-stop action, God of War: Ghost of Sparta is the game for you. Following the story of Kratos as he searches for his long lost brother, players see the makings of the storyline for God of War III. Along the way, players will destroy hundreds of enemies and solve a few different in-game puzzles.

Though portable, Ghost of Sparta matches up to its console brethren amazingly well, and the same polish and good design found there is equally present in Kratos' second handheld journey. Clocking in at a mere four hours, it isn't quite Game of the Year material, but it's a fun ride while it lasts.



Honorable Mentions

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Ys: The Oath in Felghana, Ys Seven, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

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Comments

Matt R Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 08:27 PM

*its own right

*tower defense

*a children's book

Matt R Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 09:05 PM

Good effort and nice clean format. Needs one more page at the end. Maybe a short chat log about award debates, favorite game moments or the year in general.

Chuck Jose Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 10:57 PM

Black Ops over Red Dead? John Marston would not take a liking to this.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

01/21/2011 at 11:28 PM

Somewhere out there, there's a "_____ of the Year" article brewing. Something with zany categories and meaningless victories. It's just not in here. But it's in development.

Matt McLennan Staff Alumnus

01/24/2011 at 02:31 PM

Mind if I gave you a hand with that article, thatguy? ;)

(if school work permits it anyway)

Jason Ross Senior Editor

01/24/2011 at 06:18 PM

Potentially yes, but probably not. It depends on something behind-the-scenes that I might push to move forward within the next week. If it goes through, you wouldn't want to help out with the article. If it doesn't get off the ground, though, then I'll see what I can do.

Nick DiMola Director

01/25/2011 at 06:01 PM

I haven't had the chance to say it, but a big thanks to the whole PixlBit staff in producing these awards. I sprung it on everyone that we were going to be doing them, and everyone voted and produced their write-ups ridiculously fast.

It took me a while to get everything together due to some stuff going on currently in my personal life, so sorry about that. I'll be making an announcement pretty soon letting everyone know exactly what was holding things up on my end.

Also, if anyone has any input for changes for next year's awards, feel free to let us know here or shoot us an email.

Maxi

03/03/2011 at 07:28 AM

I know it is kinda late but I wanted to chime in on the awards.

First of all. Nice format with the color coding the systems at the top of the page. Maybe have a number one for each genre as well as the systems top 2 games like you have here. Like have the last page have Best RPG for all the systems. As well as all the other genres.

On to the awards. There were alot of good games that came out on the Wii this past year. Money was tight for me so I didn't get all the ones I wanted but I did get a few that were listed namely, Monster Hunter Tri, Endless Ocean: Blue World, Tatsunoko vs Capcom and No More Heroes:Desperate Struggle. Got the first two relatively close to the launch of the respective launches while I got the last two about a week ago. Overall very fun games in their own way.

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