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published Friday, Jan 11th

Gamebrit Game Of The Year Awards 2012

Gamebrit Game of the Year 2012It’s 2013, the Christmas decorations are packed away, the New Year’s hangover has gone and the gym membership has been renewed. With the new year well and truly established, it’s time to look back and celebrate another magnificent year for videogames with the annual Gamebrit awards.

The Gamebrit team has deliberated over the best releases of last twelve months and have decided on the following winners, across the following categories. Without further adieu, let the awards commence:


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published Thursday, Jan 21st

Games Of The Decade – 10-1

We’re here, we’ve counted down from 50-31 and 30-11 and now we’ve reached the best 10 games of the last decade. Whatever your opinion on the final standings there is no doubting these titles are some of the best to grace consoles, ever.

Here’s to the next ten years.

Little Big Planet

Little Big Planet

10 – LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet can safely put itself up there with the elite titles – those that not only stand out amongst the crowd, but also change the games that follow it. LittleBigPlanet changes things not via its satisfying platforming, but by also using its heavy emphasis on customisation – not just in the small scale of character looks but also in the capacity to create levels from scratch to build the game how you see fit. Placing the creativity in gamer’s hands was massively innovative and although it may not has been the first to offer the ability to create custom gaming experiences, it certainly made it far more accessible than ever before.

Platform: PlayStation 3 Developer: Media Molecule Year: 2008

 

Guitar Hero

Guitar Hero

9 – Guitar Hero

Almost single handedly reinventing the rhythm game genre and the first in line in the series, Guitar Hero was a sleeper hit. With over 1.5 million sales on release the arguably small genre hit big in the living room. Pioneering with an actual guitar controller, it paved the way to 13 other titles in the franchise to date, and inspired many others to follow suit. It also made everyone feel like they could play guitar. Almost.

Platform: PlayStation 2 Developer: Harmonix Music System Year: 2006

 

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

8 – Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

The top selling game of 2007, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was a shooter that included a well written and intense storyline with realistic graphics and an incredible online experience. This game saw Infinity Ward turn the series from World War 2 based to a more modern, gritty gaming experience which gave us a realistic look at the brutality of modern war. Add to that a well crafted multiplayer and you

have one of the best first person shooters ever.

Platform: Multi Developer: Infinity Ward  Year: 2007

 

Halo 3

Halo 3

7 – Halo 3

Finish the Fight. In what may have been the most hyped game – and some might say over hyped – to ever grace a console, in the final instalment of the Master Chief’s fight against the Covenant and the flood, you finally get to the end of an emotional roller-coaster ride to the climax. Along with its single player campaign, Halo 3 also greatly expanded upon the popular – and still played today – Halo 2 multiplayer. With brand new maps, weapons and tweaks in the dynamics Halo 3 definitely improved upon its predecessor, and has been the most played game on Xbox Live of 2007, 2008 and even 2009. So, Call of Duty? Eat your heart out.

Platform: Xbox 360 Developer: Bungie Year: 2007

 

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2

6 – Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 could be the most anticipated game of all time. It has certainly lived up to the hype. Infinity Ward took everything that made the first Modern Warfare so great and stepped it up a notch. It provides the player with an over the top, explosion heavy, gun blazing single player. Surpassing that though is it’s fast pace, challenging and more importantly rewarding multiplayer, which is almost perfect.

Platform: Multi Developer: Infinity Ward Year: 2009

 

Half Life 2

Half Life 2

5 – Half-Life 2

Half Life 2 saw the return of Gordon Freeman, a scientist from City 17 fighting for his life to survive. Building upon its predecessor, this game gave the fans everything they wanted, from cutting edge graphics to an incredibly engaging single player campaign. The detail and perfection found in every aspect of this game ensures that it will become a timeless title.

Platform: Multi Developer: Valve Year: 2004

 

Gears of War

Gears of War

4 – Gears Of War

While Gears Of War certianly didn’t bring anything new to the table it did refine already existing aspects to create one of the perfecylt crafted titles of the last decade. It’s cover system was without fault, it’s shooting system had the realistic feel that is often lacked and it’s story provide the hook that brought it all together. If you could forgive the clunky-ness it’s multiplayer also provided hours of gory fun. A special mention should also go to the chainsaw. Best weapon ever.

Platform: Xbox 360 and PC Developer: Epic Games Year: 2006

 

Portal

Portal

3 – Portal

“Welcome to the Aperture Science Computer-Aided Enrichment Center.” Are the first words you’ll hear when you first play this game – bar some cheesy yet catchy music out of a radio. Portal is a First Person Puzzle game in which you have a gun called the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, or “Portal Gun.” This gun has the ability to shoot two portals – an entrance and an exit Portal – that you need to use in order to traverse the various levels of the game. And did I mention you have a slightly psychotic AI guiding you called GLaDOS? Portal is an immensely fun game and most definitely worth a play for all game lovers out there. Oh and by the way… the cake is NOT a lie.

Platform: Multi Developer: Valve Year: 2007

 

Bioshock

Bioshock

2 – Bioshock

One of the most beautiful games created last decade, Bioshock, spiritual successor to 1994’s System Shock, mixed lush Art Deco-inspired surroundings with a strong sense of unease and discomfort to devastating effect. The sub-aquatic dystopia of Rapture is both absorbing and agitating, since any one of the city’s monstrous inhabitants could jump out at you at any time. Hugely post-modern, Bioshock contains some of the most memorable characters in videogame history, alongside perhaps the most shockingly brilliant plot twist ever to be found in any form of media. The thinking person’s shooter, Bioshock thoroughly deserves its place near the top of the list.

Platform: Multi Developer: Irrational Games Year: 2007

 

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

1 – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has been the winner of numerous Game of the Year Awards in 2009, including our very own, and has become widely regarded as having the best graphics to come out of a console so far. In the main protagonist’s second outing, you follow Nathan drake on his quest to find the ancient city of Shambhala in his quest for the Cintamani stone. Going from a war-torn Nepal to the heights of the Himalayas you jump, climb and fight your way to find out the dark secrets contained within the ancient city. If that wasn’t enough, Uncharted 2 offers 5v5 multiplayer action and a 3 player co-op objective style game play. All in all, Uncharted 2 is a masterpiece and technical marvel of what the PS3 can do. With a story worthy of those multi-million dollar Hollywood films – along with the cheesy jokes to go with it – this game definitely deserved every single bit of praise it received.

Platform: PlayStation 3 Developer: Naughty Dog Year: 2009


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published Wednesday, Jan 13th

Gamebrit Game Of The Year Awards 2009

It’s a brand new year so just like last year it’s time to look back over the past twelve months and celebrate the best of the best in gaming.

The Gamebrit Awards, now in their second year, crown the greatest gaming achievements, in addition to honoring the best talent from here in the UK. We revealed our nominations last month and ever since then the Gamebrit staff and readers have been making their final choices. The winning titles in addition to the runners up for 2009 can be found below:

Gamebrit Awards 2009 – Winners:

iPhone Game Of The Year

Winner – Flight Control

Firemint’s popular 2009 release Flight Control debuted an all-new style of play, creating with it a new genre which has since spawned many ‘line-game’ alternatives.

With a simple goal of guiding & landing plane Flight Control offers great presentation, a nice selection of maps, multiplayer modes & addictive gameplay. At just 59p, this is our iPhone game of the year.

Runners Up: Peggle & Canabalt

Nintendo DS Game Of The Year

Winner – Professor Layton & Pandora’s Box

Level-5’s Layton series has been a huge success, starting with the immensly popular ‘Curious Village’. Thankfully the release of this second game is no different, offering more superb puzzles and a new mystery to solve.

With over 150 new brainteasers this sequel offers plenty of bang for your buck, and is our Nintendo DS game of the year.

Runners Up: Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story & Scribblenauts

PlayStation Portable Game Of The Year

Winner – LittleBigPlanet

Media Molecule’s massive PlayStation 3 hit arrived on Sony’s little handheld this year, and thankfully the creative experience offered by Sackboy’s adventures carried over really well.

Managing to retain the sharp graphics, accessible gameplay and even the comprehensive create mode, LittleBigPlanet on the PSP offers a unique, superb handheld experience.

Runners Up: Gran Turismo & Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

PC Game Of The Year

Winner – Plants Vs. Zombies

The king of casual games returns. PopCap’s PC release Plants Vs. Zombies adds an unusual mix to the tower-defense genre, pairing off your typical garden-plant with a horde of zombies.

Offering a surprisingly deep level of strategy with plenty of cutesy variety, Plants Vs. Zombies is this year’s PC game of the year.

Runners Up: The Sims 3 & Empire Total War

PS3 Game Of The Year

Winner – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Truly pushing Sony’s PlayStation 3 to it’s limits, Naughty Dog have created one of the most cinematic and engaging games in recent years. Not only boasting gorgeous visuals, a compelling story, an enjoyable multiplayer & rich gameplay.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is complete success on every level and is Gamebrit’s PS3 game of the year for just that reason.

Runners Up: Killzone 2 & Batman: Arkham Asylum

Wii Game Of The Year

Winner – New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Despite still following that age old ‘kidnapped princess’ storyline, Nintendo’s latest Mario offering brings a surprising amount of fun to the table.

Offering plenty of co-op fun for up-to four players & plenty of levels to play through, this 2.5D title is bundles of Wii fun. A good sized campaign with additional multiplayer options make this our pick for Wii game of the year.

Runners Up: Dead Space: Extraction & MadWorld

Xbox 360 Game Of The Year

Winner – Batman Arkham Asylum

Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum was without doubt the surprise hit of the year, offering a Batman game people actually care about.

Based in the atmospheric locale of Arkham Asylum, the mix of characters with pristine voice acting, creates a deep story to explore. A stand-out gaming experience that gets crowned our Xbox 360 game of the year.

Runners Up: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 & Left 4 Dead 2

Multiplayer Experience Of The Year

Winner – Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Infinity Ward’s highly anticipated sequel to Modern Warfare was the biggest release of 2009, and despite the mixed views on the games single player, it’s multiplayer has received universal praise.

Through adding a lot of unlockables and always offering players something to progress towards, Modern Warfare 2 offers a superb, engaging multiplayer that will keep people playing for months.

Runners Up: Left 4 Dead 2 & Borderlands

Downloadable Game Of The Year

Winner – Flower

Available exclusively on the PlayStation Network, Flower was originally revealed way back in 2007. Upon release in 2009 the game offered PS3 gamers a portal to be “embraced by nature” as players dance in the wind as a petal.

ThatGameCompany’s created an interesting concept, offering something truly different which has been beautifully executed.

Runners Up: The Ballad Of Gay Tony, Fat Princess & Battlefield 1943

British Developer Of The Year

Winner – Rocksteady Studios

London based Rocksteady Studios have had a great breakout year, as not only have they released Batman: Arkham Asylum but they are already busy on a sequel.

The British developer has won numerous awards already for their Batman effort, and we are happy to add one more to that growing line-up, as we name Rocksteady Studios our British developer of the year.

Runners Up: Rockstar North & Rockstar Leeds

Readers Choice Award

Winner – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

We opened up the voting to you our readers, and you voted loud and clear, naming Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 your favourite game of 2009.

Offering a great, yet somewhat controversial single player, in addition to superb multiplayer elements. Infinity Ward grab this years Readers Choice Award.

Runners Up: Batman: Arkham Asylum & Uncharted 2: Among Theives

Gamebrit Game Of The Year

Winner – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Nathan Drake returns in Naughty Dog’s sequel, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Since release the sequel has received universal acclaim for it’s superb writing and quality voice acting.

Now crowned Gamebrit’s finest game of the year, it is without doubt one of the PlayStation 3’s greatest moments.

Runners Up: Batman Arkham Asylum & Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

That makes up this years winners, congratulations to all the winners. Be sure to let us know what you think about this years choices on the forum. Until next year, keep gaming!


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published Monday, Jan 26th

Gamebrit Game Of The Year Awards 2008

Gamebrit.com opened it’s doors back in August of 2008, but us as a team have been gaming for a large number of years, so, in a incredibly late fashion, it’s with pleasure that we present to you the first annual Gamebrit Awards.

The Gamebrit Awards aim to celebrate the best in videogaming from the past twelve months, and not only are we honoring all games on all major platforms, we will also be selecting the best home grown title; along with the best game developed right here in the United Kingdom.

All the titles in the categories below were pre selected by Gamebrit’s staff team and after much further debate an overall winner was chosen. We hope you agree that our choices are deservedly awarded, if not be sure to join the debate on our forums to discuss the awards and the industry as a whole with like-minded gamers.

So without further a due let the awards commence:

iPhone Game Of The Year

Winner – Sim City iPhone

Nominations:
Fieldrunners
Super Monkey Ball
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart
Bomboozle

Sim City
The visuals of SimCity 3000 combined with the gameplay of SimCity 2000 gave us the biggest and most ambitious iPhone app of 2008: SimCity iPhone from EA. With the ability to pinch in and out of your custom-built city to edit those fine details, this rendition of SC is both pretty on the eye, and pretty damn playable. The fun, addicting gameplay that you remember from the PC version remain intact to give great value for your £5.99 to provide hours of high fun.

Nintendo DS Game Of The Year

Winner – Professor Layton And The Curious Village

Nominations:
Advance Wars: Day of Ruin
Apollo Justice
The World ends with you
Soul Bubbles

Professor Layton & The Curious Village

It took its sweet time to arrive here but Professor Layton and the Curious Village was worth the wait. After a clever ad campaign and word-of-mouth it became one of the most sought after titles over the Christmas period, selling out across the country and fetching stupid prices on eBay. This popularity was no accident as Professor Layton is one of the most addictive and engrossing games of the year and a great bridge title to bring together new and old gamers.

Playstation Portable Game Of The Year

Winner – Patapon

Nominations:
Loco Roco 2
Echochrome
God of War: Chains of Olympus
Space Invaders Extreme

Patapon

The people behind LocoRoco have once again delivered a game that’s crazy, original and downright addictive. Patapon built on the idea of simple 2D graphics and combined it with a rhythm led, side scrolling, fighting game. This may sound like an unusual match but it’s an instant hit and has won critical acclaim across the industry. It covers all bases providing artistic visuals, perfectly mapped controls and a soundtrack that will get stuck in your head and won’t let go. This is not only one of the PSP’s finest but a game that should be experienced by everyone.

Multiplayer Game Of The Year

Winner – Burnout Paradise

Nominations:
Gears Of War 2
Left 4 Dead
Smash Bros Brawl
Mario Kart Wii

Burnout: Paradise

Despite being out for more than a year, Criterion, another UK based developer, have been supporting Burnout Paradise with a slew of downloadable content since release, it’s this continued support along with a amazingly thorough game to build upon that make Burnout Paradise our multiplayer game of the year. A solid multiplayer experience, different to any other racing game make Burnout Paradise such an appealing multiplayer affair. The open structure of the multiplayer gave gamers a choice in how to play which is still refreshing more than a year after release.

Download Game Of The Year

Winner – Braid (XBLA)

Nominations:
Geometry Wars 2
Lost Winds
Pixel Junk Monsters
Megaman 9

Braid

An independently developed title takes the scoop for downloadable game of the year. Braid (available on Xbox Live) married beautifully unique visuals with captivating and thought provoking gameplay. A highly satisfying puzzle challenge with indefinte style. Jonathon Blow, congratulations.

British Developer Of The Year

Winner – Media Molecule

Nominations:
Fable 2 – Lionhead Studios
GTA IV – Rockstar North
Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts – Rare
Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise – Rare

Media Molecule

Coming from a small office in Guildford, newly formed Media Molecule gave the world not only LittleBigPlanet but also a fresh approach to games development. They’ve drawn on 70+ years of combined gaming experience and are packed full of people who love making and playing games. This is incredibly clear from the game they’ve made so far and the community feel they’ve created that surrounds everything they do. The Media Molecule ‘family’ has got a bright future ahead of them and it’s genuinely exciting to wonder what project they’ll embark on next.

PC Game Of The Year

Winner – Red Alert 3

Nominations:
Spore
Football Manager 2009
Far Cry 2
GTA 4

Red Alert 3

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the famous phrase, but EA went ahead and fixed it anyway, by introducing a fully playable online co-op campaign. Fortunately nothing has stopped the consistency of the Red Alert franchise from being the awesome Real Time Strategy gaming series that we all remember, as the third (if played alongside a friend) could be considered the best yet of the trilogy. It may not do a great deal to introduce new players to the series, but RA fanboys will be drooling over HD Tesla Tanks, heavy naval combat and most importantly… Jenny McCarthy and Gemma Atkinson wearing leather in HD!

Playstation 3 Game Of The Year

Winner – LittleBigPlanet

Nominations:
Metal Gear Solid 4
Grand Theft Auto 4
Burnout Paradise
Resistance 2

LittleBigPlanet

Fresh from new developers Media Molecule, LittleBigPlanet put creativity back in the hands of players. Combining classic platforming with a do-it-yourself attitude, this game established itself amongst the PS3’s elite titles. Add to this an adorable lead character, limitless customization and one of the most fun multiplayer experiences around and you have an incredibly enjoyable game. With the ongoing content updates as well as the numerous user built levels being uploaded every day, LittleBigPlanet’s hold on the gaming world isn’t due to end anytime soon.

Wii Game Of The Year

Winner – Smash Bros Brawl

Nominations:
No More Heroes
Mario Kart Wii
De Blob
Zack & Wiki

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Despite all the massive hype, director Masahiro Sakurai managed to deliver on just about all his promises for this sequel. The impressive selection of playable characters, stages cameos and nods to the company’s glossy past made this a virtual wet dream for Nintendo fans around the globe and it quickly became one of the best selling hardcore titles of the year. The addition of a fully-fledged single player, online options and level editors gave gamers even more reasons to immerse themselves in the Smash Bros universe.

Xbox 360 Game Of The Year

Winner – Gears Of War 2

Nominations:
GTA 4
Burnout Paradise
Fallout 3
Fable 2

Gears Of War 2

Gears of War 2 was a highly anticipated sequel to a game that has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and had won many awards in 2007 including Game of the Year. It did not disappoint. A compelling story saw the characters progress in the fight against impossible odds with scenes of great atmosphere. Gripping multiplayer with new modes, such as Horde, meant that Gears of War 2 set a new record for the number of simultaneous players on Xbox Live, with over 1.5 million people logging on to play the game.

Gamebrit Game Of The Year

Winner – Gears Of War 2
Nominations:
Grand Theft Auto 4
Metal Gear Solid 4
LittleBigPlanet
Burnout Paradise
Fallout 3
Spore
Professor Layton & The Curious Village
Left 4 Dead
Smash Bros. Brawl

Gears Of War 2
As the above mentions, Gears of War 2 offered enough fresh material, coupled with the necessary high standards of graphics and sound, to win both Xbox 360 Game of the Year and Game Brit Game of the Year 2008. Congratulations Epic.