PS3 Attitude Awards; GOTY and Dev’s Choice winners
First up we have the recipient of Game of the Year. You’ll remember that the nominees for this award were decided through an internal poll of the PS3 Attitude team. You then voted in your thousands to decide on the winner, with all titles being chosen from the release period between 1st December 2007 and 30th November 2008.
The Developer’s Choice Award is different. We talked to a panel of gaming luminaries and asked them directly; “what was your favourite PS3 game of the year?”.
What follows are the winners of these two special awards, along with quotes from some of the developers involved…
Game of the Year
This year you chose a title that really made all your senses and emotions come into play.
You already voted this title the recipient of Best Graphics and Best Music or Sound, and it appears that momentum carried through to make it your Game of the Year – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
With a whopping 57.93% of the vote, MGS4 walked away with our gong after delivering what many people think is a seminal moment in the PlayStation 3′s history.
And it was one of our most talked about titles here at the old PS3 Attitude. If we weren’t divulging secrets we were delivering a perfect playthrough plan. MGS4 is a deserved winner of Game of the Year and we’d like to thank all our readers for making it their number one.
Developer’s Choice Award
By asking a panel of developers for a free choice of title, we were expecting to get such a wide range of answers that it would be difficult to arrive at a concensus.
But that wasn’t the case at all.
Our panel included the likes of key people from Insomniac Games, Criterion, Relentless, TT Games, Blade Interactive and Introversion along with development supernovas such as Jez San.
Almost unanimously, the game that developers chose from all their peers, and winner of the Developer’s Choice Award for 2008, is LittleBigPlanet.
“For me, the best PS3 game this year is LittleBigPlanet. It is the most fun and groundbreaking, in an ‘I wish I’d made that’ sort of way.” – Jez San, founder of PKR.com and games development legend.
“I love LittleBigPlanet – very well done. The game is an extremely polished bit of work. Stephen Fry as the narrator was inspirational. I would also add that I love the rendering style and the pure ease of play. It’s a work of art and they should be proud of it.” – Byron Atkinson-Jones, Producer at Introversion.
“Obviously it is LittleBigPlanet, on account of itâ€™s being pure magic.” – Jonathan Smith, Head of Production at TT Games.
“Sorry to be predictable, but it’s LittleBigPlanet. I love its charm and the possibilities it opens up. For a game developer such as me, itâ€™s like having 10,000 game designers work on your game.” David Amor, Executive Director at Relentless.
Insomniac also voted for LittleBigPlanet. In fact, of the dozens of developers we asked, only two voted for games other than LittleBigPlanet.
Jeremy Chubb of Criterion offered up a different choice – Call of Duty: World at War. Why? Because the guys at Criterion “just love to shoot stuff”!
Blade Interactive went all democratic and put the vote to their internal development team. One Blade-ite was particularly keen on Soul Calibur 4 – “Being able to play online against other people across the world was awesome adrenaline fueled greatness”. Others went for Burnout Paradise and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. In the end, the majority at Blade Interactive plumped for Uncharted (albeit by only one vote) – “Not only was Uncharted technically impressive but the storyline took me completely by surprise… immersive, funny and really enjoyable”.
A big thank you to all the developers who took part in our award process this year, and congratulations to Media Molecule and LittleBigPlanet.
So that’s it for another year. The PS3 Attitude Awards are over. We’ll be back with a new awards ceremony next year and we promise it’ll be even bigger and better than before.
If you missed them, you can check out the winners of all our other categories.