BioShock throws D.I.C.E. award nominations

2K's submerged shooter soaks up 12 Interactive Achievement Award nods; Rock Band, Call of Duty 4, Orange Box also honored; trophies to be handed out February 7.

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With next month's D.I.C.E. Summit less than three weeks away, its organizers have revealed the finalists for the 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards. Today, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the honors, which will be handed out in a ceremony at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas. The proceedings will be broadcast live on GameSpot, and will be hosted for the third year running by actor-comedian Jay Mohr (Last Comic Standing, Go, the Action TV series.)

Two games loomed large over this year's IAA nominations. The first is BioShock, the art-deco-meets-Lost-meets-System Shock actioner from 2K Games' Boston and Australian studios, previously known as Irrational Games. The second is Call of Duty 4, the wildly popular first-person shooter from Activision-owned Infinity Ward, which follows British commandos' and US Marines' attempts to stop World War III from breaking out. Both games were critical and commercial successes, and GameSpot 2007 Game of the Year finalists.

Other games up for the IAA's Game of the Year include Harmonix's Rock Band, Nintendo's Super Mario Galaxy, and Valve Software's The Orange Box. A full list of nominees is below, and more information is available on the official D.I.C.E. Summit and AIAS sites.

Overall Game of the Year
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Console Game of the Year
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios, BioWare)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)

Computer Game of the Year
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Crysis (Electronic Arts, Crytek)
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Vivendi Games, Blizzard Entertainment)

Handheld Game of the Year
Drawn to Life (THQ, 5th Cell)
Jeanne d'Arc (SCEA, Level 5)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (D3 Publisher, Infinite Interactive, 1st Playable Productions)
Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (SCEA, High Impact Games)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo, Nintendo)

Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
EVE Online: Trinity (CCP, CCP)
Guild Wars: Eye of the North (NCsoft, AreaNet)
Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa (NCsoft, Destination Games)
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (Midway, Turbine)
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Vivendi Games, Blizzard Entertainment)

Action Game of the Year
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Crysis (Electronic Arts, Crytek)
Halo 3 (Microsoft Game Studios, Bungie Studios)
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation (Namco Bandai Games America, Namco Bandai Games)
Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (Electronic Arts, EA LA)
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (THQ, Relic)
Supreme Commander (THQ, Gas Powered Games)
World in Conflict (Vivendi Games, Massive Entertainment)

Sports Game of the Year
FIFA Soccer 08 (Electronic Arts (Electronic Arts)
MLB 07: The Show (SCEA, SCE San Diego)
NBA 2K8 (2K Sports, Visual Concepts)
NHL 08 (Electronic Arts, EA Canada)
skate. (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)

Adventure Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
God of War II (SCEA, Sony Computer Entertainment Santa Monica)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (SCEA, Insomniac Games)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Orange Box: Portal (Electronic Arts/Valve, Valve)

Racing Game of the Year
DiRT (Codemasters, Codemasters)
Forza Motorsport 2 (Microsoft Game Studios, Turn 10 Studios)
Motorstorm (SCEA, Evolution Studios)
Need For Speed Pro Street (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)
Project Gotham Racing 4 (Microsoft Game Studios, Bizarre Creations)

Role-Playing Game of the Year
Eternal Sonata (Namco Bandai Games America, Tri-Crescendo)
Jeanne d'Arc (SCEA, Level 5)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios, BioWare)
Rogue Galaxy (SCEA, Level 5)
The Witcher (Atari, CDProjekt Red)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Paris, Red Storm)
skate. (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)
Need for Speed ProStreet (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)

Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Guitar Hero III (Activision, Neversoft)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Singstar POP (SCEA, SCEE London Studio)
skate. (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
BioShock (2K Games (2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)
God of War II (SCEA, SCE Santa Monica)
Heavenly Sword (SCEA, Ninja Theory)
Lair (SCEA, Factor 5)

Downloadable Game of the Year
Azada (Big Fish Games, Big Fish Games)
Build-a-Lot (HipSoft, HipSoft)
flOw (SCEA, That Game Company)
Peggle (PopCap, PopCap)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (D3 Publisher, Infinite Interactive, 1st Playable Productions)

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Forza Motorsport 2 (Microsoft Game Studios, Turn 10 Studios)
Halo 3 (Microsoft Game Studios, Bungie Studios)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
World in Conflict (Vivendi Games, Massive Entertainment)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Orange Box: Portal (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Outstanding Achievement in Story Development
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Drawn to Life (THQ, 5th Cell)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios, BioWare)
The Darkness (2K Games, Starbreeze Studios)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Character Performance
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Heavenly Sword (SCEA, Ninja Theory)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios, BioWare)
The Orange Box: Portal (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Crysis (Electronic Arts, Crytek)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (SCEA, Insomniac Games)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Heavenly Sword (SCEA, Ninja Theory)
The Orange Box: Team Fortress 2 (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (SCEA, Insomniac Games)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)
The Orange Box: Team Fortress 2 (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Family Game of the Year
Guitar Hero III (Activision, Neversoft)
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montpellier)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action (Microsoft Games Studios, Screenlife)
WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Nintendo, Nintendo)

Discussion

216 comments
13lackfriday
13lackfriday

Good to see Uncharted made a good couple wins... Sadly overlooked with all the other, more heavily hyped titles out then.

alejandrosimms
alejandrosimms

Mass Effect should be up for more.... In my opinion it should win ALL Sound/Music categories. The voice acting was perfect... it had emotion, drama, and all actors spoke as if they were those characters. The music was prefect as well. It added so much to the game without being a distraction in any sense.

jmrwacko
jmrwacko

Bioshock succkkkked I hate seeing it get so many awards. I actually regret buying it... I started playing it through a second time once the patch with the new plasmids came out and got bored of it by the middle of the second level.

Calmed_Fury
Calmed_Fury

1. rock band 2. assassin's creed 3. ratchet and clank: future tools of destruction 4. halo 3 5. fifa 08 6. call of duty 4 modern warefare 7. mass effect 8. orange box 9. overlord 10. command and conquer 3: tiberium wars

Kraige
Kraige

Mass Effect isn't up for nearlly enough and IMO Bioshock shouldn't be up for half of what it is.

heroofwinds1
heroofwinds1

Bioshock is an awesome game but if i had to choose one game this year it would certainly be super mario galaxy.No game can reach the innovation and the fresh feeling that super mario galaxy brought.I now that we have seen a lot of mario games but with a magic way they always achieve to play and feel new again.This game is something more than a simple platform game.It is simply the best example of working on a much loved francise that we all grew up with and managing to make it like it is the first time we ever played a game.Every world,every star and every moment in this game feel unique and make this adventure something that will always remain in our best videogame moments.It take risks and does a lot of steps that other games will never reach and it gives them all with the mario feeling we all love.It is full of things to see,love,play,experience and the time feels to pass very fast when you will start your adventure in this game.Everything from the gameplay,to the controls,to the impressive art direction and the visuals,to the amazing orchestrated sound make this one of the best games ever.It is like as the dreams of all players are coming to life with this game that will make you find again the reason you first starting to play and love videogames.

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

The one thing I did not appreciate in Call Of Duty 4 is how the enemy soldiers were using wallhacks. For example, the TV station level. After that even starts, if you run outside, then come back in and hide in a place where there is absolutely no way they could no you have gone there, you will eventually die when one of them shoots you through a wall. It also doesn't help that your own squad is incapable of finishing a level without your help. But, it does have a lot of well scripted events and was a blast to play through. Oh, and having just recently finished Mass Effect I've decided to change my Goty winner to Mass Effect. These DICE awards look a bit screwy to me, after all you have Bioshock up for GOTY, but it's not nominated in the RPG category despite have RPG traits (ie, weapon damage is based on a levelling system, even if the character is not). It's bizzare not to see Mass Effect up for "Visual Engineering" (omg, have you seen those frownlines form on characters animations!?). It's not the best optimized game ever for sure, but visually it sets the bar for 360 games. I look at it this way, Gen 1 was Oblivion, Gen 2 was Gears Of War and 3rd Gen 360 Games started with Mass Effect.

epormada
epormada

It's almost like Halo 3 is getting dissed intentionally. It's not even nominated for console game or overall game of the year! People seem to be sweatin' Call of Duty 4 (multiplayer) and Bioshock (story), which is funny because if those two games could have video game sex their offspring would be Halo 3. Just doesn't make sense to me!!!

shadow9669
shadow9669

wow bioshock got a place in almost every catagory cant wait to see what game win

Alterac_Barry
Alterac_Barry

From what I have seen Halo 3 and Bioshock has sort of died of because of their low replay value (even though they are pretty ace Halo 3 - 4player co-op and Bioshock for good/evil endings) I think CoD 4 will be remembered as it has the level up scheme online with unlockable weapons, etc.

bombfanatic
bombfanatic

Cod4 beats all. makes sense it was under so many categories

cosmothehound
cosmothehound

halo 3 does not compare to bioshock. its not even close. bioshock will be a classic for years.

stagga99
stagga99

'BZSIN If Uncharted doesn't win the award for animation, something is seriously wrong.' Not necessarily. Have you seen the smoothness and variety of movement in Assassin's Creed? Or the way your team mates move to cover and check for danger in Call of Duty 4? All these games have fantastic, realistic motion..it's gonna be a tough call. (my vote went on AC!)

sun_spirit
sun_spirit

Yeeeaaaah, how about we just go "BioShock wind a ludacris ammount of awards"

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Another corny article title backfire. Par for the course.

gateybakes245
gateybakes245

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icytower
icytower

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BZSIN
BZSIN

If Uncharted doesn't win the award for animation, something is seriously wrong.

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

story development and character performance has to be none other than mass effect. game of the year, im tempted to go for the underdog bioshock but just for the quality of the single player and the unmatched multiplayer it has to be call of duty 4. i do agree though the darkness was very underrated and if you like fps' u need to check out that and bioshock. halo 3 was great but the multiplayer has been realy showed up by call of duty 4. dirt was a good racing game but where the **** was the split screen multiplayer?!?!!? that was just noobish.

artmanngmail
artmanngmail

COD4 is the game of the year most difinitely. I will go and buy bioshock since everyone here talks about it so much. But that COD4 is one of the best multiplayer games I have played...since OUTWARS...you young bucks dont know about that.

KingEd007
KingEd007

COD4 should be game of the year!

yunuskara
yunuskara

yeah... bioshock is the ultimate art form as a game

Geshpenst
Geshpenst

Hell, let's just give Bioshock everything and call it a day shall we?

NonyoBizness
NonyoBizness

So many games to choose from this year. I would have to give Bioshock goty, mostly because of it's innovation & style. It's much better than I expected it to be. I am a COD4 junkie... I went through on Veteran my fist time in SP & even beat the mile high club on veteran very quickly. I compete in CO4 and I would say it's the most fun I've had all year in gaming... but GOTY should be something very innovative. Halo 3 deserves it's fair share of votes too because the game finally completed the trilogy story & I would say that the MP is a mix between Halo 1 & 2... which is perfect. I went through that on heroic & then legendary (by myself, NOT co-op) and I loved every minute of it The darkness is a very underrated game & I had a blat playing that Assassin's creed is fun and pretty much innovative, as well is mass effect. Biggest addiction all year? COD4 .... GOTY? Bioshock. Most underrated? The Darkness. Most anticipated and happily satisfied with?? Halo 3. Oh and Mario Galaxy is AWESOME... so is forza 2, orange box, crysis, ec... but I really and truly believe Bioshock has taken gaming o a new level and if you don't realize that.. you're a moron. I don't think it was that hard but it was just AMAZING.... for a challenge I prefer COD4 on veteran & Halo 3 on Legendary.. although neither was too tough for me. =) If they come out with mp for bioshock or bioshock 2, they better do that **** right!

Collin20
Collin20

I don't think Halo was disappointing. I played it, had my online fun, but you had to know what you were probably going to get going into it. Close to the same game I already played but with a bubble shield. That was fine by me, but some of the new games had more of a surprise effect to them don't you think. I didn't expect to have this much fun in COD4 multiplayer, or the great story in BioShock. The thrill of being an assassin was refreshingly new, falling in love with the weighted companion cube of Portal, or the ridiculous (and sometime tedious) customization in Mass Effect. All these games were AMAZING in some way so Halo 3 just had too much NEW competition in my opinion to win game of the year. If I had to pick a game of the year this is how I look at it. Halo 3- Too much of the same thing, with slight tweaks to make it the best yet, but I don't feel the same magic as when I picked up Combat Evolved. So not game of the year Orange Box- Portal is best game I played in awhile, but haven't I played this Half-Life game before? Hmmm game of the year before you say? Well that just doesn't seem fair...Nope Assassins Creed- So new, great story, fun game play BUT too repetitive at the end, and really, why do I have to ride down from the same hill every time when my mind can fast forward anyways? Not quite Mass Effect- Beautiful graphics, great story, and lots of customization. But why do the enemies love to run at my face soo much and coincidentally my bullets? I like customization, but maybe this went just a little too in depth. ALMOST BioShock- So absolutely solid except, what happened to the creepy factor after an hour of game play? It just dissapeared and I roamed the halls like a pissed off crack head looking for his fix. No multiplayer :(. I'm OK with this getting game of the year but... COD4- Solid. Just everything there. Story was challenging and intriguing. Multiplayer couldn't be more exciting and original. Also, try and beat Mile High Club. Took me 2 days but I couldn't stop till I got it!! Gets game of the year. I have not played Mario or Crysis enough to merit voting on them, but I know both are outstanding as well.

_Memento_
_Memento_

Why is everyone going crazy about this completely dumbed down version of System Shock 2? There are a few aspects of the game that other shooters can take inspiration from(the mature setting, the interesting art style). But the game absolutely fails as a shooter (and as a spiritual successor to SS2) on so many levels. Absolutely no challenge, clunky weapons, no variety in enemies, annoying hacking minigame, overhyped "choices"(saving/harvest little sisters) in the game have almost no significant impact on the game(difference in rewards is insignificant and both endings are terrible). *SPOILERS* Hell, they manage to screw up even the mature theme of the game once you get to the completely idiotic boss fight at the end that feels more appropriate for a retarded fantasy game. Basically, the bad guy has 3 forms: fire, ice and lightning. He starts off as teh fire demon thingy, you beat him, then he respawns as teh ice dude, beat him again, then he finally respawns as teh lightning dude. What a fitting finale! *SPOILERS END*

LsTr_Of_SmG
LsTr_Of_SmG

Outstanding Character Performance: Mass Effect? LMAO! Bioshock, COD4 and Super Mario Galaxy for the win.

drivedrive
drivedrive

How can people be championing Halo 3 multiplayer when you can't even set up your own CTF game unless you have a lot of pre-existing buddies? Lamestream. Doesn't even compare to Quake 3 multiplayer.. Bungie should be ashamed...

Shaynas_Kitten
Shaynas_Kitten

To Mbrans25den, Halo 3 had alot to live up to. It was a pretty good game in general, but it didn't live up to the hype and cool features like Forge or the video replay thing aren't everything. I know I didn't feel like I was right in the action in Halo 3. I just went and shot things which was most of the fun I got out of it. CoD4 looks great in many ways, sure maybe if you zoom in it loses the stunning visual quality, but I don't go around in games zooming in on walls to make sure they look realistic. If they look fine just from a normal view, then that's all that's needed. CoD4 really puts you into the game while, other than in multiplayer, Halo 3 doesn't. Or if you play on legendary (then it's intense as hell). I personally liked CoD4 more than Halo 3, mostly because I was expecting absolute greatness and perfection with Halo 3 and didn't get it. Maybe I set my standards too high, but that's just my opinion. I'm not putting down what you think, just answering your questions from my point of view.

Mbrans25den
Mbrans25den

how the hell is halo 3 dissappointing? Halo 3 has the best textures/graphics that i've seen yet not to mention there outstanding replay system that allows you to take high resolution pictures and film clips and share them. Or how bout the incredible gameplay and the ability to customize a map or customize your player. Many people say COD 4 is much better and even has better graphics. have u zoomed in on a wall lately in COD 4 its ugly and how many vehicles can u man in multiplayer? nota. so its apparent that all this talk about halo 3 being disappointing is a bunch BS.

pondarosa
pondarosa

Wow - I am surprised at the lack of nods for Halo 3. But then again, looking at it's competition and how disappointing Halo 3 was, I guess i'm really not surprised. Anyone with a 360 had the winningest year of gaming ever.

BontraXenderKyl
BontraXenderKyl

Hey! what happen to Assassins Creed?!?! for my opinion it's the best game of the year

Zazalon
Zazalon

Although I stand by my earlier comments, looking at all these games, we're all winners

MaBill
MaBill

A lot of people are surprised by Super Mario Galaxy being nominated for Outstanding Innovation in Gaming. Why?? It maybe another Mario title, but from what I recall, it's the only game with multi-gravitational fields in a game.

dem5000
dem5000

I can't say I've played every one of these games, but I've been a gamer for 25 years and Bioshock for me is one of those rare games that reminds me of why I truly love gaming. It is rare to play a FPS that makes you fall in love with the genre all over again this day in age. I voted this game to be Game of the Year anyhere I could. Glad to see this game is getting the much deserved recognition.

tdfury
tdfury

Bioshock try's new ideas and concepts and executes them well thats why it gets extra points and more recognition. while i do still like Halo, it is more of the same just a bit better than the previous. So while still a good game Halo won't show up in categories as much as bio shock.

Shaynas_Kitten
Shaynas_Kitten

I understand why the top games on the list are there. Each have their own innovative and unique aspects. Bioshock, though it ends up being repetitive, has a compelling storyline and great visuals. Then it has the generic shooter bit added to it with some RPG features (it shouldn't be called an RPG like some critics call it, but it does have some RPG-like features). This makes it a great game to those who want more depth than action. I liked it alot because of the story-line since most other games have such shallow plots that make them unenjoyable (at least to me). The Orange Box has a couple games that alone shouldn't be nominated for anything this year because they have been out for a while, but it would cause some problems if there was only Episode 2, Portal, and Team Fortress. Episode 2 has to be put with HL2 and Episode 1 so Xbox 360 owners who haven't played them could experience how great they are and unless you had Episode 1 for PC, you wouldn't know what the heck was going on if The Orange Box had just Episode 2 (since there is HL2 for Xbox, but no E1). Portal is too short to be alone, though it is great, and it also helps to have the rest of the HL2 story so you know the basic feel of the world that they're both set in (even if Portal is just in a scientific facility). And of course, Team Fortress 2 is just multiplayer. A good-length single player game should go along in the same package. Now CoD4 was amazing in many ways, but it was mostly just another shooter. It didn't bring in anything new or original, but it nearly perfected the generic FPS to where just couldn't be called a generic FPS. It was as if you were actually there. It was the action that kept me glued to it. Almost like the opposite of Bioshock. CoD4 has the action that Bioshock doesn't, but Bishock has the story that CoD4 doesn't have. But both excel in what they are strong in and come just above mediocre in their weaker aspects. Halo 3 was almost the same as the last 2 Halo games with mostly changes to multiplayer. Other than in co-op, it was hard to play through the game again because it really had nothing to look foward to once you do it once. Multiplayer was amazing though. Mass Effect was a great game that brought in a good blend between RPG and shooter. Story was the same ol' Bioware story, but with little things here and there that kept it moderately interesting. Most of the greatness came through the character development which is what Bioware does best. Making it seem as if the choices you make really matter in the game and having you create who your character is throughout the game. I hope what I've said will help others not be so critical since with most of the games it's personal opinion and depends largely on what you want from a game. I think the two that have the best chances of getting most of the awards are Bioshock and CoD4 because their strong points are especially strong, their weak points are still pretty damn good. Buttt...my personal favorite is The Orange Box. Mostly because I've been dedicated to Half-Life since the release of the original game. I think the entire series has broken through the mundane in so many ways. The new games in The Orange Box alone are good enough to be loved, but they can't just stay alone which is why I think it should be on the list. I agree that the others should have no place in the awards, but they can't be separated. Thank you to whoever put the effort in to read my rantings, and I welcome any criticism. I would prefer it in a private message, but here is fine too.

isthisnametakn
isthisnametakn

People can't call me a hypocrit because I entered the Halo franchise about three years after everybody else, kicking and screaming. With that said, I seriously think Bioshock was 50% graphics and hype. The cold hard fact that it is so popular is the only force that even compels me to play when I'm at my friends house. I simply can't find what's so special about it! With Halo that registered immediately. The artistic beauty, the unique weapons coupled with these exotic and orginial aliens. With Bioshock... we're under water...ok. The novelty wore off fast, the weapons suck and the artistic design just isn't my style (which tends to run hand in hand with the tastes of 400,000 gamers at any fricken second). The splicers weren't interesting and hardly was that God-foresaken Rapture. Granted the Big Daddies were kinda neat but even they couldn't carry the weight of an overall boring game. Bioshock will win because it's the new kid. Halo is great but it's old, and I'm ok with that. Nobody could look at me with a straight face and tell me Bioshock has half the content or half the playtime value.

lawsond
lawsond

theonlygamer "Ok seriously, Half-Life/Orange Box sucks. You cant play it and call yourslef a good gamer" I find this hilarious...your aviator is from Halo...LOL! Since when did being a good gamer mean you can't like a certain game? LOL. What a moron...

explosivo57
explosivo57

bioshock is like one of the critical darlings that everyone loves but i think call of duty will win because of the numbers it put up

ObsidianArbiter
ObsidianArbiter

persona 3 (gamespot's rpg of the year and in my opinion better than over 90% of the games on the list) wasnt even mentioned, that's bull, no wonder no one ever gives a crap about this

CrimsonCorp
CrimsonCorp

Iv'e played several of the games on the list and all of them were great. 2007 was truly a great year for gaming. The big issue I have with this is that there is no Halo 3. the Campaign is epic and has a truly great multiplayer experience. I find that very strange...

Zazalon
Zazalon

Oh and The Darkness should at least be MENTIONED for best of year awards. Better than most fps out there with the best story. Great single player and multiplayer thrown in for good measure. Lame WWI sections but overall, great.

Master-of-Power
Master-of-Power

The overall game of the year candidates were certainly expertly chosen. Bioshock truly deserves this, it is the only game I could define as astounding; (except perhaps for the Orange box).

Xeuton_Mojukai
Xeuton_Mojukai

I personally hope Bioshock steals the show in most areas, if only because it is the only game that I can really see becoming a true classic for a long time (besides maybe the Orange Box and Rock Band). ~ XM