GC '07: Best of GC winners revealed

Awards from the Leipzig Games Convention set Crysis, BioShock, PES 2008, Mario & Sonic on top of their respective platforms.

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With the 2007 Leipzig Games Convention now an event existing solely in the past, the German jury has returned its verdict on this year's "Best of GC" winners. As was seen in the nominees that were announced last week, the Games Convention awarded games by individual platform, as opposed to best in genre. Only games that were in a playable form at the show were eligible for nomination. Kindly enough, the Games Convention jury provided a brief explanation of what set each game above the rest on their respective platforms.

The only game to see nominations on multiple platforms, Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 scored the most wins with two. Widely regarded as one of the most popular European footballers, PES 2008 was honored on the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. Of the PS3 version, the GC jury gave praise to the game, saying, "Football is coming home: the best current football game celebrates its PS3 premiere with diving, wall building and complete online support - including leagues and rankings."

While the "Best of GC" nomination list appeared to have more than a few oversights, emerging winners were in line with other awards ceremonies held this year. Notable, and mostly expected, winners include Crytek's Crysis on the PC, 2K Boston's BioShock on the Xbox 360, and Ready at Dawn's God of War: Chains of Olympus on the PlayStation Portable. Oddly, despite announcing two nominees last week, the GC jury named no winner in the mobile category, citing a lack of participants.

This year's award winners, along with the GC jury's rationales for bestowing said honors, are listed below.

Best of PC:
Crysis (Electronic Arts)

Jury: "Developed in Germany, Crysis is an exciting, futuristic battle against alien invaders. The CryENGINE 2 sets a new technological standard, with breathtaking special effects. Intelligent opponents represent a challenge to even the most experienced gamers."

Best of Xbox 360:
BioShock (Take-Two Interactive)

Jury: "Underwater survival in a sunken Art Deco city, countering crazy inhabitants, and constantly faced with the dilemma of what is right and what is wrong: "BioShock" is the most intelligent, most bizarre shooter for years."

Best of PSP:
God of War: Chains of Olympus (Sony Computer Entertainment)

Jury: "'God of War' elevates the action genre to an art form, including on the PlayStation Portable: where other titles descend into brutish slaughter, God of War lends the battlefield a sombre beauty."

Best of PS2:
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Konami Digital Entertainment)

Jury: "Once again, PES 2008 sets new standards as far as game play is concerned: the long-distance shots crackle, the one-on-ones are even more intensive and the opponents adapt to the style of play."

Best of PS3:
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Konami Digital Entertainment)

Jury: "Football is coming home: the best current football game celebrates its PS3 premiere with diving, wall building and complete online support - including leagues and rankings."

Best of Wii:
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (SEGA Germany)

Jury: "We finally discover who can run faster and jump higher. The game unites the former archrivals from Sega and Nintendo, renewing the old feud in the form of a sporting contest. Mario and Sonic manage to translate Olympic disciplines into easily mastered, entertaining games fun."

Best of Nintendo DS:
Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day (Nintendo of Europe)

Jury: "Open your eyes and train like a top sportsman! Eye Training trains hand-eye co-ordination, reflexes, visual acuity - and is great fun as well. A non-prescription DS game to be taken daily."

Best of Online:
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (Eidos)

Jury: "Finally, an online role-play game for adults. Set in the world of the Barbarians, the adventure combines offline and online game experiences for the first time. Age of Conan could present a challenge to World of Warcraft."

Best of Hardware:
Wii Balance Board (Nintendo of Europe)

Jury: "Press-ups, headers and aerobics: Nintendo manages to combine video games with physical fitness and bring them closer to a new audience. Having already converted the remote control into a controller, the manufacturer now turns scales into a games accessory."

Best of Mobile:
No prize was awarded in this category due to a lack of participants.

Discussion

83 comments
ddrstar513
ddrstar513

What da hell happened to mario galaxy. it clearly beats out mario & sonic.

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

Surprise, almost all the winners from europe.

peterlala2002
peterlala2002

BOOM BOOM BAM BAM! sonic KILLS mario! Hedgehogs > fat plumbers

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

dudes, save your mario vs sonic fights for when the game comes out. zero suit samus and solid snake 4eva though. :-D. best ever on ps2 - god of war 2 (was, is and always will be). best on 360 - halo 3, best on wii - metroid prime 3, best on ps3 - erm....ask me same time next year.

Yoshilila
Yoshilila

Oh yeah this is gonna be a challenge only poor thing is that the WII version of "mario and sonic at the olympic games" doesnt use Wi-Fi but the DS does so people who really want to challenge against others all over the world should get the DS version but i am still geting the WII version^^ I hope there will be an update to play online sooner or later world wide on the WII with MASATOG (mario and sonic ...) cause that would be sweet^^ P.s.: I guess MASATOG won on the WII cause thats a game everyone has been waiting for since years and finally a game where mario and sonic can compete against each other^^

ARMIN14
ARMIN14

I could guess that Crysis would be the best game for pc.

ARMIN14
ARMIN14

I could guess that Crysis would be the best game for pc.

DarkspineSonic0
DarkspineSonic0

All right, Sonic and Mario together? I thought the normal games were great! And Simpson 2012 Sonic's a Hedgehog, not a rat, and he's gonna kick that stinking fireball throwing plumber before Mario can even react. GO SONIC!!!!

rav44
rav44

i like sonic over mario, but that's just my opinion.

wolf96champion
wolf96champion

I cant wait to get this game! Who is better? Sonic or Mario.

playwiz
playwiz

ps_wii germans dont aid you because u aid the 360...its an american product even best game on another console would(i dont know how..hehe) turn out to be xbox 360 exclusive(with respect to americans)

atomasist
atomasist

cant wait for some of these games

wars45
wars45

get in pro will be ace online

gorilla325
gorilla325

awesome! great case for studying culture difference! this is very itneresting!

freek33
freek33

playstation_wii What are you talking about. Why does everyone have to agree with America?!!

Princecake
Princecake

awesome :D I knew PES 2008 would rock where are u now my dear FiFA's arcade pets?

haesuse
haesuse

man some weird regionalized awards here. where are the real big hitters?

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I'm guessing that the Wii and DS both had weak showcases...

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

Dang you Germans! :x Ehy can't you have the same tastes as Americans, becuase I'm sure most of us are outraged!!!!!!!!!!!! :x

MronoC
MronoC

:shock: Mario & Sonic at the Olypics?!?! Beating out SMG!?!?

crows_bow
crows_bow

No Spore?? It should at least get an honorable mention since it will definitely destroy the remainder of our social lives. It's being created by Will Wright!! That guy who's known for creating a couple of little known games called SIMCITY and THE SIMS!!! And being the co-founder of a little enterprise known as MAXIS!!! :D THIS GAME'S GONNA BE GREAT!!

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

I think it's funny to read all the comments left here.

mcgillhonger
mcgillhonger

Seriously.... did they showcase ANY decent games at the GC? MGS Patriots? Mario Galaxy?? If their best PS3 and Wii games showcased were a soccer and Olympics sports game, I'm glad I wasn't there. :P Can't believe Mario & Sonic beat out Mario Galaxy... think I'm gonna lose my lunch.

URUCAN
URUCAN

omerdv that's not right, it's all a mess... FIFA 2008 will crush PES 2008 for sure, and i can tell ... i have both and in PES they never do anything new with the game since PES 2005 (PES4) but in FIFA they always come up with some great new features to add to the game although PES is a great game too... FIFA as taken out almost all the teams in the last game . I only ad half the teams to play with . and they also taken out the alot of international teams

Hellmonkey012
Hellmonkey012

Flash Focus??????????? Have they not heard of Phantoms Hourglass.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

I'm guessing the soccer games won because the convention was set in europe. The awards would without a doubt be different on the PS3 if the convention was set in the US or Japan. If in Japan it would have been some JRPG and in the USA it would prob be Killzone or another FPS.

cheezlarson
cheezlarson

Jury: "We finally discover who can run faster..." I really hope Sonic can run faster than Mario.

CrispyLog
CrispyLog

I just hope the new Pro Evo game is as good on 360 as it is on PS3

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

Mario and Sonic best of Wii. It should be Mario Galaxy

Jokul
Jokul

God of War!!! It was good but there have been better I thought on the PSP

SonyGameHolder7
SonyGameHolder7

auch, a pure multiplatformer the best the ps3 has to offer. That's gotta hurt

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I think the Wii balance board deserves Best Hardware. It is an excellent idea and brings us ever closer to jumping into a game for real. Best of Wii, Mario & Sonic? I would have thought it'd be something like Galaxy. M&S is a little bit random.

omerdv
omerdv

that's not right, it's all a mess... FIFA 2008 will crush PES 2008 for sure, and i can tell ... i have both and in PES they never do anything new with the game since PES 2005 (PES4) but in FIFA they always come up with some great new features to add to the game although PES is a great game too...

sousuke223
sousuke223

the only catergories i really cared for were 360 and pc and i definately agree with the 360 for the nominees they chose and the pc though i kinda wished starcraft 2 would win though crysis is ina much more polished state and going to be at the same lvl as starcraft

woofie13
woofie13

hahaha, the only one's I agree with are Crysis, God of War, and Bioshock.... lol. I guess not too much was shown if the rest of those were the best... :S

Shinedown220
Shinedown220

Lets just say they got the PS3 one way wrong.

rockko666
rockko666

Best of the SHOW people...not best "still to come out" . Me being a PES fanboy,completely agree with this..lol