Madden, Halo 2 earn industry nods

The Entertainment Merchants Association's 2006 Home Entertainment Awards bestow best-of accolades; Bungie's shooter named best Xbox game for second year running.

Electronic Arts' flagship sports series stiff-armed the competition at the 2006 Home Entertainment Awards, winning two of the show's three game-related awards.

Madden NFL 06, last year's iteration of the leading football game, took home the honors for the best GameCube and PlayStation 2 games at the show, which was held on July 10 in Las Vegas. For Microsoft's console, however, it was a different story, as Bungie Studios' uberpopular--and Xbox-exclusive--Halo 2 beat out Madden to claim the show's award for the best Xbox game.

Neither series is a stranger to the award show, which was sponsored by the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA). Halo 2 was named the best Xbox game in 2005 as well, and a previous incarnation of EA's football series--Madden 2004--won the PS2 game-of-the-year award two years ago.

The award shows began in 1989, but this year's ceremonies were the first put on by the EMA--an organization formed after the May merger of two retail and video-store industry groups. Still, this year's awards followed the cues of previous years' Video Software Dealers Association award shows, which focused on honors given to movies and video-store rentals.

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mitch32
mitch32

This game is ok, but it needs some more thing like ur superstar has a real home. where you can acually move in it.

jepha666
jepha666

I KNEW IT!!! almost 2 years, how long will this go on?

knives2
knives2

@SmashBrosLegend I think hotdork was referring to the number of online games played per month not the number of copies sold per month. And to quote you. "YOU ARE SUCH A NOOB!! you, sir, have been pwned. for the sake of your own dignity, never post again."

SmashBrosLegend
SmashBrosLegend

hotdork70minus1: "Halo 2's multiplayer is unstoppable. RE4 is great but wheres the replay value ? Almost 2 years later and Halo 2 still wrakes in 20 million games a month." YOU ARE SUCH A NOOB! there have only been around 25 million xboxes shipped, let alone sold! if halo 2 was to sell 20 million a month for 2 years, that comes out to over 400 million games sold, which is 16 times as many xboxs shipped to his date. you, sir, have been pwned. for the sake of your own dignity, never post again.

SmashBrosLegend
SmashBrosLegend

0diablo0 SMASH BROS LEGEND,,,,, you must be kidding the best cube game is ot the windwaker thats the worst, the best is re4..... i meant that the wind waker is the best nintendo-exclusive title. RE4 is great, no doubt, but please do not rip on the wind waker. many people write the game off because of the lame graphics, but have you actually played it? it has a great battle system, a great story and really fun gameplay.

Kfoss
Kfoss

riiigggghhhhtt and this is news how?!?!?!

0diablo0
0diablo0

SMASH BROS LEGEND,,,,, you must be kidding the best cube game is ot the windwaker thats the worst, the best is re4.....

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Halo 2 is a great XBox classic that has and will continue to stand the test of time. Although the Halo series is not my personal Science fiction videogame(s) of all time. It is pretty close to being so.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Halo-2 maybe great but Ninja Gaiden Black is better.....8)

SmashBrosLegend
SmashBrosLegend

halo 2 sucks. the best xbox game is knights of the old republic. and madden inst that good either. the best ps2 game is god of war and the best GC game is still the wind waker.

wsh_12
wsh_12

I can see why Halo 2 won but why in the hell did Madden 2006 get an award because it sucked!!!!

mr_pops238
mr_pops238

Madden and halo 2? EMA has lost all credibility, if they had any to begin with.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

this is a joke. a bunch of american awards go to.. american "developers". Madden wtf ?

kabuki_tanooki
kabuki_tanooki

is the EMA's a north american thing? mostly north americans on the panel? if so...that explains alot.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

well of course halo would be given the award

_Sam_
_Sam_

I'm not surprised

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

*trying not flame all the fanboys*

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

Halo 2's multiplayer is unstoppable. RE4 is great but wheres the replay value ? Almost 2 years later and Halo 2 still wrakes in 20 million games a month.

grave_rob
grave_rob

halo 2 is one of those few games with incredible longevity. mainly do to the great online multiplayer.

sinister_m
sinister_m

I feel the Halo 2 award was definitely debatable, i'd have given it to ninja gaiden black. To give the award to madden is far worse though. Makes me wonder how much EA paid people. Resident Evil 4 would have been a much more deserving winner.

Raziel_MGS
Raziel_MGS

halo 3 could be horrible and it will still win everything, that annoys me so much

rynmls
rynmls

halo 2 is really a great game...

jared81799
jared81799

wow, 2 genres that hardly change (FPS and football) win EMA's top games. this makes me a sad panda.

dlovell
dlovell

I'm kind of surprised that neither of the Brothers in Arms got an award. I can see how Halo 2 got one though. I've never played a game that has that fun factor Halo has. Plus, there's no way you can compare Resident Evil 4 to Madden '06 or Halo 2. They're completely different genres! Resident Evil 4 = Survival/ Horror Third-Person Shooter Halo 2 = Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter Madden 2006 = Football Simulation I do wish more original games had been picked. God of War for the PS2 and Resident Evil 4 for the GC would be my picks; with either Brothers in Arms or Halo for the Xbox. *_*

GunslingerMan
GunslingerMan

Madden ... are you kidding me ? Wut is this anywase !

rhsu
rhsu

Of course Halo would win again. The X-Box library did not change from 2005 to 2006, save for the addition of a lot of crap. This shouldn't even be news.

ssvegeta555
ssvegeta555

Eh, maybe I'm just old school, but I think Perfect Dark is the best FPS ever. Anyways, I can see why Halo 2 won. That game is played a lot to this day, not very many games can say that. The only ones I can think of that do are Elder Scrolls Series, and Diablo 2. But Madden for PS2 and GC!? WTF! Wow, someone needs to be shot! They obviously played next to nothing when it comes to games. Idiots.

bababowe
bababowe

Halo 2 won cuz its a great game to play and like the guy below me said it has hype. I noticed someone said RE4 is better then Halo 2. All i have to say is get off your gamecube and try xbox. RE4 is nothing compared to it. I have a 360 and still play halo2 just cuz its fun and a great game to play. I use to have a gamecube and the games arn't that good for it i mean except for RE4, but you can't even compare it with halo 2 cuz halo 2 is better that is why it won and that is why halo would have won if there was no H2. Oh yeah lol someone said that H2 will only lose if a better shooting game comes out on the next generation platform, well there is its called Halo 3. BassForever2 shut the **** up yeah i can swear to.

XAF1
XAF1

Withoutme Reason Madden one is because there is a large ammount of football jocks who are too stupid to realize madden barely changes year after year. Reason Halo 2 won is because of A. The Hype B. not many good Xbox games at all. ___________________________________________________________ Withoutme Halo 2 won because it is still one of the most played Xbox games to date. The game is fun and has held up because of it's mutiplayer capabilities unlike most games that have come to the system from the computer generation. Halo 2 has earned its rank and still sells. Not many ps2 or xbox titles that have been out as long are still played as much so it's more than hype. It's the enjoyment factor and replayability of a good online community.

BassForever2
BassForever2

I can see Halo 2 for the Xbox but Madden for Gcube and PS2 WHAT THE ****! . And if Mario Party 6 really beat Resident Evil 4 last year. Als I can say to that is WHAT THE **** IS WRONG WITH YOU ****ING RETARDS! . Madden is one of the worst rehashed games EVER WHAT THE **** IT SUCKS!!!! . Halo 2 is not the best console game ever. That right belongs to any of the following games Final Fantasy 7 (I'm not a fan but it did stupidly well and was well done) Chrono Trigger (Greatest game ever in my ****ing opinion) Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Bros 3 (Classics) Halo 1 (Halo 1 > Halo 2) Half Life (Everything you want in a shooter plus 8000 different variations with mods) . My last point, I have never sweared that much in one post ever =O

Withoutme
Withoutme

Reason Madden one is because there is a large ammount of football jocks who are too stupid to realize madden barely changes year after year. Reason Halo 2 won is because of A. The Hype B. not many good Xbox games at all.

BlueYoshi579
BlueYoshi579

I have six words: Resident Evil 4 Resident Evil 4

Igwababa
Igwababa

Just goes to show what a great game it is. It is things like this that shows which games are popular and which are legends.

mhder
mhder

HaloHunter200 Halo will forever be the raining champ amoung video games. Sad day for gaming when no new good games have come out in over a year and a sad day for spelling as well.

sigma8
sigma8

I'm surprised Halo is still so well regarded, you'd think the Xbox could get another good game within 2 years. The irony is that if Halo 2 didn't come out, Halo 1 would probably have won. And yeah, I can't believe Madden won. But at least it's less than a year old.

Rei_kun
Rei_kun

Resident Evil 4 and God of War are waaaay better and innovative than Madden. Madden is the same thing over and over again.

XtremePhsyco
XtremePhsyco

Halo is just one of those game that destroy everything it faces. It is the greatest game ever to me.

TriggerHappy723
TriggerHappy723

So many better games for the PS2 and Gamecube. For example, God of War(PS2) and Resident Evil 4 (GC)

Patrick_C
Patrick_C

None55, Resident Evil 4 was actually nominated last year on the GameCube, but it lost to Mario Party 6, I do believe.

diablobasher
diablobasher

ummm....k Halo i...well, i wont say understand, but am willing to accept, but Madden...WTF.....w....t....f....seriously? Is this a joke?! *mind boggles* Diablo

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

Lackluster choice for the GC and PS2 award, there is a ton of better choices they could've chose.

GoddBless
GoddBless

Wow Madden is the best the PS2 & GC could come up with. That is so sad. So I guess the fanboys are right when they say SONY wins becuase of 3rd party support. I don't see their game God of War up there.

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

How does Madden beat RE4 on the cube and GoW on the PS2.

klusps
klusps

I can't believe Madden reached that high, I can understand Halo 2 being there, but Madden?

metroidlink1030
metroidlink1030

I understand Halo...but how the hell does Madden of all things win best game on Cube AND PS2?

HaloHunter200
HaloHunter200

Halo will forever be the raining champ amoung video games. :P

Muse_Luver
Muse_Luver

No room for EA Rugby 06?... just me?... o, ok :p still a badass game

robertruchotzke
robertruchotzke

Ok what xbox game is better then Halo 2 none so thats why it won yea madden sucks but i dont know why you guys think Halo 2 sucks or something.

JPmaster
JPmaster

I have to agree with ruleklw. I can see nothing wrong with that logic, especially considering that Madden really isn't any different on either of the consoles and is probably best when played on Xbox. So if Madden 2006 is best game on the Gamecube and the PS2, and Halo 2 beat it on the Xbox, then Halo 2 is the best console game.