Microsoft launching XBLA Awards

Console maker polling Xbox Live users to elect the best downloadable 360 games of 2007; winners announced during GDC 08.

As award season continues to ramble on, a handful of top games have dominated the short lists, including Super Mario Galaxy, BioShock, and Call of Duty 4, among others. With the big-budget, high-profile games hogging the limelight, Microsoft will be calling out the best downloadable Xbox Live games this year with its inaugural Xbox Live Arcade Awards - 2007, to be awarded at the Game Developers Conference 2008 in February.

Though the finalists were selected by a panel of game-industry journalists, Microsoft is polling Xbox Live users to select the winners. Voting is currently open through Microsoft's Web site, and users will be able to cast their lots in each of the six categories until Wednesday, January 30.

Although each category is open to write-ins, top nominees include the Microsoft-sponsored student project Aegis Wing, classic board-game remakes Catan and Carcassonne from Big Huge Games and Sierra Online, respectively, as well as Backbone's Bomberman Live and Namco Bandai's Pac-Man Championship Edition. Microsoft will also be doling out awards in four additional categories: best-selling game, most played game, highest-rated game, and staff choice.

Nominees for the inaugural Xbox Live Arcade Awards - 2007 are listed in full below.

Best Overall Arcade Game:
Puzzle Quest
Pac-Man Championship Edition
Carcassonne
Bomberman Live
Alien Hominid
Catan

Best Cooperative Multiplayer Game:
Alien Hominid
Golden Axe
Aegis Wing
Double Dragon
Arkadian Warriors
TMNT

Best Family Friendly Game:
Pac-Man Championship Edition
Carcassonne
Catan
Bomberman Live
Hexic 2
Every Extend Extra Extreme

Best Classic Game:
Castlevania
Prince of Persia
Asteroids
Jetpac Refuelled
Sensible World of Soccer
Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Best Competitive Multiplayer Game:
Puzzle Quest
Carcassonne
Bomberman Live
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Undertow
Catan

Best Original Game:
Pac-Man Championship Edition
Boom Boom Rocket
Aegis Wing
Undertow
Band of Bugs
Hexic 2

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82 comments
NoseWeed619
NoseWeed619

I think that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 should win the best classic game award. And Hexic 2 should win the best original game. That would be awesome.

guertt
guertt

Where is WORMS ?!!!!?

azimiballer
azimiballer

so they are gonna be giving out awards instead of showcasing games and stuff??

Spincut
Spincut

i guess rez didnt make it in early enough.....but if it just didnt make the cut they're insane.

Lokar
Lokar

I thought Carcassone was overrated. Puzzle Quest is okay, but it moves really slow.

Soupflakez
Soupflakez

im-a-roustabout, way to call the entirety of XBL customers stupid. The older classic arcade games cost $5. There are a lot of orignally made titles on XBL that haven't been seen on other platforms.

Soupflakez
Soupflakez

cocomacoco, it's the same exact situation with me. I have 15 arcade titles, I bought 12 of them. ALL of them turn into trials when I'm not online. Also, when I get on GH3 or Rockband my downloaded songs AREN'T EVEN THERE, that is when I'm offline! There is def. something strange going on that needs an update. If someone knows how to fix this problem message me.

sVebbe
sVebbe

CastlevaniaSOTN, best on XBLA \,,/,

paco007mf
paco007mf

Where the hell is castlevania for best overall arcade?

Apokalipse
Apokalipse

hmmmm....Microsoft setting up awards that will be given to...um...Microsoft.

cocomacoco
cocomacoco

everytime when i'm offline my games go to trial, and that's really anoyying, i paid for Uno, carcassone, undertow, and then what a get offline, a trial, suit them should i!!!!!!

greystone227
greystone227

Alien Hominid is awesome. It deserves an award or two. I hope it wins some.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Hey , I know UNO wasn't really that original but c'mon, it translated really well to the console. I was actually impressed with UNO and it was funner than I thought it would be. I think its better then a few of those on that list.

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

Instead of messing around with stupid awards that no-one could really care less about why not fix the stupid DRM issue that makes all my arcade games when I am offline go to trial. 2 SEGA game always keep asking to be unlocked and sometimes IPS's don't always have perfect servers so they need to be turned off to be fixed thus why I would be offline. Awards yeah I'll them an award with a shiny boot where the sun don't shine.

Betaslayer
Betaslayer

You can write-in whatever game didn't make the list when voting ppl. I myself I had to put Worms in a number of times.

Glejs
Glejs

Worms should've gotten an award or two..

tom_dar2
tom_dar2

kriptonzz, Hexic 2 is an original game because... it hasn't been ported from anywhere, I guess. It's a brand new game made exclusively for Live Arcade. It's the original version of Hexic 2.

kriptonzz
kriptonzz

How is Hexic 2 under best original game if it's a sequel and plays like Hexic? Explain me that Microsoft.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

The award should go to MS for charging such a premium for old @$$ games, and yet still getting such a high content download from customers. Hats off to you MS for charging 10 dollars for cheaply made video games! You guys realize there is a paticular website I can think of right now that lets you download emulators and you can play any of these games for FREE? right? Oh well.

evilross
evilross

Pac-Man : CE is the most fun game on XBLA, glad its on the list.

yucky_straw
yucky_straw

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maxmax1234
maxmax1234

Lost of time, nobody bought those games. and now they try to get them in the spotlight again.

diablobasher
diablobasher

wtf... XBLA... awards?! What the hell...

AceCometh
AceCometh

interesting idea. I'd be even more interested if there were more good games on XBLA.

Maxx_the_Slash
Maxx_the_Slash

mergedsalem23, there are options in each category for you to fill in your choice (select other, then type it in).

mergedsalem23
mergedsalem23

Something isnt right why is some of the best titles missing from this list street of rage, and metal of slug 3?

stevo684
stevo684

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N15PCA
N15PCA

I voted! Thanks Gamespot.

ElvenArcher
ElvenArcher

This might have been more interesting if they didn't have such a weird list of games. I mean, I like Golden Axe and Double Dragon a lot; but they don't compare to Streets of Rage 2. That's one of the highly praised beat em' ups and it is for a fact better than the previous two; certainly when you consider how old those games are in comparison when the genre just started.

RakinR
RakinR

i dont play arcades that much but i loved the fighters such as streets of rage , street fighter. im such a cheapo xD i never want to use my ms points and i only have 1450 now which i plan to save for halo or cod

Tekkor
Tekkor

Puzzle Quest and Catan were the two best for me. Catan is very addicting expecially if you have like a couple friends and you talk them into getting it.

NightRain
NightRain

Best overall game for me: Puzzle Quest

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

sounds like a good idea. some of those games were awesome. i hope they start helping those devs who are making their own games. that laundry samurai game is one the best looking games i have seen so far for arcade

MigElite
MigElite

"Aegis Wing, Undertow, and Carcassone are amazing" Ha, yeah, all free

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Geometry Wars is from 2006 if I am not mistaken (or is it?).

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

Golden Axe and Double Dragon over Streets of Rage 2? Odd.