GameSpot's 2006 Game of the Year
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This is it: our highest honor, presented to the one game that blew us away most of all in 2006. But before we start heaping praise on our most deserving victor, we wish to acknowledge our top 10 finalists for GameSpot's 2006 Game of the Year award, since we believe these to be the greatest of the 1,000-plus games shoved onto store shelves in the past 12 months.
Shockingly good visuals make Gears of War grab you right from the start, but the intensity of the action is what makes this incredible game not let go. Many games have promised a cinematic blockbuster action-movie feel, but few if any have delivered on this level.
Shockingly good visuals make Gears of War grab you right from the start, but the intensity of the action is what makes this incredible game not let go. Many games have promised a cinematic blockbuster action-movie feel, but few if any have delivered on this level.Watch the Video Review
The venerable, iconic Legend of Zelda series deserves its illustrious reputation as a result of games like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which set the bar for how inventive, captivating, and beautiful this type of action adventure game can be.Watch the Video Review
A profoundly immersive experience, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion drastically improved on an already-great predecessor and gives you the freedom to be whomever you want and do entirely as you like in its richly detailed, believable gameworld.Watch the Video Review
It spent years in the making, and all that time paid off for Final Fantasy XII, a deep and long-lasting role-playing game that carries on the series' proud tradition of combining memorable storytelling, excellent production values, and challenging gameplay.Watch the Video Review
What would it take to get everyone excited about a World War II-themed real-time strategy game? It took Company of Heroes, which could safely be called one of the best RTS games ever made due to its incredible presentation, intuitive and fast gameplay, and dynamic battlefields.Watch the Video Review
Stunningly beautiful and creative down to its very core, Okami is a very uncommon type of game and is a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of its developer, Clover Studio, which sadly shuttered its doors later this year.Watch the Video Review
After months of generating baseless controversy, Bully finally came out and cut through all that nonsense with its excellent sense of style, inventive setting and likable characters, and fun gameplay we could all relate to as veterans of the harsh experience that is grade school.Watch the Video Review
It might be fun for the whole family, but they'll have to pry the controller out of our hands before we let them have a go at this delightfully addictive, deceptively deep, charming game.Watch the Video Review
The gut-wrenching thrill of close-quarters firefights is brought to life like never before in Rainbow Six Vegas, which creates a far more dynamic experience than what this well-respected line of tactical shooters has achieved in the past.Watch the Video Review
Capcom has done plenty of good work in the zombie genre (refer to the Resident Evil series), but Dead Rising takes one of the most common memes of horror fiction and runs with it very, very far, delivering a surprisingly unique experience.Watch the Video Review