CESA Awards: Halo, Half-Life 2, GTA snare spotlight

Japanese game awards recognize top-sellers, innovation, and even upcoming titles.

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TOKYO--The seventh annual CESA Game Awards were held in Tokyo today. The awards recognize the top games of the year and are chosen by the general gaming public and a special awards committee.

For the first time in the Award's history, two game titles shared the top spot. Final Fantasy XI and Taiko no Tatsujin were given the award of excellence in the ceremony.

Final Fantasy XI is an online rendition of Square Enix's popular RPG series. It was first released on the PS2 and later on the PC. Taiko no Tatsujin is a music game based on Japanese drumming. It was first released in arcades and later came to the PlayStation 2 with its own drum controller.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was awarded best foreign game. The Best Sales award went to Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire, which recorded combined sales of 2 million copies in just the first three weeks of their releases.

Aside from awarding games released in the past year, CESA also recognized upcoming titles in a category called "Game Awards Future."

The CESA (Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association) is an organization dedicated to promoting and researching the computer entertainment industry. The organization also hosts the Tokyo Game Show. Here's the list of winners:

Excellence Award:
Final Fantasy XI (Square Enix, PS2, PC)
Taiko no Tatsujin: Tatacon de Dodon ga Don (Namco, PS2)

Outstanding Achievement Award:
Shin Sangoku Musou 3 (Koei, PS2, Xbox)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Nintendo, GC)
Tekki (Capcom, Xbox)
.hack series (Bandai, PS2)
Final Fantasy X-2 (Square Enix, PS2)
Halo (Microsoft, Xbox)
Pokemon Ruby, Pokemon Saphire (Nintendo, GBA)
WarioWare Inc.: Mega MicroGame$ (Nintendo, GBA)
World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 (Konami, PS2)

Best Sales Award:
Pockemon Ruby & Saphire (Nintendo, GBA)

Global Award:
Kingdom Hearts (Square Enix, PS2)

Overseas Award:
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Rockstar Games, PS2)

Special Award:
Anubis: Zone of the Enders (Konami, PS2)

CESA Game Awards-Future:
EyeToy: Play (Sony Computer Entertainment, PS2)
Onimusha 3 (Capcom, PS2)
Kadamari Damashii (Namco, PS2)
Mobile Suit Gundam Z: AEUG vs. Titans (Bandai, PS2)
Gyakuten Saiban 3 (Capcom, GBA)
Gran Turismo 4 (Sony Computer Entertainment, PS2)
Siren (Sony Computer Entertainment, PS2)
True Fantasy Line Online (Microsoft, Xbox)
Naruto: Narutimate Hero (Bandai, PS2)
Half-Life 2 (Valve, PC)
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Konami, PS2)
Monster Hunter (Capcom, PS2)

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