2004 Gamer's Voice Award nominees announced

See if your favorite console games got the nod.

It's that time of year again. It's the time when nothing noteworthy is coming out and this year's best console titles see a holiday boost in sales. It's the time when the Third Annual Gamer's Voice Award nominations are announced.

Ten independent reviewers from across the nation vote much like the college basketball coaches poll for their favorite video games in each category. Points are tabulated in a similar fashion which determines the winner. The top three to five point-getters in each category (besides the Overall category) receive the official "nomination" depending on a mathematical formula. Winners will be announced Tuesday, December 21.

Halo 2 leads the way with eight nominations followed by Burnout 3: Takedown with six and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes with four. Without further ado, here are your Lawrence.com 2004 Gamer's Voice Award nominees in alphabetical order:

Best Sports

ESPN NFL 2K5 PS2, Xbox

Mario Advance Tennis Game Boy Advance

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Best Action/Adventure

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - Gamecube

Ninja Gaiden - Xbox

Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy PS2, Xbox

Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal PS2

Best Strategy

Full Spectrum Warrior Xbox

Kingdom Under Fire - Xbox

Pikmin 2 - Gamecube

Best RPG

Fable - Xbox

Mario Advance Tennis Game Boy Advance

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door - Gamecube

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - Xbox

Best Racing

Burnout 3: Takedown PS2, Xbox

Need for Speed Underground 2 PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Rallisport Challenge 2 - Xbox

Best Fighting

Dead or Alive Ultimate - Xbox

Def Jam: Fight for New York PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Guilty Gear X2 #Reload - Xbox

Best First-person Shooter

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - Xbox

Halo 2 - Xbox

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow Xbox

Best Presentation

ESPN NFL 2K5 PS2, Xbox

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas PS2

Halo 2 - Xbox

Killzone PS2

Best Replay

Burnout 3: Takedown PS2, Xbox

Halo 2 - Xbox

Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal PS2

Best Online Multiplayer

Burnout 3: Takedown PS2, Xbox

Halo 2 - Xbox

Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow Xbox

Best Repertoire

Electronic Arts

ESPN/Sega

Microsoft

Nintendo

Ubisoft

Best Originality

Feel the Magic XY/XX - NDS

Full Spectrum Warrior Xbox

Katamari Damacy PS2

Best Graphics

Burnout 3: Takedown PS2, Xbox

Halo 2 - Xbox

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - Gamecube

Ninja Gaiden - Xbox

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door - Gamecube

Best Soundtrack

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas PS2

Halo 2 - Xbox

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - Gamecube

Best Audio

Burnout 3: Takedown PS2, Xbox

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - Xbox

Halo 2 - Xbox

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater PS2

Best Overall

Burnout 3: Takedown PS2, Xbox

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - Xbox

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas PS2

Halo 2 - Xbox

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - Gamecube

Ninja Gaiden - Xbox

Gamer's Voice Award

E-mail gamer@lawrence.com and cast your vote for the best console game of this year!

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