Gamer's Voice Awards 2005: Nominations announced

What console games are the best of the year?

It's already the end of 2005. It's again the time when this year's best console titles see a boost in sales for the holidays. It's the time when the Fourth Annual Gamer's Voice Award nominations are announced for console games.

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 receive the official "nomination" depending on a mathematical formula. Winners will be announced Tuesday, December 27.

Resident Evil 4 and Shadow of the Colossus lead the way with five nominations each followed by Call of Duty 2, God of War, Mario Kart DS and Project Gotham Racing 3 with with four.

Without further ado, here are your Lawrence.com 2005 Gamer's Voice Award nominees in alphabetical order:

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Best Graphics

Call of Duty 2 360

Project Gotham Racing 3 360

Resident Evil 4 PS2, Gamecube

Shadow of the Colossus PS2

Best Sound (Effects, Ambience, Voice Acting)

Call of Duty 2 360

Condemned: Criminal Origins 360

God of War PS2

Project Gotham Racing 3 360

Resident Evil 4 PS2, Gamecube

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Resident Evil 4 (PS2, Gamecube) first debuted back in January on the Gamecube with rave reviews. It leads the way with five total nominations for Game of the Year, Best Graphics, Best Sound, Best Action/Adventure and Best Presentation.

Best Music

Advent Rising PS2, Xbox

Dragon Quest VIII PS2

God of War PS2

Jade Empire Xbox

Shadow of the Colossus PS2

Best Shooter

Call of Duty 2 360

Darkwatch PS2, Xbox

Half Life 2 Xbox

Timesplitters: Future Perfect PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Best Sports

Fight Night Round 2 PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Madden NFL 2006 PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

NBA Street Vol. 3 PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Winning Eleven 8 PS2

Best Action/Adventure

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow DS

God of War PS2

Psychonauts PS2, Xbox

Resident Evil 4 PS2, Gamecube

Shadow of the Colossus PS2

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Shadow of the Colossus (PS2) also garnered five nominations. These include Most Original, Best Graphics, Best Music, Best Action/Adventure and Best Presentation.

Best RPG

Dragon Quest VIII PS2

Jade Empire - Xbox

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time - DS

Best Strategy

Advance Wars: Dual Strike DS

Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones - GBA

Best Racing

Burnout Revenge PS2, Xbox

Forza Motorsport Xbox

Gran Turismo 4 PS2

Mario Kart DS DS

Project Gotham Racing 3 - 360

Best Fighting

Soul Calibur III PS2

Tekken 5 PS2

Most Original

Killer 7 Gamecube

Kirby Canvas Curse DS

Nintendogs DS

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney DS

Shadow of the Colossus PS2

Trauma Center: Life in the E.R. - DS

Best Replay (Offline)

Animal Crossing: Wild World DS

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow DS

Jade Empire - Xbox

Mario Kart DS DS

Tekken 5 PS2

Best Online

Animal Crossing: Wild World DS

Call of Duty 2 360

Mario Kart DS DS

Project Gotham Racing 3 -360

SOCOM 3 PS2

Best Presentation

Condemned: Criminal Origins 360

Killer 7 Gamecube

Resident Evil 4 PS2, Gamecube

Shadow of the Colossus PS2

We (heart) Katamari PS2

Best System

DS

PS2

Xbox 360

Best Repertoire

Capcom

Nintendo

Sony (SCEA)

Ubisoft

Game of the Year

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow DS

God of War PS2

Mario Kart DS DS

Resident Evil 4 Gamecube, PS2

Interesting GVA 2005 facts:

There were no PSP game votes. Not even for system of the year.

We allowed six nominations for Most Original, since the votes were all over the map.

Of the 63 game nominations, 15 are DS-only games and 19 are PS2-only games. Will the Best System award follow suit?

We didn't list the PS2 version of Killer 7 in its nominations due to its inferior nature to the Gamecube version.

Comments

BobDarkAvenger 16 years, 1 month ago

Shadow of the Colussus is great, but I don't see how it would be nominated for best music, considering the scarcity of music in the game.

Andrew Monshizadeh 16 years, 1 month ago

not a bad list. lots of stuff on there i didn't get a chance to play, but now i desire to even more.

gamer 16 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, I didn't vote for Shadow for music, but I think it's still a great choice for those who did. Yes, it's scarce, but the score itself is pretty breathtaking. I guess the scarcity did come into play in my final votes then... :)

gamer 16 years, 1 month ago

FYI - I voted for God of War, Perfect Dark Zero and Advent Rising for music. Only two of those got a nomination.

deskiedennis 16 years, 1 month ago

I think Shadow of the Colossus had really good music. I don't really understand its nomination for best graphics though, it never looked particularly stunning, other than the complete vastness of the world. And Psychonauts is an incredible game, I'm glad to see it up there for something.

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