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Microsoft's "Best XBLA Titles of 2007" Awards

BamelinBamelin Registered User regular
edited January 2008 in Games and Technology
Gamerscore announced today that Microsoft will be announcing awards for the top XBLA titles of 2007. Many of these awards will be decided via vote starting on January 22nd at 2 AM PST.
Gamerscore wrote:
As a way to recognize the teams of talented developers who have together created over 112 games for Xbox LIVE Arcade, Microsoft will announce awards for the top XBLA games of 2007 later this year, with several award categories decided by the community. Fans of Xbox LIVE Arcade are invited to cast their votes for the first-ever Xbox LIVE Arcade Awards - 2007 by voting at http://www.xbox.com/xblaawards. Voting begins Tuesday, January 22 at 2:00 a.m. PST (10:00 GMT) and runs through Wednesday, January 30 at 11:59 p.m. PST (07:59 GMT).

The finalists in each award category were selected by a panel of consumer and video game industry journalists, and the winners will be determined by popular vote. Microsoft will announce the winners of the inaugural Xbox LIVE Arcade Awards - 2007 at the Game Developer Conference in February.

Below is the list of award categories that will be open for public voting:

* Best Overall Arcade Game

* Best Classic Game

* Best Original Game

* Best Family Friendly Game

* Best Competitive Multiplayer Game

* Best Cooperative Multiplayer Game

Other award categories include the following:

* Best selling game

* Most played game

* Highest rated game

* Staff choice

"Undertow" Free of Charge Download on XBLA this Week
This Xbox LIVE Arcade Wednesday, Xbox LIVE members around the world will be able to download the award-winning "Undertow" free of charge for a limited time. Beginning at 2:00 a.m. PST (10:00 GMT) Wednesday, January 23 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, January 27 (07:59 GMT on Monday, January 28), "Undertow" will be available free of charge on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Developed by Chair Entertainment Group, Undertow redefines aquatic based shooters through a mix of high-definition graphics, intuitive controls and multiple modes of game play action. The game features a full story driven-single player campaign, on and offline co-op, and multiplayer for 2-16 players over Xbox LIVE for Gold subscribers. Players battle for control of the oceans as one of three selectable races, each with four unique, upgradeable units. "Undertow" is available worldwide (normally 800 Microsoft Points) and is rated E10+.

In support of the giveaway, Chair Entertainment Group is offering gamers the opportunity to play alongside the Undertow development team on Thursday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. PST (03:00 GMT on Friday, January 25). The team will host player matches, provide game play tips and the opportunity for gamers to pick-up Undertow achievements.

* For more details on "Undertow," please visit:
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/u/undertowxboxlivearcade/

Finally, don't forget to check out this week's new downloadable content for "Mutant Storm Empire." For more details, please visit www.xbox.com/livearcade<http://www.xbox.com/livearcade>.

Cheers,
The Gamerscore News Team

My vote for Best Overall Arcade Game is Pac Man C.E.

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  • The_ScarabThe_Scarab Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    CATAN

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  • SamphisSamphis Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Gripshift

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  • darleysamdarleysam On my way to UKRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    The_Scarab wrote: »
    CATAN

    captainkirk.jpg?

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  • The_ScarabThe_Scarab Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    darleysam wrote: »
    The_Scarab wrote: »
    CATAN

    captainkirk.jpg?

    :lol:

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  • FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I'd say Bomberman Live is my best arcade game for this year. 4-player local Bomberman with friends = hours of fun.

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  • darleysamdarleysam On my way to UKRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    The_Scarab wrote: »
    darleysam wrote: »
    The_Scarab wrote: »
    CATAN

    captainkirk.jpg?

    :lol:

    I can't say I disagree with the choice, either. I've not played many Live Arcade games this year, but I really liked both Catan and Carcassonne.
    Speedball 2 had better win something, too.

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  • wunderbarwunderbar What Have I Done? Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Bomberman live got my vote.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    The voting is already open, strangely. I voted:

    * Best Overall Arcade Game
    -- Pac-Man CE

    * Best Classic Game
    -- Castlevania

    * Best Original Game
    -- Pac-Man CE

    * Best Family Friendly Game
    -- Pac-Man CE

    * Best Competitive Multiplayer Game
    -- Bomberman Live

    * Best Cooperative Multiplayer Game
    -- Heavy Weapon (wasn't nominated but you can write-in any '07 candidate you wish)

    Pac-Man CE was the biggest surprise of XBLA from last year. So great.

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  • fragglefartfragglefart Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Well then, this is pretty cool. I voted;

    Best Overall Arcade Game - Heavy Weapon <3

    Best Classic Game - Jetpack Refuelled (I actually really liked this game, nearly went with Castlevania, but they hadn't really added enough newness for my vote)

    Best Original Game - Pac-Man CE

    Best Family Friendly Game - Bomberman Live (got quite a crowd of us around the TV once, was so much fun, just like the good old days)

    Best Competitive Multiplayer Game - Bomberman Live (total chaos and win)

    Best Cooperative Multiplayer Game - Heavy Weapon (I can't get enough of 4-player War Party. So awesome, probably my favourite drunken wind-down game after something like Halo 3 or Gears)

    Also, props to Space Giraffe for being this years "Best Total Headfuck Game I Like That Everyone Else Hates" :twisted:

    Also, 2007 was great, better than 2006. But already, 2008 looks set to blow 2007 out the water. So much awesome.

    Edit: Woo Lunker voted co-op Heavy Weapon too! :^:

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Mine were as follows.

    * Best Overall Arcade Game
    -- Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

    * Best Classic Game
    -- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

    * Best Original Game
    -- Pac-Man CE

    * Best Family Friendly Game
    -- Pac-Man CE

    * Best Competitive Multiplayer Game
    -- Bomberman Live

    * Best Cooperative Multiplayer Game
    -- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Given the acid-laced stream of curses that a hectic game of Bomberman can cause, can you really say it's family friendly? :wink: Fragglefart, I added you to my list -- hit me up when you're in the mood for a game of Heavy Weapon, I love War Party as much as anyone else.

    '07 was a huge year for XBLA -- it really stood out as one of the main reasons I picked up a 360 last year -- and already I have more XBLA titles than full-retail discs on my radar for things to buy in '08.

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  • bruinbruin Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Pac-Man CE for everything it can be voted for

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  • RainbowDespairRainbowDespair Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I love how all of the categories have an other option that you can write in any game you want.

    Anyway, I voted Pac-Man:CE in everything that it made sense to. Castlevania for best classic game, Heavy Weapon for best cooperative game, and Puzzle Quest for best competitive game (okay, there are better competitive games, but I wanted to give Puzzle Quest props somewhere). Wish I could have stuck in some praise for GripShift, but c'est la vie.

    And new downloadable content for Mutant Storm Empire? That came out of nowhere, but assuming it's something cool like a bunch of new levels, I'm excited; I really liked that game (although Omega Five is even better).

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  • Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Mine:

    * Best Overall Arcade Game: Fuckin' WORMS.

    * Best Classic Game: TMNT 1989

    * Best Original Game: I liked the demo for the bug game, but otherwise can't think of one for here.

    * Best Family Friendly Game: Uno

    * Best Competitive Multiplayer Game: WORMS

    * Best Cooperative Multiplayer Game: Alien Hominid

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Uno was early 2006, man.

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  • Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Well, I got it this year.
    So, nyah.

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  • EskimoDaveEskimoDave Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    the link for voting doesn't work.

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  • jothkijothki Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Best Classic Game - Jetpack Refuelled (I actually really liked this game, nearly went with Castlevania, but they hadn't really added enough newness for my vote)

    Wait, Jetpack? Is that old-school Lode Runner-style Jetpack?

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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    • Best Original - Boom Boom Rocket
    • Best Classic - Prince of Persia
    • Best Family Friendly - Catan
    • Best Competitive - Carcassone
    • Best Co-op - TMNT
    • Best Overall - Catan

    I guess I'm pretty out of step with most of the forum... :P

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  • fragglefartfragglefart Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    jothki wrote: »
    Best Classic Game - Jetpack Refuelled (I actually really liked this game, nearly went with Castlevania, but they hadn't really added enough newness for my vote)

    Wait, Jetpack? Is that old-school Lode Runner-style Jetpack?

    It has been nicely updated, graphically and gameplay-wise, plus a two player mode was thrown in. The guns are pretty cool when powered up, and later levels get craaazy. I enjoyed it, for what it was worth.

    Here are some pics.

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  • Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Boomboom Rocket is a poor man's Guitar Hero. It's alright, but I don't want to listen to techno versions of William Tell that many times.

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  • CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I thought XBLA was pretty boring this year. I'm not into shooters or "classic arcade" titles, though, so that's to be expected.

    I actually only bought Symphony and the PoP remake, I think.

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  • RainbowDespairRainbowDespair Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Cherrn wrote: »
    I thought XBLA was pretty boring this year. I'm not into shooters or "classic arcade" titles, though, so that's to be expected.

    I had the exact opposite reaction: I thought XBLA rocked last year, but hey, to each their own. For reference, here's all the XBLA games that were released in 2007:
    * fun game IMO
    ** awesome game IMO

    Aegis Wing* (hey, it was free)
    Alien Hominid HD*
    Arkadian Warriors
    Battlestar Galactica
    Bomberman Live**
    Boom Boom Rocket*
    Every Extend Extra Extreme*
    Geon: Emotions
    Heavy Weapon**
    Marathon: Durandal
    Mutant Storm Empire*
    Pac-Man: Championship Edition**
    Screwjumper!
    Space Giraffe*
    Switchball
    Undertow
    Wing Commander Arena
    Pinball FX
    Carcasonne*
    Catan*
    Soltrio Solitaire
    Spyglass Board Games
    Asteroids/Asteroids Deluxe
    Centipede/Millipede
    Cyberball 2072
    Double Dragon
    Fatal Fury Special
    Golden Axe
    Gyruss
    Jetpac Refuelled
    Missile Command
    Ms. Pac-Man
    Paperboy
    Root Beer Tapper
    Rush 'n Attack
    Super Contra
    TMNT
    Tempest
    Track & Field
    Xevious
    Yie Ar Kung-Fu
    Castlevania: SotN**
    Ecco the Dolphin
    Prince of Persia Classic
    Sonic the Hedgehog
    Sonic the Hedgehog 2
    Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
    Streets of Rage 2
    Shrek N'Roll
    Eets: Chowdown*
    EXIT*
    Hexic 2
    Puzzle Quest**
    Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix*
    Tetris Splash
    Word Puzzle
    GripShift**
    Mad Tracks
    Street Trace NYC
    Yaris
    3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures
    Sensible World of Soccer
    Band of Bugs
    Worms*

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  • JCRooksJCRooks Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Cherrn wrote: »
    I thought XBLA was pretty boring this year. I'm not into shooters or "classic arcade" titles, though, so that's to be expected.

    I actually only bought Symphony and the PoP remake, I think.

    Catan and Carcassone would like to have a chat with you. :)

    I'd love to see more board games show up! It doesn't have to be those "geeky German" ones either. Hell, I'd settle for packs of games like Monopoly, Risk, Scrabble, etc. Also, I'd love to see more games which can support a party atmosphere (4 players on 1 screen). Granted, not all games support it because of secrecy (like Catan, knowing what cards your opponents hold is crucial), but the more the better.

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  • fragglefartfragglefart Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Yeah, more 4 player / 1 screen games would be handy.

    Castle Crashers, where are you?

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  • jothkijothki Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    jothki wrote: »
    Best Classic Game - Jetpack Refuelled (I actually really liked this game, nearly went with Castlevania, but they hadn't really added enough newness for my vote)

    Wait, Jetpack? Is that old-school Lode Runner-style Jetpack?

    It has been nicely updated, graphically and gameplay-wise, plus a two player mode was thrown in. The guns are pretty cool when powered up, and later levels get craaazy. I enjoyed it, for what it was worth.

    Here are some pics.

    Ah, not the Jetpack I was thinking of, then. I remember playing a game with the same name that was pretty much a semi-clone of Lode Runner that let you fly if you picked up fuel, along with some other changes. This seems to be a sidescroller of some sort?

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  • darleysamdarleysam On my way to UKRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    On future stuff for Live Arcade, I was listening to the Major Nelson podcast the other week, when E mentioned he'd been playing Defcon, and would love to see it as an Arcade title. Someone, somewhere with the authority to commission these things needs to call Introversion today and make that a fact. Really.

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