GAMETRAILERS.COM ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF DISTINGUISHED“GAME OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2008”

SANTA MONICA, Calif.– Jan. 6, 2009GameTrailers (GT) - the premier provider of video for gamers - announced the winners of the “GameTrailers Game Of The Year Awards 2008,” crowning Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto IV as“Game of the Year.”  Other notable winners include Bethesda Software’s Fallout 3 and SCEA’s LittleBigPlanet.

Celebrating the outstanding caliber of games in 2008, GameTrailers revealed the nominees and winners of 28 game award categories during a ten-day series, culminating on New Years Eve.   The GT editorial staff selected the nominees and winners after spending countless hours reviewing hundreds of games for their gameplay, design, artistry and innovation.  In honoring the five nominees and ultimate winner in each category, GT produced informative video packages that showcase gameplay highlights and editorial comments on the merits of each nominee.

“This was yet another epic year for the gaming industry, and choosing a winner for each category proved to be very difficult,” said Shane Satterfield, Editor in Chief, GameTrailers. “It was a lengthy, yet fulfilling task to sit with our experienced editorial staff and pick the winners.  We want to congratulate the many developers and publishers for their exceptional games and hope their great results carry on into the New Year.”

Log on to GameTrailers to watch all of the“Game of the Year Awards 2008” at www.gametrailers.com

Winners of the“GameTrailers Game Of The Year Awards 2008” are as follows:

Best Puzzle/Parlor Game

Professor Layton and the Curious Village - Nintendo

Best Strategy Game

Sins of A Solar Empire - Stardock

Best New Franchise

LittleBigPlanet - SCEA

Best PlayStation 2 Game

Rock Band 2 - MTV Games/Electronic Arts

Best Racing Game

Burnout Paradise - Electronic Arts

Best PSP Game

God of War: Chains of Olympus - SCEA

Best Nintendo DS Game

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia - Konami

 

Best Action Adventure Game

Grand Theft Auto IV - Rockstar Games

Best Sports Game

NHL 09 - Electronic Arts

Best Role-Playing Game   

Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks

Most Innovative Game

LittleBigPlanet - SCEA

Best Story

Grand Theft Auto IV - Rockstar Games

Best Third-Person Shooter

Gears of War 2 - Microsoft Game Studios

Biggest News Story

Final Fantasy XIII for Xbox 360

Best Downloadable Game

Braid - Number None Inc.

Best Music and Rhythm Game

Rock Band 2 - MTV Games

Most Disappointing Game

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - LucasArts

Best Graphics

Gears of War 2 - Microsoft Game Studios

Best First-Person Shooter

Resistance 2 - SCEA

 

Best Trailer

Resident Evil 5 Tokyo Game Show Trailer - Capcom

Best Software Lineup

PlayStation 3

Best Multiplayer Game

Rock Band 2 - Electronic Arts

Biggest Surprise

Final Fantasy XIII for the Xbox 360

Best PC Game

Fallout 3– Bethesda Softworks

Best Wii Game

Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Nintendo

Best PlayStation 3 Game

Grand Theft Auto IV - Rockstar Games

Best Xbox 360 Game

Grand Theft Auto IV - Rockstar Games

Game of the Year

Grand Theft Auto IV - Rockstar Games

About GameTrailers

GameTrailers (GT) is the premier video destination for gaming entertainment and information.  GT delivers timely, high-resolution broadband video content for gamers that includes original shows, video reviews, game trailers and comprehensive video coverage of gaming events from around the world.  GT also has a robust community that features user-generated content, a community marketplace and a variety of communication tools so gamers can talk to friends and share media such as fan movies, machinima and daily blogs.  GT has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York and is a division of Viacom Inc.’s (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) MTV Networks Entertainment Group.

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