IVG GOTY 2009: Best Platformer

Platformers have seen a bit of a resurgence over the last few years. 2008 was a fantastic year for the genre and 2009 was no different. And it’s the traditional side-scrolling platformers that dominated our nominees for Best Platfromer. In fact, only one of the five nominees this year is a 3D platformer.

GOTY Winners: Best Downloadable Game

Braid was not only 2008’s best downloadable game, but one of the best games of the year, period. It is hard for an indie effort to break into mainstream. Braid not only breaks the glass ceiling, but shatters it completely, competing on gameplay, story, graphics, and music with AAA titles. Braid is a platform-puzzle game, […]

GOTY Winners: Best Platformer

Many people just couldn’t get around the idea of a fully priced, Blu-Ray PS3 game that was a side-scrolling platformer. Although many of these games are now confined to downloadable arcade status, LittleBigPlanet brought something special to the genre. And contrary to its harmless, cutesy exterior, this was not an easy game. The level design […]

Review: Tomb Raider Underworld

When Crystal Dynamics were handed the Tomb Raider franchise after Angel of Darkness, I doubt even the most fanatical Lara fans were troubled. The franchise was at rock bottom, how worse could it be? Fans had lost faith and critics had written it off as a series that died with the PS1. Crystal Dynamics, therefore, […]