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  • It’s still hard to believe how much Ready At Dawn were able to get out of the PSP. The most impressive thing about Kratos’s brutal ballet of death is not that it’s visually outstanding (which it is), but that it works so well in almost every department. The controls are sharp, the loading times almost unnoticeable and the gameplay just as good as the last two games. Not surprising then that God of War: Chains of Olympus was chosen both by our staff and our members as the Best Handheld Game of 2008 by such a large margin. Winner: dante77 dante77 wins: Gears of War 2 Limited Edition (Xbox 360) – courtesy Microsoft C&C Red Alert 3 (PC) – courtesy EA/Excel Interactive Spore (PC) – courtesy EA/Excel Interactive Other nominees in this category were: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword Patapon Professor Layton and the Curious Village The World Ends With You IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: God of War: Chains of Olympus

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  • Critics will tell you that Call of Duty: World at War‘s single player campaign was inconsistent and the multiplayer was an inferior version of Call of Duty 4. Fans will tell you the single player was breathtakingly intense and multiplayer sublimely balanced. What both will agree upon is that Treyarch finally delivered a game that (albeit flawed) will stand proudly alongside the rest of the series. Better yet, they managed to do an outstanding job of porting it over to all three major systems. Take a bow Treyarch. Honorable mention also goes to Dead Space, which was a close second in the votes (and incidentally was the IVG staff pick for the Multiplatform Game of the Year). Winner: STICK3Rboy STICK3Rboy wins: Mirror’s Edge (PC) – courtesy EA/Excel Interactive Call of Duty: World at War (PC) – courtesy Worldwide CD Roms Burnout Paradise (Xbox 360) – courtesy EA Other nominees in this category were: Burnout Paradise Dead Space Devil May Cry 4 Mirror’s Edge Prince of Persia Pure IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: Dead Space

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  • We’ve been thinking long and hard about two things regarding our Killzone 2 contest. Firstly, what we would like to give away as prizes for the contest, and secondly, the format for the contest. The answer to the first question became easier for us once the preorders in the IVG Offer crossed 100. There was no point in giving away copies of the game when almost every IVG member that wants it is buying it. So we thought about something that would enhance the Killzone 2 experience. So we decided that the prize for our Killzone 2 contest would be the DUALSHOCK 3 controller. As for the format, we thought of doing a Q&A contest; we though about puzzles, but we finally arrived at something that was uniquely IVG. And few things are as uniquely IVG as the 12 Baj Gaya deals that Danny introduced recently. [singlepic id=688 float=center] So there it is – the IndianVideoGamer Killzone 2 Contest will be a 12BG deal and the prize will be the DUALSHOCK 3 controller. But not just one; seven DUALSHOCK 3 controllers to be given away everyday for a week starting the night of February 15. And this 12BG will have…

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  • This category was something we decided upon very late into the Game Of The Year planning process, which incidentally, was at the time of the year when exclusive AAA titles were hitting shelves. With fanboyism levels at an all time high, we felt this category was a must. While we congratulate all the nominees and applaud their efforts, this was a no-contest – prasabhu aka HotPixel aka Hot-Snake-Pixel aka Hot-Sackboy-Pixel aka Hot-SEV-Pixel aka He-Spanked-Pushy is the runaway winner and that shouldn’t surprise anyone. But no matter who won, I’m sure you all agree that it was an honour to just be nominated. Winner: ayush12ice ayush12ice wins: Spore (PC) Fable 2 (Xbox 360) C&C Red Alert 3 (PC) Prince of Persia memerobilia Other nominees in this category were: arun360 Deepak KrackChap K-dash Saha TechnoBomber IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: We love them all equally

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  • Games. Games have changed. This time around, two franchises that were given to be PlayStation exclusives would find their way to Microsoft’s box of RROD joy. While fanboys the world over would have cried enough tears to restore whatever water shortage our planet forsees, they’re yet to realise the fundamental awesomeness of this piece of news: more people get to summon Bahamut and beat the crap out of Jin Kazama. And that’s why Final Fantasy XIII and Tekken 6 on Xbox 360 wins unanimously as the Gaming News of the Year. Winner: sayantan sayantan wins: Fable 2 (Xbox 360) – courtesy Microsoft Crysis Warhead (PC) – courtesy EA/Excel Interactive 1600 Microsoft Points cards (Xbox 360) – courtesy Microsoft Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe (Xbox 360) – courtesy Milestone Interactive Other nominees in this category were: EA and the DRM fiasco In-game XMB/Trophies Most disappointing E3 Nintendo DSi PlayStation Home released to public Xbox 360 NXE IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360

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  • There isn’t a lot to say about God of War 3 that hasn’t already been written in blood twice over. You play this chap named Kratos. And you kill and maim. Gloriously. Being our members’ pick, it is safe to say that almost everyone with a PS2 has either played or heard of the game, thus making it completely unnecessary for us to dwell on such little things as gameplay intricacies and story (pfft). What we will say though, is that the mere prospect of slicing up dozens upon dozens of hellspawn on a machine powered by the almighty Cell is enough to boggle our puny minds. All hell can’t come soon enough. Winner: MAK MAK wins: Microsoft Sidewinder X5 gaming mouse – courtesy Microsoft Microsoft Sidewinder X6 gaming keyboard – courtesy Microsoft Mirror’s Edge (PC) – courtesy EA/Excel Interactive Other nominees in this category were: Alan Wake Diablo 3 Halo Wars Heavy Rain Killzone 2 MadWorld Resident Evil 5 StarCraft 2 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: Heavy Rain

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  • 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, but that’s like describing 25-year-old single malt as a ‘drink’. Braid has 60 puzzles strewn over 6 game worlds and each of them is different. There are various time manipulation gameplay mechanics which help Tim on his journey to find the princess. The story is tightly tied in with the gameplay and the last level will literally turn you around. Winner: Sumanth_Champion Sumanth_Champion wins: Battlefield Bad Company (Xbox 360) – courtesy EA Left4Dead (PC) – courtesy Worldwide CD Roms Xbox LIVE 12 month subscription card (Xbox 360) – courtesy Microsoft 1600 Microsoft Points card (Xbox 360) – courtesy Microsoft Other nominees in this category were: Bionic Commando Rearmed Castle Crashers PixelJunk Eden Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix WipEout HD IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: Braid

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  • Fallout 3 is the sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed RPGs and it was brought beautifully to life by Bethesda, already famous for the epic Oblivion. The Wasteland and ruins of Washington DC have been painstakingly created to offer an immersive experience in a post apocalyptic America. While the main quest itself leaves us wanting more, the numerous side quests and freeform quests are pure gold and offer a long and rewarding experience. The PC version of Fallout 3 offers the same quality of gameplay that the consoles offer, but is the best version to play just for the eye candy. Fallout 3 is meant to be played on a PC to enjoy a vision of the Wasteland brought to life. Winner: posiedon posiedon wins: Microsoft Sidewinder X5 gaming mouse – courtesy Microsoft Microsoft Sidewinder X6 gaming keyboard – courtesy Microsoft Crysis Warhead (PC) – courtesy EA/Excel Interactive Other nominees in this category were: Age of Conan Crysis Warhead Left 4 Dead Spore Warhammer Online World of Goo IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: Fallout 3

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  • If FIFA 09 wasn’t part of an annual sports franchise from EA, it could well have been a contender for game of the year. But since it doesn’t let you shoot people, build relationships, nuke small villages, or sneak around in a cardboard box, we’ll just have to settle for the title of Best Sports Game of 2008. If there was one category that was a forgone conclusion in this year’s GOTY, this was it. In a year that severely lacked good sports games, FIFA 09 was the saving grace for sports fans. Featuring realistic gameplay thanks to a physics overhaul and responsive controls, combined with revolutionary and expansive online modes, FIFA 09 stands head and shoulders above the competition. Winner: Infinity091 Infinity091 wins: Spiderman: Web of Shadows (PC) – courtesy Worldwide CD Roms FIFA 09 (Xbox 360) – courtesy EA Xbox LIVE 12 month subscription card (Xbox 360) – courtesy Microsoft 1600 Microsoft Points card (Xbox 360) – courtesy Microsoft Other nominees in this category were: NBA 2K9 Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 Top Spin 3 IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: FIFA 09

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  • Burnout Paradise rubbed many Burnout fans the wrong way when it was released early in 2008. The event list format was ditched for a free roam open world environment. There was no crash mode, no race restart option, and the navigation system was bizarre to say the least. But those who stuck with it soon realised the potential that the game held. Fantastic and seemless online integration, unmatched post release support from the developer, and the ability to use roadside barriers to remodel your vehicle in a manner that would give a car designer nightmares – these are only some of the things that not only made Burnout Paradise a lot of fun, but kept crash junkies coming back to it again and again. If we had a category for the game with highest replay value, Burnout Paradise would win that too. But as it stands, it is IVG’s Best Racing Game of 2008, and deservedly so. Winner: hammerhead hammerhead wins: Burnout Paradise (PS3) – courtesy EA Midnight Club Los Angeles (Xbox 360) – courtesy E-Xpress Interactive Pure (PC) – courtesy Excel Interactive Other nominees in this category were: Gran Turismo 5: Prologue Midnight Club: Los Angeles MotorStorm: Pacific Rift…

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  • 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 was excruciatingly complex at times, and coupled with Sackboy’s floaty disposition and fantastic environment physics, LittleBigPlanet was without a doubt the most exhilarating platforming experience of 2008. Winner: §†orm§hadow §†orm§hadow  wins: LittleBigPlanet (PS3) – courtesy Milestone Interactive Prince of Persia (PC) – courtesy E-Xpress Interactive Prince of Persia T-shirt – courtesy E-Xpress Interactive Mirror’s Edge (Xbox 360) – courtesy EA Other nominees in this category were: Braid Mirror’s Edge Prince of Persia Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: LittleBigPlanet

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  • While the single-player campaign may have left a lot to be desired, co-op has been the biggest selling point for Resistance 2, Insomniac’s PS3-exclusive first-person shooter. The class-based co-operative mode allows up to 8 players to take to various maps and complete objectives that change on the fly. The co-op mode carried forward the large scale of the single-player campaign, with difficulty and number of enemies changing according to the number of co-op members. This fresh take on co-op earns Resistance 2 IVG’s vote for Best Use of Co-Op. Winner: vini vini wins: Call of Duty: World at War (PC) – courtesy Worldwide CD Roms Saints Row 2 (Xbox 360) – courtesy E-Xpress Interactive FIFA 09 (PS3) – courtesy EA Other nominees in this category were: Call of Duty: World at War Castle Crashers FIFA 09 Gears of War 2 Left 4 Dead LittleBigPlanet Saints Row 2 IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: Left 4 Dead

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  • Let’s face it, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots didn’t win for its awesome visuals, godlike plot, or stellar gameplay. Neither did it win for being the conclusion to one of the most epic sagas in gaming history, nor for its memorable characters and boss fights. Kojima, you genius; you’ve done it again, but this time we’ve seen your conspiratorial madness for what it really is, the discerning members of IVG saw right through those elements that were meant to smokescreen the true meaning of its exsistence – to showcase the most novel uses of the cardboard box and the oil barrel in 1080p glory. Glad that the staff agreed as well. Winner: amji amji  wins: One-year subscription to Stuff Magazine – courtesy Stuff India Spiderman: Web of Shadows (PC) – courtesy Worldwide CD Roms Grand Theft Auto IV (PC) – courtesy E-Xpress Interactive Other nominees in this category were: God of War: Chains of Olympus Grand Theft Auto 4 Ninja Gaiden 2 Saints Row 2 Soulcalibur IV Super Smash Bros Brawl IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

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  • Fallout 3 is the sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed RPGs and it was brought beautifully to life by Bethesda, already famous for the epic Oblivion. The biggest fear of fans that Fallout 3 would be ‘Oblivion with Guns’ was laid to rest once the game released. The Wasteland and ruins of Washington DC have been painstakingly created to offer an immersive experience in a post apocalyptic America. While the main quest itself leaves us wanting more, the numerous side quests and freeform quests are pure gold and offer a long and rewarding experience. This year saw some brilliant RPGs on many platforms, but Fallout 3 stands out head and shoulders above the rest. Winner: nash nash  wins: Fable 2 (Xbox 360) – courtesy Microsoft World of Warcraft collectible – courtesy E-Xpress Interactive Mirror’s Edge (PC) – courtesy EA/Excel Interactive Other nominees in this category were: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Fable 2 Lost Odyssey Persona 3: FES The World Ends With You Valkyria Chronicles IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: Persona 3: FES

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  • Gears of War 2 was the big game for Xbox 360 this holiday season. Xbots were waiting for the Delta Squad’s latest adventure and they were not disappointed. The game has everything Gears of War has, but polished to a high degree. The shooter elements remain smooth as ever and there’s a satisfaction in taking down hordes of locusts in a variety of environments. Some new additions to the Gears shooting experience and new environments make this shooter the winner. Winner: skdMrk skdMrk  wins: Crysis Warhead (PC) – courtesy EA/Excel Interactive Gears of War 2 Limited Edition (Xbox 360) – courtesy Microsoft Dead Space (PS3) – courtesy EA Other nominees in this category were: Call of Duty: World at War Crysis Warhead Dead Space Left4Dead Resistance 2 IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: Gears of War 2

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  • Gears of War 2 was the big game for the Xbox 360 this holiday season. Xbots were waiting for the Delta Squad’s latest adventure and they were not disappointed. The game has everything Gears of War has, but polished to a high degree. Added to this were more settings, more multiplayer options, an attempt at a story, and the promise of a sequel. For XBL addicts, Gears 2 is heaven sent and the Horde mode is the most addictive multiplayer mode ever devised. Winner: joedunks* joedunks  wins: Xbox LIVE bundle (Xbox 360) – courtesy Microsoft – Wi-fi adapter – Wireless headset – Chatpad – LIVE vision camera – 12 month subscription card – 1600 Microsoft Points card Other nominees in this category were: Call of Duty: World at War FIFA 09 Resistance 2 Burnout Paradise Crysis Wars IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: Gears of War 2 *If joedunks isn’t currently residing in India, he must either choose to have the prizes sent to someone in India, or forfeit the prize.

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  • This one was a no-brainer, really. It may not have flown off shelves or sold too many PS3s, but Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet was arguably one of the best games of 2008. It was refreshing and basic, creative and challenging all at the same time, and we at IVG loved every bit of it. It also introduced to us one of the most lovable new video game characters in a long, long time. We look forward to many more of Sackboy’s adventures in the future as LittleBigPlanet bitch slaps all other nominees LBP style on its way to IndianVideoGamer’ Best New IP of 2008. Winner: Systematic Systematic wins: Pure (PC) – courtesy Excel Interactive Mirror’s Edge (PS3) – courtesy EA Dead Space (Xbox 360) – courtesy EA Other nominees in this category were: Braid Dead Space Mirror’s Edge Patapon Pure IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: LittleBigPlanet

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  • It was hard to imagine that after the stellar success of MGS3, the series had anything to prove. But Snake’s fate and the PS3 brand became so intertwined over the past three years that the success of one was going to define the success of the other. Like it or not, the PS3 still needed a game that defined its existence and the pressure was on Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots to deliver. Deliver it did; you have to go back a generation to look at a game that defined a console like MGS 4 did. It is the must have exclusive title that Sony so desperately needed. It was the closure to the series’ story that fans so badly wanted. And it was the game we voted for as the Best Franchise/Series Title of 2008. Winner: polash_thelegend polash_thelegend  wins: Gears of War 2 Limited Edition (Xbox 360) – courtesy Microsoft C&C Red Alert 3 (PC) – courtesy EA/Excel Interactive Devil May Cry 4 (Xbox 360) – courtesy Milestone Interactive Prince of Persia artbook – courtesy E-Xpress Interactive Other nominees in this category were: Fallout 3 FIFA 09 Gears of War 2 God of War: Chains of…

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  • Our review told you to avoid it like the plague, but Edge told us Need for Speed Undercover stands 14th on the list of 2008’s best selling games. It’s shocking how well this atrocity on gaming has sold, while quality titles like LittleBigPlanet and Mirror’s Edge find few takers. And as if we haven’t suffered enough already, EA will hit us in the head with three Need for Speed games in 2009. They’ve got this category locked for sure. Winner: Karan Karan wins: Left4Dead (PC) – courtesy Worldwide CD Roms Spore (PC) – courtesy EA/Excel Interactive WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2009 (Xbox 360) – courtesy E-Xpress Interactive Other nominees in this category were: Alone in the Dark Grand Theft Auto 4 Haze Too Human WWE Smackdown! vs RAW 2009 IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: Need for Speed Undercover

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  • We had mentioned in our review that Pure, while a fantastic game, would get lost in the crowd at a time when so many great games were releasing each week. While that turned out to be true, it’s great to see that the IVG community didn’t let this one slip under the radar. A new IP from a newly restructured developer doesn’t tend to create much hype, but Pure had the approval of critics and word-of-mouth support amongst gamers. It’s a game that will appeal to everyone, but one that not many have played, rightfully earning the award for IndianVideoGamer’ Best Game No One Played for 2008. Winner: john117 john117 wins: Fracture (Xbox 360) – courtesy Worldwide CD Roms Pure (PC) – courtesy Excel Interactive Battlefield Bad Company (PS3) – courtesy EA FaltOut Ultimate Carnage (PC) – courtesy Milestone Interactive Other nominees in this category were: Dark Sector Midnight Club Los Angeles No More Heroes Patapon The World Ends With You Valkyria Chronicles WipEout HD IndianVideoGamer Staff pick: WipeOut HD

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  • With less than a month to go to the release of one of the IndianVideoGamer community’s most anticipated games, we bring you our Killzone 2 Launch Centre, where we’ve attempted to bring you all the relevant information and media to get you prepared for the invasion of Helghan come February 25. Guerrilla Games’ PS3-exclusive FPS has been receiving glowing reviews from all quarters, suggesting that the game seems to have lived up to all the pre-release hype. We’ll have our review up soon as well (apparently embargoes are different for us) and we’ll also have some goodies to give away in our Killzone 2 contest, which we’ll announce a bit later. [singlepic id=685 float=center] Here’s a brief lowdown on what we have to offer at the Killzone 2 Launch Centre:

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  • Happy New Year and welcome to the IndianVideoGamer Game of the Year 2008. When IVG does it, we do it big, and we do it right, and our month-long GOTY event is no exception. Here’s your chance to decide IndianVideoGamer’ Game of the Year; YOUR Game of the Year. There is no set list of nominees and no juries to decide which game should win; it’s all up to you to pick IVG’s Overall Game of the Year. As if getting to pick your own overall Game of the Year wasn’t enough, we’re also giving you some incentive for doing so. Of all those who send in their entries for the Overall Game of the Year category, one lucky IVG member will walk away with the grand prize – a shiny new Sony PlayStation 3, thanks to Milestone Interactive.

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  • This is the big one – the IndianVideoGamer Overall Game of the Year 2008. Simply pick your top 5 games of 2008 to stand a chance to win a brand new Sony PlayStation courtesy Milestone Interactive. Overall category rules and regulations Each IVG member may send in a maximum of five entries. Sending more than five entries may lead to disqualification. In case a member sends multiple entries, the last one will be considered. Enter top 5 games in order of preference (favourite first). Only games first released between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008 are eligible in GOTY (eg: Mass Effect is not an eligible entry. Although the PC version released in 2008, the game originally released on Xbox 360 in 2007) Games that did not officially release in India are also eligible in GOTY If the same game is included more than once, only the first instance will be taken into account. Subsequent occurrences will be considered blank entries. Hit the jump to enter

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  • For the IndianVideoGamer Game of the Year 2008, we’ve received tremendous support from our partners in the Indian gaming industry and media. Their generosity has help make this the biggest gaming giveaway India has ever seen, with prizes worth well over Rs 1 lakh up for grabs. Moreover, the prizes have been distributed over 21 categories, giving more people a chance to end up as winners. Here’s a list of prizes on offer in IndianVideoGamer’ Game of the Year 2008:

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