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Metal Gear Solid wins Best Portable Game award from Famitsu

What? A PSP game that isn't called LocoRoco finally wins an award? Japan's most popular gaming magazine, Famitsu, recently unveiled their Famitsu Awards winners. PSP earned a valuable nod by stealing the "Best Portable Game" award with Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Kojima's latest adventure certainly earns the award, with some spectacular graphics and a deep single and multiplayer gaming experience.

While PSP fans can celebrate this victory, it should be noted that Final Fantasy XII (PS2) and Pokemon Diamond & Pearl (DS) both won Game of the Year.

[Via Gamasutra]

LocoRoco earns more nominations, from NAViGaTR

There are way too many awards ceremonies for the video game industry. Thankfully, PSP's darling platformer LocoRoco is always there to represent the system. This year, LocoRoco has earned a Game of the Year nomination from NAViGaTR (National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers). With 1,150 videogame critics, analysts, and journalists on the voting board, it's clear that LocoRoco's quality has impacted quite a lot of people.

Feel free to watch the hilarious embedded video, which shows off an empty audience as the award nominations are announced. Something tells me they should've simply stuck to a press release instead of a video.

[Via IGN]

PSP Fanboy Game of the Year 2006

What is PSP Fanboy's Game of the Year? You chose it, by an overwhelming margin:

PSP Fanboy Game of the Year:
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
(32% of the votes)
Is there any surprise? Portable Ops is no side-story, spin-off, or card game. This is the real deal, with console-quality presentation to prove it. The surprisingly deep story and incredibly detailed graphics made Portable Ops a great game; but the online multiplayer, recruitment abilities and GPS functionality made this a system-defining game. Portable Ops proves that a handheld game can not only follow in the footsteps of its console brethren, but actually surpass it.

Loco Roco (17% of the votes)
You know a game is special when it feels like nothing you've ever played before. The brilliant three-button control scheme, colorful graphics, and charming personality made this one of the year's best.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
(15% of the votes)
You can drive, kill, chill, golf, swim, and more in this insanely huge follow-up to last year's Liberty City Stories. The incredible graphics and fantastic presentation values showcase why the PSP is a technical powerhouse.

Andrew's PSP Game of the Year:
Daxter (7% of the votes)
Daxter may not be innovative, but it shows how a PSP game should be made. The silky graphics are made even sweeter by non-existent load times, and controls that make you never, ever beg for a second analog stick.

Fanboys choose our Game of the Year

Which of the following is the best PSP game released in 2006?
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Tekken: Dark Resurrection
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Mega Man: Powered Up
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
MLB 06: The Show
Free polls from
It's that time of the year ... Because everyone else is doing it, we decided to let YOU the educated PSP Fanboy reader to tell the world (or at least me) what the real best PSP game of 2006 was. The ten selections you see here are provided by Game Rankings: these are the top 10 games, in order, to come out in 2006 (and that includes, for some crazy reason, the Final Fantasy VII movie). Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops was the critic's top choice, earning an 89 average score (making it the 25th best game across all platforms for the year).

I'm sorry if your top choice (::cough:: Gitaroo-Man Lives! ::cough::) didn't make the list. Feel free to leave a comment, glorifying your choice.

What end of year awards did PSP earn?

Every major video game site loves to do an end-of-year "Best of" awards feature (something we'll undoubtedly lash out at you, PSP Fanboy reader). Contrary to popular belief, the PSP has done quite well for itself, and some of the awards its received may surprise you. Here's a run-down of everything I've seen across the Internet:

Best Platformer: Daxter
Daxter beat out three Nintendo DS games, including New Super Mario Bros, thanks to its incredible technology, great personality and fantastic gameplay. "The gorgeous visuals and sound are wrapped in gameplay that is as polished and enjoyable as any full-fledged PlayStation 2 game. While not wholly original, Daxter sacrifices nothing and is simply an all-around amazing game."

Best PSP Game: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
"Portable Ops not only delivers some of the best presentation quality to date on the PSP, but makes some meaningful, interesting changes to the MGS formula. The resulting game is very well suited to playing on the go and also achieves a better balance of gameplay and storytelling than previous Metal Gear Solid games."

PSP Game of the Year: Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
"What's most impressive is the depth of the action -- no second analog stick required! The control scheme enables you to do everything from operate a set of gadgets and diffuse bombs to snipe enemies and sift through different enemy types, all without slowing down the pace of the action."

Games Radar
WTF Award: LocoRoco
Games Radar certainly took a non-traditional approach to awards this year. "We also loved that you couldn't play this game without cracking a smile - the nonsense songs were insanely catchy, the bright colors and curvy shapes were captivating and the overall theme was almost relentlessly happy and fun. By forcing our jaded, stone-like faces to grin once again, LocoRoco earns its Platinum Chalice like few other games on this list."

The "It Doesn't Actually Suck" Award: PSP
Games Radar understands what we've known all the time: PSP is a great system. The plethora of excellent exclusive titles and fantastic PS2 ports has Games Radar and PSP fanboys everywhere asking "this is a bad system?"

Next Generation
23rd Best Game: LocoRoco
In its top 50 list, LocoRoco managed to break into 23rd place. "Eminently cute and weird as a $3 bill, LocoRoco had players controlling a world and tilting it in order for a smiling blobbish thing to collect goodies, get fatter, and eventually roll or drop past a finishing point. It was as if someone's strange drug-induced hallucination had come to life on the PSP, complete with a dandy soundtrack and a punishing difficulty factor."

Associated Press' top handheld choice? LocoRoco

The Associated Press is one of the world's leading providers of news and opinion in the world. So, when such a huge mainstream press outlet says something good about the PSP, I take note. AP chose Oblivion as their Overall Game of the Year, and gave LocoRoco the award for Portable Game of the Year. "Sony's PlayStation Portable finally received a great, original game this summer with LocoRoco. Heaps of cuteness, creativity and charm made what could have been another boring platformer into one of the year's most original and irresistible video games."

Surely, this comes as a surprise to those that expected a DS game to win. However, it's not all roses in Sony-land. The PLAYSTATION 3 got the dubious award of "Worst Console Launch."

[Via Online Athens]

1UP Awards: PSP earns more nominations than DS

The PSP took a whopping 31 nominations this year in 1UP's annual "1UP Awards." The DS, on the other hand, only received 22. If you're a member of 1UP, now's the chance to rock the vote and show everyone that the PSP really does have an excellent library of games, no matter what Nintendo fanboys may say. Here are some of the categories the PSP is competing in:

Metal Gear Acid 2
Field Commander

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 2

NFL Street 3
NCAA Football 07

ATV Offroad Fury Pro

LEGO Star Wars II
Mega Man: Powered Up
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Killzone: Liberation

Grand theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Power Stone Collection
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw
Guilty Gear Judgment
Tekken: Dark Resurrection
Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX

SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 2

Puzzle (the PSP nearly swept this category!)
Lumines II
Every Extend Extra
Mercury Meltdown

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

Most Innovative
Loco Roco
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

PSP wins best handheld game award; DS gets family nod

The 24th annual Golden Joysticks awards were awarded on Friday. Unlike many other awards, the Golden Joysticks are voted for by the fans. Nintendo DS fans will be comforted to know their handheld took the "Family Game of the Year" and "Girl's Choice" awards with their pet simulator Nintendogs. However, PSP fanboys will be glad to know that we got... well, an award that really matters: the "Handheld Game of the Year." It was awarded to the impressive Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (whose sequel is coming out in just a few days).

The "Game of the Year" award went to a non-PSP game, Oblivion. But wait, we're getting that too. I guess Nintendo fans can just enjoy yet another version of Nintendogs.

[Via DS Fanboy]

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