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Best Overall Game of the Year

Best Game Overall - 2006

ruth be told, it's not easy picking the best game of the year, every year. It must have been a joke back in 1978 - "Space Invaders wins AGAIN!!" - but in the 21st century, we have to say it really does get harder to choose the cream of the crop because so many games are just so dang creamy!

That being said we're nothing if not professional and of course, we have picked the Best Game Overall in 2006. Without further ado or time-wasting, here are our 10 nominees for Best Game of 2006:

Okami review

Okami - PS2

Will the Best Game of the Year go to Capcom's artistic masterpiece starring a diety masquerading as a white wolf?

Gears of War - X360

Perhaps Epic's cinematic shoot-em-up should get top honors for its frenetic-action, heart-pumping eye candy and awesome controls.

Gears of War review
Resistance: Fall of Man review

Resistance: Fall of Man - PS3

Insomnac's first attempt at the First Person Shooter genre certainly turned a lot of heads in the gaming industry. Could it walk away with Best Game of 2006?

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Wii

So far Link, Midna, Ganondorf and Princess Zelda are sitting pretty with two awards - Best Wii game and Best Cube game. Could Zelda have used her insane magic skills and cast a spell on us, in an attempt to earn the highest honor or is it possible that it could win on its own merit without resorting to trickery and the arcane arts?
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess review
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories review

GTA: Vice City Stories - PSP

We're a sucker for a GTA game, but not because we're dimwitted morons who don't know any better, but because Rockstar makes great games. It's no secret we loved Vice City Stories, but did we love it enough? That's the big Q now, isn't it?

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - X360

It was a great year for RPG fans and Oblivion was definitely one of the best, if not one of the best RPG's of all time. Can Oblivion take on Vice City, Gears of War and Zelda (to name a few) and win?

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion review
Guitar Hero 2 review

Guitar Hero II - PS2

How much did we love Guitar Hero 2? We gave it a 5 out of 5, that's how much. We're not as generous as we used to be with handing out top scores - we didn't know any better and any game we reviewed was better than selling shoes, so we were a little enthusiastic a few years ago - but that's no longer the case. Maybe this year, we gave the Best Game Award to a music game. Could happen.

New Super Mario Bros. - DS

The newly updated sequel to the game that started it all. To say we wouldn't be here without the original Super Mario Bros. is an understatement. This instant DS classic was side-scrolling gameplay personified and is worthy of a thousand awards, but did it win Game of the Year?
New Super Mario Bros. review
Kingdom Hearts II review

Kingdom Hearts II - PS2

Square Enix knows RPG audiences better than almost every other company which means KH2 delivered in spades. This latest Goofy, Sora and Donald adventure came out last March and it's still at the forefront of our memories. Now, that's a quality title! It is certainly worthy of Game of the Year, but did we deem it so?

Final Fantasy XII - PS2

Ah, one of the finest, purest RPG experiences ever created. Jam-packed with drama, pathos, adventure, love, passion and music, FFXII is truly an epic. That being said, is it really better than all of these other games? You'll find out in just a sec...
Final Fantasy XII review
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