"Resident Evil 4 is a stunning game that anyone old enough to appreciate it really ought to experience," said Greg Kasavin, executive editor of GameSpot. "Even though the game shipped at the very beginning of the year, scarcely any other 2005 games even began to approach its level of quality and intensity. It's incredible just to see the game in action, but even better when you play it for yourself."
Resident Evil 4 and the other winners were chosen by GameSpot's dedicated editorial staff, which has been covering the gaming industry since the site's launch in 1996. Finalists in this year's Game of the Year category included Battlefield 2 (PC), Civilization IV (PC), F.E.A.R. (PC), Forza Motorsport (Xbox), God of War (PS2), Guitar Hero (PS2), Guild Wars (PC), Mario Kart Nintendo DS (DS), and Ninja Garden Black (Xbox).
Following is a sampling of the categories and winners. A complete list of finalists and winners is available at: www.gamespot.com/pages/features/bestof2005/index.php.
Game of the Year: Resident Evil 4 (PS2) Best Action Adventure Game: Resident Evil 4 (GC, PS2) Best Shooter: F.E.A.R. (PC) Best Fighting Game: Tekken 5 (PS2) Best Platformer: Psychonauts (Xbox) Best Adventure Game: Indigo Prophecy (PC, Xbox, PS2) Best Driving Game: Forza Motorsport (Xbox) Best Puzzle/Rhythm Game: Guitar Hero (PS2) Best Role-playing Game: Dragon Quest VIII (PS2) Best Traditional Sports Game: FIFA 06 (Xbox, PS2) Best Alternative Sports Game: Blitz: The League (Xbox, PS2,) Best Strategy Game: Civilization IV (PC) Best Game Boy Advance Game: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Best Nintendo DS Game: Mario Kart Nintendo DS Best PSP Game: Lumines Best GameCube Game: Resident Evil 4 Best PlayStation 2 Game: God of War Best Xbox Game: Ninja Gaiden Black Best Xbox 360 Game: Project Gotham Racing 3 Best PC Game: Civilization IV Most Surprisingly Good Game: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) Best Original Music: God of War (PS2) Best Licensed Music: Project Gotham Racing 3 (X360) Best Story: Indigo Prophecy (PC, Xbox, PS2) Best Sound Effects: Condemned: Criminal Origins (X360) Best Graphics, Technical: F.E.A.R. (PC) Best Voice Acting: Psychonauts (PC, Xbox, PS2) Best Graphics, Artistic: Psychonauts (PC, Xbox, PS2) Best Use of a Creative License: The Warriors (PS2, Xbox) Best Artificial Intelligence: F.E.A.R. (PC) Most Outrageous Game: Amped 3 (X360) Best Budget Game: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved (X360) Best New Character: Harman Smith, Killer7 (GC, PS2) Funniest Game: Psychonauts (PC, Xbox, PS2) Best Use of Sweat: NBA 2K6 (X360) Best Multiplayer Game: Battlefield 2 (PC) Most Innovative Game: Killer7 (GC, PS2) Best Original Game Mechanic: NBA 2K6 (X360, Xbox, PS2) -- shot stick Most Metal: Guitar Hero (PS2) Most Improved Sequel: Resident Evil 4 (GC, PS2) Best New Hardware: Microsoft Xbox 360
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