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[12/04/08 - 02:26 PM]
Nominees Announced for Sixth Annual "X-Play Best of 2008 Awards"
Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb will reveal the winners on the "X-Play Best of 2008 Awards" premiering Tuesday, December 9 at 8:00/7:00c.

[via press release from G4]

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR SIXTH ANNUAL "X-PLAY BEST OF 2008 AWARDS"

Special One-Hour Awards Presentation Will Honor Titles Across 20+ Categories, Including the Highly Coveted 2008 Game of the Year on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 8:00PM ET/PT Only on G4

"X-Play," the most watched videogame series on television, announced its nominations for the Sixth Annual "Best of 2008 Awards" as selected by the show's team of gaming experts. This year's list boasts more than 20 categories ranging from Most Original Game, Best Strategy Game, Best New Character and Best Sound Design. The show also includes five new categories: Best New Downloadable Game, Best Racing Game, Best Music/Rhythm Game, Best Handheld and Best M-M-O. The special takes fans through each category, revealing the winners and explaining in detail exactly why each game won, finally culminating with the highly coveted Game of the Year Award. Gaming fanatics and occasional fans alike should not miss seeing how the reliable heavy hitters like "Fallout 3," "Gears of War 2" and "GTA IV" match up against some of the newer titles like "Left 4 Dead" and "Mirror's Edge." "X-Play's" hosts, Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb will reveal all in a special one-hour "X-Play Best of 2008 Awards" premiering Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 8:00PM ET/PT only on G4.

"It seems commonplace to expect and find every year to improve on the one before," says Adam Sessler, Host and Managing Editor, "X-Play." "But the level of sophistication and depth found in 2008's standout titles are truly extraordinary."

"Every year, it gets tougher and tougher to pick the winners," says Morgan Webb, Host, "X-Play." "This year was no exception and we had to really challenge ourselves to whittle down the list of nominees to come up with the best of the best."

The Complete List of "X-Play Best of 2008" categories and nominees:

Game of the Year
� Fable 2
� Fallout 3
� Gears of War 2
� Grand Theft Auto IV
� Left 4 Dead
� Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
� Resistance 2

Most Original Game
� Boom Blox
� Braid
� LittleBigPlanet
� Mirror�s Edge
� No More Heroes
� The World Ends With You

Best Gameplay Innovation
� "Level creation/sharing" � LittleBigPlanet
� "AI Director" � Left 4 Dead
� "Objective-based multiplayer" � Resistance 2
� "Voice command" � Tom Clancy�s EndWar
� "Right stick combat" � Too Human
� "Public quests" � Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

Best Multiplayer Game
� Gears of War 2
� Left 4 Dead
� Madden NFL 09
� Resistance 2
� Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
� Too Human

Best Action/Adventure Game
� Dead Space
� God of War: Chains of Olympus
� Grand Theft Auto IV
� No More Heroes
� Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best Sports Game
� FIFA 09
� Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
� NBA 2K9
� NHL 09
� Madden NFL 09

Best Shooter
� Call of Duty: World at War
� Far Cry 2
� Gears of War 2
� Left 4 Dead
� Resistance 2

Best RPG
� Fable 2
� Fallout 3
� Persona 4
� Tales of Vesperia
� The World Ends With You

Best New Character
� The dog � Fable 2
� Niko Bellic � Grand Theft Auto IV
� Sackboy � LittleBigPlanet
� Drebin 893 � Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
� Travis Touchdown � No More Heroes

Best Art Direction
� Fable 2
� Fallout 3
� Far Cry 2
� LittleBigPlanet
� Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
� Prince of Persia

Best Animation
� Grand Theft Auto IV
� Left 4 Dead
� NBA 2K9
� Madden NFL 09
� Prince of Persia
� Resistance 2

Best Writing
� Grand Theft Auto IV
� Fable 2
� Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
� No More Heroes
� The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

Best Original Soundtrack
� Gears of War 2
� Mirror�s Edge
� Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
� No More Heroes
� Resistance 2

Best Sound Design
� Battlefield: Bad Company
� Condemned 2: Bloodshot
� Dead Space
� Fable 2
� Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best Downloadable Content
� Burnout Paradise - bikes/map expansion
� Call of Duty 4 - maps
� Rock Band 2 - DLC songs
� Team Fortress 2 - class upgrades
� Warhawk - PSN expansions

Best New Downloadable Game
� Bionic Commando Rearmed
� Braid
� Geometry Wars 2
� Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty
� Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
� World of Goo

Best Strategy Game
� Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
� Galactic Civilizations 2: Twilight of the Arnor
� Sins of a Solar Empire
� Tom Clancy�s EndWar
� Valkyria Chronicles

Best Racing Game
� Burnout Paradise
� GRID
� Mario Kart Wii
� MotorStorm: Pacific Rift
� Pure

Best Music/Rhythm Game
� Audiosurf
� Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
� Guitar Hero World Tour
� Patapon
� Rock Band 2

Best Handheld Game
� Chrono Trigger DS
� God of War: Chains of Olympus
� Patapon
� Professor Layton and the Curious Village
� The World Ends With You

Best M-M-O
� Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
� Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
� World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

For more information please visit www.g4tv.com./xplay





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