Today Microsoft announced the winners of the first ever Xbox 360 Game Awards. This interactive event let 360 owners vote on their favorite games through their consoles. So, who won?
GTA 5 was the big winner of the Game Awards, grabbing three wins. Gamers gave them the "I Can’t Quit You" and "This Means War" awards for being the most addicting and action-packed game, respectively. The awards also proved that Xbox 360 owners use the term "hero" very loosely; they named GTA 5's resident psychopath Trevor as the best hero in gaming.
I figured that GTA 5 would also pick up the "Why So Serious" award for best villain. However, that honor went to Black Mask from Batman: Arkham Origins. Personally, I think that "Rockstar's inability to release co-op heists for GTA Online" is a better villain but that wasn't one of the nominees.
That's the big issue I have with the awards: they offered gamers questionable nominees for some awards. I don't think Dead Space 3 had any business being in the running for "Noobs Need Not Apply," the honor for the most difficult game (Dark Souls 2 won, obviously). Tomb Raider seemed like a strange fit for the "Tearjerker Award." What was even more baffling was that Tomb Raider won that award. Really, guys? That's the saddest game of the year?
Another time I disagreed with voters was with the "Coming Back for Seconds" award for best DLC. Xbox 360 owners voted the Skyrim Mash-Up Pack from Minecraft for the honor. I think that Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon's Keep got robbed on that one. It's a hilarious adventure that's actually more enjoyable than the main campaign of Borderlands 2. Still, everybody plays Minecraft so I can't be too shocked that the game would win the only award it was nominated for.
The other winners were acceptable, though. The Walking Dead: Season 2 beat out Dead Island Riptide, State of Decay and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for best undead game. Solid fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us was deemed the best local multiplayer experience.
It's best not to read into the winners list too much, though. The voting only took place over last week. If Microsoft had given players more time to weigh in, we might have seen very different results.
"Congratulations to all the winners (enjoy your awesome trophies)!" Microsoft said. "If any of these games aren’t in your collection already, kick them to the top of the list. Every game on the nominee list is a must-play title, and is available for download on your Xbox 360!"
This might not be the only awards given out by Xbox 360 gamers this year. The list of accolades was far from comprehensive so there are plenty of other honors that Microsoft could use in later awards events. Stay tuned for more chances to crown the best games.
The full list of winners from today are below, along with their fellow nominees:
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