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Live Gamer Awards 06 – Sleeper Game January 1, 2007

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Sleeper Game – Viva Pinata

 

Every year there are many great games and one that isn’t played by many. This year the game that no one played but was one of the best Xbox 360 titles was Viva Pinata. The game was developed by Rare and brought it back to its former self with excellent compelling gameplay and a lot of depth in creating a garden and attracting pinatas. The game wasn’t played by many due to its looks making people think it was for the younger crowd only but it wasn’t. Viva Pinata hit the one part of all humans – the joy of discovery. Microsoft has made clear of its plans with Viva Pinata, they intend to have it as a new franchise with its television shows, merchandise deals, and there is even a rumor that Holiday 2007 will feature a Viva Pinata kart racing game. Viva Pinata isn’t a franchise that will fade soon and shouldn’t. It was in the top five games of 2006 and you need to play it, stop sleeping.

 

Live Gamer Awards 06 will continue, remember scroll down to win a One Month Xbox Live extension or to create a new subscrption. Live Gamer, bigger and better in 07 but 06 needs to come to a close first!

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Live Gamer Awards 06 – Xbox Live Arcade December 31, 2006

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Like I’ve been saying all week here are the Live Gamer Awards 2006 starting off with Xbox Live Arcade. The awards are to celebrate the best and worst of gaming in the year 2006. To start off we are going to start with the smaller course of video games with Xbox Live Arcade.

Best Xbox Live Arcade Game – Small Arms

Small Arms with its mix of likeable cast and Super Smash Brothers type gameplay with guns made it a fresh breath for Xbox Live Arcade being one of the first independent and new titles to release that started 4 weeks straight of independent titles. The game featured an excellent multiplayer mode. Retro titles are fun but they are old and orignial new ideas is what Xbox Live Arcade needs and Small Arms fills the spot. This game could even be turned into a full fledged retail game in Small Arms 2 if more modes are added, we’ll see as time goes on.

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Runner Up – Assault Heroes

Best Xbox Live Arcade Retro Title – Dig Dug

The retro titles can’t be any of the original titles so there is the best retro title award. Dig Dug stood out among the pack of excellent releases in Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 but doesn’t suffer from the lag and wishes of needing a joystiq to play the game with. It included all the fantastic features of the original arcade classic with upgraded graphics, superb control, leaderboards, and more. The title didn’t leave any complaints that most retro titles caused when modes were taken out because Dig Dug included everything plus extra making it the clear choice for Xbox Live Arcade’s Best Port of 2006.

Worst Xbox Live Arcade Game – Totemball

Totemball showed promise in being the first Xbox Live Vision camera control game, one problem though. It felt like it had no control and you just waved your arms in the air getting tired. While getting tired playing a video game playing Totemball was so bad your arms would be sore and aching. The game had lots of mode but it wasn’t fun and was a flat out awful experience. While the game is free it proved free games can still suck.

 

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Best Xbox Live Arcade Graphics – Roboblitz

This choice is obvious, it is powered by the Unreal Engine 3 and is a technical achievement by all merits and rarely had a messed up texture. Unreal Engine 3 produced amazing graphics in Gears of War and while the game isn’t as good as Gears of War it still looks fantastic especially considering it was squeezed into 50MB.

 

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Best Xbox Live Arcade Game No One Played – Cloning Clyde

During Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays I wasn’t most excited about Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting in the summer. I was excited about Cloning Clyde, when I said that to people most laughed but I was right in the end. Clyde had a wacky sense of humor and was like Mario in its old school sidescrolling ways. It was a beautiful game with its engine and was fun to play. The game had low sales though and was rarely played. The casual crowd would love this game and so would you, to bad no one played it. So go play it and support Ninja Bee whom I am interviewing soon.

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Look for more awards for Xbox 360 including Live Gamer’s game of the year, sleeper hits, genre bests, news suprise of the year, and the incredible year that Live Gamer will have for you in 2006 with contests, developer interviews and more.

 

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