2010 PS Nation Golden Minecart Award Winners

You voted for it. You can’t unvote for it. These are the results from our community on what they consider the crème de la crème of PlayStation in 2010. We’ve also thrown in the podcast hosts and community writers Top 5 PS3 and PSP games. Announcement of the winners and acceptance speeches are also available on the latest PS Nation podcast episode, Episode 198 – Golden Minecart Awards 2010. Thanks to Joel for crunching the numbers and for all of you who voted.

PS3 Best Remake

1. The Sly Collection
2. Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition
3. Final Fight: Double Impact
4. Earthworm Jim HD
5. Sonic Adventure

Proving that whimsy never goes out of style we have Sly and company taking top honors. With three fantastic games for $40 you can’t go wrong. Monkey Island’s Guybrush Threepwood and the odious LeChuck also brought the funny this year, being a major part of the adventure game renaissance we are currently experiencing, and deservedly grabbed the number two spot.

PS3 Best RPG

1. Fallout: New Vegas
2. Final Fantasy XIII
3. Costume Quest (PSN)
4. White Knight Chronicles
5. Nier

In a slim field this year Fallout: New Vegas dropped a megaton of whoopass on good old Final Fantasy to attain number one in the poles. The community approved of Double Fine’s new direction and rewarded Costume Quest with the RPG bronze. Rounding out the Top 5 are White Knight and Nier, both had mixed reviews, but stayed high on our fans’ lists.

PS3 Best Fighting Game

1. Super Street Fighter IV
2. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

How do you improve on the best 2D fighting game of the last 10 years? Give the fans more of what they loved. What do you get when you do this? A Golden Minecart for your trouble. Super Street Fighter IV added more of everything, tuned it to perfection, and laid down another milestone in a storied franchise. BlazBlue offered fans a quirky alternative when they are not figuring out their next Ultra Combo.

PS3 Best Music Game

1. Rock Band 3
2. SingStar Dance
3. DJ Hero 2
4. Def Jam Rapstar
5. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

In a shock to no one you crowned Rock Band 3 as the King of Music Games, while relegating the latest Guitar Hero to fifth. While the singing and dancing charms of SingStar, the crossfading and scratching of DJ Hero 2, and the lyrical flow of Rapstar all attempted to usurp the throne, none could topple the king. Long live Rock Band!

PS3 Best Move Game

1. Sports Champions
2. Time Crisis: Razing Storm
3. Tumble (PSN)
4. The Fight: Lights Out
5. Kung Fu Rider

It’s always a good sign when a pack-in game is the top of the fans’ list, just ask Wii Sports. Sports Champions showed off the Move’s potential like no other. Whether you wanted to shoot baddies, stack blocks, or punch a guy in the face, Move let you experience it in a whole new way this year.

PS3 Best Racing Game

1. Gran Turismo 5
2. (Tie) ModNation Racers & Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
4. Split Second
5. Blur

While the spring of 2010 offered a plethora of racing titles none could topple the colossus of GT5 on the horizon. While some, myself included, weren’t sure if we would finally see Polyphony Digital’s latest this year, those that kept the faith got an early Christmas present. Inside they found gorgeous graphics, realistic racing, and breathtaking vistas. Everything we expect from a Gran Turismo.

PS3 Best Sports Game

1. MLB 10: The Show
2. FIFA 11
3. NBA Jam
4. NBA 2K11
5. NHL 11

The Sony exclusive The Show remains the undisputed champion of console baseball. Footie fever gripped our fans as they voted in the latest FIFA into the silver spot. Apparently you like arcade basketball better than simulation b-ball as NBA Jam edged out NBA 2K11. Rounding out the list is NHL 11; while you may not see much of hockey on TV anymore you can get your puck fix on your PS3.

PS3 Best Shooter

1. Battlefield Bad Company 2
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops
3. MAG
4. Vanquish
5. BioShock 2

Bucking the popularity of the COD juggernaut, you made Bad Company 2 your top choice for a Golden Minecart. Things like this make Bobby Kotick cry. Of course if you want to shoot things with 255 of your closest friends MAG is your only option. Those shooter fans interested in more solo experiences made sure that Vanquish and Bioshock 2 made the list.

PS3 Best Action/Adventure

1. God of War III
2. Red Dead Redemption
3. Heavy Rain
4. Assasin’s Creed: Brotherhood
5. Just Cause 2

Action/Adventure had a huge year on PlayStation. Look at the Top 5 and none of these titles can really be missed. When the dust settled Kratos and GOW III tore the heads off the competition.

PS3 Best New Feature

1. Netflix Integration
2. PlayStation Plus
3. PlayStation Move
4. 3D
5. Vudu

Oh yeah, my PS3 also plays games. Look at your friends list at any given time and how many of them are watching Netflix? Thought so. Netflix fundamentally changes how fans use their PS3s, and garnered top honors. While the value of PlayStation Plus is still a topic of debate it made enough of an impression on all of you to grab a silver. Move is still in the process of proving itself, but managed to crack the top three. 3D and Vudu maybe only for Ritchie Richs with super sweet TVs right now, but the tide is already turning towards a 3D future.

PS3 Best PSN Game

1. Dead Nation
2. Pac Man Championship Edition DX
3. Joe Danger
4. Death Spank
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Who doesn’t love shooting zombies in the face? You are all clearly smitten with raining death upon the undead via Dead Nation. The rest of the Top 5 is a mixed bag of retro nostalgia, (I’m looking at you Pac Man and Scott Pilgrim), arcadey score chasing (hey there Joe Danger), and questing while cracking up (howdy Death Spank).

PSP Best Overall

1. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
2. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
3. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
4. Gravity Crash
5. (Tie) ModNation Racers & Valkyria Chronicles 2

The PSP continued to have stellar titles this year. The Top 5 all are spin offs or sequels of console titles, with a level of polish and quality approaching their homebound brethren. While major franchises like God of War, Metal Gear, and Kingdom Hearts nabbed the top spots, Gravity Crash, the little game that could, stole your hearts and your number 4.

PS3 Best Overall

1. God of War 3
2. Red Dead Redemption
3. Gran Turismo 5
4. Heavy Rain
5. Battlefield Bad Company 2

Action/adventure bested all other genres and placed three of its Top 5 in the overall list. The really cool thing about this list, only one title, GT5, was released during the traditional holiday sales window. The other four all came out in the late winter to early spring. The times they are a changing. Is it March yet?

For the staff picks we used a point system. The top pick of staff members is indicated by their name in parentheses.

PSNation Staff Choice for Best PSP Overall

1. God of War: Ghost of Sparta (Joel, Josh, Bill)
2. Ys: The Oath in Felghana (Glenn, Mark)
3. Gravity Crash
4. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
5. Phantasy Star Portable 2 (Rey)
Honorable Mentions: Valkyria Chronicles 2, Persona 3 Portable (Justin)

We had to agree with you and awarded Ghost of Sparta top honors. A late night filibuster by Mark and Glenn had Ys not only showing up on our list put nabbing a silver. Rey’s votes helped secure Phantasy Star a place in the Top 5. My love of the Persona series wasn’t enough to move it beyond Gekkoukan High and into the top spots.

PSNation Staff Choice for Best PS3 Overall

1. God of War 3 (Glenn)
2. 3D Dot Game Heroes (Rey)
3. Bayonetta (Mark)
4. Red Dead Redemption (Bill)
5. Heavy Rain
Honorable Mentions: Joe Danger (Joel), Just Cause 2 (Josh), The Sly Collection (Justin)

Everyone loved something different on PS3 in 2010. A spectacular adventure, with a little Torgo hype thrown in, got God of War top honors. Kratos should retire now. His career has hit its peak. I mean getting the top spot on the PSP and PS3 from both the fans and the staff of PS Nation. No one can aspire to anything higher. Enough retro love was flying around to see that 3D Dot Game Heroes proudly owned the number 2 spot. Mark held firm on his Bayonetta Game of the Year promise, helping it to number 3. John Marston couldn’t be denied and lassoed himself the fourth spot. No matter how much it poured Heavy Rain couldn’t drown the competition to reach any higher than number 5. Of course Joel, Josh, and myself continue to hold vigils for our favorite niche titles.

Thanks again to everyone who voted. Be sure to also check out the latest podcast episode, Episode 198, to hear acceptance speeches and a surprise interview. I can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for the PlayStation faithful. Angry Birds GOTY 2011!

Written by Justin Spielmann

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5G3KUEFIROWQWXZN32SANJGFSI Mike_B

    Woohooo BFBC2 Best FPS..It truly does deserve that awards. Only game I spent at least 80 hours in so far. Congrats to all the games that one and loved the PSNation episode with all the Speeches made by the winners

  • http://www.facebook.com/skiswope Matthew ‘Ski’ Swope

    Loved the awards show. Very well done. Some of the songs drowned out the talking a bit, but still a nice touch.

    Wish a couple others could get some recognition. I’d love to see a few more categories next year. As you noted yourselves, a couple categories were quite bloated with entries.

    1) What about adding an award for “Innovation in Game Design”. This would include new features that you’d like to see used again. I’m thinking of things like LBP’s “Play, Create, Share” model, Valkyria Chronicles blend of turn-based + real-time elements, or Heavy Rain’s interactive story-telling format.

    A simple example from this year might be NFS Hot Pursuit’s “Autolog” which really kicks the online competition and score-chasing up to a whole new level. I’d love to see an Autolog style feature in more racing games.

    Another example is Demon’s Souls innovative online components – eg, leaving messages for others, bursting into other games as a shade. It was neither versus nor co-op as we’ve seen before, but something entirely new – a single-player game that is also a communal experience.

    2) The biggest games this cycle are definitely Shooters. There are too many great ones, so it’s impossible to play them all. You guys have discussed the differences between the single-player and multiplayer experiences – Glenn mentioned he thinks MOH is the best Singleplayer shooter this year, but it never has a chance in the shooter category against the online experiences of BC2, Blops, and MAG. 2011 will be even bigger for shooters.

    3) I’d also love to see you divide the Action/Adventure category somehow to give another chance for games to be recognized. Just as last generation had a ton of platformers and survival horror games, this gen is nearly dominated by shooters and action games. You could maybe split out open-world / sandbox games.

    4) Best Add-On or Expansion. Borderlands had some great expansions, Red Dead had a huge zombie expansion that was a full game in itself, SWtFU2 took a different look at the Endor mission from the Jedi film, Dragon Age Awakening was also virtually a game unto itself, BFBC2 Vietnam, BS2 Minerva’s Den, Pigsy’s Perfect 10, and so on. We all want our favorite games to be supported after the fact. Let’s recognize the best efforts in that area.

    5) And you could play with other less common categories if you cared to. Awards like, Best New Character (maybe Enslaved couldn’t win GotY but perhaps Monkey might get votes as an interesting character), Best New IP or Non-Sequel (something not from an established franchise) that you’d like to see more of, Best Story-telling in a Game (again, Enslaved & Castlevania weren’t serious contenders for GotY, but some might think they told more interesting stories than GOW), Best Sound Design, etc.

    I’d even love you to call attention to over-looked games. You often do so in the weekly podcast, but maybe a year-end round up would also be interesting. These would be the games that lacked the marketing budget or had bad release windows that gamers should play but might have missed. Games like Darksiders, Demon’s Souls, Just Cause 2, Enslaved, Split/Second, and so on. These are all great games that somehow slipped under the radar of most gamers.

    Love the show. I look forward to hearing you guys ever week.

    ski

    • http://www.psnation.org/ Joel

      Great ideas and since you were nice enough to post it here I can swing back next year for recollection when considering 2011′s Golden Minecarts. Thanks!

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