Our NZGamer.com 2009 Rubber Duckie Award Winners are announced!
NZGamer.com is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Rubber Duckie Awards, in association with JB Hi-Fi. 2009 was a massive year, and the huge numbers of voters are testament to the feverish popularity surrounding some of the year's triple-A titles.
NZGamer.com received over 6,500 votes from the New Zealand gaming public, putting the fans at the heart of the accolades.
JB Hi-Fi have kindly donated a grand's worth of games for one lucky voter, who is announced below!
So without further ado, the winners of the NZGamer.com 2009 Rubber Duckie Awards!
Best Online Gameplay
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 With fourteen multiplayer modes across sixteen multiplayer maps, dozens of unlockable weapons and a seemingly never-ending set of ingame Challenges to try and beat, Modern Warfare 2 packs in a lot of multiplayer goodness.
In fact the game has a crazy fourteen multiplayer modes and even adds a new feature perfect for those not wanting to venture into a frag frenzy of deathmatch known as Spec Ops.Read Review
Runner-up: Left 4 Dead 2
Best Downloadable Title
Shadow Complex Shadow Complex is about shooting things, which is good as that's what the game does best. Quite often I lost track of my objectives and just ran around shooting guys just because it's satisfying; the storyline is just there to make sure you actually progress through the game. With this type of game, the biggest incentive to keep playing is to see what's hidden around the next corner. Shadow Complex has some simply amazing set pieces.Read Review
Runner-up: Pixel Junk Shooter
Best New IP
Dragon Age: Origins Dragon Age is a very nicely delivered RPG with loads of content to explore, plenty of replayability and genuine options to choose in the branching dialogue.
It's BioWare, it's good and it's about time. If you're even remotely interested in RPG gaming, get into it without hesitation.Read Review
Terminator: Salvation Visually Terminator: Salvation matches the gameplay and is an equally dull affair. Repetitive textures and environments combined with awkwardly animated character models take the shine off the relatively impressive explosion and particle effects. The voice-acting of John Connor is lifeless and wooden (although at least it’s in line with Christian Bale’s acting) and the script is extremely tedious.Read Review
Most Surprising Game
Batman: Arkham Asylum What ought to strike you first is a) the game's impressive graphics and tres noir style, keeping it real, and b) the fantastic voice acting of the Joker. From the first, Arkham Asylum promises to be a treat. You'll be happy to know it goes on delivering.
NZGamer.com would hope that our reviews help game-hungry Kiwi buyers make informed decisions, but it is seldom put quite as clearly as this: do yourself a favour. Go buy it.
GTA: Chinatown Wars I love that Rockstar managed to package up everything we love about Grand Theft Auto and deliver it on handheld systems that can go with you anywhere. There's a whole criminal underworld in here - perhaps not as impressively rendered as in the console versions - but it fits right in your pocket.
Stealing cars, shooting up the bad guys (at least, the badder guys) and leaving a trail of criminal mischief is what these games are all about, and any doubts about whether the format could make the shift from your couch to the bus should go out the window pretty much as soon as you boot it up.Read Review
Best Fighting Game
Tekken 6 It’s been more than four years since we last saw Tekken on the consoles. Just for nostalgia alone it was great to see the series back outside of the arcades; but more importantly, for the first time on next-gen consoles.
Tekken 6 is definitely a worthy return for the series and incorporates plenty of online action as well with versus and team-matches all available via Xbox Live. The only thing you’ll need after this is an arcade stick controller to really show off your chops. Highly recommended if you have a serious grudge against grizzly bears too.Read Review
Runner-up: Street Fighter IV
Best Music / Rhythm Game
Guitar Hero 5 Overall this game delivers everything you would expect and shows that there is still life in the music/rhythm video game genre yet. Guitar Hero is doing its best in this area with the amazingly detailed inbuilt GHMusic Studio that allows players to create their own tracks and post them online.
Guitar Hero 5 still rocks the set and is a must buy for those getting a tad bored with World Tour.Read Review
Runner-up: Rock Band 2
Best Sports Game
Forza Motorsport 3 Forza 3 may have 'something for everyone', but for me the heart of the game is how damn satisfying a good lap feels in the hot lap mode. And I guess at the end of the day, the most important thing in a driving game is how much fun you have kissing the apex. The competitors have a lot of work to do to eclipse this as the premium car game.Read Review
Runner-up: FIFA 10
Best Adventure / RPG Game
Assassin's Creed 2 There is little doubt that fans of the first Assassin’s Creed will find plenty more to sink their teeth into this time around. The sequel possesses hours of extra activities, a more complicated plot and still manages to maintain a great gameplay engine while adding some much appreciated tweaks to expand the controls slightly. The soundtrack is superb though and the voice acting excellent as well, making Assassin’s Creed 2 a riveting and very attractive gaming experience.Read Review
Runner-up: Uncharted 2
Best Action / Shooter Game
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Modern Warfare 2 wastes no time in throwing you deep into the action. Immediately you’ll find yourself shipped out to the frontline in a city under siege in the Middle East. Surrounded by team-mates falling all around you, bullets ricocheting off destroyed cars and the enemy holding the high ground you realise that your gun is suddenly your new best friend. In this same area you and your men will be driving through the narrow streets of a crumbling, dusty city in a hum-vee where (you guessed it) all Hell breaks loose.Read Review
Runner-up: Halo ODST
Overall Game of the Year 2009
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 There is no doubt that Activison and developers Infinity Ward have caught people’s attention.
Overall this globe-spanning, action packed first person shooter is right on the money. It not only raises the bar for the quality we’ve come to expect from Call of Duty titles, it sets a new standard for the entire genre.
The game constantly adds something new to the mix without straying too far from the traditional first-person shooter formula and was definently worth the wait for fans everywhere.Read Review
Runner-up: Uncharted 2
Thanks to JB Hi-Fi, all those that voted in the NZGamer.com Rubber Duckie Awards went in the draw to win $1000 worth of games from JB Hi-Fi.
We are pleased to announce the winner as:
Congratulations to all our winners, and we'd like to thank everyone that voted (over six and a half thousand of you!). We'd also like to extend a big thanks to the New Zealand gaming industry who continue to support us, along with our sponsor for the awards, JB Hi-Fi.
We're happy to say our official NZGamer.com Duckie Award trophies have flown the nest, and our now gracing the offices of all our award-winners:
Tolan from Microsoft with Best Sports Game, Best Downloadable Title and runner-up for Best Action / Shooter.
Mark from Namco Bandai with Best Fighting Game, and Most Surprising Game.
Best New IP Duckie Trophy at the EA offices. Congrats Jemma and Keri!
Ant and Duane from Monaco with Best Adventure / RPG Game and Biggest Disappointment.
Katie and Sally from PlayStation with runner-up awards for Overall Game of the Year, Adventure / RPG Game, and Downloadable Title.
Best Handheld Game Duckie Trophy at the Rockstar offices. Congrats Adrian!
Teresa and Aaron from Activision with Overall Game of the Year 2009, Best Action / Shooter Game, Best Online Gameplay and Best Music / Rhythm Game.