Best PS3 Game: LittleBigPlanet
I realize that most people will put Metal Gear Solid 4 at the top of their list of PS3 games this year, but because stealth is my absolute least favorite game genre, it isn’t even on my radar. LittleBigPlanet is a great 2D platformer in an age where they are becoming fewer and farther in between, and it fosters incredible creativity with its editing tools. WipEout HD and echochrome follow closely behind for their refinement and originality, respectively.
Honorable Mentions: WipEout HD, echochrome
Best Xbox 360 Game: Burnout Paradise
Burnout Paradise is another game that gets my nod moreso from personal preference than sheer quality. While both Burnout and Grand Theft Auto IV are amazing games, I found myself playing Burnout much more often. This is probably because it lends itself better to playing in smaller chunks or, when I do have enough time to devote, to better online experiences.
Honorable Mentions: GTA IV, Fable II
Best Wii Game: Mega Man 9
The fact that Mega Man 9 makes my top spot for best Wii game this year says more about the utter lack of quality games on the Wii than it says about Mega Man 9 itself. A game that is released on all 3 major platforms shouldn’t be the best game of the year on one of those platforms.
Honorable Mentions: Super Smash Bros. Brawl, World of Goo
Best PSP Game: Patapon
While God of War: Chains of Olympus and Crisis Core: FFVII are certainly great games, they feel more like PlayStation 2 ports than bona fide PSP titles. Patapon, despite its lack of a pause option, is a great fit for the handheld and is one of the most original games to come out this year. Anyone with a PSP, headphones, and $20 should try it out.
Honorable Mentions: God of War: Chains of Olympus, Crisis Core: FFVII, n+
Best Nintendo DS Game: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
I don’t know what it is about leveling up or using a newly found item to access another area of a huge, creepy castle that always has me hooked. If there’s a Metroidvania-style game out there, I’ll play it.
Honorable Mentions: The World Ends With You, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Chrono Trigger