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The 2007 Boysie Awards


Actors get Oscars, singers get Grammys and video games get awards from Boys’ Life: THE BOYSIES. The Boysies are dedicated to the age-old proverb that video games don’t have to be gross to be cool.

CATEGORY ONE: Best Console

The best video game console doesn’t need to be the most powerful. For this category, we’re closing in on what we think matters most: which console has the best games.

wii.jpgWinner: Wii

(Nintendo of America)

Nintendo’s goal has been to take gaming into a new world, and Wii has been a success. Having come out a year later than Xbox 360, Wii has overtaken the Microsoft console in sales, while leaving PS3 in the dust. Wii’s lead over the competition is especially notable, however, when it comes to family-friendly games.


CATEGORY TWO: Best Portable Game System

Games for cell phones have really improved, but they still can’t compete with dedicated portable game systems like DS and PSP. Like the race for best console, this is a battle between a powerful system and an innovative, less-expensive rival designed with the family in mind.

nintendods.jpgWinner: Nintendo DS

(Nintendo of America)

DS just keeps on rolling: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, Mario Party DS, Brain Age 2 and a really excellent version of Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground (rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older).

Nintendo’s portable boy’s screens are considerably lower resolution than the screen on PSP and the processor is weaker, yet somehow Nintendo makes the whole thing work. The truth is that it’s in the games. Too many PSP games feel like smaller versions of console games—and too many are made for adults.


CATEGORY THREE: Best Sports Game

madden1.jpgWinner: Madden NFL 08

(Electronic Arts for GameCube, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, DS, PSP, Mac, PC)

Year in and year out, the Madden NFL series continues as the best of the best: great graphics, realistic action, a wide variety of plays, sharp controls, and enough levels of difficulty for both beginners and hardcore players.

Not all versions of Madden NFL are created equal. The Wii and DS versions are disappointing; the PS3 version had problems. When we say Madden NFL 08 is the sports game of the year, we mean Madden NFL on Xbox 360.

bigs.jpgRunner-up: The Bigs

(2K Sports for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP)

2K Sports has breathed a little extra life into baseball by picking up the pace of the game and adding a ton of mini games, making The Bigs a bit more entertaining than the more realistic baseball games of 2007. The Bigs isn’t bad on any platform, but it really is most fun on Xbox 360.

fifa08.jpgRunner-up: FIFA 08

(EA for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP, PC)

Electronic Arts is the biggest publisher of games and the overall champ when it comes to sports, and FIFA 08 shows why. This soccer game is not easy, but it’s worth the trouble to learn it. It looks great and plays better than it looks. Just don’t expect to win any championships on your first try.


CATEGORY FOUR: Best Party Game/Collection

rayman.jpgWinner: Rayman Raving Rabbids 2

(Ubisoft for Wii, DS; Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older)

This collection of 60+ mini games delivers on action and humor. The rabbids, which look like cartoon rabbits and act like zany maniacs, are the funniest characters in gaming today. It’s worth pointing out that this game is much more satisfying on Wii than DS.

mariopartyds.jpgRunner-up: Mario Party DS

(Nintendo for DS)

Overall, Mario Party DS probably has slightly better games than Raving Rabbids 2, but the sense of humor in Raving Rabbids was the decision maker. What Mario Party DS brings to the party is a story mode and a puzzle mode along with a collection of mini games.

namcomuseumremix.jpgRunner-up: Namco Museum Remix

(Bandai Namco for Wii)

Namco has taken nine classic arcade games and dressed them up with new graphics and altered gameplay to create a fun collection.

vivapinata.jpgRunner-up: Viva Piñata Party Animals (Microsoft for Xbox 360)

Packed with 40 mini games — some good, some great, a few a bit disappointing — Viva Piñata Party Animals is a good package overall. Many of the mini games in this collection are not all that miniature, such as the cart racing game.


CATEGORY FIVE: Best Games of the Year

It’s been a good year, but not an especially great year for games. That said, the top two games of 2007 would make the “best of” list no matter what year they came out.

supermariogalaxy.jpgConsole Winner: Super Mario Galaxy

(Nintendo for Wii)

If you’re looking for a game that reminds you why you started playing video games in the first place, here it is.

In Super Mario Galaxy, the powerful plumber chases bad boy Bowser across not just one galaxy but dozens. Mario transforms into a boo (ghost), a bee and his old two-dimensional self. The graphics are beautiful, the challenges endless, the fun nonstop.

zeldaphantomhourglass.jpgPortable Winner: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

(Nintendo for DS)

Great Wind Waker-style cel-shaded graphics and a storyline that picks up where Wind Waker left off make this the portable game of the year.

legostarwars.jpgRunner-up: LEGO Star Wars: The Compete Saga

(LucasArts Entertainment for PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, DS; Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older)

First of all, a word to LucasArts: Why isn’t this game on PS2, Xbox and PC?

LucasArts took all the deep gameplay goodness that made the previous two LEGO Star Wars games so great and combined them into one huge title. If you don’t already have LEGO Star Wars I or II, here’s your chance to relive all six Star Wars movies through the eyes of blocky little LEGO characters.

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Comments about “The 2007 Boysie Awards”

  1. PaulRocks! says:

    A lot of these guys have a point. Honestly, I think Wii and DS are the obvious choices, though. While the other systems look good, the Nintendo sysems are funner. Did you get games to stare at them or play them? C’mon people!

  2. Tomare! says:

    Find me on Nintendo Wi-Fi

    Guitar Hero is Awesome

  3. Mr. Nintendo says:

    I agree with anonymous, but my favorite game for wii is Guitar Hero III and for DS- Pokemon Diamond.

  4. slinko says:

    they favor nintendo too much. I think it was just unfair to all to other consoles.

  5. budy boo says:

    I would like a wii.

  6. roll says:

    the wii is awsome

  7. Hawk says:

    The Wii is definitely the best. My mom waited in line at midnight to get one for my family and she said it was worth it!

  8. Everyone says:

    I think that its good that the PSP games are like the PS2. If you like the PS2, then you can take your games with you.

  9. I says:

    I disagree that the DS is better than the PSP. The screen is grainy and even the BL magazine says that the stylus is clumsy. It also doesn’t play music, videos, go on the internet, or have the responsive controls from the PS2. All in all, the PS2 is the better one.

  10. legoe says:

    This would be the coolist thing that you made.

  11. homer simpson says:

    awsome

  12. Matt says:

    I agree with BL. The Wii is definitely the best console. I think Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is too big for the older consoles.

  13. Anonymous says:

    the Wii is best becouse Super Mario Galaxy is cool and Super Smash Bros. Brawl is cool and LEGO Star Wars: The Compete Saga wii

  14. Blah says:

    Metroid Prime 3 is an amazing game, but I didn’t like the “friend voucher” idea, so I guess Lego SW complete saga is better.

  15. pinkysmith says:

    While I agree with the many of the winners, I thought Metorid Prime 3 should of been where Lego StarWars was.

  16. dee says:

    wiiis so tite

  17. Destroyer says:

    PSP is the best and it has the coolest games.

  18. j man says:

    the psp is the collest syectem in the world

  19. COLL says:

    Zach is right madden 08 is the best game in the PsP

  20. Fuzz says:

    Dude I thought the review for the consols were great ,but I have a Nintendo DS and personally I think PSP’s are better, any way The Wii Rocks

  21. q man says:

    I have a playstation but i wont a wii,la ego star wars,and mario and sonic olimpic games and I tried a lot of things to this things so pleas give me want I wont.

  22. nana says:

    how do u win dis stuff

  23. CainMan says:

    Dear Boy’s Life

    I love nintendo. and I love nintendo wii’s. I used to have PS2 but it broke. And my family is to poor to get me a new game consell. So iI relly wish I could have 1 thank you

  24. Jamz says:

    I have a wii and ds they are both fun but i think the wii is better

  25. ASDEF says:

    COOL. BUT I WOULD PICK PARTY PINIATAS INSTEAD OF SUPER MARIO.

  26. Arzell says:

    i would a psp.

  27. janay says:

    i would a nintendo ds.

  28. Anonymous says:

    i would love to have a brand new wii for me and my familoy and i would take good care for it

  29. crosway says:

    can you win stof

  30. Anonymous says:

    l wish i coul win the wii

  31. diner says:

    i have games like yhat i have a wii omg!

  32. LysergDiethel says:

    I have a nintendo wii too! : ]

  33. DJ says:

    HOW DO YOU WIN!

  34. Philister says:

    WHERE IS THE iPOD THING?!

  35. Anonymous says:

    I WANT A WII

  36. X Box 360 rules says:

    i don’t realy like the wii because it dose not have good graphics but i have one

  37. BOB says:

    I DON’T NEED TO WIN A WII BECAUSE I HAVE 1.

  38. BOB says:

    I HAVE THE WII!!!

  39. Trav says:

    I love awards

  40. chris says:

    i always love the wii

  41. Taz says:

    I think Thrillvile off the rails should have won

  42. jasan says:

    I thank that wii are cool and nice like you .

  43. darth says:

    STAR WARS ROOCKS!

  44. darth says:

    I need to win relly bad “I BETED FOR IT!

  45. wii bee tree gee? says:

    Yo,nintendo slayer NINTENDO ROCKS SO HARD!!!!!!! take that !!!!!!

  46. giver says:

    i want to win a wii for my cousins

  47. Sub-zero says:

    The wii the PS3 and the X BOX 360 ROCK IF YOU PLAYED GUITAR HERO3 FACE ME.

  48. Destroyer says:

    PSP rules.

  49. Zain says:

    I want a netendo ds because every girl has it in my class and they say you don’t have a

    netendo ds.

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