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The 2008 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.

GAME OF THE YEAR

boysie1LittleBigPlanet

Sony for PS3
Sure, Sackboy is cute. But there’s a lot more to LittleBigPlanet. You make and customize your own running and jumping game. Then you share it with the world. The single-player game isn’t too shabby, either. And the story’s introduction is so well written and acted, you’ll think you’re in a movie. It’s a truly impressive comeback for Sony.

Runner Up: LEGO Batman
Warner Bros. for all platforms, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older
This isn’t just the best-looking LEGO video game. You really feel the spirit of superhero cooperation when you play it. In addition to Batman and Robin, you can play as all the villains. The vehicles are way fun to drive, too.

BEST XBOX 360 GAME

Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Microsoft, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older
Take a great tale in which you vie for Spiral Mountain. Add amazing graphics. Throw in humor and gameplay that includes building cool vehicles. Add online multiplayer capabilities and extra goodies if you choose to finish the original Banjo Kazooie on Xbox Live Arcade. It’s the recipe for one terrific game that’ll keep you playing for hours and hours.

BEST WII GAME

Mario Kart Wii
Nintendo
Sure, the Mario Kart series has been around for years, but this one includes a driving wheel and serious online capabilities. You can strut your stuff against people all around the world, over and over again. So much fun.

BEST COMPUTER GAME

Spore
EA for Mac and PC, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older
You get to make your own creature with all kinds of kooky parts. Watch it grow and, eventually, take over a planet. Then upload your creation so everyone can play it, and play in everyone else’s world, too. It’s endless fun.

BEST DS GAME

Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Nintendo
It’s a can’t-put-it-down mystery that’s full of a wild number of puzzles for you to solve. Put together crazy machines, chase a cat, talk to the townspeople, go through mazes and do a few math puzzles, too. You get a lot of bang for the buck.

BEST PSP GAME

Wipeout Pulse
Sony, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older
As part of the Anti-Gravity Racing League, you can speed really fast in the wackiest environments. The varied soundtrack adds to the drama. Customize your cars and play via Wi-Fi, too. Finally, it’s got a nicer price than most PSP games. Want more? Download extra tracks at the PlayStation Store.

BEST FAMILY GAME

Boom Blox
EA for Wii
At first, it doesn’t seem like much more than an amusement park ball-throwing game. But even though it’s easy to pick up, it’s tough to master. You can’t play just one game, and neither can anyone in your family. It proves that movie director Steven Spielberg knows how to design a game, too.

BEST TOY-MEETS-VIDEO GAME

Nerf N-Strike Bundle
EA for Wii, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older
Forget the Wii Zapper. This toy gun is way cooler. And the simple-to-learn shooting game has a decent story that unfolds like the panels in a comic book. Also, you can use the Nerf N-Strike gun with soft darts without the video game.

BEST MOVIE-BASED GAME

Kung Fu Panda
Activision for all platforms, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older
You won’t just relive the movie. You’ll be immersed in an experience full of humorous kung fu, including combo moves that are exciting to see when you pull them off. You get to play as Po or other members of the Furious Five. Those jumping puzzles high in the clouds are a blast, too.

BEST SPORTS GAME

Shaun White Snowboarding Road Trip
Ubisoft for Wii, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older
NHL 09 came very close. But for sheer creativity that makes use of the Wii Balance Board, Road Trip wins hands down. If you don’t have a Balance Board, it’s almost as cool with a Wii controller. Who wouldn’t want to go on a snowboarding road trip with Olympic champ Shaun White as your teammate?

BEST PET SIMULATION

National Geographic Panda
Namco Bandai for DS
Not only do you get to raise your own panda (and pet it virtually), you also learn lots of fun facts about the animal as you play. They throw in a cool National Geographic DVD about pandas, too.

BEST PARTY GAME

Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party
Ubisoft for Wii, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older
If the crazy Rabbids don’t make you laugh, nothing will. This is one of the most enjoyable collections of mini games you’ll ever find. And if you have a Balance Board, you can control one of the games with your rear end.

BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME

PixelJunk Monsters
Sony for PS3, PlayStation Network
This tower defense game looks like a lovable cartoon, but it can get really hard to play. Yet somehow, you just keep coming back to defend your townspeople. They finally added a patch so you can play on easy mode, too. There’s also a recent Encore edition with levels inspired by Pac-Man and Space Invaders.

101 Comments on The 2008 Boysie Awards

  1. Hm… a pretty solid list this year. I’m surprised “Dokapon Kingdom” didn’t get best party game through. Mario Party meets Dragon Warrior? Hard to beat that one!

  2. I like the list but where’s SSBB? In my opinion Brawl was the best game this year.

  3. Where’s super smash bros. brawl?! It’s a tottally awesome game!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  4. It is good, but it is missing a few good games.

  5. THX 1138 (jonbuddy) // December 23, 2008 at 10:19 am // Reply

    Nice Line-Up. I know why LittleBigPlanet was only for PS3: There was no other system that could handle the graphics. That says a lot on Sony’s part.

  6. TwilightIsAwesome // December 23, 2008 at 1:39 am // Reply

    SWEET!!!!!!!!!

  7. Bmanrox!!!!! // December 22, 2008 at 6:32 pm // Reply

    I was surprised Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games didn’t win the best DS game! It’s awsome!!!!!!!!!

  8. i am suprised about the ds game although i have never played it

  9. Cool! I want to play LEGO Batman and Nerf N-Strike, they look really fun.

  10. i am so glad that boyslife finally got the 2008 boysie awards on to the website!

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