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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. wonder if anyone noticed, but i think that picture for mariokart wii is from a beta version.

  2. Commander Fox // December 22, 2009 at 3:27 am // Reply

    Mario Kart Wii is Beyond awesome!!!!

  3. I hope I will win this year in 2009

  4. Batman all the way!

  5. I agree with with “Brawl Fan”.

  6. I want the n-strike game.

  7. super smash bros brawl should be there!!!

  8. were is mario super sluggers!!!!!!!!!!

  9. I hope the 2009 list will be better

  10. super mario super fan // June 27, 2009 at 9:56 am // Reply

    YAAAAAA!!! YOU GO MARIO KART!!!

  11. Super Christopher // June 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm // Reply

    I geuss their opinions are different from mine. Here are some of MY Boysies.

    Best Wii game: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Runner-up: Mario Kart Wii
    Runner-up: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

    Best DS game: Super Mario 64 DS

  12. Action Trev // May 10, 2009 at 9:16 am // Reply

    I think that they were right about MarioKart Wii, but Super Smash Bros. Brawl should’ve been the runner-up. And what about WarioWare Smooth Moves. It’s not that old of a game and is ridiculously awesome. But, I’ve never heard of Prof. Whatshisface and the Whatever Village. The description sure made a big deal of the math problems.

  13. I think that there brainsuckers.But still fun for kids!

  14. i think world of warcraft should have won the best computer game

  15. NERF ROCKS!!!!!! ( :-)) )

  16. Mariokart wii best game I’ve ever played. It sure beats the sonic game on the other page

  17. Spore and Mario Kart Wii are awesome! So is Nerf-N strike.

  18. They should have considered blazing angels to be the best flight simulator

  19. Super Mario 12 // April 4, 2009 at 10:47 am // Reply

    I think that Super Mario 64 DS is the best game for the DS EVER!! ;)

  20. random person // April 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm // Reply

    I love the Panda game!

  21. I think super smash bros. should be best wii game, but other than that they did it right.

  22. coolboy1213 // March 27, 2009 at 5:35 pm // Reply

    Mario kart is the best!

  23. low self esteem // March 25, 2009 at 9:19 pm // Reply

    what about lego indiand jones that game rocked

  24. I LOVE MY WII CONSOL

  25. what about ps3

  26. I think Moon should have won best DS game.

  27. Brothers in arms is the best!

  28. I have a nintindo ds

  29. I personaly think that all those games are good and fun to play

  30. I have a Wii, Xbox 360, gameboyadvance SP, and my twin sisters have Nintendo DS Lites!

  31. Guitar Hero World Tour Should be best game of the year.

  32. rockband2 is awsome! ive got rockband1 but in rockband2 you can actuly make a person! they should make rock band2 for ps2

  33. crazygamedude // January 30, 2009 at 12:08 am // Reply

    I have nintendo and wii,but my dad took both of them.but I did’nt really care about it .

  34. lego batman should have been ‘the game of the year’ lol

  35. supergamerDSWiiGBA , you are so right. There are so many better games than that like Pokemon Mystery Dungeon or Drawn to Life! Prof. Layton is horrible in my opinion.

  36. ternimator089 // January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm // Reply

    microsoft shouldent make a xbox720 because the xbox360 wont be popular any more but i think they should make an xbox portibal or combine psp with xbox.

  37. psp is cool on that

  38. Nerf N-Strike ( Wii ) is over rated

  39. there so fun and cool

  40. LBP is good but GOTY!…… it should have been SSBB or GHWT or RB2!
    best wii game- brawl
    360- CoD WaW
    PSP- FF Crisis Core

  41. supergamerDSWiiGBA // January 26, 2009 at 3:29 pm // Reply

    Professor Layton and the Curious Village? Come on! It’s BORRING!

  42. The wii is amazing i think we shoud maybe give it away for free. also maybe we could give the nerf blaster game to peple and put it into the boy’s life magizens for the poor who maybe want it for themselves but they don’t have enough money for it.

  43. its coool games

  44. I have a PS3 and an Xbox 360. I haven’t even looked at my Xbox for the past 6 months

  45. I really want a xbox360 becus they look so fun.

  46. 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.

  47. rapid transit // January 20, 2009 at 7:37 pm // Reply

    I LOVE VIDIO GAMES!!!!

  48. I agree with you eagleorbust!

  49. SSBB gets a lot more recognition than it deserves. It is simply a button mashing game where an experienced player can be beaten by a newbie because of a few luck breaks. It is a fun game, but not the best of the year. Also, Shaun White doesn’t even come close to NHL 09.

  50. i thought on the DS it was pokemon diamond and pearl or the new game,or club penguin elite penguin force. problely its the old game lol

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