Gaming made serious strides in 2006. The casual gaming space exploded. The Xbox 360 has started to hit its stride with games like Oblivion and Gears of War. And the Mac had a fair number of quality releases, from both large and small publishers.
Time will only tell what is in store for Sony and Nintendo; 2007 looks bright for all three major companies.
With another year in the books, here are BC Gaming's choices for the best of 2006, and Game of the Year.
Best Action/Adventure Game
Winner: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
Synopses: Christina Little
With the Wii's interaction, using the Wii Remote, players have been eating up the chance to feel like they are actually Link. The long awaited game brought beautifully dark and enchanting graphics to the Wii.
With some of the best reviews, fans have shown that the Zelda games have not gotten old. With more and more fans being introduced to the land of Hyrule and riding Epona to the nearest game store to buy their own copy of the game, it's easy to see why The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess became the 2006 Best Action/Adventure game.
Runner Up: Tomb Raider Legend (360)
Atari took Dragon Ball Z to the next level in the fighting game that came across as the most innovative and mechanically sound fighting game of 2006. This builds on the three-dimensional success found in the first Tenkaichi title, and adds an additional side of flair, fan service and content.
The game features top-notch cell-shaded graphics and sound bytes that bring the anime straight to home and the 120 total characters and unlockables to be found in the story mode ensures fans will be glued to their systems for quite some time.
Runner Up: Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX (PSP)
Regardless of the fact that Burnout Revenge was a port of an old Xbox game, it remained fun for both newcomers and Revenge veterans alike. The year was strong for racing games, but ultimately none are as fun as crashing in the many Crash Junctions added to Revenge on the 360.
The new feature, and the reason the 360 version finishes ahead, is Live Revenge. This changed the way we play Burnout online, and it adds complexity beyond just finishing first.
Runner Up: Excite Truck (Wii)