The 2007 Leipzig Games Convention has ended, and the jury has now deliberated on their verdict for the Best of GC awards. The nominees were announced last week, with little in the way of surprises. A total of 85 games were nominated for 9 awards, bearing in mind that only games which were playable on the show floor were eligible for the Best of GC awards.
Best of PC: Crysis
Jury: "Developed in Germany, CRYSIS is an exciting, futuristic battle against alien invaders. The CryENGINE 2 sets a new technological standard, with breathtaking special effects. Intelligent opponents represent a challenge to even the most experienced gamers."
Best of Xbox 360: BioShock
Jury: "Underwater survival in a sunken Art Deco city, countering crazy inhabitants, and constantly faced with the dilemma of what is right and what is wrong: "BioShock" is the most intelligent, most bizarre shooter for years."
Best of PSP: God of War: Chains of Olympus
Jury: "'God of War' elevates the action genre to an art form, including on the PlayStation Portable: where other titles descend into brutish slaughter, God of War lends the battlefield a sombre beauty."
Best of PS2: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
Jury: "Once again, PES 2008 sets new standards as far as game play is concerned: the long-distance shots crackle, the one-on-ones are even more intensive and the opponents adapt to the style of play."
Best of PS3: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
Jury: "Football is coming home: the best current football game celebrates its PS3 premiere with diving, wall building and complete online support - including leagues and rankings."
Best of Wii: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Jury: "We finally discover who can run faster and jump higher. The game unites the former arch-rivals from Sega and Nintendo, renewing the old feud in the form of a sporting contest. Mario and Sonic manage to translate Olympic disciplines into easily mastered, entertaining games fun."
Best of DS: Eye Training
Jury: "Open your eyes and train like a top sportsman! Eye Training trains hand-eye co-ordination, reflexes, visual acuity - and is great fun as well. A non-prescription DS game to be taken daily."
Best of Online: Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
Jury: "Finally, an online role-play game for adults. Set in the world of the Barbarians, the adventure combines offline and online game experiences for the first time. Age of Conan could present a challenge to World of Warcraft."
Best of Hardware: Wii Balance Board
Jury: "Press-ups, headers and aerobics: Nintendo manages to combine video games with physical fitness and bring them closer to a new audience. Having already converted the remote control into a controller, the manufacturer now turns scales into a games accessory."
The award for the Best of Mobile category was not awarded due to an insufficient number of nominees. The title of "Best of GC" is awarded each year by the Games Convention for the most outstanding product performances of the computer and video game sector. GC exhibitors were able to submit their nominations for the categories of Hardware Accessories and Best Game PC, Xbox 360, PSP, PS2, PS3, Wii, NDS, Mobile and Online by 01 August 2007. Participation was open to all companies exhibiting playable products at the GC, the launch of which was not planned before the beginning of the convention.