Microsoft to Hold Xbox Live Arcade Awards

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XboxLiveAwards Forget the upcoming national elections in April. Who cares about national governance when there’s really important stuff to vote on. As of March 3, you’ll be able to cast your votes for the best Xbox Live Arcade had to offer in 2008, using the New Xbox Experience’s spotlight channel.

My votes will likely be spread between Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Braid and Castle Crashers – but I’m pretty indecisive. It’s a good thing then that you can change your vote as often as you like – until March 10 when voting closes.

Hit the jump for the list of categories and nominees.
Let us know which XBLA gems you’ll be voting for when voting opens next week.

Best Overall Arcade Game

  • Braid
  • Castle Crashers
  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
  • Street Fighter II HD Remix
  • Portal: Still Alive

Best Original Game

  • Castle Crashers
  • N+
  • Braid
  • Penny Arcade Episode 1
  • Schizoid
  • Age of Booty

Best Family Game

  • Boogie Bunnies
  • Roogoo
  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • Lost Cities
  • Meteos Wars

Best Co-operative Multiplayer Game

  • Castle Crashers
  • Schizoid
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed
  • N+
  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2

Best Competitive Multiplayer Game

  • Street Fighter II HD Remix
  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
  • Soul Calibur
  • Meteos Wars
  • Age of Booty

Best Solo Game

  • Braid
  • Mega Man 9
  • Penny Arcade Episode 1
  • Rez HD
  • Portal: Still Alive

Best Innovation in XBLA

  • Braid (time travel)
  • A Kingdom for Keflings (use of Avatars)
  • Fable II Pub Games (retail game integration)
  • N+ (level sharing)
  • Duke Nukem 3D (dynamic replay)

Best Graphics

  • Street Fighter II HD Remix
  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
  • Braid
  • Castle Crashers
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed

Best Classic/Remake Game

  • Bionic Commando Rearmed
  • Street Fighter II HD Remix
  • Mega Man 9
  • Galaga Legions
  • Rez HD

Source : Joystiq

Last Updated: February 27, 2009

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Krypty

    Best Overall Arcade Game: Castle Crashers
    Best Original Game: Castle Crashers
    Best Family Game: Boogie Bunnies
    Best Co-operative Multiplayer Game: Castle Crashers (After the patch which was a half a century late)
    Best Competitive Multiplayer Game: Street Fighter II HD Remix
    Best Solo Game: Braid
    Best Innovation in XBLA: Braid
    Best Graphics: Castle Crashers
    Best Classic/Remake Game: Street Fighter II HD Remix

  • janrik

    What the MAW is not listed?

    Mmmm, maybe for 2009 awards then.

  • Excellent choices – My votes would be quite similar indeed.

  • Bboy

    Mega Man 9 !! *puts fanboi hat on*

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