In an adrenaline-fuelled ceremony on Wednesday 14th March, Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine team announced their games of the year for 2007. The ceremony was a triple celebration, also marking the fifth year since the launch of Xbox and the fourth birthday of Xbox Live.
Among the winners were Microsoft's Gears of War, Take-Two's The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Atari's Test Drive Unlimited, Eidos's Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 6 and Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Vegas.
"The spread of winners just goes to show the variety and quality of games that are available for Xbox 360. We wanted to celebrate what's been a brilliant year for Xbox 360, and the fifth birthday seemed like the perfect opportunity," said Emma Parkinson, Assistant Publisher of Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine.
Steve Brown, Editor of Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine, said, "We're constantly delighted by the number of excellent games that come out for Xbox 360; it was hard choosing from the nominees, but we feel the winners really represent the cream of the next generation."
Official Xbox Magazine readers also made their feelings known in the categories 'Most Wanted Game' and 'Readers' Choice', crowns taken by Halo 3 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion respectively.
The full list of winners is:
Best First-Person Shooter: Call of Duty 3
Best Third-Person Action Game: Gears of War
Best Sports Game: Pro Evolution Soccer 6
Best Fighting Game: Fight Night Round 3
Best Open World Game: Dead Rising
Best Strategic Game: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
Best Racing Game: Test Drive Unlimited
Best Family Game: Viva Piñata
Best Story In A Game: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Best Co-op Game: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
Best Game Over Xbox Live: Gears of War
Best Xbox Live Arcade Game: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
Best Game Character: Lara Croft (Tomb Raider: Legend)
Best Game: Gears of War
Most Wanted Game: Halo 3
OXM Readers' Choice: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Best HD DVD Movie: Superman Returns.
For the full list of the nominees and winners, check out www.oxm.co.uk
For further information about the event and images from the evening, please contact Will Guyatt: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 01225 442244.
About Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine.
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