“X-Play” Reveals the Year’s Top Video Games on G4Techtv With the “X-Play Best of 2004 awards
Company: G4techTV
LOS ANGELES, CA, January 27, 2005 – G4techTV, the only 24/7 television network dedicated to all things video games, unveiled the winners of the “X-Play Best of 2004 Awards” during last night’s special episode of “X-Play” which celebrated the best video games of 2004. Five nominees were hand-picked from hundreds of games in 11 separate categories, and any game published from January 1, 2004 thru December 1, 2004 was eligible.

The “X-Play Best of 2004 Awards” reflect the show’s reputation for brutally honest reviews, and this year’s nominees and winners truly stand out as the preeminent games of the year. Halo 2 snatched the top honor of “Game of the Year, while other winners included Katamari Damacy as “Best Original Game,” Half Life 2 as “Best First Person Shooter” and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal as “Best Platformer.”

“X-Play,” the network’s hit video game review series hosted by Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb, airs weekdays at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT on G4techTV.

The complete list of winners and nominees include:

Best Original Game
(The game that broke the mold with new technology, game design or presentation)
Winner: Katamari Damacy – Namco
Nominees: Feel the Magic XX/YY- Sega
Donkey Konga – Nintendo
Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy – Midway
Silent Storm – Encore

Best Sports Game
Winner: World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International – Konami
Nominees: Madden NFL 2005 – Electronic Arts
Fight Night 2004 – Electronic Arts
Mario Tennis – Nintendo
ESPN NFL 2K5 – Sega

Best Role Playing Game
Winner: Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne – Atlus Co.
Nominees: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords – LucasArts
Tales of Symphonia – Namco
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door – Nintendo
Shadow Hearts: Covenant – Midway

Best Fighting Game
Winner: Def Jam: Fight for New York – Electronic Arts
Nominees: Guilty Gear X2: #Reload – Majesco
Dragonball Z: Budokai 3 – Atari
Mortal Kombat: Deception – Midway
Dead or Alive: Ultimate – Tecmo

Best Massively Multiplayer Game
Winner: World of Warcraft – Blizzard Entertainment
Nominees: City of Heroes – Ncsoft
Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed – LucasArts
Anarchy Online: Alien Invasion – Funcom
Everquest 2 – Sony Online Entertanment

Best Racing Game
Winner: Burnout 3 – Electronic Arts
Nominees: Need for Speed Underground 2 – Electronic Arts
Antigrav – Sony Computer Entertainment America
Outrun 2 – Sega
Rallisport Challenge 2- Microsoft

Best Action/Adventure Game
Winner: Ninja Gaiden – Tecmo
Nominees: Prince of Persia: Warrior Within - Ubisoft
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes – Nintendo
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – Rockstar Games
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow – Ubisoft

Best First Person Shooter
Winner: Half Life 2 – Vivendi Universal
Nominees: Halo 2 – Microsoft
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay – Vivendi Universal
Unreal Tournament 2004 – Atari
FarCry – Ubisoft

Best Platformer
Winner: Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal – Sony Computer Entertainment America
Nominees: Sly 2: Band of Theives - Sony Computer Entertainment America
Jak 3 - Sony Computer Entertainment America
Maximo vs. Army of Zin – Capcom
Astro Boy: The Omega Factor – Sega

Game of the Year
Winner: Halo 2 – Microsoft
Nominees: Half Life 2 – Vivendi Universal
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - Rockstar Games
Ninja Gaiden - Tecmo
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal – Sony Computer Entertainment America

Tune in to “X-Play” weekdays at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT on G4techTV.

About G4techTV:
Formed by the May, 2004 merger of G4 and TechTV, G4techTV is the one and only 24-hour television network that is plugged into every dimension of games, gear, gadgets and gigabytes. The network is available in more than 50 million cable and satellite homes nationwide. Headquartered in Los Angeles, G4techTV is owned by Comcast Corporation. To learn more, log onto www.g4techtv.com.
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