We like to end things on a positive note. That’s why 2009 was capped with not only our annual Platinum Chalice Awards, but also a whole week’s worth of celebratory articles talking about the accomplishments of the past decade. Now though, with ’09 safely out of range for a retaliatory strike, we can piss all over the idiotic, baffling and just plain dumb occurrences that peppered our otherwise fine year.
Looking for categories like Best PSP Driving Game? Greatest Achievement in Control Layout, Artistic? Eastern European Developer Most Worth Watching in 2011? Then our end-of-year awards might not be for you.
GamesRadar's Platinum Chalices are different. We're not interested in checking off a massively tedious list of genres, platforms and technical subdivisions… we'd much rather focus on the stuff that makes this hobby, you know, fun. And reward whichever games delivered the most of that stuff.
So if you're looking for the best fan service, most satisfying gore or greatest achievement in old-school kickassery in 2010, you've definitely come to the right celebration. Let's get it started…
Want to live out your fantasies of being on stage with a guitar in hand, or just looking to learn some new dance moves? Check out our list of the best rhythm games and get your groove on…
With the recent announcement of Guitar Hero World Tour, not to mention hints towards a Rock Band sequel, music-based games are undoubtedly more popular than they were a few years ago. One need only look at the recent slate of rereleases like the XBLA port of Rez or Samba de Amigo for the Wii
To posses an inner metronome is a glorious thing; the dance floor becomes your domain; the lead role in the trash-wanging musical sensation Stomp is yours for the taking; you find that people will like you better as you bop on your merry way. Alas, were not all so blessed.
But the musically challenged need fear no longer - were here to help. Welcome to our ten-step program, turning the rhythmically bare into Fred Astaire, all with the power of
There comes a time in many games where the expected method of play becomes a bit too expected. It's when you're on this cusp of boredom that you realize that the greatest gift gaming has given us is the ability to plough your own way - to refuse to enter the test chamber just to see if you get in trouble. So join us as we subvert the basic concepts of gameplay by generally screwing around in games, whether through harassing NPCs, torturing virtual people or organizing naked foot races in
Has it really only been 12 months since the last avalanche of “Best Games of 200X” awards? Well, we all love a good list, and you won’t find a better barf bag of random praises than our own Platinum Chalice awards, the place to have someone else’s gaming opinions shoved upon you. How important are these awards? So important. Real important. What do the other guys have, gold trophies? Screw that.
they’ve advanced menacingly toward our camera lenses, hidden their faces when
we look at them or just sort of hovered aimlessly, ghosts have been a semi-constant
threat in videogames almost since the medium was invented. One of the great
things about games, however, is that they’re a way to explore unusual
viewpoints – and every once in a while, they give us a chance to see through
the eyes of these undead phantoms, and find out what it’s like to flit
insubstantially through an earthly plane that’s perpetually, almost comically
afraid of us.
a handful of games have actually offered a chance to see things from the proverbial
Other Side, but these are our favorites...
Perhaps it seems a bit silly to be complaining about how a game will soon devour everyone’s free time, especially in this age where games are mostly getting shorter and we’re always crying about how we’re not getting our $60 worth, but dammit, we’re still terrified of certain impending releases because we’re gamers, and by god if we had the willpower to stop ourselves from playing games we wouldn’t be in this whole mess in the first place, would we...
Our sixth annual celebration of all things amazing in gaming in 2011 continues - in fact, it's only just starting! Now that the feel-good Special Awards are
out of the way, we can start in on the real Platinum Chalices. Looking for the most
satisfying gore, the best sidekick or the game that surprised us the
most by not sucking in 2011? You've definitely come
to the right place...