Edge's GOTY Awards Surprise (OK, Not Really)

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Respectable British print mag Edge have, in their latest issue, published their list of what they believe were 2008's best games and studios. You may be surprised with the results.

It's LittleBigPlanet. Everywhere. Between the game and its developers, Media Molecule, it won four of the eight awards on offer. Half of them! We know you're British, Edge, and staunchly so, but four awards is getting a little carried away.

Best game:

1. LittleBigPlanet
3. Fable II

Best Innovation:

1. LittleBigPlanet
2. NXE
3. Left 4 Dead

Best Visual Design

1. LittleBigPlanet
2. Street Fighter IV
3. Far Cry 2

Best Audio Design:

1. Dead Space
3. No More Heroes

Best hardware:

1. Xbox 360
2. PS3
3. Wii

Best Publisher:

1. Microsoft Game Studios
2. Electronic Arts
3. Sony Computer Entertainment

Best Online Experience:

1. Left 4 Dead
2. LittleBigPlanet
3. Gears of War 2

Best Developer:

1. Media Molecule
2. Criterion Games
3. Rockstar North

[via VG247]

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I challenge the validity of giving an award (best design) to a game that has not yet been released (Street Fighter IV). I'm sure between now and February the design won't change, but it's the principle. Think about it, if anyone had awarded MGS4 with a best design prize back when it was first shown off, it would have been a crock because the final product looked nothing like the first showing...it was more subdued and realistic in the end.