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Gamespot's Best and Worst of 2005 Nominees

Charlize TheronGamespot has kicked off their Best and Worst of 2005 awards extravaganza by announcing a list of all the nominees and the awards they are eligible for. Of course, the DS wormed its way into several of the categories, only getting truly snubbed in the "Best Use of Sweat" section. Come on developers, get your act together! We want sweat!

DS Nominations:

Funniest Game -
Animal Crossing: Wild World (What? No Mario & Luigi?)
Best Multiplayer Game - Mario Kart DS (duh)
Most Innovative Game - Trauma Center: Under the Knife, Trace Memory
Flat-Out Worst Game - Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects, Peter Jackson's King Kong (note how both of these games lack realistic sweat)
Best Action Adventure Game - Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Best Platformer - Kirby Canvas Curse, Sonic Rush
Best Adventure Game - Trace Memory, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Best Driving Game - Mario Kart DS
Best Puzzle/Rhythm Game - Meteos
Best Strategy Game - Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Best Nintendo DS Game - Advance Wars: Dual Strike, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Mario Kart DS, Nintendogs

There you have it. What are your predictions? Is there a DS game you feel got left out or didn't deserve a nomination?

MetaReview -- Peter Jackson's King Kong (DS)

King Kong DS ScreenshotIt seemed that Ubisoft had a great thing going by tossing epic director Peter Jackson and gaming genius Michel Ancell into a room and allowing them to create the ultimate movie tie-in. The console versions of King Kong earned critical acclaim and even looked set to eradicate the dreaded movie-to-game curse that we've all suffered under for so long. Not content with that success, however, Ubisoft released the game on every single platform known to man and beast, a decision that may have left some employees in the lurch. Most specifically, the team that worked on the DS version, as they apparently saw fit to pluck this one straight from the lemon tree.

  • IGN (30/100) "...the game draws Naomi Watts as having one big, heart-shaped nostril in the middle of her triangular nose. Jack Black looks like a burlap bag -- not even a burlap bag with eyes, just a sack out in the jungle."
  • DS-x2 (33/100) "...if you didn't know that UbiSoft were behind the whole thing you'd swear that it had been produced as a first time shareware game."
  • Gamespot (28/100) "The DS version of Peter Jackson's King Kong is a wreck, not because of the hardware's weaknesses, but because the developers just didn't put any effort or inspiration into their game."
Common complaints include boring level design, atrocious graphics, a lack of enemies, an abundance of programming glitches and poor collision detection. Oh, and you know the climactic part of King Kong that takes place in New York? That's a cutscene now.

Oh well, at least the movie was excellent.

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