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The 1999 loonygames Awards

Text by Jason Bergman
Vol. 2, Issue 7
December 21, 1999 

 

And now...the Games of the Year, as voted by the loonygames staff:

 

PC Game of the Year: System Shock 2.

Yep, System Shock 2. Like last year's winner (Half-Life), System Shock 2 doesn't fit well into any category. In fact, it blatantly laughs in the face of convention. I have no idea what to call this game. Is it a first person shooter? It's got lots of action, and it's played from a first person perspective. Is it an RPG? It features skills and character classes. Is it a strategy game? Resource management is key to finishing the game.

It's because of System Shock 2's inability to be pigeon-holed that it shines. The game is creepy (really, really, creepy, in fact) and the storyline is told with expert skill. Add in the fact that with the patch (available from the game's official site) there's a great co-operative mode, and you've got a game that has a longevity that few games can brag about.

Creating a follow-up to what is considered to be a true classic is never easy. But with System Shock 2, the folk at Looking Glass have outdone themselves, and created a game that can stand next to the original with pride.

 

Console Game of the Year: Final Fantasy VIII

Like nobody saw this coming. I'll admit it; I had a definite addiction to Final Fantasy VIII. It took over my life, and when it was done, there was a void. Featuring 50+ hours of gameplay, some of the most beautiful spells you'll ever see, and a moving storyline, you simply don't want to miss out on this. If you don't own a Playstation, look for the PC version this Winter. But be warned...you may loose your loved ones to it.

 

There you have it folks...our 1999 wrap-up. And hey! If you think we stink, be sure to let us know. We welcome the feedback.

And from all of us here at loonygames, have a great holiday!

- Jason "loonyboi" Bergman is the editor-in-chief here at loonygames

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