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