XBLA Awards voting opening soon, nominees here now

You know what is awesome? When gamers can speak their minds about independent games and something comes out of it. Thanks to the XBLA awards just that happens and this year’s awards are no different. The list nominees has now been released and as we look over it we see some pretty good selections. I can see Braid easily walking away with best game, though all the Soulja Boys out there might tilt it over to SFIIHDR. The really tough choice comes in the Classic/Remake category. Do we got with the retro wonder of Mega Man 9 or the awesome remake of Bionic Commando.

Whichever way you choice you have no excuse not to vote as voting will be handled both online and over Live. Come March 3 you’ll get to let your voice be heard, and don’t think that people aren’t listening. If a great game gets attention than its going to spur more great games. So go rock the vote and bring us more games like Braid. Voting will end on March 10, so you have plenty of time.

Best Overall Arcade Game

  • Braid
  • Castle Crashers
  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
  • Street Fighter II HD Remix
  • Portal: Still Alive

Best Original Game

  • Castle Crashers
  • N+
  • Braid
  • Penny Arcade Episode 1
  • Schizoid
  • Age of Booty

Best Family Game

  • Boogie Bunnies
  • Roogoo
  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • Lost Cities
  • Meteos Wars

Best Co-operative Multiplayer Game

  • Castle Crashers
  • Schizoid
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed
  • N+
  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved

Best Competitive Multiplayer Game

  • Street Fighter II HD Remix
  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
  • Soul Calibur
  • Meteos Wars
  • Age of Booty

Best Solo Game

  • Braid
  • Mega Man 9
  • Penny Arcade Episode 1
  • Rez HD
  • Portal: Still Alive

Best Innovation in XBLA

  • Braid (time travel)
  • A Kingdom for Keflings (use of Avatars)
  • Fable II Pub Games (retail game integration)
  • N+ (level sharing)
  • Duke Nukem 3D (dynamic replay)

Best Graphics

  • Street Fighter II HD Remix
  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
  • Braid
  • Castle Crashers
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed

Best Classic/Remake Game

  • Bionic Commando Rearmed
  • Street Fighter II HD Remix
  • Mega Man 9
  • Galaga Legions
  • Rez HD

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