PlayStation Network Gamers’ Choice Awards Needs YOU! Vote For Your Favorite PSN Games Today

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Today we’re excited to announce the first-ever PlayStation Network Gamers’ Choice Awards, which gives YOU the power to recognize your favorite games. Kicking off this year, we have 20 of the highest user rated games released in 2010 as nominees competing in four categories – Best PS3 Downloadable Game, Best PSP Downloadable Game, Best PS3/PSP mini and Best PSN Exclusive Game.

PSN Gamer's Choice Awards 2011

From February 22 until March 1, PSN users have the chance to vote for your favorite game in each of the four categories by downloading a free XMB theme corresponding to that game. At the end of the voting period, the four winning games – one per category – will go on sale at a 30% discount in the PlayStation Store and will also be available for a 50% discount to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Get your vote on, but remember you can only vote once in each category.

Whether you’ve played it a million times or you know you’d just love it, be sure you make your voice heard and cast your vote. The 20 games nominated in this year’s PSN Gamers’ Choice Awards are as follows:

Best PS3 Downloadable Game

Best PSP Downloadable Game

Best PS3/PSP mini

Best PSN Exclusive Game

Check back here on March 7 to learn which game took home the prize in each category and then look for those titles to be featured in our PlayStation Store Spring Fever event at promotional prices you won’t want to miss.

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  • I know which ones I think are “best”, but I would much rather vote for games I haven’t played and want to see on sale so I could pick them up. This is a pretty flawed idea.

  • idk about you guys, but i have to say uncharted 2 is the best game, uncharted 3 drakes deception is gonna be the chet!

  • Fat Princess.

  • @49 That may be true, but hey many of us have been playing PvZ on PC since 2009 and Angry Birds on phones since 2009. It is still the same game.

  • I love CC and Hustle kings. In fact, dead nation is awesome, however I have it already.

  • Voting…
    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game

    God of War: Ghost of Sparta

    Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess

    Dead Nation

  • Not sure about this poll. As someone who owns most of these games. I know which way I’m voting…

  • Such hard choices in some places! Discounts aside (I’ll lump ’em as charity for others), I’d say…

    Best PS3 Downloadable Game
    Costume Quest

    Best PSP Downloadable Game
    Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable

    Best PS3/PSP mini
    Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess

    Best PSN Exclusive Game
    Joe Danger

    …with Castle Crashers, PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Lunar Silver Star Harmony, Valkyria Chronicles II, A Space Shooter for Two Bucks, Age of Zombies, and Young Thor on my consideration lists. I haven’t played Castle Crashers, Pac-man CE DX, or VC2, but they’ve caught my eye (or my sister’s) and have had good reputations; I’ve partly played Ghost of Sparta, and it’s not particularly weak or anything; played the demo for Lunar SSH, though my first read review of it pales it in comparison to its full-console counterpart(s); and I’ve played, for however long, in ASSF2B, AoZ, and YT (some, little, lot), and like their styles.

  • However, my choices are the ones that I’ve either played through (CQ, MPSMP) or top out on catching my eye (P3P, JD). I probably still won’t pay $20 for P3P, though, since I still have P3FES to FINISH, and P1[P] has been on the backburner for months. Joe Danger just easily wins its category, though I am somewhat familiar with Sam & Max. His chicken costume makes it better, though overall wouldn’t affect my decision.

    *poses and cackles manly, just like the Duke*

    Oh! But if Grubbins on Ice goes 50% (assuming CQ wins), I would TOTALLY be all up ons that.

  • Hm, but, will we be able to download the succeeding themes? If not, can we after the voting has died down? If so, will our vote be the first we chose, or the latest?

  • Wait, so if I already own a game, enjoy it, then vote for it and it wins . . . other people get a discount.

    Or, if I see a game I’ve wanted to get and there’s a chance to get it cheaper . . . I can vote for that one.

    Decisions, decisions . . .

    I own both Hustle Kings and Castle Crashers and enjoy them a lot, yet, I will not be voting for them as I’ve had Joe Danger, Pac-man, Sam & Max and Costume Quest on my radar for awhile (I see some coin-flipping in my future).

    This is more of a gamer’s choice “discount contest” than it is a true gamer’s choice “award”. So, I suppose it’s us gamers who win the “award” then, eh?

  • For me Best PSP Downloadable Game is Kurohyo Ryu Ga Gotoku Shinsho or Yakuza black Panther from the Japanese PS-Store.

  • @61

    Well, since that one is not on the vote list, you’ll have to pick something else…

    …or nothing at all.

  • Arg, I already have most of these games. Why am I tempted to vote for games I don’t own?

    Also, I hope @48 is wrong and that this is Canadian too.

    Thinking of voting Costume Quest, Lunar Silver, Young Thor, and Joe Danger. I already own CQ and JD, but they deserve it.

  • Wow, first MGS Peace Walker gets snubbed by the GDC Awards and now by the very same PSN? Is this list composed of best-sellers or something? Even so, I’d wager MGS PW (PSN digital version alone) was a better seller than some of those PSP games listed there. But that’s besides the point, MGS PW is a PSN PSP game and it’s the most deserving title the portable ever had, it wins against God of War GoS hands down! oh wait, maybe you made the list as a pretext to award GOS very easily…or maybe MGS PW is stealth-camouflaged and that’s why we don’t see it on the list…

  • Guaranteed that God of War wins. Not my best of 2010.

    Nice that the winner goes on sale, but as somebody else said, I want more then one of those themes. So what do?

    # Lunar Silver Star Harmony
    # Phantasy Star Portable 2
    # Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
    # Valkyria Chronicles II

  • Phantasy Star Portable 2 was an amazing game…and I get the feeling it will be sadly over looked. I really wish there were MORE online experiences like Phantasy Star Portable 2 on the PSP.

  • Awesome idea! Love the discount!

  • I like it but not really the choices, guess it’s a work in progress.

  • Wouldn’t the fact that the games will be discounted cloud the judgement of voters? Why vote for a great game you already own, when you could vote for another and get it at a discount?

    Regardless, interested to know which games win, since I’m looking to download some more PSN games.

  • 50% off for PS+!? Wow! I hope Ghost of Sparta wins so I can get it rather cheap.

  • Best PSP Downloadable Game
    Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable

    GoW is probably going to win though. :( The GoW series is so overrated.

  • Why did you leave out:

    – God of War Collection (ps3)
    – Socom Fireteam Bravo 3 (PSP)
    – MAG (ps3)
    – MGS: Peace Walker (PSP)

    …by leaving out the best download games on PSN you make the overall quality seem disappointing.

    Nice idea though guys

  • Sad that I already own the good ones so them going on sale won’t benefit me, but I hope it’ll be a base for people who haven’t played the games yet to have a chance to play them

    PS3 Downloadable: Scott Pilgrim or Castle Crashers are awesome. Didn’t like Deathspank or Pac-man too much, but Costume Quest was quite enjoyable.

    PSP Downloadable: already have God of War and Valkyria 2. Two very great games… kinda OD’d on Persona. Haven’t tried the other 2… but Lunar is a remake right? Pretty sure I played the original Lunar so I’m sure it’s great.

    Mini? -_- Only played what was free to PSN+

    PSN Exclusive? Only played Soldner. Should really try the others.

  • My picks are:

    Best PS3 Downloadable Game
    Costume Quest

    Best PSP Downloadable Game
    God of War: Ghost of Sparta!!!

    Best PS3/PSP mini
    Young Thor

    Best PSN Exclusive Game
    Dead Nation

  • My prediction.

    Best PS3 Downloadable Game
    •Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game

    Best PSP Downloadable Game
    •God of War: Ghost of Sparta

    Best PS3/PSP mini
    •Age of Zombies

    Best PSN Exclusive Game
    •Dead Nation

  • They should make a category for the best PSN DLC…

  • @54 yeah, so then by that logic, neither game should appear on the list anyhow, since the list is for 2010 games, and you were playing them in 2009…

  • No Flying Hamster in the Minis section?

  • Best PS3 Downloadable Game: PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
    Best PSP Downloadable Game: Phantasy Star Portable 2
    Best PS3/PSP mini: n/a
    Best PSN Exclusive Game: Sam & Max Ep. 1

    Those are my picks though… isn’t Sam & Max also on PC? Hardly exclusive. Neat idea by the way! Hopefully the voting system isn’t as broken as the PSN rating one.

  • my votes are :

    PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX

    God of War: Ghost of Sparta

    A Space Shooter for Two Bucks

    Joe Danger

  • Scott Pilgrim VS The World
    Phantasy Star Portable 2 (sorry, GoW)
    Age of Zombies (FTW!!!)
    Dead Nation

  • We vote on these today? Or on the 22nd? What do we do go into the PSN store on our PS3s?

  • Hmmm… pretty cool.

    Of course, you do realize that offering a discount on the winner taints the voting results with votes for a future discounted purchase, yes? :D

  • This is ridiculous – the only way you could legitimately vote for them is if you played and liked them, and that means you BOUGHT them already, as they’re download-only games and you couldn’t have borrowed or rented them, thus negating the benefit of the discount for those users.

  • Does anyone realize that over half of these games have already been on sale recently, within the last few months? Why can’t games that haven’t been on sale be reduced?

    I mean Soldner X and Costume Quest were on sale 2 weeks ago, Scott Pilgrim before that, Phantasy Star was $15.99 around new years, and Sam and Max was free for PS+ for Christmas, all 5 episodes(which sucked).

  • Doesn’t this encourage people to vote for the game they want to be in sale instead of the game they think should win because they would have already bought the game they think should win?

  • TT.TT no mgs:pw?
    shouldnt you vote for the game you dont own but want so if it wins it will be discounted?

  • My votes are-

    Ghost of Sparta
    Age of Zombies
    Joe Danger

    All great games, and I still don’t have two of them, so hoping to pick them for half off.


  • how can i vote? i have to click in one of the 4 games that appears all the way up? or where?

  • Pacman
    GoW: Ghost of Sparta
    Age of Zombies
    Dead Nation

  • I want Pac Man on sale so everyone vote for Pacman

  • Pac-Man
    God of War
    Dead Nation

  • vote pacman! i want that to be on sale!

  • Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse was not an exclusive to the Playstation Network. It also is available on Steam, a fact also to be respected by the new semi-alliance with Steam via Steamworks.

    Recommendation: Replace the choice with Echochrome ii.

    Good luck picking everyone!

  • No Coconut Dodge in the minis section is a hate crime.


  • the best games in the whole list are pacman, soldner x and dead nation.. the rest are rubbish

    not a really decent list from what i see but then again this is 2011 nominee’s .. better games were back in 2008-10 i think..

    Super Stardust HD, Gripshift and Blast Factor were great titles just to name a few..

    i’ll go w/ pac man as best download but idk its a steep ask on dead nation or soldner-x both games were nuts

  • DUKE NUKEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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