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IGN.com's Overall Best of 2004 Awards

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2004 was a great year for gaming, so instead of only awarding one overall honor for Game of the Year, this year we've decided to give credit to those titles that we thought were the best of the best across all platforms in a variety of categories. This year you'll be able to find out what the IGN editors thought was the best first-person shooter, showed the most innovative design and what was the biggest surprise of 2004, among other categories.
For our choices, all of the IGN game editors submitted a ranked list of their top three picks of 2004 across 20 categories. Points were assigned to the nominees based on rank, and the winner was chosen based on the highest point total.

 


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Best Soundtrack
Katamari Damacy (PS2)
Publisher: Namco | Developer: Namco
Why it Rocked: Usually a game's soundtrack builds tension, denotes suspense, signals your victory, etc. But what if you aren't commanding armies or ending zombies with a bash to the head? What if you're just kicking back and rolling fences, hapless pedestrians, crayons, and the odd skyscraper up into a ball? Katamari Damacy not only gave us the most original game experience of the year, but the best music. Namco gathered top Japanese artists to create original songs, which blend Shibuya-kei style J-pop with jazz, electronica, and even a dash of hip-hop lite. If you've heard the opening theme just once, you'll hear it a thousand times: walking to work, making a sandwich, or late at night, trying desperately to sleep. The Katamari Damacy soundtrack is as quirky, polished, and addictive as the game. Even better, it stands on its own as great music. Katamari, we want to wad you up into our lives.
Runner-Up: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
Readers' Choice: Halo 2 (Xbox)