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Monster Hunter, Hideo Kojima crowned in Famitsu Awards

Game publication announces this year's best of the best.


Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, Hideo Kojima, Solid Snake, and Capcom took top honors in this year's edition of the annual Famitsu Awards. Famitsu publisher Enterbrain held an awards ceremony in its Tokyo-based office today to announce the winners, and Famitsu.com passed on the details.

Famitsu Awards recipients are selected through fan voting. This year's awards covered any games released between January 1 and December 31, 2008. The awards also provide a few honors for non-game items.

Taking top prize as Game of the Year was Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G. The PSP title was last year's best selling game and continues to place in the weekly top ten through its budget version.

Honors for non-game items were given in three areas. Hideo Kojima took the Most Valuable Person award, which is given to the person, not necessarily directly related to game development, who contributed greatly to the game industry's development. Game Character of the Year, given to the most active character of the year, went to Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid 4. Game Company of the Year, given to the company that stood out most over the year, went to Capcom.

Special awards went to the following:

Rookie Title Prize
Last Remnant (Square Enix, Xbox 360)
Innovation Grand Prize
Wii Music (Nintendo, Wii)
High Quality Grand Prize
Metal Gear Solid 4 (Konami, PS3)
Best Seller Grand Prize
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (Capcom, PSP)

General awards for excellence were handed out to the following:

Racing Game Prize
Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii)
Multi-Play Game Prize
Smash Bros. X (Nintendo, Wii)
All Generation Prize
Pokemon Platinum (Pokemon, NDS)
Communication Game Prize
Animal Crossing City Folk (Nintendo, Wii)
Adventure & Puzzle Prize
Professor Layton and the Final Time Journey (Level-5, NDS)
Masterpiece Prize
Dragon Quest V (Square Enix, PSP)
Character & Action Game Prize
Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix, PSP)
Role Playing Game Prize
Tales of Vesperia (Namco Bandai, Xbox 360)
Dramatic Prize
428 (Sega, Wii)
PlayStation 2 Game Prize
Persona 4 (Atlus, PS2)
Worldwide Prize
Grand Theft Auto IV (Capcom, PS3/Xbox 360)

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