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CESA Game Awards 2004 Announced

Representatives from CESA, the organizers of the Tokyo Game Show, have announced the winners of the organization’s annual awards, given to games published between April 1...
Representatives from CESA, the organizers of the Tokyo Game Show, have announced the winners of the organization’s annual awards, given to games published between April 1 2003 and March 31 2004 in Japan. The overall winner was Capcom’s unusual, not universally acclaimed online action adventure Monster Hunter – the joint winners last year were Final Fantasy XI: Online and Taiko Drum Master. Other 'Excellence Award' winners include Western title Grand Theft Auto III, as well as portable GBA lawyer simulator Gyakuten Saiban 3 and Namco's quirkily lovable 'object aggregation simulator' Katamari Damacy, which will be the subject of a forthcoming Game Developer magazine cover story. Elsewhere, the 'Special Award' for particularly innovative or different games went to titles including Sony's EyeToy: Play camera bundle and Square Enix's real sword-waving 'TV game', Dragon Quest: Return of the Legendary Sword. Also of note is the new 'Indie' category, not a phrase normally used in relation to Japanese games, which has been set up to reward self-published titles, which are by necessity usually restricted to the PC. The full CESA Awards results are as follows: Grand prize: Monster Hunter (PS2) – Capcom Award for excellence: Onimusha 3 (PS2) – Capcom Katamari Damacy (PS2) – Namco Gyakuten Saiban 3 (GBA) - Capcom Grand Theft Auto III (PS2) - Capcom Sengoku Musou (PS2/Xbox) - Koei Tales of Symphonia (GameCube) - Namco Dragon Quest V (PS2) – Square Enix Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen (GBA) - Nintendo Minna no Golf 4 (PS2) - SCEJ World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 (PS2) – Konami Award for best sales: Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen (GBA) – Nintendo Global awards: Exciting Pro Wrestling (PS2) – Yukes Need for Speed: Underground (Multi) – EA Special Award: EyeToy: Play (PS2) – SCEJ Dragon Quest: Return of the Legendary Sword – Square Enix Famicom Mini Series (GBA) - Nintendo Game awards – Future: Kingdom Hearts II (PS2) – Square Enix Gran Turismo 4 (PS2) - SCEJ Tales of Rebirth (PS2) - Namco Dragon Quest VIII (PS2) – Square Enix Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2) - EA Biohazard 4 (GameCube) - Capcom Halo 2 (Xbox) - Microsoft Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2) - Konami Radiata Stories (PS2) – Square Enix Rockman Exe 5 (GBA) - Capcom Wanda and the Colossus (PS2) – SCEJ Game awards – Indie: Main Prize: Burger Maker (PC) Runner-up: Mannekenpis (PC)

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