The winners of the “G-Phoria 2008” awards were revealed TONIGHT during a special one-hour “X-Play” broadcast on G4. The biggest winner of the night was “Halo 3,” taking the highly coveted Game of the Year award. Other big winners were “Grand Theft Auto IV” and “Rock Band” tying with three awards each, along with “Metal Gear Solid 4” and “Call of Duty 4,” each receiving two awards. Set during the summer when gamers can find respite from the heat and take advantage of time off to engage in their passion, “G-Phoria 2008” honors games that were released in the 12 months between July 31, 2007 and July 31, 2008. “X-Play” hosts Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb presented this year’s installment of the annual videogame awards show that included more than 90 nominees in 18 categories.

The “G-Phoria 2008” winners include:

Game of the Year
Halo 3

Favorite System
Xbox 360

Best Graphics
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best New Character
Niko Bellic – Grand Theft Auto IV

Best Party Game
Rock Band

Best Strategy Game
Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution

Best Sports Game

Best Action Game
Grand Theft Auto IV

Best Shooter
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Best Racing Game
Mario Kart Wii

Best Role-Playing Game
Mass Effect

Most Original

Best Online Multiplayer Game
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Best Downloadable Content
Rock Band

Best Handheld Game
God of War: Chains of Olympus

Best Voice Acting
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best Soundtrack
Rock Band

Game Most Deserving of an Uwe Boll Movie

Longest Lasting Game presented by Stride
Grand Theft Auto IV

“We’d like to thank our dedicated fans for their votes and unwavering support of our games. We’d also like to congratulate the other nominees in this category; their existence improves the gaming landscape,” said Brian Jarrard, Director of PR and Community, Bungie, developer of Halo 3.

Following the awards presentation, Morgan Webb explained what she thinks made Halo 3 such a runaway hit with “G-Phoria” game-playing voters.

“The record-breaking sales we saw with ‘Halo 3’ at the game’s launch and the continued success on Xbox Live are testament to how many people really love this game, as reinforced by the fans’ votes for Game of the Year.”

“G-Phoria” is the only videogame award show that hands control to the gamers, giving fans an opportunity to select their favorites in categories ranging from Best Party Game to Best New Character. By logging interactive votes, “G-Phoria” lets viewers honor those special games that offer spectacular game playing experiences. Winners in each ”G-Phoria 2008” category were determined through votes submitted online at and via text message. Games had to be released between July 31, 2007 and July 31, 2008.

“Given that this was the most incredible year for games in memory I have to commend our fans for making some tough decisions but well deserved spreading of the love to all the great developers out there,” said Adam Sessler, Host and Managing Editor, “X-Play.”

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