Consumer video game website GameSpot has announced that Capcom's GameCube and PlayStation 2 survival horror title Resident Evil 4
has been named Readers' Choice for the 2005 Game of the Year, following more than 400,000 votes cast by GameSpot community members.
"Our editors awarded Resident Evil 4 with our top honors in December, and it seems our audience couldn't have agreed more," said Greg Kasavin, executive editor of GameSpot. "The game beat out its closest runner-up by nearly four votes to one."
According to GameSpot, in a couple of categories, the second place game nearly overtook the winner, whereas in other categories there was a landslide. Tekken 5
barely lost to Soul Calibur III
in the Best Fighting Game category. Guild Wars
almost beat Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
for the Best Role Playing Game. On the other hand, Resident Evil 4
beat Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
by nine votes to one in the Best GameCube game category.
Other major awards in the Readers' Choice categories included Best Xbox 360 Game, awarded to Call of Duty 2
, Best PlayStation 2 Game, awarded to God of War
, and Best PSP Game, awarded to Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
The honoring of Resident Evil 4
throws into starker contrast the recent snubbing of the game
in the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) list of finalists for its 9th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, since Capcom was, unfortunately, not an AIAS-member eligible publisher for the awards.