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Final Fantasy XIII Takes Platinum Prize at Annual PlayStation Awards
Sony lets fans make picks in 2010 installment of annual awards ceremony.

December 3, 2010
by Anoop Gantayat

Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter, Yakuza, Metal Gear and Kingdom Hearts got the expected props at this year's PlayStation Awards. Held today in Tokyo, the annual event highlights top selling games in the Japanese market for the year prior. Sony made things a bit more interesting this year by adding a fan voted category.

Final Fantasy XIII took this year's only Platinum Prize, given to games that sold one million or more units. In addition to a trophy, the game's development staff took a cash prize of 1 million yen.

Gold Prizes, given to games that sold 500,000 or more, went to Phantasy Star Portable 2 (Sega, PSP), Monster Hunter Freedom Unite PSP the Best (Capcom, PSP), Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (Square Enix, PSP), God Eater (Namco Bandai, PSP), Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker (Konami, PSP), Monster Hunter Diary (Capcom, PSP), Yakuza 4 (Sega, PS3) and Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage (Tecmo Koei, PS3). For this award, the cash prize was 500,000 yen.

Sales are highly publicized in Japan thanks to Media Create and Enterbrain (for the latest sales chart, which has Gran Turismo 5 at top, see this story), so we already had a pretty good idea of which games would take home the Gold and Platinum prizes. For the newly added Users Choice Award, however, Sony allowed fans to vote on their top games. Sure enough, the list included some fan favorites that didn't necessarily cause a sensation at retail.

The winning user-selected titles, in no particular order, were: Monster Hunter Portable Freedom Unite (Capcom, PSP), Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker (Konami, PSP), Hatsune Miku Project Diva 2nd (Sega, PSP), Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki (Falcom, PSP), Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (Square Enix, PS3), Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, PS3), Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition (Capcom, PS3), Demon's Souls PS3 the Best (Sony, PS3), Yakuza 4 (Sega, PS3) and God of War III (Sony, PS3).

Sony will be commemorating this year's Gold and Platinum winners with re-releases, complete with special packaging.

For a look at the packaging:
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