Nominees for Game of the Year

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Nominees for Game of the Year

Our nominees for 2010's Game of the Year.

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Starcraft two was the best game and heavy rain and mass effect deserve honourable mentions.

WTF? How the heck is GOW3 not on this list? Whatever I swear sometimes *mumblemumble*

*Walks aways angrily

IamSofaKingRaw:
WTF? How the heck is GOW3 not on this list? Whatever I swear sometimes *mumblemumble*

*Walks aways angrily

That was my first thought as well. But it's hard to narrow it down I guess. I would also have liked to see a few indie games on there, are they not eligable?

Otherwise, nice list. Looking forward to hearing the winners. Are you only doing GOTY or a few more categories? Btw you're a little late with the GOTY awards.

who cares what's on the list? everyone knows it's going to either ME2 or RDR.

Nice list overall. Each game listed is very good and deserves all the credit they earned.

That said my personal choice would go to Halo: Reach. Easily the best game I've played this year and had the best and addictive multiplayer I've played in a long time. Not to mention a great singleplayer full of great characters, impressive enemy AI, and an amazing soundtrack. Then again I'm pretty bias towards it.

GeorgW:

IamSofaKingRaw:
WTF? How the heck is GOW3 not on this list? Whatever I swear sometimes *mumblemumble*

*Walks aways angrily

That was my first thought as well. But it's hard to narrow it down I guess. I would also have liked to see a few indie games on there, are they not eligable?

I guess not. Did Dragon Age: Awakening come out this year? If so, that should be on there as well.

I hope it goes to Heavy Rain. That game really deserves it.

But it wonīt. Everyone knows itīs either ME2 or RDR. *Sighs*

As great as it was, I'd like to not see RDR win for once.

That said, my pick for GotY will always be ME2, so I'm not exactly a nonconformist here. (Although I hated hated HATED Heavy Rain.)

Jaranja:

GeorgW:

IamSofaKingRaw:
WTF? How the heck is GOW3 not on this list? Whatever I swear sometimes *mumblemumble*

*Walks aways angrily

That was my first thought as well. But it's hard to narrow it down I guess. I would also have liked to see a few indie games on there, are they not eligable?

I guess not. Did Dragon Age: Awakening come out this year? If so, that should be on there as well.

If you mean Origins, then no, that was late 2009.

Sad thing is I've only actually played two games on the list to any real extent. And niether one of them would I consider game of the year worthy compared to other games I have played.

My games of the year (in rough order):
Cataclysm
Mass Effect 2
Starcraft 2
Super Street Fighter IV

Didn't get a chance to play RDR, but if it's anything like a Wild West GTA (as it was described to me by many people), I'd have hated it. The Rockstar-style sandbox games don't appeal to me in the least.

Also, thank God one site on the entire fucking internet realized how absolutely dreadful Black Ops was. It was depressingly bad compared to the Modern Warfare games (yes, even MW2 was many times over better).

Out of that list, I say give it to either New Vegas or Kirby. Both amazing games and my two favorites of the year. Their choice though.

Probably will be RDR or ME2. Which I don't think deserve it that much. Marston came off as a prick(although I guess for good reason, but still, I don't like pricks) and the story felt disjointed. And ME2 didn't really advance the plot at all.

Just my opinion though.

Ugh, lists like this all pretty much look the same to me. Not bad games, but not really great ones either.

I don't know why everyone keeps saying 2010 was such a good year when from my point of view it was easily the worst year in the current gen. 2011 looks nice though. (at least it does now)

I haven't decided what my pick for GOTY, actually. Will probably end up giving it to some indie title since there weren't any big name titles that really clicked with me this year. Some had their moments (Red Dead and Heavy Rain, and I suppose Bayonetta as well but in a different way) but didn't feel compelling all that much as complete packages. That said, I haven't played New Vegas yet, and I'm just dying to try it out.

I hope ME2 wins, but I will not be disappointed if SC2 wins, anything else and my soul will be crushed. But I'm sure the Escapist wouldn't that that to me...would it?

Suskie:
As great as it was, I'd like to not see RDR win for once.

That said, my pick for GotY will always be ME2, so I'm not exactly a nonconformist here. (Although I hated hated HATED Heavy Rain.)

People either love or hate Heavy Rain, there is no middle ground. I thought it was brilliant and got me more immersed than any game I have ever played. By the end I was Ethan Mars, not just some super soldier that I was telling to move forward and shoot.

GeneticallyModifiedDucks:
Ugh, lists like this all pretty much look the same to me.

That's why we also do our favorites lists - bit more variety there: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/content/FiveFavorites/2010.php

KEM10:

Suskie:
As great as it was, I'd like to not see RDR win for once.

That said, my pick for GotY will always be ME2, so I'm not exactly a nonconformist here. (Although I hated hated HATED Heavy Rain.)

People either love or hate Heavy Rain, there is no middle ground. I thought it was brilliant and got me more immersed than any game I have ever played. By the end I was Ethan Mars, not just some super soldier that I was telling to move forward and shoot.

I never understand that argument. Heavy Rain was the least immersive game I played this year for the simple reason that all you're ever doing is following button prompts. You immerse me by giving me mechanics, not by having me play Simon Says for the length of an eight-hour game.

Rant over. Possibly.

My vote goes for Mass Effect 2. The Mass Effect games are the only games I can spend hundreds of hours playing and never tire of them (the first one alone I spent over 200 hours playing). The story is great, the characters are deep, the universe is rich, and it's all just go greatly presented and displayed that you just can't help but stare in awe.
The only reason I haven't gone through ME2 more than 4 times is because my copy was stolen from me by my younger brother who pawned it off to buy a game he sold about two weeks after he got it.

i would say castlevania, but i can understand that not everyone agrees with that. i do not totally agree with the list, bujt i have learned that i always have a different opinion that the most people. but still, there are some games,which are nominated, where i totally disgree with. halo reach, RDR are examples of those.but yeah, it is a matter of opinion i would love to see the latest proffesor laytonon the list.

GeorgW:

Jaranja:

GeorgW:

That was my first thought as well. But it's hard to narrow it down I guess. I would also have liked to see a few indie games on there, are they not eligable?

I guess not. Did Dragon Age: Awakening come out this year? If so, that should be on there as well.

If you mean Origins, then no, that was late 2009.

No, I mean Awakening. The expansion pack.

Susan Arendt:

GeneticallyModifiedDucks:
Ugh, lists like this all pretty much look the same to me.

That's why we also do our favorites lists - bit more variety there: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/content/FiveFavorites/2010.php

I know, I've already watched all of them more or less as soon as they were up. Still, there are some games released each year that have a pretty good chance of ending up on somebody's Best Of The Year list. And they usually do. I hardly get surprised by awards, that's kind of what I feel is missing. Like I don't know, giving GotY to Vanquish or Alpha Protocol (I'm not implying anything about either game's quality, just saying they're not widely recognized) or something. That'd be a sight to behold.

I'd pick Super Mario Galaxy 2. That game is breathtaking.

GeneticallyModifiedDucks:

Susan Arendt:

GeneticallyModifiedDucks:
Ugh, lists like this all pretty much look the same to me.

That's why we also do our favorites lists - bit more variety there: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/content/FiveFavorites/2010.php

I know, I've already watched all of them more or less as soon as they were up. Still, there are some games released each year that have a pretty good chance of ending up on somebody's Best Of The Year list. And they usually do. I hardly get surprised by awards, that's kind of what I feel is missing. Like I don't know, giving GotY to Vanquish or Alpha Protocol (I'm not implying anything about either game's quality, just saying they're not widely recognized) or something. That'd be a sight to behold.

I hear what you're saying, but it's going to be problematic if we call something "best game of the entire year" and it..you know..is kinda crappy.

Too bad stellar hits like Amnesia and Super Meat Boy were ignored in favor of trite garbage like Heavy Rain and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

Jaranja:

GeorgW:

Jaranja:

I guess not. Did Dragon Age: Awakening come out this year? If so, that should be on there as well.

If you mean Origins, then no, that was late 2009.

No, I mean Awakening. The expansion pack.

Well, these are supposed to be about games, not expansions. But they already nominated cataclysm. So I don't know, maybe it's hard for DLC to compete with full games. I still think a few indie games deserved nominations.

GeneticallyModifiedDucks:

Susan Arendt:

GeneticallyModifiedDucks:
Ugh, lists like this all pretty much look the same to me.

That's why we also do our favorites lists - bit more variety there: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/content/FiveFavorites/2010.php

I know, I've already watched all of them more or less as soon as they were up. Still, there are some games released each year that have a pretty good chance of ending up on somebody's Best Of The Year list. And they usually do. I hardly get surprised by awards, that's kind of what I feel is missing. Like I don't know, giving GotY to Vanquish or Alpha Protocol (I'm not implying anything about either game's quality, just saying they're not widely recognized) or something. That'd be a sight to behold.

That's why I love our user's GOTY lists. They all have great variety. Check out Onyx's if you're looking for Vanish ;)

I'm going for Starcraft 2 for breathing new life into the RTS genre by going back to basics and building from there. It wasn't the most ambitious game of the year, and it wasn't the most polished. Indeed it had the terrible Battle.net integration.

Yet when the current tide of RTS games seems to go for sheer scale (Sins of a Solar Empire, Sup Com, Demigod etc.) Blizzard simply took the original game and brought it to the next generation. It's a highly competitive RTS that plays at breakneck speed, which anyone can get absorbed in. For its replay value alone I'd give it GOTY, even if it doesn't win GOTY, in ten years people will look back and call 2010 the year of Starcraft 2.

My vote goes to Starcraft II. I've played over 100 hours probably, and I'm still addicted. Not only do I want to raise my rang, but I want to experience the different ways players think to defeat me, and how I will react to their attacks. It's a game that with so many possibilities opens up more at every match.

My honorable mention goes to Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood for perfecting the formula of stabbing (except for the combat, will somebody please fix the combat?) and building up suspense for the next game. Now what I really want to see is an Assassin's Creed 3 set in current day where everyone has guns and you have your hidden blade. Make this a true stealth game, Ubisoft.

I vote for Halo:Reach- easily the most fun i've had in a game for a while.

Also, i LOVE how the "record smashing" black ops wasn't on the list.

Red Dead all the way.

I'm dissapointed that Black Ops wasn't on there.
Before you flame me, Halo: Reach was on there.
But... what?

[rant]
A campaign that doesn't live up to the Halo name, a very barebones plot with unmemorable missions, multiplayer with a surprising amount of unbalance (Living Dead, Armour Lock).
Firefight was cool, and so was Forge World, but Black Ops Campaign/MP > Reach's Campaign/MP.

I guess it's my opinion but it still riles me that a Dev with one hell of a name to live up to, and three years to make the game, ends up with a sub-par Campaign and Multiplayer with such blatant and easily fixable issues, then parades how much it playtested the maps when they are filled with camping spots, but they get the GOTY Nomination, and yet a developer that spent two years on a game that had to live up to MW 1's MP and still bettered it doesn't.

Don't pull that shit about CoD using the same game engine; Halo practically did too. Identical to 3 bar the AAs.
At least Blops made it very balanced, and Halo somehow got worse.

[/rant]

In other news, where is Minecraft on that Nominee list?

Captain Pirate:
In other news, where is Minecraft on that Nominee list?

Minecraft has not been released officially, so thus not in the running for 2010.

No Super Meat Boy?

I am disappoint :(

WHAT??!!! NO BLACK OPS???!!!! OMG THIS LIST IS FAIL!!!!!

I think Read Dead Redemption is easily the most overrated game of the year. It wasn't bad but it sure as hell wasn't the masterpiece so many people claim it is. I'd probably give it like a 7/10.

I guess I didn't get sucked into the game the same way so many others seem to have been. The middle wasn't bad but the beginning and end drove me nuts. Now let me say this. I liked the ending cutscene.

That was a good cutscene but the whole ending just drove me nuts.

That game began to wear on me. It was fun for a while but especially towards the end it began to feel like a chore and I just wanted to be done with it so I could move on to something else. It's no game of the year; not by a long shot.

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