Nominees for Game of the Year

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Jaranja:

Exort:

Jaranja:

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

I hate to see games like Drgaon Age: Awakenign and Fallout New Vagas. While they are both great game, the amount of bugs in them are just insane. I hope a bug fest don't represent the games of this year.

I got Awakening relatively soon after the release and it didn't have any bugs in it for me. I would've liked to see it nominated.

I got stuck in the fade tiwce, I had to restall the game tiwce before I start a new charater and get it working. Some charaters items just disappear out of the air in Silverite mine. Anyways Dragon age is a buggy pile from the start. Whats even worse it that Origins bug is still there.

http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Dragon_Age:_Origins_Bugs/Glitches
http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Dragon_Age:_Origins_-_Awakening_Bugs/Glitches

Tell me that is not enough bugs. (these are more major one, many smaller one are listed in the quest/skill page.)

Why not have all the nominees on the same page?

I'm actually a little confused as to why Bayonetta isn't on this list. The only major criticism I can come up with is the horrible QTE that shows up on the first two levels and then never again.

It's a baffling design choice, but not enough to knock it off a GOTY list.

Okay, the story is preposterous and there's enough fanservice to kill a horse, but it's still awesome.

That's a shame, when I saw this I yhought we were going to get to vote.

Exort:

Jaranja:

Exort:

I hate to see games like Drgaon Age: Awakenign and Fallout New Vagas. While they are both great game, the amount of bugs in them are just insane. I hope a bug fest don't represent the games of this year.

I got Awakening relatively soon after the release and it didn't have any bugs in it for me. I would've liked to see it nominated.

I got stuck in the fade tiwce, I had to restall the game tiwce before I start a new charater and get it working. Some charaters items just disappear out of the air in Silverite mine. Anyways Dragon age is a buggy pile from the start. Whats even worse it that Origins bug is still there.

http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Dragon_Age:_Origins_Bugs/Glitches
http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Dragon_Age:_Origins_-_Awakening_Bugs/Glitches

Tell me that is not enough bugs. (these are more major one, many smaller one are listed in the quest/skill page.)

Can you reread what you've written before posting so I don't have to read through such crap spelling?

Anyway, I don't doubt that other people had bugs. I'm just saying that I, myself, had no bugs whatsoever.

There are two major omissions on this list. Demon's Souls and Gyromancer. Ok, probably just Demon's Souls.

chessmasterhex:
There are two major omissions on this list. Demon's Souls and Gyromancer. Ok, probably just Demon's Souls.

Both of which came out in 2009, and one of which was horrible.

TiefBlau:
There is a total of two games that aren't either a sequel or part of a franchise.

Epic.

There is only one game that is not a sequel or part of a franchise. The titles with numbers on them are easy to spot. Nintendo´s franchises too. Extensionpackages of most play MMO too. You probably thought Read Dead Redemption not part of a franchise because its predecessor is the not well known Read Dead Revolver. So the only game is Heavy Rain.
So far the only noticable games released 2010 that are not psn/xbla/nds/psp or sequel/franchise are Heavy Rain, Metro 2033, Dante´s Inferno, Dark Vois, Darksiders, Bayonetta (american release) and R.U.S.E.
Let us cut the list short of the shameless ripoffs Dante´s Inferno and Darksiders (God of War)and the list is even shorter of what it already was. We still have Heavy Rain which is not a ripoff even though its mechanics are stunningly the same as Idigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit which is like saying every FPS uses the first-person as a perspective. It is just the very core of the very mechanic of these type of games.
If Date´s Inferno is a ripoff of God of War why is Bayonetta not a ripoff of Devil May Cry? When you play it you will understand that Bayonetta plays as much akin to devil May Cry as Devil May Cry to God of War. Again saying God of War, Devil May Cry and Bayonetta are all the same game is like saying you cannot pause in a RTS to think. Metro 2033 is a rather forgettable FPS that we will only mention when talking about its likeness of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Dark Void´s only strong point is the flying and nothing else. Enough to be noticeable as a release this year but not enough to cry about it being the best game of the year.
Last comes R.U.S.E. Cannot realy talk about that one because I have not played it. But seeing how it never gets any mention it does not seem popular and stunning enough to be the face of gaming of 2010.

So there are only two true competitors out there for game of the year because of their own merit and not relying on brandname or numbers after the title. How very sad 2010.

Assassin Xaero:

Valagetti:

Assassin Xaero:

... That's stupid... then you could put Doom every year since it came out...

Kiraxa:

You're happy to see god of war without the gameplay or fun, with a WORSE story on the top games of the year list? sad.

Happy to interact with another internet troll.

Please, since you seem to be greater than everyone, how am I a troll for saying that it is stupid to put a game that wasn't made in 2010 on a 2010 list?

What are talking about Heavy Rain was released late Feburary 2010. GOW was roughly the same time because, I remember my manager talking about the game.

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

*Walks aways angrily

At first when I read this,I was like, "That's idiotic, Gears of War 3 hasn't even come out yet!". Then I realized I was thinking like an idiot. GOD OF WAR 3 should definitely be up there, instead of some Kirby game. And very glad to see Black Ops didn't make the cut.

Valagetti:

Assassin Xaero:

Valagetti:

Happy to interact with another internet troll.

Please, since you seem to be greater than everyone, how am I a troll for saying that it is stupid to put a game that wasn't made in 2010 on a 2010 list?

What are talking about Heavy Rain was released late Feburary 2010. GOW was roughly the same time because, I remember my manager talking about the game.

I said nothing about either of those games. Someone said something about Minecraft not being on the list, and someone replied that it was because the game isn't finished yet. Woodsey said it was available for purchase, then I said that if they are going by when it was available for purchase, then that wouldn't work either since it was available back in 2009. Woodsey then said "TF2 was on PCG's 2010 list" and I said that was stupid because you could just say Doom was on a list every year, and then you called me a troll. If you don't believe me, follow the string of quotes back up.

Red Dead Redemtion or Mass Effect 2, Im torn between them. Although RDR might just win due to my love for the old west and that ace Undead Nightmarre pack!

Jachwe:

TiefBlau:
There is a total of two games that aren't either a sequel or part of a franchise.

Epic.

There is only one game that is not a sequel or part of a franchise. The titles with numbers on them are easy to spot. Nintendo´s franchises too. Extensionpackages of most play MMO too. You probably thought Read Dead Redemption not part of a franchise because its predecessor is the not well known Read Dead Revolver. So the only game is Heavy Rain.
So far the only noticable games released 2010 that are not psn/xbla/nds/psp or sequel/franchise are Heavy Rain, Metro 2033, Dante´s Inferno, Dark Vois, Darksiders, Bayonetta (american release) and R.U.S.E.
Let us cut the list short of the shameless ripoffs Dante´s Inferno and Darksiders (God of War)and the list is even shorter of what it already was. We still have Heavy Rain which is not a ripoff even though its mechanics are stunningly the same as Idigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit which is like saying every FPS uses the first-person as a perspective. It is just the very core of the very mechanic of these type of games.
If Date´s Inferno is a ripoff of God of War why is Bayonetta not a ripoff of Devil May Cry? When you play it you will understand that Bayonetta plays as much akin to devil May Cry as Devil May Cry to God of War. Again saying God of War, Devil May Cry and Bayonetta are all the same game is like saying you cannot pause in a RTS to think. Metro 2033 is a rather forgettable FPS that we will only mention when talking about its likeness of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Dark Void´s only strong point is the flying and nothing else. Enough to be noticeable as a release this year but not enough to cry about it being the best game of the year.
Last comes R.U.S.E. Cannot realy talk about that one because I have not played it. But seeing how it never gets any mention it does not seem popular and stunning enough to be the face of gaming of 2010.

So there are only two true competitors out there for game of the year because of their own merit and not relying on brandname or numbers after the title. How very sad 2010.

Heh. Heavy Rain for Game of the Year? I say yes.

I don't entirely disagree with the idea of continuing a franchise or making a sequel. What disappoints me are their raisons d'ętre, so to speak. When you make any story, sequel, franchise, or neither, the one thing you should ask yourself is, "Why should it exist?" And the answer should always be "Because I have something interesting to share." Whether you think you can add a new element to gameplay that will make the experience entirely different, or if you think you can expand on the story to introduce further insight into the world that the series has created, a sequel must have a reason to exist. For most of these sequels and games, however, it's readily apparent that they were only made "Because it's about time for a sequel." or "Because people will buy it."

I really think everyone should go and reanalyze Heavy Rain. Specifically, attention should be drawn to the points where the killer's thoughts are never about killing, and rather about sympathy. How Madison had to decide to take evidence to the FBI guy before she ever knew the FBI guy or to give it to the dad. Also the red herrings that are constantly thrown out during the dad's thoughts are plainly offensive.

Were Heavy Rain a movie, and not a video game, this shit would not fly.

A funny thing happened while I was reading the nominees: I realized I haven't played a single one of them! Still, I want to root for one of the 12 games here so I choose Kirby!

Go Kirby!

Halley M:

matrix3509:
Man, you KNOW its been a shitty year when Mass Effect 2 make the list of best games. Wow...just wow. This single game is pretty much a betrayal of everything that Bioware used to stand for, and consequently, a betrayal of their fans.

what were you smoking while you were playing this? because you clearly weren't playing the same game as the rest of us.

I was playing the same game as this guy. So were a lot of other folks.

You know, the dumbed down game that throws out most of what Biowares traditional fanbase could enjoy, and instead focused on linear cover shooting through the game?

I agree this year has been shit, and when a game that does nothing but dumb itself down into a Gears clone is touted as "refinement" and "innovative", and one of the best games of the year, its a horrible indictment on the industry.

The game didnt even have a coherent main plot. It was just a bunch of fucking errands to run until the game would occasionally snap you back into unaviodable missions that were mostly about - yup, you guessed it - lots of cover shooting through linear, waist high wall filled levels.

I don't know what bothers me more..the fact that there is no Black Ops on the list, or that there is no Black ops on the list. -.-'

Although, I hope Kirby wins =3
That little pink bubble thing winning over monster games like DRD or ME2 etc would be awesome.
Just imagine Kirby flipping deathwing the bird, if only Kirby had fingers v.v'

I haven't played it, but from the reviews, game video, my understanding of the story:
Mass Effect 2 should be game of the year.

If (I am playing) Cataclysm wins, I will be very disappointed in the judges for this award. While it's a good game, its not a great game. A great game doesn't thought out huge game changing patches a month after it releases. That means they shouldn't have released the game in the first place.

Assassin Xaero:

Valagetti:

Assassin Xaero:

Please, since you seem to be greater than everyone, how am I a troll for saying that it is stupid to put a game that wasn't made in 2010 on a 2010 list?

What are talking about Heavy Rain was released late Feburary 2010. GOW was roughly the same time because, I remember my manager talking about the game.

I said nothing about either of those games. Someone said something about Minecraft not being on the list, and someone replied that it was because the game isn't finished yet. Woodsey said it was available for purchase, then I said that if they are going by when it was available for purchase, then that wouldn't work either since it was available back in 2009. Woodsey then said "TF2 was on PCG's 2010 list" and I said that was stupid because you could just say Doom was on a list every year, and then you called me a troll. If you don't believe me, follow the string of quotes back up.

Assassin Xaero:

Valagetti:

Assassin Xaero:

Please, since you seem to be greater than everyone, how am I a troll for saying that it is stupid to put a game that wasn't made in 2010 on a 2010 list?

What are talking about Heavy Rain was released late Feburary 2010. GOW was roughly the same time because, I remember my manager talking about the game.

I said nothing about either of those games. Someone said something about Minecraft not being on the list, and someone replied that it was because the game isn't finished yet. Woodsey said it was available for purchase, then I said that if they are going by when it was available for purchase, then that wouldn't work either since it was available back in 2009. Woodsey then said "TF2 was on PCG's 2010 list" and I said that was stupid because you could just say Doom was on a list every year, and then you called me a troll. If you don't believe me, follow the string of quotes back up.

Whoops, my bad.

Slycne:

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.

Says who? Why is "released officially" a condition for game of the year? Laid down by what gods?

Fact is, millions of people discovered Minecraft THIS year, even when it was in Alpha. So what if it's now in Beta and continuing to get better - even the basic minecraft as released already is a worthy GotY contender - actually, my GotY.

Also, why is Just Cause 2 not on the list? Ridiculous though the plot may be, the gameplay really shone. And that island! (Well, islands.)

Assassin Xaero:

Woodsey:

Assassin Xaero:

Yeah, but if you are going by that, it was available for purchase in 2009, it just wasn't as insanely popular as it became in 2010. So, either way you look at it, it can't be anywhere on a 2010 list.

Why not?

TF2 was on PCG's 2010 list.

... That's stupid... then you could put Doom every year since it came out...

Well, except that no-one would nominate Doom as their game of the year in 2011. You don't need to make up arbitrary rules about what year a game qualifies for in order to rule out outdated games: the simple fact is that no games journo would choose them.

I'd say the year a game should be considered is its biggest year, the year most people (including the list maker) discovered it. Which, for Minecraft, was 2010.

I really miss 'Amnesia: the dark descent' on the list. It basicly reinvented horror in videogames. It should at least have an honorable mention....

Kind of puzzled how Kirby's Epic Yarn made it instead of Donkey Kong Country Returns but w/e.

My personal GOTY would probably be Super Meat Boy.

Otherwise if I have to pick off this list then Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Can you guys guess what genre I love?

I was hoping for a more interesting list, with some indie titles on there. Instead, I got a recycled list of mainstream titles. You guys do know that it's alright to award indie games the title of Game of the Year right? Minecraft captured PC Gamer's pick, and has been nominated for 2 GDC awards. It's even a finalist now.

Heavy Rain and Kirby's Epic Yarn made me raise my eyebrows. But everything else pretty much is just on everyone elses "Game of the Year" nominee list.

If I'm going to go by the odds, I'll say RDR or Fallout New Vegas will get the award... JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

mireko:
I'm actually a little confused as to why Bayonetta isn't on this list. The only major criticism I can come up with is the horrible QTE that shows up on the first two levels and then never again.

It's a baffling design choice, but not enough to knock it off a GOTY list.

Okay, the story is preposterous and there's enough fanservice to kill a horse, but it's still awesome.

it IS awesome. The reason I think Bayonetta should be up there, ok I'm not perfectly versed on release dates, but after completing quite thoroughly DMC4, Dante's Inferno, and Castlevania, I think Bayonetta comes out strongly on top. No I haven't played GOW3, I have played the first 2 but I still won't comment on that at all.

But in terms of the games mentioned that I did play, I believe Bayonetta was the strongest contender, and hell I'm not talking about story at all (in that case Dante's Inferno should win), merely the control, combat system, and not too frustrating platforming sections make it a winner. The challenge is in all the right places, the combat and timing, not stupid jumping around and shit. The graphics are beautiful, high-impact without being headache inducing and busy (i.e:Blops cutscenes, McRae Dirt menus) and the enemy designs are pretty awesome on a biblical proportion.

And understanding the physics of the different weapons makes the game and comboing all the more interesting, and an incentive in replaying on harder modes, in different endlessly different playing styles.

Screw RDR. God Mexico is boring.

This list seems bloated by money... Cataclysm as a best of 2010? It was only out for 24 days of 2010.

No Gran Turismo 5? No God of War 3? No Final Fantasy 13? No Black Ops? And Halo REACH gets on there... thats reaching for something.

I hope ME2 wins or SC2. If kirby wins ill be rather pissed.

While the games on the list where adequate I would have thought there are games more worthy of the title, but hey.

However I am curious as to where is minecraft? Was it excluded due to just coming into beta?
Even in beta/alpha it surpassed every game in the list (Well maybe not the WII games and WOW as I havn't played those I cant comment)..

Luke Cartner:
While the games on the list where adequate I would have thought there are games more worthy of the title, but hey.

However I am curious as to where is minecraft? Was it excluded due to just coming into beta?
Even in beta/alpha it surpassed every game in the list (Well maybe not the WII games and WOW as I havn't played those I cant comment)..

It was excluded because if you didn't notice that list takes a huge dump on any non-AAA non-sequel. There should be a giant banner in front of it stating "this ad space bought by EA/Activizard/nintendo" Every game on the list was a AAA Sequel. Each and every one, its pathetic.

Re. Fallout3 and Bethesda..
"(...) but a pitch-perfect rejuvenation of one of gaming's most memorable worlds was more than many could have hoped for. And yet, it was exactly what we got."

..I suppose something like.. "exactly what some of us got".. probably would be all right.

Kiraxa:

Luke Cartner:
While the games on the list where adequate I would have thought there are games more worthy of the title, but hey.

However I am curious as to where is minecraft? Was it excluded due to just coming into beta?
Even in beta/alpha it surpassed every game in the list (Well maybe not the WII games and WOW as I havn't played those I cant comment)..

It was excluded because if you didn't notice that list takes a huge dump on any non-AAA non-sequel. There should be a giant banner in front of it stating "this ad space bought by EA/Activizard/nintendo" Every game on the list was a AAA Sequel. Each and every one, its pathetic.

Agreed and worse many of the games were not even good sequels per se.

To them, I say: No. Saying that Super Mario Galaxy 2 is "just more Super Mario Galaxy" is like saying that the Mona Lisa was "just another drawing by Da Vinci." Everything that was introduced in the first Galaxy - the colorful, creative worlds; the mind-bending and gravity-warping level design - is honed to near perfection in Galaxy 2.

So basically more of the same, only "better drawn". :P

Any game that can still provide that feeling of adventure and discovery in a 6 year old engine deserves to be Game of the Year.

I'm sure the new content and complete redesign helped a little, too. :P

[Fallout: New Vegas] has been plagued with waves of bugs, making it a controversial nominee for our Game of the Year

Wow, you said it. Obviously it won't win (right? right?) but I'm amazed you'd even nominate it. I've not played it, but I've heard lots of things about it. Correction: I've heard the same thing about it said lots of times, which is that it's buggy as hell! IMHO, having such a game on your nominees list is quite disgraceful.

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