Last Chance to Vote in Round 1 of the Reader's Choice Game of the Year

Last Chance to Vote in Round 1 of the Reader's Choice Game of the Year

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Can XCOM: EW beat out Papers, Please or SR4 prevail over AC4 for Game of the Year?

We're down to the last ten hours of voting for the Reader's Choice Game of the Year 2013 tournament bracket and there's some crazy developments. Sure, some of the matchups have been predictable - such as Call of Duty: Ghosts not doing terribly well against BioShock: Infinite and The Last of Us handily beating Super Mario 3D World - but there are a lot of tight races still to be decided today. Will XCOM: Enemy Within move to the next round? Will the Battle of the Cuatros end in pirates or gangsters on top? Is Pokemon better than Lara Croft? Only you can help decide by voting in the official bracket here.

Click here to vote in Round One of The Escapist's Reader's Choice Game of the Year 2013 bracket.

Here's current status of some of the close races:

Papers, Please vs. XCOM: Enemy Within

In the PC division, XCOM is having the fight of its life against the independently produced Papers, Please. XCOM: Enemy Within is a standalone expansion of many people's Game of the Year 2012, and its turn-based goodness is like crack to many an Escapist editor. Papers, Please is a critical darling that lets you play as a customs agent, and it has grabbed the support of people like Yahtzee and Russian YouTuber TheUselessMouth.

The results as of publishing:

Papers, Please
57% (2533)

XCOM: Enemy Within
43% (1911)

Talk about this battle at the forum thread here.

Saints Row 4 vs. Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

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The Battle of the Cuatros is going strong, with Saints Row 4 duking it out against Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. The 4th open world gangster game still ostensibly stars the members of the 3rd Street Saints gang, but there's heavy sci-fi elements as you fight through a Matrix-like world and a new starring role for veteran thespian Keith David. There's also some simulations going on in Assassin's Creed 4, but this time you embody a pirate in the Caribbean plunder loots and sinking ships. Both are open-world collection fests, both have a "4" in the title, but only one game can win.

The results as of publishing:

Saints Row 4

46.5% (1974)

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

53.5% (2269)

Talk about this battle at the forum thread here.

Pokemon X & Y vs. Tomb Raider

It may be a hard thing to compare the RPG with strong turn-based battles that is Pokemon against the gritty adventure of Tomb Raider, but that's what we're all about at The Escapist! Hard choices! There's a lot of Pokemon support here, but Lara Croft's origin story had a lot going for it this year too. One is a tried and true formula for gaming success, while the other tried something new by bringing a female lead to the forefront of a AAA action game. In perhaps the closest race right now in The Escapist's Reader's Choice Game of the Year bracket, which game will reign supreme?

The results as of publishing:

Pokemon X & Y

52.1% (2112)

Tomb Raider
47.9% (1942)

Talk about this battle at the forum thread here.

And if any of these results seem off to you? Well, then head over to the official bracket and make your choices now! Voting closes at 11:59pm EST tonight! There's only a few hours left!

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I came here wanting to vote but I just now realized that I haven't played a single one of these games... What the hell have I been doing all year?! I'm seriously not trying to act like I'm above it all or anything because a number of the titles here I'm legitimately interested in... I guess I've just been playing crappy games haha.

I voted for AC4 in the official bracket but SR4 on my own because I thought it would win. Guess I was wrong.

XCOM was barley winning yesterday now it's down 500 votes? Where did these magical 500 members come from?

Ether people have been making a whole bunch of dupe accounts to rig this or getting all their friends to create accounts and vote the way they want.

Angelous Wang:
XCOM was barley winning yesterday now it's down 500 votes? Where did these magical 500 members come from?

Ether people have been making a whole bunch of dupe accounts to rig this or getting all their friends to create accounts and vote the way they want.

The YouTube guy I linked in this post has actually been sending a LOT of people to vote for Papers, Please. That's where the boost has come from, now it's up to you to vote for XCOM!

Greg

Namechangeday:
I voted for AC4 in the official bracket but SR4 on my own because I thought it would win. Guess I was wrong.

Thanks to Ubisoft promoting it on their site, I'm pretty sure a LOT of brackets have imploded, including mine, and AC 4 is my 'GotY!'

XCOM:EW & Tomb Raider? What is it about my two favourite games of this year that has them both losing?! Is my liking a game a bad omen or something?

The_Darkness:
XCOM:EW & Tomb Raider? What is it about my two favourite games of this year that has them both losing?! Is my liking a game a bad omen or something?

That is what happens to those who oppose glorious country of Arstotzka.

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The_Darkness:
XCOM:EW & Tomb Raider? What is it about my two favourite games of this year that has them both losing?! Is my liking a game a bad omen or something?

That is what happens to those who oppose glorious country of Arstotzka.

I've never even been to Arstotzka!!! I have nothing against the Arstotzkians!! Heck, I defended the entire planet - including them - from an alien invasion!

To make a more serious point, despite all the good press surrounding it, I haven't yet played Papers Please. However, XCOM: Enemy Within ended up stealing 100 hours of my time, and I enjoyed every minute of it. (Yes, that was just the expansion pack. I'd already lost a similar amount of time to Enemy Unknown.) Hence why XCOM gets my vote.

Though to be honest, it's the thought of Tomb Raider losing that I'm more gutted about (as far as one can be gutted about a popular vote GOTY contest...). Lara Croft's re-imagining hit me hard, in a good way, so I'd be thrilled to see it win GOTY. Judging by the stats, (and The Last of Us almost certainly being in the next round,) it isn't going to win GOTY, but I'd like it to get past a single round, at the very least. (Tomb Raider does only have 184 votes to make up in less than a few hours... It can do that, right?)

.........really?

AssCreed 4 beat out SR4? I thought SR4 was supposed to be one of the greatest games ever.

Le Sigh......

 

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