The Escapist's Reader's Choice GotY Final Round - Vote Now!

The Escapist's Reader's Choice GotY Final Round - Vote Now!

GotY Round 4 3x3

Papers, Please makes it way into Round 4 against The Last of Us.

We've come down to the finalists in The Escapist's Reader's Choice Game of the Year. Two enter, but only one will make it. After being drastically behind Bioshock Infinite in Round 3, the indie game Papers, Please advanced to the final round, and Naughty Dog's The Last of Us narrowly beat Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag by 166 votes. Both of our finalists are worthy contenders and very different games, but it's up to you to decide which is crowned the community's game of the year.

Papers, Please is a "dystopian document thriller" in which the player acts as an immigration officer at a newly opened border checkpoint in the country Arstotzka. Recently out of a six-year war with a neighboring country, Arstotzka has a lot of rules for anyone seeking entry to the country. As the immigration officer, the player checks passports and either accepts or denies entry to Arstotzka while taking care of a family. Smugglers, spies, terrorists, political officials, and travelers are under the player's inspection.

The Last of Us is an action adventure, survival horror game traveling across a post-apocalyptic United States in the future. The player controls Joel, a survivor of a fungal pandemic, as he travels with Ellie, a 14-year-old girl who is capable of taking care of herself and loves to make jokes. Joel initially comes into contact with Ellie to escort her to a different quarantine zone, but the pair is changed forever on their trek across a post-pandemic country.

As of this moment, Papers, Please has a strong lead against The Last of Us, but there's still plenty of time to vote. Participants have until Dec. 31 11:59 pm Eastern time to get ballots in.

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I think most of the actual readers here have already made their thoughts of this years Internet Choice awards quite clear, however i keep on wondering about a few things.

First of all, Who/what decides what games even enter this competition? Papers Please got chosen by the Pub Club if i'm not mistaken, but where did the other come from?

Second, maybe in the future it's better to make this Reader's choice, if it's still called that next year, big. Get some different categories in there. This would only help the fairness and competition because now, even if Game A won from Game B, these two games are in two completely different genres and appeal to different gamers, therefore impossible to compare and honestly tell which game is better.

Weird. I thought papers please was kind of boring.

"Reader's Choice"

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Yeah, that went out the window a long time ago. Particularly when a Russian YouTuber got involved.

Longstreet:

First of all, Who/what decides what games even enter this competition?

If I'm not mistaken the top 15 was made by the Escapist Staff, or a part of it.
Not sure if they based it on any sales or popularity / discussion here and on other sites though.
There was an explanation how everything was done in mid November before the voting started.
And as you said, the 16th place was voted by Club members.

On Topic:

I won't vote in this competition since there are two such different games and I've played neither.

Well, I sure hope Papers, Please wins. Of the games I played so far this year that actually released this year, it was by far my favorite. Besides, it's single-handedly already ruined my bracket this far. Might as well steal the winner as well.

Andy Shandy:
"Reader's Choice"

Yeah, that went out the window a long time ago. Particularly when a Russian YouTuber got involved.

Pretty much, "Papers, Please" was trailing Xcom badly in the first around until this guy got his mass of youtubers to vote also when you consider that video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaLxIkhs104&hd=1 has close to 250k views. It's not surprising "Papers, Please" has made it to the end. I don't begrudge "Papers, Please" I just think this type of promotion outside of the Escapist community ruins the whole point of the vote. But that is just my opinion hopefully next year will have improvements.

You can find the info regarding it here
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/130414-Last-Chance-to-Vote-in-Round-1-of-the-Readers-Choice-Game-of-the-Year

Andy Shandy:

Yeah, that went out the window a long time ago. Particularly when a Russian YouTuber got involved.

Question. Is this the same guy who told everyone to bomb Company of Heroes 2 on Metacritic after it showed the atrocities the Red Army committed in WW II?

erttheking:

Andy Shandy:

Yeah, that went out the window a long time ago. Particularly when a Russian YouTuber got involved.

Question. Is this the same guy who told everyone to bomb Company of Heroes 2 on Metacritic after it showed the atrocities the Red Army committed in WW II?

No. That was some schmuck called BadComedian. The Papers Please guy is apparently called Uselessmouth.

And since when was outside promotion of a game considered illegitimate?

havent played the last of us since its PS3 only and i play on pc only and i still havent found the time to play papers please. have to see if its 75% on steam once i get home.

Really, The Last of Us? Now that's bullshit right there.

More like "Russian YouTube's Choice".

Reading through that 14 page warzone had to be one of the best experiences of my life.

I did get a lot of enjoyment from The Last of Us, both multiplayer and single player. I also picked up Papers, Please as a result from this "incident" and I must say it didn't really impress. I only played for the first two levels, but nothing really drew me in.

My personal GOTY is Black Flag so I really have no dog in this fight.

 

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