As Brad said in this week's I Love Mondays, all that's pretty much left is Far Cry 3 and this year it's ovah. Done. BOOM! We are now entering GOTY territory. I already have a Lobbying Thread, if you want to check it out please do. But, I am now interested in something different.
Every year, during the GOTY podcasts, there is a time where all it's left is a very select group of games from which to decide the Game Of The Year. And then there are battles to be fought, arguments to be had, like MGS 4 vs GTA 4 or last year's Skyrim vs Saints Row. This year will be no different, so I'm interesting in doing a little prediction and see what you guys think as well.
Here are some aspects that I think will play a major role during this year's debates:
- Jeff's reaction to The Walking Dead: Not to say that Jeff has more deciding power than the rest of the guys. He's just the only one we don't know yet how he feels about the game. And it can alter the chances of The Walking Dead getting to the top of the list. He not caring much about Red Dead Redemption played a big part in 2010.
- How much support will the early games get: It's natural that games that have come out 6 or more months ago have less momentum than games that came out in the previous month or two. How much will this harm games like Diablo III, Trials Evo or Journey? Does anyone still remember that Rhythm Heaven Fever came out this year and that is awesome?
- The little guys vs the big guns: More than any other year, I feel like the "indie" games will play a much bigger role. Yes, they've always been up there, from Braid in 08 to Bastion last year, but this year is different, even by it's sheer amount. Journey, Fez, Trials Evo, Spelunky, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Mark Of The Ninja, Hotline Miami. How will they fair when placed next to the Halos, Assassins, Mass Effects and other giants of the industry.
Two other things: XCOM - can a turn-based strategy game go all the way? CIV V was just pretty much Ryan behind at the time, but it seems different with XCOM; Persona 4 Golden - None of them will actually play it, right? It's arguably the best game of the year and no one will play it.
Well, what do you guys think? What are going to be the swing states of this year's GOTY deliberations?