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#1 Edited by SmugDarkLoser (4619 posts) -

Granted, I haven't played some games.  I have yet to play Tales of Vesperia, Left 4 Dead (although I have played the demo, so id imagine thats good to go by), I haven't finished Fallout 3 and Resistance 2, and I've put off Socom, and a few others because frankly I don't think they're worth buying.

Anyway, my GOTY is Banjo: Nuts and Bolts.

I had doubts in the beggining, I was actually one of those Rare haters for a time, but after playing it over the past couple days, I've realized something.
This game is fucking awesome.

Not only is this game awesome, but it's actually better than the original 2 (and yes, I am a huge banjo fan since the first).

Seriously, at least play Banjo.  If you like creating stuff, you'll love this game.  Just don't be an idiot and put a wheel/ balloon on one corner of the vehicle and wonder why it doesn't work!

Others that came really close:  Ninja Gaiden 2, Fable 2, MGS4, Lost Odyssey.  However, ultimately, Banjo is just so unique and refreshing, while actually being fleshed out (yea blastworks, you're cool but you suck!).  Not to mention it's only $40 and came with Banjo 1 for the XBLA. 
--- And you know, if you thought that demo was sort of frustrating, don't be put off.  It is in a way.  Basically that's because you have less parts than the beggining in the full game.  You're just not given proper parts.  It's not that it's actually hard, but you have to make awkward vehicles imo do to space constraints.  I used completely different vehicles in those parts.

#2 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

Oh, christ.

#3 Posted by TheGTAvaccine (2884 posts) -

Dead Space is still my GOTY so far, but Banjo is waaaayyy up there.

#4 Posted by Arkthemaniac (6535 posts) -

Well, considering Lost Odyssey came close for you, I'm willing to forget the rest of what you said.

#5 Posted by ColMustard (357 posts) -

prepare to get a new ass torn... People have a very hard time with opinion.  I have a thread over in the Fallout3 room that said the game may end up being my "best of gen" when all is said and done.  This place rioted like a Salem witch burning, you know, simple minded folks who fear different opinions.  Anyway, I haven't played Banjo yet, its not really on my radar right now, but in a few months when it drops in price I'll pick it up.

#6 Posted by Manks (836 posts) -

Fallout 3.  I didn't really like Banjo, but to each his own.  

#7 Posted by Arkthemaniac (6535 posts) -

How do you all say Fallout 3 with a straght face?

Then again, I've been told my copy was defective. Even so.

My "Best of Gen" is definitely Mario Galaxy as of now, and I highly doubt it will change.
#8 Posted by SmugDarkLoser (4619 posts) -
Arkthemaniac said:
"How do you all say Fallout 3 with a straght face?
Then again, I've been told my copy was defective. Even so.

My "Best of Gen" is definitely Mario Galaxy as of now, and I highly doubt it will change.
"
Well some people like the appeal of open world games.  I think Fallout 3 is good, but it just feels sort of formulaic to me.

Personally, I was playing SMG in New Egg (holy shit, am I forgetting the name?) and i was seriously thinking "when is the fun going to begin".  It was a good game, but it just didn't hit the spot with me.  I really wish it did.

TO be honest, I sort of wished they screwed the whole space stuff. I really disliked, well, to put it simply, galaxies like space junk galaxy.  My favorite levels were the ice/fire one and the one where you use the flower to go through part of the level (it also has the worm in the apple and the square thing where you have to chase those damn bunnies!)
I've been really disappointed with my wii though, so expect some bias.


Opinions are great!
#9 Posted by ColMustard (357 posts) -
Arkthemaniac said:
"How do you all say Fallout 3 with a straght face?
Then again, I've been told my copy was defective. Even so.

My "Best of Gen" is definitely Mario Galaxy as of now, and I highly doubt it will change.
"
The game is incredibly stylized.  Music, images, story arches, characters, stat management, perks... its a very unforgettable experience by comparison.  Mass Effect is currently my "best of gen" and to this day the only RPG I've ever immediately started over once the credits rolled.  I just think that Fallout is in the same strain as a game such as Mass Effect. 

p.s. sorry your game is busted, take it back and get an exchange.  I did it with condemned 1 and it worked wonders.  Honestly, I don't experience the bugs that others speak of.
#10 Posted by PureRok (4235 posts) -

I'd say that Nuts and Bolts is one of the worst games to come out this year.

#11 Posted by Arkthemaniac (6535 posts) -
ColMustard said:
 I just think that Fallout is in the same strain as a game such as Mass Effect.
I'd agree with you there, except I think Fallout 3 is better.
Mass Effect is a pile of dialogue trees and shit.
#12 Posted by Psynapse (1064 posts) -

Havn't played Banjo yet... Dead Space is a great game but not GOTY... I'd say Gears 2 is the best GOTY contender so far.

#13 Edited by Jayge_ (10221 posts) -

I would say Fallout 3 is my game of the year, but I absolutely love Nuts and Bolts, and I can see where Smug is definitely coming from. Glad you're enjoying it man :-D

Also, there hasn't been a more polished game this year than Banjo. No graphical glitches that I've seen, no game glitches, framerates do drop in extreme effects but the draw distance, attention to detail, hell the entire game engine is brilliantly constructed. It's a true achievement that Rare should be proud of regardless of Banjo's general reception.

#14 Posted by ColMustard (357 posts) -
Arkthemaniac said:
"ColMustard said:
 I just think that Fallout is in the same strain as a game such as Mass Effect.
I'd agree with you there, except I think Fallout 3 is better.
Mass Effect is a pile of dialogue trees and shit.
"
Fallout does some things better than Mass Effect, ex. much better, much more worth while sidequests as well as better inventory management.  Mass Effects gameplay mechanic, presentation and overall story smoke Fallout, but all of this is knit-picking two of the best games I've played since 2005 when the gen began.
#15 Posted by Kush (8889 posts) -

It must have been a tough decision since no Halo game came out this year...

#16 Posted by HTTenrai (241 posts) -
PureRok said:
"I'd say that Nuts and Bolts is one of the worst games to come out this year."
Are you always this outright contentious?

Anyway, concerning the Fallout 3/Mass Effect comparison, something about Mass Effect bored me to tears. I racked up about 14 or so hours, but only had about 2-3 hours of fun the whole while. :(  I won't deny it's a great game, but there's something about BioWare's games that consistently turn me off.
#17 Posted by Origina1Penguin (3501 posts) -

In the Banjo game really that good?  I've mostly written it off.  I may look into it later, but right now I honestly don't have enough money to invest in "maybe" entertainment.

#18 Posted by Jayge_ (10221 posts) -
Origina1Penguin said:
"In the Banjo game really that good?  I've mostly written it off.  I may look into it later, but right now I honestly don't have enough money to invest in "maybe" entertainment."
For me, yes it is. Especially with a 40 dollar pricetag (25 if you discount the free arcade game I got). I've played for 16 hours already and unlocked slightly under 2/3 of the Jiggies, not even 1/8 of the other challenges and barely 1/6 of the time trials, I'm also missing tons of parts and worlds and other things from around town.

The game is loaded, and if you happen to find the ideas in it appealing to you (Banjo world, writing, story, design style, minor platforming, fun vehicle building, great worlds) then I say definitely go for it.
#19 Posted by Bellum (2944 posts) -

Big surprise, SDL. :P

#20 Posted by Demilich (2599 posts) -
Kush said:
"It must have been a tough decision since no Halo game came out this year..."
Dohohohohoho
#21 Edited by LiquidPrince (15944 posts) -

WAIT, wait wait... Banjo Kazooie over:

Prince of Persia
Metal Gear Solid 4
Gears of War 2
Resistance 2
Little Big Planet

Really?

#22 Edited by SmugDarkLoser (4619 posts) -
LiquidPrince said:
"WAIT, wait wait... Banjo Kazooie over:

Prince of Persia
Metal Gear Solid 4
Gears of War 2
Resistance 2
Little Big Planet

Really?"
While I have yet to play PoP, the rest easily.

I'm not sure if its hit or miss, but it's a definite hit with me.
Banjo is pure fun.  I don't know how else to put it.  You really should at least rent it to see if it's a hit with you.  Seriously, it's fucking good.

Seriously- building a helicopter with an attachment underneath and releasing it to do a quest is freaking wonderful. 
Engineering for newbs ftw!

Rare is being extremeley innovative with this game and trying something that simply hasn't been done before. 

This is my favorite banjo game.
And contrary to popular belief, this is a banjo game.  It feels like banjo.  It's core gameplay is completely different, but everything else about it makes it banjo.
I'd honestly be disappointed if they went pure platforming again and screwed the vehicles.  That'd suck.  Not that I don't like old banjo, I do, but this is so much of a better concept. 

Detachment part = best idea in video game history. Lol, I love it.
#23 Posted by Bellum (2944 posts) -

I can't say I've played any of those games, LP.

Left4Dead and Fallout 3 are hella fun, though.

I tend to not pick favorites, though. I have a hard time giving that to one title.

#24 Posted by LiquidPrince (15944 posts) -
SmugDarkLoser said:
"LiquidPrince said:
"WAIT, wait wait... Banjo Kazooie over:

Prince of Persia
Metal Gear Solid 4
Gears of War 2
Resistance 2
Little Big Planet

Really?"
While I have yet to play PoP, the rest easily.

I'm not sure if its hit or miss, but it's a definite hit with me.
Banjo is pure fun.  I don't know how else to put it.  You really should at least rent it to see if it's a hit with you.  Seriously, it's fucking good.

Seriously- building a helicopter with an attachment underneath and releasing it to do a quest is freaking wonderful. 
Engineering for newbs ftw!

Rare is being extremeley innovative with this game and trying something that simply hasn't been done before. "

Except for LBP which allows you to make cars AS well as complete levels...

Whatever though, I'm glad you like the game. Enjoy it!

#25 Posted by jakob187 (21670 posts) -

Left 4 Dead here.  Sure, it may be short on content, but it's fun every fucking time I play it.  Runners-up are Dead Space and Fallout 3.

Hell, just give me limb dismemberment at any point in a game and I'm fucking sold!!!  In all honesty, though, those three games offered me a bigger and longer gameplay experience than any other game this year...although I'm sure I'll be back on WAR someday.
#26 Edited by Unreal_dro (277 posts) -

Banjo is fantastic, loving it right now 

#27 Posted by SmugDarkLoser (4619 posts) -
LiquidPrince said:
"SmugDarkLoser said:
"LiquidPrince said:
"WAIT, wait wait... Banjo Kazooie over:

Prince of Persia
Metal Gear Solid 4
Gears of War 2
Resistance 2
Little Big Planet

Really?"
While I have yet to play PoP, the rest easily.

I'm not sure if its hit or miss, but it's a definite hit with me.
Banjo is pure fun.  I don't know how else to put it.  You really should at least rent it to see if it's a hit with you.  Seriously, it's fucking good.

Seriously- building a helicopter with an attachment underneath and releasing it to do a quest is freaking wonderful. 
Engineering for newbs ftw!

Rare is being extremeley innovative with this game and trying something that simply hasn't been done before. "

Except for LBP which allows you to make cars AS well as complete levels...

Whatever though, I'm glad you like the game. Enjoy it!

"
No, LBP is much different.

In Banjo, you don't just make cars, you make cars with a purpose.
LBP is essentially a level creator.  The cars you make are purely aeshetics that can go to the right. The actual gameplay in LBP is pretty much like any 2d platformer.

Banjo is more along the lines of problem solving and a simple complexity. 

The only thing they really have in common is that they're platformers with kid-friendly overtones (aside from the many innuendos in Banjo- ex.  the part called "suck/blow" and the mission about the "dropped nuts"

I was looking for a demonstration, but instead I have to post this
  
#28 Posted by Manks (836 posts) -

ROFLcopter.  That's genius.

#29 Edited by SmugDarkLoser (4619 posts) -
Origina1Penguin said:
"In the Banjo game really that good?  I've mostly written it off.  I may look into it later, but right now I honestly don't have enough money to invest in "maybe" entertainment."

To put it simply, it's my second favorite game this generation.
But some seem to hate it.  Just go to gametrailers.  They seem to think it's awful.  They seriously base it on valid reasons too!  And did you know that tooie and kazooie both came out in 1996! Yea, that's right.  N64 came out in september 96 and both came out within just a couple months of each other!  Yea...
#30 Posted by CoolDrMoney (1978 posts) -
SmugDarkLoser said:
"Origina1Penguin said:
"In the Banjo game really that good?  I've mostly written it off.  I may look into it later, but right now I honestly don't have enough money to invest in "maybe" entertainment."

To put it simply, it's my second favorite game this generation.
But some seem to hate it.  Just go to gametrailers.  They seem to think it's awful.  They seriously base it on valid reasons too!  And did you know that tooie and kazooie both came out in 1996! Yea, that's right.  N64 came out in september 96 and both came out within just a couple months of each other!  Yea..."
He never said they were both released in 96
#31 Posted by Steven (247 posts) -

Seriously?  No one even mentions GTAIV?  That's my pick without a doubt (though I haven't played MGS4).

#32 Posted by Milkman (16781 posts) -

Lost Odyssey came close? Really? REALLY?!

Online
#33 Posted by ColMustard (357 posts) -
jakob187 said:
"Left 4 Dead here.  Sure, it may be short on content, but it's fun every fucking time I play it.  Runners-up are Dead Space and Fallout 3.
Hell, just give me limb dismemberment at any point in a game and I'm fucking sold!!!  In all honesty, though, those three games offered me a bigger and longer gameplay experience than any other game this year...although I'm sure I'll be back on WAR someday.
"
its been out for like 1 whole day and your judging others on what they think about GOTY? right.
#34 Posted by Linkyshinks (9880 posts) -

Left 4 Dead all the way for me. I respect that it for you is the best game of the year, but I piss on this comment here-

"Not only is this game awesome, but it's actually better than the original 2 (and yes, I am a huge banjo fan since the first)."


First off, there is no fucking way this game even comes close to either of those charming games. Secondly, It's yet another fail from you to even make such a comparison.  You are comparing a current gen game with totally different gameplay mechanics to that of a humble platform game made on the N64 made 10 years ago. Thirdly, you call yourself a Banjo fan : /




#35 Posted by get2sammyb (6412 posts) -

What I don't get is that the original poster claims he was a "Rare hater" and then claims he "loved the original two Banjo games".

Hmm?

#36 Posted by Marzy (675 posts) -

I haven't really played many games this year, due to Nintendo's awful support for the Wii. So for me, my game of the year goes to Rhythm Tengoku Gold. It's one of the best DS games I've played and is great fun. Super Smash Bros Brawl and Mario Kart Wii are also two of my favourite games this year.

#37 Edited by Linkyshinks (9880 posts) -
ColMustard said:
"jakob187 said:
"Left 4 Dead here.  Sure, it may be short on content, but it's fun every fucking time I play it.  Runners-up are Dead Space and Fallout 3.
Hell, just give me limb dismemberment at any point in a game and I'm fucking sold!!!  In all honesty, though, those three games offered me a bigger and longer gameplay experience than any other game this year...although I'm sure I'll be back on WAR someday.
"
its been out for like 1 whole day and your judging others on what they think about GOTY? right."


Well he would have had the demo for a while which gives you a good impression of the overall game and how everything works.


Marzy said:
"I haven't really played many games this year, due to Nintendo's awful support for the Wii. So for me, my game of the year goes to Rhythm Tengoku Gold. It's one of the best DS games I've played and is great fun. Super Smash Bros Brawl and Mario Kart Wii are also two of my favourite games this year."

I can understand your first and second choices Ross, but I will never understand your last, MK Wii was a bitter pill for me as you may know :), so is AC Wii for that matter, but I will getting that.



#38 Posted by Demilich (2599 posts) -

Valve has a good rep. I think it's fair to call GOTY on L4D this early. Though I'm about 5% disappointed in the game, it's still possibly the best I've played all year.

#39 Posted by atejas (3057 posts) -

Eh, it's still Lost Odyssey followed by Dead Space for me.

#40 Posted by pause422 (6181 posts) -
Demilich said:
"Valve has a good rep. I think it's fair to call GOTY on L4D this early. Though I'm about 5% disappointed in the game, it's still possibly the best I've played all year."
Yeah I pretty much agree, I have these GOTY threads but at least hes only talking about 'his' GOTY and not asking what deserves it overall. L4D is probably mine as well, though I still wish it shipped with a few more levels and weapons. Even though I know it will have legs and get a lot more content, that was still the only slight disappointment for me so far, but then again if Valve waited until they did more content for that game we might not have it until near end of 09 :P
#41 Posted by suneku (2997 posts) -

Lost Odyssey was good... dunno if it's GOTY material with all the games that came out this year though.

#42 Edited by Biggishmammal (5 posts) -

I'm sure Banjo is great I'm definately gonna play through it some time. But it's not my GOTY

Aren't a lot of these games last year - SMG to name one.

A lot of games this year were brilliant including Gears 2 but I absolutely loved Dead Space it's my GOTY.

I've not put any ammount of time into LittleBigPlanet but if I did from what I've seen it would probably then be mine and lot of other people's GOTY.

#43 Posted by Gameboi (653 posts) -

Come on, we all know MGS4 is going to take it.  Much like Final Fantasy, that game is practically a religion to gamers.

#44 Posted by atejas (3057 posts) -
Gameboi said:
"Come on, we all know MGS4 is going to take it.  Much like Final Fantasy, that game is practically a religion to gamers."
Hey, if it's games that are likely to take it, it would either be that or GTA IV. This thread is posting your own personal GOTYs.
Do I look stupid enough to think Lost Odyssey has a chance of winning GOTY?
#45 Edited by Marzy (675 posts) -
Linkyshinks said:
"ColMustard said:
"jakob187 said:
"Left 4 Dead here.  Sure, it may be short on content, but it's fun every fucking time I play it.  Runners-up are Dead Space and Fallout 3.
Hell, just give me limb dismemberment at any point in a game and I'm fucking sold!!!  In all honesty, though, those three games offered me a bigger and longer gameplay experience than any other game this year...although I'm sure I'll be back on WAR someday.
"
its been out for like 1 whole day and your judging others on what they think about GOTY? right."


Well he would have had the demo for a while which gives you a good impression of the overall game and how everything works.


Marzy said:
"I haven't really played many games this year, due to Nintendo's awful support for the Wii. So for me, my game of the year goes to Rhythm Tengoku Gold. It's one of the best DS games I've played and is great fun. Super Smash Bros Brawl and Mario Kart Wii are also two of my favourite games this year."

I can understand your first and second choices Ross, but I will never understand your last, MK Wii was a bitter pill for me as you may know :), so is AC Wii for that matter, but I will getting that.

He he, it was mostly the amount of fun I had online, but only whilst it lasted. I haven't touched the game much now, so it's only one of my favourite games of the year, for that reason.


#46 Posted by siLVUR (114 posts) -

Meh, I really liked the old Banjo games so I'm very skeptical about this one. It looks neat and all, but I love the classics too much to ever want to see it change.

#47 Posted by BoG (5188 posts) -
Demilich said:
"Valve has a good rep. I think it's fair to call GOTY on L4D this early. Though I'm about 5% disappointed in the game, it's still possibly the best I've played all year."
L4D and SSBB are probably the only games I haven't been disappointed in this year, but SSBB just isn't a candidate for me. It's between MGS4 and L4D, and potentially PoP in my opinion. Unfortunately, it won't be as tight as I had hoped. I thought Fallout 3 and Mirror's Edge would be on my list, but they aren't.
#48 Edited by chacho89 (83 posts) -

wow banjo. i havent played, but the reviews dont say that it is a game of the year candidate, i would pick GTA4 or Lilttle Big Planet, i have yet to play Fallout 3 might buy next week.

#49 Posted by CitizenKane (10506 posts) -
#50 Posted by mandeponium (275 posts) -

Lol, it may not be the GOTY but Gears 2 was damn fun.