Posted by Animasta (14848 posts) 2 years, 4 months ago

Poll: For your personal game of the year list, would you... [multiple choice] (121 votes)

Put in a game in beta/early access? 21%
Put in a game that had fantastic DLC? 36%
Put in a game that was ported to the platform of your choice? 46%
Put in a game that you just played that year? 26%
none of the above 32%

so I was considering this, because actually there are a couple options that might be put on this list because I haven't played very many games this year because I'm a poor.

Pokemon Trading Card Game Online I've been playing a lot (shut up it's a good card game) and it's still in beta, but so was DotA 2 so I wouldn't have qualms putting it there (though I wouldn't put it high up because it's buggy as shit and everyone has 4 copies of darkrai EX and it fucking sucks).

Crusader Kings 2 got the Old Gods DLC which was incredible but it was already top on my list last year so I'm still unsure of it.

and the other two are theoretical (Deadly Premonition is coming to steam this year and I'd have put Persona 2 on my list last year if they had come out then)

so what say you?

#1 Posted by Milkman (18602 posts) -

I think a game needs to come out this year for it to be on a GOTY list. I make no exceptions. And that is law.

#2 Posted by Animasta (14848 posts) -

@milkman said:

I think a game needs to come out this year for it to be on a GOTY list. I make no exceptions. And that is law.

I totally respect that, but if I applied that to myself my list would be a list of like 7, and that would include boring shit like March of the Eagles.

#3 Posted by StarvingGamer (10184 posts) -

My WiP GotY list has a game in open beta, SolForge, a game in closed beta, Hearthstone, and the Citadel DLC for ME3, although I expect Hearthstone and Citadel to fall off by the end of the year. However, games like Dust and Mark of the Ninja which I only just played this year were never in contention.

#4 Edited by SgtSphynx (2223 posts) -

I think for a game to be GotY 2013, it (the main game) has to come out in 2013. That being said, I have no issue with listing some fantastic DLC as its own separate entity on a list, even if it is for a game that came out the previous year. As far as the in beta stuff, that's kinda iffy. I feel that games should not show up on multiple years GotY lists, so if you put it on a list while it is technically not fully out, and then it comes out the following year, what do you do? I don't really have an opinion on ports, but for game that you just got to this year, I like the idea of 2013's 2012 GotY like they do with GotY deliberation here on GB.

Just my thoughts.

#5 Edited by Pr1mus (4153 posts) -

DLC and ported yes.

A middling game with amazing DLC can totally make my list and i already have Trials Evolution that released on PC this year on my list. I had Alan Wake last year because it came out on PC last year.

Edit: I think i misinterpreted what you say about DLC. If you mean consider only the DLC personally i wouldn't for a small piece like say, a Mass Effect 2 DLC but i totally count full proper expansions like Civ 5 Brave New World. But smaller chunk of DLC can sometimes enhance a middling game enough for it to make my list on the strength of its DLC but the base game has to also have come out during the current year.

#6 Posted by RonGalaxy (4074 posts) -

If it was ported to my platform of choice within the year of release, then yes. If it's a game where the main title is worthy of consideration by itself than yes. If I liked the dlc a lot but the main game wasn't worthy than I'm not sure. Does my opinion or any of ours matter on what goty is? No. Should people stop making their own goty lists? Ummm?

#7 Posted by Animasta (14848 posts) -

@pr1mus: Well my example is a full proper expansion as well, so...

#8 Posted by ArbitraryWater (13849 posts) -

Well, that's why I have a separate list of my favorite games that didn't come out this year. Of course, given that I haven't actually played a ton of this year's releases... maybe they will just be one list this time. Or I only do a top 5. I dunno.

#9 Edited by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

That fourth option is the only thing I do come GOTY season (at least if we're not counting the creation of crazy categories in their alliterative madness).

#10 Posted by BeachThunder (13891 posts) -

Standalone expansion pack type DLC is okay in my mind (for example: The Walking Dead: 400 Days).

I'm undecided about how BioShock Infinite DLC should work - if the first Buried at Sea is released this year, does that count as a release, or are the two Buried at Seas one single entity split up?

Also, old releases on your platform of choice should never count. it's a big can of worms where games from decades ago could be considered current releases - There has been a heap of old Nintendo games released via the eShops this year (Metroid, Super Mario Bros. 2, Mega Man etc...). You could basically construct a top 10 list of classics that have been released in previous years/decades. New is not the same as new to you.

Beta/Early Access games should not count as they have not actually been released yet.

Putting in a game that you just played that year is plain silly.

#11 Posted by Animasta (14848 posts) -

@video_game_king said:

That fourth option is the only thing I do come GOTY season (at least if we're not counting the creation of crazy categories in their alliterative madness).

you are the one I was thinking of when I added that last option actually!

#12 Edited by awesomeusername (4563 posts) -

None of the above

#13 Posted by fuzzybunny566 (473 posts) -

i would have to put Torchlight II on both my 2012 and 2013 GOTY lists

#14 Posted by wemibelec90 (2218 posts) -

I would only do so for these situations for a game I REALLY like. I was going to put P4 Golden on my list last year, but I hadn't actually played all the way through it yet so I left it out. I don't have issues with those who put re-releases on their lists (and only slight issues with games from previous years on lists), but I feel like it's cheating by putting those on my own list.

#15 Posted by joshwent (2892 posts) -

Just make it your...

"Game (or port or DLC including one that may be a beta/early access and didn't necessarily come out this year) of the Year"

...list, and you'll be all good.

#16 Posted by Vextroid (1504 posts) -

Ports to other Platforms (Spelunky PC will definately be in my top 10) and Delayed releases (Persona 4 Golden 2012 in the US BUT 2013 in the EU/AUS).

#17 Posted by JasonR86 (10109 posts) -

I answered one way and then realized I was wrong. FUCK. I would put in a port. I plan on putting in Thomas Was Alone because I played it this year on the PS3.

#18 Posted by Hunter5024 (6594 posts) -

I might put a port on my list, but that's about it. Though I also keep track of the games I beat which didn't come out this year. I'm thinking of using this data for some sort of separate list come December.

#19 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (6480 posts) -

I would only qualify 1 and 2 for my own list.

#20 Edited by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

Ported is A-OK for me ... that why Brütal Legend its goin to be on this year´s list :D

#21 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -


#22 Edited by tsutohiro (371 posts) -

@milkman said:

I think a game needs to come out this year for it to be on a GOTY list. I make no exceptions. And that is law.

#23 Edited by Guesty_01 (383 posts) -

I defiantly include games that have been ported to a platform I own, such as Spelunky or Terraria. I make a separate list for DLC. The other two options no.

#24 Edited by rjayb89 (7809 posts) -

What I'm doing is noting which DLC, that were released this year, that I really enjoyed this year in the description field but not including them in my actual Game of the Year list since it'll have to be me adding a title that didn't release the same year of the list. So Mass Effect 3's "Citadel" DLC and Civilization V's "Brave New World," as much as it pains me, will not cross the line. Whatever my top game of the year is really the only one that matters to me anyway. How the rest are ordered or mentioned just becomes some sort of half-remembered truths or particulars that decide how they're ordered.

Games in beta or games that I've played this year that were not released this year have no chance of entering that list as they aren't "completed" products (regarding beta games, early access, whatever) to me, and I typically don't buy into those things unless word of mouth reaches me. With Minecraft, I had just forgotten by the time it was "really" released, but had I remembered, I'd just lump in the memories I had with the game before then as my judgement for whatever appropriate list its release date corresponds with.

With games that were ported to a platform of my choice that previously did not have it, I'll lump it in there. If it's a substantial port of a game I've already played on another platform previously, it depends on how much content was added to it (ex: Persona 4 and Persona 4 Golden). If there's enough, I'll definitely consider it for Game of the Year. Persona 4 with so many improvements and just a lot of everything, hard not to really fall in love with that game again.

#25 Posted by believer258 (13550 posts) -

In order for me to consider it for my own GOTY list, it must have come out that year. It can be a remake or a re-release but it must have been given some kind of upgrade, touch-up, re-balance, or new content or something. It can't just be a Virtual Console "here's the exact same game that was released 20 years ago".

DLC and betas just don't count at all.

#26 Posted by Tajasaurus (2044 posts) -

if it's a self contained dlc (like minerva's den or the lost and damned or something) than i think that can kind of stand on it's own. i also think that ports to other systems can count if something significant has been added. i saw persona 4 golden on a lot of people's goty lists, and i think that was totally okay.

game of the year lists are a personal thing, anyway. if you felt something you played this year was phenomenal enough to appear on your top ten list then, regardless of the state of completion of the game, how the game was distributed or when it was originally released, let the world know about it, man.

#27 Posted by SunBroZak (2091 posts) -

Post-release support can definitely change my opinions on a game, even if it came out last year, but it would not go into consideration for what I take as my game of the year.

Though I would consider including games that are ported to a different platform/are in early-access.

#28 Edited by YoungFrey (1363 posts) -

The Spelunky PC port is a special case in my book. The Steam version's daily challenge is a significant value add for many.

#29 Edited by TobbRobb (5523 posts) -

As long as the game is out that year I would allow DLC to be in the equation. Otherwise I don't allow for any of those. I'm also ok with rereleases, like putting Dragon's Dogma DA on the list this year.

#30 Posted by Svenzon (875 posts) -

Maybe a port, but the rest - no.

#31 Posted by zombiepenguin9 (552 posts) -

New games. No DLC or re-releases.

#32 Posted by white_sox (228 posts) -

I have never included a piece of DLC on any of my GotY lists. If it was something like Fallout 3: Point Lookout then I'd probably consider it. I wouldn't put a piece of DLC and the game in the same list though.

I've run across the port problem before with Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. The game was released for both the Wii (2009) and the PS2 (2010). Though I had a Wii at the time, I waited for the PS2 version and decided it was ok to put it on my 2010 list.

I wouldn't include 1 and 4. That's just me though, don't let people judge your list.

#33 Edited by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

I'm starting to realize that I'm the only person who counts games I've played in the year to count for my game of the year list.

#34 Posted by Spoonman671 (5363 posts) -

My personal list? I'll do whatever the fuck I want with it.

#35 Posted by Sinusoidal (2654 posts) -

Since I never have enough free time to keep up with the number of games coming out that I want to play, my GOTY list - if I ever made such a thing - would mostly feature games that came out years ago. I'm playing Dark Souls right now. It might be my favorite game I've played this year, though 2013 is not over, and I also finally got around to playing Red Dead Redemption this year, which is another strong contender.

In any case, results for 2013 seem pretty predictable. Top three for almost everybody will be GTA V, The Last of Us and Bioshock: Infinite in whichever order according to personal preference. With a smattering of Tomb Raiders, Raymans, Saints Rows and the usual token few indie titles and PC exclusives.