If we're going by the whole common points on staff picks, my guess is Batman. Honestly, can't say I give a damn who wins though, but GB is the only site I care about left to give theirs, so if nothing else I'm looking forward to that podcast, so that I at least hear their reasoning for whatever it is.
It's either Borderlands or Uncharted 2. I'm guessing Borderlands though, as they still talk about that game on the Bombcast every once in a while. Uncharted 2 was only brought up during the game's release or when they talk about graphics/cinematics in games.
After these recent videos, I believe the running looks like:
1) Batman Arkham Asylum
2) Uncharted 2
3) Modern Warfare 2
Brad is the X factor that can change my betting odds hours before the final verdict is displayed
(first GB post of 2010!)
WHO CARE DEMONZ ZOULZ IZ TEH BEST AHHHH HARDCORE AHHH!!
no but seriously, GB does seem to be ridiculously unfair toward Demon Souls. That game is great and they are just writing it off as too hard, or too weird, or unfair. I honestly don't think that they gave that game a fair shake, considering they didn't even take the time to review it.
Going with Batman for the reasons others above have stated. Uncharted 2 could come out as the winner in the 4 Hour Negotiations however. I assume it's only the 4 man team and i assume it has to be a unanimous vote? Which then i think kills SF IV, and demon Souls. I also think that hurts AC II. Jeff will push strongly for MW II and Borderlands, whereas Ryan, and Brad will push more for Uncharted i think. Batman i just see as a middleground.
I don't understand why MW2 is on the cards for ANY GOTY discussions.
It's loud, raucous, fun and awesome. But it completely lacks any kind of soul. It's the definition of the summer blockbuster (even though in the northern hemisphere it was released in winter - right?).
Other than fist-pumping and thinking "man, thats pretty damn cool", what does that game do for you? Do you care about the characters? Nope. Do you care about the story? It was the means to an end. Was the animation noteworthy? Not really, it was very competent. Is the music memorable? Nope. The graphics? Clear and functional, with an occasional glimmer of flair, nothing more.
And the gameplay? Fantastic, engaging and well designed.
Great, so that's one Yay and five... not nays, just resounding "yeah that's pretty good".
Does that, a Game of the Year make?
I think not. Bitches.
They're gonna pick Uncharted, im sure of it. With no Demon's Souls to sully (ahaha) the decision making process, has to be that, or Batman. Or SFIV.
" uncharted 2 is the undisputed goty, but giant bomb will probably pick batman. "
" I don't understand why MW2 is on the cards for ANY GOTY discussions. It's loud, raucous, fun and awesome. .... Other than fist-pumping and thinking "man, thats pretty damn cool", what does that game do for you? Do you care about the characters? Do you care about the story?"Personally, I think the characters, after the Batman and Uncharted Characters, are some of the best this year.
And I care about the Story. I don't think that its great, but I care about it.
I'm not saying I think Modern Warfare 2 should be their game of the year (I actually think it should be Batman) but I am saying that I can see their point and would not be outraged if it was picked.
When I made my Best of 2009 List I was a little surprised that Batman: AA was my GOTY. I had convinced myself it would be Uncharted but when I really thought about it I realized I had more fun with Batman: AA. I won't be surprised if the same thing happens at Giant Bomb.
In the same spirit of Rare making people care about Banjo-Kazooie last year with Nuts & Bolts, the folks at Rocksteady delivered in breathing new enthusiasm into a franchise that never has seen the spotlight in video games.
That's why Batman will take home the glory this year!!!