My early, so fucking, early pick for Game of the Year.

While it is only in late May, with so many games coming out soon and later this year it seems like an insane idea to write a blog about my Game of the Year so far. In May.... So lets begin (smacks hands and cracks neck). 
 
To be fully honest, I have a completely different taste in games then most of you. I have never played a Call of Duty game, not into any game with the word "craft" in it, but I've always seemed to be really into and praise game that are just good by everyone's standards. Case in point. My favorite game, ever, is Fallout 3. Hands down, I will stand by that through and through. But I know tons of people who hate it, yet, I would pick that as my Game of the Year every year if Bethesda would return my e-mails on re-releasing it every year (you can only ignore my e-mails for so long). This is the internet and not everyone will agree with me anyway. To get back on track though, here's what I think my Game of the Year so far is.... Dead Space 2
 
What I love about Dead Space 2 is that you start off knowing absolutely nothing about what the fuck is going on. While the first one had that sense of "what the fuck" when you first arrived on USG Ishimura, it really pushes that even further cause there really isn't a back story on why you're there or how you got there for a good course of the game. But where I really want to spend time on is the story. The story of Dead Space 2 is a phenomenal, it nicely builds up to a fantastic finale. But what really helps, and I'm sure lots of people disagree, is that Isaac talks in this one. In the first one, all Isaac did was moan and breathe deeply. You never got a sense of fear or questioning. Now, you get to at least hear the tension in his voice, the terror he is in, and the continued moaning and out of breathe running. But Isaac is more of a person, he questions, and asks, he reacts. It all helps the story play out in a whole different way then the first game did. And there's a scene where you keep expecting something to happen in a familiar area, and nothing does. Isaac is terrified, and it shows. He keeps waiting. Nothing. Best moment of the year, hands down. 
 
While the main combat of the game stays the same as the first one, that's not a bad thing. The first game had amazing combat and the basic upgrading system is still there. But I felt this one was a little easier then the first Dead Space. And it wasn't as terrifying as the first one atmosphere wise. While the atmosphere of Dead Space 2 is still great, don't get me wrong, it just has a different one then the first. It's more open, I never got attacked and didn't know where to go and got pushed against a wall like in the first one. I always had plenty of room to move around, aside from a few places. It's not without it's moments of horror though, it is still a creepy as hell game, but it all feels like they subbed horror for action. While that's a little disappointing, it's a small blemish in what I think is otherwise a fantastic setting. 
 
While I'm sure you all are playing L.A. Noire, DiRT 3, Witcher 2 and any game that is hot right now. If you haven't played Dead Space 2 yet, you must. I truly can't see me playing a game this year that will match this one in terms of a quality experience. Visceral Games has continued to make fantastic games, and I can't wait to see what they have in store for the Dead Space franchise. 

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Posted by gingertastic_10

While it is only in late May, with so many games coming out soon and later this year it seems like an insane idea to write a blog about my Game of the Year so far. In May.... So lets begin (smacks hands and cracks neck). 
 
To be fully honest, I have a completely different taste in games then most of you. I have never played a Call of Duty game, not into any game with the word "craft" in it, but I've always seemed to be really into and praise game that are just good by everyone's standards. Case in point. My favorite game, ever, is Fallout 3. Hands down, I will stand by that through and through. But I know tons of people who hate it, yet, I would pick that as my Game of the Year every year if Bethesda would return my e-mails on re-releasing it every year (you can only ignore my e-mails for so long). This is the internet and not everyone will agree with me anyway. To get back on track though, here's what I think my Game of the Year so far is.... Dead Space 2
 
What I love about Dead Space 2 is that you start off knowing absolutely nothing about what the fuck is going on. While the first one had that sense of "what the fuck" when you first arrived on USG Ishimura, it really pushes that even further cause there really isn't a back story on why you're there or how you got there for a good course of the game. But where I really want to spend time on is the story. The story of Dead Space 2 is a phenomenal, it nicely builds up to a fantastic finale. But what really helps, and I'm sure lots of people disagree, is that Isaac talks in this one. In the first one, all Isaac did was moan and breathe deeply. You never got a sense of fear or questioning. Now, you get to at least hear the tension in his voice, the terror he is in, and the continued moaning and out of breathe running. But Isaac is more of a person, he questions, and asks, he reacts. It all helps the story play out in a whole different way then the first game did. And there's a scene where you keep expecting something to happen in a familiar area, and nothing does. Isaac is terrified, and it shows. He keeps waiting. Nothing. Best moment of the year, hands down. 
 
While the main combat of the game stays the same as the first one, that's not a bad thing. The first game had amazing combat and the basic upgrading system is still there. But I felt this one was a little easier then the first Dead Space. And it wasn't as terrifying as the first one atmosphere wise. While the atmosphere of Dead Space 2 is still great, don't get me wrong, it just has a different one then the first. It's more open, I never got attacked and didn't know where to go and got pushed against a wall like in the first one. I always had plenty of room to move around, aside from a few places. It's not without it's moments of horror though, it is still a creepy as hell game, but it all feels like they subbed horror for action. While that's a little disappointing, it's a small blemish in what I think is otherwise a fantastic setting. 
 
While I'm sure you all are playing L.A. Noire, DiRT 3, Witcher 2 and any game that is hot right now. If you haven't played Dead Space 2 yet, you must. I truly can't see me playing a game this year that will match this one in terms of a quality experience. Visceral Games has continued to make fantastic games, and I can't wait to see what they have in store for the Dead Space franchise. 

Posted by sarahsdad

FWIW, I agree with you so far about Dead Space2. I'm also not into the Duty or Craft games, so maybe there's a connection. 
As much as I enjoyed Dragon Age II, and as much as I'm enjoying L.A. Noire, Dead Space is at the top of the list. 
Having said that, Last year's Assassin's Creed was number 2 on my list; the mechanics and story really worked for me. If this year's installment keeps that level, it would definitely give DS2 a run for my top spot.

Posted by Claude

I bought too many games at one time. Right now I'm trying to play Fallout: New Vegas, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and The Witcher 2. Why I did this I have no idea. I absolutely adored the first Dead Space. It might be an end of year game I play. I haven't forgot about it. 

Edited by GetEveryone

I actually dreamed about DS2 last night, and desperately want to play it. Need to get back to my house... 
 
Great, if early, pick, dude (so many commas!).

Posted by gingertastic_10
@sarahsdad: Can't say I will play the new Assassin's Creed. Never got into that series. But glad to know I'm not alone on loving Dead Space :) 
 
@Claude: I tend to do that. I bought New Vegas and de Blob 2 with plans on beating them. Yeah. That hasn't happened. Need to stop buying games! 
 
@GetEveryone
: Haha yeah, sorry about that. I love commas. I've always added them in inappropriate places.