I haven't played Civ V but I have a feeling I would like it more. I abstain.
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These are just silly to include in these discussions. It's already weird enough that they're both free to play PC games. Personally I consider Dota 2 an early next gen game. I have a stock PC bought shortly after the new consoles launched and Dota runs like dog crap. It's playable but that game seems like such a waste of a time investment without the best possible video settings. Meanwhile League of Legends runs just fine. I'm not going to upgrade to that level of fidelity and consider myself to be playing something in the same generation as home consoles.
Also worth considering are the improvements they've made to stuff like streaming, spectating modes, match making, and just the raw playability have been revolutionary to that genre of games to the point that it has taken those games beyond what they're capable of in a previous era of design. However it had to take lessons from dozens of MOBAs to get to where it is. Almost like some sort of next generation. I really couldn't get invested in either game but I pretty much have to vote for League based on my personal politics.
And this is the part where I say this slot really should have been Pac Man CE DX and Condemned 2.
This was so easy. XCOM just tapped into so much of what I like about sci-fi and video games. I consider that game one of the best survival horror experiences to come out this generation. I realize not many people look at it like that. If you told me that the last of Earth's defenses were scraping together resources to survive an apocalypse of alien monsters then I'd call that survival horror. It may not be the typically 1st or 3rd-person corridor crawl with limited ammo and jump scares but it shows that those types of games can be conveyed with a lot of different game play mechanics acting as a whole.
Valkyria Chronicles was okay from what I've played. It's just you know, it's yet another World War allegory but with a lot more anime. It felt needlessly punishing at times so I stopped playing it. Pretty good for a rental but fuck that big tank.
This is probably the hardest vote so far. On one hand Braid has some incredibly smart game play and some insane narrative implications. On the other hand Fez is Feeeeezzzzzz. But seriously I liked Fez's art style about ten times more than Braid's and that moment when you realize what's going on in that game is indescribable. That game brought me back to a better time in video games. I'm more intrigued to see if nostalgia could triumph over innovation this early in the bracket. I might go with Fez's overall look, sound, and style over Braid's. Braid still has sharper game play but there can be only one.
I really can't understand why there are PC games in this bracket. I get that there are a lot of supporters of PC games on the site but c'mon. It's not like anybody's saying "I can't wait for the new PCs to come out." That's a generation of games that never really ends. The whole point of this thread is that the current gen of home consoles is about to end. I'll make more arguments against it when the voting starts for those games.
@hailinel: MK vs DCU did the linear story thing before and Destrega did it before all these games on PS1. Just because a game does something first doesn't necessarily make it better as evidenced by the preliminary voting.
@atlas: Cinematic narrative may have been a better way to put it. The way we've evolved stories in games through technical achievement of seamless environmental and game play transitions has been at the peak of my experiences with these consoles. In addition to that we've been given some damn great writing and the best voice work and performance capture that games have ever produced. I know it feels wrong to focus on something that sort of invokes the "triple A" moniker but I think without those games developers would never aim higher to craft an experience that truly lasts for generations.