Super Mario Galaxy without question.
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This is a real travesty. Apparently the best parts of this generation are when games made everyone angry and/or confused. Sort of fits in with the prevailing theme of internet rage in this era. Now it seems like Dark Souls is going to win the entire bracket. That doesn't make me angry as much as it makes me profoundly depressed.
This right here is horrible. How can you force the GB community to choose between these games? Who gave you the right? Oh yeah, we did. This is the single hardest of all the polls. Two of the hands down best action games of this generation. Great main characters, great narratives, and great game play. I'm seriously thinking about abstaining.
Such an easy vote. I like Dragon Age: Origins and am surprised it made it as far as it did but dude, it's Batman. The best representation of Batman in video games.
In the previous rounds I voted for Dark Souls, not because I thought the other two games were bad but because I genuinely felt Dark Souls was a better experience. This however is a case where I can't side with it against Bioshock. Storytelling in games was the most improved part of this generation and Bioshock nailed that in addition to being a ton of fun to play. The setting itself was awe inspiring and the plot revelations were mind blowing especially if you happened to miss out on stuff like the System Shock games. All the game systems even felt like a part of a fully realized alternate history for America. The art style may not have been completely perfected graphically at the time but that's a tiny gripe to hold an otherwise incredible game.
The feeling of discovery and dread you get while playing Dark Souls is really well done. The problem is that the stuff that was great about it was instilled by a bygone age of games and wasn't necessarily pushing things forward in terms of design. There were vast improvements over the mechanics in Demons' Souls but not in things like camera perspective or responsive controls or straightforward information. It doesn't help that the frame rate gets pretty crappy on consoles. My biggest beef with Dark Souls is that the payoff at the end was not worth the overall effort. At first I feel great about myself until I realize that half a million people were playing it better than I was and most likely finished it in a fraction of the time. It feels like crap when you start hitting a wall with your character build until you learn the cheese.
I don't hate Dark Souls but I don't want games to be as punishing as that game is in the next generation. Is it so wrong to not want to feel angry while playing video games? Hopefully Dark Souls 2 blows it out of the water before this gen ends. I give my vote to Bioshock as it was a game that I enjoyed every moment of.
This right here is the single hardest pick in the entire 2nd round. Damn it if these are not 2 of the absolute best games in terms of writing, characters, and art direction. Ghost Trick probably has better music but Last of Us has some of the best voice acting this year which added so much more to that story. I can't think of a single portable experience as satisfying as Ghost Trick was in the past few years. Last Of Us used the concept of a zombie apocalypse to tell one of the most affecting video game stories I've seen. These games are both absolutely beautiful.
Aaaaaaaah why do I have to choose?! Sorry guys. I like zombies more than ghosts in most cases. This is the kind of vote where you need to go with your heart.
This is so freaking hard. I absolutely loved the experience I had as a thief in Skyrim. Chaotic Neutral is the way to go to have a good time with that game in my experience. My greed let me have the most fun I've had with an RPG in any previous generation. The popular theory that the Thieves Guild was the best story line holds true as the rest of the narrative, while impressive in its scope ended with some fairly by the numbers conclusions. Are we really expecting the next Thief game to be a better experience than Skyrim in terms of larceny? Were there some fucked up bugs? Sure here and there but not enough to hamper my overall enjoyment (as a thief).
Meanwhile there was not a single moment in Sleeping Dogs where I was not enjoying myself. The problem was that it felt like it was over too fast and I was left wanting for more of what I couldn't get. All we got were some fairly mediocre DLC that I had more fun watching the Quick Looks of than I did actually playing. I'm not saying the Skyrim DLC is drop dead amazing but at least I know it's a robust package should I go back to that game, which might be soon after this.
For all it's amazingly high quality acting, writing, and game mechanics Sleepy Dawgs was ultimately yet another open world crime game and I've played plenty of those even in the previous generation. It just might happen to be the second best open world crime game to come out this generation (top possibly being Saints Row 4). Skyrim gets my vote for the sheer breadth and depth of video game moments (as a freaking thief). Forgive me Sleeping Dogs.
I remember me and some friends of mine tried getting into making "monstrous" characters in 3rd edition but it never worked out for us. The rules are so incredibly convoluted in that specific supplement rule book. We had a running joke where my brother wanted to be a half-mummy werebear. Seeing mention of a campaign themed around horror made me think of that. Good times.
Another case where I could go either way. I went with Witcher 2 because goddamn is that game great on Xbox. I enjoyed what I've played of Fallout 3 but I never had the time nor diligence to finish it.