RecSpec's 2012 GOTY Awards: Day Two

Today is the second day of my random Game of the Year awards, you can see yesterday's here. Today we have 2012's 2011 Game of the Year, Biggest Disappointment, Biggest Surprise, Best Sidequest, and the Persistence Award going to the biggest time-waster. As with yesterday these will be presented by psychotic AI rabbit Zero III. To start things off, the best game from last year, Zero, take it away!
   
 

2012 2011 Game of the Year: Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception




Multiplayer! I went from being addicted to the multiplayer in this game to hating it as much as humanly possible.So much time put into Uncharted 3 multiplayer, I actually hit the max level at the time. Naughty Dog has supported the game well throughout the year, adding new maps and characters at first, then new taunts and costume pieces later on. There is also a tournament system which is kind of neat. Seriously though, those taunts are amazing. From Gangnam Style to the Carlton, there are a bunch of silly taunts and they are worth the price of admission. I spent more time playing this than any other multiplayer game.

Runners-up: The Binding of Isaac, Driver: San Francisco
 
    

Biggest Disappointment: Street Fighter X Tekken 


This year went from being an awesome year for fighting games to a ho-hum year. Many fighting games from various series fell flat. There have been a lot of ports of old fighting games, but those are only ports. The biggest failure was Street Fighter X Tekken by miles. Everything sounded neat on paper. Street Fighter with some Tekken added in, a neat roster of characters, a cool looking gem system, and some of the best pre-release trailers in a long time. In the end, the combat was okay, the gem system nearly forgotten, and the whole thing was buried by a mountain of DLC. Plus, after putting so much time into Street Fighter IV, this didn't stand out enough to drag me back in. It was okay, but should have been so much more. The little plastic arcade bank is neat at least.

Runners-up: Lollipop Chainsaw, The World Ends With You iOS port. 
 

 Persistence Award: Borderlands 2

This award goes to the game where I spent the most time accomplishing very little. Borderlands 2 gets the award hands down. Because of a nasty combination of my refusal to ask for help and my Monster Hunter experience. I spent hours and hours farming for rare weapons. Most of my farming expeditions ended in failure (Hide of Terramorphous, Deliverance, Conference Call) while some actually paid off (Baby Maker, The Bee, Maggie). The worst part about all of this is that the ones that I actually got the weapon only lasted a half hour or so. While the failed farming sessions lasted for hours, I think I spent six hours killing The Warrior to get the Conference Call. I finally got one from a friend, the game broke me. To make things worse, the latest Borderlands patch seems to have killed shotguns completely...so thanks?

Runners-up: Rhythm Heaven Fever, Trials Evolution 
 

 Biggest Surprise: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

I think I’m a Sonic the Hedgehog fan. The only Sonic game I’ve enjoyed that came out after Sonic Adventure 2 was Sonic Generations. I thought Sonic 4: Episode 1 was trash. Miserable trash that deserved to be buried. When Episode 2 was announced, I bought it because I was stupid and dumb and MAYBE this was going to be good. Guess what, it was pretty damn good. I loved the gameplay, and I loved the team attacks with tails. The stages weren’t anything special, but the bosses were great. There was a moment when you face the first boss, and the beginning of it is a mirror image of Aquatic Ruin’s boss from Sonic 2. I was pissed, thinking “Oh, here we go again, more of the same pandering to people who liked the old game.” The boss then changes to some crazy monster, and I was blown away. They saw what they did wrong, and fixed it. And it’s a great Sonic game. Either that or I’m developing Stockholm Syndrome, but I think the game is decent.

Runners-up: No More Heroes: World Ranker, PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection 
 

Best Sidequest: "A Better Fidget", Dust: An Elysian Tail

Dust: An Elysian Tail had a bunch of sidequests that were okay, but “A Better Fidget” blew them all away. In this quest a little girl thinks your sidekick is a doll, so you set out to create a doll to make the kid happy. What makes the quest so great is the dialogue between the main characters Dust and Fidget. After gathering the materials, you take them to the shop to create the doll, and it’s definitely the best dialogue exchange this year. The best part about it all is that it’s completely out there for the characters, but not unbelievable. If you hear mention of a “Stupid hat club” this year, there’s a good chance it was because of this. Also, “Forever.” The voice actors behind this scene made it the most memorable by far. 

Runners-up: "Out of Body Experience", Borderlands 2; "Battle of Jiange", Warriors Orochi 3 
 
That's all for today, thanks for reading. Tune in tomorrow for more awards, including Best Sidekick, Best Boss Fight, and the coveted Best Ending award. For other additional awards and other nonsense check out my other blog Really Bad Future or follow me on Twitter. Until next time, folks.
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Today is the second day of my random Game of the Year awards, you can see yesterday's here. Today we have 2012's 2011 Game of the Year, Biggest Disappointment, Biggest Surprise, Best Sidequest, and the Persistence Award going to the biggest time-waster. As with yesterday these will be presented by psychotic AI rabbit Zero III. To start things off, the best game from last year, Zero, take it away!
   
 

2012 2011 Game of the Year: Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception




Multiplayer! I went from being addicted to the multiplayer in this game to hating it as much as humanly possible.So much time put into Uncharted 3 multiplayer, I actually hit the max level at the time. Naughty Dog has supported the game well throughout the year, adding new maps and characters at first, then new taunts and costume pieces later on. There is also a tournament system which is kind of neat. Seriously though, those taunts are amazing. From Gangnam Style to the Carlton, there are a bunch of silly taunts and they are worth the price of admission. I spent more time playing this than any other multiplayer game.

Runners-up: The Binding of Isaac, Driver: San Francisco
 
    

Biggest Disappointment: Street Fighter X Tekken 


This year went from being an awesome year for fighting games to a ho-hum year. Many fighting games from various series fell flat. There have been a lot of ports of old fighting games, but those are only ports. The biggest failure was Street Fighter X Tekken by miles. Everything sounded neat on paper. Street Fighter with some Tekken added in, a neat roster of characters, a cool looking gem system, and some of the best pre-release trailers in a long time. In the end, the combat was okay, the gem system nearly forgotten, and the whole thing was buried by a mountain of DLC. Plus, after putting so much time into Street Fighter IV, this didn't stand out enough to drag me back in. It was okay, but should have been so much more. The little plastic arcade bank is neat at least.

Runners-up: Lollipop Chainsaw, The World Ends With You iOS port. 
 

 Persistence Award: Borderlands 2

This award goes to the game where I spent the most time accomplishing very little. Borderlands 2 gets the award hands down. Because of a nasty combination of my refusal to ask for help and my Monster Hunter experience. I spent hours and hours farming for rare weapons. Most of my farming expeditions ended in failure (Hide of Terramorphous, Deliverance, Conference Call) while some actually paid off (Baby Maker, The Bee, Maggie). The worst part about all of this is that the ones that I actually got the weapon only lasted a half hour or so. While the failed farming sessions lasted for hours, I think I spent six hours killing The Warrior to get the Conference Call. I finally got one from a friend, the game broke me. To make things worse, the latest Borderlands patch seems to have killed shotguns completely...so thanks?

Runners-up: Rhythm Heaven Fever, Trials Evolution 
 

 Biggest Surprise: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

I think I’m a Sonic the Hedgehog fan. The only Sonic game I’ve enjoyed that came out after Sonic Adventure 2 was Sonic Generations. I thought Sonic 4: Episode 1 was trash. Miserable trash that deserved to be buried. When Episode 2 was announced, I bought it because I was stupid and dumb and MAYBE this was going to be good. Guess what, it was pretty damn good. I loved the gameplay, and I loved the team attacks with tails. The stages weren’t anything special, but the bosses were great. There was a moment when you face the first boss, and the beginning of it is a mirror image of Aquatic Ruin’s boss from Sonic 2. I was pissed, thinking “Oh, here we go again, more of the same pandering to people who liked the old game.” The boss then changes to some crazy monster, and I was blown away. They saw what they did wrong, and fixed it. And it’s a great Sonic game. Either that or I’m developing Stockholm Syndrome, but I think the game is decent.

Runners-up: No More Heroes: World Ranker, PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection 
 

Best Sidequest: "A Better Fidget", Dust: An Elysian Tail

Dust: An Elysian Tail had a bunch of sidequests that were okay, but “A Better Fidget” blew them all away. In this quest a little girl thinks your sidekick is a doll, so you set out to create a doll to make the kid happy. What makes the quest so great is the dialogue between the main characters Dust and Fidget. After gathering the materials, you take them to the shop to create the doll, and it’s definitely the best dialogue exchange this year. The best part about it all is that it’s completely out there for the characters, but not unbelievable. If you hear mention of a “Stupid hat club” this year, there’s a good chance it was because of this. Also, “Forever.” The voice actors behind this scene made it the most memorable by far. 

Runners-up: "Out of Body Experience", Borderlands 2; "Battle of Jiange", Warriors Orochi 3 
 
That's all for today, thanks for reading. Tune in tomorrow for more awards, including Best Sidekick, Best Boss Fight, and the coveted Best Ending award. For other additional awards and other nonsense check out my other blog Really Bad Future or follow me on Twitter. Until next time, folks.