The second trip to Unova, except two years after the first. This game removes a lot of the issues critics had with the first game, such as allowing you to catch pokemon from other regions prior to beating the Elite 4. It also adds a lot fun minigames such as Pokestar Studios and Join Avenue which will have you playing for hours
A game I literally just finished is on this list? Yes, Tales of Graces F is not only a fantastic entry into the Tales franchise, but is also a fantastic game in general. It takes the classic Tales formual and changes it up by having a "Seven Years Prior" prologue and completely overhauling the gameplay. however this did mean it took some time to get used to and might seem strange to hardcore Tales fans. However, this is one game that should not be passed up.
The final game in the Commander Shepard trilogy ends on a rather dim note for some. However, I found Mass Effect 3 to be a very enjoyable game from start to end. Even though many disliked the ending, I found it merely mediocre. However, Bioware listened to the fans and released free DLC to answer most of the complaints that fans had and that helped to seal this as one of my favourite games of this year
Why does it hurt to play this game. No, really, it physically hurts. Playig this game for too long tends to cramp my hands, but it's so fun that I can't stop and end up not caring. The dialouge is charming and witty, the characters are fleshed out and interesting, and it actually has some semblance of challenge. It also has a fun online mode that I wouldn't have expected from a game like this.
The second to last game in the Master Xehanort saga of the Kingdom Hearts universe. This game was essentially made to tide us over until KH 3 comes out, and it worked. Fun level designs, the ability to control Riku in a style that doesn't make me want to play Baten Kaitos instead and a pretty epic storyline seals this as my third favourite KH games after BBS and RE: coded.
Okay, technically this isn't a game in itself, just a collection of three (technically five) games, but anything that lets me play Peace Walker with a tolerable camera deserves a GOTY spot in my book. Also, each of these games look pretty good in HD
Another Pokemon spinoff that's actually based off of a Japanese franchise that most westeners won't have heard of. When this game was first being released, I instantly thought of the Fire Emblem series, and even though it isn't a Fire Emblem game, it's still a fantastic TBS with a interesting enough story to keep you interested
Oh block pushing puzzles, why do I completely fail at completing you. While I have yet to finish Catherine, what I have played of Catherine is enough to keep me entertained and I really feel like I am shaping Vincent's choices and relationships with Katherine and Catherine (confusing, I know). Also, interacting with the random NPC's in and out of the dreams really helps to flesh out the world more by making relatable characters that I can't help but feel sorry for.
Yet another game I have yet to beat. However, unlike Catherine, I am at what I believe is the final boss/ bosses so I am able to make a better judgement here. While a lot of people hated FF XIII, I really enjoyed it, and everything I liked and disliked about XIII is improved on in FFXIII-2. The areas are varied, it's not as linear, and the music is even better (Crazy Chocobo, really?). And in general, I thought the entire game was pleasent to play through, beginning to end.
A rhythm game on a GOTY list? Theatrhythm has done what I thought impossible and made me think about Final Fantasy VIII in a different light. At first I hated it. Now I find the music charming and everything else boring. Theatrhythm has a fantastic chocie of songs from thirteen different games, along with a fantastic selection of DLC that adds to the replay value of the game, makiing you want to beat all of the songs on ultimate while leveling all of the characters to ninety-nine and unlocking the bonus characters.
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