Still got a few games to finish: currently in the middle of wrapping up GTA, then I'm going back to Last of Us and am also currently working my way through ACIV. Played Brothers last weekend and The Swapper this; but still a few things left before my list is final. Once it's done, though, I'll be sure to pop it in here. Always great to see how people felt about all these different games. Thanks for doing this! =]
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Thanks for doing this! I've been listening to the GotYs in reverse year order, currently at Day Five of 2010. I like to do that in December, really interests me to recall where we were at each year and compare.
You realize they were on their own before, right?... They joined CBSi for a reason.
Exactly this. They were an "indie" site for several years. Aside from the Tested guys not being around, very little has changed since moving here other than a slight improvement in production values - and a bunch of cool additional content (both subscriber and non-sub). If you came to the site since they've been here, I suggest tracking down the videos where they explained the decision to come here. If you have been here longer than that, then hopefully this post was intended purely in jest.
Yeah, it's completely ridiculous. That much was stated from the start in the initial post. Arbitrarily picking one game from this entire generation to be objectively "better" than every other one is a preposterous notion.
But this website was built on preposterous notions, so why not? It isn't hurting anyone (unless they decide to take it seriously), and it's a chance for us to contemplate what our favourite games are - and, for me at least, to look back over the past eight years (-ish) and admire what an incredible generation packed with fantastic titles it's been. The fact that it's ridiculous is what makes it so great, in my mind.
It's absolutely ridiculous, and I love it for that reason. People taking it so seriously make it amazing. I know what games I love from this generation, but it's fun to see people fight about it.
So, sure, it's ridiculous. Picking a GOTG is like picking a Painting of Eternity. Is Starry Night better than Mona Lisa? Everyone sees (experiences, absorbs) something different, so who's to judge? But as long as people remember that it's ridiculous, it's all in good fun.
As it stands, it's mostly in good fun...
What these guys said.
46 of them. A solid amount. Haven't finished all of them but I've played enough to get a good feel, at the least. And checking through, I'd estimate that I've watched at least half an hour or more of footage from every game on here that I haven't played.
Dammit - I've missed the first two thirds of the initial bracket.
Looking through the picks though, you guys did well. The only few games I would have probably picked myself (Borderlands, SMB, Gears 3) all lost out to fantastic titles that I'm not unhappy to see go through.
I'm so glad Street Fighter IV edged it as well. I'm still debating in my head, but that might be my final top pick for this generation.
This for me is "Wonderful story with strong gameplay" versus "Pretty mediocre story with some of my favourite gameplay of the generation".
I could really go with either of these. It's tough because the Last of Us hype train is still rolling strong right now (choo choo!) so that makes me want to pick it more than I might in a few months.
But y'know, I'll go with inFamous. I platinumed that game, playing through it with both alignments, and trying it on both normal and hard difficulties. Mechanically there's been almost no other game that made me want to come back to it as much as that game did. It was so gratifying. Also I don't honestly see it beating TLOU, and it deserves recognition. I'm certainly okay with inFamous not winning, but it would be my pick even in a vacuum.
I think this is the only poll in this bracket where I haven't played one of the games; and I haven't played either of them.
That said, I've seen a little of both, and from that and hearing plenty of chatter on both titles I feel comfortable picking TWD.
In fact, y'know what sways me to it? Those articles Scoops did on the player decisions. I didn't even play the game but I found those discussions fucking fascinating.
I think people actually miss the whole definition of 'Game of the Generation' thing to begin with in these polls, this isn't your favourite game out of the two , this is what in this generation of gaming did this game do differently that made it stand out from previous generations. (At least thats what I've thought these polls have been about, if it's simply Favourite Game of the Generation then fuck it, Fallout 3.)
See, I figured this was the "GB's community's favourite game of the generation", or at least that's the impression I got from the initial thread. I don't think it's possible for so many different people to arbitrarily decide which game was the most influential or unique, because even then that probably depends on what kind of games you like.
That said, under either category, I'd probably still take Ghost Trick. It was an incredible experience on a platform that didn't have as many of those as the home consoles. It's a tightly-structured game with some real personality to the characters. I enjoyed Heavy Rain, but the gameplay didn't feel that advanced from what Fahrenheit / Indigo Prophecy achieved, and the characters for the most part weren't as strong as I would have liked to have seen, especially given that game's heavy focus on story. A lot of them felt a little cookie-cutter (it actually almost hurts me to say that, it's really too strong of a phrase, but we're nitpicking here).
Man this is way closer than I anticipated. I guess the Vinfluence shouldn't be underestimated.
A real tough fight, but GTA5 takes it because it just offers more. And given what Sleeping Dogs brings to the table, that's saying a lot.
But I adored the characters in GTA5, and the world went back to that bright, sunny feel that was I think a large part of why I love San Andreas so much.