Wii Game of The Year Lower Score Than Others?
New Super Mario Bros. is awesome, not doubt about it. But it's also Mario, which it's safe to say everyone has played before. SH is something different, and makes pretty damn good use of the Wii. It may have it's problems but the fresh ideas really make it stand out.
Not to say the others aren't games by any means or anything like that but if you look at the 4 dudes picking, to quote Ryan, "punch out is just someone reselling your child hood", which sort of rules that out, I think they were a little off put by Wii sports because they think it's the only game that's used the motion plus and it's doing what the first wii sports done but better, but with SH it tried some new stuff, and was more of a proper game with an objective and such.
I can see their logic, and for the most part I agree.
" @Ineedaname: Whatever, Silent Hill is another Silent Hill so it is disqualifies itself if they followed their own rules. We've officially thought about this for longer than they did. "Except it plays absolutely nothing like any Silent Hill game before it. I'm not sure where you're getting your argument from.
" @ez123: Well bar punch out and some multiplayer of other various games they all never seemed to play any others. "And this isn't limited to just Wii games. Most of them never got around to spending much time with Dragon Age, and Dave, who wasn't involved in the deliberations, was the one that reviewed the game.
" @Hailinel: If two people agree that a game is great, that's like..... twice as many. That's my point. "But Brad's argument for Silent Hill was enough to convince the others that it should be awarded Best Wii Game. The awards are not run as a democracy; it doesn't revolve around voting for whatever you think is best.
I'm actually glad they chose Silent Hill as their Wii GotY. I sold my Wii for a PS3 in '08, and Silent Hill has really been the only serious game I've seen that I didn't think could be done anywhere else.
Scores in this also don't really matter. Scores judge the quality of a game, but a Game of the Year award goes to the game that had the most impact on the journalist, and gaming itself.
The review score descriptions are too focused on the fulfilment of potential, rather than rewarding ambition and innovation, which is how you end up with a straight Punch-Out remake scoring 5 stars in 2009.
Disregarding scores for GOTY discussion is still the right way to go. Gamespot actually gave their GOTY award to Demon's Souls (9.0) over Uncharted 2 (9.5), so this isn't an isolated case.
Regarding the amount of time spent with games, like one person said, the game of the year isn't a democracy. Also, you can be aware of how good a game without playing it. Everyone was aware of the different aspects of each game, and therefore was aware of how good each game was. Also, abut the original question, wii sports resort and punch out are very good at what they do, and were given five stars for being plain fun. It seems as though silent hill a better crafted, more technically proficient game that surpasses expectations for wii games while taking advantage of the system's motion control well.
...And that's all
I dunno, if just hearing the twist was enough to cause the other three to pull out of their arguments and say that that alone is cooler and more impactful then what game I want to be on the list is without them even needing to play it, it says something about the game itself.
After reading the story of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories...as well as researching a lot of the different outcomes that the game has in it...I don't see how any other Wii game could've been given the award. I also think that Adam Sessler needs to choke on a dick for his review of the game.
The game is obviously greater than the sum of its parts, and one that is judged against a higher standard in the genre it is categorized than the other two. Wii Resort is a 5-star sports compilation on the wii, Shattered Memories has a few bugs that were left in the game that took some people out of the experience. However, looked at side by side, Shattered memories was the better game. I'm pretty sure Brad didn't rate the game against Wii Sports Resort, he rated it against what he felt the potential of the game was, in relation to the Wii game catalogue and genre it occupied. In the end, like I said from the beginning, it happened to be more than the sum of its parts.
I've put in about 87 hours into Wii Sports Resort, but Silent Hill: Shattered Memories story telling was some of the best I've seen in a while for a video game. As soon as I finished the game, I was compelled to start it again. I'm sure when it's all said and done I'll probably play through it 3 or 4 times. That's a pretty big deal for me, because I'm usually a one run and done kind of gamer.
I had planned on getting the game a while ago, way before Brad's review and the Wii GotY award. I wasn't disappointed. Having only played Silent Hill and Silent Hill 2 and then leaving the series, I found it a nice reboot or an alternate Silent Hill reality. It's my favorite Wii game this year, that's for sure.
The game has some glaring flaws, that much is true, but what it does well it does so well that it definitely deserves GotY for the Wii.
" After reading the story of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories...as well as researching a lot of the different outcomes that the game has in it...I don't see how any other Wii game could've been given the award. I also think that Adam Sessler needs to choke on a dick for his review of the game. "It's clear that Sessler only played through the game once and didn't take into account that many of the things that looked like puzzles were in fact only there to examine you and your actions. Couldn't have missed the point of the game harder even if he tried.
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