So I just finished the main quest and I`m confused as hell. Everyone seems to be talking about GOTY, even greatest game of this generation. I say it`s not even RPG of the year. Not even close.
The Witcher 2 excels in every single way when it comes to establishing a believable world with interesting characters, while Dark Souls pretty much perfected this type of action oriented combat.
I really want to love this game as much as everyone else and I`ve really tried to, but the writing is so bad, so basic compared to games like the Witcher 1 & 2 or the Mass Effect series, that I cannot for one second believe that this is a real world with real people. I cringed through most of the dialogue, and had a very hard time feeling motivated to save anyone from evil. And the combat.. I mean, after playing Dark Souls for 60 hours, I don`t even know what to say. Sloppy, random and unbelievably unsatisfying, I guess.
So without the writing, the combat or the motivation to save the world, I`m left with exploring a huge open world, 160 generic, strangely (perhaps magically) lit dungeons and countless cut n paste, fantasy 101 fetch/kill quests. I guess this is what attracts people. I was bored to death after five.
Finally, I had to download Fallout 3 Mod Manager and extract some voice files to be able to get a certain NPC to even talk to me. And near the end I had to access the console and use no clip mode to get through a door that wouldn’t open. And that`s just the two bugs that would`ve prevented me from even finishing the main quest. Acceptable by a GOTY contender? Absolutely 100% not.