Mid-year check up: GOTY so far?

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Posted by liquiddragon (3556 posts) 2 months, 23 days ago

Poll: Mid-year check up: GOTY so far? (453 votes)

A Plague Tale: Innocence 0%
Ace Combat 7 1%
Ape Out 0%
Apex Legends 7%
Baba is You 2%
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night 3%
Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda 1%
Collection of Mana 0%
Crackdown 3 0%
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled 0%
Dauntless 0%
Days Gone 2%
Dead or Alive 6 0%
Devil May Cry 5 3%
Dirt Rally 2.0 0%
The Division 2 2%
Dota Underlords 1%
F1 2019 0%
Far Cry New Dawn 0%
God Eater 3 0%
Judgment 2%
Katana ZERO 0%
Kingdom Hearts 3 2%
Metro Exodus 1%
Mortal Kombat 11 2%
My Friend Pedro 0%
Observation 0%
Outer Wilds 9%
RAGE 2 0%
Resident Evil 2 17%
Samurai Shodown 0%
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice 13%
Slay the Spire 4%
SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech 0%
Sunless Skies 0%
Super Mario Maker 2 7%
Team Sonic Racing 0%
Teamfight Tactics 0%
Tetris 99 1%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 2%
Trials Rising 0%
Wargroove 0%
World War Z 0%
Yoshi's Crafted World 0%
Others 4%
Poll 12%

I get the sense that most ppl think this is a slow year and I thought so myself but looking at all that's come out this year, on paper, it's actually pretty solid. Maybe not everything came out as well as ppl hoped but it's far from a bad year.

The only games I've played from this year are Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 and out of those, REmake2 takes the cake. DMC5 is a solid entry in the series and probably ranks just outside of top 5 in the character action games list (DMC1,DMC3,NGB,Bayo1,Bayo2.) That said, it feels like more care went into REmake2 at the Capcom house.

What's your GOTY so far half-way through the year?

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#51 Edited by liquiddragon (3556 posts) -

GOTY s'far

  1. Resident Evil 2 (18%)
  2. Sekiro (13%)
  3. Outer Wilds (8%)
  4. Super Mario Maker 2, Aplex Legends (6%)
  5. Bloodstained, Slay the Spire (4%)
  6. Devil May Cry 5, The Division 2 (3%)
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#52 Posted by ATastySlurpee (689 posts) -

I'll go with the one I've played the most so far, Mortal Kombat 11. I haven't finished Rage 2 yet and I still want to play a few on this list, but I've been chipping away at some older game in my backlog.

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#53 Posted by ATastySlurpee (689 posts) -

Cant remember the name of for my life, but is that other samurai game (PS3 exclusive?) still coming out this year or did it get pushed to 2020?

I think you meant PS4, but are you talking about Ghost of Tsushima?

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#54 Posted by lib3r4t3 (2 posts) -

My goty list so far:

1. Steam World Quest: Hand of Gilgamech

Cute, endearing, uniquely challenging and the best of Image and Form's formula executed today. I want more of these 6 lovely robots.

2. Katana Zero

A great game with a plot that makes sense by the end, fantastic gameplay and a cool slow down mechanic that by the end you only need for the precise moments. That moment where you clear a whole room without slowdown for the first time is bliss.

3. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

I haven't had the drive to do extras for awhile, but this game made me want to grind for resources and cook every recipe and track things down even when I didn't have anything. The exact game I never knew I wanted. I think I like it more than the original games it payed homage to, even if I find those games less flawed.

4. Resident Evil 2 Remake

Wowowowow Recency bias might be why this strikes lower. I had a blast with this game and I think it's an easy recommend to anyone. I played through Leon A and Claire B with a buddy and I'm tempted to pick it up for myself and play more, or finally play the original. Great feel and look and great corny story. #heels on gratedcatwalks

5. Golf Peaks

Surprise of the year? Best puzzler so far? Better than Baba is You? The magic of this game comes from it's simplicity. I was able to get my mom and my roommate, both less experienced gamers, play through chunks of this game and not pass back the controller after I forced them onto my couch and put their controller in their hand. Baba is You is great and too challenging and pushed me away while the simple aesthetics and concept of Golf Peaks was manageable and could teach non-gamers their system without any words and keep them engaged while remaining at a steady pace. I really think this little game needs more champions.

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#55 Posted by glots (4428 posts) -

@cornfed40 said:

Cant remember the name of for my life, but is that other samurai game (PS3 exclusive?) still coming out this year or did it get pushed to 2020?

I think you meant PS4, but are you talking about Ghost of Tsushima?

I don't think they ever stated that Tsushima would be coming out this year and with 6 months to go, I imagine that at best we'll get a release date announcement for next year during their next State of Play. The last official thing Sony said about it is that it's still coming to PS4 and hasn't become a PS5 title.

Going a little off-topic, but the remainder of the year's not too hot, when it comes to PS4 exclusives on the AAA level. There's Death Stranding and...well, that's it.

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#56 Posted by SirDeimos (12 posts) -

So glad I took the time to play Outer Wilds. It's the only new game I've played this year and it easily comes in as one of my Top 5 of all time. Going in knowing as little as possible is definitely the way that game is meant to be played. I've talked to a few people that say the only reason they haven't touched it yet is because Epic Games Store, and that held me back as well but it is certainly worth that hurdle.

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#57 Posted by hermes (2638 posts) -

Still fairly new in my mind to say, but I think its telling that when I am not playing Bloodstained, I am thinking about playing Bloodstained. I haven't felt that way in years...

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#58 Posted by Darkaileron (207 posts) -

It's too early in the year for me to cast a vote.... MM2 just came out, that would feel impulsive, and although I'm playing Bloodstained a lot I don't think it'll make the cut.

...Goty might be Tetris 99

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#59 Posted by AlisterCat (8106 posts) -

I inherently don't like ranking, because my feelings aren't precise nor do I think they should be. I chose Sekiro but Resident Evil 2 and a few others are all up there for me.

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#60 Posted by casselld (18 posts) -

Probably Resident Evil 2, but it's hard choice between that and Sekiro. I loved Sekiro at launch, but I don't know if I ever want to play it again, whereas I completed Resident Evil 2 numerous times at release because it was just so fun.

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#61 Posted by Pinefresh (157 posts) -

Going way off the board and I'm saying Hypnospace Outlaw, and I don't think there's anything else on the horizon this year that's going to dethrone it for me. Everything in that game clicked with me in a pretty extreme way and overall it was a hell of a unique package.

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#62 Posted by niko_of_death (282 posts) -

I love the Nioh 2 Alpha, though given there isn't a release date yet I doubt it's coming out this year. Waiting on a PC version of Judge Eyes so can't judge that yet. Grand Deceiver is too short and not in english. I'd give Bright Memory "Best Early Access" maybe, not enough to it yet for it to be a GOTY but I really like what's there so far. I guess Pathologic 2, though I haven't played enough to properly judge (I don't think I've finished any games released this year for that matter.)

I feel like there's an obvious choice for me that's just slipping my mind.

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#63 Posted by Efesell (4644 posts) -

That'd be Shadowbringers.

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#64 Posted by seshdeadboy (11 posts) -

Hypnospace Outlaw fosho

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#65 Edited by Pilgrimm1981 (168 posts) -

Well I for one totally enjoyed Metro Exodus. Of course that type of game is right up my alley. Also really liked Bloodstained, and to a slightly lesser extent Resident Evil II and Sunless Skies. Sekiro was too furstrating for me, and I finished every Soulsborne multiple times. I was a defensive player in those games and that just don't work in Sekiro. Games I still have to play and really looking forward to are Outer Wilds, Observation and being a fan of VR, Freediver and some other experiences that have and will come out this year.

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#66 Posted by someoneproud (669 posts) -

Haven't played RE2R yet so It's an easy Sekiro for me so far. A few games I'm really excited for later in the year though so I'm not sure whether it'll stay there.

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#67 Posted by vinone (332 posts) -

Honestly this year has had almost nothing for me. I've had some fun with Tetris 99.

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#68 Edited by BrunoTheThird (857 posts) -

Heaven's Vault, so far. The writing is as rich and detailed as its art and etymology-based gameplay; the characters are interesting, unique and have their own distinct ways of looking at the world and you; each world you visit in your boat has its own flavour and role in the empire you're so determined to demystify. It never stops poking at that little section of your brain that needs to absorb info or open that door at the end of a hall to see what lies beyond. It paces that stuff so well, too, dropping a breadcrumb trail or morsel of historical import whenever it dares to drag for a moment. It really feels like the developers played it over and over and said, "it's too quiet here, and if they're traveled from a far off moon, it'll be silent for minutes. Write some spontaneous dialogue," all of which is great. I love your robot assistant, especially, he has some witty zingers.

Finding artifacts and decoding their inscriptions is so deeply satisfying to me, it's borderline addictive. I think I've been playing it for twelve hours straight, which hasn't happened to me in a long time. I feel so engaged with what's happening at every junction, every interaction, every obstacle, every stone turned. It's really something. The music is also magnificent.

I'm in love, what can I say.

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#69 Edited by SilverSaint (100 posts) -

Of games released I feel like a ton of people haven't played Metro Exodus because of the Epic stuff, but you should, the game is amazing. Meanwhile I find it basically impossible to consider the RE2 Remake for GOTY. RE2 is great, but the story, art, and design concepts were already done. For a new IP I feel Sekiro is pretty revolutionary, albeit I have some general problems regarding replay value and forced play style as compared to other From titles. Days Gone was criminally underrated thanks to the slow start and wont be my GOTY, but will almost assuredly be on my top 10 at this point. If you are a fan of monster hunter or found it a bit slow like me, God Eater 3 was incredible. 3 Kingdoms was quite fun, but vastly overrated compared to the king of Total War, Warhammer.

There are a TON of contenders coming out though. We have Fire Emblem this month, I am intrigued by Remnant, Control, and Astral Chains in august. Meanwhile Sept is crammed with Phoenix Point, Borderlands, Daemon X Machina, the Surge 2, and Code Vein. Finally some huge hitters like Outer Worlds, Death Stranding, and Doom round out the year.

I think it will be hard pressed to beat Metro Exodus for me, but a few games (looking at you Outer Worlds) I am hoping will.

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#70 Posted by Superharman (307 posts) -

Outer Wilds slightly pushes past Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

It's not from the first half of the year, but Dragon Quest Builders 2 is giving those two a lot of competition. As always I'll think back on everything at the end of the year but at this point, Outer Wilds all the way.

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#71 Edited by Deathstriker (1177 posts) -

Nothing this year has been all that great and the rest of this year doesn't look all that great either. Maybe Mortal Kombat by default so far.

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#73 Posted by SanderJK (60 posts) -

This year has had many very good games but little that feels exceptional or revolutionary.

There's a couple of factors at play here.

AAA studios continue to shrink their pipelines. Activision-Blizzard produces nothing except WoW, Hearthstone, Overwatch and CoD. EA's one new franchise Anthem cratered, otherwise it's all sportsgames and Jedi in the fall. Bethesda has no rpgs, only 3 shooters this year, all of them sequels, and 2 of them not well received (DOOM 2 may well be GOTY though). Square-Enix only has Kingdom Hearts III and Left Alive. It mirrors the movie industry: If you can't bet big, it's not worth betting at all.

This is compounded by this being the year before new consoles. Not many franchises will be launching this year.

The indie space continues to get more exciting every year. The standard is very high, and there are tons of games. But these are made with limited resources. They are much more likely to be "really neat" than blow you away. Mostly because graphics (modeling and texturing) and voice acting are the among most expensive things, where the indie space can't compete with AAA. And that is still the initial WOW factor. And it feels like it becomes a bigger gamble for indie devs every year. The market is so crowded, and you need a storm of attention or your game may just drop out of the steam top 10 after a day and never be seen again.

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#74 Posted by The_Nubster (4372 posts) -

Christ this list just reminded me that I still need to play seventy million games.

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#75 Posted by stantongrouse (243 posts) -

@the_nubster: that, and it just highlights how many of the 'big' games of the year I just never get in the year they are released. I think I am still playing catch up on some of 2017s releases, especially as they are now dropping in the Humble Bundles and other weird things I sign up to.

I'm popping Streets of Rogue and When Ski Lifts Go Wrong down though as when I went on my Steam profile they are the only two games with 2019 release dates with any significant time clocked up. What have I become?!?!

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#76 Posted by bmccann42 (446 posts) -

I really cut back on my game buying this year, picking up older stuff on sale.

I honestly can't tell if this has been a good year for games or a mediocre one...

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#77 Posted by ajamafalous (13821 posts) -


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#78 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (7696 posts) -

I think given the current voting which shows a lack of consensus, I would say only game has a shot. The Outer Worlds, an upcoming role-playing video game developed by Obsidian Entertainment. If I thought Death Stranding would REALLY come out that would be my main choice...but ist ain't gonna come out in 2019.

So, The Outer Worlds has a few things going for it.

GOTY games are typically substantive, even a maker game like Super Mario Maker has 'substance' for a Giant Bomb/Jeff perspective; so if the game comes out fairly well with few huge problems ist will likely capture people attention when it comes out. Outerworlds seems like a Vinny, Alex game that might possibly have something for Abbey, Brad, and Dan. Ben, Jeff, and Jason will appreciate that game if it good.

The narrative of BethesdaSoftworks taking it in the teeth from Obsidian is too good of a 'David & Goliath' story for most people. The Outer Worlds will get a lot of eyeballs no matter what. And, if it is any good even on just a few aspects, that goodness will be magnified by Fallout 76s badness. Much like the escape of neutrons makes Uranium look 'more' impressive, the shit spew of Bethesda's game could make Outer Worlds blow up big.

It just sort of look neat and there is an unsatisfied desire for a GOOD version of 'this sort' of game pent up. It not like the trend is cowboys or ninjas right now, this game is landing with interest still in the themes of futurism. Sorry to come back to this but Fallout 76' was justa shit show, they year before Mass Effect Andromeda was a shit show. The Outer Worlds just has to work, and they fact it based on Unreal Engine likely means it does work or is at the very least fixable.

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#79 Posted by gerrid (720 posts) -

Shadowbringers by a country mile, but it's not on your list. One of my favourite games of all time, and the most exceptional music.

Otherwise: Resi 2 - Sekiro - Outer Wilds - Fire Emblem

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#80 Posted by fauxical (81 posts) -

I haven't had much of a chance to play too many games this year due to being busy but so far I think my favorite is DMC5 and maybe followed by Super Mario Maker 2. If we are talking about games that I finally got around to playing I also very much enjoyed Xcom 2 even though the PC version has some glaring technical issues.

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#81 Posted by BattleMcStruggle (43 posts) -

I highly expect RE2 Remake to be my FHO2019GOTY (First half of 2019 Game Of The Year) once i come around to play it but for now it's Total War by far for me. After this it's Apex and i know it doesn't count, but No Man's Sky is fantastic,