In last year's video of the category, Jeff and Alex had a debate about Fire Pro-Wrestling World and its eligibility for contendership. Abby pitched the idea of 'pinning' Fire Pro-Wrestling World in the Best Surprise category until next year.
I really like this game and it deserves justice.
Alex was stuck in a rock and hard place last year regarding Fire Pro-Wrestling and the Best Surprise category last year. But that's okay because with the lack of surprises this year I think it's safe to assume that Fire Pro-Wrestling will get its day in court. I really, really hope they don't forget about Fire Pro-Wrestling in this year's GOTY awards.
I'm going for chronological order here because I can't pick my #1 right now.
I loved this game on the Xbox and it's one of the titles I'll still bust out from time to time, particularly for its fun ass split-screen multiplayer modes. It also helps that I have a good time playing through the campaign. For it's time the audio and visual elements are as detailed as I've ever seen (at the time.) Bungie has brought to the Xbox the game that will prove hundreds of thousands of naysayers wrong (about the system and the game) Microsoft isn't some 'boring office computer software company' they're a video game company as well. Halo on Xbox is one of the best things to happen in video games.
What original Xbox game had the best soundtrack in the mid-2000's? Halo: Combat Evolved Jet Set Radio: Future of course! The controls may not be as tight and responsive as the Tony Hawk games but that's just one setback to an amazing... extreme sports game? platforming game? Whatever the genre this game I don't care, I love it. I love the art style, I love the music (obviously), I love the simple but goofy plot with the characters that revolve around it. This game might've encouraged me to wear a pair of rollerblades and learn how to ride those things. I obviously failed.
When Simon says... "What's the best exclusive racing game on the original Xbox?" People will say, Forza Motorsport or RalliSport Challenge or RalliSport Challenge 2 or Project Gotham Racing 2 and they're all great games for the system. But my answer. Midtown Madness 3. Yes, I do acknowledge that the single player story is cringeworthy but I still love it. This game is so fucking fun especially in online multi-player and that's where this game shines. I'll never forget the hours of beating my sister in every race in split-screen and finding secret paint jobs in the game's two open worlds of Washington D.C. and Paris.
Did I ever tell you how frustrating and anger inducing the A.I. rubber-banding is in races? That feeling pre-relief when you're in first place and about to cross the finish line but then you hit an oncoming car and your opponents who were miles behind just swoop right past you and take your place. Then you restart the race again, and again and again and you keep in failing until you just give up and throw your controller into the wall and fucking scream your lungs out?! That's how I feel playing this game and despite all of that... I love this game to bits.
This is my favourite game of all time.
That's it, that's all I have to say about Burnout 3.
This is just 5 games out of the hundreds I've played and I'm sure there's plenty games I've missed that you played. I hope you can tell me about it here.
I've been disappointed with the NFS franchise since 2011 and there's no other driving games that satisfies my need for (speed) street racing, car culture and police chases. The Forza Horizon series is great but it doesn't have the vibe that I want and Slightly Mad Studios have presumably announced a Fast and a Furious video game but not much information hasn't come out since then.
I don't know. I don't know who's going to save me from the lack of street racing games. Can someone save me? Anyone? Anybody? I don't have a high-end PC and I don't want to go through the hassle of buying old video game consoles to play older games. Please help me!
HITMAN is my favourite game in the franchise and the best one since Hitman Blood Money. It's easily one of the best stealth games ever created with large levels that we can explore and plenty of ways to assassinate your target(s). Playing this game was one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had and my favourite this generation.
The past 3 DiRT games (4 if you count DiRT Showdown) were fun to play and they were great racing games but I felt like it was time for the DiRT franchise to drop the 'dude-bro' persona and go back to its professional Colin McRae roots. Oh boy did it deliver. DiRT Rally is a hard game that I can't stop playing, it's one of the most unhealthy abusive relationships I've ever had with a video game. Stockholm Syndrome is a blessing and a curse.
Let's cry together! I don't care if there are hundreds of plot-holes, I don't care if the graphics are mediocre and I don't care if the writing isn't the best. Life Is Strange was one of the most emotional journeys I've been through and it made me cry like a bitch. The soundtrack is amazing, I fell in love with the characters and I think DONTNOD has beaten Telltale at their own game. "Bae > Bay" and that's all I've got to say.
There's something about this game that I just can't stop playing it until I finished it. I loved every second of the Tomb Raider reboot in 2013 and this is no different. Every gameplay element flows together nicely, I specifically loved playing Tomb Raider stealthily as just killing enemies one by one is very satisfying for me. This is a franchise that I will certainly stick with.
I'm not a huge Horror fan but I thought Until Dawn was an amazing journey. I loved the story, I loved the characters and the game looks gorgeous. Not many games go though development Hell and comeback a stellar product but Until Dawn has broken that stigma. I can't wait for Supermassive Games' next Interactive Cinema.
Beautiful visuals, fantastic music, brilliant strategic gameplay and a unique story Transistor was a blissful experience I'm not into RPG games but Transistor won me over. Most people who loved (SuperGiant Games' first game) Bastion might have a slight disappointment for Transistor although those feelings didn't apply to me. I loved this game and it was one of my favourites of this generation.
I like this better than its sequel. The open world feels better here than it did in Forza Horizon 3's Australia. And while it is more of the same as the first game that's not a bad thing. It's just more free roam chaos for my friends and I.
Who says fighting games can't have excellent stories? Mortal Kombat in 2011 has broken that stigma and they continue do that in 2015 in the 10th game of the franchise. The beautiful gore, the painful fatalities and a cinematic storyline to tie everything together. This game is a joy to play through.
I love the Forza Horizon series and while this franchise has been more of the same since 2012 there's still plenty to love about Forza Horizon 3. The game looks beautiful, the driving is still incredibly fun and there's a lot to do in Turn 10's remodelled Australia and that's not including the Blizzard Mountain and Hot Wheels expansion packs.
One of the early released games this generation but an experience that I will never forget. The Ratchet and Clank creators have given the stale Xbox exclusives line some much needed flavour. This game filled a Jet-Set-Radio-Future-shaped hole in my heart that was missing for many years.
This game just cuts straight to the action it's just all filled with fast cars and it cuts all of the slower road cars out and I like that. I bought and played this game after all of the patches and updates so I didn't go through any launch day teething problems that other people went through. It's a relaxing game as a you can crate your own liveries and play around in photo mode. It's also a game on edge as it has a strict multiplayer experience. This is a work of art.
I wasn't as emotional when I was playing this game compared to my experience with the first game. But it still won me over. I loved three out of the four episodes, if episode 3 was written than it would probably in my top 10. The soundtrack is absolutely great and I loved the characters almost as much as the first game.
DriveClub had a rough launch I'm sure plenty of people are aware of that. But despite the terrible launch, Evolution Studios stuck by the game. They patched it, added a tonne of DLC and extra content, Evolution Studios never gave up and eventually won a lot of people over. Through all of those rigorous updates and downloadable content, DriveClub blossomed into a game I absolutely adored.
Project CARS 2 is what an improved sequel should be. A sequel that’s improved so much that it's almost impossible to go back to its predecessor and that game was great. The handling is incredible on a steering wheel or a controller, the expanded track selection is unmatched and boasts dynamic time and weather on every one, the much-improved car selection hits a whole host of fan-favourite beats, and the sound is seriously stunning. For driving enthusiasts there’s an absolute ocean of content, I loved it so much that I bought all of the DLC.
The earliest 7th generation title on this list but my favourite nonetheless. It's my favourite Need for Speed game of the franchise and just can't stop playing it to this very day. The story is cheesy perfection, a douchebag villain, an asshole police officer and an attractive woman that helps you along the road of becoming the #1 most wanted street racer in Rockport the story is amazing Hollywood trash. The gameplay is very fun (despite the rubber-banding), the police chases can be ridiculously easy and frustrating but I love it. The progression system is so nicely done that I can play for hours on end. This remains the best-selling driving game in history and it's a shame that Need for Speed has lost its stride and I hope they get it back someday.
"Unbe-fucking-lievablely addicting" is a great way to describe this game. Burnout Revenge might not be the revolution that Burnout 3 was, but in the end, it changes more than enough to make it feel like a very different game. It's a technical marvel, but more importantly than that, it's one of the most exciting racing games ever made. Unless you don't have the reflexes to handle it, Burnout Revenge is a must-own game, especially for fans of online competition.
It's a big possibility that some players (especially Burnout fans) might not enjoy Burnout Paradise's big change in direction. Paradise is anything but a negative change, and while it be a disappointing experience for some, most will likely appreciate what a radical overhaul this game really is. The open-world design isn't just a lazy gimmick it's a wonderfully executed concept that doesn't rob the game of the series' most beloved act of driving fast and wrecking hard. The Burnout Paradise demo and formed a rather negative opinion of the game. But if you have any affection for the series, you really owe it to yourself to give the full game a look. The demo did little to truly represent what a superbly fun racer this game can be.
I was skeptical at first. I didn't know what I was walking into before I played Forza Horizon but now I know. It's one of the best driving experiences I have ever had in a video game. I was angry after playing the abomination called 'Need for Speed Most Wanted 2012'. I was just in pure disgust and heartbreak and I needed a good driving game to take the bad taste out of my mouth, so Forza Horizon came to my rescue. In my time of heartbreak Playground Games have crafted a (dare I say) almost perfect game. Everything about Forza Horizon just flowed beautifully together and they formed a wonderful spin-off franchise from the Motorsport series.
Tomb Raider is a mature experience featuring a young, strong woman who - armed with grit, determination, and intelligence. Lara rescues not only her friends but herself as well. Surely there’s a lesson in that for the rest of us. Rebooting Tomb Raider is the best thing that could have happened to the series. The game is full of story-wise emotions and superbly directed action scenes, and it still has a very strong human factor. I'm rarely this positive about a game. Crystal Dynamics took a risk that won't appeal to some orthodox fans, but all in all the developers have succeeded. The most important thing to know is this the new Tomb Raider is one of the best action-adventure games I have ever played and I couldn't put my controller down.
It doesn't matter if it's your first time visiting Los Santos or if you're thinking of booking a return flight, I give Grand Theft Auto V my highest recommendation. This is simply a marvellous, beautiful and chaotic game. So good that it almost seems deceitful, like a CGI trailer of what the highest level of fun might look like except you're actually playing it instead of watching it. After 17 years, it's incredible that the series still has such power to astound and excite.
This game has been through developmental Hell and delivered. Not many games get to do that. The games make it out of there are either massively disappointing or just downright terrible. Sleeping Dogs is quite the sleeper hit, it has amazing voice acting with a great blend of english and cantonese with a great story and a badass main character, Wei Shen. The combat system is fluid and works well and the visuals (especially on PC) looks incredible. It sucks that this game was underrated (praised by critics but forgotten by the community due to being a "GTA clone") and not too many people got to experience this thrilling action roller coaster. It's such a shame that Sleeping Dogs won't get a sequel to continue the crazy, dramatic life of Wei Shen and the Hong Kong police department.
Portal 2 is a funny, charming and unique game, there really isn't too many video games like this. Sporting some great writing and voice work as well as some deviously designed puzzles (I felt smarter after playing this), Portal 2's single-player campaign is superior to its predecessor in every way.
As someone who's never been into Devil May Cry or God of War, Bayonetta is as good as it gets when it comes to action games. The combat system is the work of masters, and the whole production is vivid, bold, imaginative and (a little bit) sexual. It's also a hugely substantial experience that sustains and encourages repeat play throughs. Bayonetta is an unique title that exhales life back into the action hack-n-slash market.
Halo was (and probably still is) my favourite shooting franchise. Great action gameplay with a high cinematic story puts this game in with along with my favourites. In substance it's nothing new, merely a magnificent, beautiful monster of an first-person shooter sequel in concept and execution. It's ODST expansion might be one of the best stories of the Halo universe. It's such a shame that this is the one of the last Halo games that I've enjoyed before 343 ruined everything.
One of the greatest Mortal Kombat games in the series. This really does take you back to the original games with its 2D gameplay and gory fatalities. If you are a veteran of the series, this is a must have. The levels are greatly detailed, and the character models are pretty cool. Each character has several fatalities, and casual gameplay is rewarded by a point system generated by combos, wins, and fatalities. The game runs smooth, the online is fun, and the fatalities are gruesome. This is one of my favourite fighting games ever.
It's such a shame the this game (and it's predecessor) will be dubbed as a "GTA clone" because it's more than that. The game is also wickedly fun. pure, unadulterated fun, Saints Row 2 is in a league of its own. There are some serious technical flaws, but once you notice what this game has to offer, then you don't mind. The customisation, the lively world, the excellent gameplay, all the things you can unlock and discover.
The Dead or Alive franchise (despite having solid fighting games) was known to be all about huge, bouncing breasts and overly simplistic, easy to pick up gameplay. No longer. Dead or Alive shall henceforth be known for huge, bounding breasts and a refined and deep fighting system. This game is strangely addictive (not because of the boobs) but because this game is frustratingly fun. Even though I've lost a lot of fights (even on easy difficulty) I still have the urge to keep going until I won and even when I finally won I still want to continue and keep getting better. I never got that feeling of addictiveness from any other fighting games which is why Dead or Alive 4 is not only one of my favourite fighting games ever. But just one of my favourite games in general.
I already pre-ordered it on the PlayStation store this will be the 3rd time I've bought Burnout Paradise and will be the 3rd time I will complete it and I just can't get enough of it. The beautiful destruction, the deafening engine sound once you hit the boost, the incredible and fluent online, the addicting Road Rage races, the barrel roles and the amazing sense of speed. This game is a damn classic from the 7th generation and I'm so happy it's getting another chance to shine.
If you're a fan of the the Motorstorm franchise then you'll already know that the developing company of those games, Evolution Studios have been shutdown by Sony. Which means the Motorstorm franchise is dead, right? Sadly yes- but! Don't be sad for too long because Codemasters have acquired everybody from Evolution Studios and they're developing a 'spiritual successor' of Motorstorm called, ONRUSH. I am excited for this. ONRUSH looks just as chaotic and destructive as Motorstorm and with the lack of true arcade racers in the market that's been missing in the 8th generation ONRUSH looks to be a special experience.
I was unfortunately disappointed with The Crew. The driving felt sluggish, the graphics weren't up to par and the story wasn't good. Whilst many gamers abandoned The Crew upon launch week many others have stuck with it and Ivory Tower have improved on most of those aspects with The Crew: Wild Run update giving the game a much needed upgrade and a lot more content. With these updates fans finally saw how good of a game The Crew had become and because of that I am ready for The Crew 2.
Bigmoon Entertainment has hyped this game up for me and they better not disappoint. They said this is a huge scale open-world driving game based on realistic simulation so I'm expecting Dakar 18 to be an open-world version DiRT Rally. I'm not particularly fond of Bigmoon's track record of Rally games, if you didn't know Bigmoon Entertainment have developed the WRC franchise with mediocre reception from critics and fans so naturally I should keep my expectations down but for this game I just can't help but get excited when I think about it. If Bigmoon does accomplish what they are hyping up Dakar 18 to be then this will truly be ground breaking.
If you made it this far on my list than you would notice the plethora of driving games here (I like really driving games if you haven't noticed) so here's something different, Hover. It was first shown in PSX 2017 it's obviously heavily inspired by Jet Set Radio and Jet Set Radio: Future, and the composer for Jet Set Radio did the music for this game. I am super excited for this game I've been hoping for a while now that Sega would make a sequel to Jet Set Radio: Future and they just won't make one. But now Sega doesn't need to because there's somebody else making Hover and I'm so happy.
I absolutely adored the rebooted Tomb Raider games. Tomb Raider released in 2013 was a pleasant surprise and an addicting one. I couldn't put my controller down and once I finished it I immediately bought Rise of the Tomb Raider and I couldn't put the controller down for the that game either. Rise of the Tomb Raider was more of the same while adding a few more new gameplay elements and while more of the same isn't a bad thing I do hope Shadow of the Tomb Raider can be more innovative without losing itself.
Now let's get back to driving games. There were rumours several months back that Forza Horizon 4 is taking place in Japan. If so that would be incredible. Driving through the beautiful landscapes and mountains of Japan then street racing the neon lit city of Tokyo would be a dream come true. I do hope the developers can make the Forza Horizon series more innovative because the past 3 games (although) were great but very similar. I do hope they can shake things up a bit in this franchise.
After watching The Beast crew tackle this game and Alex's defence for it in the Giant Bomb 2017 Game of The Year discussions it's safe to say that the duders have convinced me to buy this game when it comes out. I did my research of this game and it's a unanimous opinion that the game play is awesome but there's no story mode or campaign for it. But recently NJPW signed a deal with Fire Pro Wrestling World and there will be a story mode based on NJPW for this game and my hype just doubled. As a wrestling fan the WWE 2K games are the only games on the market and they are terrible products. I'm so glad that there's finally going to be a good modern wrestling for the 8th generation.
Spidey is my favourite super hero of all-time but he hasn't had a good video game made for him yet. After years of the Batman Arkham franchise getting the spotlight- it's time for a new comic book licensed hero to take the brass ring. Insomniac Games a studio with a stellar reputation for the Ratchet & Clank franchise and Sunset Overdrive are more than capable of developing an awesome Spider-Man game. With the E3 live demo showing a lot of great gameplay and what looks-to-be a lengthy story I am proudly excited for this game.
I love a good Need for Speed game but the past 4 games in that franchise are met with nothing but disappointment for me. I love driving games that have an urban-illegal street racing theme to it but I haven't found one I liked in years. Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell said that he's signed a 6-year deal to make an all new Fast & The Furious video game franchise I just hope Slightly Mad follows the movies from 2001-2006 and not anything beyond that. Ian Bell was outspoken about how Electronic Arts almost killed his company and what better way to have sweet revenge if his company beat EA's racing crown jewel that is the Need for Speed franchise. It would be a passion fuelled rivalry if Slightly Mad Studios made a noteworthy game to compete with the Need for Speed and with Ghost's output so far, I'd put my money on Slightly Mad.