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#1  Edited By LackingSaint

Watched my girlfriend play LA Noire, remembered how much I loved LA Noire despite all the terrible flaws - so probably that.

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@nnickers said:
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I really enjoyed the game but that ending really felt completely counter to what the rest of the game was clearly trying to evoke, which left things on something of a bum note. You're Doomguy! A savage, unstoppable force, beyond logic, beyond reality, a mythical being of hate and bloodlust - oh, and you're in a little electric cell now, bye. I was genuinely expecting Doomguy to just be like "Fuck your mind control, guy", burst out of his cell, tear Sam's arm off and beat him half to death with it. Maybe then Sam jets off in an escape pod, leaving you alone in the facility while yelling that his work isn't over. Now that would have felt like sequel bait appropriate to the vibe and characterization they'd established, but Doomguy just kind of getting zapped and giving up did not hit the mark at all.

I just beat the game five minutes ago and felt the exact same way. To have the greatest power fantasy in recent video game history end with the antagonist taunting you uncontested from several feet away felt like it robbed all of the agency the game had built up so masterfully to that point.

The lore tablets you find in Hell throughout the story build up Doomguy to be the greatest force of all time in either realm, so to see him entirely restrained by some vague computer program seems to be pulling a complete 180 from everything they've told you up to that point.

Haha, for real. Like the collective forces of an otherworldly, inter-dimensional manifestation of evil can't beat you, but some computer chip in your brain leaves you utterly helpless. People compare the ending to Half-Life 1 but it doesn't work nearly as well - they never really play up Gordon's motivations or capabilities in the game, he's just portrayed like a member of the team who happened to be in the right place at the right time. G-Man sees that you're 'special', so he uses his crazy powers to lock you away until you can be useful again. In this case, it's the opposite; they explicitly say that Doomguy is this horrifying, unstoppable freak-beast scourge of Hell, and then you're just bested by some dude who hacked a computer.

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@dragon_puncher said:
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My gut says (for the staff list);

1. DOOM

2. Hitman

3. Titanfall 2

4.Overwatch

5. INSIDE (Could this be this year's Brad Filibuster Push?)

6. The Witness

7. SUPERHOT

8. Uncharted 4

9. Mafia 3

10. Firewatch

Certainly I would be absolutely shocked if DOOM didn't take it. It's a perfect storm in terms of being both a great, polished game in its own right and preying on the crew's collective nostalgia. It sucks that there's no way XCOM2 gets on this list because god I love that game, but I agree that it can be a very inconsistent experience and it seems like it hit Dan and Jeff hard.

This seems like a pretty good bet on the list overall and I think most of these games will definitely be on there.

I disagree with some individual placements, like The Witness which I think will be quite I bit higher, but overall it's one of the best bets on a list I've seen. The only glaring flaw is Mafia 3 to me. Watch Dogs 2 seems much more likely in the "This years open world game" spot than Mafia 3. While it didn't set the world on fire it was better recieved than Mafia 4, by most of the crew (Alex is probably the biggest supporter of Mafia 3).

I get ya, admittedly I haven't been able to follow the crew as much this year so those latter choices like Mafia 3 and Firewatch have just been based on their general reception. I could see The Witness being higher, it just feels to me like those first 4 are locks and Brad is going to push hard on INSIDE (and all power to him - that game takes everything great about LIMBO and cranks it up to 11).

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#4  Edited By LackingSaint

My gut says (for the staff list);

1. DOOM

2. Hitman

3. Titanfall 2

4.Overwatch

5. INSIDE (Could this be this year's Brad Filibuster Push?)

6. The Witness

7. SUPERHOT

8. Uncharted 4

9. Mafia 3

10. Firewatch

Certainly I would be absolutely shocked if DOOM didn't take it. It's a perfect storm in terms of being both a great, polished game in its own right and preying on the crew's collective nostalgia. It sucks that there's no way XCOM2 gets on this list because god I love that game, but I agree that it can be a very inconsistent experience and it seems like it hit Dan and Jeff hard.

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I have no idea why I held off on getting this game. It's everything I loved about the first one and more. And god damn, this team is so great at flipping your perspective the second you get super invested in a certain character's story.

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#6  Edited By LackingSaint

I played it about a year and a half ago and it's still easily one of my favourite open-world crime games. I immediately connected with what it was going for in a way neither GTA nor Saint's Row have ever managed. Have fun!

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Yeah, Pokemon Go was a neat cultural touchstone but as a game it was an actual broken mess until like a couple months ago, when it became an unremarkable geocache thing. I think others, particularly FE: Fates (even if the localization was FAR worse than Awakening), deserved the win.

Also, I like Boogie but O'Dwyer is clearly the superior human.

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#8  Edited By LackingSaint

I really enjoyed the game but that ending really felt completely counter to what the rest of the game was clearly trying to evoke, which left things on something of a bum note. You're Doomguy! A savage, unstoppable force, beyond logic, beyond reality, a mythical being of hate and bloodlust - oh, and you're in a little electric cell now, bye. I was genuinely expecting Doomguy to just be like "Fuck your mind control, guy", burst out of his cell, tear Sam's arm off and beat him half to death with it. Maybe then Sam jets off in an escape pod, leaving you alone in the facility while yelling that his work isn't over. Now that would have felt like sequel bait appropriate to the vibe and characterization they'd established, but Doomguy just kind of getting zapped and giving up did not hit the mark at all.

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#9  Edited By LackingSaint

The hole is dumb in a dumb way, but people getting mad at the hole is dumb in a fantastic way.

Screw you, hole! You could have been charity!

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#10  Edited By LackingSaint

How big is a Fygar really? I know it's tempting to say human-sized because of Dug, but who's to say Dug is human-sized?

And yeah, I'd just dig up and over him and then dig out a rock so it drops on him.