@fireburger: nobody on staff really liked Witcher 3, Vinny played all of it but he does that for pretty much anything and didn't go to bat for it, not on anyones mind. I will love it forever though. Splatoon still deserved it
Frustrating amount of "wheres the sober option!?" replies here, this is a question about getting silly and playing games, not about how proud you are about not consuming mind altering substances. I didn't engage in the "whats your favorite manga" thread, because my answer would be "manga fucking sucks", but thats just rude so I just skipped it.
@fivegreenaliens: I havent bought a physical game in years, i do find the idea of a streaming future to be depressing if we move forward before technology reduces latency, otherwise we're going to be getting sold games designed around input lag.
Its not the storytelling necessarily, but the character writing. Sure Witcher 3 is ultimately about your typicaly RPG fodder, but there are moments of genuine sincerity and complexity to some of those characters, Bloody Baron in particular. A large part of this could be translation, where the west and east may find a certain emotional flair more satisfying than another, but the naivete of these characters is baffling at times. Im a huge metal gear fan, but even the "metal gear!?" moments every conversation drove me crazy. Its a matter of writing as a means of advancing story and writing for character development I think.