The way Dan worded it doesn't help. He's gone from loving it, playing what - 60 hours or more? Only to say that he "may HATE" the game. I dunno if that's just me, but I don't suddenly hate a game after playing 60 hours or more of it. Burn out maybe, have a slight dislike, but hate is a strong word. Just sounds like he was influenced by someone or something else.
Maybe they'll explain better in the GOTY deliberations.
That is what upsets me a bit, because we all know Dan likes to play things up some times and that appears to be at least somewhat of a factor here. I don't get how a sane person can have RDR1 be their game of the generation. Then play RDR2 and gush over it for a few weeks, to all of a sudden taking the stance that they Hate the game. I can understand getting tired of playing a very long and slowly paced game and have that leave a bad taste in your mouth at the end. But the turn he has taken is almost comical. It just makes me feel like at some point he decided okay maybe this game is only good instead of great so fuck it I am going to play the heel here and take a dramatic turn and it will be fun to piss off people on the internet.
@the_nubster: Have you gotten to Mimir? I found everything with him absolutely fantastic. I also found the story got better and better as the game went on. Then again I never felt any of the complaints you listed here, so maybe you just aren't gonna like it.
The current top 10 by points doesn't look too far off what I would expect.
God of War
Red Dead Redemption 2
Into the Breach
Monster Hunter: World
Call of Duty: BO4
Although, I think people are probably underselling Monster Hunter World. I would wager quite a bit that it places higher than spider-man and possibly dead cells. Everyone seemed to enjoy all those games, but it seemed a few of them turned a bit on Dead Cells when they got to the late game and I would say no one is super passionate about Spider-Man, where as a couple of them had a lot of passion for MHW and the fact that its the first MH game to actually win many of them over probably helps its chances.
I'd also be kind of shocked if Celeste doesn't make top 10, possibly landing in the middle of the list somewhere. I think Ben will push super hard for it and I think Jeff will support him.
I'm shooting for Marvel's Spider Man as my no.1 spot cuz I feel like it's got the best chance of being the consensus for the top spot on the site list. Everything else feels like it's got too many negatives from a few people but the general mood about Spider-Man seems to be super positive. Still, it's been a pretty damn good year for games so I can see any of my 5 actually taking it...
I feel like in the past they generally go for something a few people are very passionate about rather than settling for something they all just like. With that said, Spider-man could still win since there are people who have strong opinions in both directions on many of the heavy hitters this year.
I am trying to think which games will have 3 or more very passionate people lobbying for the number 1 spot and I don't know if I can come up with any.
I mean Read Dead 2 will almost certainly have Abby and Brad with support from Alex, but I doubt Alex will want it at number 1.
It has been so long since the God of War talks I have a hard time remembering how everyone feels. I think Dan will almost definitely push for it as number 1, and maybe he could get support from Vinny/Alex? And the thing with GoW is the people who aren't super passionate about it still enjoyed the time they spent with it, which isn't the case for everyone and Red Dead.
I know most of the crew really likes Hitman 2, Tetris Effect, and CoD Black Ops 4, but I feel like they are all just slight variations on things people already enjoyed which might make them a hard sell for number 1.
At this point everything is still up in the air and I am actually super excited to see how things shake out. We could even see some random dark horse that everyone plays right before going into the talks like Obra Dinn or something taking it. If I had to bet I would say God of War, but it is anyone's guess.
I skipped out on fallout 4, but something is compelling me to play this game. I have watched a few streams and it just looks like a really great game to put on a podcast to and just explore. I don't plan on doing much if any group play, but I like the idea of just running into other players in the world. Maybe I should just get Fallout 4? Idk
Why would I ever want to bulk up my beautiful phone with a case? I have literally never felt that any of my phones were slippery and have never had a cracked screen. Dropping my phone is a complete non issue.