glad to see someone else to mention Binary Domain I love that gameFor me I think it will be Persona 4 The golden or E.X troopers
... the Game of the Year. In particular which game has the mettle to rise to the top for this years GOTY. With AssThreed stumbling out of the gate it opens the field back up but a new, looming predator already has it in its sights: Far Cry 3.
@katzenbalger is presently reaping the rewards of Australian citizenship and playing this game NOW (And I SEETHE with jealousy) and confirms basically what 27 out of 28 professional reviews already suggest: that this game is PHENOMINAL. We've all seen how f'in pretty it is but hearing all this glowing praise just gives me a Nerd-On from hell and I'm thinking Far Cry will compel me to do something I would never imagine doing even a few months ago: award a First-Person Shooter the title of Uesugi-dono's Game of the Year. It's possible, folks... it's really possible.
What else could come close? Well, I would be remiss if I didn't at least give an honorable nomination to:
WTF you ask? No, I will not allow last years's Champion to retake the crown but let's be fair... I've played this game ALL YEAR LONG and I STILL can't get enough. That's pretty damn impressive. But here's a brief list of the other contenders in my book:
Nipping at the top spot is Binary Domain. It's very possible that you didn't play this sleeper hit, and if that's so this is something you should remedy post-haste. ( @pokecharm - I'm looking at YOU) Binary Domain has a real fighting chance this year and, like Vanquish before it, really deserves it. It's in my Forever Collection, which is pretty small, and for a good reason. With an excellent blend of action, drama, and comedy Binary Domain is what most games set out to be but end up losing sight of in the process.
Sleepings Dogs was a LOT of fun and it really brought back Open World games for me after GTA IV nearly killed it. This is a game that should be on everyone's short list this year. I didn't keep it; I sold it the week before the DLC came out, but that doesn't change the fact that this is one of the best games I've played this year.
Technically I can't include this game; I didn't play it. But I'd like to and I acknowledge that a LOT of people loved the hell out of it and this will probably end up with more than it's fair share of GOTY awards; both personal and professional. I'm not much into the Steampunk setting and I heard that there really was only ONE way to get a good ending (and that was to play boring) but I admit a strong desire to share in this experience.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown also hit my Forever Collection... at least until it comes out for the Vita! I could pour Skyrim-like hours into this and not get tired of it. A more excellent strategy game is hard to find.
But don't count the Heir Apparent out just yet. AssThreed has MORE than it's share of problems. Plagued by glitches and bugs that can be horrifically distracting, AC3 tries hard to expand out from its well-established territory into the lands of past GOTY Hall of Famers Red Dead Redemption and Skyrim but it seems like it was a little too ambitious. Despite it's bugginess and its largely unliked protagonist (He's grown on me; I actually like him more than Ezio now) AC3 has it's shining moments; including an inspired series of naval missions and its taut history-bending story. Has it lived up to its God-like expectations? Not by a long shot, but it's still ruling my console at the moment.
There's not a lot of time left in the year and, let's face it, Far Cry with its incredible rocket-launch start looks impossibly strong. It will be interesting to see what games emerge as Spotter's favorites this year. Soon I'll be putting up Uesugi-dono's Games I've Played This Year for 2012. I look forward to reading yours as well!
Well i don't know, Far Cry 2 had the same glow before release to end up one of the worst games in this Gen, Grphics is not everything just a part of the game and so far we haven't seen anything but graphics and some expected "OMG's" XD to me GoTY has to be perfect!! Story, graphics, gameplay music etc so i don't think i'm gonna write my GoTY blog this year lol tho i may post my Glitch of The Year blog instead, (AssThreed is on my top list =P )
I've been playing all weekend... imho FarCry3 >> FarCry2. It's outstanding in so many ways, but the gameplay is superlative.
AC 3 is my favourite. I just loved it too much, amazing story and awesome game play. I didn't finish Halo 4 or play any single player in Black Ops 2 though. Or obviously tried Far Cry 3 yet. Or Borderlands 2. But for all the games I did finish, AC3 is the one. 47 hours to complete it for me!
Journey is without a doubt my game of the year. XCOM came close to overshadowing it, but man -- Journey. It's something else, I tell ya.
I havn't played very many games at all from this year. The one that mostly comes to mind is The Walking Dead episodes, which I overall highly enjoyed. I probably won't declare a "GOTY" given my lack of playing games from this year, which I'll probably get to next year. But still, The Walking Dead was fantastic in my opinion, so I might just slap it with that title anyway.
I really hadn't given much thought to which game was the best this year. Of course, I didn't play many games this year... But of the ones I played, or would have liked to play... Idk.
I don't know that I could choose the best game especially since I haven't played even part of all of them.
Just got Skyrim delivered to me. I'll be starting it later after I finish Dishonored which is absolutely amazing. I would be very happy if Dishonored won GotY.
And Binary Domain is a very good shooter. I hope it wins a few shooter awards. Unlikely, but I can still hope.
I started Far Cry 3 last night, and I think it's a strong contender, alongside Max Payne 3, Dishono[u]red and XCOM: Enemy Unknown.
But I think my GOTY will be going to The Walking Dead.
For me, this year has been pretty weak in terms of mind-blowing video games. Yeah, yes, I thought Assassin's Creed 3 wasn't that good. I did get Dishonored the other day, I'll start it later today. And lastly, I'm looking forward to getting my grubby mitts on Far Cry 3.
I've been thinking about what games this year rank as my favourites, and i''m having a hard time trying to remember what came out this year, but i agree with what you've listed. Binary Domain in particular was a great surprise.
Dishonored, as much as i like it, isn't really a contendor for GOTY for me. I've played through it twice now, and the sheen disappears completely on the second go through. Still good, but not as earth shattering as many claim it is. And yeah, to get the super happy good ending you have to avoid all the fun stuff and sneak through. Not that the good ending is much different than the bad ending, just a shift in tone.
And i need to get back into Xcom. I'm still gearing up to atack the alien base, but i desperately need more satellites.
the more you all talk about it, the more I think I need to get Far Cry...I never played the others, will that be an issue?
No need to have played any of the other FC games. There are zero connections. Hell, the first one had you on a jungle island shooting guys and mutant supersoldiers, while the second had you in Africa suffering from Malaria while you sort of wandered around shooting bandits. FC3 has no links to either, barring the title.
It's not going to be one for me. ;) I didn buy FC2 once but it was LONG after its release and I was underwhelmed by the leap backwards in tech. As I understand the FC name is just a brand; the story is unconnected in any way to its predecessors.
@Uesugi-dono with my queue, this is just a bad idea, right? I should go for the GotY edition later...right?
@Uesugi-dono uh, I think we both know the answer to that question...
@Uesugi-dono I know...
But I wouldn't hate on ya for waiting for a GOTY edition. Of course that's what, a year away? Is it likely you're going to STOP buying games until you're caught up?
That first pic: that sexy man holding the Kilishnikov. The things I wanna do to him...
I may check out Binary Domain on Steam. I recently discovered Borderlands. Damn good FPS meets RPG.