I think CoD4 fits very well in the scripted CoD mold, but I just have a really
hard time giving it GotY. I would definitely give it an honorable mention, but in a year with games ranging from Super Mario Galaxy
(f*ck*d up ending excluded,) I just think it falls a bit behind.
I think people need to open to new ideas and not anti-cute, but Super Mario Galaxy
is definitely my overall GotY. I can knock it mildly for its story/hub spect (in the end, it was just "pick your level,") but that is my only complaint through everything.Bioshock
was great - definitely GotY for PC - but could have done more, the Big Daddy battles were never unique, and the Little Sister "choice" was ultimately deflated (it really didn't matter which one you picked.)Portal
was definitely fun, but still makes me think I'm playing Prey
: Puzzle version. Also, the entire game is literally the last level; take that out and you have very little.
CoD4 is probably the best in the series, but it's still a CoD game - short, scripted, linear, confined, carries your hand through the game, etc.
I love TF2; it's the only game (other than WoW) that I will play online and I would make the argument that it's the most refined DM game out there. I don't care what the whiners say - the removal of the grenades was the single best and most balancing decision made. Having said that, did it really bring anything new to the table? Has it revolutionized the genre? I'll play it for years and years, but it didn't (in fact, that whole genre has issues - how many times can we just shoot each other?) It needs maps, too.
What else was there? Halo 3
is more Halo
. Better than the last, but still 80% hype and 20% quality. AC sold extremely well, but is not the game it should have been and is - disgustingly - one of the buggiest releases I have seen (shocking for a console game.) Metroid
was good; it's probably the best in the series (though not
most revolutionary for its time) and the Wii remote is a far better FPS control method than a gamepad, but it really did not do anything truly amazing or unique. Ep2 is easily the most polished release of the year, but the whole episodic thing is broken (imagin i Ep1 was the real ending of HL2...Ep2 was really the first episode...and Valve could actually release its damn games on time - the HL franchise would be kicking ass.)
Blah blah blah...there are more games I could ramble about, but the all have their flaws, limitations, or what not. I still want to buy/play Mass Effect
, but I am actually a bit cool on the title. I would like to see a PC release, some of the glitches I've seen really worry me (was this the year of sh*tty console QA?,) and the real-time (?) combat segments I've seen make me roll my eyes. Did I mention I would like a PC release? Hands down, worst release of the year: Hellgate: Londong.
Ultimately, there were only two or three games I would ever consider giving GotY to. However, there are a good fifty or so games I would give special awards to (new idea, music, concept, polish, character, etc.)
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