- Jun 23, 2009
Googling some of the lesser known names plus the names of the games comes up with nothing.
The same happens when adding in game of the year.
Here's the problem I have with Skyrim winning GOTY. The AI, animations, combat, dialogue, graphics, quests, and characters are all sub-par. It's going to win mainly based off of the quantity of all these things.
If the overall package is impressive, why not. I don't think it deserves GOTY, but I don't have a real problem with it winning all these awards either, asides from the whole not working on the ps3 dealio.
200+ hours on 360 and 40+ on PC and I don't have any issues. I guess it depends what platform you're playing it on.
I don't really understand why Super Mario 3D Land doesn't get more attention, when both Galaxy games got lots and lots of GOTYs. To me it's a better game than both of them and certainly more innovative than galaxy 2. It's also a much more pure gameplay experience than anything I've played in years, and made it nearly impossible to enjoy normal games with lots of cinematics and tutorials afterwards.
mujun said:Opinions and all. I loved Asylum and thought City was crap. Didn't even bother playing half of it before selling it off.
What was the difference maker for you? I'm honestly curious.
I replayed Asylum immediately after my first run through City and although I still enjoyed the hell out of it, I could see where the sequel was a definite improvement.
Main differences I noticed were a more streamlined and simplified approach to the stealth sections - less guns and no more making certain walls/structures un-grapplable I thought was a big improvement. Melee wasn't changed much aside from the scale of battle being increased, although very much like the changes made going from Demon's->Dark Souls there were a bunch of nips and tucks to give things a more visceral feel without impacting responsiveness.
The only major advantage Asylum had for me was the Scarecrow sequences, but truthfully given that there are only 4 short segments in the entire game it wasn't a big loss.
On the other hand City's Riddler content was vastly enlarged and superior, with Bats' many gadgets and techniques being much better used to create puzzles and tests of skill. The numerous side-missions and easter-eggs scattered around make the world a joy to explore, especially with the whole "riddler informant" system adding a small tactical element to the most mundane fights.
Technically and artistically City is unquestionably a step up in my opinion.
The focus of Asylum made all the difference to me. I always knew what I needed to do and where the story was. By being focused it kept me interested and engaged the whole way through which let me appreciate the awesome combat, atmosphere and metroid style gameplay. City on the other hand tried to cram too much stuff in, I don't think the more open world style suits the game very well. It felt unfocused, found it overly difficult to follow the story and figure out what I should do next at times which for me, with this type of game is a definite no-no. The side stuff also feels tacked on and pointless for the same reason, I'm not a fan of side story stuff in a game like this.
Look at the map and beacons directing you to the next part of the game.
I am pretty amazed that you can look at the direct improvements and pass over it for something vague like "focus". It is the kind of outlook I see surround too many AAA flashy games. Novelty and whatnot. Comes off as arbitrary to me.
Nothing arbitrary about it. Proof is in the pudding, loved the first game and put a bunch of hours into it. I lost interest in the 2nd one after 5 hours or so. Like I said, it's the sort of game that for me, needs to be super focused for me to enjoy it. I'm glad you loved it, I sure wanted to too seeing as I forked out full price for it and then lost a chunk when I sold it off.
For Pete's sake, why are there so many more publications counted for giving awards every year? Can't we just come up with a list of like 20 places that matter instead of counting "ooh ooh! This random PS3-only site from Sri Lanka gave Skyrim game of the year too!