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LinksOcarina
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't care for any of these choices really...

eh, two votes for Dark Souls
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t1pz0r



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow really surprised about Skyrim losing out.. Well I'm gonna have to double vote for Portal 2 then.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 for Dark Souls.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:16 am    Post subject: Dark Souls Reply with quote

My Two Votes go to Dark Souls!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickKmet wrote:
2 votes for Arkham City. Because Dark Souls isn't on PC.


This!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 votes for Batman, because it's fucking batman.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BlackStar wrote:
2 votes for Batman, because it's f****** batman.

I agree, and I'll choose the same votes, Dan.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Voting for something because it's not on a certain platform is such a fucking lame cop out.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So is voting when you played one or neither game being nominated on for something as prestigious and meaningful as this...
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minus the prestigious and meaningful part.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know..tis sarcasm Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going with a pair of write in votes for Skyrim. Count them or not, I don't care, in my opinion it's the best game that came out this year. Not including it in the final vote doesn't change my opinion.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Feeling myself slip away, suddenly dreaming awake.
Hidden memories flooding back...

I will not grow in the light until I pass through the darkest caverns of my heart

*Casts Doublevote Dark Souls*
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green_Lantern wrote:
Voting for something because it's not on a certain platform is such a f****** lame cop out.


Agreed.
It's borderline bitching.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh, this is a toughie...

Dark Souls, I wouldn't know. I played it for not too long a period of time, and it just frustrated the hell out of me. Yes, it is rewarding when you do win against an opponent, but that feeling never lasts. Eventually one would dread to pick up the game.

Dreading a game can be a good thing, when it is a hardcore horror fest, like Amnesia. Dark Souls however, is no such thing. In its core it is about kicking ass. Sadly, the owner of the ass getting kicked the most is the player. Now I agree that games can be too simple these days, but this game is unforgiving. I wonder how many people have actually finished it.

Portal 2... proof that a sequel can improve on what is already a great game. This time around, we learn more about the history of Aperture, visit new locations withint the gargantuan laboratory and play with new physics puzzles. To top that off, Multiplayer is awesome! The game isn't that long in my opinion, while others have complained that it is too long for their liking. Anyway, the game is long enough.

All I can say is that Valve knows its shit. When going through commentary mode I could not help but notice how well Valve knows their players. Turns out, things we take for granted or experience as normal in the game are actually carefully crafted gameplay gimmicks to draw your attention. I guess the real experiment in Portal 2 is to see how well the developers manage to train the player.

Not much to say about Batman, I already did that a couple of pages ago. I am biased, I am a fanboy. Trophy hunting takes up a fair chunk of the gameplay if you choose to hunt everything down. Starting a 2nd playthrough you will actually find that most of these challenges are along the main gameplay paths anyway, so you don't actually have to go out of your way hunting these little markers. I

So, taking everything into account... I guess the real winner for me this year is...

Portal 2, 2 votes.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The thing is, that feeling slowly drips away in Dark Souls. Maybe it helps that I had a basic background in the combat (I played Demon's Souls), but as I began to understand the world and its rules every bit of frustration dripped away into a sort of cautious wonder.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snacko wrote:
The thing is, that feeling slowly drips away in Dark Souls. Maybe it helps that I had a basic background in the combat (I played Demon's Souls), but as I began to understand the world and its rules every bit of frustration dripped away into a sort of cautious wonder.


I should go an look for Demon's Souls then, before plunging into its sequel. It stands to reason that having some prior knowledge the second installment gets easier.

Perhaps that is why I ripped through The Force Unleashed 2 in one sitting...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ashalar wrote:
Snacko wrote:
The thing is, that feeling slowly drips away in Dark Souls. Maybe it helps that I had a basic background in the combat (I played Demon's Souls), but as I began to understand the world and its rules every bit of frustration dripped away into a sort of cautious wonder.


I should go an look for Demon's Souls then, before plunging into its sequel. It stands to reason that having some prior knowledge the second installment gets easier.

Perhaps that is why I ripped through The Force Unleashed 2 in one sitting...


You finished that garbage pile?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I actually finished that game, in one setting I might add. I was kind of surprised when it did.

On my first playthrough, I managed to collect all items, get all powers maxed, do all the bonus missions and end it with a Light-Side ending on the highest difficulty.

Seriously, what was to be the final cutscene I figured for the half-way point. Everything about Vader's defeat screamed IT'S A TRAP!

And then credits happened.

*blink*

WTF?! That was the ending? Vader was a pushover! I had more difficulty with that giant monster boss!

*cue rage*

The last time I felt so cheated over an ending was with Halo 2. "I am going to finish the fight, see you in three years, KTHXBAI! BUY THE COMIC SO YOU KNOW WHY I FELL OUT OF THE SKY!"
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WTF are these horse apples...

Skyrim won but still lost to an inferior sequel of a cult hit...

Longo's bitching continues...

Everyone else's kissassery to him trudges on...

I said it before... Shenanigans...

My three votes go to Skyrim just because I'm an idiot that prefers his gaming experience to last longer than my last masturbatory experience...
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