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The People Speak: Your Game of the Year

Posted on Monday, December 27 @ 16:00:00 Eastern by
Game of the Year talk inevitably falls around the middle of December, just before Christmas. The time is right, with all major releases out on store shelves for moms and dads to buy for their kids. 2010 saw a glut of amazing titles at both ends of the year.

Game of the Year discussions were written off if they didn't include Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption, both released in the first six months. Mass Effect 2 even landed on store shelves in January, proving that the games industry doesn't have to rely on the Christmas holiday.

WickedLiquid has to choose a GotY from what he's played. "A lot of love has been given to Red Dead Redemption but I never played it. God of War 3 and Super Mario Galaxy 2 were the best games I played this year. Since I'm pretty sure GoW is going to get more love over Mario in this thread I'm going to say... Super Mario Galaxy 2."

Tyrranis narrowed his choices down to popular favorites Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 2, and Halo: Reach.

"Following further deliberation, I must give it to Halo: Reach, for simply showing us that split-screen multiplayer is still very much a viable way to go."

LinksOcarina landed on "Mass Effect 2, for the simple fact that it was an enthralling experience to play. A great story, deeper characters than the original, better combat and RPG mechanics and a great presentation overall."

Longo_2_guns awarded Mass Effect 2 his "Most Disappointing Game of the Year. While I could write ten pages on why it was a terrible sequel, I'll sum it up. Basically, the first game was going in the right direction, and instead of continuing down that path they stopped, chucked half the game out the window, made a complete U-turn, and went down the worst street they could've."

That's nice Longo, but your GotY, Demon's Souls, came out last year. It doesn't count.

Bretimus_v2 chose Red Dead Redemption, replying to Wicked Liquid and saying that "it deserves all that love and more and is easily my Game of the Year. John Marston isn't merely another wooden puppet that you push around a landscape shooting anything that moves in the quest for better guns, filled XP bars, and/or cheevos. He is a cowboy, and a complex individual. As his reputation and fame (or infamy) spread across New Austin, you learn alongside the residents who John Marston is. There is some great exposition througout and some great supporting characters. The game delivers a wonderful three act experience with an awesome third act and well-deserved epilogue. So many of these characters have an origin found in Western characters from classic movies and books."

Lien begged the question "Does Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare count? I mean... zombies plus cowboys equals major fun!"

HK-47 only played one game from 2010 making it his defacto GotY. Etrian Odyssey III.

When several forum members pointed out that many people are forgetting about Heavy Rain as a GotY contender, Green_Lantern did his best to start a flame war by stating that "people are forgetting about Heavy Rain cause it's really not that good of a game."

Luckily, he failed. I was really impressed in our community's discussion for this week's The People Speak. If you'd like to join in and get your thoughts published on our front page, why not register and head to this week's TPS thread?

This week's The People Speak is all about your ideas for filling an 8 hour block of programming. What kind of shows do video games seem fit for? How should news, gameplay, trailers, music, development, history, and video game culture be made for television?

Register your own log in and head to this post in the forums to give us your thoughts: http://www.gamerevolution.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=310201#310201
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