RIP Ralph Baer
I really, really hate writing obits. I really do. But I take it as a personal honor to be able to say good things about the men and women I respect, whether in this industry or just in my life, and Ralph Baer is the reason all of this exists in the first...
Ever so close to the prestige of the Game of the Year, the Best Action/Adventure category has been just as contentious. Three of the five nominees are GotY contenders, and any one of the five can be easily given the award. But this is GameRevolution and we're not fond of ties or the word "co-winner."
So why Dishonored? Well, going one by one, Mass Effect 3 is better suited for the Best RPG category (though it rightly deserves to be in this category too), Dragon's Dogma is a great new IP for Capcom but has multiple graphical and writing issues, and Sleeping Dogs recreates the spirit of Hong Kong well but doesn't quite give enough depth to its characters. If we start comparing Dishonored to Assassin's Creed III, Dishonored yields more interesting choices for assassination, has a comprehensive stealth system, and employs a morality system based on combat actions and player choice.
And out of all the new IPs nominated in the category, Dishonored's world is the most original, with a memorable cast of characters, a painterly environment, and a pseudo-London Orwellian world. Arkane Studios is uncertain as to whether the game deserves a sequel. Luckily, Bethesda came to same conclusion as I did: It most certainly does.