The Gamespot Editor GotY Tally

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#1 Posted by charizard1605 (52584 posts) -

The question of which game will be Game of the Year for 2013 on Gamespot is particularly exciting this year since Gamespot hasn't actually given us their final nominations and runners up for the overall category yet. What they have given us is lots of tangential hints, such as platform specific winners, and the editors' top ten of the year.

Because I have way too much time on my hands after finishing my finals yesterday, I decided to compile a leaderboard for how many times a game figures on an editor's top ten of the year list. Since we already know the platform specific winners, this should help us figure out which game will nail GotY this year.

  • Grand Theft Auto V (360/PS3): 11
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS): 10
  • The Last of Us (PS3): 9
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (360): 7
  • Path of Exile (PC): 7
  • Bioshock Infinite (360/PS3/PC): 7
  • The Stanley Parable (PC): 7
  • Gone Home (PC): 7
  • Super Mario 3D World (Wii U): 6
  • Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS): 5
  • Pokemon X/Y (3DS): 5
  • Tomb Raider (360/PS3/PC): 5
  • Rogue Legacy (PC): 4
  • State of Decay (360): 4
  • DOTA 2 (PC): 4
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360/PS3/Wii U/XONE/PS4/PC): 4
  • Battlefield 4 (360/PS3/XONE/PS4/PC): 4
  • Spelunky (PC/PSV): 4
  • Beyond: Two Souls (PS3): 4
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS): 3
  • Papers, Please (PC): 3
  • Guacamelee! (PS3/PSV/PC): 3
  • Tearaway (PSV): 3
  • DmC: Devil May Cry (PS3/360/PC): 3
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3): 3
  • Resogun (PS4): 2
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (XONE): 2
  • Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon (3DS): 2
  • Depression Quest (PC): 2
  • XCOM: Enemy Within (PC/360/PS3): 2
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist (360/PS3/Wii U/PC): 2
  • Rayman Legends (Wii U/360/PS3/PSV/PC): 2
  • Payday 2 (PC/PS3/360): 2
  • Metro: Last Light (PC/PS3/360): 2
  • Outlast (PC): 2
  • Diablo III (PS3): 1
  • Strike Suit Infinity (PC): 1
  • FIFA 14 (360/PS3/Wii/XONE/PS4/3DS/PSV/PC): 1
  • Thomas Was Alone (PC/PS3/PSV): 1
  • The Dream Machine (PC): 1
  • The Last Door: Chapter One: The Letter (PC/iOS): 1
  • Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale of Adventure (iOS): 1
  • Gears of War Judgement (360): 1
  • The Wolf Among Us (PC/360/PS3): 1
  • The Swapper (PC): 1
  • Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World (PC): 1
  • Reus (PC): 1
  • Dead Rising 3 (XONE): 1
  • Divekick (PS3/PSV): 1
  • NBA 2K14 (360/PS3/XONE/PS4): 1
  • Don't Starve (PC/PS4): 1
  • Surgeon Simulator 2013 (PC): 1
  • Kentucky Route Zero (PC): 1
  • Device 6 (iOS): 1
  • Defiance (360/PS3/PC): 1
  • Receiver (PC): 1
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4): 1
  • EVE: Valkyrie (PC): 1
  • Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC): 1
  • Persona 4 Arena (PS3/360): 1
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (360/PS3/PC): 1
  • Antichamber (PC): 1
  • Puppeteer (PS3): 1
  • Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2 (PC/Wii U/PS3/360): 1

So, from this list, I deduce:

-> PC spanks everything else
-> In terms of dedicated platforms, 3DS dominated everything else
-> GTA 5 is a clear frontrunner for GotY
-> So is The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. In fact, it is the highest placed exclusive on that list, and second overall

Oh, and by the way, re-releases and expansions won't count for GotY, so stuff like Spelunky, Diablo III, and so on, are all out of the running.

#2 Posted by Blabadon (23717 posts) -

The Last of Us will win. Mark my words.

#3 Posted by Blabadon (23717 posts) -

SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI IV DIDN'T MAKE IT BUT ANIMAL CROSSING DID ON THREE LISTS?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAA

WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHA

HOOOOOLY SHIT I AM LAUGHING

#4 Posted by lostrib (26162 posts) -

How many of these were number one on their list?

#5 Posted by uninspiredcup (4700 posts) -

This is kind of pointless since editors tend to be platform specific.

#6 Edited by Xtasy26 (4200 posts) -

Having GTA V on my PS3 I would go with it myself. The amount of work they put in with all the detail, locations, is a clear winner in my case.

#7 Posted by charizard1605 (52584 posts) -

@lostrib said:

How many of these were number one on their list?

GTA 5, The Last of Us, A Link Between Worlds, Gone Home, State of Decay, DOTA 2, Super Mario 3D World, Spelunky, and Earthbound (no, really) off the top of my head. A lot of editors didn't specify any #1s, so I'm not sure it'll matter. Plus in a group vote process, it has to be compromise and consensus, so the more a game appeared in a best of the year list, the higher it has a shot of winning.

This is kind of pointless since editors tend to be platform specific.

When GTA 5 or ALBW appear on nearly every critic's list, we're sort of done here.

#8 Edited by super600 (29256 posts) -

Like I said in the other thread I would not look at the editors choice to determine the GOTY since a lot of the restrictions that are in place for the GOTY are not present in the editors choice.A lot of games not nominated for anything in any of the GOTY categories were included in the editors choice.Also, some games released last year, but released on other platforms were included in the editors choice.Only the discussion about GS's GOTY by the GS editors will determine the game that will win GS GOTY.

#9 Posted by uninspiredcup (4700 posts) -

My chumling, this may be a shocking revelation that will rock your world, but more people tend to play popular games.


When GTA 5 or ALBW appear on nearly every critic's list, we're sort of done here.

#10 Edited by padaporra (3318 posts) -

I wonder, if TLoU wins GOTY (which would be deserved) isn't Gamepost pretty much saying their reviews don't mean ****?

#11 Edited by Szminsky (1433 posts) -
#12 Posted by uninspiredcup (4700 posts) -

I wonder, if TLoU wins GOTY (which would be deserved) isn't Gamepost pretty much saying their reviews don't mean ****?

Sadly mainstream websites like gamespot are likely to give in to peer pressure from young adults who are very angry at the world.

#13 Edited by -RPGamer- (34283 posts) -

Not sure how the PC spanks anything, the top three agreed upon titles find their home on consoles and handhelds.

#14 Edited by MrYaotubo (2323 posts) -

@-RPGamer- said:

Not sure how the PC spanks anything, the top three agreed upon titles find their home on consoles and handhelds.

Because it´s by far the system with most games nominated.

#15 Posted by millerlight89 (18330 posts) -

For a person who spends 95% of their days on SW, TC sure knows very little how GOTY is chosen.

#16 Edited by with_teeth26 (5844 posts) -

State of Decay is also on PC.

If GTA V wins thats rather boring.

#17 Posted by Joedgabe (4987 posts) -

woah.. you seriously counted ? you a trooper.

#18 Posted by MrYaotubo (2323 posts) -

State of Decay is also on PC.

Same with Brothers.

#19 Edited by Zen_Light (1081 posts) -

If The Last of Us wins GS GOTY, it will undoubtedly show exactly how irrelevant McShea and his contributions to this website are.

#20 Posted by senses_fail_06 (6727 posts) -

I think you're getting ahead of yourself. Obviously some people on the staff are going to have more pull than others (assuming they actually get in a room and debate). I doubt they would simply ask for a list of top 10 games and simply count them.

#21 Edited by GoldenElementXL (2178 posts) -

If The Last of Us wins GS GOTY, it will undoubtedly show exactly how irrelevant McShea and his contributions to this website are.

Kevin VanOrd, Carolyn Petit, Peter Brown, Junstin Calvert, Zorine Te, Randolph Ramsay, Maxwell McGee, and Jess McDonell didn't put TLOU in ther top 10. What does that say about their contributions?

#22 Posted by charizard1605 (52584 posts) -

@Zen_Light said:

If The Last of Us wins GS GOTY, it will undoubtedly show exactly how irrelevant McShea and his contributions to this website are.

Kevin VanOrd, Carolyn Petit, Peter Brown, Junstin Calvert, Zorine Te, Randolph Ramsay, Maxwell McGee, and Jess McDonell didn't put TLOU in ther top 10. What does that say about their contributions?

But they did put Zelda

#23 Edited by navyguy21 (12536 posts) -

Having looked at all the top 10s, im fairly certain that GTA 5 will be GOTY

#24 Edited by Zen_Light (1081 posts) -

@Zen_Light said:

If The Last of Us wins GS GOTY, it will undoubtedly show exactly how irrelevant McShea and his contributions to this website are.

Kevin VanOrd, Carolyn Petit, Peter Brown, Junstin Calvert, Zorine Te, Randolph Ramsay, Maxwell McGee, and Jess McDonell didn't put TLOU in ther top 10. What does that say about their contributions?

Tom gave the game a score of 8/10. GS should stand behind reviewers' opinions instead of allowing a AAE game to get GOTY status. It would kind of render the whole scoring system here absolutely useless.

#25 Posted by charizard1605 (52584 posts) -

@GoldenElementXL said:

@Zen_Light said:

If The Last of Us wins GS GOTY, it will undoubtedly show exactly how irrelevant McShea and his contributions to this website are.

Kevin VanOrd, Carolyn Petit, Peter Brown, Junstin Calvert, Zorine Te, Randolph Ramsay, Maxwell McGee, and Jess McDonell didn't put TLOU in ther top 10. What does that say about their contributions?

Tom gave the game a score of 8/10. GS should stand behind reviewers' opinions instead of allowing a AAE game to get GOTY status. It would kind of render the whole scoring system here absolutely useless.

So, are we looking at A Link Between Worlds winning GotY then?

#26 Posted by Zen_Light (1081 posts) -

@Zen_Light said:

@GoldenElementXL said:

@Zen_Light said:

If The Last of Us wins GS GOTY, it will undoubtedly show exactly how irrelevant McShea and his contributions to this website are.

Kevin VanOrd, Carolyn Petit, Peter Brown, Junstin Calvert, Zorine Te, Randolph Ramsay, Maxwell McGee, and Jess McDonell didn't put TLOU in ther top 10. What does that say about their contributions?

Tom gave the game a score of 8/10. GS should stand behind reviewers' opinions instead of allowing a AAE game to get GOTY status. It would kind of render the whole scoring system here absolutely useless.

So, are we looking at A Link Between Worlds winning GotY then?

As much as I'd like to see it, GS will NEVER give a handheld GOTY. I'd love to be wrong, but I don't think I ever will be.

#27 Posted by charizard1605 (52584 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@Zen_Light said:

@GoldenElementXL said:

@Zen_Light said:

If The Last of Us wins GS GOTY, it will undoubtedly show exactly how irrelevant McShea and his contributions to this website are.

Kevin VanOrd, Carolyn Petit, Peter Brown, Junstin Calvert, Zorine Te, Randolph Ramsay, Maxwell McGee, and Jess McDonell didn't put TLOU in ther top 10. What does that say about their contributions?

Tom gave the game a score of 8/10. GS should stand behind reviewers' opinions instead of allowing a AAE game to get GOTY status. It would kind of render the whole scoring system here absolutely useless.

So, are we looking at A Link Between Worlds winning GotY then?

As much as I'd like to see it, GS will NEVER give a handheld GOTY. I'd love to be wrong, but I don't think I ever will be.

So... GTA5?

#28 Posted by Shinobishyguy (22108 posts) -
#29 Edited by Zen_Light (1081 posts) -

@Zen_Light said:

@charizard1605 said:

So, are we looking at A Link Between Worlds winning GotY then?

As much as I'd like to see it, GS will NEVER give a handheld GOTY. I'd love to be wrong, but I don't think I ever will be.

So... GTA5?

The safe bet would be that or the popular PC exclusive.

#30 Posted by senses_fail_06 (6727 posts) -

@Zen_Light said:

If The Last of Us wins GS GOTY, it will undoubtedly show exactly how irrelevant McShea and his contributions to this website are.

Kevin VanOrd, Carolyn Petit, Peter Brown, Junstin Calvert, Zorine Te, Randolph Ramsay, Maxwell McGee, and Jess McDonell didn't put TLOU in ther top 10. What does that say about their contributions?

They never played it. And/or have bad taste.

#31 Posted by TrappedInABox91 (267 posts) -

The 3DS has being slaying this year. So much so, that the game of the year may go to it lol

The pressed console fanboys if it did lol

#32 Posted by GoldenElementXL (2178 posts) -

@senses_fail_06: So half of the Gamespot staff hasn't played a major release or have bad taste? Sounds like you need to subscribe to another site.

#33 Posted by Link3301 (1673 posts) -

@lostrib said:

How many of these were number one on their list?

I don't think they numbered them specifically this year.

#34 Posted by charizard1605 (52584 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@Zen_Light said:

@GoldenElementXL said:

@Zen_Light said:

If The Last of Us wins GS GOTY, it will undoubtedly show exactly how irrelevant McShea and his contributions to this website are.

Kevin VanOrd, Carolyn Petit, Peter Brown, Junstin Calvert, Zorine Te, Randolph Ramsay, Maxwell McGee, and Jess McDonell didn't put TLOU in ther top 10. What does that say about their contributions?

Tom gave the game a score of 8/10. GS should stand behind reviewers' opinions instead of allowing a AAE game to get GOTY status. It would kind of render the whole scoring system here absolutely useless.

So, are we looking at A Link Between Worlds winning GotY then?

As much as I'd like to see it, GS will NEVER give a handheld GOTY. I'd love to be wrong, but I don't think I ever will be.

Well, I'm glad you're wrong haha

#35 Posted by Spam_Pics (222 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI IV DIDN'T MAKE IT BUT ANIMAL CROSSING DID ON THREE LISTS?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAA

WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHA

HOOOOOLY SHIT I AM LAUGHING

It is a good game. Why are you laughing?

#36 Edited by charizard1605 (52584 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI IV DIDN'T MAKE IT BUT ANIMAL CROSSING DID ON THREE LISTS?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAA

WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHA

HOOOOOLY SHIT I AM LAUGHING

It is a good game. Why are you laughing?

He has Blab taste.

#37 Posted by trollop_scat (2599 posts) -

@charizard1605: I love how Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 each got one solitary vote just to remind me they came out this year. What happened to Blizzard? Why can't they do what they used to be able to do right any more? Was it the Activision buy-out?

Blizzard used to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of gaming, these days I actually uninstalled their newest games. What a shocking fall from grace. Happened so fast...

#38 Edited by Desmonic (10303 posts) -

So according to the GS editor staff the 3 top games of the year were GTA5, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and TLOU (by this order). So a fantastic multiplat and two fantastic exclusives. Sounds good by me!

Also, a very healthy selection of games from that list. Nice to see the editors aren't afraid of giving praise to even some smaller games :)

#39 Posted by hippiesanta (9262 posts) -

zelda won for bad reason ........................................... at the and of the story .... this thread should have let die

#40 Posted by MrYaotubo (2323 posts) -

@charizard1605: I love how Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 each got one solitary vote just to remind me they came out this year. What happened to Blizzard? Why can't they do what they used to be able to do right any more? Was it the Activision buy-out?

Blizzard used to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of gaming, these days I actually uninstalled their newest games. What a shocking fall from grace. Happened so fast...

One was an expansion and the other was a year late port,what did you expect?

#41 Posted by The_Last_Ride (65913 posts) -

Interesting choice by gamespot, i wouldn't have gone for that game myself. But whatever floats your boat gamespot

#42 Posted by Zen_Light (1081 posts) -

@Zen_Light said:

@charizard1605 said:

@Zen_Light said:

@GoldenElementXL said:

@Zen_Light said:

If The Last of Us wins GS GOTY, it will undoubtedly show exactly how irrelevant McShea and his contributions to this website are.

Kevin VanOrd, Carolyn Petit, Peter Brown, Junstin Calvert, Zorine Te, Randolph Ramsay, Maxwell McGee, and Jess McDonell didn't put TLOU in ther top 10. What does that say about their contributions?

Tom gave the game a score of 8/10. GS should stand behind reviewers' opinions instead of allowing a AAE game to get GOTY status. It would kind of render the whole scoring system here absolutely useless.

So, are we looking at A Link Between Worlds winning GotY then?

As much as I'd like to see it, GS will NEVER give a handheld GOTY. I'd love to be wrong, but I don't think I ever will be.

Well, I'm glad you're wrong haha

HOLY SHIT! I can't believe it. Pinch me.

#43 Posted by Heil68 (40448 posts) -

Between GTA and TLOU it seems?

#44 Posted by Pikminmaniac (8267 posts) -

Seriously? Not a single mention of Pikmin 3 on any list? Man this game is catastrophically underappreciated. It's exceptionally designed by any standards. My guess is that most of them never played it though.

#45 Posted by senses_fail_06 (6727 posts) -

@senses_fail_06: So half of the Gamespot staff hasn't played a major release or have bad taste? Sounds like you need to subscribe to another site.

I've been here longer than half of them though :). Plus, I like the forums.

#46 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (5698 posts) -

@senses_fail_06: So half of the Gamespot staff hasn't played a major release or have bad taste? Sounds like you need to subscribe to another site.

He's right, though. How you can play The Last of Us and not think it is one of the 10 best games of 2013 is beyond me. I can understand leaving Super Mario 3D World off the list, despite it being the better game, if you don't play it to the point that it gets really good.

#47 Edited by EPaul (9901 posts) -

Maybe I should play this brothers game everybody keeps talking about

#48 Posted by blackace (18466 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

The Last of Us will win. Mark my words.

Looks like you were wrong. Zelda won. lol!! TCHBO!! Again....

#49 Posted by blackace (18466 posts) -

Interesting choice by gamespot, i wouldn't have gone for that game myself. But whatever floats your boat gamespot

Gamespot does things their own ways. Anyone who has been on this site long enough should know that by now. I wouldn't have picked "Journey" last year and I wouldn't pick TLOU this year either. I thought Bioshock Infinite or GTA V would have won this year, but I can accept Zelda since at least it's a full complete game and has a decent Metacritic score. We all know that games like Bioshock Infinite, GTA V, TLOU, Forza 5, Gone Home, Path of Exile & Super Mario 3D World will get GOTY honors on other sites. So it's not really a big deal. At least not to me. Cows will think it's a big deal though.

#50 Posted by The_Last_Ride (65913 posts) -

@blackace said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

Interesting choice by gamespot, i wouldn't have gone for that game myself. But whatever floats your boat gamespot

Gamespot does things their own ways. Anyone who has been on this site long enough should know that by now. I wouldn't have picked "Journey" last year and I wouldn't pick TLOU this year either. I thought Bioshock Infinite or GTA V would have won this year, but I can accept Zelda since at least it's a full complete game and has a decent Metacritic score. We all know that games like Bioshock Infinite, GTA V, TLOU, Forza 5, Gone Home, Path of Exile & Super Mario 3D World will get GOTY honors on other sites. So it's not really a big deal. At least not to me. Cows will think it's a big deal though.

i got a PS4 myself, but complaining about GOTY awards is pretty stupid. You have yours, others have theirs