Now in its sixth year, Because I Said So is the only game of the year awards you should care about...because I said so. Each year I select my favourite game, along with a few others in categories such as favourite unwrapped, most disappointing and prettiest Final Fantasy costume. If you're interested what I chose last year, you can check it out here.
Games in this category don't necessarily suck. They either didn't live up to my hype or I felt they could have been so much more.
WINNER - STAR TREK (PC)
I'm a Trekkie (not a Trekker) and a proud one. I started with the original series and have seen everything that's been released, including the awesome animated series! I've also played many of the games. There's been many ups and the few downs, but nothing as horrific as this. Star Trek for the PC is a buggy, broken and horrible looking game. I could barely stomach 30 mins of it.
RUNNER UP - SIM CITY (MAC)
First it was delayed for Mac, then I had to contend with server issues and stripped features. It was really disappointing to be limited to such small maps and not be able to alter the terrain as in previous Sim City games. Unfortunately, I only played it as long as I could build my first complete city - that wasn't long.
The winner of this category is either still shrink wrapped or awaiting download on Steam. I know it's good, as many people tell me so, but I just haven't had the time to start it.
WINNER - KILLER IS DEAD (PS3)
While it has the look of yet another sexist slayfest, Suda usually delivers so much more. It really does remain shrink wrapped on my shelf, but I hope to include it in the holiday play list.
RUNNER UP - SHADOWRUN RETURNS (PC)
I love the look of this tactical roleplaying game and can't wait to sink my teeth into it. I'm a big fan of these types of games and this one certainly looks like it'll bring the nostalgia.
We don't all have the time to play each and every new game released within the year, so here I give you the top game I played for the first time, but came out before 2013.
WINNER - THE LAST STORY (WII)
The best games are those unexpected beauties. I didn't expect much from The Last Story and was also a little worried about the dated graphics, but it turned out to be an awesome experience. Xenoblade Chronicles is another shrink wrapped title that just missed the list above, but after playing The Last Story, I'm pretty excited about jumping into it as well.
RUNNER UP - YAKUZA DEAD SOULS (PS3)
I first played Dead Souls last year and quickly shelved it out of disappointment. I thought it was mindless zombie game (ha!) milking the success of the Yakuza franchise. After giving it a second chance earlier this year, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was so much more. There's tons of fan service and it handles pretty well.
That's all for now, but keep an eye out for Part 2 and be sure to share in the comments if you've started posting your own GOTY selections!