Feedbackula - Game of the Year Grumbles!
With 2014 finally upon us, Johnny is here to see what's making you angry so far this year. Spoilers: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is making you angry so far this year.
by Johnny Chiodini on
Im sure Zelda was good fun, but all i hear is everyone talking about how great Last of US is. I was hoping it would come out on PS4 in much better glory, thankfully Playstation Now isn't sounding bad at all and i'm likely able to play it from that.
GTA.... ..., its really not that impressive after like.. 10 games? I know its at GTA-V, but all the expansions and side games like China. All they ever do is a macho thing and make women just look like idiots, tools and fools in it.
Funny with all the Zelda hate. I remember back when Jeff Gerstmann gave Twilight Princess a 8.8 and everybody was hating on the score for being too low. Guess times have changed.
Sorry to say but zelda is not the game of the year! Clearly we had better games in 2013... Like GTA 5, last of us, bioshock, Dota 2 and so on...
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a remake which is why I don't even think it should be in the running.
Nintendo makes fun, but very simple and easy to develop games. I'm sure the new Zelda game is great and all, but soooooooo much was put into games like GTA5 and TLOU both in time and money, and it shows. For instance PIXAR makes great animated films, but any organization that gave them a movie of the year award would be seen as not really taking things seriously. Gaming on the whole has evolved far beyond "toys for children" and giving this honor to something like a handheld Zelda title, just shows Gamespot is not to really be taken seriously.
LOL! The outrage was delicious and the flood of idiotic comments were hilarious. You are entertaining, Gamespot community! :)
The Legend of Zelda series is amazing but after 'Twilight Princess' the series been going downhill but it is still amazing.
I love how people say that Zelda: A Link Between World is 'too childish' because it actually has color and you don't murder someone every five minutes. You know what's really immature, claiming you're mature and dismissing anything light-hearted as 'childish'. Besides, maturity is overrated anyway.
I haven't been on here in a while, nice to see that almost everyone appearing on this show, is still a tool!
At least in this episode people were complaining about a fair thing. If the general opinion in the community is not reflected in the GS awards then maybe we really shouldn't be listening to them.
Always find it funny that the people moaning about this game being a terrible game are the same people that haven't actually played it.
I think most of those comments that are being narrated within the video actually hold ground, especially the "train wreck of a site" one. Whether surfing this site on an iphone or desktop, it's incredibly laggy with far too many widgets and ads loading, on top of automatically loading videos.
I didn't think web design could get any worse than IGN. Is gamespot in need of a web designer?
I loved Zelda andThe last of us both of them were great games :) And I seriously think a link between worlds might be the best Zelda game ever made.
yeah i generally agree with this show, buuut this time im confused as to how that game got it. not saying its not good, but its... good not great.
Check out that triangle on his shirt, he's got to be in the Illuminati. He also has a moon and a sun on his shirt, which represents the cycle of life in this satanic community!
This may be the first time I've ever posted. I like Feedbackula, and I generally have no contest regarding the game reviews as a whole. But I started thinking how this series seems like more of a justification series for all these haters. I don't feel you need to explain yourself when you make your decisions. Do you feel the same way? If you do, then why DO you explain yourself? It's not like music pundits or Oscar judges are explaining why they selected Album or Movie of the Year despite what rampant feedback may materialize after those announcements. Maybe you have a goal to be different regarding this. Of which I commend what you do. And, of course, if you do it because you just have fun, well, then that's also awesome and funny. I look forward to 2014.
Ok, I love Feedbackula, but what was up with your hair? Was that play-doh or poop style, or just a no reason comb over?
The Last of Us was the best game I've played in 15 years, especially in terms of story and characters. The gameplay is typical naught dog stuff which is fun. But it's a rare thing to really care about the characters of a game.
The other game was GTAV which is second. I like the fighting stuff and story and *some* of the humor (some of it falls flat), and the game world was amazing. But the flight mechanics - I just didn't get well.
Bioshock Inf. is third for me. I also liked Walking Dead (and the new season 2 on my Ipad - it's cheap if you have an IOS device).
Funny thing is, most of the games I liked involved an older male character with a young female character. It's either paternal or kinda creepy.
A Link Between Worlds was entertaining but Game Of The Year? You gotta be kidding. It is by far the easiest and shortest Zelda game to date, and it's graphical level of detail doesn't even compare to the Ocarina of Time 3DS remake (which even OOT3D doesn't compare graphically with most 3DS games, including Nintendo developed titles). Although I liked it as much as possible, getting 100% completion in the game even without any former knowledge of the game is entirely possible in just under 9 hours on the first play through. Most Zelda games last longer than 9 hours just to play through the story/not collect 100% everything.
It has very little entertainment value even if the little it has is decent quality, and it's practically a fraud to sell it as a full price retail game when it's graphical detail is more fitting for a day-one 3DS launch title and it's entire length of running around aimlessly doesn't even rival a Zelda game where you're given an order to things. May as well have given the GOTY to some shoddy iOS game like Angry Birds.
Also, mocking your user's with stupid voices? Gamespot should probably fire this guy for being such an obnoxiously rude hipster.
You're free to like any game ya like but c'mon - if the way you defend your "liking" of that game is being an insufferable prick with mockery comments and general immaturity, you're expressing opinions in a really unhealthy way.
one of the dudes (swedension 3:48) is actually 100% right.
The point of giving reviews is undertstanding what mainstream gamer likes and giving him feedback, so he knows where he should put his money between various choices. If reviewer doesn't understand an average gamer or puts his opinion first, then he is not fit for the job and should be replaced, because his opinion is worthless...
unless all self proclaimed Gamespot "journalists" are not really a journalists... just a bunch of bloggers and gamespot is just a blog... Then I'd rather follow in that case Kotaku or Joustiq are better than Gamespot, because they are gaming blogs not pretending to be gaming news sites
The Illuminati cult thing with Cam was brilliant!
I watched this episode again just for that. Also, hurrah to The Last Of Us.
@Shielder7 It's less of a remake than you might think. It if literally was just a remake, it would actually be better than what it is.
@Rayrota You've probably misread the "too childish" statements. You seem to have disregarded some obvious contextual variables. If someone is directly talking about ALBW being "too childish", you have to assume many things about that person to understand their words. For one, the fact they're commenting on it likely means they're invested in Zelda in one way or another. Second of all, there have been plenty of games with color. Your interpreted reason of thinking "too childish" = "color" is a dumb one, especially since there has literally only been one Black and White colorless Zelda game, while the series is a standing Nintendo franchise - and alike all nintendo games, is filled with color. Lastly, you should be able to infer what someone means when they say ALBW is "too childish".
Fisher Price's Baby's-First-Blocks is "too childish". Yes it has color - but it is also just a box with shaped holes on the top that ask a toddler how to put the cube block in the square hole.
This applies to ALBW. It's "too childish" not because of color, but because of immense mind numbing ease.
The more you know!
Crap? Not even close.
@SipahSalar Or, you could consider the GS GOTY awards as the cumulative opinion of the site's employees, rather than a glorified poll. I'm fine with it as it is.
@nardhardy It would appear that no
@winnerexIt's a 2D top down Zelda game. They are ALL short. It took about 12 hours to get everything done, most Triple A games like Bioshock Infinite are pretty short and only run about 7-10 hours if you aren't dicking around.
Personally I enjoy platformers and RPGs more. Tales of Vesperia is still top in my book. If you're out to have a great single player experience and nothing more, I can see why Zelda got on the list. It's got a great story, it's got fun exploration and cool bosses, and adds a bit of freshness to an otherwise old and series.
Game of the YEAR for me though would likely be Etrian Odyssey 4. Personally if you think triple A equals quality and fun then you haven't gamed much in 2013. We got like 5-10 bad games for every single decent one we got.
GTA 5 is best open world single player mode that gives us some of the best Dark Comedy since Saints Row The 3rd. I had hoped Saints Row 4 could of taken the series further but it all felt like a slightly bigger DLC to the last game than a true sequel, though it was the most fun overall imo, just not GOTY.
Last of Us would win on narrative alone. Game play could of been better. But the moral choices you go through in that game are to be experienced at least once in your life, the ending alone is world playing for.
Tomb Raider, great game. Till you best it the next morning and wonder where your 50 bucks went. Amazing game just terribly short and no replay value as no one plays the online portions of it.
Bioshock Infinite is just all about humanity. It holds no punches back. It's dark. It's fast paced and it was one of the best rides I had in 2013 out the gate. I personally think its story was better told than the Last of Us but not as relatable.
Still, there are a slew of people out there that would of liked to see Civ V New World be given game of the year. Just because you don't like the game picked, doesn't mean squat. That is THEIR pick. At least we all got to vote on what games mattered to US afterwards.
Personally I'm waiting to get my hands on Bravely Default this year, a 3ds title no less. I just find games on 3DS and indie titles to just deliver more of what I love about video games.
In the end, as much as some idiots claim games have "evolved" haven't played many ps2 games. Hell, the ONLY thing that's "evolved" is the amount of textures and audio clips you can fit into a game. And many like Square and EA and Capcom use those cutscenes and other tactics to skip forward in their games and distract you from how little effort they actually put in to making a truly fun single player experience.
If anyone claims MULTIPLAYER is the FUTURE then gaming has indeed gone to the crapper. No game is worth buying unless it has a solid single player experience unless its intentions are solely marketed as MMO competitive gaming.
tl;dr: Whatever makes you happy is the clear winner. Ignore the rest of the BS out there known as "MY PERSONAL OPINION AWARDS" because that's all they are.
@winnerex Um... you do realize what Feedbackula is, right? A show that takes the community's crazy conspiracy theories and it's unjustifiably angry, overly entitled, or unintelligent (sometimes outright stupid) comments and turns them into humor in the hopes of not only entertaining but also possibly enlightening the community of how ridiculous we can be far too often. Oh wait, judging from your comment I guess that aspect of it went right over your head. Whoops.
I'll put it a different way. I'm willing to bet that if people constantly accused you of being on the take and raged against you every time you said something that the masses didn't agree with you'd wanted to return a few hits of your own as well.
@winnerex better check HowLongToBeat.com... The game is 15-20 hours.
If the only thing that made someone happy throughout all the twelve months that the year 2013 stood for is some cheap quasi-Zelda game, then that someone probably has some mental issues, the least of which includes dedicating themselves to love nintendo products regardless of quality (or lack there-of). Gamespot probably only chose ALBW to intentionally stir up controversy, which in-short just makes them a bunch of creepy hipsters.
You got me. I wasn't aware that this was the format of "Feedbackula." I don't frequent gamespot. So I secceed on that part. That being said it's a pretty immature format, but I might have found it more entertaining had I come across it on a more neutral topic.
I only learned of this video because it was linked from zeldadungeon, and even as a Zelda fan who frequents a Zelda oriented site, I found it hard to believe any game journalism site would have rated A Link Between Worlds as GOTY. The ride that ALBW encompasses was over as quickly as it began. Shouldn't a GOTY award have gone to something like GTA5?
@jesot @winnerex better actually just play the game. The game could probably be beaten in 8 hours without collecting everything. Just two sessions.
The bigger part being that "collecting everything" only adds about an hour or two to the total play time, because most everything you'll end up collecting can be found on your way from Point A to Point B with little need to divert.
Have you played the game?
I literally spent the first hour of my first and only playthrough dicking around and trying to break the game, vehemently believing in Nintendo's touted viewpoint of this game as having "more freedom in choosing where to go", though that only applies to the game proper after you've followed a very strict tutorial at the beginning. Even with that entire hour of running around as much of Hyrule as I could while being unable to attack anything, use a sword, find many if any enemies at all, and being constantly told by every NPC I attempted talking with that "Now wasn't a good time" or that I was "too early" - even with that entire wasted hour, I still beat this game in 10 hours. Not just "beat" it as in beat the last boss either. 100% collected all collectables, items, upgrades, etc.
It's a inanely short game and standalone the shortest Zelda game ever designed from a first-time playthrough perspective. I also played through well over 90% of the game without the pegasus shoes or second item slot because the game straight up didn't explain or direct that they were even things to be acquired, or how to acquire them.
@winnerex @at129907 most people who say its a bad decision:
1. dont realise its an opinion.
2. have never played the game cause they saw the G rating and think that only horror or shooters with an M/MA/R rating are worth playing. and
3. cant be bothered using their head in a game.
Honestly LOZ:ALBW is twice as hard as many other games on the list.
Also games like shooters in general and GTA dont change much or add much between installments.
And btw this is my opinion
@at129907 @winnerex No. Being an asshole is mocking people's post's with dumb voices over an intentionally poor GOTY decision. Being an asshole would be denying someone any videogames for an entire year and only giving them A Link Between Worlds. Being an asshole would be thinking that's a logical thing that could have happened to a game journalism website that covers everything under the sun regarding videogames.
Being an asshole is calling someone an asshole for no reason, like you've just done.
@winnerex You're an asshole
"Sounds like you were purposely trying to ruin your own game experience." I'm not sure how you got to this conclusion.
@winnerex @jesot Sounds like you were purposely trying to ruin your own game experience.
I played the game and enjoyed it quite a bit.