Road to Game Of The Year 2014

The editors of Gamespot take a few minutes to talk about the games so far that are contenders for Game of the Year 2014, including The Wolf Among Us, Divinity: Original Sin, Wolfenstein: The new Order, Mario Kart 8, The Last of Us: Left Behind and Shovel Knight.

Discussion

190 comments
LegatoSkyheart
LegatoSkyheart

That DLC shouldn't be in the running for Game of the Year.

lostn
lostn

Weak year for gaming tbh.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

I'd throw Always Sometimes Monsters into this arena...and Wolfenstein is great. One of my favorite current shooters along with Bulletstorm and Rage.

elghosteh
elghosteh

Mario Kart as game of the year? Fucking really?

robinmask
robinmask

The wolf among us is winner guys


Fallout 1,2 > Divinity: Original Sin

Arachnofunk
Arachnofunk

Mario Kart 8 is the winner so far, it's simply a piece of digital art. 

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

All seem to be really enjoyable games. Looking forward to seeing what else will be in the running!

mdign
mdign

 I'm getting tired of this agenda GameSpot.

TLoU is overrated and that DLC is NOT eligible for GoTY.

zeca04
zeca04

People should really try Wolfenstein. If you like fps, there isn't really a reason you shouldn't. Also, i recommend playing it on "death incarnate" or "uber". There were lots of people last year praising Bioshock Infinite for it's gameplay, even if it was greatly simplified from the original bioshock. Wolfenstein does much better. Really, try it.

rotjunk
rotjunk

How about a separate category for " Best DLC of the Year" ? Then we don't have to ever see DLC  as actual GOTY.

dani3po
dani3po

Divinity: Orginal Sin is the best RPG since Dragon Age 1 (maybe better, I still have many hours to play) and certainly the best game so far this year.

prats93
prats93

Glad that Titanfall wasn't mentioned.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

DLC winning game of the year? Let's not go crazy GS, you have at least a little credibility left. The odds are Destiny, Destiny....Destiny or some  "shocker" indy game.

VGjunkie87
VGjunkie87

@lostn You crazy?  Do I really have to list all the good games that came out?  Maybe there was too much marketing and hype, but still a very solid year for games overall so far and we still have games coming...you're out of touch broski, very good year IMO.

sebtraction
sebtraction

@lostn You are the only person I know who thinks this. I thought it was a strong year for gaming.

prats93
prats93

@mdign "Overrated" seems to be today's catch-all phrase used by gamers who haven't played the games they're claiming to be overrated. 

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@zeca04 Bioshock also had a better story going for. Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying Wolfenstein, but it's like comparing a David Fincher movie to a summer blockbuster. One gets Oscar nods and the other gives you some mindless entertainment while you take shelter from the heat. If you're talking purely about the gunplay, then yeah, Wolfenstein is a better game, but there was a lot more going on in Bioshock and the gunplay was not the main draw.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@rotjunk We wont see it in the final ballot. Not after games like Destiny and Dragon Age release. 

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@rickphoenixxx  On this site, they have not been really fond of Destiny compared to other upcoming games. Not sure why.

lostn
lostn

@VGjunkie87 @lostn I only asked for 5. But you refused (or couldn't) to name even one, which just proves my point. It was a weak year for gaming compared to past years.

lostn
lostn

@sebtraction @lostn Alright. What are your top 5 contenders for Game of the Year? Re-releases and HD remakes don't count, so no Master Chief Collection. What else was there? Watch Dogs, AC Unity, Titanfall, and Destiny were probably the most anticipated and biggest titles of the year, and all turned out disappointing.


I can't name a single game releasing this year that I think in any other year would be contending for GOTY. There's Bayonetta 2, which I haven't played but I don't think would win it if it was last year or the year before it.

brandonmacleodE
brandonmacleodE

@mdign TLOU shouldn't be a contender for GOTY because it's DLC. Enough with this stupid TLOU ok. 

zeca04
zeca04

@gokartmozart89  Bioshock infinite has a story full of holes mascarade as "depth". This will contain spoilers: Such as the end, it is stated that killing booker before his baptism will kill Comstock in all time alternative realities. Why would it happen? Why not only in that reality Comstock would be dead? It's wrong, Comstock would only die in the realities that the baptism didnt happen, not cease his existence completly in ALL of them. About character geting nosebleeds when they remember they died on an alternative reality. In that case, everyone should get that in the game, since even you and me are dead right now in an alternative reality. And when you go get the guns, it was ridiculous that it was "Well, duh, just realized it that we can't trasport full machines to smith guns in the hands of 2 people. Well, let's go to a time space where the guns are back to where they are?". The vigors that no one in the whole city use except very few guys you shoot in the game that doesnt add anything to the story, why do they exist in the city? Just to have a sucessor to plasmids? Meanwhile plasmids everyone of those splicers in the original bioshock had them. And why join vox populi to get guns when you could go to an alternative reality where you don't make the deal with it or elizabeth doesnt discover booker lied to her? Even the end of the game has that unnecessary key part "Wow, it was always there, just never saw it". Can you explain it to me? What was that supposed to mean? The "Elizabeth's inovation". just puting an immortal char that doesn't do nothing besides open tears WHEN you say so and  no one tries to kill or grab is innovative? Was that just because she tosses itens? And isn't she important? isn't a little immersion break to see someone that would obviously on the list to retrieve alive not getting attention at all? Hell, comstock's men doesnt even try to avoid shooting when you're near her. It's like "Ow, shit, he got elizabeth. Never mind, i don't want her back anyway. Besides, she's immortal". So, no innovative at all and even gives immersion break. And the pseudo depth? The fight against racism? Pretty shallow. So yeah, even the gameplay and the story of bioshock infinite aren't that great. Unless you can prove me wrong and explain the holes i said, wolfenstein will remain a far superior title to me, even on its story. Bioshock Infinite is overated, Wolfenstien is underrated. Hell, you compared wolfenstein to mindless shooter. BI gets even more mindless with only 2 weapons and 2 plasmids to choose, no visual weapon upgrades, no in depth story. Only thing it makes better than wolfenstein is the visual art and that's it.

romolox8
romolox8

Yea. Why did it get a 9.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

@prats93 @rickphoenixxx DLC is DLC, can be good or bad. But it's not a game and cannot be judged like one. Not when you have a whole year of other fully feature packed retail game releases. If ANY dlc won GOTY, then that would mean it was the worst year quality wise in gaming.

VGjunkie87
VGjunkie87

Dark Souls 2, Infamous SS, Titanfall, Thief, Child of Light, Wolfenstein, Watch Dogs, Divinity OS, Destiny, Shadow of Mordor, Vanishing Ethan Carter, Alien Isolation, Evil Within, AC: U, DA: I, Far Cry 4, Lords of the Fallen, there's also been some good racing games, Nintendo games and I'm sure I'm missing some other good games. Far from a disappointing year overall, not even close lol, not even including remasters, DLCs and expansions...

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@romolox8 Because they reviewed it within its release window, and it doesn't get boring and repetitive until a few weeks of play. The fact that it had no legs wasn't obvious past the novelty of playing it for the first few dozen hours.

lostn
lostn

@VGjunkie87 Almost all of these were disappointing. The ones that aren't are Divinity, Wolfenstein, Mordor, Ethan Carter, and DA:I. None of these are GOTY contenders though imo, except in a weak year. 


I'm baffled you mentioned games like Alien Isolation, AC: U. Did you actually look at review scores for most of the games you mentioned?


Far Cry 4: 7, AC Unity: 7, Alien Isolation: 6. Other sites have given these games even worse scores. And these are your GOTY contenders? A racing game is not likely to win it either. I don't think any ever has. 


If you think this was a strong year for gaming, you should check out the last 5 years. They put 2014 to shame.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

@jake198624 @rickphoenixxx @spartanx169x @prats93 yeah it's crazy when you see a HUUUUGE gap between a user score and the site review....and it it true only one person reviews a single game at a time? If so that opens the floodgates for bribery.
Well I guess there is the honor code..lol.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

@deadline-zero0 @rickphoenixxx @spartanx169x yeah Watch Dogs was gonna be the GOTY as soon as it came out 2 years ago when people saw dat amazing E3 demo lol.

VGjunkie87
VGjunkie87

Not every release is going to be GOTY contender, I didn't say they were all contenders. I'm just proving there were a lot of solid video games released in 2014 overall. You have your own niche obviously cause these games all have their place and quality gameplay to offer, I'm just more forgiving and enjoy many different types of games. DA: I definitely has the potential to be GOTY material, so does DS2 and Divinity OS (from what I've read).

lostn
lostn

@VGjunkie87 Every year there are solid video games. This is nothing special. But what are your GOTY contenders this year? Narrow it down to 5 if you can.. or one, even better.

VGjunkie87
VGjunkie87

You said weak year for gaming. I'm just debunking that statement. Masterpieces like TLOU and GTA 5 don't come out every year, although 2015 does seem to be very promising with MGS 5, Witcher 3, Bloodbourne and others.

lostn
lostn

@VGjunkie87 I was speaking in relative terms. Every year there've been standouts, and this year I can't think of one. Some have been surprisingly good, but only because these games got no hype (Mordor, Bayonetta, Divinity come to mind).


If you're going to base a 'good' year on solid games, every year is a good year for gaming. This one would still be the worst (despite being 'good') in the last 8 years I would say. This was not a special year for gaming is perhaps what I should say. For me it's been a disappointing one.


Usually each year there are a few very hyped up AAA games, that actually lived up to the hype. This year we've had plenty of hyped up AAAs, but none of them lived up to the hype, and ended up getting 7's and 8's or worse. Even lower profile games that I had high expectations for like Child of Light ended up disappointing.

VGjunkie87
VGjunkie87

2012 didn't really have any outstanding games either although I loved FC3, either way video gaming like most things is very subjective so to a lot of people 2014 was a very good year, and to others not so much.