Top 10 Games of the Year

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  1. HardOCP News

    HardOCP News [H] News

    Dec 31, 1969
    Gamasutra has posted a list today of the Top 10 Games of the Year. While I may not agree with all of their choices, I do have to say that DOOM wholeheartedly deserves to be on that list.

    It's the list-making time of year here at Gamasutra. Every December, we each agonize over our own personal Top 10 games of they year. But we also feel that it's important to offer a list of games that we have discussed and decided upon collectively. Our criterion: “the games that will remain in our memories as having defined the year for technical sophistication, storytelling, innovation, and pure intangible experience value.”
  2. PhaseNoise

    PhaseNoise [H]ard|Gawd

    May 11, 2005
    Doom and Overwatch are really fun games, and I honestly didn't expect that of either of them prior to release.

    Two pleasant surprises in an otherwise "meh" year.
  3. virtualheretic

    virtualheretic Limp Gawd

    Sep 6, 2005
    I hadn't heard of most of those games.
  4. J-Will

    J-Will [H]ard|Gawd

    Jan 10, 2009
    While I do like, and play Clash Royale; I cant believe the Pokemon game didnt make it. Didnt that break single day download records? Sure nobody plays it these days, but still.
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  5. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

    Jan 28, 2014
    Gamasutra is all in with the narrative. Just look at Mafia III:

    The game’s design also does a great job at conveying, through systems, some small piece of what I think it must feel like to be a mixed-race man living in the South. For example, there are two separate on-screen indicators that show the player where danger is -- one is a standard red reticle that appears during combat and spikes in different directions to indicate where enemies (and damage) are coming from, while the other is a blue reticle that shows the player where nearby police are and how strongly they’re looking at you.

    Yes, because a police indicator is unique to this open world game because you play a black person :rolleyes:. I sure know much more now about the oppression black people must feel every day through this simple GUI feature...


    Firewatch is a game about two people talking in the woods, and I love it. It’s a great example of how a team can craft a game with vibrant, believable characters and meaningful choices without falling back anointing the player as the savior/destroyer of the world.

    Meaningful choices? The outcome of the story is the same no matter what, and despite having the illusion of openness the narrative still plays out on rails. Aside from that, I would hardly call this walking simulator a game.
  6. purefun65

    purefun65 Gawd

    Apr 10, 2004
    Replace mafia 3 with inside.
  7. lilbabycat

    lilbabycat 2[H]4U

    Jun 21, 2011
    Clash Royale, Never heard of it
    Doom had an awesome SP campaign, MP was good but not Doom
    Firewatch I didn't play but heard it was meh
    Job Simulator, VR, meh, I dunno, don't have VR setup and neither does anyone else
    The Last Guardian is supposedly buggy as hell and extremely repetitive, but a neat idea
    Mafia 3, agenda-driven white-hate game which is supposedly also buggy as hell
    Overwatch is pretty good but I wish there were some more game modes / variety in maps. I guess I'm just not vested enough to get to mid/high tier of skill in the game
    Stardew Valley is a great game, perfect Harvest Moon homage
    Titanfall 2 is supposedly great too, and its been on sale for as low as $15...which my dumbass didn't jump on.
    Thumper - Never heard of it
  8. Rahh

    Rahh [H]ard|Gawd

    Jan 14, 2005
    This list is not that good...
  9. M76

    M76 [H]ardForum Junkie

    Jun 12, 2012
    No XCOM2? Are they nuts or what? That's easily game of the year no questions about it.

    Mafia 3 was an OK game, but compared to one and two it is a joke.
    Firewatch - indie game, short, no replayability, stupid ending, what does it do on this list?
    Doom - I suppose it's ok, but nothing great, the only reason it's worth mentioning because it was really a slow year.
    Last Guardian - is a japanese niche game, fully narrative driven, as I heard from some people it's a stretch to even call it a proper game.
    Haven't played or even heard enough about the rest to comment on them.

    Also Mankind Divided should've made this year's list easily.
  10. Moogle Stiltzkin

    Moogle Stiltzkin Gawd

    Nov 11, 2004
    a top10 list for the same site that wrote this garbage ? "'Gamers' don't have to be your audience. 'Gamers' are over."

    o_o; i'd rather refer to more credible critics like total biscuit or some other.
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  11. dark_reign

    dark_reign 2[H]4U

    Nov 15, 2005
    I don't mind the police indicator but it's way overdone. Cops also seem to be everywhere which is rather odd and you appear to be the only "black male" they chase down for whatever reason.

    It's a good open world sandbox but not a GOTY contender. Could have been great if most of the missions were more story-driven, unique and rewarding.
  12. STrAYeR

    STrAYeR Limp Gawd

    Jan 31, 2005
    Top worst games of the year: Mafia 3(broken and ugly pos), Doom 4(just hype), Firewatch, The Last Guardian, Titanfall 2
    Good games list: Shadow Warrior 2, Obduction, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak(overpriced), Shardlight
    I would add Rise of the Tomb Raider but 2015 was the official release date.
  13. Matthew Kane

    Matthew Kane [H]ardness Supreme

    Dec 1, 2007
    Shadow Warrior 2 was garbage.
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