Which Game Deserves to Be Called the “Game of the Year”?

We’ve seen alot of a big games released this year to consoles. We have even seen some games release Game of the Year editions of themselves. That raises a question though, which game was actually the “Game of the Year”? Let’s look at a few big games that were released this year and see how they’d stack up. To make the list, games must have at least a 90% positive rating and must have sold at least 500,000 copies at the time of this post. Multiplayer is not considered when we talked about the following games.


Mass Effect 3

The Case For Game of the Year: There was a ton of hype around Mass Effect 3 for the last year or so. The conclusion of Commander Shepard’s story promised us the epic battle against The Reapers we had all been waiting for. The game was a success, becoming the only game this year to receive a perfect 10 (or 5/5 depending on the scale) on 75 reviews from gaming websites and magazines. To top that off, Mass Effect 3 sold 3.5 million copies in the first month of sales.

Why It Might Not Be Game 0f the Year: Simply put, the ending. The ending of Mass Effect 3 received so many complaints that many fans sold their copies of the game and refused to return to the series. Petitions, fundraising, and even a complaint to the Better Business Bureau all came for the absolute hatred of the ending. Even after BioWare released the Extended Cut ending, many fans still weren’t happy with it.


Borderlands 2

The Case For It: Borderlands 2 is exactly what you want from a sequel. It needs to build upon what made the original game good but it needs to add something to it that drives you back into the story. Borderlands 2 did this and blew us all away when we played it. It’s received a 91% on GameRankings and has become the best selling games of 2012. It’s sold 5 million copies since the game was released back in September.

The Case Against It: While the game was released to critical acclaim, many of the reviewers felt that the game was missing stuff. The most common complaint was the lack of customizing visuals and the sharing of loot in co-op. Some also complained about it’s length, stating that 30 hours to play the game was too long. This may be a opinion but it still could count against it.



The Case For It: Dishonored follows Corvo Attano, a legendary bodyguard to the Empress who is framed for her murder and forced to become an assassin to seek revenge on those who conspired against him. The game sold well when it was released and the critics love the style and story Dishonored has, not to mention that the gameplay is very cool.

The Case Against It: Some missions were lacking in guidance, leaving us lost and certain plot points required more explanation. It’s also worth nothing that many reviewers have problems with the ending of the game. Many felt that it was abrupt and left many confused.


Assassin’s Creed III

The Case For It:  No other open-world game has ever given us a setting that’s as impressive to observe or as full of things to do as Assassin’s Creed III. Most critics praised its visuals, story, combat style and Homestead system. On average it’s received a 9.5/10 on many review sites and has sold 3.5 million copies in it’s first week of sales.

The Case Against It: The biggest problem with Assassin’s Creed III is the glitches. Many people has complained that the glitches in the game slow down the action and become frustrating when they continue to occur during the game play. Other have said that the game is good, but it falls short of other Assassin’s Creed games that have been made before.


Halo 4

The Case For It: Easily the most anticipated game of 2012, Halo 4 delivered an amazing game despite being made by a different company. The graphics in the game was completely amazing and Halo 4 delivered the same amazing gameplay that the previous Halo games brought. Halo 4 has grossed over $300 million in it’s first week, the most of any Halo game.

The Case Against It: While many are impressed with how good the game is, there are those out their that feel the story didn’t live up to the standards of the original Halo games. The games shorter gameplay time has also been a complaint among some fans. There are also those out there that do not like the ending of Halo 4 but again this is just there opinion.

There are plenty of games that could get honorable mentions but we’d like to get your input instead. Which one of the games listed above do you think deserves to be the “Game of the Year”? Or do you have another game we haven’t listed that you think should be it?


Article from Gamersyndrome.com

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