Was 2015 one of the best gaming years in a long time?
>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 170
The Critics' Picks - 125
The Readers' Picks - 45
>Fallout 4 - 39
The Critics' Picks - 29
The Readers' Picks - 10
>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 23
The Critics' Picks - 23
The Readers' Picks - 0
>Bloodborne - 19
The Critics' Picks - 18
The Readers' Picks - 1
>Life Is Strange - 10
The Critics' Picks - 10
The Readers' Picks - 0
>Super Mario Maker - 7
>Rocket League - 5
>Rise of the Tomb Raider - 4
>Undertale - 4
>Batman: Arkham Knight - 3
>Her Story - 3
>Cibele - 1
>Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - 1
>Everybody's Gone to the Rapture - 1
>Massive Chalice - 1
>Ori and the Blind Forest - 1
>Prune - 1
>Star Wars Battlefront - 1
>Sunless Sea - 1
>Until Dawn - 1
>Life is Strange - 10
Now that's interesting. Definitely an underrated game IMO.
Also Fallout 4 was complete shit, Bethesda bought every one of their positive reviews and awards.
Honestly after having played all four of them, Bloodborne is the only one that should even be considered for GOTY, and even then if we had some actual decent AAA shit this year it shouldn't have one.
Witcher 3 wasn't even game of the month.
>best gaming years in a long time
>Black Cocks 3: the sequel to the sequel to the prequel to the sequel to the last good COD game
>MSG 5(0% of the game)
>Fallout 4 (options per dialogue)
>Star Wars Battleflop EA
>Bloodbabby - Dark Souls 2.5
Is it a surprise to anybody that TW3 won GOTY in 2015? The lineup against them was so fucking weak, it's a wonder they even held a VGA this year.
Honestly, if you look at the AAA market, it has been getting shittier and shittier almost every year. Rather than make good games which take time, money, and actual effort, they'd rather re-hash the same shit they've been feeding us because the hordes of retarded neets who can't think for themselves actually pay for this shit.
to be honest, these games are fun for about 2 hours, and then they get boring as fuck because I realize how poorly made and lacking in content they are
Yes yes yes. Witcher 3 set the bar for storytelling and immersion in a game.
sure thing m8
Fallout was brilliant. I've put 80 hours into that game, making it my second most played of all time. Though the story wasn't as good as 3, the gameplay was the best in the series (no more relying on crappy VATS)
It's fucking mainstream plebs
>OMG I spent 40 hours in fallout its the best game ever ive never spent that long in a game
>Games are so fucking difficult I play games for fun I don't want to learn any deep or meaningful mechanics
I'm serious. Fallout 3 had great characters and story but meh fps mechanics. Fallout new vegas gave your character no backstory so why should you give a shit about this parcel you're supposed to deliver. Fallout 4 took the best of these 2 games and made it better.
It still counts as being a 2016 game on PC. And it's still better than anything released last year.
I'm actually hyped as fuck for it. I can't remember the last time I felt like this about a video game, it was that long ago.
Fallout 4 shouldn't even be on that list and Bloodborne deserves way more votes, but Sony shot themselves so meh.
I tried to get into the witcher, but the combat just feels so awful
I couldn't point out exactly what the reason for this was, but part of it might be geralt doing random attacks with different animation times
Didn't feel as precise as I wanted
Anyone else feel similarly?
Of course. Fallout 4 was one of the best in the series. Also MGSV outdid all expectations.
With Bloodborne being that low.
Did Dark Souls 1 or Demon Souls win any kind of GOTY or some award in their respective years?
I'm okay with Witcher 3 winning, its not a game for me but I can see its quality.
Fallout 4 is fucking garbage, if any other developer had made it we would skewer it.
Of course they are. The people giving these "awards" out are no more qualified than you, if anything they are less qualified. You could set up a blog and start handing them out tomorrow.
Not true at all. In fact it specifically only counts professional sources, not blogs.
>* Professional Awards Only - The Media include Sites, Magazines, Newspapers, Publications, Broadcastings, but not Blogs have a staff of one.
Don't be retarded. The only difference between "professional" sources and blogs is that the "professional" sources have a symbiotic relationship with game publishers and are graced with review copies, interviews and favours. There is no difference in credibility.
What "great characters" did Fallout 3 have?
I genuinely can't even remember one and I finished the game.
I actually thought the combat in 3 was somewhat bearable compared to the previous two. The out-of-combat movement was absolutely fucked to the point where I could just not get immersed in the game due to feeling like I wasn't in direct control, though.
Illusion of depth. Bethesda are masters at it, it's why their games are so successful. They are designed to be extremely shallow, enough that the average casual who started playing games with the Xbox360 can enjoy it, but at the same time the open world, "role-playing" and character customization makes casuals think these games are the deepest games ever.
To make Bethesda fans think there is some depth to the game. They are incredibly shallow, but market themselves as deep and complex to casual gamers who eat that shit up and think they're hardcore for playing Bethesda games.
Of course it's real. Those are the things your character can say in that situation.
Of course, the game doesn't present it that way. It hides it behind misleading two-word dialogue options. Often if one of the dialogue choices is sarcastic, it will just say [sarcastic]. That's it. Nothing more.
Fallout 5 will show nothing but tone. You'll be presented with four Vault boy faces each displaying a different facial expression, and your character will say something fitting that expression when you select it.
As much as the shitpost circlejerk that is neo /v/ would like to proclaim 2015 as the worst year in vidya history, it really was pretty fucking great.
It felt like the year that the current gen finally came into itself. Every generation takes a bit to ramp up, and 2015 was just that. Finally getting games like TW3 that are setting new standards.
Keeping with this, and looking at the upcoming releases for 2016, I cant imagine why anyone who isnt a disgruntled neckbeard wouldnt be happy with the current gen.
You can say there was a lot of shit as much as you want, but every single gen has had tons of shit. Nostalgia is a hell of a thing.
The closest thing to a great AAA game this year is Bloodborne, a quality game yet a tired rehash. All but the most Souls-obsessed fanboys are tired of these games.
Witcher 3 didn't set any standards except for perhaps writing in open world RPGs. Their only competition is Bethesda, so they won by default.
Name some open-world RPGs other than Bethesda games. I'm obviously not talking about games released a decade ago, as your "bar-setting" comment is irrelevant when you have to go back that far. It's not hard to raise the bar on decade old games.
Of course you do.
You can't just claim "this is the best restaurant in town" just because they serve that one thing you like.
If the rest of the dishes suck, IT'S A BAD RESTAURANT
but... but... 2013 had The Last of Us...
and it's the best game of all time...
Every CRPG in the last three years was open world
Every WRPG was open world
Most every JRPG was at least partially open world
Even south park fucking stick of truth operated on open world principles.
Don't be ridiculous. There were good games like Metal Gear Rising in 2013.
It's not a matter of size. Let me guess, you think JRPGs with overworlds like FFVII are open world?
Last three years man. Read a little more. Also, depending on how much you can travel the overworld map regardless of your progress, it could still be argued to operate on open world principles.
Bioshock Infinite was less shit than TLOU.
If TLOU was a movie it would would have been the most by the numbers oscar-bait ever.
But because it's a game it's the "Citizen Kane of gaming".
At the very fucking least, Bioshock Infinite was way more creative, and was not ashamed of being a fucking video-game
Overworld's are the antithesis of open world. Rather than have you trek through emptiness they simulate the emptiness, making each relevant area its own level accessed from but disconnected from the overworld.
As for CRPGs in the last three years, there are plenty like Pillars of Eternity, Divinity, so many that aren't open world but instead use the old hub system most WRPGs use.
>The mechanics were all dumbed down to hell
You can't get much dumber than the first two Bioshock games. They're basically an exercise in taking System Shock 2 and dumbing it down for modern audiences.
the game parts of BI were GAME PARTS, dumbed down or no.
TLOU "game parts" were just there so they could link one cutscene to the next.
Also, BI's story could pass for pretentious, not the kind of thing made to gain awards, it's made for the creator's ego.
TLOU's story was so manipulative it was disgusting. THAT is the kind of shit made to gain awards.
TW3 has probably the best views in open world games
>Witcher 3 set the bar for storytelling and immersion in a game.
>I've put 80 hours into that game, making it my second most played of all time. T
Please be bait because people like you shouldn't be on /v/.
I don't mind Witcher 3 but people giving GOTY to that fucking buggy piece of dogshit that was Fallout 4 and the unfinished shitshow that was MGSV over fucking Bloodborne is pathetic
Next time they shouldn't make their game the first worthwhile exclusive on a system. Anyone with any taste, that is, the people who might enjoy Bloodborne, haven't bought a PS4 yet.
Having played both, no. I've put 100 hours into W3 and haven't hit the number of bugs I got within my first 4 hours of fallout. Really obvious shit too, like the magazines of enemies' guns floating way behind the gun itself.
>where you're locked in a single class
>with a single predetermined character
>without any stat system
>with primitive perk system which is full to the brim with garbage like "X% to damage type" instead of unique and game-changing perks/feats
>with only like 4 viable armor sets in the entire game
>with simplified alchemy
>with dumb as shit enemy level system which cockblocks you from harming certain enemies of higher levels by artificially skyrocketing their defenses
I won't say that i'm not glad that W3 won so many awards. It has some good dialogues, characters and side quests and overall deserves this reward way more than DAI deserved it a year ago. But at the same time i dread to think that it will create some sort of a trend for future RPGs because W3 is fucking horrible in pretty much all gameplay aspects.
Bloodborne, a simple action rpg, has way deeper character customization, stat system and build variety than a so called "rpg of the year". I won't even compare it to actually good rpgs of 2015 like Underrail or AoD. Holy shit CDPR really needs to pay at least some attention to the actual fucking gameplay.
Fuck you most of the monster hunts were genuinely interesting. The batman vision was a necessary evil because otherwise it would just be a game about differentiating footprint textures from the surrounding foliage.
Even unbalanced, horribly broken gameplay mess of Baldur's Gate 2 was fun in its own unique way thanks to how many fun shit you could do with spell effects and unique weapons. W3 is not just bad in gameplay aspects, it's fucking boring which is even more horrifying for a game reaching 100+ hours length.
>Fuck you most of the monster hunts were genuinely interesting
found the CDPR employee
>most of the monster hunts were genuinely interesting
They were interesting in W1 because they required a real prep time and monsters felt legit horrifying. In W3 even on death march the same feeling of danger is barely present.
W1 actually had a good perk system with lots of shit to consider. Also with some actual alchemical tinkering where you could create stronger non-standard potions by accident.
W2 was a fucking garbage for the most part though.
>find one of three things, blood, footprints, smell
>Geralt talking to himself
>shitty encounter that isn't even hard on death march that is probably just a reskin of regular monsters
>goty - jim bob's backyard bbq blog
>goty - architectural digest video games issue
>goty - balboa bay window
>goty - east bumblefuck missouri gazette
why do people keep pretending the term goty means anything at all? sure, witcher 3 was a nice game but the word goty means utterly nothing.
RPG has never had an absolute set definition, and it's name is a nebulous term that simply comes from Dungeons and Dragons, which could have predesigned characters. If you define RPG as roleplaying then every game is an RPG.
Fuck off, you don't know what you're talking about.
most of these i can understand. but who the fuck picked everyone gone to rapture. that was shit.
but you can just walk away. you can just cancel out of the convsersation in 3 and NV. I dont hate 4 though. its not bad, just kinda ok. not my rpg of the year. that would be witcher 3
Western computer RPGs actually have pretty well-defined list of features that were present in them for many years and character generation, build creation and actual stat or class system are mandatory for them. W3 lacks most of them while actual RPGs with characters who have more or less predefined background like Shadowrun reboots still keep most of them.
>3 other AAA GOTY contenders
>Geralt carrying three harpy heads
>i am the sole arbiter of what constitutes an RPG
There's almost no good rpgs without a character generation or initial customization of any kind. Even fucking Nox, a game with pre-set protagonist, forced you to chose a hard-locked class which defined your entire playstyle and even story. Geralt's customization is pathetic as well as any "build" variety if i can even call W3's pathetic perk system so.
Most RPGs with a customizable main character are absolutely shit because you can't make the story about just one person, you have to make it about an unknown which means nothing actually significant can happen involving the life of your character.
>gets proven literally wrong
>makes up ridiculous conspiracy theory because won't accept facts
>MGSV won more GOTY awards than Bloodborne
It's hilarious how ASSMAD you Bloodborne faggots are. You criticize a game for having shallow characters and stats when you like fucking Bloodborne. Your entire game is literally Dark Souls with a horror skin. There is nothing deep about it.
I have no beef with Witcher 3 being the top choice, but how the fuck is MGS V and Fallout 4 above Bloodborne?
Is there any reason other than it being a PS4 exclusive, which made it a more niche release?
The only hilarious thing is that you think that i'm a "bloodborne fag" when my post also mentions underrail and aod. Keep being ass shattered for no reason, preferably with your mouth shut if you don't have anything constructive to say.
It doesn't mean shit. If authors actually took their time writing dialogues the game will be fun even if MC is tabula rasa.
mgs5, regardless of all the memes about it, had stellar gameplay
a single cut mission, vehicle, and a few strictly visual helicopters flying around motherbase do not detract from it's quality in the slightest
it also has decent online compared to most modern cookie cutter multiplayer shooters
bloodborne was more of the same grimdark puzzle story (with some ayylmao thrown in) with repetitive and nonchallenging bosses and no sense of item progression at all, only thing stellar was the music
fallout 4 was ok for what it truly is, which doesn't make it shit
Todd Howard keeps looking better with each new shittier release, Marcin is looking more and more rough.
Holy fuck this is the worst comment I've seen in al long time.
It's a shitpost but doesn't even make sense. If you're going to post trash at least be somewhat clever about it.
Can't wait for Blood & Wine.
Hearts of Stone was ridiculously awesome, best DLC ever.
Honestly, looking back at the year, I spent a lot of time either replaying old favorites or working on my backlog.
Still, there were some gems this year.