Now that the end of the year is close and one of our most anticipated games (Persona 4!) has finally been released, what is your top pick for Game of The Year?
Jenni: As much as I enjoyed The World Ends with You and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, I’d have to say that Persona 4 is easily my pick for Game of the Year. It is not only just a fantastic game, it also improves on the previous entry in the series and marks the end of an era. It could very easily also be the last great PS2 game.
Spencer: Favorite games of the year suffer the priming effect. We tend to get lost in the overcrowded holiday season and forget titles that came out before summer. If someone had to ask me what was my top pick at this second I would probably say Persona 4 since I sunk so much time into it. Valkyria Chronicles, Chrono Trigger, and Yuusha No Kuse Ni Namaikida Or 2 were other personally memorable games from the holiday rush. LittleBigPlanet is pretty fun too, but you have to put a lot of time and thought into level design to reap the rewards. Earlier in the year games like Patapon, Space Invaders Extreme, the World Ends With You, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl kept my attention. Oh, and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII… wait do we count that since it came out last year in Japan? Nevermind.
Anyway, the point I was trying to make is there were lots of good titles earlier in the year that aren’t Metal Gear Solid 4 or Grand Theft Auto 4 that seemed to be forgotten. Being six months old in a video game store is like being over the hill.
Louise: I’d probably have a different answer if I didn’t have an unopened Persona 4 box right next to me waiting for me to play, but I’d have to say my game of the year is Fallout 3. It’s also my pleasant surprise of the year. I wasn’t expecting to like it since I didn’t like Oblivion at all because its open-ended story was too hard for me to follow. I borrowed it from a friend just to give it a try because I do like post-apocalyptic settings and I had heard so many good things about the previous two games.
After the first hour, I could see what all the hub-bub was about. The graphics were great, the sound was eerie, but what I really enjoyed was the story. It wasn’t hokey or needlessly complicated. It was just about a girl looking for her dad. I loved exploring and finding new places in the world and I loved how even if you get side-tracked, Pip-Boy always informed you of where you needed to be next in a quest.
I don’t know if it’s because I came into Fallout 3 with lowered expectations, but I was really sorry when I needed to give the game back to the friend I borrowed it from.