game awards picks '17

My picks for this year's game awards 

Game of the Year

Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Persona 5 (Atlus)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

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Best Game Direction

Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda)

Best Narrative

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Tameem Antoniades, Elizabeth Ashman-Rowe / Ninja Theory)
Horizon Zero Dawn (John Gonzalez / Ninja Theory)
NieR: Automata (Yoko Taro, Hana Kikuchi, Yoshiho Akabane / Platinum Games)
What Remains of Edith Finch (Ian Dallas / Giant Sparrow)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Jen Matthies, Tommy Tordsson Bjork / MachineGames)

Best Art Direction

Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Persona 5 (Atlus)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Score / Music

Cuphead (Kristofer Maddigan)
Destiny 2 (Mike Salvatori, Skye Lewin, C Paul Johnson)
NieR: Automata (Keiichi Okabe, Keigo Hoashi)
Persona 5 (Shoji Meguro)
Super Mario Odyssey (Naoto Kubo, Shiho Fujii, Koji Kondo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata)

Even tho I'm going with Zelda, special mention to this track that I love from Destiny 2:

Best Audio Design

Destiny 2 (Bungie)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Performance

Ashly BurchHorizon: Zero Dawn (As Aloy)
Brian BloomWolfenstein II: The New Colossus (as BJ Blazkowicz)
Claudia BlackUncharted: The Lost Legacy (as Chloe Frazer)
Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (as Nadine Ross)
Melina JuergensHellblade (as Senua)

Best Ongoing Game

Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar Games)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG. Corp)
Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
Warframe (Digital Extremes)

Best Independent Game

Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)
Pyre (Supergiant Games)
What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive) 

Best Handheld Game

Ever Oasis (Grezzo / Nintendo)
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)
Metroid: Samus Returns (MercurySteam / Nintendo)
Monster Hunter Stories (Marvelous / Capcom / Nintendo)
Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World (Good-Feel / Nintendo)

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Best Action Game

Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Nioh (Team Ninja / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Prey (Arkane Studios / Bethesda)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda)

Best Action/Adventure Game

Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

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Best Role-Playing Game

Divinity: Original Sin II (Larian Studios)
Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix Business Division 2 / Square Enix)
NieR: Automata (Platinum Games / Square Enix)
Persona 5 (Atlus)
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft San Francisco / Ubisoft)

Best Fighting Game

ARMS (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Injustice 2 (NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Ent)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (Capcom)
Nidhogg 2 (Messhof Games)
Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Family Game

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
Sonic Mania (PagodaWest Games, Headcannon / Sega)
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)

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Best Strategy Game

Halo Wars 2 (Creative Assembly, 343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
Total War: Warhammer II (Creative Assembly / Sega)
Tooth and Tail (Pocketwatch Games)
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (Firaxis Games / 2K)

 

Best Multiplayer

Call of Duty: WWII (Sledgehammer Games / Activision)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Fortnite (Epic Games)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Most Anticipated Game

God of War (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Monster Hunter World (Capcom)
Red Dead Redemption II (Rockstar Games)
The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

 

 

 

 

Best Debut Indie Game 

Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Golf Story (Sidebar Games)
Hollow Knight (Team Cherry)
Mr. Shifty (Team Shifty)
Slime Rancher (Monomi Park)

The Golden Joystick Awards 2017

-Mexican Mario
-Cappy
-Breath of the Wild
-Fire Emblem


[ My favorite games of 2 0 1 6 ]

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 It's OVERWATCH, that's the game of the year, period. It was also the game my PS4 playing pals and I agreed was the GOTY.

 The Rest.....

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Dark Souls 3

Not an evolution...nostalgic to the first Dark Souls..still pure joy. Some of the best Co-Op gaming this year for me.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Best ending/epilogue to a series....best game ending this year...best game ending since Last of Us.

BioShock: The Collection 

It's Bioshock. Next year will mark a decade you've been listening to me talk about it, 'nuff said.

+ Inside the Making of 'BioShock' Series With Creator Ken Levine

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Dishonored 2

I don't want this game to end. Good thing you can/should/are meant to play it twice as the different characters.

+ PC Gamer:  Game of the Year 2016 — Dishonored 2
+ Book Review: The Art of Dishonored 2

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WATCH DOGS 2

I really got into Mr Robot this year and this is kinda Mr Robot the game BUT it's the countless hours I've spent having fun in the seamless Co-Op and PVP modes that really got me. I even made it to Master in the leaderboards for Hacking Invasions which are so satisfying when pulled off. This was the "whatever I'll try this game...whoa its great....damn i'm obsessed" of the year for me.

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Darkest Dungeon

An acquired taste of Art, Style, Lore and Game Play that finally made it to PS4 this year.

+ Best RPG 2016: Darkest Dungeon
+ GAF Official Thread

Invisible, Inc.

I thought my favorite strategy game of the year was going to be XCOM 2 but this one consumed me way way more. 

Forza Horizon 3

Best racing game since my second best fave racer Dirt 2. Honorable mention: The best racer ever, Burnout Paradise, is now backwards compatible on Xbox One. Finally! 

+ (Deal) Forza Horizon 3/Dead Rising 4 $30 @ Best Buy

Shout to my PS4 pals, the dynamic duo of Jafku & BaraSailey who made the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided  NeoGaf OT


A Gaming Journal.4

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A week ago I bought Dark Souls 3 on xbox one from the Japanese store and have been in gaming heaven. Alas now after 30ish hours I'm stuck. This version doesn't currently have the servers for the online component available and without help I've hit a wall on the two bosses I currently can fight. 

Miscellany 

+ My new favorite Twitch streamer: Zelda Baking Stream
+ LOSING MY F#%KING MIND!! [SUPER MARIO MAKER] [#32]
Dark Souls 3: the best trick From Software ever pulled



A Gaming Journal.two

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I'm on a Halo 5 kick, playing it daily. On my way to beating Rise of the Tomb Raider. I like that game so much I went ahead and got this DLC:

I don't fucking like The Division and the obscene amount of schilling for it in various gaming sites I was following on twitter made me unfollow them. I'm looking at you VG247. The Street Fighter 5 beta has been pretty good, HYPED for the game's release next month. 


A Gaming Journal.one

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I wish I had a kept a gaming journal during all 12 years of this blog's existence but better late than never. I'm going to try it this year. I'm going through a bit of an ADD period with games. I have a huge backlog from the massive amount of releases last fall. And then even older titles than that showing up in the rotation.

Highlights

  • Playing with my Destiny Waifu Sara using the really neat Refer A Friend feature in Destiny. Shout out to Jafku, the MVP of our Fireteam, who got the Platinum Trophy for the game.  
  • Playing U2 songs in Rock Band 4.
  • Finally being amazed by Super Mario Maker. Nintedo better wise up and give us a Zelda and Metroid maker in the future.

Check out Sara's awesome Legend of Zelda tattoo:

IMG_1676Lowlights: I tried going back to Dark Souls 2 in anticipation of this year's new one and I was completely fucking lost. I'm a little discouraged.

WTF Moment: Getting a trophy in Divinity for picking up some panties

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Near my work desk I have a Mario amiibo with Tatooine from Star Wars as the background

Video Game related acquisition: Assassin's Creed: The Complete Visual History

Video Game Links Miscellany 

+ Show of the Week: Lego Avengers: Jane's shirt tho
+ Top 10 Years in Gaming: My vote is 2007
+ Fan's animated Bloodborne comic is perfect
+ Assassin's Creed Syndicate is a beautiful video game


2016 + Video Game anticipation

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Dark Souls 3 is my most anticipated game 2016. 

Gears of War 4

Uncharted 4
The Legend of Zelda.WiiU
No Man's Sky
Street Fighter 5
Dishonored 2
Mass Effect: Andromeda
XCOM 2
Valkyria Chronicles Remaster

And that's what my list would look like if I had to pick 10.

+ 32 Games to Keep on Your Radar in 2016
+ The Definitive Rundown of Every Upcoming Playstation 4 Exclusive
36 Big PS4 Games of 2016
+ [Image] My 2016's most anticipated games & PSVR games image list. This took me some time 
+ Top 10 PS4 EXCLUSIVES of 2016 You Might Not Know About
+ NeoGAF Votes: Most Anticipated Game of 2016


A game that starts with a David Bowie song...

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Today is the official start of the deluge of big video game releases for the rest of the year. And it starts with a bang: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain !! I highly recommend the Prologue.

+ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain |Official Thread | The Man Who Sold The World
+ The Story Of Big Boss... So Far...
+ Metal Gear Solid 5 - Did You Know Gaming?
Metal Gear Solid 5 Phantom Pain Day 1 Bonus Items


egocentric memory/estrangement from self

Of course I am oversimplifying. When I tell you “sense of direction,” I mean what French neuroscientist Alain Berthoz terms egocentric memory which, he writes, is the “vestibular memory of self-motion.” To use Berthoz’s own example, this means intuitively remembering what it feels like to make one full turn in the dark —a movement-memory stored in the inner ear to call up later and translate, by complicated synaptic algorithms, into a pirouette. Negotiating space using landmarks is, conversely, allocentric memory. Most people, in navigating from A to B, are able to combine those cognitive skills.
All the Spaces Between Us: Struggling to Connect in a Pixilated World

On Leaving 
5 Things I Learned as the Internet's Most Hated Person
#GamerGate: Here's why everybody in the video game world is fighting

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games also soothe broken people

Gamerbeat

Almost everyone I know who loves video games — myself included — is broken in some fundamental way. With their ceaseless activity and risk-reward compulsion loops, games also soothe broken people. This is not a criticism. Fanatical readers tend to be broken people. The type of person who goes to see four movies a week alone is a broken person.
+ A letter to Niko Bellic about Grand Theft Auto V