Game of the Year

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Game of the Year: I Am Bread

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! I’ll spare you some of the details, but I have a bit of a thing for anthropomorphic food. Islands full of talking fruit. Comic strips about mischievous eggplants. Novels chronicling the drama of mopey pies. Sausage Party. I’ll eat it all up, figuratively speaking. Heck, in college a group of friends and I taught ourselves Photoshop by turning each other into bread people like “Jordanish Minor.” This week’s Game of the Year stars food that’s decidedly realistic. It doesn’t talk or emote or do anything real food doesn’t do. However, I Am Bread may be the only game that captures what it truly feels like to be food. [embedded content] In READ FULL…

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2017 SXSW Gaming Awards: Uncharted 4 Wins Game of the Year

At the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards over the weekend, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End took home a number of awards, including Video Game of the Year and Excellence in Animation. In the GOTY category, it was up against Titanfall 2, Overwatch, Dishonored 2, and DOOM. You can see the full list of winners and nominees at the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards below (winners in bold): Video Game of the Year Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres. Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment Titanfall 2 – Electronic Arts / Respawn Entertainment Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog Mobile Game of the Year Clash Royale – Supercell Pokémon GO – Niantic Pokémon Sun and Moon – The Pokémon Company / Game Freak Reigns – Devolver Digital / Nerial Severed – DrinkBox Studios Tabletop Game of the Year Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Fantasy Flight Games Captain Sonar – Matagot Inis – Matagot Mechs vs Minions – Riot Games The Others – CMON Inc. eSports Game of the Year Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare READ FULL…

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Night in the Woods is my Horror Game of the Year

Night in the Woods is a fantastic game with a charming art style that belies its incredibly honest and resonant stories. In other words, Scott Benson, Alec Holowka, and Bethany Hockenberry made a Game of the Year. You can look at it however you want, as an adventure game, a visual novel, a social simulator, a series of minigames threaded by a plot. I personally see it as the most effective horror game I’ve ever played. I’m an exile from a small town in central Pennsylvania. It’s a self-imposed exile, the typical story of a nerd growing up in rural America and then leaving to make a life in the city. I went to college, graduated, and moved to New York. I recognize how luck was a big factor in getting to where I am, and that makes Mae Borowski and her friends’ stories genuinely terrifying to me. Mae is a college dropout returning home and dealing with aimless restlessness. She’s back in her small town, with her old friends trying to build their lives while her own future is a complete blank. She moves back in with her parents, touches base with her old friends, and tries to just READ…

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Game of the Year: Sneak King

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Enough fooling around with sex toys and chicken bands. It’s time to get to the Burger King content that truly matters. Sneak King is a stealth-action video game where you play as the Burger King King and surprise folks with Whoppers. It’s the game that the Game of the Year column was made for. [embedded content] As part of a deal with Microsoft, in 2006 Burger King and developer Blitz Games released three vaguely Burger King-themed games for the Xbox, and Xbox 360 customers could purchase alongside their burgers and fries for a limited time. They were nothing but glorified ads, and two of the games in the series, PocketBike Racer READ FULL…

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Game of the Year: The Gamechangers

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Recently the world lost a great actor. Bill Paxton passed away on February 25 at the age of 61. You probably remember Paxton from beloved James Cameron films like The Terminator, Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic. Or maybe you’re a Twister or Apollo 13 fan. Heck, he was even a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He played villainous Hydra spy John Garrett in the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Just don’t confuse him with Bill Pullman. This week’s game of the year celebrates Bill Paxton’s contribution to video games. No, we’re not talking about his parts in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare or Sewer Shark. This week’s game of the year is…

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Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is very much like the original Legend of Zelda on the NES. Except Breath of the Wild is playable and good. Free from 30-year-old technical limitations, Breath of the Wild delivers that same sense of freedom and mystery (only greater) while giving players enough ways to actually meaningful interact with the world to make exploration enjoyable. And while there is a lot to learn like how to reach certain spots or how to simply not die, you’re rarely left completely in the dark about how to achieve the macro, story goals. In this way, Breath of the Wild’s open-world fundamental re-imagining of Zelda finally fulfills the initial…

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Game of the Year: Black College Football: BCFX: The Xperience

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Before EA locked up the exclusive rights to famous turducken enthusiast John Madden, there were lots of ways to enjoy the glory of American football in video game form. Tecmo Bowl, NFL Blitz, Mutant League Football, Blood Bowl, Joe Montana Football, All-Pro Football 2K8. Heck, Blitz: The League used its M rating to break bones and encourage players to use steroids. But this week’s Game of the Year is a different breed of alternative football game. We’re talking about Black College Football: BCFX: The Xperience. [embedded content] BCFX is essentially a college football game in which all of the colleges are Historically Black Colleges & Universities, or HBCUs. The schools featured READ FULL…

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Game of the Year: Def Jam Icon

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Fighting games have given us amazing original characters like famous karatemen Ryu, Scorpion, and Heihachi Mishima. But my favorite fighting games will always be crossovers starring characters from other properties, games like Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros., DC’s Injustice, and Marvel vs. Capcom. It’s the purest way of acting out the fantasy of “Who would win in a fight” between childhood heroes like Superman and the dog from Duck Hunt. But you know what else is great for fans of cartoonish conflicts? The world of rap beef. Def Jam: Icon, this week’s game of the year, combines the two in a fighting game starring the rappers of recording label Def Jam. [embedded content] READ FULL…

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Game of the Year: Breakup Squad

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! One of the cool perks of being a games journalist in New York is stumbling into the plethora of indie game events that seem to pop up all the time. If you pay attention to Twitter on some random night you can wander into an art museum or whatever and play some cool new game you’ve never heard of that may never be seen again. For example, last year I went to the annual No Quarter exhibit presented by NYU and played this week’s Game of the Year: Breakup Squad by Brooklyn Gamery. Breakup Squad’s look at relationships filtered through retro video games might scratch READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Game of the Year: Mafia III

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Mafia III didn’t quite make it onto my personal game of the year list last year. It’s a great game, and I was happy to see it win the award for best writing at the New York Video Game Awards. Shout out to Charles Webb. But as I’ll get into later, the experience of actually playing the game has just enough issues to bring down the rest of the stellar package. Still, Mafia III is a AAA video game about racism that’s not a complete embarrassment. So yeah, it’s this week’s Game of the Year. [embedded content] In a video game market full of open-world Grand Theft Auto clones, the Mafia READ FULL…

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Game of the Year: DJ Hero/Mouth Moods

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! The Guitar Hero-fueled plastic instrument boom of the mid-to-late 2000s left everyone with garages full of fake drums and hard drives full of downloaded songs. The whole phenomenon was obviously unsustainable. However, the ravenous consumer demand for music games encouraged publishers to greenlight everything they could. This led to neat games like Lego Rock Band, bad games like Power Gig: Rise of the SixString, and this week’s Game of the Year DJ Hero. Rhythm games existed long before Guitar Hero. Just look at Dance Dance Revolution. But the novelty of the guitar controller, the larger casual gaming audience, and the endless amount of classic and modern rock songs to choose from made READ…

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Game of the Year: Yakuza Zero

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! What up, aniki and fam? This is usually Jordan’s bag, but I wanted to tag in to talk about Yakuza Zero for the PlayStation 4. Yakuza is a series from Sega that’s been around for years, but never really caught on in North America. Sega localized the first game with an insane cast of English voice actors like Mark Hamill and Michael Madsen, but it flopped, and the company’s been hesitant to push the series in the west ever since. We’ve gotten the last few, though, and Yakuza 6 is coming. Yakuza Zero is a perfect jumping-on point for newcomers because it’s a prequel that takes place in 1988. More importantly, it’s an…

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Game of the Year: Luke Sidewalker

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Empathy games are a fairly recent movement in the independent games scene to add more meaning to the medium. They’re pretty self-explanatory. Instead of giving players a power fantasy, empathy games use the interactivity of video games to try and get players to experience a perspective outside of their own. Papo y Yo by Vander Caballero wants you to feel what it’s like to have an abusive parent. Papers, Please by Lucas Pope wants you to feel what it’s like handling immigration in an oppressed Eastern European country. And Dys4ia by Anna Anthropy wants you to feel what it’s like navigating the world as a trans woman. While those are all important, worthwhile…

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DualShockers’ Game of the Year Awards: The Case for Darkest Dungeon

DualShockers is taking a look at the games that made 2016 an amazing year in gaming, starting with a closer look at Tomas’ pick, Darkest Dungeon. …Read More The post DualShockers’ Game of the Year Awards: The Case for Darkest Dungeon by Tomas Franzese appeared first on DualShockers.