Yeah, yeah, we know. Premature. But we certainly enjoy looking down the road and speculating on the biggest titles on the horizon.
I have to admit, when I saw the official announcement for Grand Theft Auto V , I thought Rockstar may have Game of the Year 2012 all sewn up. I mean, just check the history of that franchise (specifically, the review scores) and the fact that 2012 – in the view of some – seems a little light, blockbuster-wise. One could definitely say a game like Bioshock Infinite has a chance of stealing all the critical thunder, and that's perfectly valid. But come on…we're talking about GTAV here. Super mega huge.
And then Naughty Dog goes and drops the bomb that is The Last Of Us , and man…that's a game-changer, isn't it? There won't be a new Uncharted in 2012 (at least, I'm pretty sure there won't be), but Naughty Dog will have a dog in the Game of the Year race; you can count on that. Therefore, maybe it really is safe to assume that the ultimate prize next year will come down to GTAV vs. TLOU. Personally, I keep holding out hope that The Last Guardian will show up and blow us all away, but after Ueda's departure from Sony , I have my reservations.
Sure, there are plenty of big games on the horizon; there always are. We can't discount Mass Effect 3 , right? But based on what we see now, we have to say the two front-runners have already been established…no, we aren't awarding any prizes just yet. 🙂
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto V, The Last Of Us