While Gran Turismo 5 and Red Dead Redemption gave leader Heavy Rain a run for its money last week, the second phase of the 2010 Reader's Choice Game of the Year wasn't anywhere near as close.

Granted, it may not have had the same amount of competition – depending on how you look at it – but nevertheless, God of War III ran away with the majority of the votes this past week. It hardly comes as any surprise, as many sources will say Sony Santa Monica's epic, nearly flawless action extravaganza is the front-runner for the year's most prestigious award. Based on the past few weeks, it seems GoWIII and Heavy Rain will duke it out for the final prize, but we wouldn't be surprised to see either Red Dead Redemption or Gran Turismo 5 make a late push. In rounding out the top 10 for the finals, we've got Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood , Battlefield: Bad Company 2 , Final Fantasy XIII and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit . Will any of them have a chance against the elite of the elite?

As for us, we haven't decided on the GotY winner. It's very possible that Arnold and I will have a mighty long discussion/argument…it just ain't easy this year. In our eyes, there are three (or perhaps four) that deserve to be in the conversation and because they're all so very different from one another, the decision will not come easily. As usual, our awards will go live on either January 1 or January 2, and we'll have all the award categories from previous years, and maybe a few new ones as well…

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TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

My pick God of war 3…….no I mean Heavy rain, Wait Wait I mean Grand Turismo 5……AH, I don't know there all too good to decide, I know TIE

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Wait, you're actually able to get AHOLD of Arnold?

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

And how come John doesn't get a vote?

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
9 years ago

Who?
Oh right I havent been around long enough to know who John is ūüėõ

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Every once in a while an article is attributed to John Sheppard. The common belief here is that these articles are actually written by Ben, logged in uner another account or something, since the voice seems very similar and neither Ben nor Arnold ever talks about John as a real person.

True or untrue, it's a running joke which World (among others) frequently makes. Lawless even makes the same reference as I did below (and did so first, but I didn't read his until after I made my joke).


Last edited by Fane1024 on 12/20/2010 3:50:35 PM

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

it just ain't easy this year. In our eyes, there are three (or perhaps four) that deserve to be in the conversation and because they're all so very different from one another, the decision will not come easily.

You guys are definitely gonna catch hell choosing GOTY next year. good luck with your decision though.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

"Heavy Rain" all the way!

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

I can't decide between GOW, and RDR, but I'm gonna go with Heavy Rain despite never playing it yet. Shame in me.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

shame in and on you.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Lol, fat fingers on small on-screen keyboard.

tes37
tes37
9 years ago

Heavy Rain gets my vote. I can't seem to put my finger on why this game stands out so much to me, but I do remember feelings coming over me that I hadn't felt in a long time. Although it's mature rated it reminded me of the fun I had with video games as a kid. I guess I felt like I finally got a game that was age appropriate for me.


Last edited by tes37 on 12/19/2010 10:42:12 PM

DUNDEAL79
DUNDEAL79
9 years ago

I know it dosn't stand a chance but mlb the show was great, but i don't think it even got a review which is a shame for a ps3 exclusive.

Milonakis
Milonakis
9 years ago

Is black ops just the token entry in this thing? Heavy Rain was the bomb, even though GOW3 kicked some serious hind end.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Black Ops got there because enough people voted for it.

This is ALL you guys.


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 12/19/2010 11:57:57 PM

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Reader's choice = popularity contest.

I'll wait for psxe's staff GOTYs.

GT5's clearly the GOTY.

Bjorn77
Bjorn77
9 years ago

GT5 is good, but not GOTY material. It has many flaws and stupid issues which really hold the game back.

* Drive of the track… you can't their is a invisible wall.
* You can't save your car settings, very frustrating
* You can't fastforward B-Spec… as entertaining as watching grass grow.
* The loading times really get on your nerves.
* No Leaderboards
* No incentive for on-line racing
* No on-line matchmaking

It really get's to you sometimes.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Bjorn77

The next patch addresses several (online) of the issues you have described above.

As far as driving off the track goes… learn to stay on it.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Your first points were addressed by Pontiac. If you know how to drive all is fine. There are no invisible walls, there is a road however.

The online part is fine, functions well, rarely any lag, and the rules are very easy to set. Leaderboards and stuff like that are minor issues which will be added as free patches.

Invalid complaints.

Who the hell complains about 15-30sec loading?

I imagine you never played ps1 and ps2.


Last edited by Scarecrow on 12/20/2010 9:10:16 AM

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Difficult choice, but I went for GoWIII, it really is a testament of what can be done when exclusives are made for a target platform. GT5 still needs some refinements and tweaks as far as I can tell, but it will get there as expected. GOTY in 2011?

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Heavy Rain all the way baby

WolfCrimson
WolfCrimson
9 years ago

I was torn between GoW3 and Heavy Rain, but in the end it had to be HR.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

same here, GOWIII was good, but I just feel it failed to surpass the precedent set by the other two in their time. HR was an experience that was transcendental.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

I'm voting for HR because it represents a philosophy / direction I want to see rewarded.

Even if the other games were better or more fun, even if I would enjoy them more, HR is an attempt to evolve the medium.

SixSpeedKing
SixSpeedKing
9 years ago

Haha All 3 previous replys are exactly what I am thinking/feeling.
So I decided on HR as well.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Red Dead Redemption

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Yhea, have to say Red Dead Redemption was a stellar title… and still is.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Grand Theft Western? Nope.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
9 years ago

I thought RDR would feel like a GT4 clone just in western times, but it proved me wrong. To me its better then any GTA game. I love RDR!.

chedison
chedison
9 years ago

Yup.

Hezzron
Hezzron
9 years ago

RDR without a doubt. No contest really.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Didn't play it eh maxpontiac?

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

As awesome as some of those games are, some of them that made the final list make me sad.

Heavy rain wins my vote. Most enjoyable, creative, different, amazing experience of the year without a doubt in my mind.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

Heavy Rain gets my vote. No other game on that list kept me as entertained and guessing throughout the entire playthrough.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Heavy Rain by a hairline. God of War III was fantastic, but failed to capture that feeling of freshness for me.

Also, you mention yourself and Arnold. What about John? That there is proof that he doesn't exist!
Peace.

WolfCrimson
WolfCrimson
9 years ago

HA.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
9 years ago

For me its between RDR, HEAVY RAIN, and BC2. But I think I really want RDR win.

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

I'm going with RDR. I did love Heavy Rain but RDR just got so much more support from the devs than HR did. I mean they cancel the extra DLC so Move would work with it.

As for GoWIII that everybody seems to pick is something I don't get. I mean I did enjoy the game but that was about it. There wasn't anything new to the series except for a lot prettier graphics. The game frustrated me in many parts that when I beat it I was glad to be done with it and traded it off.

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

vga awards sucked this time.
Heavy Rain is such a unique experience that none other game will give you ever.You really are the characters.You will feel the tension while playing this game and it has sooo much replay value.The game is difficult i tell u.
Oscar worthy story,Fantastic Experience.
Heavy for Game of the Year 2010 All The Way!

Bjorn77
Bjorn77
9 years ago

I agree with you, I stated that many times on many forum, but people just tell me I am crazy. But the matter of the fact is that I replayed Darksiders twice and it is entertaining as hell.

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

It was a great game. I loved the story and enjoyed the hell out of it. I'm so glad it was green lighted for a sequel.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

I haven't played the full game, but the demo was IMO one of the best this year. Way better than the GOW or Dante's demos that came out around the same time.

I would pick it up on the cheap if I didn't have such a huge backlog.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 12/20/2010 3:53:28 PM

booze925
booze925
9 years ago

god of war 3? its great, but not the best IVE seen this year.
im not going to participate in this poll. theres just no clear cut winnner to me

___________
___________
9 years ago

this proves whats wrong with the industry.
GOW3 was nothing but a technical marvel, a tech demo.
tech demos do not make good games, let along GOTY games!
GOW3 was exactly like the avatar, amazing, beautiful, the best FX ever in a movie, freaking technically amazing…. but boring as bat sh*t!
i remember reading a interview from david yesterday, speaking about the lessons he has learned and the evolution of the industry and one thing he said is people, reviewers, gamers, everyone is so heffed up on graphics there starting to loose the gameplay, the thing that makes the games!
bad gameplay = bad game no matter how amazing the graphics are, they could be so good they would make GOW3 look like a NES game but that does not change the fact its a bad game.
thats why games these days are no where near as good as the games of yesteryear, games use to be made for fun now there made to show off how good things can look.
give me a fun crap looking game over a boring fantastic looking game any day of the week!

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

You know what was gameplay of 8-bit yesteryears? Pixel counting, thumb-gnawing trial and error, inert pattern memorization, implemented with the most sluggish and stripped down controls.

In fact, console games were a shadow of what was available in the arcades at the time. Not just in terms of graphics, but in terms of gameplay. Gameplay had to be redone and stripped down to work with fewer controls on the home console version, which often was just a cash-in on an existing franchise, so kids were still going to the arcades spending hundreds of dollars on quarter-eaters.

I hear what you mean about GOW3 being more of a technical feat than a revolution in gameplay, but to deny that we've seen some the very best in gaming this generation is to be flat-out ungrateful and inexperienced.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

My son summed up this very same point some time ago when we first got our PS3. Nowadays any game can have excellent graphics. Gameplay is king!

Bjorn77
Bjorn77
9 years ago

The GOWIII gameplay was phenomenal. The combo's you could pull off and the ease to play are nothing more then great and you could tell they thought about the controls. Anybody can pick up the controller and get the basics of GOWIII very quickly.

Saying that gameplay of GOWIII was bad, is just a plain lie.

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

@Bjorn: The game may have been fun but the gameplay was just outdated. GoWIII was basically a pretty button smasher. Don't take me the wrong way cause I did buy the game(new) and I thought it was pretty good but it didn't feel like anything new.

___________
___________
9 years ago

i did not say the gameplay in GOW3 was bad, its that its so repetitive it gets boring.
your constantly doing the same crap, fighting the same enemies, and theres so much back tracking its honestly one of the most repetitive games i have ever played!
GOW1 and 2 had a real sense of acomplishment and of evolution, you constantly felt like you were achieving something and you constantly felt like you were evolving in the story and as a character.
in GOW3 you get none of that, you feel like your roaming around in circles for 10+ hours!
if i had a penny for every time i said wasent i just here? i would be the richest man in the world by now!
also GOW 1 and 2 were really brutal and unforgiving which added a depth to the game, especially the first, it had so many death traps, something GOW3 has none of.
GOW3 was more of a button masher than the others too, its kinda not especially if your playing on titan but you can just spam square and constantly dodge.
theres no tactics, no thought required, just hit square than dodge rinse and repeat.
not to mention the story, which really has never been that strong but it was by far the worst in GOW3.
everything besides the graphics were a disappointment in GOW3!
actually, no even they were.
when GOW3 was announced stig promised us it would be running in full HD 60FPS, not only is it not native 1080P its not 60FPS either!
GOW3 was a tech demo, nothing more!

AshT
AshT
9 years ago

tough decision between GOW 3 and Heavy Rain, but i'll go with Heavy Rain

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

My Fellow Heavy Rain supporter!