It's always cool to see what games a great development staff really appreciate, so Insomniac's Favorite Games post over at the PlayStation Blog is definitely worth a read.
Included in the praise are the likes of Super Meat Boy , Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty , Bayonetta , Alan Wake and Heavy Rain . A few people even named Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Dragon Age: Origins …despite being a year late to the party. Aw, but that's okay; these guys are busy making Resistance 3 , and they need to have focus. But anyway, despite the eclectic selection, there is one game that seems to stand out to the majority of the staff: Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption . Here are two separate personal reminiscences:
"It was an emotional experience. You had real empathy for the character over the course of the game…. And not just in the main storyline, but I also got very attached to my horse, and when he died, I felt real loss…had to go through almost a mourning period before getting another. And these were never ‘canned’ experiences either…they usually happened so dynamically, that it never felt like an event ‘forced’ upon me by the designer….which gave it that much more impact."
"I also remember back when the game came out, each morning people would gather in the kitchen and tell their 'RDR stories' from the night before. '…and right after that, I was wrestling this bear with only my bare hands…when all of a sudden, a cougar jumped out and mauled my horse…' It was great."
We have to agree; RDR was a memorable experience and one well worthy of any praise and attention it receives. GameSpot awarded it their Game of the Year and it's certainly nominated here at PSXE. Well, actually, the awards are already done but we won't be giving away anything early…