Still waiting on blops 2. Anyways, so I preordered Far Cry 3, and like the majority of the Internet, I am not disappointed. This is an easy pick for game of the year and I really hope it wins. It isn't exactly going up against a strong crowd. I might review the game later but right now I've gotta throw a 10/10 at it.
However there seems to be a hoard of fans praising The Walking Dead. Let me explain why these people, or yourself, are idiots. It's fine to like the game, I didn't, but it IS NOT by any means game of the year quality.
-The game is 5 hours long
-It wouldn't have sold or be nearly as popular as it is if it weren't for the TV show/Comic
-It's a point and click adventure, seriously.
Now, to go more in depth. Those are my simple reasons, but to really cut to the core I have to explain why the game absolutely in no way qualifies for a nomination let alone award. Let us start by saying what a good game is. See, the great thing about games is they are able to provide the visuals of a movie, the story of a book, an amazing soundtrack, an urge to continue playing and include you in it with fun entertainment. The Walking Dead succeeded in one of these categories. It failed EVERY single other aspect of what a game can be.
The Game of the Year is supposed to show what games can really truly be, and what they are. Art.
The Walking Dead is ugly. I don't care if you like that shitty comic book style. It looks ugly, it is undetailed, still manages to have horrible res textures, lazy, and the characters are lifeless. The only time they actually show expression is overly dramatic.The game is also riddled with graphical bugs like flickering, missing models, sometimes causing input lag.
The gameplay is utter shit. Your choices barely matter, it's not fun to play. It's really damn annoying having to walk everywhere. Why can't Lee run? Why do I have to walk 2 mph to go examine something 30 yards away? The game is incredibly retarded with QTEs. Seriously, there are scenes where you could end up mashing a button for forever, when you're supposed to fail the event. Why the hell would you make an event that the player basically has to sit back for 20 seconds and watch themselves fail? And more often than not, when the QTEs are difficult, they're retardedly difficult with annoying death scenes. As someone who played RE4, I'm used to frustrating deaths, but they didn't go on for half a minute. What is this, Resident Evil 6?
The sound is a joke. Nothing sounds realistic, the soundtrack blows, the voice acting is hit and miss. Some characters sound like nearly robots (Hershel comes to mind) and others are decent or sometimes pretty good. But things like bashing a zombie's head in or shooting them leave a bit to be desired, not that you do it often. The soundtrack is awful, no reason to go into detail.
There's no replayability, the game barely makes your choices matter. It's not fun to see the exact same unavoidable scene twice. And at 5 hours long it just feels pretty meh. There's no shock or something the next time you try the game.
I didn't like the story, it felt silly and dragged out and poorly written to me. I know most of you reading this will probably completely disagree, but the Lee and Clem annoyed the crap out of me. I've never had such an unlikable character in a game before since Final Fantasy 10.
Far Cry 3 excels in every single area here. Maybe you'll be like me with TWD and not like the story, but you can't deny the impressive graphics, and the innovative gameplay. And for those who loved Skyrim, you'll be blown away by seeing a game can be both fun, and open world.