Hey! Listen! GotY 2011, Day the First Pt. 2 (016)

GotY 2011, Day the First Pt. 2 (016)

                                                                                 
[SPOILERS ABOUND IN THE RECORDING]
Part two of “Day 1” begins with shots fired! We debate the merits of a good FPS, what “adventure” means, and the year’s best characters. We also talk about the downloadable scene, the 2010 scene, and Art. Enjoy the chilling resolution to our Day 1 deliberations!
                                                                                 

Best First-Person Shooter:

  • Bulletstorm
  • Battlefield 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Best Action Adventure:

  • Bastion
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Honorable Mention:

  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Dead Space 2

Best Character: 

  • Wheatley (Portal 2)
  • Solare of Astora (Dark Souls)
  • Shun Akiyama (Yakuza 4)

Honorable Mention:

  • Johnson, the Boner Gun (Shadows of the Damned)
  • Rucks (Bastion)

Best Downloadable Game:

  • Minecraft
  • Bastion
  • To The Moon

Honorable Mention:

  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Renegade Ops

2011’s 2010 Game of the Year:

  • StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Halo Reach

Character(s) You Most Want to Party With:

  • The Revelers (Skyrim)
  • Sam B (Dead Island)
  • Mayor Burt Reynolds (Saints Row: The Third)
Honorable Mention:
  • Rucks (Bastion)
  • Solare of Astora (Dark Souls)
  • Grayson Hunt (Bulletstorm)

Video Game Person of the Year:

  • Notch (Mojang, Minecraft)
  • Jeffrey Rosen (Wolfire Games, Humble Indie Bundle)
  • Greg Kasavin (Supergiant Games, Bastion)

Best Art Direction:

  • Rayman Origins
  • Bastion
  • El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Comments
2 Responses to “Hey! Listen! GotY 2011, Day the First Pt. 2 (016)”
  1. I’ve never played Bulletstorm but I’ve heard great things…what makes it better than BF3?

    • Jayson says:

      Where MW3 is my preferred Co-op FPS and BF3 my preferred multiplayer of the year, Bulletstorm has a fantastic single player. The consensus we basically come to in the podcast is that all three are great games, but we like what Bulletstorm does for FPSes most. That is to say, it gives players larger spaces to “play” in. It’s not just tactical corridors, patches of rumble, and other common settings we’ve become used to in modern FPSes. Between the wild weapon selection – that I admittedly had forgotten going into our GotY discussion – and the drive to kill in new and unique ways, it was a matter of the four of us valuing successful innovation in a well-tread genre vs. the muted excellence of MW3 & BF3. Bulletstorm is crazy game with a lot of heart, a ton of dicks jokes, and great sense of where to take the modern First-Person Shooter.

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