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Is Red Dead Redemption A GotY Contender?

It's usually a bad idea to make predictions concerning annual awards, especially when the game in question hasn't even arrived on store shelves just yet. Even so, given the early critical acclaim Rocktar's Red Dead Redemption has received, it doesn't seem too silly to consider it as one of 2010's best.

Granted, the competition for such a lofty award will be stiff - as it is most every year - as we've already seen legitimate contenders in God of War III, Heavy Rain, and Mass Effect 2, and looking down the road, we have to look at LittleBigPlanet 2, Halo: Reach and Gran Turismo 5. But even so, concerning RDR, we've seen a 9.75 from Gamer Informer, a 9 from a UK publication, and a perfect 10 from OPM, so if scores from major websites are as high, we really do have to say this hotly anticipated Western-themed adventure will rightly claim its spot amongst the 2010 elites. The official trailer was enough to give me goosebumps; it looks great, it sounds great and apparently, it plays great, too. I've often compared it to last year's Assassin's Creed II (and I may or may not be accurate) and if RDR has that level of polish, it's going to be one hell of an achievement.

While we've had Red Dead Revolver, Gun and the Call of Juarez titles, we've never really had a defining Western shooter, you know? I almost want to give RDR a nod at the end of the year simply for being the first landmark title to feature a true-blue Old West setting and premise. I think I'll always have a special place in my heart for Heavy Rain and what it did for the industry, but there are other titles this year that can also have a big impact. And you know, here's what does it for me: I really don't like Westerns. I've never liked those movies; I think just about every last one of them is overrated (with the possible exception of "Tombstone," just because Val Kilmer saying "I'm your huckleberry" still gets a grin out of me). And yet, Red Dead Redemption is one of my most anticipated games of the entire generation. ...how can that be? I couldn't possibly care less about cowboys and junk like that.

Well, it's because I really love and appreciate fantastic efforts in gaming, regardless of the concept, and RDR appears to be something well worth my time. The only question left is if it can stand with the other 2010 heavyweights come December 31...

5/14/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (101 posts)

eLLeJuss
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 9:34:28 PM
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For GOTY ill put my votes on heavy rain / FFXIII.

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Danny007
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 8:32:14 AM

Game Of The Year: Lego Harry Potter

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VicTheMighty
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 10:54:18 AM

Mmm I don't think Final XIII can land a GOTY XD. It was a pretty game with a somewhat good story but nothing that made me go WOW SO NICE like something like Demon's Souls or UC2 did. It was just way too linear and I felt that whatever I did did not have any kind of small impact on the story.

In comparison let's say that UC2 is also linear but its gameplay makes up for it with alot of variety. FFXIII's combat system was very decent but also had it's annoying flaws. (like not being able to move/group or spread your party in combat and always get hit by AoE attacks) And in the end it was just always the same thing... After playing FFXIII, even if it is pretty and I nearly unlocked all trophies... I'd give it a 6. There was no real challenge and I don't ever feel like playing it again lol

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OtisFeelgood
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 9:41:56 PM
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I don't like westerns either(except for 3:10 to Yuma) but this game has me excited. I think Heavy Rain is going to take Game of the Year imo.

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Vitron
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 7:21:34 AM

I don't think i'll be playing this, but since you guys are going all over for it, then why not?

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Snaaaake
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 9:53:49 PM
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I think the Metacritic score for this one should probably be 93% to 97%.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 9:57:19 PM
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Tombstone ftmfw.

I think this will be one of the biggest contenders along with GOWIII, but if we are going by Spike VGA's I think they learned that giving GOTY to a PS3 exclusive pisses off too many xbots so they may not do it again. A multiplat is likely and no multiplat this year is as big as RDR. I can't wait to play it.

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Danny007
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 8:10:20 AM

Well Spike TV's GOTY Awards last year was all voted by the people. If we are allowed to vote again this year it might be another PS3 exclusive. It depends on the games that are nominees.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 3:40:30 PM

I still think arm twisting and stat-tweaking can go on.

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Ole_Gunner
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 9:58:12 PM
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I think GT5 or Halo Reach will probly nip it for GOTY but you are totally right Ben, I dont give a hoot about western themed entertainment but RDR has got me boiling with anticipation!!R* FTW!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:12:47 PM

cmon, Reach? Halo is over.

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Qubex
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:35:44 PM

...nooooowww clappp your hands and reeeeaaachhh out and touch the heavens.... :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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kraygen
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 12:35:49 AM

I was gonna say the same thing world, people have all the expectations every time a halo game is about to be released, but for years now it has never failed, instead of the halo you get home and get the horns.

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Vitron
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 7:22:45 AM

I think Halo is too much overused...

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Milonakis
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 10:40:57 AM

I think that is a "reach" to think that reach will get GOTY.

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Kai200X
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:00:44 PM
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RDR will definitely in the running for goty, but it will face some strong competitions.

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Shams
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:12:20 PM
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Hmm, "most anticipated of this generation"? I'm psyched, but you must be stir-crazy restless! I'm expecting something like GTA4 with some AC2, as you put it, because of the horseback riding. I played through Episodes of Liberty City, and now I'm replaying GTA4 to get me some trophies. I'm expecting great story, characters, and immersive settings, but I'm actually more psyched about inFamous 2 for core gameplay.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 12:20:45 AM

ONE of my most anticipated...hardly my most anticipated.

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Shams
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 3:26:20 AM

Ah, gotcha. I have to admit, one of my major addictions of GTA4 was collecting my favorite cars (w/o cheat codes), and just racing about. However, if the story is engrossing enough, I think I'll enjoy it.

TLAD had less emphasis on vehicular variety, since you had to ride your bike to complete most of the missions, but the pacing of the story was good enough (even with the abysmal character development). In many ways, it was very much a western (besides the midwestern accents), but I'm expecting more emphasis on item collection, exploration, presentation, and character and story. The visuals are supposedly bar-raising for the open-world sandbox genre. So, I'm expecting at the very least an excellent cinematic experience, even though I'm not exactly a fan of cowboy films, let alone cowboy games.

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Milonakis
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:18:00 PM
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GOWIII or Gran Turismo is taking that cake. RDR looks good but it is multi-plat. Not saying that ruins it, I will still be buying this, but Gran Turismo has too big a following and GOWIII was too great.

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booze925
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:59:41 PM

Al Gore: "It's ManBearPig!"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:06:57 PM

they like to pick multiplats tho

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aaronisbla
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 2:38:40 AM

racing games rarely if ever win a lot of GOTY awards from sites and mags

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chedison
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 11:10:07 AM

By that same argument, Modern Warfare 2 should have won GOTY last year. Yes, GT is more accessible title to a wider audience but that doesn't make the game the best.

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mike rlz
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:33:44 PM
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always liked rockstar games.

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Qubex
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:38:12 PM
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This is a definite purchase... Can't agree more Ben, I think this game will no doubt do a lot for the industry too and bring fond memories back of the efforts made on games like Uncharted 2...

Its going to be a Red Dead year...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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BeezleDrop
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:49:49 PM
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I cannot agree with FFXIII even being nominated for GOTY, I did enjoy it but not as much as I expected. Not as much as I did with FFXII.

Off Topic,

Castle Crashers is coming to the PSN!! Epic news!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:08:01 PM

yeah, FFXIII was like a half a great game, but missing too many elements to make it fantastic goty material.

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Gordo
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:51:49 PM
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I traded God of War III to pre-order Red Dead Redemption so I'm hoping it's worth it. Fingers crossed.

I loved God of War III but was left slightly disappointed with it. Wonderful graphics and use of technology but in my opinion it had old fashioned gameplay and a pretty ordinary story.

My first playthrough of Heavy Rain on the other hand, was the best 10 hours of video game experience ever. It immersed you in the story and the lack of a game over was a stroke of genius.

So personally, Heavy Rain for game of the year. You need to reward innovation and enterprise.

Though with Heavy Rain, GOWIII, FFXIII, GT5 and every thing 2010 has turned out to be an excellent year.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:09:01 PM

I agree on GOWIII, I was let down. While a sweet title, after that first half hour of epicness it was just drab environs and bad puzzles lit up by wonderful graphics.

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Mavfan321
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 1:17:47 AM

While I don't completely agree GOW 3 was amazing, however my favorite PS3 exclusives that isn't MGS4, is still Uncharted 2.

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spiderboi
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 1:29:07 PM

GoW3 ending was like "WTF, did the game just end??!" Heavy rain for the best foot forward in gaming. deserves GoTY.

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I_defenestrate
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:55:18 PM
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Cannot wait for this game. I love westerns and have been waiting for a game that does the setting justice. I was worried at first because there really hasn't been a great western experience (Red Dead Revolver wasn't the best game) but the more I see of this game the more hyped I get.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly ftw.

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booze925
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:02:54 PM
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guess westerns aren't everybody's cup of tea...
u said u hope RDR has the same level of polish as AC2...
GOD i hope not.
still, this game looks promising.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:10:17 PM

screen tearing FTL

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stemon
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 12:08:19 AM
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gonna be a new IP franchise for rockstar deffo, this content is pretty unexplored, if rockstar pull it of it could be a landmark game, only other decent current gen western is Juarez bound in blood which I enjoyed immensly if this game has none western fans turning heads and getting excited, imagine what western buffs are feeling so yh GOTY for me
(also the MP is looking awesome to give the game even more longevity it gonna pull me away from BFBC2 lol)

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kraygen
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 12:41:29 AM
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I'm really really excited for rdr and while I think it will easily grab best multiplat of the year I don't think it will be goty, too many ps3 exclusives that just do everything right.

One thing I know for sure tho, is that coming this tuesday, I'll be killing townsfolk right and left! Killing poor innocent civilians should be an excellent way to make a name for myself and get the sheriff after me. Can't wait!

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The X Factor 9
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 1:02:16 AM
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Like most games nowadays, especially multiplats, I'll wait for a sale. Within a month or so, you see prices around $40-45.
Should be a great game though. I'll wait to see if the 360 or PS3 version is better before I buy. Surprisingly, I actually preferred GTA4 with the 360 controller.
I think this game will be in the running for GOTY. There's a long way left though. So many games left to be announced.

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godsman
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 9:41:35 AM

Preorder from amazon for 20 bucks giftcard, plus another DLC goodies.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 5:35:23 PM

The X Factor 9

<<<<<Within a month or so, you see prices around $40-45.>>>>>

I'm a games collector & I'm always watching for lowered prices, so I seriously doubt that it will drop in 1 or 2 months. Usually it's a much lesser titled game that might wind up going that route once all the hype has already been deflated(like "The Saboteur", but it was still a great game in my book).

But not such a hugely anticipated game such as RDR and from Rockstar, who puts out hits after hits.

At the very least, maybe after 4 to 6 months, would be a more of a realistic thinking for a RDR price drop.

This is just my own opinion, of course

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aaronisbla
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 1:52:42 AM

yeah, ur chances of finding it at $40 range a month or 2 later is gonna be really small, you'd be better off preordering it and getting the $20 giftcard, same price range but on the day of release

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Mavfan321
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 1:15:43 AM
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I think since it has multiplat appeal, and it seems to be living up to all the early praise it's definitely a contender. I would love for Heavy Rain to be considered but it's a tough call maybe amongst certain categories, but RDR could win overall awards.

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FM23
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 1:18:49 AM
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First off Ben why would you want RDR to play like ACII. Assassin Creed had a great story, but the action/combat was less than desirable in my opinion. I know you are a fan of ACII and I am too, but I definitely don't want RDR to play like ACII when it comes to combat. Also for people screaming GOWIII should win GOTY, in my opinion is not going to win game of the year, of course it will win best action game of the year, but GOTY will go to something else more 'deserving'. God of War III was great (though the story should have been better) and one of my top PS3 exclusives, but GOWIII doesn't fit the criterea most gaming websites use to choose their GOTY. I wouldn't choose GOWIII and after dissecting how sites choose a game of the year, Heavy Rain and Mass Effect 2 are two games that clearly fit the criteria and RDR looks even more deserving from what I have heard about it from its authentic western theme right down to its 'innovative' multiplayer. PS3 has some great exclusives this year, but Rockstar makes outstandings games and this game seems like it already stands above the rest and it hasn't even landed on store shelves yet.

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Natalisrubbish
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 1:22:06 AM
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The freakin' thumbs down bandit(s) is/are on the lose!

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Snicket
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 2:04:27 AM
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I lost interest in this article when you said that you thought most westerns are over rated.

FAIL

Check out the westerns of John Ford, if you think those are over rated then you have no soul.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 10:31:48 AM

They suck.

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Snicket
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 1:12:23 PM

You should not be allowed to watch movies anymore.

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natho86
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 2:22:16 AM
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Hard to say if it will win GOTY need to play it first but GOW3 and heavy rain have set the bar high this year, this game is goin to have to nail everything that makes a game great but good luck to rockstar they do some pretty good stuff.

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aaronisbla
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 2:39:24 AM
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I loved AC2 but i hope RDR plays nothing like that game

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chedison
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 11:37:29 AM

I really hope it doesn't either. And man was the auto jumping horrible! I don't know how many times I just leaped to my death or didn't grab onto the ledge I was jumping right for. lol

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___________
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 3:48:23 AM
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no matter how good red dead redemption is, it has absolutely NO chance of getting GOTY this year.
ME2, GOW3, heavy rain, GT5, agent, LA Noire, the last guardian, true crime, mafia 2, crysis 2, crackdown 2, alan wake (which im playing now, AND LOVING!!!!!!!!!!), splinter cell conviction, assassins creed brotherhood, medal of honor, COD black ops, and god knows how many others.
all have a much better chance of getting GOTY.

though i have only heard really good things about it, besides its repetitiveness which is no surprise since it is a R* title.
i got my PSM3 june edition in yesterday and they gave it a 9.5 not bad there normally really hard markers!!!

but than, hey, no one ever thought GTAIV would of got GOTY and it did.
almost every single title that gets GOTY simply does not deserve it!
COD MW over uncharted AND bioshock?
really????????????
come on, both uncharted and bioshock are 100000000000 times better than COD MW!

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Deleted User
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 4:44:19 AM

I have to disagree with a lot of your possible "contenders" for Game of the Year.

Why would Splinter Cell Conviction win? It's just a standard Splinter Cell game.

Alan Wake hasn't been received that well by critics considering it took 5 years to make.

The next COD won't win because we get one every year, that also applies to Assassins Creed. COD:MW won because it was a fresh take on the usual WWII shooter, sold bucket loads and pretty much became an online phenomenon.

I don't think Heavy Rain or The Last Guardian will have enough mass market appeal to win (not a reflection on either game, just my opinion).

I think of what you listed only GT5 and God of War have a chance because they are both exceptional games with huge mass market appeal (I would include Halo:Reach in that bracket as well). I assume Red Dead Redemption will be the same.

If it turns out to be "GTA:IV in the Wild West" I will be championing RDR for Game of the Year!

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___________
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 8:01:43 AM

just a standard splinter cell game?
obviously you have not played conviction because its NOTHING! like its previous games.
unfortunately, but i guess you have to take the bad with the good.

it hasn't?
so why does it have the lowest review score of 7 which was from edge, all the others ive seen are a 9 that seems extremely well received to me!

COD and MoH only could win because of the sheep.
a game does not need to be good to win GOTY these days, nor does it to get good reviews.
look at halo ODST its CRAP! and most sites gave it a 9.
50 bucks says if it was not for uncharted 2, MW2 would of got the honors.

heavy rain SHOULD win GOTY because not only is it the best game i have ever played, its actually revolutionary.
there is not one game that has come out this gen that i would call revolutionary.
as cliffy b put it "in a way it gave birth to its own genre."

GOW3 should not win GOTY because it is by far the worst in the series.
even chains of Olympus was better!
i was really disappointed with GOW3!
the first hour or so with Poseidon made me sh*t my pants, and have my jaw through the floor.
but after that it was letdown after letdown.

RDR does not have what it takes to become GOTY.
even in a quiet year where there was not many good titles releasing it would still struggle because it has nothing that has not been done before.
there is nothing in the game that makes you go wow.
GOW3 had the titans, ME2 had the amazing story, heavy rain had everything, alan wake has by far the best story in a video game EVER!!!!!
better than assassins creed 2 and MGS4 PUT TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!
theres a massive twist towards the end that no one will expect, im still in disbelief.

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Oxvial
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 9:22:22 AM

''alan wake has by far the best story in a video game EVER!!!!!''

Stop trolling ahole.

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Vitron
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 10:14:23 AM

______, your comments has frankly the most careless words in this web page...

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Jawknee
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 11:24:41 AM

Errr, yea those games aren't going to win GOTY. Sorry, they just aren't. Defiantly not Splinter Cell, Alan Wake or Call of Duty. Are you kidding me? Gimme a break...

The only one on your list i see coming close if not winning it is God of War III.

"RDR does not have what it takes to become GOTY."

But Call of Duty does? Uh huh....I think this is the dumbest post by you yet.

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Deleted User
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 1:53:32 PM

@______

"COD and MoH only could win because of the sheep."

But you suggested them as being way better candidates for GOTY than RDR in your first post?

I think you are a sheep.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 2:12:11 AM

See, its _____ utter bullshit posts that get me. But after this fool said he had to take back Little Big Planet because it was too hard for him AND that it was the devs fault for being lazy AND this little gem that followed shortly after his rant :

"its sad when a developer brings his game down, they should be striving for perfection, their game should be bringing them down not the other way around!"

Why should anyone take what he says seriously? Oh yeah _____ im still waiting for you to tell me wtf that means

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SmokeyPSD
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 4:04:50 AM
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I'll wait and see, but I think Heavy Rain deserves it by fair, out of anything that has been mentioned. it won't win, because what should win never does, sometimes what should win doesnt even get nominated.

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FullmetalX10
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 4:38:16 AM
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Red Dead Redemption is probably going to be epic, but there are so many other great games coming out this year (and many came out already), that I'm willing to say we'll just have to wait and see, cuz there's LBP2 coming, The Last Guardian, GT5, maybe AGENT(I think so, but I don't really know for sure).
Anyways, big-ass line-up this year, lots of PS3 exclusives, so I don't know.

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Deleted User
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 5:22:58 AM
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3 games I am looking forwed to and the 360 are

Portal 2 (a true sequal to the orange box game)
Crackdown 2 (playing the frist one now and boy did i miss this game)
Halo Reach one word that well decibe this well be overated but i will still play this game.

as for the Ps3 there are to many to list of the games i want. so what does that tell u. Ps3 > 360 but it is great to own both systems

Currenly playing
Ps3 - Heavy Rain (my pick for goty so far)
360 - like i said crackdown but i'm also playingconviction

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Bjorn77
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 5:59:26 AM
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Game sites get you pumped up for sure.. All sites have only 1 theme these days -> RDR. This is rare, not many games get this kind of mass-hype.

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JackC8
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 7:34:41 AM
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I don't know man, it's only May and this game hasn't even been released yet. I usually have my favorites, and then other people have their favorites, so which one gets game of the year is just a minor curiosity.

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Danny007
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 8:12:01 AM
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So far my favorite game of the year is Heavy Rain. I still need to play God Of War 3 though.

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Perry Katy
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 8:46:49 AM
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What's up with the thumb down..? :/

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Mounce
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 10:43:05 AM
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Game of the Year for me? God of War 3 and Red Dead Redemption, I hope Halo Reach won't come and get tons of unnecessary hype and steal awards away from more deserving games.

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Jawknee
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 11:15:26 AM

Reach looks just like every other Halo but with jet packs. Graphics look the same, the game play looks largely the same. I think it safe to say its all hype, but over hyping their games is what the Xbots are best at.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 1:01:55 PM

Mounce, does Bayonetta deserve GOTY? Of course not. But it got GREAT reviews before anybody even played it.

How about we play RDR before crowning it with anything.

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hadouken
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 10:44:51 AM
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I've been following this for a while I'm not a big western fan but I appreciate the effort and the look of this game.

Now, I hope it stays a true western none of that sci-fi super natural stuff that was in the other game.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 11:02:09 AM
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Sorry kids, but Mario Galaxy 2 will likely get game of the year from most publications. Not sure why nobody has mentioned that game yet. First one won everything, second one will do the same.

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Jawknee
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 11:29:30 AM

Mario Galaxy FTW!

Dude we are PSN buddies, when are we going to be Wii buddies? hahaha

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 12:53:06 PM

Can you even be Wii buddies? Not sure what games of note you can do anything online with. The Wii kind of sucks man. GASP! Did I just say that?

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Vitron
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 9:02:50 PM

You mean good ol' Mario still hasn't retired?

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Jawknee
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 11:47:11 AM

We can be Wii friends but there's not much to do besides trading Mii's or playing Smash Bros. Hahaha

the Wii does suck when it comes to online interaction and game play.

SMG2 FTW!

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Jawknee
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 11:28:53 AM
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I think its too soon to say. It looks like a great game but i don't know if it can beat any of the PS3 exclusive line up this year.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 12:58:52 PM

Absolutely, when do they hand down game of the year honors? Januaryish? I don't remember.

Anywho, way too soon. Must see the new Call of Dooty first before I make my selection. ;o0

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hafizahid
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 11:31:03 AM
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Gow III is hands down the GOTY for me. Arguably the best graphics of any game out there right now, it has some of the most epic moments in gaming which will never be forgotten. The combat may not be new, but its perfect. so smooth! the first two arent even close to it when GOW III is at its best. The legend of kratos is thrilling to the very end. Also doesnt it make sense that the final game of arguably the best ever action series deserves GOTY?

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Shams
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 12:28:00 PM

I had to play U2 again, after finishing GOW3 to remind myself, and Hafiz-Ahid, while GOW3 does have the most detailed character model (Kratos), and some of the most cinematic scenes I've seen in a game, I still have to give award for best overall visuals to U2.

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BeezleDrop
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 12:17:59 PM
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I am with hafizahid,

It won't get GOTY but GOW3 was freakin' bad as hell, I haven't said "Oh sh!t!!" so many times in my life. As a matter of fact, the only part I didn't like about GOW3 was the length of the game. Epics moments, definitely. It has perfect scores for a reason.

I believe _________, was kidding. Red Dead has been in development for 5 years and it is bringing down perfect scores, and Alan Wake that has been in development for about the same time, maybe 9's but mostly 8's. Which isn't bad but not as good as expected. The same with Conviction, they are not GOTY material just face facts. Those aren't bad scores mind you, I do want to try Alan Wake and the only good thing about Conviction was Co-op which was pretty fun.

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KingRD7
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 12:47:41 PM
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You know why they gave the GOTY to a PS3 exclusive. cuz it's the best system out there. lol!

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 12:55:58 PM

Hmmmm, and it had nothing to do with the fact that Uncharted 2 ruled the shiz out of every other game out there last year? Yes, you must be right, they gave it to U2 because the PS3 is the best.

Now go and play some video games you little rascal.

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Alienange
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 2:09:34 PM

I thought he was talking about Demon's Souls... oh wait...

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tes37
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 1:19:06 PM
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I'm not sure about game of the year, but it's definitely going to be my game of the month.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 1:34:31 PM

Are you sure? MG2 May 23rd.

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tes37
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 2:04:52 PM

What game is that? I only own a ps3 and psp.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 4:40:19 PM

Oh, my bad. I thought you owned a Wii. MG2 = Mario Galaxy 2.

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Alienange
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 2:08:23 PM
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RDR most definitely has GotY written all over it. GotY is not the only category when the end of the year comes around. GoWIII will win Best Action game and perhaps best graphics depending on GT5. But overall GotY? R* knows how to bag that award in a big way.

Did someone say Mario Galaxy 2? LOL! The first one didn't have to contend with R*.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 4:42:57 PM

Sorry, it is the other way around. R* didn't have to content with Mario Galaxy. GTA4 can't compete with a franchise that only comes out with a new game every 4 years or so. Well, we shall see. RDR is niche, MG2 is far reaching.

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Alienange
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 7:29:37 PM

"Far reaching" has nothing to do with who wins GotY.

Also, looking at MG's 4 year hiatus, well, that doesn't mean anything either. It had been 4 years since San Andreas when GTAIV came out. Take a look at the reason. They went from PS2 to PS3. MG on the other hand was already on the Wii. What took them so long to make another installment with the same game engine for the same system? You think there's going to be 4 years worth of innovation in MG2?

Nintendo doesn't know what to do with their franchises. They're out of ideas and it's about to show when the world is handed MG2. Sure it'll be fun, but it definitely won't be GotY.

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Jawknee
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 11:51:09 AM

Nintendo's time spent between releases Is ALWAYS time well spent. Nintendo does know what they are doing, you just hate them too much to notice what great games they actually have.

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MyWorstNightmar
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 3:15:15 PM

Alienange, "out of ideas"? What in God's name are you talking about. They got a room full of guys who's sole job is to come up with ideas. And they got someone with a job to come in and replenish the soda machine, so those guys don't get overly thirsty from all their idea makin'. If Mario was going to get stale, it would have happened years ago. From what I have read, they have thrown in a lot of new stuff into the new game, so don't get your Canadian Bacon in a bunch.

And they do know what they are doing with their "franchises". Look what they just did with "new super mario bros wii", great game. And I can't wait for Metroid Other M and the next Zelda to come out for the Wii. Pikmin 3 is in the works too.

My complaint is that I want a new franchise to come out other than Mario, Zelda, and Metroid. I wish they could come up with something fresh that impresses equally with those.

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Beamboom
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 3:27:03 PM
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Heavy Rain can't get the GOTY title, not if there is any fairness in the world. Interactive Movie of the year maybe, but it's not even a game for crying out loud! Don't believe me? Let me give you one example. Start the scene where you are supposed to drive the car through traffic (before crawling the glass scene). Leave your controller on the table, lean back and just watch. Don't do anything. Surprise, surprise, you STILL get to the end of the road. There are PLENTY similar scenes. What you do (or do not do) means NOTHING, not more than a slight visual variation.
Heavy Rain is NOT a game, end of story. It's an interesting experiment indeed, and I do not regret buying it simply to support originality. But as it's not a game it can never win any GAME award title.

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Danny007
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 9:15:58 PM

You make it far down the road, but you won't make it the entire distance that you are supposed to in order to complete the objective.

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Beamboom
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 10:40:26 AM

Nope, I did it, I just placed the controller on the table, and ended up at the warehouse. *Maybe* I pressed a button to get out of the car or something at the end, but that's beside the point, really. There are plenty other "interactive cutscenes" (as they deserve to be called), where your action *seem* to matter but are obsolete to the level where no user interaction is required *at all*. I was quite frankly shocked when I discovered this. This is not a game, and as such do not deserve any game prizes.

And those of you who thumb me down, you don't really want the games to develop in a direction where your input strictly speaking no longer is required?

Red Dead on the other hand, now this looks like a *real* game in my book. It will be a sheer joy to dive into this world!

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FxTales
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 7:16:06 PM
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Had me fooled. Felt like a game to me.

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Natko
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 2:50:29 AM
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Crysis 2 will be GOTY! That's the best multiplat this year! Probably!:)

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Jawknee
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 11:48:29 AM

RDR looks better then Crisis 2. Crisis 2 will be forgotten in the vast sea of FPS.

Not GOTY.

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Natko
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 4:06:09 PM
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Well it's actually coming out around Christmas, so it has advantage there! But so is GT5!:)

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Jawknee
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 4:34:11 PM

True.

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StangMan80
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 6:17:48 PM
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It just might do it. I would like to see GT5 get it but this game looks realy good. Crysis 2? are you kiding me? No. RDR,GOD3, MNR, and LBP2 are all great atendders.
I can't wait tell the 18th RDR and MNR demo.

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thj_1980
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 3:12:58 PM
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This game looks really impressive and very cool. This is going to be in my game collection sometime soon because I really enjoy the GTA series.

Ars Technica said that the XBOX 360 version has a slight graphical advantage in it? I really can't believe this since, they really didn't have proof of any real graphical advantage. They said they were switching back and forth trying to compare the 2 consoles. There really isn't proof as really this review seemed very biased as they stated that they have 16 people playing one the 360 and 3 people playing on the PS3, that tells me this probably isn't a real comparison. The only true way you are really going to determine if a console has better graphics on the other is:

- same tv
- same HDMI cable
- Same tv settings
- Same console display settings
- same gameplay time
- playing both games at once
- same person playing for the same set of time
- same gameplay video setting on default or custom
- real life comparison can't watch a video on the web.
- same lighting in rooms
- Switching the tv back and forth doesn't count as you are loosing view time on both systems.


I really don't like people saying the xbox 360 has better graphics because there really no proof unless you see it in real life both compared side by side with legit people both not biased. You can't just listen to an expert go on about it sounding real smart about it saying the 360 has a slight shaper picture. To me the criteria above is really the only way to compare video games on graphical dominance. Though I don't really mind that the 360 has a slight advantage, as long as it is exclusive to ps3 that's fine, But just wanted to get a point out.



Here's their story:

Our review copies of Red Dead Redemption have arrived, which means it's time to get to work on some coverage. Rockstar sent both a PS3 and a 360 version of the game, and many people are wondering which version to get, so we thought we'd do a quick comparison.

This is non-scientific, but after playing an hour of both games, and switching back and forth between the two systems on our display, it's clear that the 360 version has quite the graphical advantage. It's sharper, with much less aliasing. The faces of the characters were clearer in the opening section. Gameplay sections likewise looked better, with smoother graphics across the board. The PlayStation 3 version looked impressive, but there was a noticeable jump in quality while playing on the 360.

Keep in mind that the game doesn't look bad on the PS3—not by any stretch—but based on our time with the game and direct comparisons, the 360 version looks better. If you purchase the PS3 version of the game you're not going to be let down, but if you have the choice, pick up a copy for the 360.

Here's another reason to buy the game for the Xbox 360: if you dislike playing with strangers, there are 16 Ars Technica members in the game's thread playing online with the 360 version, compared to three on the PS3. If you're going to be playing, sign up!

Why did we decide to write this post for this particular game? It's rare we get sent both copies of a game, and there has been some discussion about which one to get. Let us know if this is something you're interested in seeing in the future, and we'll try to provide more of it when we can.


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