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Bioshock Infinite's Chances Of Landing GotY?

I always think it's interesting when an obvious Game of the Year contender launches early.

There's a reason why a lot of Oscar hopefuls tend to release towards the end of the year, because those in charge know the films that are fresh in voters' memories have a better shot. I think it's the same with video games. It only makes sense.

As of right now, I don't think many would dispute the idea that the excellent Bioshock Infinite is the best title of 2013 so far. For many gamers, despite the greatness of games like Tomb Raider and DmC: Devil May Cry, it isn't even a contest. Of course, we've got a long way to go, and there are some significant challengers scheduled for later this year. The Last Of Us will be ready to go in June and then you've got Grand Theft Auto V in September. Those might be the primary challengers but don't forget that the new generation starts in the fall (assuming that "Holiday 2013" window for the PS4 is accurate).

Hence, is there a chance games like Killzone: Shadow Fall will be in the running? And by the way - and forgive the tangent - but how does one accurately compare next-gen and current-gen titles? Is that even fair? I'm not sure it is. But anyway, other contenders probably include Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and maybe even Battlefield 4 (if they do it right). The bottom line is that there are plenty of amazing titles slated for 2013, so as fantastic as Bioshock is, do you think it has the legs to stay on top? Don't forget that people will have to remember its greatness for it to be properly respected in end-of-year award ceremonies.

I actually think it has a shot. I have only minor reservations for some of the games listed here, but they are reservations. What about you?

4/19/2013 Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

Temjin001
Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 10:59:16 PM
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I imagine it will be Bioshock. That is, it'll receive more goty awards than any other. I do think GTAV will be it's strongest competition. I imagine at least a few outlets will give it goty. It's been a long time it seems that we've seen a game universally praised like this Bioshock game has been.
I see Ni No Kuni taking rpg of the year. Gran Turismo VI may get racer of the year. I see The Last of Us getting survival horror. I'm sure Beyond will get a few nodes as well for something, something like graphics and story. Beyond though fights against that somewhat polarized reception Quantic's games have had. There's still a lot of people it seems, even critics, who lament it's backseat to game play design. I really don't think that'll change much for their next title and there will be those who pan it for not being 'game' enough.
And lastly I actually don't think PS4 will get anything other than graphics wins for all-around awards. Unless of course some really unexpected game pops out of no where that blows us away.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 12:56:28 AM
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It's sure gonna be hard for anything to top Bioshock for my GOTY!

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Hand_of_Sorrow
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 1:20:21 AM
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contenders for goty shoud'nt have to compete aganist next gen games,
it just would'nt be fair.

bioshock infinite is my goty with tomb raider taking secound.

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___________
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 5:58:10 AM
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GAME wise slim to none!
gameplay is so boring, simplistic, repetitive, and, well unchanged since 07!
everything else, the world, the art, the music, the story, oh my god!
if we have a game create a world half as believable and beautiful as bioshock, it wont be getting game of the year, it will be getting game of the CENTURY!

so far id have to give it to tomb raider.
yea the pacing is WAY off, going from a scared girl to professional killer of 20 years in the blink of a eye!
and yea the history, and background info on the island, and story paint a pretty murky underutilized picture, but you know what?
it created characters who are so believable, and a world that you really fall into.
just something about lara herself, and the jungle, that really elevates that game to the next level and makes it something really special.
could of been SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better!
but unlike 99.9999999% of this gens games, thats not because of things not done, or done poorly.
its simply because of things not done enough.
it is the game closest to a 10 weve seen in a VERY long time!

when it comes down to the wire though, i can really only see 2 games getting GOTY this year.
GTAV, or the last of us.
personally im going for the last of us simply because its such a ambitious title, and something truly unique, different, and innovative!

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Ludicrous_Liam
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 9:19:10 AM

Agreed, it can only really be between those two. And I genuinely think it'll be close. Kinda reminds me of 2008 when you had MGS4 and GTA4 in the same year - it's really hard to pick one. Ofcourse you had LBP towards the end to throw a spanner in the works, so perhaps it won't be as close as back then.

Even so, a new GTA is just that - a new GTA - the kind of game that will create headlines on worldwide news for simply being released, and then The Last Of Us is something that as you say looks different and innovative. Just thinking about these two now, I'm actually reeally excited about this year. I don't think I could've said that last year...

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city96
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 9:30:02 AM
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I'm not sure. I am playing Bioshock Infinite. My first Bioshock.
I really do not see where this hype came from, not even hype any more. It has the highest Metacritic rating with users saying it is the best game of the last ten years.
For me, the story is engaging but only when you talk to Elizabeth because the voice acting is great. As is the soundtrack.
The level design is very linear but there are always paths to go off and explore in the slightest.
The guns and combat are really sub par. I get to story element and all is well. Enemies "Oh no". Elizabeth hides and i have to just shoot. The guns are truly boring to me.
I asked a good friend, hardcore PC gamer why the guns aren't too fun. He said "Hip fire. It is more accurate" and he is right. After playing Far Cry 3 these guns and combat mechanics feel very outdated.
I am enjoying the story which is the main part. But for me, i want the game to be fun first. Then add the great story, acting and soundtrack.
Might just be me coming off other people's majorly exaggerated experience with the game. All the way so far I have just been looking at the game with the thought "How is this any different or amazing?"

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 11:01:24 AM

Both you and your friend are playing it wrong.

It isn't a shooter. The guns are only a part of it, and they can all be upgraded as well. Combining your Vigors (which you should be using all the time) with your guns is the point, and saying the story only matters when you talk to Elizabeth means you're either ignoring all the cut-scenes or you're just not following the plot.

This has nothing in common with Far Cry 3. It's supposed to be linear and it isn't a FPS. It's closer to an RPG, in fact, closer to something like Deus Ex. Shooter fans and those who don't quite understand the more artistic aspects of video games, such as atmosphere, writing, character development, and a more complex gameplay core, aren't going to "get" Bioshock Infinite.

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Tim Speed24
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 1:30:14 PM

Loved Deus Ex HR, Don't care for Bioshock.

Too much hype maybe? My expectations were high and I feel let down. Too Cartoony for my tastes.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 1:38:57 PM

You should be having fun with the combat mechanic, instead of just firing away like it's a CoD game try tossing a murder of crows at enemies, then light the birds on fire with Devil's Kiss, toss them all up in to the air with Bucking Bronco and then unload your clips at the burning, dying mess that is floating in the sky.

Now that's a battle.

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xenris
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 5:57:52 PM

How is the shooting mechanics sub par? They mimic pretty much every modern shooter to date. Combine the gunplay with the vigors and you have the potential for some really fun battles.

My only complaint comes from the enemies. They hardly gave me a reason to really play with all of the vigors and weapons.

I would have liked certain enemies only killable by certain vigors or something like that. But I know why they didn't they wanted this games combat to appeal to a broader audience.

Which is fine because in the end it doesn't feel like any other military shooter unless of course you want it to and you just use the guns and not any vigors.

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city96
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 7:38:54 PM

Ben : I am following the story and I do understand artistic aspects of video games, such as atmosphere, writing, character development, and a more complex gameplay core.

That is why I love Infamous, Uncharted and the new Tomb Raider.

The problem for me as with Tim Speed24, was that the game was so hyped up. People said it was the best game of the last ten years.

I know it is not linked to Far Cry but they both have guns and I was comparing the guns and combat in either game.

Also, I am definitely not a shooter fan, most games tend to just have guns. My favouurite and most played genre is racing. Mirror's Edge is my favourite game of all time.

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___________
Sunday, April 21, 2013 @ 9:19:49 AM

thats another problem with the combat in infinite.
99% of the time your back to your weapons to take out enemies.
allot of the vigors just stun enemies, or kill them but take a really long time so your back to your guns.
kinda takes the fun and purpose out of things, if something else is just much more efficient.
two roads, take you to the same place, 1 is 2KMs long and the other is 1.
which would you take?
how you get to the result suddenly is irrelevant when the technique is so elongated and boring.

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cadpig
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 12:49:24 PM
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Mmm...i can't say. I think it's going to be a knock down, drag out battle for game of the year.
Bioshock Infinite is going to have some major competition with GTA V, Last of Us and Beyond: two souls.

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TheCanadianGuy
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 10:04:33 PM
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i don't think a game releasing early in the year really affects its GOTY chance's remember journey released in march 2012 And it won GOTY with both IGN And Gamespot.

another example is Red Dead Redemption released in may 2010 it won tons of GOTY awards.

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