NY Times Hands Out Unique Awards, GTAIV Scores Another GoY
Yep, it's that time of the year: all major publications - even those that don't focus strictly on the gaming industry - are handing out their Game of the Year awards, and the latest is the New York Times.
As you can see in this feature editorial - strangely, you can find "Video Games" in the "Television" section in the Times - Seth Schiesel tosses out several interesting awards, including "Best Zombies" and our personal favorite, "Best Explanation Of Why Nintendo Hardly Needs Big Games Anymore: The Wii." Notice also "Best Embrace Of Democracy, Flawed As It Is: Eve Online." But in the end, he has to hand out his Game of the Year Award, and Grand Theft Auto IV adds to its big haul. It already got GoY from TIME Magazine and the SpikeTV Video Game Awards, and here, Schiesel says:
"I kept waiting for some other new game to captivate and refuse to release me the way this masterpiece from Rockstar did. I’m still waiting. Beyond its formidable craft, apart from its well-balanced combat and driving mechanics, what impresses most about G.T.A. IV is its writing. It is one of the few games that even try to take on the real world in any adult way. "
Weeeell, we can go with that...we guess. But umm...did he not play Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots? Granted, his point is that the script in GTAIV "takes on the real world in an adult way," and the same certainly can't be said of MGS4's more fantasy-based script, but in terms of overall quality and professionalism, we most certainly have to give the nod to Kojima and Co. Wouldn't you? Well, we're all entitled to our own opinions, of course, and we do have to agree that GTAIV was a masterpiece in every sense of the word...to hell with the haters.
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto IV
12/21/2008 Ben Dutka