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PSXE Reader's Game Of The Year: God Of War III

We needn't take any more votes because the result is clear: the PSXE reader's choice for Game of the Year is God of War III.

Interestingly enough, Red Dead Redemption and Heavy Rain were in a dead heat for the runner-up slot, and Gran Turismo 5 came up in fourth. While we thought either Rockstar's gem or Quantic Dream's interactive drama might've made a push to the final goal, it's obvious that the majority of our readers believe Sony Santa Monica created 2010's best. It's a fair and understandable pick; we agree there isn't another action experience that surpasses Kratos' latest epic adventure. Perhaps the only question that remains is, "will GoWIII earn GotY from the PSXE staff?" Well, you'll know soon enough, as all 26 of our annual awards will go live later on tomorrow. This year produced some amazing games, which made certain picks exceedingly difficult and in truth, we have a bit of a surprise lined up... It'll be well worth your attention.

For the new poll, we want to know if you're interested in the PlayStation Phone. We're just wondering how many gamers plan to own such a product; it's certainly more of a phone than a gaming device, but maybe Sony fans will spring for the new gadget. Then again, there's also the PSP2 to consider...mobile gaming is getting bigger by the day. So what say you?

Related Game(s): God of War III

Tags: psxe poll update, god of war iii, gowiii, readers choice

12/31/2010 12:30:07 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (131 posts)

Robochic
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:51:28 PM
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I love GOW III it's just an amazing game and keeps you going from start to finish.

Sony phone sounds really neat I would like to see more and hear more on the phone before I make my choice maybe by then smartphone plans will be cheaper (ha)

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DemonNeno
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 11:33:58 AM

You know, since I've began catching "ancient aliens" on tv, one interesting thought has provoked me... Almost every ancient religion, primarily of the most brutal civilizations, share very similar gods. In fact, the idea of the show is to more or less convince you that these gods were likely aliens that shaped the lands and belief of our ancestors.

With that said throw the aliens stuff o ut and create an entirely new IP out of it.. I personally enjoy the ancient battle of gods and the impact they have on humans..

PS phone sounds interesting, but it'll take a lot to persuade me away from an psp 2..

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:52:35 PM
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Yesir! Though I wish it could have been God of War III and Gran Turismo 5.

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telly
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 1:01:42 PM

@Jawk, GT5 probably didn't get runner-up because it released so much later in the year. I'm sure a lot of folks just haven't gotten around to it yet (me included!)

Hard to argue with the winner. A great conclusion to one of the very best game trilogies ever. You think Sony gives us a clue as to the future of the series next year??

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:15:22 PM

Maybe, if were able to watch that God of War directors panel interview Stig gave a hint that they may be working on a new one or that a new one is at least on their minds.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:52:22 PM

I'd rather see Santa Monica start a new IP. Let the God of War rest for a couple years.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 4:35:15 PM

As long as they use the God of War III engine I don't care what they do. I'll buy it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 5:09:05 PM

Heavenly Sword II

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 6:05:01 PM

As much as i love God of War, there is a time when a series needs to die. We dont want them to milk it like Bungie did with Halo, releasing all sorts of spinoffs. I think 3 playstation and 2 psp games is plenty for the series. Let it end on a high note and it will forever be one of the greatest franchises in history.

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Oxvial
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 7:04:54 PM

I'm okay with end GoW3 but they need to do it properly,,GoW3 ending wasn't enough.

But again they are gonna take 2 years so I'm okay with it....next GoW gonna be awesome!.

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Qubex
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 11:43:16 PM

Have to say, I agree with you guys, GoWIII is a crowning achievement in the Playstation stable. They should let it rest now.

But as Jawk said... if they can use the same engine, or even make it better - how I don't know - any new I.P. will look pretty spectacular I would say...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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eLLeJuss
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 1:26:53 AM

Yess. I agree. FFVII remake with God of War engine sounds great. Waitt thats what you guys were talking about.. right? lol jk <3 happy new year fellas! Gear up for the next batch of AAA games of 2011!!

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Bugzbunny109
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 1:27:21 PM
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God of War 3 truly deserves it. I still remember saying, "holy sh*t!" every two seconds.

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HighOnFire
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 1:39:41 PM
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Cool. This game coulda just been the opening scene with Posiden and it still would be GOTY-worthy. On a side note, a friend of mine who just bought a 360 came by and we were talking the differences between it and the PS3, so I fired up God of War III. After about a minute he said "Holy Sh*t, is this out for 360 too?" Sorry, dude.....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:53:05 PM

haha, my xbot has said many times "I wish they would release this on 360"

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TheShadow
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 9:07:13 PM

did you show him uncharted 2 yet?

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HighOnFire
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 11:34:22 PM

TheShadow: Yeah, he saw Uncharted 2, GOW III, and Killzone 2. Then he went home to his xbox bundle starter kit he got from walmart which included Forza and a Lego Twilight game, or Lego something or other. I felt really bad for him so I dusted off Gears of War and Left 4 Dead and dropped them by his house.

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TheShadow
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 1:55:27 PM

I guess thats ok, just tell him to save his money to get a ps3 as well

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 1:43:25 PM
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Thank god, RDR doesn't deserve it at all imo.
GOWIII and GT5 are easily the best games this year.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 7:52:36 PM

Thats not true... Every single game on theor could have won. I loved GOW3 its one of my favorites but what Rockstar did with RDR was pretty dang amazing!

Then again i hadnt played Heavy Rain whrn i voted and if i had to revote now that ive played it, well... That would be a tough choice!

Overall though im glad GOW3 got it. Its such an experience!

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 1:53:03 PM
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Ah well, I'll take it. I was still hoping for Heavy Rain to win though.

As for the PSPhone, I have no interest in it, as I barely use my mobile as it is, but I can definitely see the appeal in it.
Peace.

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Nickjcal
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:11:16 AM

God of War just amazes people. Games like Call of Duty wear off in a few days ha

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DazeOfWar
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:04:30 PM
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Congrats to GoWIII but I just don't get it. I see people always complain about CoD being the same when GoW has done the same thing. There was nothing new about the game. I played it and enjoyed it but I would figure Heavy Rain would win just for the immersion and rich story.

Besides that next year is going to be a tough year to pick a winner with so many great games coming out.

The new poll I picked the don't care. I more excited about the PSP2.

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:08:44 PM

New =/ better

That has been proven with Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, Mario games, Zelda, GT, Silent Hill.

Just because a game is new doesn't mean that it's better than a sequel.

Uncharted 3 will be a sequel, just because it's not a new IP doesn't mean that it's inferior to something new.

And I don't know which GOWIII you were playing, guess you missed all the new weapons, new combos, new ways of killing monsters, new "vistas," new characters, new enemies, etc.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:13:47 PM

GoW continues to push the boundaries in every possible way. Uncharted 2 wasn't any "different" than Uncharted in regards to core mechanics, but I think we can all agree it's superior to any Call of Duty.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:19:28 PM

Plus 3 God of War games vs what...8 Call of Duties now?

God of War doesn't need to do anything new. Its a formula that is tried and true. Call of Duty is stale and mindless.

Also I gotta agree with Crow, there was a ton of new stuff in God of War III that wasn't present in the previous 2 games or the handhelds. The new weapons alone were enough to make the experience feel fresh considering they were a heck of a lot more useful than the additional weapons in the previous 2 games.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:55:59 PM

Got to agree with you in some respects, I would have liked to see more creativity in GOWIII like the shadow battle in GOWII or something neat like that only MORE.

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DazeOfWar
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 7:33:36 PM

Know don't get me wrong about CoD. I was a big fan until after playing BC2. Know I have gotten tired of the lackluster multiplayer and bad online connection issues and cheating.

I enjoyed GoWIII and believe everybody should play it and Ben you are right about Uncharted 2 being not much different from the first but the game was overall an amazing adventure and probably one of my favorite games of all time.

I'm also not saying all new games are better than sequels because there are some amazing sequels I can't wait for. I just don't see GoWIII as game of the year. I just wasn't that impressed with it.

Last thing is for Scarcrow. Some of the sequels to a couple games you list weren't actually that great. The last Silent Hill and FF weren't that great. Now I know XIII did get some good reviews but when you have to put 20 hours into a game just to get to the fun part doesn't count as good in my book. You are correct about the other titles though.

I did love reading all of your comments and made me look at some things a little different. That's why I love this site. Other sites it would have started a huge flame war but here you get smart honest opinions.

Have a good New Year everybody.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:31:44 AM

Uncharted 2 was a major jump forward in every area. The game was longer, acting was better, the story was better, the level pacing was much more varied, the technology, more artifacts and bonus unlockables, and a great NEW multiplayer mode--INCLUDING CO-OP, and major enhancements to animation. Even gameplay was vastly enhanced with focus aim for every weapon, on-the-fly grenade lobs, canister throws, a more dynamic melee system. While it didn't re-invent itself, it definitely made a Ferrari out of a Honda.
Overall, the first Uncharted was an 8 the second game was a full 10.
Respective to GoW2's release I'd have given it about a 9, and despite how GoW3 enhances itself as one would expect going from PS2 to PS3, I still can't think of GoW3 as a 10.

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DazeOfWar
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 2:02:36 AM

I almost forgot to tell you all that just from reading about everybody's comments and thoughts about GT5 on here I have decided I had to have it. Now this is coming from a guy who hasn't really enjoyed a racing game in a long time. I order it so should have it sometime next week.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:29:00 AM

Temjin: None of that changes the core gameplay. You can say the same thing for God of War III in terms of what it changed, but most obviously don't notice it.

Unless something about the core mechanics are altered in some way, most people can't tell the difference.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 11:23:27 AM

Ben, GoW3 didn't improve upon it's story or acting and it certainly didn't expand it's value with a comprehensive offering of online content that increased the value and re-playability exponentially for those who're interested. And GoW3, was in fact, a shorter game than GoW2 with less levels and less bosses--this was met as a disappointment by me. Whereas Uncharted 2 offered more unlockables, more artifacts, and more levels across the board. Not to mention it's better scripting or more dynamic cast of characters that interact and behave on par with Hollywood--the same can't be said for GoW3. Nothing about it was lesser than it's prior outing. BUt I'll agree that the core "gameplay" components that define both Uncharted2 and GoW3 alike are using the same foundation from their fore bearers. But where Uncharted 2 enhanced and expanded in every facet perceivable for it's medium, GoW3 did not quite cover the spread as well or did it introduce new modes of play that drew in a wider audience of gamers. Really, when looking at the specifics Uncharted 2 was the greater offering.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 1:12:21 PM

You're missing the point.

God of War III added new weapons and forced players to master new combat styles. It also featured new ways of battling bosses - no two are the same, really - and fresh platforming. If we want to get anal, the differences are obvious.

But that's not the point. Uncharted 2 plays just like Uncharted, at its core. We pick up and play the sequel in much the same way as we played the original. Same goes for GoWIII in comparison to GoWII. Both franchises advance in similar fashion, via refinement and fine-tuning, rather than total overhauling (i.e., engine, control, view, gameplay focus, etc.)

Neither have ever changed the core gameplay.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 1:35:55 PM

"I'll agree that the core "gameplay" components that define both Uncharted2 and GoW3 alike are using the same foundation from their fore bearers." --Your's Truly
So, yes, we agree on the topic ;)

BUt to jump in all ninja-like and add a semi-OT point, outside of visuals, I want to make it known that GoW3 is not the sequel Uncharted 2 was. I came away from GoW3 satisfied but just a little underwhelmed having played GoW2/GoW. Uncharted 2, though, I knew it'd be good but it ended up turning a good franchise into a phenomenal one. I'm sure we can agree to that =)

...and come on, GoW3 does not "force" you to "master" new weapons to complete the game on normal mode. I could beat the game with my standard Chaos Blades un-upgraded if I wanted... like some people already have ;)
Granted, it'd be un-ideal and a little ridiculous to do so, but the choice is there for those who want to entertain themselves that way. You know? sort of like the guys who can beat Resident Evil with only a knife =o


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Shams
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 3:28:31 PM

In 2007, the same year Naughty Dog released Uncharted:Drake's Fortune on the ps3, Santa Monica Studios released GOW2 on the ps2. There were plans to develop and release GOW2 on the ps3, instead, during it's development, but for whatever reason (probably to reach out to a larger audience and install base at the time), it didn't pan out, much to the disappointment of Stig Asmussen (who was art director on GOW under Dave Jaffe and Corey Barlog, lead level designer at the time as Corey Barlog became head honcho, and later the head honcho after Corey Barlog resigned early in GOW3's development) as he made well known.

So instead of getting an early feel for the technology of the ps3, along with it's caveats, nuances and learning curve, Santa Monica Studios, under the leadership of Corey Barlog and guidance of Dave Jaffe, focused simply on making an improved GOW1 on a platform they were already familiar and comfortable with, which they most certainly succeeded at with flying colors. In the opinion of many, GOW2 is the best game in the series.

However, if they instead developed GOW2 on the ps3, perhaps we would've seen an even more mind-blowing GOW3, because they would've had 4 years experience on the ps3 instead of only 2, with one game and project to learn from just in time for the GOW3. Perhaps then, we would've seen a similar jump in every aspect of quality from GOW2 to GOW3 as we had seen in U:DF to U2:DF.

In my personal opinion, GOW2 had more open and larger levels with more variety, with more puzzles, where as GOW3 had Next Gen graphics, and with smaller levels (even "claustrophopic" as World put it), improved combat, and the most insane stage assets in gaming, ever.

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Shams
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 3:34:51 PM

*Edit: I meant U2:AT, not U2:DF.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 3:35:26 PM

I fully disagree with Temjin.

Temjin is acting as if UC1 was crap. The ONLY way UC2 was bigger jump is if UC1 was garbage compared to UC2, and that is not true at all.

The jump was there, but it wasn't an extreme jump.

Sequels are not supposed extreme jumps, they're supposed to be sequels. The only way "extreme jumps" can happen is if the previous game was crap compared to the sequel.

Uncharted 3 WILL NOT BE AN EXTREME JUMP FROM UC2.

You guys need to understand.

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Shams
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 3:52:54 PM

Well, he gave U1 a relative score of 8. U2 had refined controls, no more screen-tearing, better animation, more variety in level design, bigger stage assets, improvements in production values, online gaming, and so he gave it a relative score closer to 10. An "8" is not "crap", I think he was just saying how much better U2 was in every way. I would've given it 9+, only because I played it on launch date, and in 2007, it was certainly better than the rest. But now in 2011, compared U1 to U2, I'd agree with him.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 4:03:07 PM

His word is not the word of god though.

UC1 was a 9 for me, UC2 was 10, a good jump, not an extreme jump.

UC1 was already amazing, UC2 just went over a little more and became perfect.

Objectively the analogy stands though, UC3 won't be an EXTREME jump over UC2. UC3 will suck because it's not an extreme jump?

You guys are really sounding ridiculous now.

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 5:43:37 PM

Crow has a point. There doesn't need to be any overhauls with sequels. Why fix what's not broken?

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Shams
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 6:15:26 PM

I'm fairly certain Temjin has been consistent in qualifying his statements as his own opinion.

Regarding the jump in quality from U1 to U2: Extreme? No. Major or Significant? Well, compare Psxextreme's own reviews of the two.

You bring up a good point about the 3rd. Naughty Dog themselves admitted that U3 won't be as big of a jump from U2 as U2 was from U1. For example, they mentioned that the light rendering techniques they innovated in U2 will be reused in U3. And knowing how the game now has more hype and higher expectations for it than either predecessor did, and if one factors in the growing standards or expectations of quality in the industry as whole over time, it's safe to expect that general critical acclaim for the 3rd might not generate as quite as high of a metacritic score as the 2nd, but I'm sure ND's next masterpiece will still remain the de facto standard and the benchmark of the industry, as I'm certain that it will be a must buy.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 6:17:34 PM

Let's play a game Scarecrow =)
Multiple Choice: what quote both wasn't said by me and doesn't fit?

A) While it didn't re-invent itself, it definitely made a Ferrari out of a Honda. (FYI: Honda's are great cars, but Ferrari's are better and rarer)
B) Overall, the first Uncharted was an 8 the second game was a full 10.
C) UC1 was crap.
D) Uncharted 2, though, I knew it'd be good but it ended up turning a good franchise into a phenomenal one.

...
...
...

Feel silly?
It's okay Scarecrow, we all make mistakes sometimes =p

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 6:25:22 PM

and btw, GoW3 was an amazing game that easily deserves a 9. But aside from the jaw-dropping visuals and some unbelievable boss fights, it didn't do much more than I expected because like what everyone seems to agree on, GoW was already great as it is. But unlike Uncharted 2, it went above and beyond and over-delivered to a degree that was unprecedented. I'm sorry, but in my book that's a 10.

And hey, I wouldn't mind having a sweet GoW co-op/competitive online mode =P
The franchise is still amazing without it, but a 10/10 has to be reserved for those that truly floors everyone's expectations, and even lame-o' EDGE magazine couldn't deny Uncharted 2 any less than a 9.

Thanks, btw, Master Shams, for seeing eye to eye with me =)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 8:04:56 PM

I'm sorry, but none of you are getting this.

Just because you happen to like the smaller cosmetic changes made to Uncharted 2 more than the smaller cosmetic changes made to GoWIII doesn't make one better than the other. Nor does it mean one did "more" than the other as a sequel.

Both use the exact same gameplay mechanics, and simply refine and tweak from there on. That's it. It's not FFXII to FFXIII. It's not Double Agent to Conviction. It doesn't change HOW WE PLAY THE GAME. All anybody is doing here is arguing small, mostly anal things that only hardcore gamers even notice or care about.

How we play both franchises has not changed much since the original title debuted.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 8:32:55 PM

"smaller cosmetic" *rolls eyes" lame.

*remembers rule 1 of PSXe: Ben D. Is always right. I'm just spinning my wheels believing anything else* =p





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Lawless SXE
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 9:03:25 PM

Both sequels added elements, and slightly tweaked the formulas of their predecessors. Whether you regard this tweaking as an improvement is subjective. Both improved the story telling, though I felt neither story was the best we've seen from either series. No-one is denying that the core gameplay remained largely unchanged, and if they were expecting it to, then they were fools. The argument is in the minutiae of the gameplay.

GoW added more weapons and magic attacks, made the combat a bigger focus than the platforming and really improved the combo system.
UC2 tightened the aiming, spread the focus to near equality on the trifecta of melee, gunplay and platforming/puzzles and added some truly inspired gameplay segments (the tank immediately springs to mind).

God of War, I think made the bigger jumps, but the focus on combat was a bit of a turn-off when compared to the more platforming heavy titles on the PS2. I thought the refinement of Uncharted 2 was better, because of the split focus. Of course, everything said here is personal preference, so no-one can really be wrong. As a result: "Can't we all just get along?"
Peace.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 9:31:05 PM

My views had more to do with the total package offering. When looking at the actual play of the games, little has changed. That was the point Ben thinks no one got but everyone did, right?

I took the topic off course by trying to size up the margin of upgrade between GoW2 to GoW3 and Uncharted1 to 2 without regard to graphics.

Naughty Dog took the time to offer a rich fully featured online component and completely expanded the value of what a person should expect when buying an Uncharted game. But not only that, a person is treated to better acting/scripting and a longer game with more to do and see than U:DF. And as I said before, GoW3 did not supersede it's predecessor in every way.

But really, I've exhausted my patience for this discussion. We're all intelligent people here, and I think with enough posts and enough explaining some sort of solvency could be made. I just don't want to take the time and energy to get it to that point.

So lets bring on the awards!

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:09:37 PM

Aye, that's what I figured. It's a matter of perspective. Some people choose only to look at things from one way, when an orbital approach is required for most subjects. I'm willing to let it lie.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:26:57 PM

You have all deluded yourselves. GOWIII aside from graphics falls short of both its predecessors in most ways. Uncharted 2 exceeded its one predecessor in most ways. Simple as that.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:41:21 PM

I like you, World =)

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Scarecrow
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 11:05:07 PM

Aand FFVII fails compared to FFVI.

See, a statement without supporting points doesn't have much value.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 11:11:11 PM

Unless you can put your personal bias aside, and look at it from someone else's point of view. It is easy to find fault, or merit in anything if you are willing to do this.

EDIT: But this is starting to get out of hand, so unless there is another pressing issue to be had from this argument, this will be my last post.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 11:21:43 PM

Temjin: Not amusing. If you don't feel like seeing a simple point without letting personal bias rule your state of mind, that's your business. Your statements of "fact" that GoWIII didn't supersede its predecessor sort of prove you can't tell the difference between subjective and objective points.

I'm telling you the way it is, factually, in regards to the core gameplay. There's no opinion involved. YOUR posts involve opinion and I don't agree or disagree one way or the other. So right or wrong doesn't factor in, now does it?

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 11:49:19 PM

Ben, spin however you like. ANd I know you will because it fits your complex.
Make any New Year's Resolutions yet? Hope not, cause I got one for you. Try taking off that thick ego coat and hang it up for the year =p

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 12:36:30 AM

So you think it's a good idea to resort to personal attacks...? You can't support your points, so you just try to fall back on unwarranted accusations?

I'll point out dozens - if not hundreds - of times when I've said, "I don't know" or "you're right about that," etc. ...I can't seem to remember a time when you did the same thing.

I would suggest not trying to lecture everyone about how your opinion is fact; users don't browbeat other users around here. That's my advice for the new year. I would also advise you to not make any posts for a while, and that includes any further replies in this topic.

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Temjin001
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 2:06:35 AM

Wow, both a tyrant and an administrator. Nice little god complex you got here, Ben.

Strange, though, most businesses try and preserve their users.

So try and trap and twist me in my words all you want. I see through your rhetoric. I could do the same to you, and I've already pointed out a couple false "facts" of your own within this very discussion.

Would it hurt to be just a little agreeable at times?

I will apologize for any personal "attacks" But please understand that you're efforts in this discussion I found to be much more annoying and half-hearted than helpful, and I could in nowise resolve that your responses were derived from anything but a behavioral complex. I generally respect what you have to say and you are a smart individual. And yes, who the crap put CoD in my Splinter Cell!?

Thank you to everyone else for this quality discussion.

All of this negativity is bad for a ninja so this ninja takes a bow. It was fun.

My existence here at PSXe is now in Ben's hands.

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SmokeyPSD
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:15:40 PM
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Surprising result to be honest. I thoroughly enjoyed it but the air of disappointment from many is very tangible. I wouldn't say best of year, Heavy Rain holds that personally for me simply because it's so much more emotionally engaging, reaching beyond the norm, mature and innovative.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:20:22 PM

True Heavy Rain was more emotionally engaging. God of War III got my vote because it was a hell of a lot more fun to play.

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Alienange
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 11:53:54 AM

You got that right Jawknee

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Underdog15
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 6:40:34 PM

I voted Heavy Rain because it was a hell of a lot more fun to play than GOWIII.

But I haven't enjoyed any of the GOW's. Just not my thing.

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BikerSaint
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:20:32 PM
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Wow, I really thought that Heavy Rain would have taken it.

Oh well, at least Heavy Rain "did" get my GOTY vote!


As for the PSP phone, I have no interest what-so-ever in getting one(except for collection purposes). But like most phones, I figure it will most probably be bundled with some kind of 1 to 2 year" talk" plan. So I can't see wasting money monthly just to have it on my shelf
(unless I can find it as a used non-plan standalone later on at eBay or such).


But I am 157% interested on seeing what the PSP2 will have to offer me.



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ZettaiSeigi
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 6:37:33 PM

I agree with you, BikerSaint. I personally voted for Heavy Rain too, although God of War III was my runner-up. Not too shabby though, as I don't think Heavy Rain would even be in the running on other (more mainstream) sites' GOTY awards. CNN naming it 2010's best is quite a shocker though!

As for the PlayStation Phone, I don't think I'm gonna get it although I'm still interested as to what it's going to be like and what it can do. Still, I'm way more interested with the PSP2.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:22:14 PM
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As for the new poll, meh on the phone. My iPhone satisfies my phone needs. More interested in the PSP2.

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dkmrules
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:26:25 PM
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How could black ops not have won?!?! That was GOTY material for sure!!!

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Rings0fUranus
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 9:00:16 PM

I love sarcasms.

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Slycly
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:47:28 PM
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Red Dead was good but not great. God of War was/is an epic series.

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shadowpal2
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:59:33 PM
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Oh man...I know GOWIII must have been good considering I played about 10mins of it @ a friend's house and in the end going like "WOW"...but I wish MGS: Peace Walker made it up there...that was a very memorable game for me this year.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 3:01:17 PM
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I think GOWIII will probably take the PSXE rewards as well, but I hope it's Heavy Rain just cuz I think overall it accomplished the most this year of any game both technically, personally, and for the advancement of the industry.

You all know how I feel about GOWIII, epic, a graphical masterpiece, but ultimately very claustrophobic with a lack of variety (Nothing as sweet as the steeds of time, no sweeping vistas, just darkness). But I'm glad it's in my collection nonetheless and I did enjoy it.

The phone? Yeah I'm mildly interested since mine isn't exactly as fully features as your iphones and your androids.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:16:26 AM

Yeah, GoW3 was a great romp through amazing visual design, visceral brutality and intense action, but I have a hard time deeming it as a goty. In several ways, I thought GoW2 was a better, bigger adventure, just without the great looks--still no denying many of the amazing GoW3 boss fights. It's still awesome nonetheless, and one of this gens best. I'll always take a Ninja Gaiden over a GoW for gameplay/depth reasons but I play the two franchises for two different reasons.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 2:32:46 AM

BTW, I think PSXe will pick GT5 for GOTY

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Shams
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 2:40:22 PM

Yep. Arnold preferred reviewing GOW3 to Heavy Rain, and Ben vice versa, as they made known in a comment exchange in the GOW3 review, IIRC. Seeing as how they're both auto-buff's, GT5 will be the easy middle ground, besides being one of the most feature-rich packages this generation. But, we'll see. It certainly got my vote.

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Qwarktast1c
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 3:16:09 PM
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GOW3 FTW!!

To me he phone seems pretty cool, but I'd much rather have an actual PSP 2.

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StangMan80
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 3:30:06 PM
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Has a racing game ever got GOTY? this might be the year, but... I have my doubts. GT5 is my GOTY and that is all that really matters.

I guess their isn't enough people who are in racing, there is a much larger crowd for adventure and shooter games.
Those picks seem about right but Seems GT5 should of got at least 3rd, GOW3 isn't in my top 10, I started playing it but wasn't motivated enough to keep playing. I might try it again, but its just not me.
im lookong forward to hearing the picks for tomorrow, GT5(1st) and RDR(2nd) are my picks... I was going to put Heavy Rain in second but, I haven't got to play it yet. I really want too. I also want to pick up inFamous again. I wish I would of thought to put those on my letter too santa, I know I would of got at least one of them.
2010 has been a good year, but 2011 is going to be great!

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Jed
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 5:58:26 PM

just a friendly tip, the word too means also. The way you used it just has 1 O, not 2.

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 10:43:02 PM

GT2 was EGM's 1999 GOTY if I'm right.

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Oxvial
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 5:53:13 PM
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Dudes MS do it again , ripping off Kevin Butler LOL.



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BikerSaint
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 6:57:21 PM
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Man, I sure hope Heavy Rain get's some Heavy GOTY's from multitple sites!

And that way, I'm hoping that Cage will have to finish those 3 missing DLC's(+ the 1st Taxidermist DLC) to put into his GOTY version.

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Auntie Phanboi
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 7:19:48 PM
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GOW3 was good, but I liked Red Dead a bit better.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 3:48:50 AM

Damn, I like your play on words with that avatar!!!

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Auntie Phanboi
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:23:42 PM

Thanks honey!

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booze925
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 8:00:56 PM
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i swear to god, i hope the PSX staff makes a better choice than GoW3 for GoTY.
to me, it just does not deserve that title. besides the jaw-dropping graphics, it really felt last gen to me. no major improvements or changes were made.
god of war 3 was not as good as 1 or 2 because 1 and 2 felt fresh. 3 does not.
4 the record, i like GoW3. there is just so many better, more deserving games out there to me.

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Rings0fUranus
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 9:02:11 PM

Like Black Ops? *snicker*

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Underdog15
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 6:43:04 PM

lol, no, Captain N, it would only be similar if Black Ops had outstanding graphics. ^.^

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carl0975
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 9:37:04 PM
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Voted for GoW3 as well, it was a no-brainer for me. As far as the poll goes, it's a nice idea, but I don't have the money to buy a cell phone, and pay for the plan, even if I did, I'd rather buy some new games for my PS3 and PC.

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FatherSun
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 10:08:11 PM
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I was split between the these two. Both are excellent achievements. Both satisfy in different ways. The winner has earned the title.

1 hour till 2011 in New York City. Happy New Year to all!

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___________
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:48:03 AM
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well that was not predictable!
can we please go back to rating games by how enjoyable they are, not how good they look?
honestly GOW3 is one of the most repetetive boring games i have ever played!
from the gameplay, to the level design everythings just recycled 100000 times.
i mean honestly how many times did you have to back track to the room where pandoras flame was?
i honestly can not understand how people can enjoy doing the same thing for 10 hours?
i wish SM would go back to the old ways, you know GOW actually being a puzzle platformer not a repetitive rip everything to pieces game.

as for the PS phone, sony should just stop now even before announcing it.
i mean nokia the worlds largest most famous mobile phone company is having trouble selling phones because of apple.
so how the %$#@ is sony suppose to compete?
a company that has 1000th of the brand name and reputation nokia has?
nokia use to be the king of the mobile phone market, now apple are making them look like lancia!

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aaronisbla
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 1:35:13 AM

oh wow, another rant with gross exxagerations, really didn't see that one coming. It really bothers you that others found the game very enjoyable doesn't it?

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___________
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 6:43:52 AM

of course it does because that gives SM no reason to change it for GOW4.
SM changed the style of the game, most people are happy with it so you can bet your a$$ there not going to change it again for GOW4.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 9:20:06 AM

Dude, you're saying as if Sony isn't selling phones.
Ever heard of Sony Ericsson my friend?

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 3:20:07 PM

"GOW3 is one of the most repetetive boring games i have ever played!"

Well you have terrible taste and seem to hate anything Sony puts out. So...who cares what you think?

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___________
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 6:18:28 AM

common sense mate, if the once worlds largest mobile company is getting trounced by apple how can sony ericson compete?

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:50:31 AM
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BTW, I ended up voting for GT5. I decided that because I haven't actually played anything more than a demo for HR and have never played, or really cared to play, RDR, I should only vote for what I know. If I was a paid critic who had to sample and play all of the best games, I'd feel it was my duty to play everything before voting(I don't have that time or money) and so I may have voted differently if I played them all.. I'm thinking HR. But as it stands, GT5 is an amazing feat that has no equal in it's class. Really, no other racer offers as many modes of play, realistic physics, and mostly jaw-dropping visuals(the cars truly reflect the sky!) amazing attention to precious details. It's also a package that delivers so much content--GT, F1, Kart, Nascar, Rally, weather, management, technical detail--one can enjoy considerable replay value for months, or even years to come, online or off. Yamauchi clearly delivered a game that embodies the beauty and sophistication of modern day racing in an array of forms that proved to be an exhausting effort that no other team could've matched given the same time and resources, not to mention the experience PD has with car simulation.

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Shams
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 1:48:38 AM

Amen.

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DazeOfWar
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 2:06:13 AM

I just had to order GT5 because of comments like this. I just had to try it and I don't even really like racing games anymore. Maybe GT will bring me back in.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 2:37:07 AM

Thank you, and that's great Daze. There's no better way to appreciate the sophistication of racing than GT5 right now.
Really, I think in all my years of gaming, there's never been a product so misrepresented, critically, as GT5. It's really shaken my faith in trusting the "experts" in the entertainment media with being able to accurately identify and assess a product for review.

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Alienange
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 1:45:42 AM
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Real gamers voted Red Dead Redemption.

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aaronisbla
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 2:52:50 AM

Real gamers voted for what game they thought was there fav game, not what others would have them say. That being said, i voted RDR

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BikerSaint
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 3:53:36 AM

Amen aaronisbla!!!!!

And as one of those real gamers, I gave Heavy Rain my GOTY vote, others didn't.

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Oxvial
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 11:32:45 AM

Luv when people try to be edgy.

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Qubex
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 11:44:32 AM

...living on the edge has its appeal... ask any currency trader :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Alienange
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:29:42 PM

You're absolutely right aaronisbla. People voted for their preference rather than what's actually the best game of the year.

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aaronisbla
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 2:16:27 PM

way to miss the point, good going. Who are you to determine someone else's game of the year? what would be the point in voting if there was only one answer?

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 3:21:50 PM

Alienage, it's not a fact that RDR is the best game of the year. It's your opinion. You voted for your preference like I did mine.

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The X Factor 9
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 2:19:31 AM
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Have you guys not played Mass Effect 2 yet?!?!?!

I am absolutely appalled that nobody has taken note of what I regard as the hands down, runaway game of the year!

God of War 3 was awesome, but in all honesty, it wasn't even as good as the first two. It had a whole lot of "holy sh*t" moments, especially the first fight with Poseidon and Chronos. God of War 3 is a very cinematic third person action adventure game. I had the "misfortune" of playing Bayonetta (on 360), before playing this game, and it made the combat feel slow in comparison.

Heavy Rain was truly original, a great game worthy of Game of the Year.

I LOVE God of War, but I'm just trying to add my two cents in the debate.

All of you PS3 owners who haven't played Mass Effect 2 are in for a real treat.

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aaronisbla
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 2:58:24 AM

some here don't have access to OR want/need a 360, so its only natural that not all gamers on this site have played it. Most won't have the chance until later this month.

There's been a debacle going on with Lens of Truth and Digital Foundry. LoT basically said that the 360 version is graphically superior, while DF has said that the ps3 is the better of the two versions (the demo) with superior textures and what have you. Im just glad i can play it on my console of choice once im done playing the first on my friend's 360

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Oxvial
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 11:35:21 AM

Yes,good story and worth replay value..boring gameplay.

Overrated has hell..for me ME franchise was always 8.0, can't wait til Ben exposes the game for what it really is.

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aaronisbla
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 2:19:29 PM

and what happens IF Arnold does the review and scores it a high score? would that expose it? Ben is known for scoring a game what it deserves even if its not his cup of tea. Which is why i tend to like the reviews on this site, even if the game isn't for them, they are pretty darn fair here

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Oxvial
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 2:59:33 PM

Arnold would do a great work he exposed borderlands and a bunch of people gone mad xD, didn't mention him because lately Ben doing more reviews.

I just can't see them putting a 9 + on ME2..game isn't that good.



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MadPowerBomber
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 6:19:09 AM
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Something I'm noticing a lot about folks on this site is that if a game doesn't add anything new in terms of gameplay mechanics or offer anything too drastically different along those same terms it drastically lessens the game and the game's overall quality.

Which is something I don't understand. I'm trying to, but my brain is not co-operating very well.

In my opinion, God of War III didn't need to drastically change the game's overall mechanics in any regards. God of War and the sequel weren't broken, and had Santa Monica changed it to make it feel new and fresh, people would've been complaining about that instead.

Whatever happened to letting yourself enjoy the experience of the game instead of fretting about whether or not it had HOT NEW FRESH gameplay going ons?

The total experience of God of War III is worth the Game of the Year alone.

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Qwarktast1c
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 6:35:05 AM

amen

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 1:05:14 PM

A sequel to a beloved series should always seek to be better in some way than its predecessors, not just reproduce the experience of the old ones (Call of Duty).

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 3:29:07 PM

See I thought GoW3 was the best in the series. Had the weakest story but the best game play.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 6:55:52 AM
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Final Fantasy XIII

Yes i dared to say it, i thoroughly enjoyed it. Some say it was linear, i say i was well structured. I admit i have not touched it since i platinum'd it. But the 110 hours i did play it was pure exhilation.

The other main contender would be Heavy Rain, I had huge, huge expectations after Farenheit (Project Indigo) and i was not disapointed.

I have yet to play GoW III, i have I&II put have played them on and off, i guess hack and slash games just arent my thing. One game i have also yet to play is Red Dead, as i have now recently completed Nier, i think that will be my next game to play.

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 3:22:05 PM

::facepalm::

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 3:46:41 PM

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BikerSaint
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:30:01 PM

<<<<(Project Indigo)>>>>

...."Indigo Prophecy"

Yes, it's ertainly one of the greatest games ever to come out on the PS2 IMO.
Along with "Deus Ex", and the stunning masterpiece of artwork known as "Okami"

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telly
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 6:58:05 PM

*crickets*

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Kevin5
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:11:08 AM
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Imo,

PS3 GOTY: Heavy Rain

360 GOTY: Mass Effect 2

Multiplat GOTY: Red Dead Redemption

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Kiryu
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:03:25 PM
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Heavy Rain all the way !

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 1:05:23 PM

damn right

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Oxvial
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 3:01:26 PM

I'm with you in dat one.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:33:10 PM

Me too,

HR, my GOTY!

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Gordo
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 4:37:05 PM
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God of War III, Heavy Rain, GT 5, Demon's Souls (for us Australians/Europeans), Final Fantasy XIII, Red Dead Redemption.

All sitting on my shelf, all brilliant games (imho). 2010 was an excellent year for the PS3 gamer.

Win win for everyone!

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OverBerg
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 8:22:33 PM
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Really enjoyed GOW III, but... Heavy Rain FTW.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:27:09 PM
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Did Ben die? Where's these awards that were coming?

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:48:32 PM

Both good questions.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 12:02:37 AM

Maybe he drank for the first time in his life and it didn't go over well :)

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 12:09:31 AM

Nah... they're here.

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marcusfrommo
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 11:21:30 PM
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It's ok. Castlevania beat that game in strides. maybe not in the graphics department. But in the beautiful locales, puzzles, variety, and the OMgoodness ending. The length of the game is worthy of enough props. FF13 looks just as good as the gow3 and i'm not just talking about the cgi either.

Gow3 didn't win the best game of the year at the VGA's? I'm shocked. The bleeped up ending, the twisted storyline, the overly hyped anticipation of the release and the game overall.

Gow3 or the gow series in general, is the cadillac, infinite, mercedes, and lincoln of the series. Sorry for the mispellings, They want to give them a 30 to 60 million 2 to 3 year budget on the game's so called finale?

Sony even admitted it, that they wanted to add more stages to the game, and if they wanted to, they could have made the game look a lot better than that, but they had time constraints.

I can see xbox making a short 1st or 3rd person shooter or action game on their cd roms based systems. But a finale on a ps3's flagship game.

But hey, it looked good, and they fighting mechanics were updated. That's all that counts right?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 12:03:57 AM

I'm digging Castlevania too, it's too bad they couldn't fix the technical problems or it would have been legendary. My only real problem though is it feels nothing like Castlevania should. But that's a personal issue.

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Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 8:04:15 PM
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