The Redefined’s Sleeper GOTY Candidates
In our latest installation of Sibling Rivalry, we discussed two incredible front runners for Game of the Year. The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite set an incredible bar for titles this year, but there are a few slept on titles and even a couple upcoming games that threaten for the crown throne. Join us as The Redefined writers Profex and K1ngEljay offer up opinions along with The Koalition‘s Richard Bailey throwing in a few words.
- Words By | Charles E. Singletary, Leon Sullen, Richard Bailey
- Twitter | @_Profex / @K1ngeljay / @RichBaileyJr
K1ng Eljay | Tomb Raider
In the madness of all of the Grand Theft hype, the Saints Row craziness, the Bioshock spectacles, and the terrors of the Last of Us, there’s been several games that have slipped unfairly under the radar (no, Dynasty Warriors, not referring to you or any of your Koei friends). Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix aren’t getting enough credit for their reimagining of a character that we as gamers have grown up with: Lara Croft.
Tomb Raider underwent a reboot of story-telling and character development this year, not unlike Dante from Devil May Cry, but the difference is that Lara’s character is so relatable that you can’t help but gravitate to her. And her story is, for lack of a better word, instantly stressful, as the game begins with her in a worst case scenario that I personally can admit I wouldn’t have made it out of. Gameplay mechanics were all (wait for it….) redefined and streamlined to make it fun to play, either as a gunslinger or with the stealth of a tactician. And to top that off, the actual “Tomb Raider” aspect of the game that’s long been off-putting is redesigned to be incredible, and more importantly, optional. You could easily just get on with the story if you so please.
Although multiplayer faltered on almost all fronts, the ever ramping story and refocus on narrative helps to propel this game to the top of the year’s list. It’s a story that any action/RP/Shooteer fan would enjoy, and the gameplay reinforces that. I won’t say it’s on the same level as the heavyweights mentioned in the previous post, but you’d be missing out if you didn’t power through this one.
Richard Bailey | Grand Theft Auto V
2013 has been a phenomenal year for AAA game releases thus far. While The Last Of Us and BioShock Infinite are the early favorites to be Game of the Year, it’s worth noting that Grand Theft Auto V is the type of game that could end up turning this contest into a three-way race to the finish line. Rockstar Games struck gold in 2010 when they released their critically acclaimed western third-person shooter in Red Dead Redemption. GTA V is meant to be an evolution of all the games Rockstar has released over the past several years but placed specifically within the Grand Theft Auto universe. This experiment is destined to make this game memorable for many years to come. Don’t be surprised if this ends up a Game of The Year contender or winner when all is said and done.
Profex | Beyond: Two Souls
Quantic Dream brings a pedigree of very high production values and superb writing when it comes to the gaming community. One of their tech demos alone placed on many Short Film of the year lists, so it’s expected that they send the PS3 off in prime fashion with their next title: Beyond: Two Souls. I’ve been a fan since Fahrenheit and was an avid street team pusher for Heavy Rain, a title that ultimately did well in stores but I think is still slept on by hardcore gamers. Both of these titles immersed gamers deep into their respective worlds by the means of high levels of control and greatly developed characters that players grew attached to. Beyond looks to be next level of this while following 15 years of the main character’s life.
Jodie Holmes, played via motion capture by Ellen Page, is a young woman who’s had a connection with an unseen entity named Aiden since she was a child. She has a degree of control over it, but it also has a mind of it’s own at times. Players control her and, loosely, Aiden as they traverse many trials throughout her life. Footage shows her surviving a burning building, engaged in a military operation, and apparently fighting against the same people that eventually trained her. The set pieces and graphics looks incredible as do the action sequences, but many previews note that the controls are difficult to manage. Barring that issue, Quantic Dream could polish this title up until release and have a true genre definer on their hands.
Which games do you think should be included in this conversation? Comment below.