We all undergo that silent period of
self-reflection before the year ends.
"Was I a better person?", "Did I fulfill my resolutions at the start of the year?", "Why am I talking out loud to myself like a crazy person?" - these are just some of the things that go through our minds as we stand in line at the mall, waiting to spend money on gifts for relatives we didn't even know existed.
Funnily, this is also the time of year where the higher-ups in the game industry take a look inside their stone-cold, money-grabbing hearts and decide to give stone-cold awards to one another through clenched teeth. Dubbed "The Game Awards", this annual event which started back in 2014 sees developers who normally wear ketchup-stained t-shirts in tight, form-fitting suits that make them stand out like a dead pixel on a television screen.
While 2016's Game Awards will be held this December 1st at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the nominees for "Game of The Year" have already been set lose upon us.
This year's rabid contenders include:
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (a game about an aging
daredevil with an adrenaline addiction),
DOOM (whose story stars a deaf person with heavy metal music blasting through his helmet),
Inside (which involves a boy who loves running and jumping in a single direction),
Overwatch (a game about retired war veterans),
...and Titanfall 2 (which shows you what happens when Spider-Man and a Gundam become best friends).
With these five hounds vying for our attention over the past year, some of us at GameGulp decided to pick out which would win in a fight when pitted against each another. So here are our bets on who would receive this year's hard-won paperweight.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, because it is awesome. It made me cry manly tears. It also set the bar for every other game out there, just as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves set the standards for the PlayStation 3 (and nothing but Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception has matched them). Also, Tomb Raider does not count as it is an ironic rip-off.
I'm for Uncharted 4 over Overwatch (since World of Warcraft: Legion wasn't included). Besides the glitzy visuals, Overwatch is still an FPS and (for me) these games tend have linear paths where choices are slim and don't really affect your gameplay (unless you are terrible).
Big fan of Overwatch but I'm giving this one to Uncharted 4. It's a truly satisfying conclusion to the series and we'll all miss Nathan Drake. Also, THOSE GRAPHICS!!!!
Uncharted 4 cemented the franchise's status as the best PlayStation game franchise there ever was and probably ever will be. No four-game series could even compare. Based on sheer quality, I could even argue that Uncharted 4 made the franchise arguably the best across any platform of all time. It is definitely one of the best.
I just found out that Undertale wasn't even nominated into the category last year. Or every year, for that matter. Isn't there a law that changes game of the year awards' names to "The Undertale Award"? There should be. I vote Undertale. But seeing as my colleague said that I can't vote for Undertale (like in the past presidential elections), I guess I'll have to settle for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. It also starts with a "U" and is the lesser of the five evils.
So there you have it: almost everyone thinks that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will not only mean the end for the aforementioned thief but also the end for its competition. For the record, we aren't being paid by Naughty Dog to say any of these things.
Will Uncharted 4 get the treasure that eluded its protagonist for over four games? We'll have to wait and see!