Game of the Moment

BioShock Infinite released earlier this spring and everyone was quick to call it the Game of the Year. Months later, The Last of Us graced the PlayStation 3 and everyone changed their minds. Is the gaming community being to hasty in these reactions? More importantly, why do prominent narrative components seem to guarantee slots on year-end awards lists when gameplay elements might be lacking? Led by editor Curtis Stone, Gamers Association explores the issue.

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knifefight1939d ago

"Is the gaming community being to hasty in these reactions? "

^ If it's not too hasty, it's not the gaming community.
We're the kings of being too hasty. I mean I haven't looked that up or anything, but it feels right enough that I'm gonna call it a sure thing.

sly-Famous1939d ago

There is nothing in TLOU's gameplay that is lacking, but hey, thats just me.

Picnic1939d ago (Edited 1939d ago )

There's always something in any game that's lacking if you choose to adopt a perhaps 'expecting too much out of mortal man with time and budget constraints' perspective. No matter how great the game it will never feel quite as exciting the second time as it did the first. And if it didn't feel exciting the first time then it probably wasn't the player's preferred type of genre in any case. And there'll always be some case where you think 'If only they'd put THAT THERE- not necessarily as a mandatory part of getting through the game but as an optional sidetrack within the game- then it could have been even more exciting'.

Specific to The Last of Us (which I haven't yet finished), I have to say that this game really gets going. I'm reminded of an amalgamation of parts of the likes of Half Life 2, Silent Hill, Max Payne plus other games that I probably haven't played.
There is some nice, realistic humour in the game although I may be imagining in-jokes where none were supposed to exist like when Ellie says something like 'I've never seen anywhere like this before' when faced with a jungle forest-like scene and I think 'I have for the last 3 Uncharted games'.

The way that the game works though, where a cut scene might mean that you can no longer access a previous section of the game, means that I spend most of the game seeing other characters signalling / urging me to go one way and I urge myself to go another way, necessary to try to scavenge as much as I can. Sadly, when they once hinted at me to go to one way for supplies I went the other way, got a cut scene, and didn't end up being able to see whether there were supplies there. It's all part of the fun of the game which is a BEAUTIFUL game. Some of the details are gorgeous. All partly inspired by that mutant section in the first Uncharted I guess!

Horny1939d ago

I kind of agree with what this article is getting at. Yet some of the best experiences this Gen seem to fit in with this. I look at it this way, they are no longer just games, but full on entertainment experiences.
With that said I actually had fun playing the last of us. I do wish they would have incorporated manhunt type executions for a little more variety.
If they decide to make a sequel I can't imagine how much better it will be after building onto the first.

Wni01939d ago

Obviously games are not as great as an art medium as movies are atm, but the whole oscar thing has its movie of the moment deal. Slumdog, the hurt locker, and argo just to name a few movies that came at the right time and won.

Bioshock Inifinte vs The Last of Us is like:

Taken vs There Will Be Blood

project_pat361939d ago (Edited 1939d ago )

both of those movies sucked royal ass.. how could you compare them to bs:i vs tlou???

ShugaCane1939d ago

There Will Be Blood sucked ass ? Are you being serious ? Like....For real ?

project_pat361938d ago

very for real. I was so bored by that movie its not funny... it was.. yeah I think it sucked ass.

Adolph Fitler1939d ago

The Last Of Us, is not Game Of The Year, it is Game Of The Generation. It is a truly great masterpiece......The few on here hating it, are the few that aren't still playing the s^%t out of it. I also really am enjoying slowly getting through Metro.....But TLOU is game of the year....that is obvious, as the Meta score must be through the roof, with all the 10's, 9.5's & barely a score that goes under that, apart from that one 7.5 that some attention whore site's reviewer gave it.

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