The Gamespot 2009 Game of the Year is...
Wow, great choice. I would have gone for UC2 though, but that's just me. Still, it's a win for PS3 owners :D Gamespot has redeemed themselves. Demon's Soul is one of the best games I've ever played and probably (for me) the best game this year second only to UC2.
I would have been cool with Uncharted 2 as well. But my favorite game of the year is Demon's Souls. ------- My Top 5: 1.) Demon's Souls 2.) Uncharted 2 3.) Killzone 2 4.) Assassin's Creed 2 5.) Infamous ------- Demon's Souls was definitely a sleeper hit and very few saw it coming. I'm sure the majority of major publications will give GOTY to Uncharted 2.
When the hell did Gamespot decide to stop sucking? Either way I like this new management very much. Congrats From Software and ATLUS!
WHen i told you yesterday that after they gave DS best PS3 game, that uncharted 2 had NO chance of winning GOTY, you all jumped on me and hit that disagree like bunch of ho.... Ha, now who was once again right? ME!
Ugh... I liked Demon's Souls, but Uncharted 2 is the real GOTY.
They were extremely thorough in explaining why this was their choice for game of the year, I'll definitely be picking this up if I see it on sale now. I say on sale because there are still many games coming out in the upcoming months that my money will be going towards too.
What they need to do it add another option for co-op mode where you can have a party of up to 6-8 (hey, it's the PS3 so even up to 20 wouldn't be a surprise :D ) roaming through larger spaced land taking huge demons down a la Monster Hunter. THAT, would be a-w-e-s-o-m-e.
That will be pretty hard since it's mostly a single player game. In order to make room for 20 man party the maps and spaces have to be pretty big so everybody can move freely and they also got to design the map for single play. 4 people sounds about right to me. What I'm hoping for is more production value and more levels, not that I'm complaining about the amount of levels. I just want more since they are so good.
Demon's Souls DESERVED to win. Yes, Uncharted 2 is bloody brilliant, but Demon's Souls is JUST as good, and according to Gamespot and myself, it is even BETTER! Both Demon's Souls and Uncharted 2 are like two VERY talented beauty contestants. BOTH are very well deserving, but one is better dressed and has better make up on. Does that mean the one who ISN'T dressed up as nice is undeserving when BOTH are talented? NO! What I mean is, when it comes down to gameplay, the MOST important aspect, they are both great, but Demon's Souls is MUCH more deeper, and MUCH more addictive. Uncharted 2 is an excellently polished game, which is the one thing somewhat lacking in Demon's Souls. In the end this should NOT cause chaos amongst fans. If ANYTHING, this shows how DIVERSE and how great the lineup of games has been this year, ESPECIALLY for the PS3. HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY EVERYBODY! I just beat the Tower Knight in Demon's Souls, greatest game this year for sure! P.S. I noticed MW2 wasn't even nominated. Great, great, choice Gamespot. I am so happy they picked Demon's Souls. UC2 is a universal favorite but I was saddened that people forgot about gems like Demon's Souls. Gamespot gave it the recognition it deserved. I pray for a Demon's Souls 2. Some things in Demon's Souls that were IMO better than in UC2: -Core gameplay was much more addicting -Combat was much more deeper -Much more challenging and thus, more rewarding UC2 had better: -graphics -writing -animation Both were kick ass, and awesome thrill rides, but for two different reasons entirely: one was an action packed joyous ride while the other was a terrifying but ultra satisfying trip to hell! I think those are all good reasons not to count Demon's Souls out for all you Uncharted 2 fans. Uncharted 2 is my runner up for GOTY, but Demon's Souls is my crown jewel.
I wouldnt say that they automatically redeemed themselves. That's like someone committing mass murder and saying he accidentally tripped on all of them with a knife. Will you forgive him that easily? I say they really cant write otherwise since the PS3 exclusives are such quality games that writing otherwise will prove their biases.
I haven't played this yet, but I was planning on picking it up eventually. It was just a matter of when will I have time with all the great PS3 games waiting for me to play. I guess I'll have to add this to the pile! :)
Same art and artistic designs. The world of demons souls is just brutal with this dark medieval look. Make it less challenging but not too much. One of its appeals is precisely its challenge but the game, at points, is just fking BRUTAL. My suggestion would be like say 25% easier or something. Add some savepoints in between levels. Better explanation on game mechanics, menus, items etc. Expand upon: -Items. More items, weapons and better designs -Improve upon combat system. Add a few more moves, balance issues between magic and melee, better responsiveness - the storyline. The storyline is incredibly dark but oh so simplistic. To make the sequal superior, they need to expand upon a storyline. It doesnt have to be final fantasy big but demons souls story is just too short. Almost seems like as if they were trying things out. Story needs to be 300-400% bigger and badder. - better soundtrack. Mix some epic sounding bits in certain parts of the game with some bits that comes out of horror movies. - more voice acting. With a bigger and badder story, you naturally also need more voices and lines. -online. More message sentences etc.
no. demons souls dont need to be easier. and it defiantly do not need savepoints and checkpoints
"My heart is break...HAPPY! :) Edit: @Udidntlistenpunk Haha, that was a good one! (hope you were kidding)
DS is Amazing, is pretty good to see this Game having Recognition Gamers FTW!!!
The irony here is that Sony didn't bring this to the US themselves because they thought it wouldn't succeed. DS was my personal GOTY as well.
Wow Udidntlistenpunk, everything you just suggested would completely ruin everything that made Demon's Souls great. If they did make a sequel, and did for some reason did take your advice, then they might as well not even call it Demon's Souls.
Great to see Demon's Souls getting the attention it deserves. I voted for UC2, but i'm more than happy to see DS win, it's one of my top 3 titles for this gen and definitely one of the most interesting game i've played in years. 2 reasons why this is good news. (1)RPG devs will start examining the gameplay mechanics in DS and hopefully some will start aping the online component. (2)More hardcore old-school games in the future?? That can only be a good thing :)
Definitely need more games like Demons' Souls, glad to see it get its moment to shine, especially considering the competition this year.
They picked the right game for sure. There were lots of other great games this year that could of easily been GoTY, but when put up against Demon's Souls there really is no comparison. It's a gamers game and it's a great one. UC2 was great and epic, but it followed the new age casual gamer formula pretty closely. Demon's Souls is unique, immersive, intense, and extremely satisfying. DS is the no brainer GoTY for true gamers. Amazing job From Software... I really look forward to a sequel!
UC2 fans, come on. The game will win many more awards, and it already has quite a few. Let us Demon's Souls fans revel in a bit of recognition before the next GOTY is announced and we're back to the North American title discussions again. For me, and for many people out there in the podcast/blog/editorial realm, this wasn't just a game, it was a psychological case study. The real good work that was done here was on creating a distinctive feeling of accomplishment - something that has been missing from more casualized games for a long time, but doesn't necessarily need an unbeatable difficulty level to achieve. Demon's Souls was a completely beatable game, but the harrowing journey to accomplish most goals gave you that awesome feeling once you got there. It was that sense of loneliness and near oppression from the environment that got to me, and when I was able to get through something, it was just war-cryingly awesome, similar to the Shadow of the Colossus experience. I think it's a game that deserves every award it gets this year... and to think that Japan has had this game for quite a while and didn't necessarily go nuts over it! That was unexpected! Maybe the US should start holding out on Japan distribution when we think a game's too hard and flip the old stereotype around.
This is funny, Halo Wars is better than that @ss game & Killzone 2 isn't better than Halo 3:ODST or MW2, also, Assassins Creed 2 destroys that game. This why I never listen to reviewers, they're stupid & say stupid **** for effect.
Saaking, I'm fine with everything you said EXCEPT this.
Look it all boils down to this one question: DO YOU WANT DEMONS SOULS TO BE A COMMERCIAL SUCCESS AND GET THE BROAD AUDIENCE RECOGNITION OR NOT. By all means, stick to its difficulty. It will never reach mass audience if they stick it to the hardcore. And that is the truth. If you want demons souls to be a commercial success in the future, they need to change its difficulty. You may not like it but thats the reality.
Atlus please for the love of god release this in the EU its such a tease that gamespots GOTY isnt available in my country
im sure sony will send extra help for free to aide in development of ds2. Whatever it is, im sure it will lead to more insight on the ps3 architecture.which in turn will give us a more more polished and refined sequel. either way, from here on out its all SONY. quote it.
Why not make it exclusive to the Wii (with waggle controls), and possibly port it over to the ps3/360 down the road...maybe as a xbl arcade or psn download? Maybe they'll come out with a collectors edition that comes bundled with a coloring book, and/or training bra. /s
Thank you Saaking for stating the obvious. This is a win for PS3 owners. Thankfully I own all three consoles, so anything is a win for me. Please stop spewing your biased PS3 crap. They had a damn good year... does it still have to be about this partisan bullshit? @Udidntlistenpunk: You're right. +bubbles for you.
gamepot pulls and ign and gives the award to a game that got a 9 when 3 others got a 9.5.
Surprised surprised. Way to go DS.
i remember when this game was shown for first time during TGS 2008 and it was early build, so usa journalists were making fun of it or ignoring it. I remember when Shane Bentehauzen on 1UP yours basically said that is sucked and he doubts it will ever come to USA! Lol now at him, don't blame him, i don't think anyone saw this one coming and being this well received
Ha, I remember that. Actually I wrote a blog (sitting in the pending section of the blogs page) about 2009. Demon's Souls was definitely a great surprise. I was very excited with the trailer, but everybody just made fun of it and I followed them like a sheep and eventually ignored any hope I had for Demon's Souls. Yet, here I am today, a proud fan of 2009's GOTY (IMO). Demon's Souls kicked my ass before I even started playing it. It kicked the entire ass of United States too for that matter since nearly everybody laughed at it.
That is a surprising win right there.
This is my personal GOTY but I never thought in a million years a site would recognize Demon's Souls their GOTY. I'm so glad that one did.
My personal GOTY too. Made me happy and surprised to see this. The more love DS gets the more sales, and the more sales the better the chance of DS2. What other game could keep me happy as a clam to play through 3 times to get all of the trophies? None other.
My personal GOTY as well. Great to see that it's getting some recognition. Congratulations Demon's Souls. I hope that there will be some DLC (6th Archstone?) and eventually a sequel.
It's the most intense game you will ever play.
Boo! The asian grindfest shouldnt have won.
Too hard for you, ey?
Nice try, dude.
its because its not on his xbox. anyway, DS has lots of replayability. it is the most Unique RPG I have played thus far. its very awesome diving into the Dark world of Boletaria everytime. it also has a good story.
Asian Grindfest? That sounds like a very seedy affair that has nothing to do with Demon's Souls. It would be more accurate to call DS a rulefest actually. If you understand the structure of the game, it'll be fair to you. If you just run in expecting to chainsaw rows of badly-conceived enemies with no AI, you will die. If you think you've just gotta level up to beat this game, you're dead wrong. Actually, hold the "wrong." So, Wakka, what did you think should have won? Let us know.
I find it awesome that you started as a PS3 fanboy and changed to a XBot in a little more than a year, just because Yevon forbids the use of machina and not the use of a piece of overheating white plastic you shouldn't use that as an excuse, ya? Praise be breaking the rules of Yevon
Bloody good choice. I've only just started playing it and it's risen to my game of the year.
Wow! I f'ing love Demon's Souls!!!! I love that it got Game of the Year!!! Thank you for acknowledging this awesome game GameSpot!!! Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is also an amazing game, I love it to death, too bad both can't win.
Damn I may have to pick it up.
Do it. I feel like it's more Shadow of the Colossus mixed with very strict RPG rules, but really it's its own thing. It's Demon's Souls. I can't really relate it to much else, and I guess that's why it's such a strong GOTY candidate.
this reminds me why i dont go to gamespot Epic Fail...
Have you played Demon's Soul? It's epic and one of the JRPGS I've ever played.
My personal favorite game of the year, hell one of my favorite games of all times.. it kinda reminds me of a modern day Castlevania SotN,, but wayyyyzzzz better. to bad my ps3 died and my lvl 190 character gone, I might have to replay it as a female cause I really wanted to use the rogue armor b4 I realized it was female only, man I was so close to platnuim,,, so many weapons and I almost had all spells and miricles, blah i need 1 more ring to get the gold trophy
I remember when GOTY was given to good games. Like Half Life 2 or Deus Ex. I don't know what happened. Dragon Age Origins was an overall better RPG, but I guess it's all an opinion.
Yeah, it's given to good games and not Xbox games.
congrats gamespot for growing a pair at a time when corporate c0ck riding is the norm you have just earned yourself some major cred while pissing off tons of butt hurt morons: what more can you ask for?
This and UC2= PS3 Awesomeness
Yeah! And we had some other cool PS3 games in 2009 also; Killzone 2, inFamous, Ratchet & Clank: AciT, Fat Princess and Flower, all deserve to be metioned. A good portion of awesomeness right there for yah :)
What kind of jerkoff gives a disagree to the pope?
no excuses for this game not to get an EU release now that a major site like gamespot has given it GOTY.
SCEE should be punished for not bringing this awesome game to Europe this year.
It's a shame the EU always gets things last. Especially as it's a big market.
movietyme . com has it at £41.99
A very well-deserved win I must say, but am surprised Gamespot actually bestowed such an honor upon DS over UC2 but its certainly the correct choice. Way to go Gamespot.
Gamespot has officially won my respect back. After that R&C review debacle and the Kane & Lynch shenanigans, I never though I'd say this, but they're my top major publication now for the first time in years. I like how they weren't afraid of being different from most of the other choices out there (Uncharted 2) Bravo, Gamespot, Bravo. This single handedly makes a sequel entirely possible. I cannot wait to see what From Software brings us next.
Wow man I am so happy for GameSpot. I used to love them back when Kasavin and Gerstmann did the reviews. It looks like they are making a comeback. I salute you GameSpot and I salute Sony for overcoming adversity.
I'm liking the Gamespot GotY awards, they actually seem to have an opinion instead of jumping on the bandwagon. I kind of figured they would give DS the GotY award, and I think it deserves the publicity. That game can never sell the amount that it deserves to sell.
I am putting on my detective outfit. I can't seem to find my Santa Hat. BBS.
this game was underestimated for gamers..
I dont even have that game bc im not into RPGs like that.But since it bet my game of tha year I will be picking it up tomorrow to see what I have been missing.1st I missed out on UnCharted 1 and now this for now on I'm getting every single game that comes out just on tha PS3. By tha comments I see alot u have enjoyed this game for months so dont give me a hard for being late just be happy that im supporting it now. Merry Christmas every1
but I feel as if this year the only games I have really enjoyed are all on the PS3. Ok My GOTY is not Demons Souls, but really it deserved it too. OMG if you choose any one of this games for GOTY you may end noticing they deserved. If you choose Uncharted 2, Killzone 2, MLB the Show 2009 (yes its a shame nobody mentions it, even in the sports category), Demons Souls and the underated iNFAMOUS you might be just rigth in the desicion. None of these games had equals on the 360 and no multyplatform game competes with them. The only one who has a real chance is Assasins Creed 2. So yes this has been the year of the PS3. The year of gaming and a really bad year for the 360. The worst part for the 360 is that Sony has more of this awesome stuff coming next year. Thanks for the innovation of this year and hope next is even better for both platforms. For the Wii...i just lost my faith on that. PEACE AND GAMING!!!!
Demon's souls is probably one of my fav games of all time most def in my top 3 of all time.
Listen...I'm happy for ya...and I'ma letchu finish... ...but Level 5 got one of the best RPG's of all-time!