Giant Bomb's Game of the Year 2010

When BioWare said that you might not make it out of Mass Effect 2 alive, it was hard to picture what, exactly, the developers could be talking about. The idea of having your lead character die at the end of the second game in what's at least going to be a trilogy seemed completely crazy. But after seeing the different ways the game's finale can roll out, it's clear that the Edmonton-based studio has a pretty firm grasp on this whole sci-fi shooter-RPG thing.

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MaxOpower3247d ago

Please tell if there's some secret rule against posting GB stuff...

MaxOpower3247d ago

What is wrong with you! Are you even human?..

Iamback3247d ago (Edited 3247d ago )

IS there a problem buddy? We don't live in communist country where everyone has to have same opinion or those that don't are considered insane.

I don't like Giant Bomb site / crew. If you have issues with that, your problem.

mrv3213247d ago

Pretty much everyone goes on GB so no posts the news, no one goes on the no name blogs with fanboy articles so people post them.

MaxOpower3247d ago

Of course. Well... still thought this was post worthy.

Snatcher3247d ago

''Best Multiplatform Game & Game of the Year, 2010''

Well that was a stupid, wasn't it. It should have only been ''Game of the year''. By saying best multiplatform, you think that there is actually an exclusive better than it. Maybe StarCraft II?? Since it's the only exclusive in runner's up.

MaxOpower3247d ago (Edited 3247d ago )

If you listen to the discussion you would know that a lot of thoughts went into GOTY. But in the end it was 3 for ME and 1 for StarCII

Kran3247d ago

Somebody tell me. Im 20 hours into Mass Effect 2 right now, and although its a great game, im still failing to see how this is Game of the Year.... is there something at the end of the game thats going to make me go


I dont mean to sound like a spoil sport. Its just my opinion.

Snatcher3247d ago (Edited 3247d ago )

Well, I think it's one of the best games this generation. It's just how much of a improvement it was from the original.

The graphics in the first one were grainy. Mass Effect 2 improved on that, and is one of the finest graphical games so long. Face animation is great, you can see those scars Shephard has.

The first one had half assed cover system, and the shooting was kind of ''meh''. Mass Effect 2 improved the controls, and it is much easier now to duck behind a object. In the first one you had to move foward to the object to take cover, and you also had to press ALT to duck if the object was too small. In the second one, you only need to press space, it's better and more responsive.

Mass Effect 2 also is emotional. If you played the heck out of ME1, you would be sad in some of the moments ME2 brings. Like when Normandy gets teared apart from another ship. You were used to that ship and the crew in the first game. But when it was reborn, you were like ''YAY''. Those moments make ME2 what it is, a masterpiece.

Also you can import choices you made from ME1 to ME2, how awesome is that???


Arup023247d ago

I will spoil the entire game for you. Just wait for me to send a PM.

Kran3247d ago

Even if you did, I probs wouldnt understand the ending until I actually get there. Mass Effect is complicated like that :P Especially to someone who hasnt even completed ME1 yet.

Active Reload3247d ago

I don't know, I've always thought the personality and atmosphere of the game was a standout, while at the same time complimenting the 3rd person genre also. But then again, I've been with the series since the beginning and right now, can't think of any other game that I could compare it to in its entirety...

CrzyFooL3247d ago

Actually, the ending is a big let down and the final boss is a joke in multiple ways. Mass Effect 2 is a great game, but it is NOT the game of the year.

TBM3247d ago

I agree even though the game is great the ending and last boss was a huge letdown for me.

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Chris3993247d ago (Edited 3247d ago )

but I don't find ME: 2 (on any platform) all that groundbreaking. Visually, it's standard Unreal Engine. Very polished, I'll give it that.

Where the series falls apart for me, is in the narrative. Sentient machines... bent on destroying all life... To anyone who has read sci-fi literature with any depth (Ian M. Banks, Asimov) the story is juvenile. And the dialog, while extensive, is mostly superfluous and basely written (I found the dialog in Dragon Age far more engaging and mature).

The only reason why a game like this gets praised as being "groundbreaking" and "mature" is because the general audience for video-games of this sort (AAA) are 15-20 year old males. So to them, a good episode of Bleach has an impressive story. It's a shame that our industry doesn't have that many games dedicated to a specific, older demographic.

I'm not saying that Mass Effect 1/2 are BAD games, to the contrary, they've well produced and fun (except for the dialog-treeitis that all Bioware games suffer from). It's just not content that will wow a 30+ audience. Quite often these days, when playing games, I feel like I'm playing something that my cousin (18) would enjoy more than myself.

Edit: A very clear example of what I'm talking about are JRPGs. There have been scant few games that have mature content in them. Vagrant Story, Lost Odyssey and Nier are about all that stand out in my memory. When I was playing those games, they each felt as if they had content geared toward adults. The majority of all other JRPGs are very mired in cliche, demographics and tradition. Sad, as JRPGs are my favorite genre, but I feel as if I'm outgrowing them. In recent years, I've actually turned toward the freedom and more epic stories of Western RPGs for this reason.

Active Reload3247d ago (Edited 3247d ago )

It seems you like Fantasy/medival style games compared to the Scifi themed ones. Would I be correct in saying you prefer Oblivion to Fallout?

Edit: What about the Jacob mission concerning his father. I know me and someone else decoded that whole mission, which was based on actual events involving a cult leader here in the United States. I don't see how that would be geared toward your typical teenager.

Chris3993247d ago (Edited 3247d ago )

I generally lean toward fantasy stuff, but I'll take a good RPG wherever I can get it.

Anachronox, Planescape (where's the HD/ remake of THAT game), even the old D&D PC games are all favorites of mine.

Edit: The dialog and delivery is just lacking for me. It's not up to the standard that readers or people seriously interested in stories can enjoy. You're also talking about an obscure reference (Jacob thing) that most people who play the game wouldn't grasp. The deeper meaning and connection to real events is an easter egg really. Honestly, I don't even remember that bit and I'm certainly not the only one.

Active Reload3247d ago

Hmmm...ok, but I think you should play through it again. And most definitely play the first one...

Snatcher3247d ago

Maybe gaming isn't your thing anymore? Maybe you should quit gaming alltogether and read books.

Chris3993247d ago

Carefully this time. Cheers.

Arup023247d ago (Edited 3247d ago )

The story of the game is very deep. If you start to read all the codex entries you will find many intersting things. I suggest you to read the books too... Most of the games are cliché. Fallout=Nuclear Explosion

Oblivion=Random Guy trying to destroy the world or whatever

Final Fantasy=Random enemy trying to destroy the world.

I have a better suggestion: Games aren't books. If you find the narrative "weak" maybe you should stick to your books instead.

Active Reload3247d ago (Edited 3247d ago )

"The story of the game is very deep. If you start to read all the codex entries you will find many intersting things"

I was going to suggest the same thing, but I just assumed when someone plays through a game, they do it thoroughly. Which means reading all dialogue and playing through all levels...etc, etc.

Edit: Relax, I'm not trying to bash you or anything. I use to read for entertainment, but do so now only for information. I've read books by John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon...onto literature by Zecharia Sitchin and Dr. Malaki York. And as far as what games have delivered on the level of those authors, Mass Effect is up there. And I meant that, as far as scifi games go. But I get where you're coming from though. Although I highly prefer Scifi to anything else in videogames and to an extent all other forms of entertainment, I still find it cheesy at times.

Chris3993247d ago (Edited 3247d ago )

I'm not saying that every game has to be Shakespeare. It would just be nice if we saw some more mature elements in SOME games and their stories.

I like books AND video-games. Is that concept difficult for you to grasp? The two are not mutually exclusive. Most of the people who make these games or review them ARE adults, probably in their 30s with children and mortgages and the lot. I don't think it's unreasonable to ask games to mature with their audience (and I don't just mean more blood, tits and swearing).

Maybe you should stop just "sticking to your games", read more, and you'd see where I'm coming from. It's very easy to say books aren't games, well CLEARLY, they're not. And that's not what I was saying at all. Games DO have narratives, and those narratives could be stronger or better crafted. That's what I was trying to express.

Edit: Active, this was a response to Arup02, not you :) Our discourse has been relatively civil.

Snatcher3247d ago

I don't know guys. I really like Mass Effect story and dialogue. When there is always a option to investigate in dialogue... I always do it. Always want to know more, and I listen to codex.

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