Unless there's some secret stipulation we don't know about, if it's someone's best game of the year, they can nominate it for GOTY.
There are a lot of presumptions presented as if they are facts in your OP though.
although it's only a small part of the main story of the original Final Fantasy VII
We don't know how big or small the main story representation is until we finish the game. Because some post-Midgar characters and events are now in Midgar according to trailers.
As a game which is released in episodes, it has to be handeled like other games which are released in episodes. For example Life is Strange.
Life is Strange Epi 1 is designed to be a very short part of one game. (2~ hours).
FF7R is designed to be a multi game series where each entry is a unique full game experience, inspired by an older game.
The next game in the series can (and probably will) feature significant gameplay differences such as changes to the the combat system, UI, engine, etc.
As is usually the case.
It's a multi game series where each game is meant to be a unique full game experience. And should be compared to games like that. Not Life is Strange which was a 2 hour portion of a single game with the exact same gameplay mechanics, UI, engine, etc.
|The time between the releases of episodes is much longer than on other episodic game releases (a few years instead of a few months)
We don't know for sure if it will take several years for the next one, now that they have laid out the groundwork for the first game, may not have to move staff back and forth between it and another game (KH3), and don't reportedly have to start over after parting ways with another co-developer (Cyberconnect 2).
Though with how ambitious this looks, I am expecting it to take a few years before the next one.
Many important characters and places are missing.
We don't know that there are many important characters missing until we finish it.
And even when you do, who makes an appearance or not is for everyone to find out and would be a spoiler to discuss.
Is Final Fantasy VII Remake a complete game? In my opinion, content-wise yes, story-wise no.
That's again something we can only properly judge after finishing the game.
Compared to other games, which were released in episodes, it wouldn't be fair if Final Fantasy VII Remake would be nominated as GOTY. That would imply that all upcoming episodes of FF VII Remake could also be nominated as GOTY. But not every episode of Life is Strange 2 was nominated as GOTY, although they were released in different years. Only the complete game with all episodes got the nomination. To be consistently correct, FF VII Remake can only be nominated as GOTY, when all episodes were released and the complete main story has been told.
Because not a single episode of Life is Strange was designed to be a unique full game experience.
FF7R is supposed to be. How they manage we'll find out in the coming weeks.
PS: Maybe it's more comparable to the "Star Wars" or "Lord of the Rings" movie series, which each part had also won Oscars individually. But the difference is still the misleading wording. A subtitle like "Midgar" or "VII-1" or "VII Episode 1" would have been a better choice than "Remake". Other recent games like Resident Evil 2 or Shadow of the Colossus don't even have "Remake" in the title, although they are one.
Misleading title has nothing to do with GOTY though as far as I know.
Last edited by Hiku - on 03 April 2020
RE2 was the runner up for GOTY at the Game Awards iirc, and it had a misleading title as well. Didn't say Remake, even though it was one.