Not to take anything away from the quality of the remake, but I agree with you.
Regarding the faction stuff, that is the main reason we have staff voting as well as community voting to make up the overall. The community brings breadth of experience but undoubtedly factionalism too, the staff brings the opposite, and the hope is a balance is struck in the middle.
Indies will almost always struggle in anything vote-based (with some high profile exceptions, like Hades and Ori), because they're not as widely known about or played. Unless the awards were to be solely deliberation-based I don't think that can be avoided. But deliberation-based brings a whole host of other problems, not least of which would be the community feeling left out and pissed off.
Aye, and it's why I wish a good chunk here gave indies more of a chance throughout the year, because there's quite some innovative darling titles out there. Some try something new, some try something old, but give it a new twist, and there's a high chance it'll get ignored on here, because it's not a Sony or Ninty exclusive game (which shouldn't have to be a factor, but it ends up being one when you look at the votes and history over time).
Games like Undertale, Kyneseed have me wanting high profile games to adopt what should be the standard of having pacifist style gameplay, or in Kyneseed's case, having an RPG where you can actually age in-game, have a family/kids, die and play as the kid, because I think those two things really bring some depth to gameplay/story telling over say, some random samurai taking on a whole clan (which we've seen already multiple times in the past), and not having any of those two aspects.
Like I want those high profile exclusives to really do something incredibly special, because as I get older, I start seeing the hundred million being poured into these games as being more toward marketing than actual game advancement. Like I wanna interact with those game worlds, not climb radio towers or do basic casual level stuff you'd easily find in a mobile game, and a lot of AAA games are insanely guilty of this really old trope.
Last edited by Chazore - on 15 January 2021
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