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The more I think about it the more this year is kind of crazy. I mean Xeno 3, Elden, Horizon, God of War and Bayo 3. Not too mention other good stuff like Mario vs Rabbids 2 and Triangle. Lots of good stuff out there.



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Chrkeller said:

I'm not a Xeno fan, just don't like the combat, but I am surprised people are listing it as a contender for GotY. Reviews are in coming quite positive.

Yeah, but Elden Ring sits comfortably 5+ points above Xenoblade. Xenoblade reviews are great, Eldens are stellar. So no, while I think Xeno is a good game, I don't think it will compete with Elden. Also Xeno is platform exclusive, something that makes it harder to get general GOTYs.



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Mnementh said:
Chrkeller said:

I'm not a Xeno fan, just don't like the combat, but I am surprised people are listing it as a contender for GotY. Reviews are in coming quite positive.

Yeah, but Elden Ring sits comfortably 5+ points above Xenoblade. Xenoblade reviews are great, Eldens are stellar. So no, while I think Xeno is a good game, I don't think it will compete with Elden. Also Xeno is platform exclusive, something that makes it harder to get general GOTYs.

From major publications sure.  I meant more for personal GotY.  I fully expect Bayo 3 to be my GotY.  I love platinum.



Chrkeller said:
Mnementh said:

Yeah, but Elden Ring sits comfortably 5+ points above Xenoblade. Xenoblade reviews are great, Eldens are stellar. So no, while I think Xeno is a good game, I don't think it will compete with Elden. Also Xeno is platform exclusive, something that makes it harder to get general GOTYs.

From major publications sure.  I meant more for personal GotY.  I fully expect Bayo 3 to be my GotY.  I love platinum.

Yes, if Xeno3 can be as special as the first one, many will have it as their personal GOTY.



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I started Elden Ring a couple weeks ago, but I don't believe I'm ready to make a commitment to it yet. It will probably get GOTY though. I sampled it along with 2 others and the one that hooked me immediately was released at the end of Dec. 2021 on Xbox. It's Grim Dawn Definitive Edition and most likely will be my main squeeze for next several months and my personal GOTY.



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Mnementh said:
Chrkeller said:

I'm not a Xeno fan, just don't like the combat, but I am surprised people are listing it as a contender for GotY. Reviews are in coming quite positive.

Yeah, but Elden Ring sits comfortably 5+ points above Xenoblade. Xenoblade reviews are great, Eldens are stellar. So no, while I think Xeno is a good game, I don't think it will compete with Elden. Also Xeno is platform exclusive, something that makes it harder to get general GOTYs.

That's just going by scores. From actual feedback I've seen a lot of reviewers, even ones who aren't typical JRPG fans, be shockingly surprised by the depth of Xenoblade 3. Elden Ring got such high initial praise because of how much hype and hope it was already carrying.

If only award shows actually listened to people, not just media drones. But we know they gave The Last of Us II GotY, even though so many original fans were vocally disappointed with it, whereas Ghost of Tsushima which released in the same window has been overwhelming more well received since initial reviews. Tales of Arise didn't even get nominated for the main award last year, and seeing that score after actually playing it only speaks to the bias against JRPGs.

So you're probably right, sadly. Not that Elden Ring doesn't deserve it in this case, but it's unfortunate that we're not even allowed to see a proper competition or debate, as these things are basically premeditated.



Mar1217 said:

Xenoblade 3 will no doubt have it's say in the discussion for GOTY. It doesn't really matter if in the end it doesn't get the "ultimate award" because we know it doesn't need it to actually know how great a game it'll be.

The way we experience games is mostly a completely subjective experience. It goes to say the way we etiquette them with scores and awards is just as much.

Though, I do think Elden Ring could deserve the award just like other games could as well.

Still, I'd like to remind everyone how buggy and broken the game has been during it's launch period with some of it's subsequent patches adding new ones lol. Objectively speaking, the game certainly wouldn't win in the "most polished game" category which is an aspect that reviewer tend to overlook because of a positive game experience, while other times they don't.

So yeah, not every games receive fair judgement in those aspects

Not to take away from Xenoblade by no means, it is a must have for me, but it will not reach the amount of audience that Elden Ring has.  Just by shear numbers alone Elden Ring has a major advantage for GOTY.  Both will hold a special place for me and my shelf.



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Mar1217 said:

As for Xenoblade, the reach of the series is constantly expanding. Sure it doesn't have the massive appeal of a Souls game or FF yet but it's future is so bright that any type of award is inconsequential to Takahashi and his team. He and Nintendo are probably happy one of his long epic project finally got both the sales and longevity it deserves.

Where both Square Enix and Bandai Namco management failed, Nintendo succeeded.

Well, NOA/Reggie got this nearly killed, like he killed Cing with Another Code R. Reggie distrusted Monolith, so he didn't publish their games Disaster: Day of Crisis and Xenoblade Chronicles in America, despite them already having a translation because of european release. Xenoblade in the end got a very limited release due to fan activism in Operation Rainfall. So yeah, Nintendo nearly mismanaged Xenoblade as well.



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Mar1217 said:

Good thing Elden Ring has both merit and popularity cuz otherwise we would be facing another Overwatch GOTY situation on our hands. The reality of these yearly shows is you gonna get stacked years like 2017,2020 and this year or you'll get some like 2019 and last year where there's nothing exceedingly ahead of others.

It certainly feels like it this year. I know there is GoW R and HZD2, but outside of that it feels sparse this year compared to the last few, which is why I see ER easily winning above all others due to this yr not being ridiculously stacked with other high popularity hitters to give ER heavy competition and a chance at losing. 

Even though I dislike Souls games, I'm not going to say ER doesn't deserve it, but it's clearly going to win by a landslide due to there not being much this year that could knock ER off of the fence.

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Mnementh said:
Mar1217 said:

As for Xenoblade, the reach of the series is constantly expanding. Sure it doesn't have the massive appeal of a Souls game or FF yet but it's future is so bright that any type of award is inconsequential to Takahashi and his team. He and Nintendo are probably happy one of his long epic project finally got both the sales and longevity it deserves.

Where both Square Enix and Bandai Namco management failed, Nintendo succeeded.

Well, NOA/Reggie got this nearly killed, like he killed Cing with Another Code R. Reggie distrusted Monolith, so he didn't publish their games Disaster: Day of Crisis and Xenoblade Chronicles in America, despite them already having a translation because of european release. Xenoblade in the end got a very limited release due to fan activism in Operation Rainfall. So yeah, Nintendo nearly mismanaged Xenoblade as well.

Yeah, I wasn’t terribly sorry to see Reggie step down. He had a big problem with telling us what we did or didn’t want.