Com-cast Ep. 30: 2013 Christmas/Year End Awards

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Community Callback

Astrokid248's response to Melissa Bachman hunt

Jack's article from Penny Arcade

Awards Picks

Cross Platform:

Batman Arkham Origins

Bioshock: Infinite

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Crysis 3

Dead Space 3

Diablo III

Grand Theft Auto V

Metro Last Light

Payday 2

Saints Row IV

Battlefield 4

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Xbox 360:

Gears of War: Judgment

PS3:

Beyond: Two Souls

The Last of Us

Xbox One:

Dead Rising 3

Killer Instinct

Ryse: Son of Rome Crimson Dragon

Lococycle

PS4:

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Resogun

Knack

Contrast

War Thunder

Warframe

Wii U:

Super Mario 3D World

The Wonderful 101

PC:

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

Dota 2

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Addition: Max)

Gone Home

The Stanley Parable

The Novelist

Papers, Please

Total War: Rome II

Gunpoint

BEST DLC/EXPANSION:

Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea

Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (Addition: Max)

Mass Effect 3: Citadel

The Walking Dead: 400 Days

XCOM: Enemy Within

Civlization V: Brave New World

DLG:

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

The Wolf Among Us

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

Bit Trip Runner 2

Divekick: Jonathan's video interview with Divekick creator Adam Heart

GameMinder Road Ahead:

Child of Light

Dark Souls II

DayZ Standalone

Destiny

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Final Fantasy XV

inFamous: Second Son

Game of Thrones

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

No Man's Sky

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Star Wars: Battlefront

The Division

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Evil Within

The Walking Dead: Season 2

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Thief

Titanfall

Watch Dogs

Whiplash's picture

I was planning on expanding on my comments about Sword Art Online, but Jonathan had to interrupt me as I was about to continue with it, but I will say that the first half of SAO was absolutely incredible. The second half doesn't nearly stand up as well as the first, but it was still enjoyable.

Anyway, here are my picks for GOTY, with a more expanded look at why I picked them.

Xbox 360: Grand Theft Auto V
Ending the 7th generation of consoles with a bang, GTA V demonstrates how innovative ideas put into place, along with a rich and unique story makes for an amazing experience. With a vast world to explore, dynamic and memorable characters, and the innovative character switching, GTA V excels where others failed.

PlayStation 3: The Last of Us
A title that dares to question its integrity as a “game”, The Last of Us ventures into territory that no man would ever embark on. Set in an unbelievably beautiful and atmospheric environment, a wide range of unique characters, along with the incredibly compelling narrative, The Last of Us defines what the future of gaming is set to provide as a medium of interactive storytelling.

PlayStation 4: Warframe
Warframe is an absolute blast to play, exemplifying the meaning of “Fellowship”. With the wild and exciting moment-to-moment gameplay, an amazing selection of weapons (seriously, who doesn’t want to be a space ninja with access to guns and swords?), and a dynamically changing battlefield, Warframe’s wild and intense action makes this a must play title—and it’s free!

PC: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Perhaps one of the greatest recoveries in gaming, Square Enix demonstrates how to do an MMO right, while keeping the ideas fresh and enjoyable. With a fresh batch of new content continuing to keep me glued to my chair, the addictive nature of switching classes to experiment on different builds, and the strange, yet heartwarming feeling of discovering someone in the massive world of Eorzea, Final Fantasy XIV delivers with flying colors.

DLC: Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
While merely an update to the already existing Dragon’s Dogma, along with a new set of areas, the updates fix every single aspect of the original and makes it a brilliant RPG. In addition, the Dark Arisen expansion also tells a dark, haunting, and cohesive story that the main game could never deliver on. Along with the increasingly difficult dungeons and the new, ultra-rare loot, Dark Arisen is more than just an expansion: it’s a whole new game.

DLG: The Wolf Among Us
While the series is not yet finished, Telltale continues to dominate in the narrative landscape. With wealthy and colorful characters populating the narrative, the eerie and mysterious city of Fabletown, and a story so deeply layered, The Wolf Among Us shows us that there is room for a purely narrative heavy experience.

Most Anticipated Title: Destiny
Since one of the titles I listed has yet to be given a release date, and the other has slightly nulled my excitement, I'm giving this imaginative award to Destiny. Having spent more than 72 days total playing Borderlands 2, I cannot begin to fathom how much time I will spend in the world of Destiny. With a brand new concept, world, and the addition of the persistent, online world, Bungie invites us to the world they’ve worked on for the past five years. With their ambitious goals in making this a bigger franchise than Halo was to them, I cannot wait to see where this goes.
 

Solifluktion's picture

I really missed you guys. Nice to have you back.

Here are my Picks for GOTY, as usual PC only.

 

Best DLC or Addon

Rising Storm for Red Orchestra 2. BANZAI!!

 

Best DLG

Papers, Please. Closely followed by CoJ Gunslinger,

 

Best Mod

Project Reality for BF2. Second place for Misery (Call of Pripyat)

 

Best PC Game
Metro Last Light. I played Metro 2033, read the Novels (even some of the Expanded Universe Novels) and I have a soft spot for atmosphere.

 

Most Anticipated

Battlefront of course

darthskeletor's picture

Great podcast, my only concern with how you guys do it is that you kind of repeatedly run into the problem where you all say "i haven't played it, but I've heard really good things." I know you guys are all busy and can't possibly play every single game out there, but it does shoot the credibility of a choice when a fraction of you have played a fraction of the games. Bringing on more people did help a little bit with getting more games covered. 

disgruntledavians's picture

Good to see you guys are back. I'm glad you're trying to stay committed despite a bunch of other things going on at the same time. Unfortunately, while I do love Beyond on the PS3, I think it gets barely beaten out by the other Ellen Page game because, as Jonathan said, it is a walking simulator. Last of Us was more engaging. 

Dead Rising 3 was so grindy, and yeah the combos and createable weapons sound fun but its just smashing millions of zombies over and over. I don't think any Xbox One game deserves to win right now.

On that note, I hope that Titanfall is able to set the bar for the next gen as Halo 3 did for the 360. Also, as Simon previously mentioned, this will be the chance to see whether the magic of Infinity Ward did not become lionized unfairly as the internet often tends to do. 

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