Annual Awards

December 22, 2012

The OMG! Hour: Episode 33

The One with the GOTY Countdown, Part III

GOTY_thumb.jpg» It’s the Finale of our 3-part series counting down to the OMG! Hour 2012 Game of the Year.  In this episode Sean and Jeff are joined by Maranda to discuss their picks for the final 3 of our 11 categories and decide which game deserved the final Game of the Year award.  Categories for this episode are:

  • Biggest Disappointment
  • Worst Game of the Year
  • Game of the Year

We are also joined this week by several listeners who chime in with their own picks for Game of the Year. It’s an eclectic show this week and one you don’t want to miss!

We’ll be back in January!

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Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.




 
 

 

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2 Comments


  1. [I don’t know if a comment on a podcast needs a SPOILER ALERT, but here’s one anyway…]

    Definitely agreed with Maranda and Jeff on the biggest disappointments, for all the same reasons they articulated. GRFS had a new name, but my expectations were for a sequel to GRAW2, and it did not meet them. With ME3, for me it was mainly the WAY in which the ending happened… “after three epic roleplaying games of tough decisions, now just tell us whether you want ending 1, 2 or 3.” Jaw-dropping.

    Like Jeff and Maranda, I hadn’t yet played Dishonored at the time this episode was recorded but eagerly anticipated it. I had a chance to play it over the Christmas break, and it’s as if Arkane asked me, personally, “What kind of game would you want to play?” and then made it. Obviously inspired by the Thief series, and do I still sense some inspiration from Ultima Underworld (the foundation of Arx Fatalis)…? I’d definitely choose it as my 2012 Game of the Year as well — and just like Assassin’s Creed 1 and Borderlands 1, I’m looking forward to a sequel that takes it to the next level (and maybe next gen?).

    I have to say though, I don’t think you were fair to declare Star Wars Kinect the Worst Game of 2012. Most Disappointing? Sure. But I really think that came from the fact that Microsoft overhyped it SO heavily at the launch announcement for Kinect. “The epic game Star Wars fans have been waiting for” was half of what made the Kinect seem so exciting… but this was before we had even tried Kinect. I really think that there would not have been nearly as much hate for Star Wars Kinect if 1. you had played a few Kinect games before hearing about this one, and 2. if they had marketed it as what it actually was: a casual children’s game. Under those circumstances, expectations would have been properly set, and with those expectations, it’s certainly not the worst Kinect game.

    If allowed to include mobile games, I’d say Draw Something for Worst Game of the Year… you never progress… it never ends… words are misspelled… it’s badly monetized… and yet people went crazy for it.


  2. Sean

    I did play Kinect Star Wars and that vote was not coming from a lack of playing Kinect Games. You have to remember that Kinect Star Wars came out nearly 2 years after Kinect launched. As the “epic Star Wars game fans have been waiting for” this was far from the truth and most of the games included are a travesty to the Star Wars name. It just should never have been greenlit.



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