But believe what you want to believe really.....
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All the shit about GW2 being next gen comes from...PR/Marketing! That and the fact that the game is quite a good game and reviewed well all around.
I am totally certain a developer with less than 30 employees, selling their game for $20 [NON-SALE] are in the league of paying off Time Magazine for the #10 spot on an EOY Video Game list.
This is a case of internet trouble making and blank ignorance. Nothing more can come of arguing with low opinion.
LolBioshock. Surprised you didn't put episode3 in there.
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Heh. Ten Ton hammer gave The Secret World it's "Best RPG of 2012" honor.
I wouldn't disagree with TSW being a better RPG than GW2 either. If only TSW had the budget and marketing of Guild Wars 2. But alas, it did not.
Admittedly I am biased as the fantasy genre [as a whole] doesn't appeal to me nearly as much as being a secret agent in modern day Transylvania hunting down Cthulhu.
That said it's gonna be real interesting to see future MMOs iterate off GW2.
I can agree with TSW being a better RPG (although the game didn't quite click with me).
I still maintain my stance that MMO's in general - and not just GW2 - get WAY too much credit for simply being "big".
Every time I hear an MMO say they added 200 new quests, I just cringe. When I hear about 100 new items, I just shake my head.
Somehow we - gamers and reviewers - give them so much credit for copy-pasting the same stuff over and over. All in all I never have really thought that MMO's are very good games, despite the fact that it's the only genre I play anymore, it seems. =D
The MMO genre is not particularly good, yea. Even like the best MMOs are kinda terrible. Like the genre necessitates a lot of bad game design to "work" that is kinda not super awesome.
MMOs are just like the worst genre for presenting any type of gameplay model.
Almost everything is better serviced in another genre. MMOs tend be a kind of catch-all of mediocrity.
I mean, I paid sub-fee's for games that I was barely playing, but can't justify an XBox live account for a fraction of the price. I forget where I said it, may have been in a TOR thread when someone was talking about how WoW had so much more stuff. "Yeah, I've traveled to different planes of existence and killed Boars of a different color."
I like GW2's world, it's fun to wander around in. The system works well enough for my tastes. But the real thing with an MMO is that even copy-pasting stuff, they just can't produce content as fast as folks can consume it. There is always an end, a shelf where you have nothing to do. "Well, we finished the raid, then we kept doing it to get gear that we don't need except to say we got it now..."
I mean, look at the other video game franchises, you play one, wait a year or so to play another. Most FPS's are 10-20 hours of story play...
Rankings are always usually a load of rubbish, but this one especially. A non gaming magazine, and a "best of 2012" games dont work like that.
You cant have an overall winner, you need to seperate it into genres.
In reality GW2 might win game of the year in the MMO department.
If you want an example imagine if angry birds won this contest, how rediculous would that be?
It's like Forbes. Outside of Polygon (who are the most arrogant guys in the industry), they have have the best gaming journalism I've found on the interwebs. I'm being serious too, their coverage of events and their in-depth articles is impressive and they have a number of very astute writers.
If Angry Birds won GotY, and the author provided some compelling reasons, then more power to it. But it hasn't. GW2 on the other hand, has made it into most publications nominees lists for general gaming, and pretty much every MMO specific list (winning many of them). So this is pretty in-line with the majority opinion.
I am cool with TSW getting some appreciation. Some features of the game are superb.
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