Hello and welcome to the 69th annual Lazygamer Awards! We’ve got a great show for you tonight, filled with laughs, tears and games! Now let’s get straight to the main event and start this party with a bang!
2013 is coming to an end, so it's time for all those lists of best games. Indies are a bit tricky - they often release and take some time to gain attention, and there are so many great games that fall through the cracks. Here is our list of top indies that we played in 2013.
I had actually avoided most information about The Last of Us. Part of me was worried it was going to be "just another survival horror/zombie apocalypse game", and another part was hoping that it would be worth avoiding so I'd get a fantastic surprise. Well, The Last of Us so far exceeded any expectations - it is an incredible game.
So here we are, this is the end, my beautiful friends…Ignoring that bit of reference from The Doors, this is the final award that we have to give out this year. It’s for the game that blew us away, that stole hours upon hours from our life, and gave back phenomenal gameplay and fun in return. And the Lazygamer game of the year 2012 award goes to…
What’s that? You have yet to engage in the fantastic smash-hit-your-face Arkham City? Prepare for a shunning, the likes of which you have never felt before then.
Ostracising aside, if you’ve been wanting to get your hands on the further adventures of the caped crusader, but haven’t had the time to do so, then maybe this game of the year edition will coax you to put on a cape and cowl and do so.
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This is it, the award that everyone has been waiting for. We’ve had a lot of winners for different genres and platforms announced through the course of the week, but only one title can be declared the absolute winner. And with 2011 being a truly outstanding year for gaming, it was a really hard decision to make.
So after discussing the pros and cons of the games present, we came to only one logical conclusion.
Here are the nominees for Game of the year:
Batman: Arkham City
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
And the award goes to:
It’s nearing the end of the year, we are all tired of work and tired of all the amazing games that we are playing (oh wait, scratch that last bit).
It’s been a good… really GOOD year for gamers. There is absolutely no lack of great anything for anyone. We have great shooters, great RPGs, great driving games, great action adventures… we truly are quite the spoilt bunch right now.
So what are your top contenders for Game of the Year? Has Modern Warfare 3 blown you away, is Skyrim destroying your life, what about some really awesome surprises like Deus Ex or are you still parading around at night dressed like a giant bat?
Hey, isn’t that new Zelda out today? Seriously, tell us what you think is going to clean up this year. There are a ton of great contenders.
If youâ€™ve somehow managed to miss out on Rockstarâ€™s incredible Red Dead Redemption, hereâ€™s your chance to make amends. The developer has announced that itâ€™ll be releasing a game of the year edition, billed as â€œthe definitive collection,â€ including all of the gameâ€™s post-release DLC. Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition will be released in North America on October 11 and on October 14 internationally for PS3 and Xbox 360. Sorry, still no PC version for the master race.
Red Dead Redemption surprised me; Iâ€™m not exactly a big fan of sandbox titles, but its western setting allowed for the sort of escapism that games set in the â€œreal worldâ€ like Grand Theft Auto donâ€™t. Normally, I find â€œGame of the year editionâ€ a bit of a cheek - as theyâ€™ve usually won no such accolade, but this one did - even getting our Game of the Year award for 2010.
Hereâ€™s what the â€œGame of the yearâ€ edition includes :
Uncharted 2 must be one of the most celebrated games in the history of the universe. Itâ€™s not only garnered just about every 2009 Game of the Year award, it also walked away with an incredible 10 awards at this yearâ€™s AIAS Interactive Achievement Awards.
One thing it doesnâ€™t really need then, is more awards. tough,. because itâ€™s just gotten another.
The sequel to the game that catapulted the Xbox 360 to stardom, Gears of War 2 is a pretty damn decent game. If you were bummed when the retail release of the all-DLC-included version of the game got shelved, thereâ€™s a faint glimmer of hope. Gears of War 2 is getting a "Game of the Year" Edition which does indeed include all DLC to date. Odd, considering Gears of War 2 failed to win any Game of the Year Awards, but I digress. Happy to hear of the new Gears 2 release?Don't put those dancing shoes on just yetâ€¦
So what would happen if a large gaming website allowed itâ€™s millions of viewers from all corners of the world to vote on what should have been voted Game of the Year?
Well you end up with a list very similar to what the journalists themselves chose, but with the big name titles doing that little bit better.
Eurogamer released their top 50 a little while back and in the end they gave their Game of the Year title to LittleBigPlanet, they then allowed the users to vote and the user top 10 looks as follows.
Gametrailers.com have finally gotten down to the prize that everyone wants, they have announced their personal game of the year.
The nominations are very standard across the Internet at the moment with LBP, GTA IV, Gears of War and MGS4 making the cut.
We saw Eurogamer choose LBP earlier today so are they going to make it 2 in 2?
Unless I am mistaken all the major games have now been released (with the exception of Prince of Persia) and as such we can start really looking at who is in the running for Game of the Year on the Xbox 360, Wii and PS3.First up we have the 360 and this year the VGA panel has nominated Gears of War 2, Fallout 3, Fable 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV. If I was part of the voting panel I think I would be leaning towards Fallout 3 or Gears 2. Even though I felt Gears was lacking in many departments.
Cable network channel in the States, Spike TV, announced the nominees and categories for its sixth annual Video Game Awards (VGA). No real suprisses anywhereRockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV garnered nine nominations, while Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet, Fallout 3, and Konami's Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots picked up seven nominations each. Epic Games' Gears of War 2, released a week ago, enjoyed four nominations. All five titles are up for Spike's "Game of the Year" award.