Is it too early to start a GOTY thread? Perhaps on that social media it is but on an honest to God forum with (mostly) intelligent and slower-paced discussion perhaps a longer lead time is the way to go.
I’m interested in hearing about the games that were your close seconds, games that came out this year that you have bought but yet to play, or even games that you’re looking forward to that have yet to come out.
Perhaps we all have different definitions of what a GOTY game is, or should be. Perhaps you just consider it to be “the best” or perhaps take a more nuanced approach and consider cultural impact, technical achievement and other factors.
I’d also be interested in hearing what you think counts. Would a port or staggered multiplatform release of a game from last year count (e.g. Yakuza: Like a Dragon)? Does Shin Megami Tensei 3’s HD gloss-only remaster count? What about Ace Attorney Chronicles being rejigged, upgraded, and released for the first time in English? Or Nier 1.4’s not-remake, not-remaster? (No, no, yes, yes for me).
Of the games that have come out this year, not counting basic remasters (SMT 3) that I’ve played, I’d rank them as below, best to worst:
- Bowser’s Fury
- Shin Megami Tensei V
- Guilty Gear: Strive
- Dungeon Encounters
- Metroid Dread
- Bravely Default 2
- Persona 5: Strikers
- Mon Amour
- Tales of Arise
Of the games that I have bought this year but have yet to play, in order of anticipation, again not counting basic remasters or ports:
- Ys IX
- Lost Judgment
- Nier 1.4
- Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
- Ace Attorney Chronicles
- Scarlet Nexus
- R-Type Final 2
- Famicom Detective Club duology
- The Good Life
And despite what I’ve said about rereleases I do want to give particular props to the Castlevania Advance Collection as well as the Capcom Stadium collection. Both are exquisite.