Hey! As I mentioned in the post, I work for RAWG (which is a database and a tracker similar to Grouvee, Raptr, IGDB, you name it), so the data is our own: our users's ratings and profiles.Very interesting. When you say you've collated data from over 100,000 game ratings, from where were those ratings taken from? And when you speak of people's profiles and favourite games you used to calculate the most loved, which outlet or source? Appreciate the data and the post!
We'll see. From the promo materials published, it's going to be at least as good as the original. I hope they won't screw up the story, the gameplay looks solid already.
Thank you! To my mind, Bloodborne was a real system-seller back in the days and also the data shows that people tend to think of Sony's exclusives as of favorites. Dark Souls is close to the top-20 (if we sum up the numbers of Dark Souls and Prepare to Die Edition) but didn't make it to the list.
No need to be snarky. I’m just laying out the facts from the OP.Squabbling over platforms is such a non-issue when you take a single step back. Why aren't the most popular free-to-start games on mobile consistently scoring high on this site? I'm pretty sure that almost everyone on ERA has a smartphone with either access to iTunes or Google Play whereas not everyone has a PS4.
When majority consensus doesn't align with your own opinion, it can be easier to lash out at everyone else for being "biased" rather than face the more likely scenario that the only bias causing the problem is your own.
I know this argument of what an "RPG" is always comes up. But I believe it's because it only has loose RPG elements. It fits much more nicely into action adventure. Octopath and DQ XI are certainly RPGs in comparison.
I'm really happy that these two made it into the top 10. We got one insanely amazing year for gaming in 2018, and I honestly don't think we'll get a year as good as 2018 for at least a few years now. Lots of releases got lost in the crowd but it looks like lots of people found these two gems at least.
But it's even less an "adventure" game. Ok, it has a plot, but... what else?
Forza Horizon 4 is the highest rated console racing game since the PS2 era with 18 10/10 from the media according to metacritic.
PC only gamer?
I somehow glossed over Forza. But still, seeing only 1 Xbox game on there and also practically no presence on the graphs surprised me.
Damn, I didn't even notice the bolded. That is a huge omission not to have a best MP game of the year.Personally I stopped voting because Era's tastes are sort of limited in comparison to my own. Multiplayer games don't get love on Era. Voting for one is like voting for a Democrat in a red state lol.
I mean we didn't even have a MP game of the year. Fortnite's greatest accomplishment, the biggest MP game of this generation, was being the 2nd best mobile game.
I'm sure everyone has their reasons for not voting but that's mine.
Unfortunately it was a bad year for MS exclusives. Don’t know if they released any more than Horizon and State of Decay 2? I played through Hellblade on the Xbox too, it got released in 2018 on Xbox but for most people here it was an old game.
That's an understatement. Obsidian's first Xbox/Windows exclusive can't come soon enough.
Isn’t that years away?
Not sure about Gears. But I forgot about Ninja they're likely to produce the next must-have Xbox exclusive as much as anyone but it'll certainly be an Xbox Next title.Isn’t that years away?
Ninja Theory’s next game should be great as well, but it’s probably years away too.
Personally, for 2019 I’m waiting for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the first one was my GOTY in 2015 so my expectations might actually be too high tbh, they’ve got big shoes to fill with the sequel.
Isn’t a Gears game coming this year too?
I mean I'm not sure but I wouldn't be surprised. Fortnite's omission here is extremely telling. Even Easy Allies gave a MP award to Fortnite.
i would strongly dispute both of your contentions
I mean I'll be frank.i would strongly dispute both of your contentions
there's only so much refinement that can be given to a genre of games, especially one with a setting like rdr2. you can't exactly have a grounded cowboy game where arthur is able to summon giant snowstorms with ancient runes, for example. rdr2's gameplay is more or less perfect for what it looks to achieve, imo
and while the combat of god of war is great, the game's mechanics are far from perfect. the impediments to fast travel until extremely late in the game & therefore being forced to spend an eighth of the game in a frustrating-to-control boat are examples of this
to be clear, i really liked god of war; i just think that rdr2 is better on basically every level. such is the nature of opinions, i suppose
i mean, no, i don't think there is anything wrong with rdr2's gunplay or controls. that's a pretty stupid assertion, especially with nothing to support it
Yeah - PC only this gen. With Celeste, Dead Cells and Into the Breach still on my wishlist. No interest in Dragon Quest.
Gunplay is good, controls however.....
There was no snark intended. I'm just confused why you seemingly see the point I made when it comes to a free-to-start mobile game but not when it comes to Spider-Man.
I can relate to that haha, my Steam backlog is freakishly big. Haven't played the games you mention either. I mostly just end up playing No Man's Sky these days tbh, and everything else just sits there. NMS is a great game though, now.
Fortnite does have the speedbump of having been around in its popular battle royale form for the last two years while still labelling itself as early access.
It's definitely a good argument, but obviously you'd have to factor in gaming tastes.I can relate to that haha, my Steam backlog is freakishly big. Haven't played the games you mention either. I mostly just end up playing No Man's Sky these days tbh, and everything else just sits there. NMS is a great game though, now.
I'd go with a Switch at this point if I were you, it's a great secondary platform. And PS5 is likely on the horizon and I can't see that it comes out without backwards-compatibility so the exclusives you've missed will be better there than on PS4, and the multiplats are better on your PC as you know.
No bias thoughts at all, but yeah I definitely think a game that everyone plays will benefit with this point system, as I also exemplified. There is no need to construct some hidden agenda to my posts, I'm just posting what I see in the data, the figures are all there in the OP. Check them yourself. Spiderman had less people thinking it was the actual best game of the year and more people that thought it was the second, third, fourth etc best game of the year.You see Spider-Man charting high and think: Must be teh bias and more people vote for it because PS4 is the most popular console on ERA because it sold more globally.
I see Spider-Man charting high and think: Must be some artifact influenced by the self-selected group of individuals on a japanese-slanted enthusiast forum that play more on consoles and prefer singleplayer games over the actual most popular gaming platform which is mobile and the actual preference being multiplayer.
I mean it really came to rise in 2018. It launched in Sept 2017.Fortnite does have the speedbump of having been around in its popular battle royale form for the last two years while still labelling itself as early access.
It's an oddity here, to the point that even mainstream sites have a completely uneven split on who has or hasn't reviewed it or nominated it for anything.
That said you are right that multiplayer focused games get given some stink eye around here by some.
I recall many people happy that Overwatch didn't win awards because quite simply "it's a multiplayer game", which means it doesn't count for some reason.
More embarrassing is knowing I once held a similar narrow view so I get it even If I also think it's pretty dumb (funnily enough, it was OW that broke that view for me, my GotY for 2016 and I'd stand by that now)
Exclusive or not, more votes, consistently from place 2-10, will help you climb the list with the point system.
Global playerbase or the community playerbase?
Interesting point. It would be fun to see how different point systems would affect the results. IIRC, back a few years, the top game got 10 points and it went down from there. Or what would happen if users could allocate points from a total (say 25 points). But we'd probably need a cap, because the way these come down to "my #1 game must win" rivalries, too many people would just give 25 points to their top game.My approximately subjective feelings tried to be expressed relatively:
God of War > Red Dead Redemption 2 >>>>>>>>>> Spider-Man > Shadow of the Colossus Remake
Converted to the ERA point system:
God of War > Red Dead Redemption 2 = Spider-Man 2 > Shadow of the Colossus Remake
It's not just the data. You're making this case with quite some bad games.No bias thoughts at all, but yeah I definitely think a game that everyone plays will benefit with this point system, as I also exemplified. There is no need to construct some hidden agenda to my posts, I'm just posting what I see in the data, the figures are all there in the OP. Check them yourself. Spiderman had less people thinking it was the actual best game of the year and more people that thought it was the second, third, fourth etc best game of the year.
If you would plot it up on a graph you would see clearly where most people placed those two but here is just some raw data:
This isn't just you going against the world and us not understanding what the numbers mean, Mason.Spidey is a bit different with three times less #1 votes than RDR2. Personally I feel that it’s wrong. Lower-voted games on the most owned platform can obviously climb high up on the list simply by being mentioned by the masses. Essentially quantity over quality.
Thank you, that’s exactly what I’m saying.
Well that’s certainly a theory, but nothing that you can back up in any way. You’re just noticing less votes. It’s not like we have a peak of posts down at #8-10 for RDR2 supporting your idea that those who played it are surprisingly disappointed, Spiderman has more of the lower spectrum votes as well.
I was extremely hyped for RDR2 pre-launch and I played it a lot in the beginning.
We had a Switch game on top last year.Anyway, this is history, it will be clear how well the points system works next gen when the userbases are reset, theoretically Switch games should start climbing the GOTY votings as long as great games are released until PS5 and XB2 start to catch up (not talking about global sales, just the community playerbase).
It goes both ways for me. The points system shows the popularity, if everyone list a game they thought was alright but not really the actual game of the year then it will still be high up on the list. A one vote system for the actual best game of the year makes only top quality matter. Imho that's what the game of the year is all about. I didn't even play through 10 games last year so I really struggled to even put together a top 5 list :P So for me a one vote system would be better.I was extremely hyped for RDR2 pre-launch and I played it a lot in the beginning.
But I was never able to finish it before the voting ends because for me personally it turned out to be a drag and I had to take a break from it. I can't really put a game on the list that I have not finished.
I'm back into playing it now, but I don't think it would be on my list regardless as I keep getting frustrated by certain things (not the controls) and it makes it much less fun for me.
I know some people absolutely love it and I don't hate the game I just when I look at the whole package there were much better games for me this year.
It's very divisive since a lot of people absolutely love it and I wish I was in the category.
Spider-man has been much more consistent up in the lists and I think that should count too, not just the top marks. It shows that the game was universally more attractive, not just to a subsection. I prefer this way of voting myself.
(I had spider-man at #10 btw)
BOTW was on WiiU too but Odyssey was up there as well so it’s quite clear that the Switch playerbase is already big in this community, as said before I think many bought Switch as a secondary console for the portability and general uniqueness, but the BOTW hype certainly helped too. BOTW and Odyssey actually got nearly twice as many votes as GoW. That's quite impressive with less than a year on the market. So the global sales means nothing as far as I'm concerned, it's all about the community playerbase.
I voted Spider-Man as my number 3 behind Tetris and God of War. RDR2 was not even on my list. I put 2 dozen hours into RDR2 and went from enjoying it to absolutely despising it.
To be fair, every game gets hated on here eventually. :s