Originally Posted by Superplush
Depends on how you look at it.
Received a graphical downgrade and lied about it, banned users from their forums if they even spoke about it. Brought out PR that it wasn't downgraded and then admitted 2 weeks later that it was. Withheld reveiw copies and didn't let anyone see it until release and EVEN THEN it was in a piddle-poor state that no one could get higher than 30 FPS on the game lets not forget the brilliantly crap balancing between difficulty levels and massively. huge. empty "open world".
From a personal stantpoint they lied on several points including it being an "Open world game" which it's nothing more than several areas strung together with load screens, unlike truer open-world games which are one big area with several smaller maps / dungeons. I didn't find the game all that interesting, infact I thought it was some-what of a mysnomer. Playing a monster-hunter that doesn't really do much monster hunting but deals with humans more whilst not "choosing sides" but being the lap-dog of lords.
I would've thought that GTA V got the most titles as it's a much more polished game which had more effort spent on it, I can't help but feel that because this game has gratuitous T&A and was released later in the year people had forgotten about Rockstars game.
Also annoys me that they do these awards before the year is up. Games released between now and next year will be largely forgotten because people think of the year as starting in January, another feeling of "Lets praise CDPR and TW3 before Fallout hits".
I really don't think this game is deserving of the praise it gets, don't get me wrong it isn't a bad game by any stretch of the imagination but not worthy of so many awards.. than again looking down the list it is litterally nothing more than a popularity contest and probably rigged at that.
The plot behind the game plays directly to the book series. Witcher's are monster hunters but they are contracted by human's and often even governments. Geralt has a tendency to be more politically involved than other Witcher's due in part to his fondness of sorceress and some of his high profile contracts in the past. So there really shouldn't be a misnomer.
The notion of the graphical downgrades I agree with for the most part, though there was more than enough media prior to release that everyone should have been aware of what the game looks like. Given the direct contrast between final product and early media there should have been more concentration applied to informing the consumer base of the differences, the reason for those differences, and overall impact.
I personally don't see how the game couldn't be considered open world. In GTA I have to travel back to the original location of where the story line started in the storyline, this follows the same concept. The map segments were more than large enough to warrant open world and free roam. As far as being empty, to an extent I agree as well, but once gain its set in a fantasy middle ages time period, so vast country sides are going to be an aspect of that. Every where on the map there is exploration and quests to be done. Granted there is little reason to re-explore certain areas, but that's an aspect of the entire genre.
I never had an issue with performance limiting me to 30fps and know many others that didn't have the problem either. Though I don't doubt that many had this problem as the game is taxing on hardware.
I enjoyed GTA but outside of a few spruced up assets and some very minor effects its the same game that released on console approx. 1.5 years previously. This isn't much of an improvement for an 18 month wait. Same poor character models, poor animations, etc. Also GTA V has one of the worst plot lines in the GTA series as well as some of the most 2 dimensional characters with virtually no character development throughout the storyline.