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I think 2022 was a good year for games — I’ve had fun, anyway. But you wouldn’t get that impression from the Game Of the Year nominations put forth by The Game Awards This was the year. It Takes Two and Metroid Dread were among the other 2021 shows. This year, it’s basically going to come down to a battle between Elden Ring and God of War Ragnarök. Poor Horizon: Forbidden West is the lone dark horse.

As for the others, I’m not so impressed. As much as I loved Stray — and I did love it; I gave it a 4.5, for kitty’s sake — it’s not GOTY material. It was excellent at what it was trying to be, but it wasn’t trying to be much. I’m more surprised Tunic was left out. Guess I’m right. the grand question of what gamers are soft for — Soulslikes or cute cats — has finally been answered. Also, the Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s inclusion feels like a strange fluke. As for A Plague Tale: Requiem… I liked it, but it was way too long for my tastes.

Of course, nothing feels as bizarre to me as seeing Half-Mermaid’s Immortality get nominations, including for best direction and narrative. I’m a party of one, apparently, but I despised that game. Ironically, the One category for which I would nominate it (if you had to put a gun in my head) is best audio design. Unfortunately, it wasn’t nominated. I’m also not sure why Sifu is nominated for Best Fighting Game when it’s an action game. Are we really going to need a “most anticipated” award? We get it — everyone wants to play Tears of the Kingdom. It doesn’t need more recognition.

Okay, enough about me being a sourpuss. We all know. The Game Awards are going be primarily about the Trailers are my favorite and I am looking forward to sharing them with you. In the meantime, I’m playing some Pentiment, which I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time. I may play with some Pokémon, if there’s time. You already know me: I like to solve murder mysteries!

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