Gary’s Blog: My Personal Game of the Year Is…?

Gary Smith

I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Vortex Effect. I'm usually posting news and reviews, and doing all the back end stuff as well. I'm also the Gaming Expert for and a PlayStation MVP.

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  1. Eric says:

    Wow, was not expecting Hitman to be #1! I never really got into the series, but it sounds like I should pick that one up. Borderlands 2 and Sleeping Dogs will definitely be making my list, and I have XCOM sitting here waiting to be played. There are still quite a few I need to get to, but one thing’s for sure: it has been a great year for gaming! Great post, man.

    • Gary Smith says:

      I never would have expected Hitman to end up being my #1 either, but it’s really just an awesome game. On the purist difficulty that I’m playing on now, it’s also the most challenging game I’ve played all year. Definitely pick it up at some point; I wasn’t into the series prior to this one either, and ended up loving it. Thanks!

  2. Eric W. says:

    Wow! Did NOT expect this at all. I figured AC3 had been and was a long time lock for you. This is a TVE upset all the way.

    Don’t get me wrong, Absolution is a damned good game in its own right and it does a lot of things right. I hope I conveyed that balanced in my review. The PC version looks and runs great as well. The eye candy maxed out is attention grabbing.

    If a patch comes out that even refines a few of my quibbles then two things are going to happen very quickly:

    1.) You’ll see me revise my review accordingly and probably bump it up to 4/4 stars. As a Hitman fanboy I’m looking for an excuse, believe me.

    2.) It’ll be a much tougher GOTY call for me. Even with its lumps Hitman is probably somewhere on my GOTY shortlist but behind the likes of Borderlands 2, AC3, and Sleeping Dogs in its present form. Possibly behind Dishonored as well. Mind you this is all by very close, toss up margins here.

    If someone has never played a Hitman game before there’s no question they’ll feel differently than a longtime veteran of the series like myself might by and large. It’s impossible for a Hitman series vet to not compare this game to what came before it and especially against the overall apex, Blood Money.

    If you thought I was harsh about Absolution, read this:

    The performance issues were fixed before the game officially streeted and while I agree with some of his criticisms that’s awfully harsh.

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