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Best Downloadable: Mark of the Ninja
Stealth has been a common gameplay element for decades, but it's rarely been done well on a 2D plane. Klei's Mark of the Ninja managed to impress just about everyone that played it, thanks to its sneaky and satisfying gameplay. Crawling along ceilings, distracting guards by taking out lights, and popping out of vents for kills made this downloadable title as close to a 2D Batman game as it could possibly be.
Action Game of the Year: Dishonored
As you can tell by its other two awards in this feature, we really enjoyed Bethesda's newest IP. Dishonored didn't simply feature the best setting and story in the genre, it was the best action gaming experience overall this year. From Corvo's unique powers to the brutal kills he's capable of, he's a fresh new face in the gaming landscape. Considering how great his starring vehicle was, we can't think of a better debut.
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These are some great picks. I loved Dishonored and Journey.
Shouldn't Journey be on an Adventure list, not an Action list?
good thing dishonored is currently sale on steam. so... might try it
While I think Dishonored receives most interesting locale, its story is not very interesting (unless we consider all the side content that really flourishes the city of Dunwall). Out of what I consider to be the better action/adventure games for the year, on a pure story level, Asura's Wrath was far more interesting (albeit, very confusing). But then again, I am a sucker for modern interpretations of asian lore.
How is Journey classified as an action game?
not a big fan of asura and journey.
asura is not a game, it is an interactive manga. what a waste of gaming possibilities. oh and that boss as big he was, was no where close to the size of the milk way
Asura's Wrath is so *** good. Dishonored is great too, though.
No love for Sleeping Dogs? T_T
It's great to see Dishonored get the props it deserves. It's been a long.. long.. long time since a stealth game of this caliber has popped up on the radar. With such a phenomenal debut, I can't wait to see what they polish up for next one; provided they hold on to this gem. I don't see how people could walk into something new like Dishonored, and walk away anything but impressed. I do however understand peoples mediocre experience. It takes a fair amount of patience to find stealth games enjoyable. If you played it as a head on lay waste to the enemy game, which you certainly can, any mode outside of the highest difficulty probably wasn't that challenging.
Dishonored effin' kills it - bravo for you guys for recognizing it over the samey, over-produced, easy mainstream choice (Assassin's Creed).
That being said, I completely disagree that Journey is here. No offense - it's a great game should be recognized too. But it's subtle where action is not. It's atmospheric, it's inventive, and there's not conflict. They replace all that with mystery and exploration. I'm sure it's a weird one to stuff into a genre, but it doesn't go here, right? Action is for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Lollipop Chainsaw, Darksiders 2, etc. Right?
Still great games, so I'm not peeved too much. I'm just confused.
Dragon's Dogma takes my action/adventure GOTY. I loved every second of that game. It was simply amazing.
Assassin's Creed III is definitely the best!
I completely agree with Dishonored taking those categories! I have yet to complete the game (playing through now actually) but the game is such a classically unique experience while bringing an array of action to boot! Man what a game! I was looking forward to it since I first learned about it and to simply sum it up, it does not disappoint!
Sigh...reading this makes me wanna play journey again..