Big budgets are in high demand.
Applicants for the title of the AAA game of the year are heavyweights from the world of video games. Everything is serious, spectacular and very expensive here. In the second most important nomination after the “game of the year”, the competition is always fierce, because in the top league neither players nor critics forgive mistakes.
Third Place – Devil May Cry 5
So, now we have under control not even two, but three whole bishenes. The white-haired son of Sparda, who, in addition to the sword and pistols, has mastered a lot of exotic weapons, alternates styles with lightning speed. The bully Nero lost his demonic hand and is now forced to use high-tech combat prostheses like an electric fork for pasta. And the newcomer Vee, unlike these two bumpkins, doesn’t get into fights himself: familiars do the dirty work for him, and he only finishes off the exhausted enemies and reveres Blake in the middle of the battle.
Second Place – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Say, for the first time, we don’t need to gut the game in search of at least some plot: Sekiro willingly shares information about the world around him and independently tells a simple, but intelligible story. Although lovers of secrets will find where to rummage: it’s good to explore the beautiful and well-developed world is still interesting.
But the main course here, of course, is not ENT, but the combat system – a complex, diverse and ruthless, even by FromSoftware standards. In addition to the katana, the hero is armed with a prosthesis (yes, a prosthesis here) of his left hand, in which, as in the Swiss knife, a whole set of murder weapons is hidden: from a spear to a steel umbrella and dazzling fireworks. The main thing is to skillfully use all this. In addition, the stealth finally works as a full-fledged mechanics, allowing, if not solve all the problems, then seriously simplify them.
Following the Rodin rule, the developers took a piece of marble and cut off everything superfluous from it. Multiplayer and customization fell under the knife, but, in the end, Sekiro only benefited from this. As a result, the Japanese turned out to be a very solid and elaborate creation: without a drop of excess fat – but with long claws and a full mouth of damn sharp teeth.
Worthy of Mention
Some very entertaining games did not have quite a bit to get into the top three.
First Place – Resident Evil 2 Remake
The plot still intertwines the stories of Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who are trying to make their feet out of Raccoon City, choked in a local zombie apocalypse. Fortunately, the city has now become truly three-dimensional, and not just a collection of flat backdrops. The camera is not static, but suspended from the hero’s shoulder. The voice acting got rid of a stupid replay, the travel time doubled, and typewriters to save the game are now needed only at the highest level of complexity.
With all the innovations in the soul, Resident Evil 2 Remake is still the same heavy, sticky and very old-fashioned nightmare that is still able to leave a player with sweaty palms and a pounding heart. For this we love her.