Every quarter, we like to check in on where we’re at with Game of the Year. At the end of both March and then June, we gave updates on what we’d played so far and where we felt our hearts would lie once we hit the end of year conversations.

Now, with three quarters of the year behind us, it’s time to see where we stand yet again. It’s the final check in before it’s time to cast our votes later this year. Here. We. Go.

My answer has stayed strong, and I feel will only grow stronger as we get closer to the end of the year. NieR: Automata does things in a game that I haven’t experienced in any medium before. It left me different on the other side of it, and it’s been hard to even describe in words how I felt after going through the story.

I think ultimately, NieR: Automata is like an album that you can listen to on repeat. Every repetition just another in the cycle that further cements itself as a part of your own mythos. It’s something that can help to define you and remind you of your place in the cosmos. It’s an experience rife with hyperbole when trying to speak of it, all of which are completely justified.

It’s going to be a tough few months as I try to finalize my thoughts on this game in a way that makes for a more coherent argument when it comes time to vote.

 At the time of writing this, I have not played NieR enough to give a fleshed out response and there are couple games I’m still waiting for to come out. That being said…

Resident Evil VII: Biohazard currently holds my vote for GOTY.

I don’t want to say too much here for the sake of repeating myself later, but I was not expecting this game to leave a lasting impression on me. Playing it in VR adds to the unique experience and the more time I spend playing this game, the more I’m finding myself obsessed with it and I’m only halfway through the game.

I’m happy to see this franchise go back to its roots in a different way. Definitely gives a more ‘true to infected heart’ meaning to the name, Resident Evil.

Posted by Joe Dix

Joe is the creator of The Free Cheese. He eats a lot of pizza and takes thousands of pictures of his pugs Oswald and Earl every day. He has a disorder that causes him to believe that he is Batman and his favorite video game is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

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