Far Cry 3 will be better than all of those. Don't tell me the GOTY cutoff is a week before it's release.
No, reviewers had a copy of the game a couple weeks ago. All early reviews of it are extremely positive so I am sure it was considered. But I hear the multiplayer is very, very lackluster for what it could have been. And when you release a game that has something lacking...it hurts the overall package.
Awaiting: Bioshock Infinite, SW 1313, Last of Us, Watchdogs, Pikmin 3, GTA V
I would rank those nominees as Walking Dead>Dishonored>ME 3>Journey>AC III. The Walking Dead and Dishonored absolutely deserve any nominations and wins they get at the end of the year, but a lot of fans, including myself, were disappointed with Mass Effect and AC, so I feel like they only got nominated because they were hyped entries in a well-liked series.
However, the best game of the year for me is easily Xenoblade.
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