A picture discovered on the backend of the Xbox on-line retailer appears to disclose that Ubisoft is gearing as much as launch a “Recreation Of The Yr Improve Go” for Far Cry 6. That’s…fantastic, I assume, nevertheless it raises the query: Which web site on the market thought it was the perfect recreation of 2021 and awarded it such an accolade?
Final 12 months’s Far Cry 6 was an excellent recreation. I stated as a lot in my overview. It’s a strong open-world shooter with some neat concepts, a splendidly detailed tropical island to discover, and a few floppy bits that don’t fairly work. Hey, it’s a Ubisoft recreation, that final half is legally required. Whereas I favored it, we right here at Kotaku didn’t name it our Recreation of the Yr or something like that, and no different websites did, both. Or so I assumed.
As first noticed by knowledge miner Aggiornamenti Lumia on Twitter, a leaked picture from Microsoft’s Xbox retailer seems to disclose a brand new, upcoming digital improve of Far Cry 6, dubbed the “Recreation Of The Yr Improve Go.” That is doubtless only a rebranded “Final Version,” presumably together with some new content material, however principally made up of previous DLC and updates all bundled collectively into one huge package deal.
Kotaku has reached out to Ubisoft about this leaked DLC content material.
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But, whatever, I’m not here to dig into what could be in this new, still-unconfirmed GOTY upgrade of Far Cry 6. Instead, like others online, I’m here to question its very name. Seriously? Who out there in 2021 was calling Far Cry 6 the game of the year? Of course, I imagine some diehard fans online felt that way but that doesn’t seem like enough to warrant a full GOTY Edition or upgrade or whatever. Were there really any websites that also felt that way? Well, yes, it turns out. At least two, but I have some questions for them.
First up, on its checklist of the perfect video games of 2021, gadget and gaming web site BGR gave Far Cry 6 its prime spot. This isn’t fairly the identical as a recreation of the 12 months, however it’s the web site calling it the perfect recreation of 2021 and that’s shut sufficient, particularly when so few different shops did something comparable. Nonetheless, the blurb hooked up to Far Cry 6 is a bit odd, calling the Far Cry franchise a “legacy recreation collection” that almost all people really feel “obliged to play.” It then mentions that the newest sequel has an incredible storyline “like all the opposite video games within the collection,” and says that some would possibly even name it the perfect entry but. It sounds, although, as if BGR isn’t as sure.
Trying round, one other web site that gave Far Cry 6 its recreation of the 12 months was EFTM, a life-style web site about tech and vehicles. It formally declared Far Cry 6 the perfect recreation of 2021. Oddly, the weblog asserting this information begins by saying Name of Obligation is implausible. It then pivots right into a barely-related considered how, when a brand new Far Cry recreation releases, it’s time to “drop every part and play” it. What if I’m holding a drink like a buffoon on the actual second a brand new Far Cry recreation comes out? Can I maintain onto that?
EFTM author Trevor Lengthy explains that Far Cry 6 has an incredible storyline that additionally may be ignored but additionally he hasn’t even completed it but, and would possibly by no means end it. And whereas I don’t assume you have to end a recreation to overview it or have vital ideas about it, I do assume it’s best to in all probability end it earlier than calling it your official recreation of the 12 months. However hey, you do you, Trevor.
Lastly, I discovered one different web site that thought Far Cry 6 is likely to be the perfect recreation of 2021. It’s a highschool web site known as Tstorm Media and in a 2021 overview of Far Cry 6, the creator suggests it may very well be the perfect recreation of the 12 months, however doesn’t commit. Sorry, Ubisoft.
So sure, technically, Ubisoft’s Far Cry 6 did obtain just a few official Recreation Of The Yr awards or mentions on-line. Positive, it wasn’t from IGN or GameSpot or Kotaku or Polygon or PC Gamer or RPS or VGC or The Gamer or Gamerant or Recreation Informer or…