After a year of games being banned and Aussie gamers getting stiffed with , there is yet more bad news for lovers of electronic gaming down under. Gamespot in the US has announced its overall Game of the Year, and it wasn't even released in Australia.
Demon's Souls, a dark fantasy RPG exclusive to the PlayStation 3, has taken top honours from Gamespot Editors in the US for its innovative approach to online play and its difficult yet addictive gameplay. The Gamespot team praised the game's creepy, atmospheric environments and loved its "refusal to hold the player's hand".
This dark horse victor snatched first prize from a number of high profile games released throughout the year. Other games considered for the award included Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Batman Arkham Asylum, Killzone 2, Assassin's Creed 2, The Sims 3 and Dragon Age: Origins. Demon's Souls is the only game on the list not to have received a local release.
Aussie gamers disappointed not to have the chance to play Demon's Soul can look online for copies of the game to import from overseas. If you plan to import a PS3 game be sure to check the video format and language options before you buy. PS3 games are not region-locked, but you may be buying an NTSC version of the game which may not be compatible with some Australian TVs and the language in the game and in the manual might be foreign as well.
If you want to check out why Demon's Souls impressed the Gamespot team so much, check out the Game of the Year video here.