With medium star rating and over 8 million players in less than a week in Force Horizon 5, the racing game developed by Playground Games proved to be one of the most popular productions of the last year video games.
This circumstance, however, did not translate into a candidacy of the game in the Game of the Year category at The Game Awards 2021. An exclusion that has triggered many controversy, both among the public and among the specialised press. Among those who have been particularly strongly exposed to the subject, the editorial staff of Windows Central certainly stands out, which has harshly criticized the absence of Force Horizon 5 from the pool of possible GOTY 2021.
Following an analysis of the list of candidates as Best Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2021, the magazine accused the professionals of having demonstrated a short-sighted mindset, unable to reward the diversity that characterizes the videolu industry The list of candidates (Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Psychonauts 2, Metroid Dread, Deathloop, It Takes Two, Resident Evil: Village) highlights Window
On the basis of these considerations, Windows Central considers the absence of Force Horizon 5 as an error from the list of possible candidates for the title of Game of the Year 2021. A criticism that also extends to the process of formulating nominations for The Game Awards, which to date does not involve the public, but only videogaming critics.
What do you think of this position: what are the characteristics that you think make a game worthy of the candidacy for Game of the Year?