To me, that’s the best you can ask for. So many games fly under the radar with never a mention on G4 or a skyrocketing Metacritic score, but they endear themselves to our hearts nonetheless. Many of my favorite games would never make most big GOTY lsts, but you know what? They make mine. And that’s what matters.
Reach wasn’t just a game of the year. It was a game of a decade. The culmination of years of work by Bungie and a very dear and fond farewell to their fans. It is also a torch-passing game, transitioning Halo fans into the warm awaiting arms of an exciting new steward and creative team in 343i.
Is it your game of the year? Then critics be -Yoink!-. Each consumer is in charge of the most important GOTY list imaginable. Their own.
Keep on playing, man.