The oprainfall Awards of 2012 (Part 3)

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The oprainfall Awards

If you missed the previous parts of the oprainfall Awards, including our picks for Best Hero, Villain, and Wii Game, click on the links for Part 1 and Part 2.

And now, the conclusion of the oprainfall Awards.

It’s almost that time to reveal oprainfall’s Game of the Year. However, before we get there, we must award the best games for the flagship consoles as well as the PC. Now, as I said in Part 1, these will be for games that were either exclusive to the console or were leaps and bounds better because of a certain console. Those that do not qualify due to being on multiple consoles will be a part of the Multiplatform category.

Well, let’s not waste any time. We start with the newest flagship, the Wii U. We bring back writer Rose Weitz to talk about it some more. Take it away…

oprainfall Raindrop Trophy | oprainfall Awards BEST WII U GAME

ROSE: Yes, it’s true there weren’t a whole lot of Wii U games released last year, but hey it was only around for a month and a half! Regardless, there were good games to be played, so please take a look at our Nominees brought to you in no particular order (unless you count being alphabetized):

New Super Mario Bros. U | oprainfall AwardsOur first nominee for Best Wii U Game is New Super Mario Bros. U, starring Nintendo’s favored child Mario! Explore the Mushroom Kingdom as ever before with fun sidescroll-y platforming! Jump on enemies, jump on blocks, jump under blocks and hit your head on them with a twist: HD graphics! Whether you’re by yourself or playing with friends, this game is just as fun as classic Mario games.


Nintendo Land | oprainfall AwardsThe second nominee is Nintendo Land, a virtual Nintendo-themed amusement park right in your home! Consisting of 12 attractions based on beloved Nintendo franchises like The Legend of Zelda, Luigi’s Mansion, and Metroid, there’s guaranteed fun for the whole family! You and up to four friends can test out some of the Wii U’s capabilities and have a blast doing it in Nintendo Land.

  • ZombiU

ZombiU | oprainfall AwardsThe third and final nominee is ZombiU, Ubisoft’s zombie survival game! Enjoy scenic London and visit various tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. You’ll have to fight your way through untold hordes of zombies to get there, though! Often described as a zombie version of Dark Souls, this game is about as easy to survive as a real zombie apocalypse. Be prepared to die… a lot.



Winner - ZombiU | oprainfall Awards


If playing this game has taught me anything it’s that the zombies always win. In the one-player campaign the zombies kill you. A lot. The zombies always win. In the multiplayer? Well, in Killing Box the point is to play until the survivor is dead and the zombies win. In Assault, unless the person controlling the zombies is ridiculously incompetent or the person playing the survivor is cheating the zombies always win. Thanks, Ubisoft, for teaching us that when the inevitable finally happens, the zombies will win and there is nothing we can do about it. Congratulations, you can add “oprainfall’s Best Wii U Game of 2012” to your ever-expanding list of victories.

JEFF: Next up is the PlayStation 3. To talk more about that, we bring back writer/reviewer Devin Kotani.

oprainfall Raindrop Trophy | oprainfall Awards BEST PS3 GAME

DEVIN: From its shaky start, the PS3 has become an excellent system, with games up the wazoo. So, let’s take a look at the best of the best that the PS3 had to offer in 2012…

The Nominees:

  • Yakuza: Dead Souls

Yakuza: Dead Souls | oprainfall AwardsThis spinoff of SEGA’s Yakuza series takes players into the midst of a zombie outbreak in modern-day Japan! Players can slaughter zombies with four different playable characters as they advance the story. So, if you’ve ever wanted to be a member of the Japanese mob during a zombie apocalypse, this is the game for you! Sounds like an odd premise, but it’s good fun for series fans.


  • Journey

Journey | oprainfall AwardsThe latest indie hit from artsy developer Thatgamecompany, Journey has players control a robed figure traveling through an empty desert toward a lone mountain. Simplistic, but full of symbolism, Journey is the perfect game for those looking to scratch a philosophical itch. The game’s striking visual and audio design helps to make a complete package.

Tales of Graces f | oprainfall AwardsThe latest Tales game to reach Western shores, Tales of Graces f successfully evolves the formula used by the previous games in the series. While this is an enhanced version of a Wii game, Tales of Graces f adds improved graphics, glitch fixes, and hours and hours of new content. The fact that this version is the one that’s actually in English adds icing to the cake that makes this the definitive version of Tales of Graces.


  • Papo & Yo

Papo & Yo | oprainfall AwardsThis digital title from debuting developer Minority takes players to a shanty town in Brazil, which a young boy named Quico explores, hoping to find a cure for his Monster friend’s frog addiction. Players use magical elements of the environment, as well as getting some help from the Monster, to solve puzzles, and become better friends. Aww. Papo & Yo’s nomination, along with Journey’s seems to cement the PS3 as a haven for indie game development.


Winner - Journey | oprainfall Awards


In the end, Journey managed to be simplistic, yet profound. A work of gaming art that beat out the competition to come away with oprainfall’s inaugural award for Best PS3 Game. Congrats to Thatgamecompany! Three cheers for them, and let’s hope their creative journey continues!

Coming up next, Awards for PC and Xbox 360.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.

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  • Wow, Kid Icarus won best 3DS game during my absence?

    I am so the black sheep of the Staff when it comes to that, I guess.

    • I couldn’t get past the controls, so I didn’t even bother beating the game.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      Yeah, you should have been there. Mutant Mudds was so close to winning.
      Okay, maybe not.

    • It was a landslide, actually.

    • I’d have picked zero escape myself.

    • RichieBerry

      They put that in the multiplatform category (which it deservedly won). I’d pick it for whatever category it comes up in.

    • Same, I’d pick it for any category.Best farming sim of 2012? why not!

    • RichieBerry

      “And the Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album goes to…
      Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward!”

  • What Gamespot writer predicting the latest Nintendo Direct were you referring to, out of curiosity?

    • Can’t be asked to read the article right since I’m right out of work and tired but I do know that guy who gave SS a 7.0 was foretelling nintendo’s doom right after the latest direct. Tom Mcshea or something.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      Yeah, it was McShea.

    • Right after it? As in he watched the Nintendo Direct and then started spouting doom’n’gloom?

    • Yes indeed. Basically this latest nintendo direct has sealed nintendo into a coffin from which there is no escape according to him.

    • How did he come to that conclusion?

    • I’m only taking a guess since I don’t feel like looking up his opinion, but probably because Nintendo didn’t announce enough 3rd party multiplatform games for his liking.

      Here’s the thing, I personally don’t care much for many of the multiplatform games since I’ll play most of them on PC anyway. It’s the amount of exclusives that Nintendo has that makes me want to get a Wii U. Especially since the 360 barely has any, and the PS3 has only a few I’m interested in.

    • He basically said that everything there was expected(like the megami X fire emblem) no new IP’s nor huge third party support. The same thing I often hear from the fanboys at kotaku. I don’t trust that site.

    • You mean to say he sat down and watched this Nintendo Direct, a Nintendo Direct in which they talked about the new Smash Bros., Zelda HD, 3D Super Mario, and Mario Kart Wii U while showing off footage and/or screenshots of Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, Wind Waker HD, Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei, Yoshi’s Epic Yarn, and a Xenoblade sequel and topping all that off with details on the Wii U’s Virtual Console. He went away from all of this thinking Nintendo was doomed? Oh man, I knew Gamespot had sunk, but never would I have assumed they would sink that low.

    • His stated reason is that there were no new IPs and almost nothing was unexpected. Whatever.

    • I totally expected that shin megami fire emblem cross over. I mean come on that was obvious. And that xenogame? run of the mill nintendo. (Sarcasm).

    • Yeah, he said those were the only surprises, and both were existing IPs. I’m not really sure what he expects from one publisher. It seems that, since they are also a hardware manufacturer, they are held to a higher standard as a publisher compared to Microsoft.

    • I wonder if the guy has a grudge against nintendo or something. remove mario and zelda and might as well take the nintendo out of nintendo.

    • He actually is pretty hard to predict. Unlike most of the Gamespot staff, he actually gives Nintendo an unbiased look a lot of the time. Gamespot has only given about 8 games perfect 10’s in their history, and one of them is from him for Mario Galaxy 2. He also gave Skyward Sword a 7.5, citing bad controls (which went against almost every other publication) and a horribly slow beginning. So who knows.

    • I never go to there anymore. I love desturctoid and IGN and kotaku are ok sometimes, But gamespot rubs me the wrong way, they don’t have anything special nor do I trust them in the slightest bit. I kinda forgot about them completely until this news came to light. In my opinion they are completely untrustworthy, shady, and serving their own agenda.