By Jeff Neuenschwander / January 24th, 2014
GAME OF THE YEAR
|Previous Winner: Xenoblade Chronicles|
This is it. It’s now time to reveal our Game of the Year. All winners from the Console, PC, Multiplatform, and Downloadable categories are eligible for Game of the Year. The nominees for Game of the Year are…
- Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (PSP Winner)
Saving Keiji Inafune from a pig after it took over his gaming-based amusement park? Sign me up!
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (Downloadable Winner)
The return of a gaming icon also saw the introduction of a new lawyer and a new gameplay mechanic.
- The Wonderful 101 (Wii/Wii U Winner)
Has the best gameplay this year to match its unique and wonderful design.
- Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3/PS4 Winner)
A game from Studio Ghibli that’s just oozing with goodness.
- Dead Rising 3 (Xbox 360/One Winner)
Easily the best game to come out on the two newest consoles.
- The Stanley Parable (PC Winner)
A unique story-driven game where you can follow your own path.
- Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS Winner)
An excellent SRPG. Already survived the rest of the strong 3DS line-up.
- Tearaway (Vita Winner)
A game that gives back what you put in. The strongest game out of a strong Vita final. Criminally overlooked.
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Multiplatform Winner)
One of the best hack ‘n slash games this year.
THE WINNER, AND OUR GAME OF THE YEAR FOR 2013 IS…
Fire Emblem: Awakening
The staff and the fans are in lock-step on this one. Fire Emblem: Awakening isn’t just a great addition to the Fire Emblem franchise but the best game this year. It took everything that makes a great Fire Emblem game and expanded upon them. The story is wonderful, the music is great, the gameplay is as strong as ever, and the characters from top to bottom are amazing. Definitely Game of the Year material.
And with that, we close the 2013 oprainfall Video Game Awards. I would like to thank Brodie Dayton-Mills for creating the amazing feature images you’ve seen on the front page the past few days. I would also like to thank Guy Rainey, Angela Hinck, Josh Speer, Will Whitehurst, Tyler Lubben, Hailee Kenney, Jonathan Higgins, Steve Baltimore, Raymond Dwyer, Karli Winata, Dalton McClain, and Phil Schipper for helping out with these posts. Not sure if you were counting, but all three of these posts have around 15,000 words combined in them. This definitely could not have been done without their help. Finally, I want to thank all of you out there for supporting this website. Without you guys, none of this would happen.
So, let’s all raise a glass to the year that was 2013. And here’s to an even more fruitful 2014.
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