By Jenae R / January 26th, 2022
2016: Megadimension Neptunia V-II
2017: NieR: Automata
2018: Valkyria Chronicles 4
2019: Code Vein
This category contains the nominees for games we simply found to be overall fantastic and happened to be released on multiple platforms. Due to how common it is nowadays for games to launch on a variety of platforms, there was certainly no shortage of great games to consider. Nonetheless, we had to choose only our top favorites, and these are the nominees.
NA Release Date: September 24th, 2021
Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Lost Judgment is the sequel to Judgment, a still relatively new and fresh spin-off of the Yakuza series. Many of us at oprainfall, myself included, have found ourselves fans of the Yakuza franchise, every new entry is exciting to jump into. This title in particular, seemed to be in the works and then finished a lot sooner than anyone expected. Regardless, it turned out to be a fantastic game, as always. In Lost Judgment, Yagami finds himself called to Yokohama by one of his friends, to help on a new case. It turns out that a local high school in Ijincho might have a bullying problem, and Yagami has been asked to help out in getting to the bottom of things. Seeing as this latest case takes place at a school, we find ourselves able to enjoy a number of new minigames as part of the various club activities at Seiryo High School. Minigames and sidequests are a large part of what makes games in the Yakuza franchise so fun. Between the intriguing main story and all of the fun stuff to do around Ijincho, we at oprainfall had a blast with Lost Judgment and have thus nominated it as one of our picks for best multiplatform.
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy
NA Release Date: January 26th, 2021
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PS4, PC
Here at oprainfall, we fell in love with the first Atelier Ryza game. The sequel sees Reisalin Stout, aka Ryza, leave her home island as she heads to the big city to meet back up with her old friends and explore some ruins. The sequel isn’t quite as carefree feeling as the first game was. Nonethless, it’s still a wonderfully fun JRPG starring one of the most beloved main characters among the whole Atelier series. In Atelier Ryza 2, Ryza ends up exploring different ruins around the capital city with both new and old friends and continues to study alchemy along the way, all while learning more about the distant past via memory fragments found in said ruins. The sequel introduces a variety of new features including, locating memory fragments like I just mentioned, traveling atop a Spirit Beast mount and even swimming underwater to collect materials and access a ruin. We’ve nominated this game due to being another fun Atelier adventure with our favorite alchemist.
Bravely Default II
NA Release Date: February 26th 2021 (Switch) September 2nd, 2021 (PC)
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC
Bravely Default II is the latest entry in the Bravely Default series and a completely standalone title. The game takes place in a brand new world on the continent of Excillant. The elemental crystals are stolen and Gloria, who comes from Musa; a now destroyed kingdom, goes looking for them. She ends up meeting three others and they all turn out to be the four heroes of light. BD2 is a classic turn-based JRPG, which fans of the more traditional old-school Final Fantasy games will fall in love with. We here at oprainfall certainly did, and that’s why we’ve nominated it. Just like the other Bravely Default games, you’ll be able to collect different job classes and mix and match two at a time along with different passive abilities from any of the jobs you’ve raised, to create unique setups for battle. Not only does Bravely Default II have what made the other games great, but it also comes with a brand new card minigame to enjoy as well. We had a ton of fun with this one and simply had to nominate it for best multiplatform.
And the winner is…
Like I said before, many of us at oprainfall are fans of the Yakuza franchise and Lost Judgment is pretty great. It’s a fantastic sequel that definitely surpassed the greatness of the previous game, as a sequel should. The groundwork that was laid by Judgment, the first entry in this spin-off series, was properly built upon, with an extra combat style, a more advanced tailing system, new minigames to enjoy and more. Ultimately, Lost Judgment has won more of our hearts than the other nominees, and that is why it’s our pick for best multiplatform game.
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