2016 Oprainfall Awards

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Previous Winners
2012: Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
2013: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
2014: Shovel Knight
2015: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

2016 was another great year in Niche gaming to be sure. There were so many great titles launched across multiple platforms that it was a real struggle for the staff to narrow it down to just these few choices. In the end, however, we decided these games were the cream of the crop.

Megadimenson Neptunia V-II

2016 Oprainfall Awards | Megadimension Neptunia V-II

NA Release Date: February 2, 2016

Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Steam


Our first nominee is Megadimension Neptunia V-II. The series sure has come a long way from it less than stellar initial entry. Idea Factory has steadily made improvements to each game’s engine and combat with every sequel. Megadimension Neptunia V-II takes advantage of the current generation of console capabilities and was also ported to Steam. The game runs in 1080p at a solid 60 FPS which makes the animations smooth as butter. Throw in a much-improved soundtrack and yet another great story and you have one of the best games of 2016

Final Fantasy XV

2016 Oprainfall Awards | Final Fantasy XV

NA Release Date: November 29, 2016

Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One


The very long awaited Final Fantasy XV finally released this year to the delight of many fans. Though the series has taken a new direction this time around, going for a more action based combat system and open world gameplay, it was well received by most fans and critics. It probably works in its favor that the game’s graphics are stunning and the soundtrack is pretty great as well. This is one road trip you shouldn’t miss out on, and why we consider this one of the best games of this year.

MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune vs Zombies

2016 Oprainfall Awards | Blanc vs Zombies

NA Release Date: May 10, 2016

Platform(s): PlayStation TV, PlayStation Vita, Steam


Only here at oprainfall could you poll our staff and end up with not one, but two games from the Neptunia Franchise in contention for Multiplatform Game of the Year. MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune vs Zombies is a beat em up style spin-off that pits the girls against an army of zombies that attack their school. The Neptunia franchise being the spoof that it is had a field day with tons of cliché comedy in this game. Add in some fun gameplay and you have yourself a ton of fun to take on the go with PlayStation Vita or you can snag up the Steam version for that smooth 60 FPS goodness.

Salt and Sanctuary

2016 Oprainfall Awards | Salt & Sanctuary

NA Release Date: March 15, 2016

Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Steam, XBox One


Salt and Sanctuary is a gorgeous 2D side-scrolling Action RPG from SKA Studios. This is as brutal as it is beautiful, in fact, I have heard some give it the nickname “2D Dark Souls“. Its rich combat system, massive 2D world to explore and the fact you can upgrade over 600 weapons, armor pieces, spells, and items create one truly fleshed out experience. It’s no wonder our staff fell in love with this one and picked it as one of the best Multiplatform games of the year

Yomawari: Night Alone

2016 Oprainfall Awards | Yomawari

NA Release Date: October 25, 2016

Platform(s): PlayStation TV, PlayStation Vita, Steam


Yomawari: Night Alone tells the story of a little girl who while taking her dog for a walk, encounters a tragic accident that forces her to return home with only the dog’s leash in hand. Not following her sister’s orders to stay home, she soon ventures out to look for the dog and finds that she is no longer in the same town. The darkness has covered all and she is all alone, well except for the spirits that stalk her. In this Adventure Strategy game, you will have to outmaneuver and outsmart these spirits that want to steal your very soul. This title’s dark world and stylized graphics along with its haunting soundtrack really suck you into the atmosphere. Throw in some compelling gameplay and it’s no wonder some on our staff feel in love with it.

And the winner of oprainfall’s Best Multiplatform game of 2016 is:

Megadimenson Neptunia V-II

2016 Oprainfall Awards | Megadimension Neptunia V-II

That’s right Neptune and company have managed to snag themselves a win in this highly contested category. Megadimension Neptunia V-II is simply an amazing title with its rich story, great graphics, and a fantastic soundtrack. Throw in some of the best combat found in the series to date and the franchise’s premiere on current generation platforms was a stellar success. There’s nothing else quite like the Neptunia series out there and its unique charm made it a favorite of fans and our staff alike.

Steve Baltimore
Steve started with oprainfall not long after the campaign moved from the IGN forums to Facebook. Ever since, he has been fighting to give all non-mainstream RPGs a fair voice. As the site admin, he will continue to do this and even show there is value in what some would deem "pure ecchi." He loves niche games and anime more than anything... well, except maybe Neptune.