2019 oprainfall Awards: Best Story

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

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oprainfall Awards


Previous Winners
2016: Muv-Luv
2017: Persona 5
2018: Yakuza 6

An aspect of video games that is often discussed is its ability to tell a story. Whether it be through cutscenes, optional flavor text, game mechanics or through the environment, storytelling was and still is a rather important part of game design. In 2019 we had a few games that told stories which truly left an impact on its players and this is why we are here to look back on three of the most memorable ones.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Link's Awakening | Rooster Statue

NA Release Date: September 20th, 2019
Platform(s): Switch

Despite this story being told before, Link’s Awakenings story is one that stuck with many players ever since its original release back in 1993. The 2019 remake not only introduced the world of Koholint Island to a new generation, but really served to show just how well this tale holds up. Link’s Awakening has an endearing story with memorable characters, heartwarming moments, touching music, and an ending that has stayed in players minds for well over 20 years. Marin asked us to not forget her, and we certainly won’t.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses | Byleth

NA Release Date: July 26th, 2019
Platform(s): Switch

As the first mainline Fire Emblem game to hit consoles since 2008’s Radiant Dawn, Fire Emblem: Three Houses had a lot to live up to. Thankfully not only did Fire Emblem: Three Houses deliver, it gave its players lots of content and reason to return to it with all of the different storyline routes, a large cast and addicting gameplay. Three Houses is a game that is very difficult to put down.

Death End Re;Quest

Death end reQuest | Battle Jack Screenshots

NA Release Date: February 19th, 2019
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PC

Idea Factory’s new IP Death End Re;Quest is a rather interesting one for various reasons. The genre-bending gameplay is one that was very novel but offered a fairly fresh take on the formula. Pair that up with a solid soundtrack, nice visuals and a story with plenty of twists to keep you at the edge of your seat. Death End Re:Quest is a game that deserves a bit more attention than it is currently receiving. Let’s see how long you last before reaching one of the bad endings!

And the winner is…

We are proud to announce Fire Emblem: Three Houses as the 2019 oprainfall award winner for Best Story. Three Houses is a big game with an even bigger story to tell. And if you are still looking for more content, the new Cindered Shadows DLC has you covered.


About Justin Guillou

Justin joined Operation Rainfall to share his passion and knowledge for some of the more obscure video games out there.