Time for our second section of awards… the general or ‘other’ awards set.
Best Story – Catherine
This one was a tough one to sort out. We had a lot of fantastic stories this year, but the one that really had me guessing with the most interesting twists and the most coherent story was Catherine.
Runners up: Uncharted 3, The 3rd Birthday
Most Interesting Gameplay Innovation or Mechanic: Dungeon Siege 3’s ‘Interdependent Resources’
Dungeon Siege 3 was not the world’s best game, but it did do one thing absolutely right. Rather than giving you combat resources that encourage you to hoard your abilities for that ‘perfect moment’ to use them, the resources generated through the use of other abilities encouraging a fun, dynamic combat system that made it actually rewarding to use abilities – even your high power abilities. More Action RPGs could benefit from this mechanic.
Runners up: El Shaddai’s ‘1-button combat’, The 3rd Birthday’s ‘Overdive’
Best Multiplayer – Large Group: Gears of War 3
The quality, diversity, and style of Gears 3’s multiplayer made it a shoe in for the best ‘large group’ multiplayer category this year. From the cooperative ‘Horde’ and ‘Beast’ modes to the different competitive multiplayer modes, Gears 3 did exactly what a 3rd person shooter should do in terms of multiplayer.
Runners up: Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, Uncharted 3
Best Multiplayer – Small Group: Lord of the Rings: War in the North
War in the North was a supreme disappointment for LotR and Action RPG fans alike – until you stepped into it multiplayer. With a full group of 3 playing, the gameplay turned from frustrating and awkward to incredibly fun and strategic.
Runners up: Catherine, White Knight Chronicles 2
Sexiest Female Character: Catherine – Catherine
How can you really beat a succubus for sexiness? It just isn’t possible. Atlus made her to be as sexy as possible, and they succeeded with flying colours.
Runners up: Aya Brea – The 3rd Birthday, Chloe Frazer – Uncharted 3
Best Ending: inFamous 2
This was another really tough one because while there were a lot of terrible endings out there, there were at least a half dozen that were absolutely amazing. The reason inFamous 2 ekes out as the winner is because it had not one but two equally amazing endings and both of which were top of the class.
Runners up: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, The 3Rd Birthday, Gears of War 3
Written by: Sean