As imagined by @forgeforsaken, (and carried on by @TimJames and @Giaddon and @Canuck) now is the time of year when we can all gather and create our own awards for our favorite, least favorite, and random games!
The only rule is: if you disagree with another poster, share that in the form of an award.
A bit of a tradition that we sadly missed last year, it’s the totally made up awards. Since the awards themselves are made up, the criteria tend to be a little more complicated than just “best”, so help us out and give a line or two of explanation about each one.
Best Game on Best Platform Ever Award: The World Ends With You, (the Nintendo DS / 3DS being the best plaform.) I revisited this early this year, wondering if it would hold up, and against all odds not only did hold up, but I 100%-ed it this time, which is something I never did the first time around. That means I beat Hanekoma on top of New Pork City.
Best Bug-Collecting and Grass Cutting Simulator for a 4-year old: Zelda, Breath of the Wild.
Best Season of Food Wars Award: Battle Chef Brigade, a weird little match-3 / brawler mashup on the Switch. I’m not sure the mechanics are really all there, but the story and characters are quite charming, and wacky anime-style themed cooking powers are always going to be entertaining to me.
The I Never Felt Like, So Miserable Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Game Music: Persona 5. I’ve thought a lot of thoughts about Persona 5, and I haven’t even finished it, but I think the soundtrack is a stand out achievement. While Persona 3 had a single theme that repeated in many variations across different scenes, Persona 4 had a much wider variety of music that spanned multiple genres. Persona 5 returns to a more consistent soundscape, which really makes it feel more like a place, perhaps reflecting the relative monotony of urban life. The music is as important a part of Persona franchise as the demons or the life simulation, and they delivered.
Unplayable Masterpiece Award: Yumi’s Odd Odyssey / Sayonara Yumihara Kawase. Not a new game this year (but who said they had to be?) I picked this up after being assured that it was a completely unique platforming experience. That may be, but I’ll never know, because the user experience is just punishingly bad.
2017-iest Game of 2017: Star Citizen.