GAMES FOR IMPACT
- 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (Ink Stories)
- Block’hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)
- Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)
- Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)
- That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)
Predicted Winner: That Dragon, Cancer
Personal Pick: That Dragon, Cancer
I’ll be honest here, I’ve only played That Dragon, Cancer out of the games above. The only one I’ve heard about this year is That Dragon, Cancer. That being said, I do believe it will have an impact on anyone who plays it who has either loved someone or known someone affected by any type of cancer. I’m honestly shocked That Dragon, Cancer isn’t up for Best Narrative game of the year, because I feel it could win that award. It deserves some type of award, and I get the feeling this will be it.
BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
- Firewatch (Campo Santo)
- Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
- Inside (Playdead)
- Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe/Chucklefish Games)
- The Witness (Thekla Inc.)
Predicted Winner: Inside
Personal Pick: Inside
Inside is up for Game of the Year. The rest are not. I think you can figure this one out.
That being said, there is very strong competition within this category this year. All the games above are top-10 games of the year contenders. Inside just narrowly beats out everything else to me based on its presentation and story (up until the ambiguous ending). If any of the games above wins over Inside, I’ll be absolutely stunned.
- Clash Royale (Supercell)
- Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
- Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)
- Pokémon Go (Niantic Labs)
- Severed (DrinkBox Studios)
Predicted Winner: Pokémon Go
Personal Pick: Fire Emblem Fates
In an idealistic world, Fire Emblem gets the well deserved award it should have gotten three years ago when Fire Emblem: Awakening lost to Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for Best RPG. Unfortunately, I feel like the same thing is going to happen again this year, just in a different category.
Fates is a much deeper and more satisfying game in every aspect over Pokémon Go. But Fates wasn’t as big of a phenomenon this year as Pokémon Go, not just the gaming community, but in pop culture overall.
Even though Fates is the better game by a wide margin, I don’t see Pokémon Go losing. I’ll be happy if it does though.