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2010 Aggie Awards page 15

Aggie Awards
Aggie Awards
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Best Independent Adventure: Amnesia: The Dark Descent



Image #45It used to be reasonable to associate "independent" games with low production values or unpolished design. You remember the drill: voice acting by the designer's sister (if any at all), cut-and-paste graphics, and a decent chance that you might stumble on a game-breaking bug if you didn't play your cards right. Not anymore. The independent development scene is now flourishing, with designers willing to take risks that big publishers won't, yet still delivering an impressive level of quality. Amnesia: The Dark Descent showcases the originality and daring of developers freed from the restraints of often-stodgy publishers, delivering a truly terrifying adventure that we'd surely never have seen otherwise.

Unlike a lot of horror games that gnash their teeth but never bite, Amnesia has no interest in being your friend. In fact, it might be too consistently intense for some players, so unrelenting in its tension that it will surely threaten your psyche along with the playable character’s. And yet it seldom relies on cheap scare tactics, preferring instead to let you be an active participant in creating your own fear, wondering what awaits you out there in the dark. The small team at Frictional Games have dedicated their careers to honing the craft of interactive horror, and Amnesia is by far their best effort yet, proving that you don't need a huge budget to make a heart-pounding immersive experience. By turns mysterious, tense, and wet-pants-inducing, this game is expertly paced and designed to freak you out. The only thing we DON’T fear is ever regretting our decision to award it the top indie adventure of the year.

Runners-Up: Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World, Puzzle Bots, Hector: Badge of Carnage


Readers’ Choice: Amnesia: The Dark Descent



Image #46It’s only fitting that Amnesia: The Dark Descent was the runaway winner for staff and readers alike. After all, we did so much running away while PLAYING this game. Resisting the urge to give players weapons or special abilities, indie studio Frictional Games was determined to make a game where the greatest fear was fear itself – a gutsy move that would likely never have made it past the meeting room of a mainstream publisher.

Runners-Up: Jolly Rover, Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World


Next up: Best Console/Handheld Adventure... the envelope, please!

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Community Comments

Great Year for gaming and great pick by the staff and Readers. But there was this one category... this one award that completly dazzles me. How can Heavy Rain NOT win Best Graphic Design? Everyone in Adventure Gamers staff should go back and be amazed by that amazing visuals again, because still to this day they are at the op of the industry.
Feb 25, 2014
Surprised to see Heavy Rain win this. The story starts strong but falls to bits the closer you get to the end.
Jan 2, 2013
I have to say I'm VERY surprised that Sadwick was voted "best character." Even once you gave in and turned off his atrocious, unlistenable voice, he was still a mopey, insufferable whiner in a stupid hat...
Feb 28, 2011
I won't judge AG choice for best game because i haven't played Last Window, but i'm really happy to see that community loved The Whispered World. It may not the a perfect adventure, but it really tried and at most cases succeded to catch the spirit of those "golden days" being original along the way as well. Black Mirror 2 and The Lost Horizon deserved to win some of the category i think, but - every award needs to have it's "Scorcese" :) And a big thank to AG editors who put this all together, now when you look at it, 2010. wasn't that bad at all. I also hope that in the future we'll get to see German releases much sooner in English localizations. I also hope to see more companies doing games and more adventure game publishers.
Feb 22, 2011
So happy to see all the love for The Whispered World; it's easily one of the best adventure games I've played since the LucasArts era.
Feb 22, 2011
A great list of deserving titles, and a nice send-off to Cing. I anticipated every release and was heartbroken to hear they were being shuttered. And a big thank you to the staff and readers of AdventureGamers.com for doing my favorite genre proud. I love visiting this site.
Feb 21, 2011
It's great to see Cing getting the recognition they so rightly deserve. I bought The Last Window at launch but I still haven't played it in fear of it being the last Cing game I'll ever experience :-( Maybe now's the time to get over it and play this wonderful game.
Feb 19, 2011
Now, this is a twist at the very end! This is the first time I hear about the Cing game and the fate of the developer. Must be for a good cause that the AG staff decided to put the spotlight on them! Unfortunately, the PC world may never find out the merits of this game. So sad... As for the readers' choice award... Interesting! The Whispered World is a very good game indeed, but does have some major flaws too. In my eyes S&M and Lost Horizon deliver a better overall package than it. My take - hype campaigns still work wonders for getting ahead. Alas! An interesting Awards season with no easy picks amongst the contenders. Many thanks to the AG staff for making it all happen once again. Salute!
Feb 18, 2011
Now I really must play Last Window. I actually found it at my local electronics store, didn't even know there was a newer release from Cing than Again, but picked it up for 25£ and put it in my DS shelf, where it has been since (together with Again that's also unplayed).. Also need to finish the Whispered World, Sam and Max season 3, Heavy Rain and force my bf into playing Amnesia while I watch, as there is no way I'm playing that one alone.. At least I should have a lot to look forward to!
Feb 18, 2011
Wow! The Whispered World! And I didn't even vote! Most surprising: Sadwick. (After all the complaints about his voice). My personal choice from the same game would have been 'The Rock Bros.'. I totally love how they sound exactly like I had imagined them when I translated their parts. Big thanks to the AG community and of course the team. Cheers, Dan.
Feb 18, 2011
Yes it was a surprising choice for best adventure of 2010! But a fair one. And good for AG and good for Cing, despite them not being anymore.
Feb 18, 2011
So glad Amnesia took a handfull of prizes. Frictional Games deserve it so much.
Feb 18, 2011
I found Norman Jayden to be the most lovable character. Mixing virtual reality and drug addiction was a really nice idea)
Feb 16, 2011
Heavy Rain, champion of the people! It was a great game , the Origami Killer is amazing. My favorite characters were Gaius James Rover, Sadwick and the Origami Killer of course. I haven't played one game the staff picked besides Heavy Rain..hmmm time to get busy!
Feb 16, 2011
I see "Black Mirror 2" got runner-up in pretty much every category, AG staff AND readers!
Feb 16, 2011
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