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Best Story: Unavowed


It all begins with you – a man or woman, your choice – being struck by lightning to exorcise the demon possessing you. There’s no slow burn here, as Wadjet Eye Games’ Unavowed plunges right into its narrative about supernatural creatures and paranormal powers. Set against the backdrop of modern day New York City, this urban fantasy explores the mysteries behind visitors from the netherworlds coexisting with us in our own. When your self-named character is freed by a half-Jinn and fire mage, you’re recruited into the titular Unavowed, a secret mystical police force. There you get to decide how to approach your investigations, with a choice of three different background professions dictating the path available to you.

Following in the tragedy-laden footsteps of the one who possessed you in order to unravel their evil deeds isn’t all this stellar point-and-click title has to offer. Along the way you’ll help recruit more people into your small supernaturally-endowed team. Each of them has their own backstory, and this game takes advantage of its interactive medium to allow you to explore these tales to whatever extent you want without detracting from the main storyline. Throw in a choice of teammates to share in your missions, multiple playable backstories for your own character, and an excellent plot twist along the way that makes you reevaluate everything you thought you knew, it’s no wonder why Unavowed spirited away this year’s Aggie Award for Best Story.

Runners-Up:


Forgotton Anne

11-11: Memories Retold

Unforeseen Incidents

Detective Pikachu

(Note: As an adapted work, Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth was ineligible)
 



Readers’ Choice: Unavowed


The first reader award was a close, hotly-contested battle… for second place. Yes, despite a strong showing by many promising challengers, really the runaway winner was never in doubt. Like us, you were smitten by Unavowed’s skillful blend of supernatural thrills and often very touching human drama – and even non-human at times. Balancing such seemingly disparate elements is a significant accomplishment made all the more impressive by having alternate playable characters that bring their own unique dynamics to the team. For delivering such a thoughtful, well-rounded narrative experience, Wadjet Eye sweeps the first round of Aggies.

Runners-Up:


Unforeseen Incidents

Lamplight City

Forgotton Anne

Detroit: Become Human
 



Next up: Best Writing – Comedy... the envelope, please!

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Comments

DaveGilbert DaveGilbert
Feb 21, 2019

I don’t often comment on these things for obvious reasons, but I just wanted to make one small correction.

“Violet Young deserves a special shout-out for convincingly providing several young girl voices – a notoriously difficult role for adults to get right.”

Violet Young was able to convincingly play a child because she is a child herself. She is 12 years old. Smile

Either way, thanks so much! Back to hiding. /swooshes away

Jackal Jackal
Feb 21, 2019

D’oh! Well, that’s quite the achievement in its own right! But I’ll correct.

(And congrats!)

DaveGilbert DaveGilbert
Feb 22, 2019

(Also: there was never a game called The Blackwell Conspiracy)

(sorry)

Jackal Jackal
Feb 22, 2019

I don’t know WHAT possessed me when I wrote that. Tongue

SplinterX
Feb 23, 2019

It is so inconvinient without the summary. I want to see all winers for all categories with all nomenees in one page. It is annoying to go to different pages so often just to see the whole picture. I mean this awards can be a reason to play such games. I want to see a list of them not a sheet.

Corduroy Sombrero Corduroy Sombrero
Feb 25, 2019

Fantastic to see Larry back and getting some mentions Smile

CaliMonk CaliMonk
Feb 25, 2019

We’re working on a sub-category on the site in which you can find an easy overview of Aggie Award winners, per category, per year.

Doraleous
Feb 25, 2019

Bravo, Unavowed made me come back to this genre after years of pretty much only MOBA’ing. What a f***** good game.

CaliMonk CaliMonk
Feb 27, 2019

Great game indeed :-)

small dickie small dickie
Mar 5, 2019

Great Aggie Awards! Really enjoyed them. Great videos, superbly voiced by Ivy Dupler

But i have one questions: Why was The Red Strings Club not considered for the awards? I just started to play it and i noticed that it was released in 2018

Jackal Jackal
Mar 5, 2019

We just felt it was ultimately more of an interactive story game than an adventure game proper. Certainly close enough to cover here at AG, but we try to reserve the Aggies for games that meet our full genre criteria.

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