2010 Aggie Awards

Best Console/Handheld Adventure (Exclusive): Last Window: The Secret of Cape West

 

 

Interactive fiction is a concept that dates back to experiments like the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, but there was nothing particularly interactive about those. Then text adventures like Zork came along and everything changed, allowing us to be active participants for the first time. The reason we love adventures in the first place is that rather than being passive spectators, we can truly influence how a story unfolds, perhaps even changing the final outcome. While other graphic adventures continue to streamline this process, perhaps even a little too much, Last Window: The Secret of Cape West stands out as the modern embodiment of interactive fiction. With the Nintendo DS held sideways in hand, it's just like holding a book. And when playing a game this good, it’s easy to lose yourself in its page-turning fictional world.

The sequel to Hotel Dusk: Room 215 is a deeply engrossing, highly immersive, and fully interactive noir mystery, filled to the brim with fascinating characters to interrogate, like a contemporary Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. The game plays smoothly, its investigative segments feel natural, and its well-honed exploration allows us to be the protagonist, acting as Kyle Hyde’s eyes and hands. All the while, the DS-centric puzzles make excellent use of the handheld’s capabilities, making the experience all the more personally engaging. Even the way we hold the console, the way we handle it, becomes an interactive opportunity. Point-and-click? Pffft. So much wasted potential. Competing against the heavily-hyped, big-budget Heavy Rain made Last Window: The Secret of Cape West a decided underdog for this category, but it ultimately provided a better-rounded gameplay experience. As such, Cing's swan song has earned the distinction of not only being the best console adventure of 2010, but one of the finest examples of interactive fiction ever made.

Runners-Up: Heavy Rain, Professor Layton and the Unwound/Lost Future, Hector: Badge of Carnage


Readers’ Choice: Heavy Rain

 

Many people lament and even resent the fact that Heavy Rain is a console-only exclusive. But there’s no doubt that Sony and Quantic Dream achieved their goal of presenting a highly cinematic interactive drama. Its gritty premise, multi-character narrative arc, organic control scheme, and of course an impressive amount of freedom to control the storyline all added up to one of the most memorable adventure experiences of the year, regardless of platform.

Runners-Up: Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, Last Window: The Secret of Cape West


Next up: Best First-Person PC Adventure... the envelope, please!

Continued on the next page...



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Fantasysci5 Fantasysci5
Feb 16, 2011

I see “Black Mirror 2” got runner-up in pretty much every category, AG staff AND readers!

SamuelGordon SamuelGordon
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!

Arial Type Arial Type
Feb 16, 2011

I found Norman Jayden to be the most lovable character. Mixing virtual reality and drug addiction was a really nice idea)

Roper Klacks
Feb 18, 2011

So glad Amnesia took a handfull of prizes. Frictional Games deserve it so much.

smulan smulan
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.

ADan ADan
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.

Panthera Panthera
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!

DrFrankenstein DrFrankenstein
Feb 18, 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!

orient orient
Feb 19, 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.

jasonlblair
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.

pfranzen
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.

diego diego
Feb 23, 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” Smile

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.

bakana
Feb 28, 2011

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…

Tad Tad
Jan 2, 2013

Surprised to see Heavy Rain win this. The story starts strong but falls to bits the closer you get to the end.

Cowboy Bibop
Feb 25, 2014

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.



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