2010 Aggie Awards feature

Best Story: Heavy Rain

 

 

Children have been disappearing. Missing for days, their bodies are inevitably discovered in an abandoned location along with the namesake calling card of the ‘Origami Killer’. The kidnappings only happen during periods of hard rainfall, and this is their doom, as the children are locked in an enclosed space, drowned by the rising water level. Against this horrific backdrop, happy family man Ethan Mars is about to see his life fall apart, as a terrible accident claims one child, leaving him only a shell of his former self when the Origami Killer strikes again by taking Ethan’s remaining son. This is just the start of the dark, emotionally unsettling, but always utterly compelling storyline of Heavy Rain.

Other playable players include Scott Shelby, a Private Detective tasked with investigating the case for a distraught mother; Norman Jayden, FBI Profiler also working the crime, albeit in a more official capacity; and Madison Paige, a photojournalist who also begins following the killings. It is this multi-part cast that makes Heavy Rain’s story so rich, presenting the unfolding drama from very different points of view. Some characters become aware of facts others don’t know, while some are hiding secrets they musn't reveal. As their paths eventually cross, more of their personal motivations are revealed, and it is the slow burn of each piece gradually coming together to unveil what is really going on that proves such a draw, finally converging in a memorable climax. Even more impressively, the story changes to suit the many actions and decisions you make. Heavy Rain is not so much one story as the choice of many that you alone will determine, making it truly worthy of the game’s "interactive drama" moniker and our best story Aggie award.

Runners-Up: Last Window: the Secret of Cape West, The Whispered World, Black Mirror II


Readers’ Choice: Heavy Rain

 

 

It seems many of us were moved by the tragic story of a serial killer’s impact on the lives of four different people... except who knows if we all experienced the same one? Making an already compelling tale even more immersive, the freedom to truly influence the direction and outcome of the story helped catapult Heavy Rain to the top in an extremely tight competition.

 

Runners-Up: The Whispered World, Black Mirror II


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

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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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