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Rice Digital Awards – who will be crowned best game of 2018

Rice Awards 2018

We’ve come to the top of one other yr, and meaning it’s awards time and crucially, what’s our greatest recreation of 2018. Right here’s a glance again on the good and the dangerous and a hopeful look ahead too! So be a part of us in a marvelous journey by way of the ups and downs of 2018; in any case, it’s not 2019 till everybody has completed one!


For this yr’s award ceremony (can we name it that?) we’ve compiled the picks of the primary workforce right here at Rice – Reuben, Max and ILJG as they determine their greatest recreation of 2018, in addition to their preferences for (the all essential) prime Waifu and Hubando of the yr. When you have any picks you’d like so as to add your personal value nominations, please tell us within the feedback under!



Greatest Recreation of 2018

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Reuben: Octopath Traveler

Actually, what else was it going to be? I completely love JRPGs and considered one of my favourites of the style is Bravely Default, a title that shares a few of the staff with Octopath Traveler. Nevertheless, aside from a few mechanical similarities, that is very a lot its personal beast … and all the higher for it. A incredible roster of fascinating characters, a splendidly immersive (if typically convoluted) plot, top-of-the-line soundtracks I’ve had the pleasure of listening to, and a few of the most beautiful pixel-based visuals ever seen in gaming thus far. Octopath Traveler is definitely, for me, the sport of 2018 and probably one of the best recreation at present obtainable on Change.



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Max: Valkyria Chronicles four

Whereas I’d dabbled slightly within the Valkyria Chronicles collection by way of the remake of the primary recreation, it’s Valkyria Chronicles four that obtained me properly and really hooked. So many points of the sport are dealt with so cleverly, it makes Valkyria Chronicles four an absolute pleasure to play even when the story has its weaker moments. The likeable forged and ever-present menace of permadeath solely add to the sport’s gripping rigidity and rewarding battle system. Valkyria Chronicles four actually was every thing I hoped it’d be and extra, which is all the time a pleasing shock.



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I Love Japanese Video games: DragonBall Fighter  Z

It’s uncommon for me to have a preventing recreation as my favorite recreation of the yr – certainly there are many different recreation I’ve put extra time into, however for the second it got here out, the sheer pleasure this held for me was unmatched. I feel it additionally cemented Arc System Works place as the highest preventing recreation developer working at this time. What was most spectacular for me with DBFZ was, firstly, the way it completely nailed the feel and appear of the anime – delivering Dragonball feels with such ardour and power. There are few fighters that look this good: reality. Lastly, was that DBFZ it made some headway in broadening the preventing recreation viewers, if just for a second. The preventing recreation group is all the time struggling for brand spanking new blood, and DBFZ was an awesome entry level for fresh-faced 2D struggle followers.



Prime Husbando of 2018



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Reuben: Adol Christin (Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana)

This was a troublesome class for me, what with so many potential candidates in 2018. In the long run it needed to go to Adol only for the sheer incontrovertible fact that he ticks so most of the husbando packing containers for me. The purple hair is first, clearly, however his boyish attractiveness paired with a troublesome outlook and character gained me over. At his greatest when paired with Dogi, one other potential candidate to be truthful, as his character shines by means of when interacting together with his greatest good friend, however he has a number of the most healthful interactions in the entire recreation. I’m not often a fan of the primary protagonists of video games, however I might fairly fortunately have Adol Christin whisk me away.



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Max: Claude Wallace (Valkyria Chronicles four)

As the primary character in my greatest recreation of 2018, Claude being my selection for prime husbando of 2018 doesn’t come as a lot of a shock. Man, am I a sucker for a mild-mannered fairly boy with an enormous tank and a head for technique. I like loads of the forged of Valkyria Chronicles four, however it’s Claude who actually brings them collectively and his candy character balanced with hidden strengths makes him an exquisite character in his personal proper too. I can say with certainty that even when the choice to not convey Claude into battle have been there, I wouldn’t take it. Actually, by no means thoughts the tank or anything that often comes with him, simply give me Claude. And if you need them to remove your tank simply so you need to use somebody as infantry, you understand you’ve received it dangerous.



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ILJG: Ryo Hazuki (Shenmue I & II)

Positive, he hasn’t washed or modified his garments in, actually years -but there are few younger males as healthful as Ryo Hazuki. It issues not what number of younger women throw themselves, willingly, at his ft, he won’t be distracted – his resolve unwavering. On this age of uncertainly, you want that type of stability in a person. It had been a very long time since I had had the pleasure of enjoying with Ryo, and although the years haven’t been variety to him, look-wise, I’ve to say I loved each second of my time with him. Calm, considerate, all the time there for his associates, honorable to a fault and able to kicking the shit out of bar filled with sailors with out a lot as breaking a sweat. What a man.



Prime Waifu of 2018


Reuben: Weiss Schnee (BLAZBLUE Cross Tag Battle)

Lots of people can be shocked to learn this, contemplating my extensively recognized dislike of the RWBY characters in BLAZBLUE Cross Tag Battle, however these individuals won’t have observed me not mentioning Weiss in any respect in my numerous derisive statements. I personally love the design of Weiss in BBTAG; it’s visually distinctive while seamlessly becoming in with the remainder of the roster of the sport. This isn’t my main cause for her being waifu of the yr although, which is solely as a result of anybody who cannot solely tolerate, however seemingly get alongside high quality with, Ruby’s voice deserves a medal. I can’t give Weiss a medal, however I can identify her as the most effective waifu of 2018.



Max: Jed (Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk)

With each Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk and Code: Understand Bouquet of Rainbows releasing in 2018, I’m happy to say this was a troublesome class with two very worthy otome protagonists to decide on between. That’s a nicer drawback to have! In the long run, I’m going with Jed, and never simply because Cardia will get one other shot with the second Code: Understand fan disc on the best way in 2019, trustworthy. Jed’s like two nice waifus in a single, together with her twin identities every having their very own attraction and lovely sprites. There have been some likeable guys in Ashen Hawk, positive, however Jed was the primary occasion and if she’d been a love curiosity as an alternative of the protagonist, I’d have chosen her in a heartbeat. Her androgynous prettiness helps her case, however Jed’s compassion, robust will and independence make her simply as robust a personality as any of the blokes too, if no more. She’s in all probability my favorite otome protagonist but, and was one of many excessive factors of Ashen Hawk altogether.



ILJG: Violet Evergarden (Violet Evergarden)

I completely adored this anime (it’s on Netfix when you’re questioning) regardless that it was fairly divisive on the time. I’m a sucker for a interval drama – and that is what Violet Evergarden is, in a bizarre approach. It’s the age previous story of Violent-Killing-Machine-Returns-From-Convalecense-In-Order-To-Write-Letters-And-Uncover-The-True-Which means-Of-Love. It’s such an odd anime and Violet and even stranger character. On the one hand she ticks the packing containers of candy on the one hand, all billowing petticoats within the wind and bumbling naivety – after which then again, deep down, you recognize she’s only a terrifying human-massacring ultra-death machine. What Violet Evergarden does so nicely is that, it by no means actually exhibits you her darkish aspect. Violet Evergarden is 99.9% whimiscal story about humanity’s want for love and household – but their failure to speak successfully. Violet’s true energy come from the phrases she chooses to reconnect and resolve. The opposite zero.01% is a number of brief however completely badass reminders that, underneath. no. circumstances. do. you. fucking. mess. with. her.



Most Irritating/Disappointing Gaming Second of 2018


Reuben: SNK Heroines Tag Staff Frenzy

I used to be massively hyped for this recreation, I used to be even ready to look previous the sheer, unabashed fan service of the entire thing, however I used to be ultimately confronted with a hole mess of a preventing recreation. I’m all for the simplifying of the core mechanics of the preventing recreation style to permit a larger inflow of gamers, nevertheless, SNK Heroines dumbed it right down to a level that it simply turns into unenjoyable and brainless to play. With the lacklustre gameplay being coupled with some frankly insulting character decisions and obtrusive omissions from the roster (the place is B. Jenet, SNK?), the entire recreation seems like a disappointing waste of potential.



Max: The RWBY Character Kerfuffle of BBTAG

I will not be a lot of a preventing video games individual, however BBTAG promised to deliver collectively a bunch of collection I like for one huge over-the-top preventing recreation enjoyable crossover. Nice! Then the character bulletins occurred. I’m an enormous fan of RWBY, so I used to be very dissatisfied to see how shunted apart it was compared to the opposite collection represented. Now, I do know the RWBY characters required all-new belongings and stuff, however solely placing 2 of the primary four within the recreation and having the others as DLC isn’t cool. At that time, you’re not even that includes RWBY, you’re that includes RW. Blake and Yang might have ended up free DLC in the long run, however we additionally by no means obtained any extra RWBY characters. The entire thing simply left a nasty style in my mouth. It’s not one thing a RWBY-only fighter couldn’t repair although! I’m nonetheless holding out hope for that one!



ILJG: Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze 

I principally purchase all of the Nintendo first get together stuff, each time. I did nevertheless, take an enormous break with WiiU. Whereas I purchased the console, I simply didn;t make investments myself in it as a lot as I’ve in different generations. So I used to be wanting ahead to getting spherical to play a number of the stuff that I’d beforehand missed. Whereas I discovered Captain Toad to be… a passable and strong distraction. I’ve to say I discovered Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze virtually totally joyless. It’s not typically I say that about Nintendo video games. Positive it’s mechanically sound, nicely introduced and sometimes creative, I assume the DK universe simply doesn’t push my buttons in the identical method it did again with the unique DK Nation on SNES.



Gaming Mistake of 2018


Reuben: Bumbling By way of Ultimate Fantasy XIV On-line

In probably considered one of my most dumb gaming moments ever, caveat right here being that I’m very new to MMOs, I took the directions of an NPC on this recreation just a little too actually. Through the Winter occasion on the tail finish of final yr, Amh Garanjy instructed me to go to a specific spot in Gridania and look forward to her, so wait I did. After twenty minutes or so of ready, I messaged one among my pals that may be a stalwart participant asking how lengthy I needed to wait. Earlier than his reply got here in I observed an icon close to the spot I used to be stood that I might goal, which I used to be supposed to look at to activate the search, prompting my messaging my pal once more with 4 phrases, “I’m an fool”.



Max: Selecting New Recreation + in Disgaea Full

Who makes New Recreation + an choice within the first chapter of a recreation? I imply, actually. However greater than that, who’s silly sufficient to simply accept it and need to do the entire first chapter over once more? That may be me. Whereas my bitterness at retreading floor so early had no bearing on me not having fun with Disgaea Full normally, it definitely examined my endurance greater than essential. I haven’t achieved one thing this dumb since I assumed crawling in entrance of a projector was a suitable stealth transfer again in Metallic Gear Strong 2. And that’s one thing actually, really silly.



ILJG: Downloading Area of Valour

I’m my very own worst enemy typically. I do know precisely what my weaknesses are in relation to my gaming habits. It’s not that Area of Valour is dangerous, fairly the other, it’s truly very properly made – and that’s the issue. My pile of disgrace is so massive, and my free time so valuable, that Area of Valour successfully sucked me in and unexpectedly stole recreation time from different issues that have been, finally, extra worthy. Area of Valour is, for a free to play Change recreation, fairly rattling good. Sure it’s a MOBA and oddly mild on content material – however nonetheless, tens of millions of gamer’s throughout Asia aren’t improper – it’s strong, properly balanced and surprisingly moreish. In the long run I pressured myself to to delete it, so it wouldn’t take any extra of my time up.


Recreation We’ll Nonetheless Be Enjoying in 2019

Reuben: The Final Remnant: Remastered

As my final reviewed title of 2018, that is sort of a provided that I might nonetheless be enjoying The Final Remnant: Remastered, however the important thing level with this one is that I *need* to maintain enjoying. The mixture of the completely ludicrous plot and the deeply strategic (and sometimes a tiny bit irritating) battle system is addicting to me, for some purpose. I simply can’t cease plodding alongside as the usually unbearable protagonist as he aggressively screws up repeatedly. The sport just isn’t for everybody, however feels very proper for me and the way I play video games. Moreover, I used to be very tempted to call Marquis David Nassau from the sport as my husbando of the yr, which says lots for a personality I solely knew about in December.



Max: Soulcalibur VI

When Soulcalibur VI launched, I challenged it to be higher than the near-flawless Soulcalibur III. Whereas it won’t have succeeded at that simply but, I’m prepared to let the complete season cross of DLC launch earlier than I make my judgement name, and meaning Soulcalibur VI preserving me invested nicely into 2019. With two extra characters on the best way, an entire chunk of character tales I’ve but to finish, and much more character creation shenanigans on the horizon when the brand new elements drop, that is going to be pretty simply completed. I solely hope it’s well worth the wait.



ILJG: Pokemon Lets Go! Eevee

I acquired method too distracted on the finish of the yr with the deluge of video games that got here out, that this one fell by the wayside. I lastly picked it again up after Christmas and began enjoying in Ernest. I REALLY like the brand new Pokemon format – a lot so, I truthfully can’t see myself levelling up although the grass in a Pokemon recreation once more. I would really like it to be a bit of tougher, however that apart, I truthfully really feel that this transforming of a basic components makes it the perfect Pokemon so far. I additionally like how they rebooted to the unique 151 Pokemon which, lets face it, are nonetheless the easiest. This can take me although to the top of January I anticipate, whereupon I’ll discover myself longing for Gold and Silver to get the identical Let’s Go remedy!



Most Anticipated Recreation of 2019

Reuben: Resident Evil 2 Remake

What else? I’m on an entire blackout of data in the meanwhile, making an attempt to maintain myself as recent as attainable getting into to this, regardless of how troublesome that could be. Resident Evil 2 is my favorite recreation of all time, so for it to be getting the remedy that the unique recreation received again in 2002 is an absolute dream come true for me. The little that I’ve seen is sufficient for me to be feverishly excited, and the truth that the sport is merely weeks away is doing nothing to curb that pleasure. Oh, and the truth that Claire Redfield has an optionally available Elza Walker costume is a genius masterstroke from Capcom. Convey on the 25th.


Max: Hearth Emblem: Three Homes

Is anybody stunned by this selection? No. Am I tremendous enthusiastic about it although? Undoubtedly! We’ve had little to stoke the hype flames for Hearth Emblem: Three Homes this yr, however the one trailer we did get suggests the brand new launch goes in a course I discover very thrilling. I can’t wait to see how the a number of protagonists shall be labored in – all of who I just like the seems to be of – and if Three Homes is anyplace close to as unbelievable because the final residence console Hearth Emblem recreation we received (being Radiant Daybreak some 10 years in the past) then I will probably be extraordinarily happy. I’ll even be speaking about Hearth Emblem much more, however that may be a consequence I’m prepared to topic everybody to for what I’m hoping to be the SRPG prime canine in a yr of SRPGs.


ILJG: Shenmue III

Sure, I’ve been down on this for a short while as early footage of the sport was not precisely doing it for me. That stated, I’m over the moon that this even exists within the first place. After just lately enjoying by way of I&II once more, my physique is lastly prepared to seek out out what occurs subsequent on Ryo’s epic journey. The cliffhanger from II was simply as impactfull this yr because it was so, so a few years in the past. The truth that we’ll quickly get to see Ryo’s subsequent steps is such an exquisite feeling. Will he get his revenge? What precisely did his father do? Will Sega ever get spherical to fixing Ryo’s face? Not lengthy to attend now, people.



So, these are our decisions. 2018 had some nice releases, and 2019 doesn’t present any signal of slowing down in that regard, which is nice to see! What would your picks for our classes be? Tell us on Fb, Twitter, or within the feedback under!


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