Best Graphic Adventure: Console - Heavy Rain
It is safe to say that no other game released in 2010 was quite like Heavy Rain. Instead of the LucasArts/Telltale style of point-and-click adventure, or the Japanese-style visual novel, Heavy Rain strove for real interactive drama. First, the developers built a base of immersive, natural controls and paired it with stunning, lifelike next-generation graphics. Despite this strong foundation, Heavy Rain's greatest achievement was the crafting of a complex, shifting narrative filled with memorable characters. It is almost too easy to lose yourself in the immersive nature of Quantic Dream's magnum opus. Other games this year were more fantastical, but Heavy Rain felt real despite the twists and turns of the plot. While plenty of great graphic adventures came out this year, Heavy Rain operated on a different level, daring the gamer to invest themselves in a world not too different from their own.

Runner-up: Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge
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