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Best Graphic Adventure of 2012: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

Best Graphic Adventure of 2012: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (Nintendo 3DS, PSVita)
Writeup by Stephen Meyerink
This was an unexpectedly exciting year for adventure games. Competition was fierce, especially amongst the staff here at RPGFan. While Telltale's The Walking Dead is a fantastic storytelling experience in its own right, we believe that in the end, Zero Escape Vol. 2: Virtue's Last Reward, with its mind-bending puzzles and engrossing story, is the true king of the adventure genre this year. With a vastly improved presentation, less repetitious story flow, and even more devious plot twists, VLR doesn't just live up to its esteemed predecessor — it arguably surpasses it. VLR is a thrilling ride that won't soon be forgotten, and represents the absolute best in what visual novels and adventures have to offer.

Runner-up: Gray Matter
Runner-up: The Walking Dead (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, iOS)
Writeup by Bob Richardson
Adventure titles typically have a certain "safe" quality to them. Even those set in a horror atmosphere lose their edge with the relaxed, traditional point-and-click gameplay that comes with the genre. However, The Walking Dead challenges those expectations with an essence uniquely "zombie apocalypse."

Overall Awards
Traditional RPG Action RPG Graphic Adventure Strategy RPG Indie RPG MMORPG Port or Re-release Downloadable Content (DLC) Best Combat Best Visuals Best Sound Best Story
Reader's Choice
Reader's Choice Best RPG of 2012
And the winner is...
Best RPG of 2012
Editors' Picks
Abraham Ashton Liu Andrew Barker Dave Yeager Derek Heemsbergen John McCarroll Kyle E. Miller Neal Chandran Robert Steinman Stephen Meyerink


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