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Best Graphic Adventure of 2013: Beyond: Two Souls

Best Graphic Adventure of 2013:
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Writeup by Zack Parkerson
Quantic Dream continues to prove that it knows how to put together an interactive narrative. Beyond: Two Souls stands out yet again with both a great story and some stunning performances. It also deals with choice in a clever way, by rarely letting you know that you're actually making a choice. It won't be until discussing it with a friend or replaying it that you'll grasp just how different things can play out. It may have its own set of quirks, but you'll honestly be too wrapped up in its paranormal sci-fi world to notice. Beyond has a lot of stand-out moments that I refuse to spoil, and should truly be experienced by anyone who enjoys a great adventure game.


Runner-up: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
Runner-up: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (3DS)
Writeup by Derek Heemsbergen
The exciting continuation of the Ace Attorney series arrived this year after a lengthy hiatus, making it all too clear how much we missed the goofball lawyers of the Wright Anything Agency. Dual Destinies continues the series' tradition of juxtaposing genuinely hilarious dialogue with unexpectedly dramatic murder mysteries to great effect. Rookie lawyer Athena Cykes' Mood Matrix ability is an interesting new way to cross-examine witnesses by untangling their emotions, and it ties into the plot surprisingly well. A streamlined investigation process keeps the game moving at a consistent pace, and everything builds up to an explosive finale that had us shaking our heads in disbelief. If you've never played an Ace Attorney game and are afraid to jump into this one, trust us: it's worth your time.

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 Best Non-RPG
And the winner is...
Best RPG of 2013
Editors' Picks
Andrew Barker Neal Chandran Derek Heemsbergen Abraham Ashton Liu John McCarroll Stephen Meyerink Kyle E. Miller Zackery Parkerson Mike Salbato Robert Steinman Brian Tomlinson John Tucker Dave Yeager
Reader's Choice
Reader's Choice Best RPG of 2013






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