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Best Port or Re-Release of 2013: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Best Port or Re-Release of 2013:
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii U)
Writeup by Derek Heemsbergen
The Wind Waker is lucky — its sense of style has been timeless (and a little contentious) from the get-go. An HD coat of paint has done wonders for the game's vibrant color palette and expressive characters, making Link's oceanic adventure more visually pleasing than ever. Not content to simply upscale the game, Nintendo implemented great new features that integrate seamlessly into existing gameplay. Notable additions include the Tingle Bottle, a fun, thematically appropriate way to interact with other players over the internet, and the Swift Sail, which doubles the speed of Link's boat and eliminates the slog of moving across the Great Sea. For going above and beyond in making one of the most beloved Zelda games even better, Nintendo handily wins our award for Best Port of 2013.


Runner-up: Diablo III
Runner-up: Diablo III (PS3, 360)
Writeup by John Tucker
Put briefly, the console version of Diablo III is the game that the PC version should have been.  Its targeted loot system keeps you in the action longer between trips to town, the roll mechanic gets you out of harm's way without losing your target (or accidentally clicking on an enemy instead of open ground), and having an inventory that's broken down by item type keeps things effortlessly organized.  On top of that, this version gets rid of two of the biggest complaints that players had on the PC: the "always online" requirement and the auction house.  When the PS4 version comes out with the Reaper of Souls expansion already included, it may become the definitive version of Diablo III, but until then, the PS3/360 port is the version to get.

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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