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Alana Hagues' Awards

5) King's Quest Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember
Although I've only had a chance to play the first chapter, the return of this old franchise is a wonderful romp in delight and humor. King's Quest manages to recapture the feel of the old-school point-and-click games but takes on a fresh new feel. Graham's mishaps and the colorful cast of characters will make for an entertaining and hugely funny experience, despite one or two frustrating puzzles. I can't wait to see where the series is heading.

4) Tales of Zestiria
I've been quite harsh on Tales of Zestiria regarding its story and its overly-complicated skill system. Fortunately, the positives in this game hugely outweigh the bad points. Zestiria reminds fans why this series has one of the best battle systems in the genre, combining skill and strategy to provide action-packed fights which are endless amounts of fun. Even if the whole game needs a little polish, the battles and characters will keep you coming back for more.

3) Until Dawn
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be in a horror film, Until Dawn has you covered. As the master of the jump-scare, Until Dawn manages to convey a cinematic gaming experience successfully and immerses you perfectly into the scenario. It's emulation of Resident Evil-style camera angles and the unbearable tension will put you on edge. And any game that rewards you for killing off your friends in different and gory ways is worth a vote in my opinion.

2) 80 Days
I might be cheating a bit with this, but the PC port of 80 Days brought this gorgeous adventure to the masses along with new content. More polished, tighter controls and even more wonderful story to experience, 80 Days is one of the best examples of writing in video games ever that will surely capture the imagination of all budding adventurers.

1) Undertale
Writing about Undertale fills me with determination. Tobyfox has managed to create a gem which just months after its release has made an impact with its unique take on battling monsters and hilarious characters. It's heart-warming, soul-crushing, and more than just a game — it's an experience. Everything amalgamates beautifully together to create a wonderful journey that will stand as an example for not just indie developers, but RPG stalwarts on how to create a truly memorable journey.

Honorable Mention

Being just a prototype demo, I didn't feel I could justify Indivisible being in my top 5, but of the short half an hour I spent with the demo, I was blown away by its stunning visuals and Valkyrie Profile-inspired combat. With a hugely diverse set of characters and a gorgeous soundtrack composed by Hiroki Kikuta, I eagerly anticipate its release in the coming years, and tip it to be one of the best releases to come.

Most Anticipated Release for 2016

Persona 5
Persona 5's delay is saddening, but in no way does it stop me from getting excited about this game. Aesthetically gorgeous and thematically intriguing, Persona 5 looks to be a blast come next year. The series has been going from strength to strength, and their next-gen offering looks like another huge step forward. To think twelve months ago I had never finished a Persona game, and now I'm frothing at the mouth for the next installment.