Bloodstained's Kickstarter campaign didn't take the longest of some other games we've seen (hello, Cryamore), but with each update, the game looked better and better, so the wait became harder. The father of modern Castlevania games was back! And he was making a spiritual successor without the oversight of a pachinko company. Could this be the game to finally rival Symphony of the Night? No, because some of the GBA games already did that. But Bloodstained is still a polished, fun, expertly made experience that many of us couldn't put down until we finished it. It has been a long time since we have seen a proper 'Vania, and this has scratched that itch. IGA is back!
by Mike Salbato
Fans of Bethesda's Fallout games got quite a treat this year from Obsidian Entertainment, the developer of Fallout: New Vegas. The Outer Worlds contains everything that made Fallout a fan-favorite franchise, including a satirical sense of humor, engrossing worldbuilding, interesting NPCs, and an astounding level of player choice. While at times feeling like a throwback to a previous era of first-person action RPGs, Obsidian still managed to push the formula forward with an excellent combat system that could be customized to your preferred play style. There are the makings of an outstanding new RPG franchise with The Outer Worlds, and we can't wait to see the worlds Obsidian develops next!
The vote for Best Action RPG was one of the tightest in all categories. The Outer Worlds only beat Kingdom Hearts III by a single vote. Bloodstained didn't fall too far behind, and Monster Hunter World's DLC made a strong showing too.