The 2013 Vidya Gaem Awards

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IP Twist Award

for best new implementation of an old franchise

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AC III was crap. No one thought AC IV was going to be any good. We were wrong. It's basically Sid Meiers Pirates with less dancing and more stabbing people for their doubloons, giving Assassin's Creed a hot fresh breath of life.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Ubisoft Montreal
Runner 2 advances the ever colorful and eye-popping visuals of Bit.Trip Runner with new moves, dancing that make you and your side scrolling ventures feel one with the music. Runner 2 feels like a natural progression, a step to next level, and a delight overall.
Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Gaijin Games
Why is this even here? It's DOTA with prettier graphics and ongoing balance changes, plus a cash shop. Also they removed the Slayers reference. What, I have to say something nice? Fuck, I don't know, it's managed to surpass the original and compete with League of Legends so they must have done something right.
Dota 2
Valve Corporation
It says "Remastered" straight in the title. Open and shut case.
DuckTales: Remastered
Capcom and WayForward Technologies
Far Cry 2 was a game that promised you fun and instead gave you malaria and endless supply of angry Africans. Probably because you stole their malaria. Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon gives you neon soaked fun, and plenty of it.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Shanghai
Fire Emblem said "do or die" this time around, and they did a whole lot of the former. Or both if you played it that badly. Fire Emblem Awakening bolsters characters with stronger presence and is all things Fire Emblem for your 3DS.
Fire Emblem Awakening
Intelligent Systems
Dude is called Lo Wang. Wait that's not the IP twist? That was in the original? Ah man that's fucking great. Lo Wang. Classic
Shadow Warrior
Flying Wild Hog
A Link Between Worlds follows up on a well beloved classic and remixes it quite nicely. Implementing rental systems that allow one to proceed with a degree of non-linearity for a Zelda title, spinning the musical tunes we've all come to know ad nauseum, A Link Between Worlds is a lovingly crafted entry in the Zelda series that furthers its mechanics to boot.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Nintendo EAD and Monolith Soft
Taking Tomb Raider, a game about steadily counting the amount of squares you can jump with two back steps and a run up, and turning it in Uncharted must have go someone a promotion. Because it actually manages to be pretty good fun with all the elements it borrowed from everywhere. Certainly the sum of its parts.
Tomb Raider
Crystal Dynamics
A perfect example of how to streamline a game experience without removing the core challenge and dynamics which made the originals so rewarding. You don't know pain until you've lost your best squad member.
XCOM: Enemy Within
Firaxis Games
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The Awards

Most Hated Award

for most hated game of the year

Least Worst Award

for least worst game of the year

Press X To Win The Award

for worst gameplay

"Actually Kind of Fun" Award

for best gameplay

Fanfiction Award

for most atrocious writing

Reading Rainbow Award

for best writing

You're Waifu Award

for worst character

Doomguy Award

for best character

Blunder of the Year

for setting a new standard for failure

Not in Another Castle Award

for a great sequel

"We're Sorry®" Award

for most egregious technical problem

Hyperbole Award

for best trailer

Pixels Are Art Award

for most pretentious indie game

/v/irgin Award

for best new IP

4chan Pass Award

for biggest cashgrab

Golden Voice Award

for best voice acting performance

Challenger Award

for the worst console launch

Cranky Kong Award

for best soundtrack

Precipitation Award

for biggest emotional impact

IP Twist Award

for best new implementation of an old franchise

Plot & Backstory Award

for the best representation of women

Eye Candy Award

for best visual aesthetics

Shareholder's Award

for betraying your own industry

SammyClassicSonicFan Award

for least cancerous vidya personality

/v/ Grammy Award

for the best song from /v/ - The Musical