BEST STO­RY­TELLING

PCPOWERPLAY - - Game of the Year 2016 -

JAMES O’CON­NOR

WHAT RE­MAINS OF EDITH FINCH

Edith Finch presents sto­ry­telling con­cepts – things I’ve never seen done be­fore – and pulls them off so well that my jaw lit­er­ally dropped a few times. DANIEL WILKS

NIER AUTOMATA

It’s a ballsy move to hide a great deal of a game in what are es­sen­tially New Game + re­plays, but that’s ex­actly what’s so great about the sto­ry­telling in Nier Automata MEGHANN O’NEILL

MOONHUNTERS

Rogue­likes are mad­den­ingly fun to play, but they don’t al­ways tell mem­o­rable sto­ries. Why would you care about your char­ac­ters if they’re all go­ing to die? Moonhunters an­swers this ques­tion by turn­ing each short playthrough into a leg­end and each it­er­a­tion of you into a hero. Se­crets are un­locked as you piece to­gether clues from your own prior his­to­ries and this is a con­vinc­ing way to struc­ture a nar­ra­tive in this con­text. With a glut of sta­tis­tics to man­age, it’s also an ex­cel­lent co­op­er­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. KOSTA ANDREADIS

WHAT RE­MAINS OF EDITH FINCH

A near per­fect blend of me­chan­ics and nar­ra­tive that tells an en­gross­ing, emo­tional story in a truly in­ter­ac­tive way. JAMES COTTEE

NIER AUTOMATA

Yoko Taro gets it. His per­sona, his en­tire shtick is meta and per­for­ma­tive. He ap­pears in pub­lic only while wear­ing a night­mare spher­i­cal skele­ton mask, he skips out on E3 to ‘eat tacos’, and he puts fish­ing mini-games in his pro­duc­tions whether you like it or not. There’s a tran­scen­dent qual­ity to his works; games can in­deed be art, and good art is con­fronta­tional. DAVID WILDGOOSE

NIGHT IN THE WOODS

It’s partly the “what am I gonna do to­day?” (lack of) struc­ture that best con­veys the duelling rest­less­ness/list­less­ness of Pos­sum Springs’ core 20-some­thing quar­tet. But mostly it’s the way the writ­ing ab­so­lutely nails the easy short­hand and com­fort­able long pauses be­tween close friends with an in­ti­mate, shared his­tory.

WHAT RE­MAINS OF EDITH FINCH

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