The 2022 Vidya Gaem Awards
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IP Twist Award
for best new implementation of an old franchise
You see that mountain? You actually can climb it.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Game Freak
The monsters make Godzilla look like a toy.
Bayonetta 3
PlatinumGames
The sword isn't even alien technology this time. Honestly it's false advertising.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Monolith Soft
Biggest shake-up for the series since Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
HAL Laboratory
HA! You thought it was solely going to be a Turn-Based Strategy game?
Digimon Survive
Hyde, Witchcraft
There is no twist. You just haven't seen gameplay like this in 30 years.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
Tribute Games
The evolution of Kratos can be compelling, even if it's in a car-crash-in-slow-motion kind of way.
God of War Ragnarök
Santa Monica Studio
Towns: Gone. Cutscenes: Cut down. Switch classes mid-fight. All killer, no filler.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
Team Ninja
The twist is that they could've just released the exact same game again but actually decided to overhaul it into the best version of the game.
Tactics Ogre Reborn
Square Enix
As much fun as rail grinding was, it's nice to actually use the whole analog stick once in a while.
Sonic Frontiers
Sonic Team
A remake that overhauls the visuals, remasters the soundtrack, and the new content fits so well you'd barely know it wasn't in the original. Why couldn't we get this with FF7?
Live A Live
Square Enix, Historia
The real twist was managing to have two huge Pokemon releases without both of them being completely broken.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Game Freak
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