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Into the Breach
  • Game of the Year
  • Best Indie
  • Best Original Game
  • Best Sci-Fi
Game of the Year
Into the Breach
Coming from out of nowhere, Into the Breach is the latest strategy game from lauded FTL developer Subset Games. For a good month, Into the Breach was one of the most talked about games in existence, and with good reason. This randomly generated turn-based strategy game flipped the genre on its head by showing what the enemy would do the turn before it did, tasking the player with countering this attack. Combine this with the small 64-square maps and Into the Breach delivered chess-like strategy in a bite-sized form. Before you knew it, Twitter was full of obscure shorthand naming conventions and algebraic notation that bear more than a passing resemblance to Chess.
10th
Best Indie
Into the Breach
Coming from out of nowhere, Into the Breach is the latest strategy game from lauded FTL developer Subset Games. For a good month, Into the Breach was one of the most talked about games in existence, and with good reason. This randomly generated turn-based strategy game flipped the genre on its head by showing what the enemy would do the turn before it did, tasking the player with countering this attack. Combine this with the small 64-square maps and Into the Breach delivered chess-like strategy in a bite-sized form. Before you knew it, Twitter was full of obscure shorthand naming conventions and algebraic notation that bear more than a passing resemblance to Chess.
5th
Best Original Game
Into the Breach
The indie gaming scene is where original ideas can be given a chance to thrive, and Into the Breach took a well-worn concept, that of turn-based strategy, and evolving it by telegraphing enemies’ attacks the turn before they happen. Into the Breach then becomes a process of chess-like battles, countering opposition moves before they happen in order to leave them floundering. It’s ingenious, and makes Into the Breach one of the best original games of 2018.
4th
Also nominated: Dead Cells, BattleTech, Frostpunk
Best Sci-Fi
Into the Breach
The indie gaming scene is where original ideas can be given a chance to thrive, and Into the Breach took a well-worn concept, that of turn-based strategy, and evolving it by telegraphing enemies’ attacks the turn before they happen. Into the Breach then becomes a process of chess-like battles, countering opposition moves before they happen in order to leave them floundering. It’s ingenious and makes Into the Breach one of the best original games of 2018.
4th

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