AE3A - the alternative E3 awards

Happily hardcore

Winner: NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams
There were few systems more hardcore than the Sega Saturn, and to see a sequel to one of its best-loved games in 2007 brings back squishy memories. But to see that the game hearkens so closely to the 1996 template is another thing all together - the same fanciful aesthetic, the same 2D gameplay, the same harsh grades for under-par performance. We're ready to fly again.

Runner-up: Front Mission
Customizable mecha and turn-based strategy combine in the ultimate version of a fan-favorite, 12-year-old game that's never been released in the US before.