GamesRadar's seemingly annual Platinum Chalice Awards 2007

Winner: Ar tonelico
NIS America | PS2

Anime-infused RPGs are a niche within a niche, so there's a rather large chance you've never even heard of this, let alone played it. The RPG bits are all intact and perform fine enough (especially the nail-biting battle system), but what really made Ar tonelico stand out was its bizarre pseudo sex storyline involving the main character and two perfect-bodied anime babes.

Like all RPG ladies, Misha and Aurica can use magic. But in order to unlock new levels of power, you have to "dive" into their minds and explore their innermost emotions. Loads of sexual innuendo ensues, culminating with the introduction of alarmingly phallic Grathnode Crystals. Aurica and Misha have "ports" on their bodies you have to "insert" the "crystal" into so they can gain new abilities. Misha is totally comfortable with her body, basically begging you to poke where you please, but Aurica keeps lodging concern - "To be honest, I'm a little scared, since I've heard that it hurts when you put it in." Just watch:

"As long as it's you, I can take the pain."

Honorable mention: Conan
THQ | 360PS3

We realize that grunting, half-naked slabs of rippling muscle aren't what most gamers think of as "sexy," but Conan overcompensates by making its hidden power-ups topless chicks in bondage who writhe seductively when you free them. Beats the hell out of making Master Chief track down skulls, at least.


  • JosefMotley - January 7, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    i don't really see the fuss about the mario galaxy soundtrack. the isle delfino theme from sunshine was miles better than anything in galaxy, and both games horrifically maul the main mario theme itself. those "beeps & boops" of the old games are FAR more memorable melodies than the saccharine overscored string sicklyness of galaxy, and have a hell of a lot more character. i miss the days when videogame soundtracks actually sounded like games rather than second rate film scores
  • RebornKusabi - December 19, 2008 11:44 p.m.

    Great Article, some of these games I had played and actually loved... some, not so much >_>

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