SA Gamer Awards 2017: Best Crowd-funded Release

Sometimes it feels like crowdfunding is in the news for all of the wrong reasons. Large projects fall apart after rounds of funding, game developers misuse the funds on other games or on personal projects or extravagant backer rewards and stretch goals. While crowdfunding something is investing in an idea and hoping it will eventually come to fruition, it can be difficult to remember that.

Some games go above and beyond and manage to thrive in the crowdfunding arena. Games that publishers didn’t think would be successful, or spiritual successors to old favourites are born here.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

Following the successful Kickstarter of Divinity: Original Sin, the sequel seemed to be a sure bet.  Divinity: Original Sin 2 managed to raise $2,032,434 on Kickstarter from 42,713 backers and this year, we got to revisit the magical world filled with Sourcery.

Set centuries after the events of the first game, you have gone from being a source hunter to a sourceror,  captured and about to have the source ripped out of you, for your “protection”. From here an epic adventure unfolds involving an ancient enemy, gods and royalty. Whether playing the game alone or co-op with your friends, DOS2 is an amazing addition to the isometric RPG library.

Runner-Up: Torment: Tides of Numenera
Honourable Mention: Night in the Woods, Hollow Knight

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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