Japan’s PlayStation Awards 2017: ‘Minecraft,’ ‘Dragon Quest XI,’ ‘Final Fantasy XV,’ ‘GTA V’

‘Dragon Quest XI,’ one of several titles to win sales and consumer accolades at Japan’s 2017 PlayStation Awards. — Picture by Armor Project/ Square Enix via AFP
‘Dragon Quest XI,’ one of several titles to win sales and consumer accolades at Japan’s 2017 PlayStation Awards. — Picture by Armor Project/ Square Enix via AFP

TOKYO, Dec 1 — Creative block-building adventure game Minecraft received a rare Double Platinum Prize at Japan’s 2017 PlayStation Awards.

November 30’s PlayStation Awards, hosted by the console brand’s Japanese arm, delivered ten Users’ Choice awards, as well as a trio of specialist category accolades and a slew of sales achievement trophies.

Having shifted over 2 million copies across PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita by September 30, 2017, Minecraft was announced winner of the night’s single Double Platinum Prize.

Moving more than 1 million copies were Grand Theft Auto V, Final Fantasy XV and Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, the last of which launched in July and is set for international release in 2018.

Those confirmed to have sold more than 500,000 units apiece included action trilogy compilation Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, football sim FIFA 17 and its September successor FIFA 18, prehistoric-futuristic adventure Horizon Zero Dawn, plus military sims Rainbow Six Siege, Battlefield 1, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Japan contributed expansive crime venture Yakuza 6, survival horror Resident Evil 7, historical brawler Nioh and winding apocalyptic vision NieR: Automata to the same third-tier category of best-sellers.

But games that sell the best are not always the most well-appreciated.

The User’s Choice Award turned up three other titles that did not feature in best-seller lists, those being psychodramatic role-playing tale Persona 5, fantasy adventure Ys VIII — Lacrimosa of Dana, and female-fronted spin-off Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

Otherwise, the public vote pushed Battlefield 1, Dragon Quest XI, Final Fantasy XV, Horizon Zero Dawn, NieR: Automata, Nioh and Resident Evil 7 back into view.

Three other categories remain: the Indie Games & Game Developers Award, the PlayStation VR Award, and the PlayStation Network Award.

The last of those, the PSN Network category, was another sales-based accolade, with FIFA 17, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and Phantasy Star Online 2 deemed to have generated the most sales of additional downloadable content. Phantasy Star Online 2 won the award for a third year in a row.

The massively multiplayer game launched in 2012 on Windows PCs, with a portable Vita edition emerging in 2013 and the PlayStation 4 version arriving in 2016; mobile equivalents released in 2014 and it is set for a Nintendo Switch debut in 2018, but remains a Japanese exclusive for the time being.

In VR, Resident Evil 7, Farpoint, and Summer Lesson: Allison Snow were said to have contributed the most to PS VR experience, while Undertale, 3on3 Freestyle, and Mystery Gensokyo TOD -Reloaded won in the Indie Games category. — AFP-Relaxnews

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