Resident Evil 4,’ ‘Lone Echo II’ and ‘Demeo’ Stack Up Awards and Nominations In New York Game Awards and SXSW Gaming Awards

Oculus Blog
February 1, 2022

While everyone has been racking up headshots in Resident Evil 4 in VR on Quest 2, exploring the mysteries of deep space in Lone Echo II on the Rift S, and delving into the turn-based dice roll dungeons of Demeo across both platforms, the teams at Capcom and Armature Studio, Ready At Dawn, and Resolution Games respectively have been racking up award wins and nominations. After taking home the honors for Best VR Game at the 2021 Game Awards last month, Leon’s iconic adventure is back on top of the podium once again for more honors at the 11th Annual New York Game Awards—and Lone Echo II, Demeo, and Resident Evil 4 are all nominated alongside After the Fall and Song in the Smoke at the SXSW Gaming Awards.

For the New York Game Awards, we’re thrilled to announce that Resident Evil 4 has the honor of winning both the Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake and the Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best AR/VR Game of the year. Also nominated for Best VR Game were Floor Plan 2, Mare, Ragnarock, Star Wars Pinball VR, and Traffic Jams.

In Resident Evil 4, you step into the shoes of Leon S. Kennedy as a special agent for the U.S. government on his mission to rescue the US President’s daughter who has been kidnapped by a mysterious cult, now in first-person VR for the very first time. Find your way through a rural European village, come face to face with challenging enemies, and uncover secrets and gameplay that have revolutionized the entire survival horror genre. Battle horrific creatures infected by the Las Plagas parasite and face off against aggressive enemies including mind-controlled villagers as you discover their connection to Los Illuminados, the cult behind the abduction. RE4 trailer

IGN gave Resident Evil 4 on Quest 2 a 9 out of 10 in its review, dubbing it “one of the best versions” of the critically-acclaimed classic. And arriving as a free update to the game this year, The Mercenaries, a fan-favorite mode, will expand the adventure by putting players in intense matches against a never-ending horde of Ganados to earn points before time runs out and the evacuation chopper arrives.

Then for the SXSW Gaming Awards, it was just announced that Resident Evil 4 on Quest 2 and Lone Echo II on Rift, as well as Demeo, After the Fall, and Song in the Smoke for both Quest and Rift, have all been nominated for Best VR Game of the Year! It’s great recognition for these games, each with an immense amount of work put into them—see all the nominations and vote here.

In Lone Echo II, players will once again step into the role of the android Jack as he embarks on another captivating adventure alongside Captain Olivia “Liv” Rhodes. The highly-anticipated sequel to Lone Echo brings back all of the innovative features that made the original a favorite of players everywhere including zero-gravity controls, stunning visuals, and an epic, emotional story. Utilize a wide assortment of new tools and abilities to overcome complex challenges as you unravel the mysteries of the far future.

Windows Central awarded Lone Echo II an astounding 5/5 score in its review, dubbing it a “must-have” with “gorgeous visuals and animation” setting a high-bar for future VR titles with its gripping story and high production values. And don’t miss our deep-dive retrospective and featurette video on the series here.

And finally, Demeo is a dream come true for fans of tabletop roleplaying games. You take on the role of an adventurer that oversees a magical table complete with interactive miniature figures, fully articulated dungeons for exploring, and reactive dice that you can physically roll during each turn. The tactical turn-based combat encourages teamwork and lets each player shine with their chosen characters on replayable adventures across a variety of narrative campaigns.

If that wasn’t enough to sell you, look no further than UploadVR who not only awarded it their VR Game of the Year for 2021, but also called it “Essential” with top scores in a glowing five-star review as well as being honored with VR Game of the Year from the VR Awards (AIXR).

Check out the official New York Game Awards website to see the acceptance speeches from Armature Games for Resident Evil 4,and check back on SXSW’s official website to see winners for the SXSW Gaming Awards after the event on March 12.