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« on: January 08, 2013, 12:50:44 PM »

Well, it's up. You probably knew that already. With 2012 behind us, we ask: what were your favorite RPGs last year? Do you have any strong feelings about the games that made our list (or maybe the ones that didn't)?

Discuss! :)
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 12:59:58 PM »

Serious lack of Tales of Graces f on this list.  Definitely one of my favorites of the year. Should have been a shoo-in for best combat at the very least.  Sorry, but Mass Effect and Xenoblade don't even come close in that regard in my opinion.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013, 01:02:51 PM »

Reader's Choice: The amount of votes Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story got surprised me, but pleased me as well.

None of the awards surprised me, but they all pleased me. I don't agree that Mass Effect 3 is the best RPG released this year, but looking at the staff Picks, it was obvious it would win out. Plus, it was a surprisingly good year for RPG fans, so the competition was fierce, and my personal fave did get runner-up, so it's all good.

I quite enjoyed reading what the staff wrote, and ultimately this was one of the few yearly awards where I didn't have something to complain about. Great work all around. :)
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013, 02:45:10 PM »

Neal put Analogue: a Hate Story as his #4?
Nice.

Maybe he should write a review for it.

That's one game that definitively needs a review as you just can't go in there expecting a traditional VN or a game at all.
Heck, the game has no 'gameplay' per se except a tiny event. Sometimes I wonder if the target audience are voyeurs who get high on hacking email database and reading other people's email.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013, 02:50:41 PM »

Neal put Analogue: a Hate Story as his #4?
Nice.

Maybe he should write a review for it.

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Analogue_A_Hate_Story/index.html
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2013, 02:55:14 PM »

I can bring swords to a gunfight in ME3. Can I do that in ToGF? (Disclaimer: I don't own the latter.)
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2013, 02:59:33 PM »

Reader's Choice: The amount of votes Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story got surprised me, but pleased me as well.

None of the awards surprised me, but they all pleased me. I don't agree that Mass Effect 3 is the best RPG released this year, but looking at the staff Picks, it was obvious it would win out. Plus, it was a surprisingly good year for RPG fans, so the competition was fierce, and my personal fave did get runner-up, so it's all good.

I quite enjoyed reading what the staff wrote, and ultimately this was one of the few yearly awards where I didn't have something to complain about. Great work all around. :)

Here too, save for that it seems that being the concluding chapter of a multi-part series is worth more than having a unique setting and actual environments instead of endless corridors and hallways (not calling out ME3 on this but the majority of JRPGs which are by and large dungeon crawlers), which is kind of ironic since Xenoblade was basically the same plot as every other attempt made by the director at telling a multi-part series including Chrono Cross (though not nearly to the same extent) and possibly Sands of Destruction (never played it but every impression I got out of it looks that way).
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2013, 03:02:07 PM »

I can bring swords to a gunfight in ME3. Can I do that in ToGF? (Disclaimer: I don't own the latter.)

Actually, you can! Well, technically, it's a double-edged sword that turns into guns. Uh. Yeah.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaaVe0ORcLI
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2013, 03:16:06 PM »

I can bring swords to a gunfight in ME3. Can I do that in ToGF? (Disclaimer: I don't own the latter.)

Actually, you can! Well, technically, it's a double-edged sword that turns into guns. Uh. Yeah.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaaVe0ORcLI

So you bring a sword to a swordfight, leave with a gun?
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2013, 03:20:09 PM »

I can bring swords to a gunfight in ME3. Can I do that in ToGF? (Disclaimer: I don't own the latter.)

Actually, you can! Well, technically, it's a double-edged sword that turns into guns. Uh. Yeah.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaaVe0ORcLI

Okay that's cool. :D

I was trying to find a decent video of ME3's swordplay but I can't help but be amused by this glitch. I want this sword damnit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANPI8BwE08c
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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2013, 03:44:15 PM »

Neal put Analogue: a Hate Story as his #4?
Nice.

Maybe he should write a review for it.

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Analogue_A_Hate_Story/index.html

Thanks.
Not sure how I missed that... must have been half asleep that time I checked =/
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2013, 03:50:23 PM »

Analogue: A Hate Story was part of the IndieCade booth at E3 this year, but sadly Christine Love wasn't in attendance.  I would have loved to chat with her about the game (since I liked it and reviewed it positively), maybe do a brief interview and, of course, snap a photo with her. 

Either way, this was a good year for visual novels and graphic adventures.  Analogue, Cinders, VLR, Hakuoki, Chains of Satinav, Deponia, etc. 

And like with Mickey, I always liked reading the staff picks.  Even before I was on staff and was just a reader, I always preferred reading the staff lists to the sitewide ones, because someone would choose something obscure. 
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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2013, 10:12:29 PM »

Reader's Choice: The amount of votes Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story got surprised me, but pleased me as well.

Xenoblade Chronicles - 24%
Persona 4: The Golden - 14%
The Last Story - 13%

Yeah, I'm pretty happy with that top 3.
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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2013, 10:40:12 PM »

I giggled at first because the Editor's list was a pure sausage fest.  Tee hee.

Good list, pretty good year.  Meh, so long as there's a few good games every year, I'm a happy gamer -- RPGs or not.
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2013, 12:29:22 AM »

I clicked on each category guessing Mass Effect 3 would inevitably win, and yes including best indie game.
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