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#17-15
#14-12
#11-9
#8-6
#5
#4
#3
#2
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Andrew Barker
Neal Chandran
Eric Farand
Patrick Gann
Sam Hansen
Derek Heemsbergen
John P. Hussey
Josh Lewis
Abraham Ashton Liu
Liz Maas
John McCarroll
Stephen Meyerink
Kyle E. Miller
Dennis Rubinshteyn
Michael Salbato
John Tucker
Kimberley Wallace
Dave Yeager
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Kyle E. Miller's Top 10

10) Shadow Hearts: Covenant

9) The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

8) Fallout 3

7) Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2

6) Mass Effect

5) Anachronox

4) Dragon Age: Origins

3) Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

2) Deus Ex

1) Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn

Best: the most entertaining, thoughtful, engaging, compelling, playable, original, and memorable. I kept these traits in mind when poring over the RPGs I had beaten from the previous decade. I chose those that I remember most fondly, those I thought about most often, those that I find myself wanting to play in the middle of playing other games. The order of the best is not supposed to be arbitrary, and most of it isn't. These are the ten best from a decade full of adolescent growing pains for a comparatively nascent medium, those that saw RPGs grow from babes to adults. Those that weathered that harrowing, awkward time of growth and proved no worse for it.



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