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Editor's Top 5 - RPGFan's Games of 2005

Welcome to RPGFan's Games of 2005 feature. We think we've found a system that we like with the way our staff setup has changed. We're keeping our individual top 5 lists and the point system for one title - RPG of the Year. For the rest of the games, we've decided to switch to a pure vote-based system per category. I think you all will be very surprised, as we've expanded the categories quite a bit this year.

That being said, check out each editor's top 5 RPGs of the year (plus Non-RPG Top Picks) and the Games of the Year list by using the navigation above.

Also to be noted is the fact that Kingdom Hearts II and Front Mission 5 were not considered in this list. As both arrived less than 10 days before the end of the year, KH2 on the 22nd and FM5 on the 29th, our staff members did not have the time to fully appreciate these import titles. Look forward to seeing them on next year's list, but, without further ado, 2005's Games of the Year await.

Neal Chandran Patrick Gann Alan Knight
Woojin Lee Ryan Mattich John McCarroll
Daniel Stringer Damian Thomas Mike Wilson

RPGFan's Games of 2005
Action RPG of the Year
Ys: The Ark of Napishtim - Adol's first journey stateside in quite some time, Ys: The Ark of Napishtim hailed the return of the classic-styled Action RPG for this generation. While its cousin, Ys: The Oath in Felghana, can be said to be the "better" game of the two, Ark rekindled the love of old-school gaming for many of our staff members. Maybe we'll see the PSP version in this same slot next year. Ys: The Ark of Napishtim
Strategy RPG of the Year
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance - Path of Radiance returns the Fire Emblem series to the consoles for the first time since the era of the Super Famicom. It's the first time we've seen a console version stateside. It may be a little bit homely, but Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance is a souped-up version of what everybody loves - even if it does have that goofy Biorhythm thing. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Point and Click Adventure of the Year
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - It's very nice to see such a breath of fresh air in the U.S. gaming world. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, despite having a bit of an odd concept, is a brilliantly concieved, expertly executed point and click adventure. The PC titles we've seen this year don't even come close. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Handheld RPG of the Year
Riviera: The Promised Land - Probably the closest thing we're going to get to a dating sim in the US (aside from Sprung, that is), Riviera: The Promised Land is a pretty spiffy GBA RPG with an interesting, if simple, battle system, and a point-selection system that's a bit reminiscent of some P&C adventures. If you can find it now, snag it. Riviera: The Promise Land
Import RPG of the Year
Ys: The Oath in Felghana - It's Ys VI on steroids. The Oath in Felghana is a superb remake of Ys III: Wanderers from Ys using the Ark of Napishtim engine. Smoother, cleaner, and with a better soundtrack than its predecessor, Ys: The Oath in Felghana is an excellent Action RPG that hopefully someone will snag for the states. Ys: The Oath in Felghana
PC RPG of the Year
Ys: The Oath in Felghana - It's been said before, Ys: The Oath in Felghana is one of the best titles we've seen this year. The only other PC RPG that came close was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II. We'll see if the American market can come back and conquer with titles like Hellgate: London and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion next year. Ys: The Oath in Felghana
Console RPG of the Year
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King - Some people say that this wasn't the year for RPGs, but those that did come out tended to be very good. Digital Devil Saga, Suikoden Tactics, Radiata Stories, and Sakura Taisen V all stood up but were ultimately knocked down by the powerhouse that is Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. Now let's just hope they port the Dragon Quest V remake. Dragon Quest VIII
Best RPG of 2005
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King - While some staff members think that Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 1 + 2 win for the hardcore RPG crowd, Dragon Quest VIII simply has that sort of appeal for everyone. A nationwide phenomenon in Japan, Dragon Quest VIII is taking over America like it did in the Far East. Dragon Quest VIII


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