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5) Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable (PSP) – I know it's a blasphemy on this website, but I'm one of the only RPGFan editors who is not a complete fanboy of the SMT series. In fact, Persona 3 Portable marks my first foray into the series. I very much enjoyed my time playing the game, and I can see that it's a good game but I'm not "in love" with it as much as other editors here and that's probably just a matter of personal preference. There are quite a few things I dislike about Persona 3, and that's why it didn't make the top of my list but it was still good enough to make my Top 5.

4) Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP) – One of my first RPGs ever was the original Ys on the Sega Master System back in the 80s. As such, it's not surprising that I always have a soft spot for Ys, especially since I've always been a huge fan of the music from the games too. After playing Ys SEVEN this year (a very good game as well), I gave Oath in Felghana a try too and very much enjoyed the game, perhaps a little more than Ys SEVEN. Maybe it's the "old-school" RPG fan in me that liked this game better since it's a little more reminiscent of the original Ys than a game like Ys SEVEN. With gorgeous art, beautiful music, and a short but fun adventure, Oath in Felghana is exactly what I look for in an action RPG.

3) Fallout: New Vegas (360 / PS3 / PC) – As somebody who spent probably 150 hours in the world of Fallout 3, it's not surprising that I'm sinking a ton of hours into this one too. New Vegas is pretty much the same thing as Fallout 3. Same engine, same items, same gameplay, etc. I guess that's a good thing if you like the previous game. Fallout: New Vegas is a quality title that initially had MANY bugs and isn't exactly very "original" since it feels more like Fallout 3.5 or 3.25, but it is still good enough and fun enough to make my list at number three.

2) Mass Effect 2 (360 / PC) – As a fan of the original Mass Effect, it's not surprising that the sequel makes my list this year. Mass Effect 2 is without a doubt a great RPG with the usual BioWare attention to detail and emphasis on dialogue. As much as I liked Mass Effect 2 though, I may be one of the few who actually liked the original more than the sequel. I missed many of the RPG elements that were removed from the first such as all the equipment management. I also thought the storyline in the first was more interesting and offered more surprises and twists and turns.

1) Lunar: Silver Star Harmony (PSP) – I know this is most likely a biased pick, but I can't help but put this as my #1 RPG for the year. Lunar is the reason why this website was started back in the late 90s, and considering how huge a fan I am of the series, this game holds a special place in my heart. As such, playing the game again with new graphics, better music, and some other changes here and there is really the best thing that can happen to a big fan like me. Lunar may not be the "best" RPG that came out in 2010, but it is my personal favorite because I'm a big fan of the original and Lunar just suits my taste perfectly.



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