RPGFan


Best RPG of 2012: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Best RPG of 2012: Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Writeup by Ashton Liu
It was a close call this year, with the editors split evenly between Xenoblade and Mass Effect 3 for Game of the Year honors. Days of vigorous debate and arguments were had in favor of and against both titles. In the end, however, Mass Effect 3 won by a hair.

Marking the end of almost a half decade of storytelling, Mass Effect 3 concludes the various storylines and conflicts established in the prequels, with player choice making a significant impact in each scenario. Which characters live to see the end, which races deserve salvation, and which allies attend the final battle all depend on Shepard's previous choices and performance. The character development and writing are both excellent and rounded out by a beautiful soundtrack and impressive visuals. That's not even mentioning the improved combat, character progression, and weapon customization systems that allow for a variety of different playstyles.

While some might find issues with the third entry in the Mass Effect series, it is indisputable that the game made an incredible impact on both the industry and players. Xenoblade may represent some of the best JRPGs have to offer, but Mass Effect 3 shows what the culmination of five years of passionate storytelling and character development is capable of.

Runner-up: Dark Souls
Runner-up: Xenoblade Chronicles (Nintendo Wii)
Writeup by Derek Heemsbergen
Xenoblade Chronicles is undoubtedly the highlight of this year's slim Wii lineup. This tremendous, imaginative adventure truly pushed the system to its limits and proved that creativity trumps raw graphical fidelity any day. We raise our Monados in celebration of Monolith Soft's achievement and look forward to what the future holds — no visions necessary.

Overall Awards
Traditional RPG Action RPG Graphic Adventure Strategy RPG Indie RPG MMORPG Port or Re-release Downloadable Content (DLC) Best Combat Best Visuals Best Sound Best Story
Reader's Choice
Reader's Choice Best RPG of 2012
And the winner is...
Best RPG of 2012
Editors' Picks
Abraham Ashton Liu Andrew Barker Dave Yeager Derek Heemsbergen John McCarroll Kyle E. Miller Neal Chandran Robert Steinman Stephen Meyerink


Back to Feature Intro



Twitch Schedule & Status

Sunday, June 17
TBA • 10am PDT/1pm EDT

Mondays
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth • 3pm PDT/6pm EDT

Tuesdays
Star Ocean: Second Evolution • 3pm PDT/6pm EDT
LoH: Trails in the Sky The 3rd • 7pm PDT/10pm EDT

Wednesdays
Alundra • 12pm PDT/3pm EDT
LoH: Trails in the Sky The 3rd • 7pm PDT/10pm EDT

Thursdays
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep • 3pm PDT/6pm EDT
LoH: Trails in the Sky The 3rd • 7pm PDT/10pm EDT

Fridays
Detroit: Become Human • 3pm PDT/6pm EDT
Guild Wars 2 • 7pm PDT/10pm EDT

Saturdays
LoH: Trails in the Sky The 3rd • 5pm PDT/8pm EDT

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Hands-On Preview

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

Hands-On Preview
Divinity: Original Sin 2 — Definitive Edition Hands-On Preview

Divinity: Original Sin 2 — Definitive Edition

Hands-On Preview
Our Favorite Features: Part Two ~ An RPGFan 20th Anniversary Feature

Our Favorite Features: Part Two

20th Anniversary Feature
Sound of Drop -fall into poison- Review

Sound of Drop -fall into poison-

Review
GreedFall E3 Impressions

GreedFall

Impressions
Sound of Drop - fall into poison - Official Soundtrack Review

Sound of Drop - fall into poison - Official Soundtrack

Review
Retro Encounter 140

Retro Encounter 140

Podcast