Reader's Choice Best RPG: Xenoblade Chronicles

Reader's Choice Best RPG of 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles (Nintendo Wii)
Writeup by Derek Heemsbergen
Our first annual Reader's Choice award goes to Xenoblade Chronicles, showing that our readers still generally favor Japanese RPGs. And what a JRPG this one is — despite being on a graphically "inferior" console, Xenoblade is a perfect example of style over substance, of heart over horsepower. It's interesting that this game was backed by an immense fanbase prior to its North American release, and that enthusiasm clearly remains with Xenoblade to this day. We thank each and every one of you for taking the time to vote, readers, and hope to see you back next year to see where your tastes lie. Cheers!

Runner-up: Persona 4 Golden
Runner-up: Persona 4 Golden (PSVita)
Writeup by Derek Heemsbergen
Another JRPG takes the prize as our Reader's Choice 2012 Runner-Up. Persona 4 Golden presented the definitive version of a fan favorite and has received almost exclusively positive attention since its release. We imagine you must be as excited for Persona 5 as we are.

Vote Breakdown (Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding)
Xenoblade Chronicles - 24%
Persona 4: The Golden - 14%
The Last Story - 13%
Tales of Graces f - 11%
Mass Effect 3 - 6%
Zero Escape: Virtues Last Reward - 6%
Ys Origin - 5%
The Book of Legends - 4%
The Walking Dead - 3%
Guild Wars 2 - 2%
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - 2%
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland - 2%
Final Fantasy XIII-2 - 2%
Torchlight II - 2%
Diablo III - 1%

Note: All other votes tallied were less than 1% of the vote, though more than 20 other titles did receive write-in votes.

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

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