Although it suffered from a launch issue regarding the special "Wizard's Edition" collectors edition of the game which affected many of you and a few of our editors, and despite any gripes that some might have with the game itself, Ni No Kuni still managed to be chosen as RPGFan's readers' favorite RPG for 2013. That alone might be enough to sell the game if you haven't already tried it, but we still get to list all of the other extremely strong points that this game has to offer.
Foremost is the fact that Studio Ghibli lent its legendary artists to Ni No Kuni to inspire a world like only they can; and to put it lightly, this game's visuals are gorgeous. Boasting a strong combat system that rarely becomes dull, a vast amount of content to explore as you please, and an endearing story of human emotion and personal growth, it's no surprise that we find Ni No Kuni among the best RPGs of 2013. Follow that incredible Ghibli-style animation in each cut-scene with the sound of whimsical music suited perfectly for the game world and solid voice work from each character, and you have the makings of a game that will be remembered as an RPG for the ages.
The Tales resurgence is in full swing, and with no less than three games on the horizon for North American audiences, it's a great time to be a series fan. You showed your love for Tales of Xillia this year, and we certainly agree that it deserves the attention. A twisting storyline, engaging characters, and action-packed combat are only a few of the things that made this your second-favorite RPG of 2013. Cheers to your good taste, readers!