Best Indie Game of 2014: The Banner Saga

Best Indie Game of 2014: Awarded to the best game developed and released without the support of a publisher.

Winner: The Banner Saga
Writeup by Dave Yeager
With pedigree comes expectations. Stoic was formed by a trio of former Bioware developers who wanted to make a game "in the vein of Game of Thrones or the Black Company." A lovely sentiment all around, but also one that sounded too good to be true. To say Stoic delivered in every way imaginable almost undersells what the tiny studio has accomplished here with The Banner Saga. Sweeping visuals, an epic score, compelling combat, and gut wrenching decisions make this not just one of the finest indie games of the year but one of the finest period.

Runner-up: Divinity: Original Sin
Runner-up: Divinity: Original Sin
Writeup by Dave Yeager
Unabashedly and delightfully old school at its core, but with decidedly modern advancements in multiplayer capability, Divinity: Original Sin captured the hearts, minds, and many many hours of a number of RPGFan staff members this year. Divinity: Original Sin was also a delightful reminder that RPGs didn't always have to be stern, grim affairs — it's okay to have a little bit of fun with the tone. Larian's best game to date was also its most commercially successful, and we all can't wait to see what comes next for this franchise.

Category Awards
Traditional RPG Action RPG Graphic Adventure Strategy RPG Indie RPG Best Hybrid RPG Port or Re-Release Best Combat Best Visuals Best Sound Best Story Best Protagonist Best Supporting Character Best Ensemble Cast
And the winner is...
Best RPG of 2014
Editors' Picks
Caitlin Argyros Andrew Barker Neal Chandran Josh Curry Derek Heemsbergen Sean Hutton Stephen Meyerink Kyle Miller Mike Salbato Robert Steinman John Tucker Dave Yeager
Readers' Choice
Readers' Choice Best RPG of 2014

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