Readers' Choice Best RPG of 2014: Awarded to the best overall game of the year from within RPGFan's coverage, according to our readers.
BioWare has earned itself a great reputation over the years, and when Dragon Age: Origins hit the scene in 2009, it definitely lived up to that reputation. The release of Dragon Age II in 2011... did not go as well. Average scores dropped from about 90% to about 80% for the PC version, with similar drops on consoles, and many fans were disappointed, to say the least. And yet, is an 80% really that bad? If we were talking about any other developer, the answer would be no, but this is BioWare. Still, the high-quality games they have released over the years apparently earned them the benefit of the doubt, because the fans are back in full force for the series' third entry. And apparently, so are the kudos. Congratulations to Dragon Age: Inquisition, the winner of the RPGFan Readers' Choice award for 2014.
Bravely Default was one of many recent localization success stories for English-speaking gamers. Following its release in Japan, nary a word was spoken about this highly-regarded title venturing outside of Japan. Thankfully, there was enough demand for it to happen, and like similar questionable releases — Xenoblade, The Last Story, and the upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0 — Bravely Default would see a release in several other territories. That Square Enix's RPG has ended up as the second-best RPG of 2014 according to both the RPGFan staff and all of you reading this says that bringing the game to a wider audience was nothing but a good move.