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Best Strategy RPG of 2014: The Banner Saga

Best Strategy RPG of 2014: Awarded to the best RPG with team and grid-based battles.

Winner: The Banner Saga
Writeup by Dave Yeager
The Banner Saga receives a lot of well-deserved praise for its story, visuals, score, and brutal decisions. But strip all that away, and you still have what we consider the best strategy game of the year. Tons of different unit types and sizes, a surprisingly tricky initiative system, and fantastic encounter design with a lot of thought going into the difficulty settings would have been enough. But the fact that so much of it is clearly inspired by games like the venerable Final Fantasy Tactics without feeling derivative made The Banner Saga stand above the rest of the crowd for Best Strategy Game of 2014.


Runner-up: Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut
Runner-up: Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut
Writeup by Bob Richardson
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut demonstrates mastery of gameplay, narrative, and atmosphere. The isometric, tile-based tactical combat uses guns intelligently while embracing its fantastical roots. Oozing with atmosphere, the dialogue, plot, and visuals complement one another seamlessly. Although it embraces a traditional narrative structure, Shadowrun has few upbeat moments as the protagonists work to save a world already ravaged by past mistakes. One of the most mature RPGs to date, Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut is a must-have for those with a refined palate.

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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