Every year brings a plethora of games to play, but which ones stand out above the rest? Every year, we put our collective heads together to decide what the greatest games of the past 12 months were.
01/11/20 We're at the end of the decade, but we're also at the end of the year. You know what that means: it's time to dig through our favorites from 2019 and pick our favorites! And what a year it's been. While it's mostly been defined by high-profile sequels and excellent ports, there have also been some new IPs that grabbed us as well.
01/12/19 A huge selection of must-play games in 2018 had us simultaneously excited and overwhelmed, but if one is to be overwhelmed, being buried in excellent games is the way to go. We celebrate 2018 with a site-wide list of our favorites plus your own Readers' Choice picks, a near-record-setting 14 lists of editors' personal favorites, and special editions of two of our podcasts.
01/23/18 2017 had more must-play titles across every genre than most years in recent memory. That so many of them would be RPG, adventure games, and visual novels works out well for us! As always, we have Editors' Awards, full Category Awards (with new awards this year), and are featuring year in review editions of both Random Encounter and Retro Encounter.
01/03/17 Our annual celebration of The Year Final Fantasy XV Finally Released also includes many other games, across both our personal Editors' Awards, sitewide Category Awards, your Readers' Choice awards, and special editions of both Random Encounter and Retro Encounter.
01/08/16 Editors' Awards and sitewide Category Awards are joined with two special edition podcasts, and, for the first time, integrated Readers' Choice winners in every category.
01/08/15 New categories and more staff picks for a year full of strong contenders.
01/02/14 No clear winners. Every game battled to win each award.
01/08/13 A year of diverse winners, but just two RPGs battle for top honors.
01/08/12 A year with plenty of strong contenders... and maybe not the one you think that wins.
01/13/11 It's finally time to unveil the best of the 2010 crop.
01/13/10 The games of 2009 gave us a lot of love. Now, we give the love back.
01/11/09 You've guessed at what we would pick. Prepare to be proven wrong ... maybe.
01/11/08 The top games of 2007, as chosen by nine RPGFan editors.
01/01/07 The top RPGs of 2006 in eight different categories.
01/06/06 RPGFan's Games of 2005. Honest.
01/01/05 RPGFan's Games of 2004.
01/01/04 Our yearly rundown of the year's best RPGs.
01/01/03 The top 10 games of 2002, according to RPGFan staff. Also, see each editor's own top 5.
01/04/02 RPGFan staff voted on their favorite RPGs of 2001. These lists were then compiled to form an overall Top 10 list. Check out which RPGs were the winners and losers this last year.
01/14/01 RPGFan staff voted on their favorite RPGs of 2000. These lists were then compiled to form an overall Top 10 list. Check out which RPGs were the winners and losers this last year.
01/13/00 The editors have compiled our top games of 1999. Check out our choices and our reasons. You're in for a good read!
05/11/98 The results of the 1998 RPG Awards program, held in May and June.