Community Game Of The Year 2012: Best RPG

Dave Irwin

Dave Irwin


on December 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Editor’s Note: We recently asked you, our community to vote for your Games of the Year across a variety of categories, and following all of your votes it’s time for the results. Enjoy.

Compared to 2011, RPGs were fairly hard to come by this year, especially ones that surpassed the rest. When The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim took the Community Award for Best RPG of 2011, it was difficult to imagine that anything would come as close this year to the spectacular hit RPG. This year, much like the Best Fighting category, we couldn’t count Persona 4: Golden among our nominees as it hasn’t seen a European release yet. Look at the guild board of quests and you will find the controversial conclusion to an epic space saga, a resurrected lord of destruction, the return to the Unova region, a fantasy adventure huge in scope, one of the highest rated iOS RPGs of the year, and the swansong for the Nintendo Wii. Which quest did our community decide to embark upon?

The Nominees were:


And the winner is Mass Effect 3. For the community to have voted part three of the Mass Effect sagaas their RPG Game of the Year is something that will come as a bit of a shock to some of you. For them, what mattered more than the ending was the journey towards it, the things they learned, and the repercussions of their actions. It was fairly close at the top though as 44.19% of the total vote was for a good while contested with a strong showing for Diablo III (30.23%).

Admittedly our review wasn’t as convinced as you all were about key decisions surrounding the game, but as it rightly points out, “There are plenty of fantastic moments within Bioware’s latest instalment, and whilst the majority of it has just been carried over from its predecessor, the improvements in combat and the successful inclusion of multiplayer were well executed.”

Mass Effect 3 represents something of a bit of an enigma, now that the dust has settled. Some believe that the deus ex machina ending was a huge cop-out, and that the free subsequent DLC ending didn’t improve things a lot. Others felt that the appeal in the Mass Effect series of refined gameplay and the real sense of participating on an epic space soap opera far outweighed the conclusion. The one thing you can certainly hold on to is that people most definitely followed the action religiously and that it was a work of love from BioWare’s team.

Sadly, this controversy was a possible element that made the co-founders of BioWare leave the company to pursue other endeavours. Despite this though, Mass Effect 3 was indeed successful enough for BioWare to go on to make the next Mass Effect game, with a new studio at the helm that showed great promise by making Multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 work, and the Wii U release of Mass Effect 3 has some smart implementations. The foundations are well and truly set then for yet another space adventure, but for now we can say that our community waits with eager anticipation as they have given Community Game of the Year 2012: Best RPG to Mass Effect 3.