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    RPGamer's Best of 2012 Awards

    As 2013 gets into full swing, RPGamer looks back at the highlights of last year. It took quite a bit of deliberation and debate, but we now present to you the best RPGs of 2012.

    Best of 2012 Awards
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    I agree almost 100% with this list.
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    My two thoughts:

    1. Surprised to see Kingdoms of Amalur get some love. I personally enjoyed the game quite a bit for the combat, and I was glad to see I wasn't the only one. Most of the people who I talk to about KoA seeom pretty negative.

    2. Apparently I need to play Borderlands 2. I wasn't aware the game had any story worth mentioning. Plus I love fps rpg's.

    And yeah, I pretty much am in total agreement about these titles. Now it's time to pull Xenoblade back off the shelf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retrodragon View Post
    My two thoughts:

    1. Surprised to see Kingdoms of Amalur get some love. I personally enjoyed the game quite a bit for the combat, and I was glad to see I wasn't the only one. Most of the people who I talk to about KoA seeom pretty negative.

    2. Apparently I need to play Borderlands 2. I wasn't aware the game had any story worth mentioning. Plus I love fps rpg's.

    And yeah, I pretty much am in total agreement about these titles. Now it's time to pull Xenoblade back off the shelf.
    Indeed. I loved Amalur's combat as well as you can see from my blurb. It had rough spots, but the battle system was not one of them.

    And I'm with you on Borderlands 2, as it looks like I need to dive into that one for real.
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    Yay for Xenoblade love! On a personal note I'm pretty pleased with how the voting turned out Can't say I have any great arguments anywhere.
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    Usually when I see Year End stuff, I kinda just go with it, as many times the choices listed aren't my own, or even close.

    With that said, I personally agree with around 90% of the list. I also felt like it captured the essence of 2012. Nice job.

    Though the most looked forward to list is a bit surprising.
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    Ys and Devil Survivor 2 needed more love!

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    I'm surprised dark souls on the PC didn't even appear anywhere on the list
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoktomaster View Post
    I'm surprised dark souls on the PC didn't even appear anywhere on the list
    I believe most of our staff Dark Souls fans played it on console. Since even those of us who enjoy PC gaming also own consoles, most games that come out on console way before they do on PC just get covered during the year of their console release for GOTY awards.

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    I have nothing against this list. But sure seems like a weird year in RPG. Do not know how to put it. But this year is somehow missing the kind of bright suprise hit? Or is it just me

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    It was kind of a quiet year for RPGs, yeah, especially once the summer hit. For the first time in a long time, my top two games of the year were both non-RPGs (Dishonored and Kid Icarus: Uprising).

    Edit: I'll note that's because I played Xenoblade in 2011, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocelot View Post
    I believe most of our staff Dark Souls fans played it on console. Since even those of us who enjoy PC gaming also own consoles, most games that come out on console way before they do on PC just get covered during the year of their console release for GOTY awards.
    Not only that, but Dark Souls PC wasn't a spectacular port (I mean fans had to make a patch to make it run at 60fps for example).

    A few surprises for me on the list:
    -Surprised to see KH3D on the biggest letdowns. I enjoyed that game as much as birth by sleep!
    -Sticker Star is awesome I hate you all
    -I'm terrified of the prospect of something worse than Mugen Souls O_O

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    I love Sticker Star. I may also have voted it for Biggest Letdown, though. Sometimes a game can be something you really like, but it still isn't what you actually thought it would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoktomaster View Post
    I'm surprised dark souls on the PC didn't even appear anywhere on the list
    I played Dark Souls on PC, but yeah, it's not a great port.

    (Plus, I didn't vote)

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    Quote Originally Posted by esuko View Post
    I have nothing against this list. But sure seems like a weird year in RPG. Do not know how to put it. But this year is somehow missing the kind of bright suprise hit? Or is it just me
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt this way. After FFXIII-2 didn't snag me, and ME3 was so criticized, I felt like it was a nice year for catching up on things, not so much pushing.

    I am sad there was no TERA love, but I also didn't vote this year for personal reasons.
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    Pokemon Conquest and Borderlands 2 make many appearances, which is great because I love both of those games. Xenoblade was a no brainer though considering how much people enjoyed it and the reviews on the game. I want to beat it, but I can't marathon it and it is one of those epic 100 hour games. I'll eventually get around to it.

    The most anticipated games seems to reflect my own desire too. Though I don't think I could choose a top 3, because Project X Zone and SMT Soul Hackers both are coming out too. Either way, it's a good year for my 3DS.
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    no MMO love makes me a sad panda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noodle View Post
    no MMO love makes me a sad panda.
    There's some Guild Wars 2 love in there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheels View Post
    There's some Guild Wars 2 love in there!
    This. And I do agree with the talk in the article about the world. It's just utterly beautiful, but there ARE some areas that can absolutely terrify you with how some things look. For example, Malchor's Leap, an endgame area filled to the brim with the undead has an absolutely terrifying spot at its northern border. You swim anywhere else in there, and the water looks clear, yet somewhat murky due to the death. However, the northernmost water is pitch black, and can really turn your stomach since nowhere else in the game does the water get that bad. The following are the two pictures showing that off...and ignore the chat log. X3

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