RPG of the Year

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The year is coming to a close and so it’s time once again to take a look back at all the great games that have been released in 2015.

Every day up until the end of the year we’ll be revealing our top three games from a number of different categories, all the way up until the coveted Game of the Year reveal.

Next up is RPG of the Year.

Third Place – The Elder Scrolls Online

Although an MMO in name, The Elder Scrolls Online does in fact support singleplayer play just as strongly. The result is the kind of experience you’d expect from an Elder scrolls solo adventure but with other players populating the world and offering you assistance.

Add to that an impressive visual engine that reviewer Derek McRoberts described as:

…despite some minor character and texture popping when things get hectic, the beauty of this massive world is apparent and eminently impressive.

and you’ve got yourself a massive world full of adventure you can tackle alone or with friends. And with its PVP escapades cleverly designed to allow multiple play styles or to be avoided completely, this MMO offers an accessibility seldom seen in the genre.

Derek goes on to say:

…Elder Scrolls Online delivers a large swathe of the lands of Tamriel for you to explore at your leisure, with thoroughly competent MMO mechanics blended seamlessly with tried and tested elements from their legacy Elder Scrolls games.

And indeed we all agreed, giving The Elder Scrolls Online the third place ribbon in our RPG of Year awards.

Check out the review here.

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Second Place – The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

It’s unlikely to take anyone by surprise that The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is in our top three for RPG of the Year. Richard Berry described it in his review as:

I can’t remember the last time an RPG gripped me so much, and it’s thanks to CD Projekt RED’s masterful crafting of the story and allowing me to play out some incredible adventures within the vast open world of Tamaria – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is about as close as it comes to being my ideal game.

And indeed The Witcher 3 impressed practically everyone who played it to a similar level.

The immersive world full of adventure and danger, the incredible visuals, clever combat, and compelling card game within, all gripped us for many months with it’s practically perfect RPG mechanics and narrative, and yet another RPG came along later in the year to challenge it…

Check out the review here.

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RPG of the Year – Fallout 4

exploration is profusely rewarding. Every nook and cranny hides ammo, medical supplies, crafting and building resources, wasteland lore, easter eggs, enemies, missions and general adventure. It’s meticulously crafted to look lived-in as well as match aesthetically with every other aspect of the title. It’s truly a delight to roam this nuclear wasteland.

Says Greg Giddens (me) in his review, and the majority would agree, with Fallout 4 achieving widespread critical success and the TiX team all falling in love with this post-apocalyptic RPG.

The tremendous visuals, and clever enhancements of the mechanics that made Fallout 3 so successful in the last console generation, has made Fallout 4 a hugely immersive and exceptionally fun RPG to get lost in. And despite The Witcher 3’s equally wonderful experience Fallout 4 was able to take the crown in this year’s GotY rewards, taking RPG of the Year.

Check out the review here.

Fallout 4 gunplay

Be sure to check out the site again tomorrow to see the next category and its winner.

Honourable mentions go to Wasteland, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, all of which were nominated by the TiX team but didn’t quite make the cut.

Some say Greg isn’t one person but a group of many people posting under the pseudonym “Greg”. No one knows for sure but either way, as long as he continues to fight the good fight of reviewing games, then we will always consider him a hero.

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