Article written by Peter Chapman.
Published on 28/12/2012 at 01:00 PM.
Our Role Playing Game of the Year 2012 is Mass Effect 3 from BioWare. The third entry in the space operaâ€™s epic main line may have become most notorious thanks to complaining fans – many didnâ€™t agree with how BioWare defined Shepherdâ€™s ending but that doesnâ€™t negate the quality of the game in itself.
BioWareâ€™s subsequent decision to provide DLC that tidied up the ending a little more might have placated some fans but the unfortunate legacy, which Mass Effect 3 still seems unable to shake, is one of controversy. Thatâ€™s a shame because before all of the coordinated message board campaigns and online petitions, there was a clever, engaging universe to play in and some great dialogue and action to be had.
Mass Effect 3 wins by quite a margin but 2012 was a good year for RPGs. Diablo III comes in a respectable second, ahead of the Xbox 360 version of The Witcher 2 – a very competent console port of last yearâ€™s PC hit.
Hereâ€™s our top five in chart form.
And hereâ€™s the league table featuring every game that secured at least one vote from us.
- Mass Effect 3
- Diablo III
- Witcher 2 (360)
- Torchlight 2
- Pokemon Black & White 2
- Final Fantasy XIII-2
- Dragonâ€™s Dogma