Our Role Playing Game of the Year 2012 is Mass Effect 3 from BioWare. The third entry in the space opera’s epic main line may have become most notorious thanks to complaining fans – many didn’t agree with how BioWare defined Shepherd’s ending but that doesn’t negate the quality of the game in itself.
BioWare’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. That’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 year’s PC hit.
Here’s our top five in chart form.
And here’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
- Dragon’s Dogma