Perhaps the biggest year for RPGs for quite a while, 2015 had more than a few top picks. At the beginning of the year, there were a few games that we of course knew about, but others were first officially announced at E3 with a surprise release of this year. It’s not every day that games from any of these franchises come out, let alone indie efforts such as Undertale.
Some may have seen this as inevitable, but it was actually rather close. By a hair, the winner of RPG of the Year 2015 is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As the latest in Geralt’s adventures though a world where people are generally as horrible as the monsters, it is a huge world where almost anything can happen: love, betrayal, savagery, and even card games.
As Aran puts it though, it’s “… story and characters are well worth the experience alone, and the world expertly draws on the desire to explore with its massive scale,” before declaring that, “CD Projekt Red haven’t just created a great game but a modern gaming masterpiece.” A rather bold claim, but one that is hard to argue with.
Criminally, this is the one RPG I didn’t have time to plough all the way through over the summer holidays, but the 6-8 hours I did manage were spectacular. The way you investigate scenes to establish what the threat is and come up with strategies to take it down is one of the many things that stood out in the game. No doubt that I will be playing a little more of our Best Role Playing Game 2015 in the coming weeks.
Runners up in alphabetical order:
- Fallout 4
- Pillars of Eternity