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We may not be getting as many role-playings games these days as compared to previous years, but fans of the genre still had some fantastic options in 2011. The sprawling open worlds, punishing boss fights, and compelling storytelling in this year’s RPGs demonstrated that developers are from exhausting the exciting possibilities in this long-standing and much-loved category. Below you’ll find our picks for the best of what role-playing games offered in 2011.
Warning: Entries may contain spoilers.
Best Narrative: The Witcher 2How many times have you been the chosen hero destined to save the world? The Witcher 2 goes in a different direction with its story, resembling George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice And Fire novels more than Final Fantasy. The narrative is steeped in political intrigue, has multiple branching paths (including one major game-changer), and makes you feel like an instrumental part of the action without relying on the whole “the fate of the whole world rests on your shoulders” crutch. If you want sophisticated storytelling, The Witcher 2 is for you.
Best Gameplay Options: Deus Ex: Human Revolution RPGs have been integrating various degrees of player choice for years, but Deus Ex makes huge strides in letting players create the kind of experience they want. Accomplishing your goals isn't just a question of choosing stealth or gunplay; Adam Jensen's array of upgrades and abilities creates a web of possibilities. Deus Ex is built to accommodate a variety of possible character builds, and finding a path that plays to your strengths is part of the fun. All you need to do is invest in things that sound cool to you, and you'll find a way to conquer most challenges Deus Ex throws at you.
Best Protagonist: Geralt (The Witcher 2) Geralt is character with multiple nuances and subtleties. He isn't reduced to a single common archetype, and the game doesn’t rely on the player’s own power fantasy to give him a personality. He's not a full-blown antihero, but he isn't necessarily a do-gooder, either. Just like the player, he gets annoyed when he gets stupid tasks, and has no problem telling people off. His skills make him a highly sought warrior, but his victory isn't assured; he can get seriously hurt and even lose important fights. In short, Geralt feels human.
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The Witcher 2 got three awards and Skyrim only two, plus the awards that the Witcher 2 got seem to be bigger, more important awards than the ones Skyrim got yet Skyrim won,odd.
Man I really wish I could play The Old Republic, I hate not having a PC powerful enough to run big games like that...
Skyrim is pretty amazing, but I must reserve judgment until The Witcher 2 is ported to Xbox; that game is one of the reasons why I got one for Christmas. After hearing so many amazing things about it, I have pretty high expectations.
Really awesome list I still haven't played The Witcher 2 but i enjoyed the first one so i know i'll like it. Deus Ex I absolutely loved, and Dark Souls is amazing, but Skyrim just completely blew me away and is also my RPG of the year and one of the greatest games ever IMO.
Skyrim might be a beast of a game, but for me it feels wierd that for example that The Whitcher gets so many wins for diffrent things and still dont get Best RPG win, i havnt played any of them, due lack of time, which sucks i know! they all are great games and i want to play them.
Happy New Year! :d
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Nice to see Witcher 2 getting acknowledged more, will probably be better after 360release I guess.
Apparently I need to play The Witcher 2.
Skyrim is by far my favorite.
Glad to see Skyrim taking the top spot as expected. Its my RPG of the year but I have yet to play Witcher 2 or Dark Souls, but I expect to get Dark Souls soon and I'll try out Witcher 2 when it comes out for Xbox 360. I'm considering getting Bastion, but the bugged trial turned me off a bit and paying $15 a month for SW:TOR doesn't sound fun - I did that for years with WoW.
I have to give it to Skyrim. You REALLY can spend hundreds of hours playing the game. I have two buddies who have over 200+ hours combined. That said, I wish I had a PC to run The Witcher 2 on. I hope the 360 is good, because I will definitely be getting it.
Glad to see Witcher 2 getting some love. It is a great game but cant argue with Skyrim getting RPG of the year.
Skyrim kicks ass
I'm suprised there wasn't a best graphics category for "best graphics". But Witcher would probably win it, dince it looks great (in the pictures, at least.)