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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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For as happy as I was to see Deus Ex recognized for something, I was disappointed to see Arishok as the best-written villain. Between that award, the mass-love for disembodied voices over loud-speakers (GLaDOS and Wheatley) and silent protagonists... I am thoroughly convinced that the less fleshed out a character is in a video game, the more (most) people will love them.
The Witcher 2 is easily the best RPG of 2011. Skyrim is amazing, but it just isn't polished to the same level of perfection.
I wonder why The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword isn't included in here? Maybe I'm just being old-fashioned or something. Anyway, as soon as I finish that game, which was incredibly epic, I will get around to playing (you guessed it) Skyrim. I'm so excited...
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i wish i was good at rpg's
I liked Skyrim's levelling system I guess, but it was way to shallow and simplified to warrant best levelling system. They don't even have attributes anymore.
And how can the game with the best narrative and main character not win best rpg? Doesn't role playing depend on story and the character you play as? On top of that it won best fighting too so idk wtf is going on here.
Skyrim is f'n awesome
I haven't played The Witcher 2 yet. Makes me excited to hear about the combat system. So far for me, Dark Souls has the best combat system. If Witcher 2 is similar I can't wait for the 360 version.
platinumed skyrim yesterday, 100+ hours well worth it :)
8^O buh buh BUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHH!!! NO SKYRIM?????????????
I wonder how many TES heads passed up on The Witcher 2 in 2011 to keep modding "sexlivion" to wait for Skyrim to drop? I wont lie, I was one of them. I wonder how many, like me, are now playing The Witcher 2 in 2012 and saying "wait...skyrim won?". The Witcher 2 got completely robbed in 2011 by the overhyped junk that was, Skyrim. I have been a TES player since Daggerfall, dont get it twisted..I love the games, but as far as overall quality into an RPG in 2011, The Witcher 2 was, and is, phenomenal and was completely wronged.
Love TW2, TES: V,and Dark Souls... If I had to pick one... It would have to be The Witcher 2! The rich story, colorful cast of characters, range of choices, consequences, and the good ol' hack and slash!