Friday, 24 May 2024

2012 RPG of the Year Awards

Over the years, the definition of a role-playing game (RPG) has become increasingly ambiguous. Today, RPGs can encompass various elements, from turn-based fantasy to sprawling sci-fi worlds and even third-person gunplay. Despite the blurred lines between genres, the RPG landscape continues to deliver high-quality experiences. In this article, we highlight the standout characters, moments, and mechanics in the RPGs of 2012.

Best Narrative: Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 offers a captivating story that serves as the culmination of a war years in the making. With its stunning moments and satisfying character arcs, the narrative takes players on an emotional and ambitious journey unlike anything else in gaming. While opinions may differ on the final sequence, there’s no denying the overall impact of Mass Effect 3’s storyline.

[Image: Mass Effect 3]

Best Combat System: Final Fantasy XIII-2

Building upon the fantastic combat system from its predecessor, Final Fantasy XIII-2 refines the gameplay even further. The action becomes faster-paced, while an exciting new monster collection component adds depth to the battles. It’s worth noting that the story sequences between encounters may be a bit distracting, but the combat itself is undeniably polished and enjoyable.

[Image: Final Fantasy XIII-2]

Best Setting: Xenoblade Chronicles

A captivating world is a crucial ingredient for any RPG, and Xenoblade Chronicles delivers just that. Set on the immobile bodies of two massive gods, this exclusive Wii title immerses players in vast zones populated by bizarre and terrifying creatures. The allure of exploration is irresistible, making gamers eager to uncover all the secrets this world has to offer.

[Image: Xenoblade Chronicles]

Best Protagonist: Commander Shepard (Mass Effect 3)

Commander Shepard, whether portrayed as male or female, has earned a place among the most legendary RPG heroes. Standing up against the Reapers, mending old grudges, and saving entire races are just a few highlights of Shepard’s impressive resume. The player’s choices shape the character’s actions and add depth to many situations, solidifying Shepard’s awe-inspiring presence.

[Image: Commander Shepard]

Best Villain: Caius (Final Fantasy XIII-2)

In RPGs, villains often have cartoonishly evil motives for wanting to destroy existence. However, Caius defies this stereotype with a surprisingly noble goal. He regularly outsmarts the heroes and remains a step ahead, keeping players on their toes. Caius’ unpredictability and cunning make him a formidable adversary, elevating him above typical RPG villains.

[Image: Caius]

Best Sidekick: Pawns (Dragon’s Dogma)

Unlike most sidekicks, the pawns in Dragon’s Dogma are invaluable assets throughout your adventures. These companions evolve over time to suit your playstyle, offering valuable wisdom about various creatures and areas. Additionally, they can learn new information by venturing into other players’ games. If only all video game companions were as helpful as these pawns!

[Image: Dragon’s Dogma]

Best Boss Fight: The Griffin (Dragon’s Dogma)

Encountering a majestic Griffin soaring overhead is awe-inspiring, but the real challenge begins when you face it in combat. Dragon’s Dogma masterfully builds anticipation for this confrontation, leading players on a thrilling journey from the hunt to the final epic battle. The gratifying and intense fight against this fearsome creature leaves a lasting impression.

[Image: The Griffin – Dragon’s Dogma]

Best Moment: The Very Model (Mass Effect 3)

To spoil the awesomeness of the sequence would be a disservice, but suffice it to say that you will never forget when Mordin demonstrates what it means to be the very model of a scientist Salarian. This unforgettable moment is a testament to Mass Effect 3’s ability to surprise and delight players throughout their journey.

Best Re-release: Persona 4 Golden

Persona 4 was already an exceptional game when it first released on PlayStation 2, and Persona 4 Golden continues to captivate players on the Vita. With its unconventional characters and thought-provoking story, this re-release provides newcomers with another chance to experience one of the most inventive RPGs available. Expanded social links and new scenes also give returning fans a fresh reason to dive back into the world of Persona 4.

[Image: Persona 4 Golden]

Best Replayability: Torchlight II

Some RPGs leave players yearning for more even after completing the main story. Torchlight II recognizes this desire and provides a post-game experience that keeps players engaged. The ability to purchase randomly generated maps after clearing a difficulty setting adds a level of replayability. Furthermore, the various modifiers that come with these maps ensure that the challenges keep coming, guaranteeing endless fun.

[Image: Torchlight II]

Best MMORPG: Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 breaks away from the standard MMO formula, surprising players with its fresh approach. By replacing traditional questing with dynamic events and implementing action-oriented combat, the game offers a unique and engaging experience. Additionally, the visual beauty of Guild Wars 2 further enhances the overall enjoyment, making it a clear winner in the MMORPG category.

[Image: Guild Wars 2]

RPG of the Year: Mass Effect 3

Not only does Mass Effect 3 conclude Shepard’s epic story, but it also improves upon almost every aspect of its predecessors. The combat is more satisfying than ever, the cinematic sequences are awe-inspiring, and the consequences of players’ previous choices reverberate throughout the entire campaign. Coupled with its fantastic cooperative multiplayer mode, there’s no doubt that Mass Effect 3 stands as the best RPG of the year.


Q: Are these awards based on player votes or expert opinions?

A: These awards are based on our team of experts’ opinions and evaluations.

Q: Can I play these games on current-generation consoles?

A: Some of the games mentioned in this article may have been released for previous gaming systems. However, many of them are also available on current-generation consoles or have been remastered.

Q: How can I find more RPGs to play?

A: If you’re looking for more RPGs to dive into, we recommend exploring our website, Wqaindia, for comprehensive reviews and recommendations.


The RPGs of 2012 showcased the genre’s incredible diversity and innovation. From epic narratives to captivating worlds and memorable characters, these games delivered extraordinary experiences. Whether you’re a fan of Mass Effect 3’s gripping conclusion or captivated by the enchanting world of Xenoblade Chronicles, there’s an RPG worthy of your time and attention. Explore these titles and immerse yourself in the vast realms of role-playing adventure.