Game Informer 2012 RPG of the Year Awards

GI: What defines a role-playing game has become ambiguous over the years. Today, RPGs can involve turn-based fantasy elements, sprawling sci-fi worlds, and third-person gunplay. The lines separating the genre from the rest of gaming may be fuzzier than ever, but that doesn’t mean that the role-playing landscape is of any lesser quality. Catch the highlights with our picks for the standout characters, moments, and mechanics in the RPGs of 2012.

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BadboyCivic1789d ago

It was my mostly disappointing ending of the year

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dedicatedtogamers1789d ago

Game Informer fails because they almost completely ignored what came out on PC. I'd consider DotA2 more "rpg" than ME3, yet it wasn't even mentioned. Not a mere mention of Diablo III either (despite how it disappointed some people)? No Witcher 2 (360 release)? Where's Borderlands 2? It was more of an RPG than ME3. Ooooh, they mentioned Guild Wars 2 as best MMO (what other noteworthy MMO came out anyway)? Well, Guild Wars 2 IS a good game.

And yet they actually nominated FF13-2 in a category. Hahaha! People still wonder why the RPG genre is being butchered?

WarThunder1789d ago (Edited 1789d ago )

RPG of the Year: Mass Effect 3?/? what?

Sorry but ppl who call Mass Effect 3 "RPG game" know nothing about games. Another proof that Game Informer are bunch of journalist who don't know what they playing....

BanBrother1789d ago

It is there opinion. They counted Journey as an Action game. Lol.

I would consider it adventure, so I don't know where this 'action' came from. At least it got more awards lol.

Xof1789d ago

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

But that doesn't mean people can't have opinions that are ass-backwards wrong.

BanBrother1788d ago


Agreed. An opinion can still be stupid, but while I myself don't care for Mass Effect, I respect that some people think of it as an RPG.

I think that each game should be 'entered' into one category, or maybe 2. Some games state that they are 'action/adventure/horror FPS racing simulator+ RPG over 9000!", and it gets really confusing.

TekoIie1789d ago (Edited 1789d ago )

Actually I would consider Commander Shepard as one of the best ROLE'S I have ever PLAYED in a GAME... See what I did there champ? I am 100% serious in what I said though. Shep beats my skyrim character any day :3

Julie1789d ago (Edited 1789d ago )

Pekolie i assume the role of a pro car driver on racing games or a soldier on FPS games, that means they are rpgs too? i also can upgrade my cars and guns and get new skills too.

Wow Call of Duty and GTA are rpgs!


The term RPG is now days very confusing for me too tho, it was once used for games that had stats and stuff from D&D, but now developers throw RPG at anything D:

And i do like ME i am actually replaying ME2 cause i dunno why ME3 wont take my old ME2 save file D:

TekoIie1789d ago (Edited 1789d ago )


"Pekolie i assume the role of a pro car driver on racing games or a soldier on FPS games, that means they are rpgs too? i also can upgrade my cars and guns and get new skills too."

No because you do not take full control of the "character". RPG's allow you to take full control of the character for example: where that character goes, how he/she fights and their personality (to an extent). COD allows you to control a characters action... But nothing else.... Gran turismo let's you race/drive cars.... And nothing else....

In Me3 you sculpt the appearance of your character, you choose a limited background story, you pick a class which will determine his fighting style, you choose his first name and you control his descisions when applicable.... A game needs most of these (the main ones should be obvious) to come under the RPG category.

rainslacker1788d ago (Edited 1788d ago )

It's not so much that it couldn't be considered an RPG. I can very easily see why it can be called that. You have character, weapon and armor customization, role selection, party selection, a non-direct course for completion, and some influence on how the story plays out...things which are commonplace in the RPG genre.

However the main aspect of game play for the game is a third person shooter, not unlike Uncharted, only much more customizable.

I think that's a problem only in such that it blurs the meaning of the genre. Not all RPG's offer as much customization as ME did, but could still be considered RPG's, mostly because they operate on more of a random die roll principal, generally extensive stat principals, heavy use of strategy for defeating various types of enemies, and a focus on exploration. Those particulars are mostly missing from the ME series, except for some rudimentary implementation of those principals.

I really like the ME games, and I agree that Sheppard was an excellent character no matter how you played the game. But being a long time RPG fan(my favorite genre), never once had I thought it was a great RPG. I saw it squarely as a third person shooter. It never even occurred to me until I read stuff about it on the internet that it could be considered an RPG.

rainslacker1789d ago

It's kind of annoying since it should be put into the 3rd person shooter category instead. It has some RPG elements, but not that many really, especially compared to the first one. I really like the ME series, but would prefer to see some real RPG's get the limelight as it is my favorite genre.

medman1789d ago

Yeah, and I'm sure you're the expert to decide what an rpg is or isn't. Genius.

rainslacker1788d ago

A reasoned argument can be made for why it is an RPG. However a bulk of it's game play is what I and many others would consider a 3rd person shooter. It breaks from what traditionally RPG's are, which is fine, but since it's first and foremost a 3rd person shooter, with the RPG elements added in, it makes it a 3rd person shooter.

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vikingland11789d ago

I don't know about you but I played the role of comander Shepherd. And I leveled up my character. So yes ME is an RPG.

belac091789d ago

i would say ME 3 is scarcely an rpg, but technically it is. its a good game either way so who gives a shit.

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Zodiac1789d ago

I thought Calling ME an RPG was a little joke in the gaming community. I never expected it to last this long.

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