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RPG of the Year Awards 2022

A breadth of top-notch role-playing games

A.J. Maciejewski

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2022 has been one of the most fruitful years for RPGs so without further ado, here are the very best in 11 distinct categories.

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Star Ocean: The Divine Force Action RPG of the Year

Star Ocean has come a long way since its humble beginnings and after the previous installment, it had nowhere to go but up. Thankfully, Star Ocean: The Divine Force rose to the occasion by offering a stellar game world, satisfying traversal, a wonderful cast of characters, and a memorable story. It may just be the most improved sequel of 2022 so every Star Ocean fan should definitely check it out. v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154

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I think an RPG of the Year Award would suffice

Tactics Ogre: Reborn Turn-based SRPG of the Year

Starting as a Super NES game then being upgraded for PSP, Tactics Ogre has a lengthy history and this brand new iteration brings the classic grid-based strategy RPG gameplay to modern audiences. With enough new content, mechanics, and refinements to make it feel like a fresh experience, both fans and newcomers alike will find a lot to love about Tactics Ogre: Reborn. Just make sure you're ready for the many tough battles ahead because no one said it would be easy and it certainly isn't.

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Canopus carefully plans his next move

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream Modern JRPG of the Year

What can I say about Atelier Sophie 2? How about: it's the best game in the long-running series and that's saying a lot considering how many incredible adventures the Atelier ladies have been on, especially in recent years. Atelier Sophie 2 adds so much to the equation that it's ridiculous from large explorable environments to intricate puzzles and a heartfelt story to enjoyable battles; there's a lot to admire.

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Time to make some firewood the old fashioned way

LIVE A LIVE Traditional JRPG of the Year

As yet another game that began on Super NES, LIVE A LIVE for Nintendo Switch marked the first official western release of the classic game and it's been fully remade for the console. Now, more RPG fans than ever can enjoy the lovely character-based chapters that span various eras and culminate in an impressive final encounter. Oh, and did I mention that it's one of the funniest RPGs ever made?

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LIVE A LIVE has tons of memorable stories to tell

Fairy Elements Retro-inspired RPG of the Year

I'm sure that many gamers overlooked Fairy Elements but do yourself a favour and check this old-school RPG out. After playing it for hours and hours, I found it very difficult to put down due to its rewarding party growth mechanics, fine-tuned battle system, encounters that let you sneak past enemies, and oodles of extra content. If you play one retro-inspired RPG this year, let it be Fairy Elements.

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Don't you love it when equipment is reflected on your party's sprites?

Potato Flowers in Full Bloom Dungeon Crawler of the Year

As another highly underrated RPG hidden gem, Potato Flowers in Full Bloom is a first-person grid-based dungeon crawler that makes exploring its elaborate dungeons a thrill as you gradually unlock corridors filled with dangerous foes and gain abilities that allow you to reach further and further. Throw in adorable visuals, a battle system that allows you to predict enemy actions, and loads of secrets and collectibles and you're left with a dungeon-crawling great time for any fan of the genre, especially for those who love to strategize.

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Should I head left or right or perhaps talk to that sad-looking chum?

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Portable RPG of the Year

As a huge fan of Xenoblade Chronicles, this third entry in the series provided just what I wanted: large beautiful environments to explore, a fast-paced battle system where you chip away at bosses' massive health meters, and, of course, a lovely cast of characters and unforgettable story that ties in with the first 2 games. On top of that, there's a wonderful new Heroes system where you can recruit a wide variety of folks to join the fun as well as combine your 6 main characters into powerful Ouroboros. How awesome is that?

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We should put down our weapons and admire the gorgeous view

Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 RPG Collection of the Year

I absolutely love PS2-era NIS games so imagine my delight whenever a new Prinny Presents NIS Classics volume releases. Even though I highly recommend all 3 that have come out so far, Volume 2 is the best one as it features a couple of underrated classics that are full of humour and good times; specifically, a remake of Makai Kingdom and a port of ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman. The former is an SRPG while the latter plays like a Mystery Dungeon game and both are an absolute blast.

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It's humour like this that makes me love NIS games

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero RPG Port of the Year

The Legend of Heroes games sporadically release in the west so it's great to be able to play an official translated iteration of Trails from Zero which fills a gap in the franchise as it lies between the Trails in the Sky and Trails of Cold Steel series. Not only does it fill a void in fans' hearts, it's also a top-notch RPG to boot complete with a familiar yet satisfying battle system, a campaign that involves detective work, and a solid amount of strategic opportunities. It also looks excellent with its detailed sprites and environments.

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Lloyd and gang search for their next fishing spot

HARVESTELLA Casual RPG of the Year

As a blend of farming sim and JRPG, HARVESTELLA strikes the perfect balance to allow any gamer to play it at their own pace which makes it the ideal casual RPG. Whether you want to tend to your crops, explore dungeons, advance the story, or complete its wide selection of supplementary content; you're bound to have a wonderful time with this beautiful RPG treasure.

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Speaking of fishing spots; we found a great one here!

Elden Ring RPG of the Year

Did you guess that this would be our pick for RPG of the Year? Even though Elden Ring is a predictable choice for best RPG of 2022, it definitely deserves that title due to its awe-inspiring adventure that will have you explore a vast overworld, intricate dungeons, and enormous castles as you battle countless enemies and bosses on your way to witness one of its perplexing endings. Say what you will but there's no denying that Elden Ring offers something truly special and I can't wait for a sequel. See you in The Lands Between! 🏆

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You'll be by my side until the end, right?
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