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RPG of the Year 2012

11 Dec 2012 0

There and back again.
It's a shame that Baldur's Gate was released as late as it was - I haven't had a chance to dive into the game myself, and as such couldn't be considered for RPG of the Year. Though Phil's played it and he loves it.

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Not about the recent legal about-face in Washington and Colorado.
Nowak tipped me to the existence of Highgrounds - it's the browser-based Flash beta for Spry Fox's latest game. This is the outfit that had a bona fide hit this year with puzzle game Triple Town.

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Fus-roh-dinosaur.
The adjective you see in every preview of Ravensword: Shadowlands is "enormous". A sequel to 2009's Ravensword: The Fallen King, Shadowlands is an open-world RPG in the vein of the Elder Scrolls games.

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Grocer's apostrophe begone.
"Really? Is that a thing?" I'd just showed The Grading Game to current PhD student Phil. Oh yes, Phil, it is a thing. The Grading Game takes place in a whimsical fantasy universe where a grad student's loan debt is paid off incrementally each time they grade...

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Viral hit.
The era of moralizing about the dangers of video games must be well and truly over. Plague Inc. was one of the most popular iOS games of the year, cracking the top 20 apps in seven countries, including the US.

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Constructive expansion.
The Coding Monkeys have returned to work on Carcassonne after a few months of post-release polishing of their latest title Lost Cities. According to the German devs' Carcassonne Twitter account, the Traders and Builders expansion for their excellent iOS board game adaptation is en route and should...

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That is one smug pirate.
Abstract strategy game For The Win (first discussed here a couple of weeks ago) is in the queue for approval by the powers that be at Cupertino and should be with us the week before Christmas. The game is veteran board game...

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"You want to hire me as a bodyguard?"
For as much as we malign infinite runners on this site - the runner-up Action Game of the Year is one, and you could make the argument that the winner is, too.

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Building a mystery.
When we last heard from Star Command devs Warballoon, it was November and they were sidling away from a 2012 release. In a new Kickstarter update entitled "The Finish Line", the Colorado-based studio is promising that the mobile & PC starship sim will...

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Punching above its weight.
The Pocket Tactics Action Game of the Year Runner-up for 2012 is Punch Quest.Punch Quest is a game about punching things. Except when you're riding a velociraptor that shoots laser beams out of its mouth. Or deciding on a hat.

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