SA Gamer Awards 2020: Best RPG

2020 had a whole load of problems, but thankfully there were a whole bunch of RPGs to keep us company. Sometimes you just need to get lost in someone else’s world for *cough* a hundred hours or so. Whether that was to save the world, take down an evil power structure or the standard kill god routine (look, we probably wouldn’t kill all these gods if they didn’t have such kickass fight tracks).

Final Fantasy VII Remake

FF7R is something special. Besides breaking the word remake into so many pieces that we still look at other remakes as shallow affairs. (No really, we need another word other than remake for this type of effort.) It paid homage to a great RPG, while adding in some exciting new story beats. It reimagined bits that were lacking and made a game somehow looks better than the Advent Children movie. It is a joyous romp filled with nostalgia, but with enough new to keep players guessing at where it all leads. Oh and they somehow turned the combat into something much more exciting, but still leaving the tactical options of the original game in place.

Runner-up: Nioh 2

Honourable mentions: Persona 5 Royal, Yakuza Like a Dragon, Paper Mario: The Origami King, Tokyo Mirage Sessions, World of Warcraft Shadowlands

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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