This generation has been incredibly kind to the RPG genre. Even as we saw the decline of JRPGs on home consoles, WRPGs really came into their own, and entered mainstream popularity. JRPGs, meanwhile, found a new home on handhelds, whereas MMOs finally found a future beyond just World of Warcraft.
There were so many standout achievements this generation- from Betehsda's incredible The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, to Bioware's ode to its heritage with Dragon Age: Origins. From The World Ends With You, a standout JRPG that broke free from series conventions to Guild Wars 2, an MMO that finally moved out of World of Warcraft's shadow. This genre prospered, this genre thrived... and now, with the end of this generation upon us, it's time to look back and select the best RPGs this generation brought us.
There was a massive vote, a preliminary round to shortlist the cream of the crop.
Over fifty games charted, in a masssive thread over 600 posts, but five RPGs prevailed over everything else These five RPGs charted at the very top, and were the only ones that managed to breach the 1000 points barrier in the voting.
To check out what games made it into the final round, and what the methodology to choose them was, check out the original thread.
But now that's all behind us... now it's time to choose the one best RPG of them all. Voting will be open for a period of ten days, until November 20, 2012, midnight CT. Vote for your favorite RPG, and try to defend your choice.
Oh, and just in cae you were curious, here is how the top five stood at the end of the last round:
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings: 1800 points
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: 1370 points
Demon's Souls: 1295 points
Xenoblade Chronicles: 1200 points
Dark Souls: 1030 points