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RPG Codex GOTY 2017: Results & Cool Graphs
Community - posted by felipepepe on Sun 28 January 2018, 10:47:31Tags: GOTY 2017
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the RPG Codex 2017 GOTY Award!
This year we had 966 voters, who rated 84 games divided into three categories: Game of the Year, Best Expansion and Best PC Port/Remaster. Unfortunately we lack pre-shows, world premiers, unrelated music shows, celebrity guests and Geoff Keighley, so let's jump right into the awards!
Game of the Year
Our big, undisputed winner was Divinity: Original Sin 2! Just look at the graph:
No one got even close to it. It was the most voted game AND one of the most positively rated: 58% of its voters gave it a 4/4! Our new editor-in-chief, Infinitron, wanted me to write some stuff about how D:OS2 won because Roxor didn't write a nasty review or because 2017 was a slow year, but I can't argue with these numbers. Even compared with previous years it's an amazing result - only The Witcher III ever got these kind of numbers. Kudos to Larian.
Here's the rest of the Top 10:
In second place we have Prey. More than just "yet another game with Chris Avellone" (he also worked on D:OS2), Prey is a throwback to System Shock 2 - much more than any Bioshock game ever was. The Codex thinks System Shock 2 was the 22th best RPG ever made, so it makes sense that Prey would be this high - especially in such a weak year for TR00 RPGs. Chris Avellone is proud of us:
Third place goes to Battle Brothers. Despite its shameful lack of Space Marines, it's a solid tactical RPG that was widely played and praised. And not just by the Codex - Josh Sawyer wouldn't stop posting about how much he loved the game on twitter:
Expeditions: Viking comes next; Logic Artists's second game had very similar numbers to Battle Brothers, but wasn't as popular. We should fix this in 2018. The game is a solid step-up from their work on Expeditions: Conquistador, and I can't wait to see what's next.
Then we have the big surprise: Dominions 5: Warriors of Faith. Only 8% of voters played it, but those who did really loved it - 52% gave it a 4/4! Feel free to use the forums below to complain about how it isn't an RPG.
Nier: Automata was #6. It was quite popular and had 41% of its voters rating it 4/4, but was held back by 12% giving it 1/4.
ELEX was surprisingly popular - the third most voted game in the poll. It had a lot of positives votes, but like Nier it was held back by filthy casuals who don't understand the glory of janky games.
As for curiosities, Unexplored proved it's worth a look - this exotic roguelike had the highest % of positive votes in the poll: 84%!
On the other hand, Torment: Tides of Numenera was the biggest disappointment: 60% of voters played it, most rated it poorly.
South Park: Fractured But Whole was similarly bashed, but very few people even bothered to play it in the first place.
Then we have Mass Effect: Andromeda, Destiny 2 and Demons Age as the unanimously hated games.
2017 was also the year when Grimoire: Heralds of the Winged Exemplar finally came out. Was the 20-year wait worth it? Well, according to the poll... we're not sure. Grimoire was #12 and stands isolated on the graph, between the biggest hit and the biggest disappointments. It's definitely the most controversial game of the year.
2017 was the year of Action-RPG; especially of Action-RPG DLCs. Grim Dawn - Ashes of Malmouth took the #1 spot, but Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath was less than 0,01 point behind.
Dark Souls III- The Ringed City was the most played expansion, but didn't perform quite as well as the previous two.
Titan Quest - Ragnarök was a big surprise this year - an expansion to a game from 2006! Yet, it failed to impress.
Still, Two Worlds II - Call of the Tenebrae was the big loser. Not surprising, considering TopWare Interactive's terrible record and business practices.
Best PC Ports / Remasters
After decades of being ignored in the West, Nihon Falcom has been making quite the impact lately. Its The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel was voted best PC Port, followed by The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky The 3rd. If you're confused, there are two separate game series: The 3rd is the final game in the Trails in the Sky trilogy, while the other game is the first title in the Trails of Cold Steel trilogy - but all of them are set in the same universe.
#3 was Disgaea 2, proving that the Codex really loves tactical RPGs and that Nippon Ichi should stop being lazy and just port the rest of the series already.
Elminage: Original was #4. It's an old-school Wizardry-clone, as hardcore as it can get, and you should totally ask aweigh why this game is good.
Full Results: As always, if you want to see the full results & votes - out of curiosity or to complain about the methodology - you can just follow this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hq8aOhd4TNKvg-ABwGD3_Zf_D-npIoM-3LBY9nJx9DE/edit?usp=sharing