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RPG Codex GOTY 2021: Results & Cool Graphs

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RPG Codex GOTY 2021: Results & Cool Graphs

Community - posted by felipepepe on Mon 28 February 2022, 14:47:05

Tags: GOTY 2021

It's time to see what the Codex enjoyed in 2021!

This year we had 569 voters, who rated 154 releases from 2021. This is the largest numbers of games we ever had in the poll. It was a bit harder to vote, but I think it worked well to help us sort what's worth a second look outside of the obvious big releases.

Best 2021 RPGs

The competition for GOTY this year was tight, three titles stood out - Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous was the most popular, The Chronicles Of Myrtana: Archolos had extremely positive reviews, and ATOM RPG: Trudograd was right between them in popularity & positive reviews. I think the graph shows that well:

Since the voting system was made to reward quality over popularity, Archolos was the big winner. Only 20% of voters played it, but over 90% rated it positively - almost 85% of votes being 4/4! Congratulations to the team, it's an impressive result for a mod that got released just 2 months ago.

Pathfinder was second. It's a good place, but it performed a bit worse than the first game. Kingmaker was played by 54% of voters and had a 67% of positive votes back in 2018, while Wrath was played by almost exactly the same percentage (53%) but only got 54% positive votes.

On the other hand, ATOM: Trudograd kept almost exactly the same results - the original ATOM had 88% positive votes in 2017, Trudograd got 85%. The % of people who played it also only had a slight decreased from 35% to 33%.

Honestly, it's remarkable how the Codex is consistent in its interests, with sequels getting almost exactly the same play % as the first games.

Here's the Top 10:

Remasters, Remakes & PC Ports

Nioh 2
was the clear winner here, with far more positive votes than Nioh 1 got back in 2017 (85% vs 67%). It was followed by Geneforge, SMT: Nocturne and NieR Replicant almost tied at 2nd place.

Might be the only poll ever where a Spiderweb game is one of the most popular entries lol

Bonus graph: Best RPGs of 2017-2021

Here's how the past 5 years of RPG releases look like:

As always, you can check the full results and the raw vote data here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1C6UGwwdqeK2YmJBVae_sb3O4TLWY5Tx-XqB_SQRoci8/edit?usp=sharing


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