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Editorial RPG Codex Top 70 PC RPGs (Now with User Reviews!)

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Crooked Bee, May 10, 2014.

  1. Crooked Bee wide-wandering bee Patron

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    Back in January, esteemed community member felipepepe staged a vote so we could find out what our community's all-time best computer RPGs actually are these days. As a result, we got a hefty list, with graphs and stuff, of 70 titles - or actually a bit more: some games were tied, so you may notice that this Top 70 list features more games than just seventy. Then we asked our users to submit mini-reviews for the games that made it on the list. Around 50 Codexers and one Watch spy took the call, and here's what came out of it.

    I'll quote the winner here for you, but be sure to check out the full list.

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    Jasede: Ah, wretched Planescape: Torment, always Planescape: Torment. This game is so hard to sell. I've many times attempted to get people to play it, only for them to get bored before leaving the mortuary or the bar outside it. If they do keep playing despite that, they are met with terribly shallow encounter design and an RPG system that seems more like a strange cross between Choose Your Own Adventure books and an adventure game, based around puzzles and conversations. Even calling it an RPG is almost a matter of some debate. So why then does this game hold such a high place to so many of us?

    The biggest reason is that this game has shown us that story-based games can work. Often likened to a playable novel, PS:T tells the engrossing tale of a man in search of his past - or pasts. Starting from the tired cliché of amnesia, PS:T quickly draws those who will accept it for what it is, warts and all, into an engrossing tale of redemption, love and treachery, covering succinctly many of man's desires and shortcomings. While nobody is going to suggest this is the same level as classic literature, this is the game that showed us that video game writing can be above average, can indeed conjure up fantastic worlds and allow us to visit them. Not one NPC in PS:T does not have an interesting story, not one description of text or snippet of party banter an enticing tidbit that teaches us about the odd, foreign world that the tale occurs in.

    PS:T invites us to a strange journey, and those who accept the invitation will, if they have the patience to read the game's copious walls of text, find themselves drawn to into an experience that they are not likely to ever forget.

    MicoSelva: Probably the best story in any video game ever, Planescape: Torment is much more than just that. Allowing the player to explore one of the most unique worlds in the history of computer RPGs and interact with some of the most interesting characters ever created, PS:T is also a very solid game underneath it all. Everything you do in this game matters: how you create your character and develop it, how you approach people and what you say to them, what you do and what you decide not to do.

    Torment will destroy your assumptions about what to expect from a fantasy RPG, as it comes with zero elves, zero dwarves and only two swords in the whole game, and it will also leave you wanting more from every RPG you play afterwards. Obviously it's not perfect (nothing is), with combat especially in need of some improvement, but so far it is as close to perfection as it gets.

    Grunker: This game is unlike anything I'd ever played before or have played since. Everything was strange, and you never knew what to expect. One of the things I miss the most about games from the years past is the feeling of being thrust into a completely alien world, where nothing can be expected and everything is new and surprising. Oh yeah, and "DON'T TRUST THE *spoiler*". That moment was singed into my brain; it's probably the most memorable gaming moment for me.

    Planescape: Torment is a game unlike any other, and thoroughly deserves its top spot on this list.​

    Read the full article: RPG Codex Top 70 PC RPGs (Now with User Reviews!)
     
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  2. Scrooge Female Quota Staff Patron

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    Finally :brodex:

    Great work everyone again, this will make a fine read for the next days!
     
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  3. FeelTheRads Arcane Patron

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    :salute:

    Someone needs to get Avellone fat again. He was better then.
     
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  4. Agesilaus Antiquity Studio Patron Developer

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    Grab the Codex by the pussy Codex USB, 2014
    Planescape was ranked number one? Unbelievable; truly the codex is suffering from a decline of its own. What was number 2, Oblivion? (you don't seriously think I'm clicking the link, do you?)

    absolutely flabbergasted
     
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  5. Delterius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Remember when Grunker went to a convention and tried to critique the ups and downs of gaming journalists, going so far to partially justify their general incompetence? Mr. Kotaku Shreier himself accused the RPG Codex of trying to dequalify all other journalists and telling its readers to 'trust the Codex and only the Codex'.

    It just so happens that the Codex is a forum with a frontpage. And I'm sure you'll agree you can't pay someone enough to moderate or work for this place. This is a place of passion and partial insanity where people can contribute to the community by their own reviews. This is what the list is: a group of like minded folks making sure people can easily access why we remember some works more than others, trying to raise awareness to some of the most unique gems of the RPG world.

    So thanks everyone for your work.:love:
     
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  6. Agesilaus Antiquity Studio Patron Developer

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    yes, thanks everyone for your work. Wake me up when you stop breathing through your mouth and start playing games worth the download. I'd sooner play snake on my phone than PST, such fail, so much decline
     
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    Some of us do like jRPGs, son, when done well.
     
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  8. Scrooge Female Quota Staff Patron

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    :hmmm:
     
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    pity post
     
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  10. Crooked Bee wide-wandering bee Patron

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    No Codex thread is complete without a dedicated troll.
     
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  11. evdk comrade troglodyte :M Patron

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    Yeah, but we already have DU, so this guy is superfluous.
     
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  12. Agesilaus Antiquity Studio Patron Developer

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    :mhd:

    ^^^ Likely based off a PST Character, but I won't pretend that I played long enough to find out. A million hours of terrible writing was enough, thanks!
     
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  13. racofer Thread Incliner

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    A JRPG as the most liked RPG. :decline:
     
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  14. Delterius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    9/10 Would rage again.
    1/10 meh.
     
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    Wow, great job Codex!:love:

    RPGWatch may suck multi headed dicks.
     
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    Applause.

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    Really? Say a game is shit on the everything is shit forum? Man, work on your trolling.
     
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  18. Agesilaus Antiquity Studio Patron Developer

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    It's not trolling, it's the truth. Not everything is shit; there are games on the list that deserve to be there, and ought to be bumped up a tonne of spots. But apparently the codex is populated by children still going gaga at the infinity engine and its fallout twin
     
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    And pray tell my good man, what are those games on the list that deserve to be bumped up a tonne of spots?
     
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    I am SO sad that my trick with the background didn't work. :(
     
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  22. Delterius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    The Codex isn't used to its members being so productive. So it is trying to put some reins on your work, for your health of course.
     
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    You did well felipepepe - Great list & artwork!
     
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  24. Agesilaus Antiquity Studio Patron Developer

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    Where do I start? Darklands, the Ultimas, the Geneforges, the System Shocks, the list goes on. Then lets go to the games that aren't even on the list, apparently there wasn't enough room given the fantastic "witcher" and "witcher 2" and who can forget the brilliant "Dragon Age" and "Star wars" (a movie series literally made for people who aren't mature enough to appreciate Star Trek). Seeing how loose the term "RPG" has become, why isn't Mario on the list? Or couldn't you lot decide between that and sonic the hedgehog.
     
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  25. evdk comrade troglodyte :M Patron

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    Can't you at least be a funny, semi-original troll?
     
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