posted on Oct, 18 2006 @ 10:48 PM
IMO, Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, is not only the best RPG of all time, but the best game ever made. It had an extremely deep and engaging
storyline with very complex NPC interaction. The random NPC comments and conversations were a great touch. Gameplay itself was top notch, as was
the interface, including gameplay mechanics. And as far as I'm concerned, no RPG is complete without a character generation process and BG2 had a
great one. Graphically, it still holds up well (and IMO, looks much better than the 3D Neverwinter Nights). The soundtrack was outstanding.
Best of all, the gameworld was enormous, lending to a tremendous amount of replayability.
Other honorable mentions, in no particular order:
1) Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
The closest contender for the top spot. It had everything BG2 did except one thing: balanced gameplay. The game was maddeningly difficult early on,
but ridiculously easy by level 25 or so. Considering that most gamers would be around level 45 upon completing the game, this was an obvious
problem. Otherwise, the game was brilliant. OK, so this actually IS my #2 RPG ever.
2) Final Fantasy X.
A great game, with great character depth, but the linear gameplay drags it down somewhat. On the bright side, this was one FF game that allowed
the player some real choices in how to develop each character and was a welcome addition to the series. I consider most of these games to be a genre
all their own, more like a cross between an adventure game and an interactive novel. This is obviously a great game, but I just barely qualify FF-X
as an RPG.
3) Fallout 1
Another great, great, game. But again, it had a huge weakness: it was FAR too short. There were a decent number of sidequests, but the main quest
(and a few sidequests thrown in for good measure) could easily be completed in an afternoon.
4) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Another great game that was just far too short. I can complete the main storyline and all but a few minor sidequests in 12-14 hours.
5) Deus Ex.
I can't make up my mind whether I consider this an RPG or FPS; in either case, its my #2 overall game ever. It does everything extremely well,
its just not quite as good of a pure RPG as some of the others on this list.