We have seen some incredible RPG titles released this year. Each offered a unique, immersive, and, most importantly, highly entertaining experience for gamers. These are the VGU.TV contenders for the best RPG title of 2013.

Defiance

Defiance

Defiance was/is a unique case when it comes to best RPG of 2013. Not only is it a pay once to play (buy-to-play or B2P) MMO with a TV series tying directly into it, but it is also the one MMO to ever have a triple-platform release (PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3). This usually means little to PC players but it means a whole lot for those looking to have an MMO experience on their Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. The game is a simple third person shooter that takes place on a post-apocalyptic/post-Contact Earth where everything went wrong. Despite a good launch, the player-base for the game has gone down in recent months leading to signifigant price-cuts and frequent sales. Regardless of the price, Defiance is a fun game that lets you interact with the characters of the show while building your character in a ruined landscape created by Trion Worlds of RIFT fame.

Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen

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While the original Dragons Dogma was first released last year, Dark Arisen is both a full-fledged expansion as well as an enhanced version of the core game. Dragon’s Dogman: Dark Arisen is a hack and slash RPG made by Capcom; the developers behind big-time hits such as Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and other popular franchises. The game starts in a cold open style with you playing as a knight chasing a creature into a deep down system. Flashing forward to the next appearance of a bad omen which in this case is a Dragon, it is a herald of the end of days much like the blight of Dragon Age. From here you can pick a character type to play as and each one affects the game. The fighter plays a lot like Devil May Cry while the strider plays like Shadow of the Colossus with the strider’s ability to climb onto massive boss enemies. Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen itself was released this year during late April and featured a new area along with a lot of fixes and improvements to the core game.

Deus Ex: The Fall

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Android/iOS games are tough. Never more so when they are related to hit RPG’s. This is the case for Deus Ex: The Fall which after many teases by Square, turned out to be an iOS game that took place directly following the Deus Ex: Icarus Affect tie-in novel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. In this iteration of the Deus Ex game series, you are in the boots of former SAS member Ben Saxon who is currently an augmented mercenary so you get a different side to things than Robocop Adam Jensen of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Deus Ex: The Fall received positive reviews once it released in July on iOS. More importantly, it was actually a fun game to play on an iDevice; especially an iPad. The controls were given to you extremely easily and there is no reason you shouldn’t be good at Deus Ex: The Fall.

Dragon’s Crown

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Dragon’s Crown is a game more akin to classic beat-em-up games like Golden Axe, in that you are fighting enemies that come from virtually anywhere and everywhere. You are able to choose between six heroic archetypes in Dragon’s Crown each having their own abilities. Unlike other beat-em-ups, the backgrounds of Dragon’s Crown are hand drawn and look extremely beautiful. The game supports local and online multiplayer over the PlayStation Network allowing you to play with literally anybody who has Dragon’s Crown. Not only that, Dragon’s Crown has cross-play capabilities between the PlayStation 3 and Vita, allowing for even more connectivity. The game sold over 300 thousand copies in its first week in Japan. Reviews have rated the game highly.

Pokémon X & Y

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Pokémon X and Pokémon Y arrived in October, 2013, and both titles managed to redefine the Pokemon franchise. This was the first time a Pokemon title was featured on the Nintendo 3DS, bringing both games to life in 3D. Pokémon X & Y ushered in the sixth generation of Pokémon which expanded the roster to a whopping 718 Pokémon (maybe a few more, after some leaked images were revealed). Fairy type was introduced into the core gameplay. Since the second generation, the Pokémon types have been the same. This was an interesting twist that the developers added, allowing players to change their approach towards the gameplay and competitive battles. Gameplay was the revolutionary aspect in this new Pokémon installment. They brought in a whole host of new features including: sky battles, mega evolution’s and battle animations. The series has taken a giant leap forward with the new entry, and fans will be eager to see what the developers have lined up next. Rightly so, Pokémon X & Y deserves its nomination in best RPG of 2013.

Those are the VGU nominees for best RPG title of 2013. What are your thoughts? Let us know by voting in the poll below. The polls will remain open until Thursday night with the subsequent winner announced on Friday.

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Adnan Riaz.

Allan Muir.

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