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Game of the Year Awards 2017 - Most Promising RPG

by RPGWatch, 2018-02-01

Here are the games our readers and we as editors look forward to most. Our top 3 is the same, but the editors have placed the games in a different order.

Gamers' Choice and Editors' Third Place: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Pillars of Eternity is a very divisive game at RPGWatch. There are people who loved it, but others disliked it because it was too much its own game and too little Baldur's Gate. For those who enjoyed the original, Deadfire looks promising. It introduces new mechanics, new companions, and a new story in another part of the Pillars of Eternity world, a chain of tropical islands. Obsidian has created a number of games that have fans here at RPGWatch. Let's just hope they learned their lessons from the first game and Pillars of Eternity II is more polished on release than its predecessor was.



Gamers' Runner Up and Editors' Choice: Pathfinder: Kingmaker

Baldur's Gate, Pool of Radiance, Neverwinter Nights. Some of the classic and most loved computer RPGs are based on the rules of the pen and paper game Dungeons and Dragons. Pathfinder, a pen and paper game which preserves the well loved Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 rules is the basis of the Kingmaker game. That alone has us excited. Owlcat games, which includes veterans who created classics like Silent Storm and Heroes 5 and writer Chris Avellone have produced a number of promising updates. Could this game be the true succesor to all of those classic D&D games? We certainly hope so.



Gamers' Third Place and Editors' Runner Up: The Bard's Tale IV

Many people here are too young to have played the original, which was essentially a Wizardry clone set in a medieval fantasy world based loosely off of locations in Scotland. While we've seen many good Japanese Wizardry type games in the last few years, none of them have the production values of the Bard's Tale. The game's previews have shown stunning visuals and interesting mechanics. Can InXile copy Legend of Grimrock's success and make a quality and commercially successful blobber?


The Numbers

The following tables show the results of the voting by our visitors and editors.

Gamers' Choice
Rank Game
1 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
2 Pathfinder: Kingmaker
3 The Bard's Tale IV
4 Kingdom Come: Deliverance
5 Underworld Ascendant
6 BattleTech
7 Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
8 Vampyr
9 Phoenix Point
10 Avernum 3: Ruined World

All other games scored a percentage of less than 3%.

Editors' Choice
Rank Game
1 Pathfinder: Kingmaker
2 The Bard's Tale IV
3 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
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