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Game of the Year Awards 2018 - Best RPG

by RPGWatch, 2019-01-30

The RPGWatch Game of the Year Awards 2018:

Gamers' and Editors' Choice: Pathfinder: Kingmaker

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The isometric role-playing game Pathfinder: Kingmaker developed by Russian studio Owlcat Games, based on Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder franchise is loved by fans and editors. Despite a buggy release the Kickstarter project is very successful and is the closest thing to a modern Baldur's Gate with some kingdom management thrown in.

The game features great character creation, challenging RTwP-combat, interesting party members, a good story with many choices and consequences. Let's hope that we see a lot of follow up RPGs in this fantastic game universe.



Gamers' Runner Up And Editors' Third Place: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

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Obsidian listened to gamer's criticism of Pillars of Eternity and pretty much improved every aspect of gameplay in Deadfire. The game also had a much lighter mood and a carribean/pirate setting that some loved and others were turned off by. Also Pillars 2 featured well developed companions and stories which have become the trademarks of Obsidian games. Deadfire keeps on getting more features including its current turn based mode.

This is Obsidian's last game as an independent developer, they've made many games we've liked in the past, and we hope they continue to do so in the future.



Gamers' Third Place and Editors' Runner Up: Kingdom Come: Deliverance

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Though we've seen historical rpgs before, this is the first one with the budget and scope of an AAA game. Despite its rocky release, Kingdom Come: Deliverance won over gamers with its unique atmosphere and tone. It also had a variety of well developed and varied quests, and was both visually beautiful and featured gifted voice actors.

Deliverance ends on a somewhat open note so there is some hope that we will see a sequel before too long.


The Numbers

The following table shows the results of the voting by our visitors.

Gamers' Choice
Rank Game
1 Pathfinder Kingmaker
2 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
3 Kingdom Come: Deliverance
4 Kenshi
5 Atom RPG
6 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
7 Vampyr
8 Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption
9 Ghost of a Tale

All other games scored a percentage of less than 1.5%. And for the record, Pathfinder had 26% of the points, Pillars of Eternity II 20% and Kingdom Come Deliverance had 15%.

The following table shows the result of the voting of the editors.


Editors' Choice
Rank Game
1 Pathfinder: Kingmaker
2 Kingdom Come: Deliverance
3 Pillars of Eternity: Deadfire

As you can see, our editors have nearly the same opinion as our visitors.

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