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Top 5 RPGs of 2011-2012

Updated on July 6, 2012


X360, PS3, PC. 38 Studios. Big Huge Games. EA. Released February 2012.

Fantasy single player with fun combat and a world that uses the entire color palette. Written by fantasy novel extraordinaire R.A. Salvatore, Reckoning will engage your imagination from the start of the game.


X360, PS3, PC. From Software. Namco Bandai Games. Released October 2011 (PS3, X360). To be Released August 2012 (PC).

The most challenging RPG on this list by far. You will never be more frustrated at a video game (unless you are playing the prequel, Demon's Souls). Nonetheless, the game is excellent all around and is enjoyable for gamers with higher tolerance levels.


X360, PS3, PC. Bethesda Game Studios. Bethesda Softworks. Released September 2011.

Skyrim provides an open world experience that you've never felt before. It feels truly alive, and it's so large that you can play for 300 hours and still find new content. Skyrim is richer in content than anything else on this list. Period.


X360, PS3. Capcom. Released May 2012.

Dragon's Dogma went nearly unnoticed with the simultaneous release of Max Payne 3 and Diablo III. In case you missed it, the combat gameplay is the best in RPG history- no exaggeration. Dragon's Dogma offers an experience that is fun to play over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. In short, the game is more addicting than crack.


X360, PS3, PC. BioWare. EA. Released March 2012.

Mass Effect 3 concludes one of the best storylines in gaming history. It is deeply engaging and emotional. Gameplay feels smooth and polished. Beautiful worlds are torn apart as you play. The characters leave a lasting impact on you. The choices before you are difficult to make at personal levels. The overall experience continually brings goosebumps and tears. Although controversial, the ending is memorable and leaves room for a sequel. The Mass Effect trilogy will be in the hearts of RPG fans for a long, long time.

Let it be noted: Mass Effect 3 wouldn't even be here without Mass Effect 1 & 2. If you haven't played the Mass Effect series yet, start with the earliest game possible. Right now!

Thank you for reading! What's your Top 5?


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      Jimmy Rogers 5 years ago from Muscatine, IA

      Also, the only game that frustrated me more than Dark Souls, was Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox. When that game was released, controller sales skyrocketed because people were breaking them so often. A sign of a truly infuriating game.

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      Jimmy Rogers 5 years ago from Muscatine, IA

      I couldn't get into ME3 either, it didn't evoke much interest in me. Dragon's Dogma on the other hand I played for a bit, and I must say, it truly was fun. Had kind of a Dark Souls feel to it, though in Dark Souls you definitely couldn't climb up towering opponents and freely hack their arms/neck/back. Kingdoms was another game I didn't get much time on, but enough to find it to be a truly entertaining game. Skyrim holds the throne here, though, I have to say. Over 365 hours worth of content per character. Oh yeah. That's good stuff. Voted up.

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      nightmarenyx 5 years ago from Florida

      ME3 was something I never really wanted to play and I missed Dragon's Dogma - kinda wanna give that a try. Personally I feel Reckoning should have a higher spot, I even stopped playing Skyrim to play it. 0.o Though it has less content so there's much less play time then what most would put into Skyrim. Overall your list seems pretty good. Voted up. :)

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      James Robertson 5 years ago from Texas

      For good reasons, that's why! Also because all of his games are for console and pc, at least that's what I noticed. PC exclusive games didn't make the list.

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      Sheepsquatch 5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      hmmm... I see Diablo 3 didn't make it on the list. I wonder why?

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      James Robertson 5 years ago from Texas

      I agree with Hanson. Skyrim was so beautiful, and just amazing. I'll have to give some of these a try. Haven't played all of them yet. Good article. Voted up and shared.

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      Adam M. Hanson 5 years ago from Mankato, MN

      ME3 definately deserves it's spot, but I will have to give Dragon's Dogma a try before allowing it to beat out Skyrim