PSU: Best Role-Playing Game of 2012

With the 2012 gaming calendar all but wrapped, there’s only one thing left to do – celebrate the year’s best titles spanning a variety of genres. However, PSU.com has this year decided to inject a little twist into the proceedings. Instead of deciding on things ourselves, we’ve given you, the PSU community, the keys to the castle so to speak, with the list of nominees and ultimate winners decided entirely by our loyal readers. Whether it’s Sports, RPG or Action/Adventure, you guys have been voting manically for the past seven days or so, deciding the cream of the crop among 2012’s gaming greats. Simply put, this is YOUR Game of the Year Awards.

So, without further ado, let’s crack on with our look at the Best Role-Playing Game of 2012, as decided by you lovely chaps and chapettes.
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Ah, role-playing games, what a great way to completely ruin your social life. Each year, there’s always one game that we spend most of our time playing religiously and with such huge game worlds and a mass variety of things to do it’s no wonder we get totally immersed in them. With the likes Kingdoms of Amalur, Dragon’s Dogma, Mass Effect 3 and Borderlands 2 competing for our time and votes, the RPG category is fiercely competitive this year. We’re absolutely delighted with the winner this year as it’s not a game that we even had on our radar, yet it’s pipped to the post some great titles. Yes, you may surprised because Mass Effect 3 came second and Borderlands 2 and Dragon’s Dogma tied for third place. Bow down then to this year’s winner folks because it fully deserves your attention.

And the winner is…

Persona 4 Golden

Persona 4 Golden has it all. The Japanese RPG masterpiece boasts a brilliant story-line, memorable characters, intense combat and vast replay value. Atlus has taken a four year-old game and created a thing of beauty on PS Vita that takes players on a thrilling and powerful journey that combines emotive story-telling with addictive gameplay. Person 4 Golden isn’t just the best RPG this year, but one of the finest games of this console generation.

Here’s a snippet from our Persona 4 Golden review:

“As a port, Golden positively gleams with polish, but as an RPG, it soars. Extraordinary characters, a gripping narrative, addictive gameplay, and haunting charm that lingers long after your battery runs dry... these are hallmarks of a masterpiece, and while no video game is perfect, Persona 4 Golden comes closer than any game on the PS Vita before it.”

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A gamer since the days of the ZX Spectrum, Steven Williamson now works as General Manager for PSU. He's supposed to be managing, but if you're reading this, it means he's dipped into editorial again. Follow @steven_gamer
 
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