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Best Role-Playing Game — PSU 2010 Game Awards

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The nominees for Best Role-Playing Game of 2010 are…

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And the winner is…

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XIII is undoubtedly a controversial entry in venerable Final Fantasy series. Towns are essentially non-existent, and the first 15 hours feel like a linear tutorial interspersed with cut-scenes. Eventually, however, the game sheds its linearity and shines. The stylish combat system, which puts players in control of the party leader, is fast-paced and full of subtleties; the world is a stunning array of futuristic cityscapes and lush natural environments; and Masashi Hamauzu’s soundtrack is an delightful blend of wandering piano solos and epic string concertos. Best of all, though, the protagonist isn’t a whiny little brat — you’ll truly care for Lightning and crew as they battle to save Cocoon. Sure, the writing occasionally borders on campy, but XIII tackles serious thematic concepts like fear and loss with grace. If you have the patience to slog through the beginning, you’ll be rewarded with the Best Role-Playing Game of 2010.

And the Community Award goes to…

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The community vote for Best RPG of 2010 was very, very tight. Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIII clutched 32.0% of the votes, but Obsidian’s Fallout: New Vegas took the cake with 35.1%. EA’s Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening snagged 18.6% of the votes, while Atlus’ 3D Dot Game Heroes only managed 8.2%. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, the only PSP game nominated for Best RPG, ended up with 6.2%.

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Our unbiased editorial team selected all PlayStation Universe 2010 Game Award nominees and recipients. The PSU.com community voted on each group of nominees to determine the Community Award(s) for each category. Only games available on a PlayStation platform (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Network, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2) were eligible for a PlayStation Universe 2010 Game Award.