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January 11th, 2021, 17:59
This is the long list for the best game for the GOTY 2020. The idea is to narrow this list down to something like 30. Using the h-index as a means to establish that is just one way and not the only way. Feel free to share your input on what should be removed from the top 30 and what should be added.


IDTitleNews PostsCommentsRatioh-index
1Cyberpunk 2077145424329,136
2Wasteland 381121014,818
3Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem974044,110
4Assassin's Creed Valhalla1628816,99
5Horizon Zero Dawn1129324,48
6The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes151398,78
7Genshin Impact151267,97
8Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls611616,66
9Yakuza: Like a Dragon171015,66
10Iratus: Lord of the Dead14744,96
11Hellpoint20673,26
12Frontiers 491132,36
13Torchlight III68812,65
14Troubleshooter: Abandoned Children67310,45
15Godfall9646,45
18Iron Danger18703,75
19Popup Dungeon275525
20Crusader Kings III813815,34
21The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos460124
22Hades6436,14
23Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning64264
24Gears Tactics84554
25Mortal Shell7374,64
26Empire of Sin11453,84
27Tears of Avia9373,74
28Langrisser I & II8313,44
29Conglomerate 45110322,94
30Fairy Tail9282,84
31The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance92024
32XCOM: Chimera Squad412124,23
33Fort Triumph4295,83
34Vampire's Fall: Origins32053
35Persona 4 Golden5264,33
36Cloudpunk5193,23
37Bloodlust 2: Nemesis51833
38Othercide93033
39TRIALS of MANA10262,43
40Starpoint Gemini 318392,13
41Eternal Radiance71623
42Fae Tactics71623
43Immortals Fenyx Rising71623
44Vaporum: Lockdown81823
45The Feud: Wild West Tactics3256,22
46The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III21862
47Dreadlands2165,32
48Banner of the Maid5274,52
49Morbid: The Seven Acolytes4214,22
50Corruption 20294173,42
51Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars3133,22
52The Alliance Alive HD Remaster2932
53Nox Archaist3112,82
54Star Renegades282,72
55Stirring Abyss5152,52
56The Falconeer6162,32
57Alder's Blood4112,22
58Broken Lines4112,22
59Horizon's Gate61422
60Warlander41022
61Chronos: Before the Ashes6131,92
62Windbound471,42
63Crumbling World461,22
64Soul of War138191
65Arcante1178,51
66Sentinels of Freedom11471
67Endless Dead1841
68The Pale City2103,31
69Hylics 21631
70Planet Stronghold 21631
71SpaceBourne1631
72Aria Chronicle152,51
73THE LONGING152,51
741971 Project Helios3821
75Celestian Tales: Realms Beyond2621
76Shadow Empire1421
77Wintermoor Tactics Club371,81
78Heroines of Swords & Spells251,71
79STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town251,71
80Pendragon131,51
81Grand Guilds241,31
82KATANA KAMI: A Way of the Samurai Story241,31
83Death end re;Quest 2571,21
84Battle Hunters2311
85Behind the Horizon1211
86Dread Nautical2311
87OMORI1211
88Slasher's Keep1211
89OUTTA GAS210,31
90The Revenant Prince210,31
91Haven410,21
92Yes, Your Grace410,21
93Bonfire1000
94Ikenfell6000
95Koi Unleashed2000
96Miden Tower1000
97Ruinverse1000
98Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin1000
99Sierra Ops4000
100Sink Again2000
101Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception2000
102Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth0000
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January 11th, 2021, 18:22
I don't personally think games that are re-released on the PC platform on a given yeare should be considered best games of that year. But I expect I'm in the minority on that one.

I assume this is PC only, given that several of the best games of the year aren't even on this list.
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January 11th, 2021, 18:26
To the top 30 I would add

TRIALS of MANA
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
Banner of the Maid
and
Vestaria Saga I (was released 30. 12. 2019)

because they are recommended and very popular on the RPGWatch Steam Curator.

Maybe worth to add - they are very good games
Horizon's Gate
XCOM: Chimera Squad

You can safely remove
Torchlight III
P.A.M.E.L.A.
Necromunda: Underhive Wars
The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes

(They have only many posts, because they are utterly bad - see Steam reviews)
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January 11th, 2021, 19:36
I support removing Torchlight 3.
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January 11th, 2021, 20:53
I had a peek at HiddenX's link to the RPGCodex's GOTY poll and submitted my vote without voting for anything, and a lot of the games didn't even look like games I'd likely play in the future either.

The two 2020 games I played this year are both Early Access/Kickstarter/Open Beta type stuff that hasn't been fully released yet & so hopefully I wont have forgotten about them by the time of 2021's polls!
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January 11th, 2021, 21:04
I enjoyed Star Renegades but it doesn't qualify as an rpg even in the broadest of senses. Otherwise every rogue like would be an rpg such as FTL.

I've only played 3 or 4 games on that list so can't comment on others.

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January 11th, 2021, 23:01
Originally Posted by JFarrell71 View Post
I assume this is PC only, given that several of the best games of the year aren't even on this list.
That is the idea to limit it to PC only games.
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January 12th, 2021, 00:33
Originally Posted by HiddenX View Post
To the top 30 I would add

TRIALS of MANA
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
Banner of the Maid
and
Vestaria Saga I (was released 30. 12. 2019)

because they are recommended and very popular on the RPGWatch Steam Curator.

Maybe worth to add - they are very good games
Horizon's Gate
XCOM: Chimera Squad

You can safely remove
Torchlight III
P.A.M.E.L.A.
Necromunda: Underhive Wars
The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes

(They have only many posts, because they are utterly bad - see Steam reviews)
P.A.M.E.L.A. and Necromunda are on my wishlist but I only keep reading bad things about them. I think I'll remove them quite soon. Oh boy, P.A.M.E.L.A. * could * have potential, it gives me a System Shock vibe but…
Anyway, I also support HiddenX's opinion on removing these 4 games from the list.

[EDIT: just removed today (Jan, 16th) both P.A.M.E.L.A. and Necromunda: Underhive Wars from my wishlist. The general feeling is that P.A.M.E.L.A. is abandoned by the devs (they don't even answer inquiries on Discord); and Necromunda… well, since it's kinda broken/buggy and the devs only care to release paid DLCs instead of fixing the game, then bye-bye, I won't even bother with it]
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January 12th, 2021, 08:33
Originally Posted by HiddenX View Post
You can safely remove
Torchlight III
P.A.M.E.L.A.
Necromunda: Underhive Wars
The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes

(They have only many posts, because they are utterly bad - see Steam reviews)
Add Frontiers to that group for the same reason.
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January 12th, 2021, 09:05
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
Add Frontiers to that group for the same reason.
Definetly.
A huge disappointment as it didn't stick to KS plans but the charm got lost in experimentation.
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January 12th, 2021, 17:42
Wow. So many games on that list that I haven't even heard about.

It would be nice to have a version of this list split by category : J-RPG, Tactic RPG, ARPG, etc.
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January 12th, 2021, 18:49
I think Fates of Ort is worth adding. Thanks
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January 13th, 2021, 19:13
I assume we're talking "Best RPG" here (not just "Best Game"), so I wouldn't really consider CK3. As much as I love Crusader Kings, it's not an RPG imho (but I guess that might be debatable).
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Yesterday, 10:31
Here is a new top 30, ordered by title:


Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Banner of the Maid
Conglomerate 451
Cyberpunk 2077
Empire of Sin
Fort Triumph
Gears Tactics
Genshin Impact
Godfall
Hades
Hellpoint
Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon's Gate
Iratus: Lord of the Dead
Iron Danger
Langrisser I & II
Mortal Shell
Popup Dungeon
Starpoint Gemini 3
Tears of Avia
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
TRIALS of MANA
Troubleshooter: Abandoned Children
Wasteland 3
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem
XCOM: Chimera Squad
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
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Looking at this list - 2020 was not so bad after all.
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Looking at this list - 2020 was not so bad after all.
It was a good year for some niches but woeful for others. Certainly not a hopeless year by any measure, as a whole, that's for sure.
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Thanks @Myrthos
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Aye, like HiddenX stated above, the prior year doesn't look shabby at all to me. Let's see how the voting goes, and please, no one show up to contest the results! =p
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I like the updated list - takes care of every one of my thoughts
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