The topic about the 3 best CRPG was very interesting, so I thought it could be fun to debate about which were the best CRPG for various categories.
Putting apart the "very best of the best" question because it has already been debated on the other topic, I propose following categories :
World and Story :
Best Story : The main story, the way it is conveyed, the ideas behind it as well as their development.
Best Lore : The Universe itself, its consistency, with its people, legends, artifacts and cosmology. I would give to bonus to original worlds (Fallout or PoE) compared to License (D&D and friends)
Best Protagonist (including companions for party based game) : because it's funnier to play heroes with personal link to the main story, or good character development with relevent choices.
Best Antagonist(s) : Who would be Batman without the Joker ? Because "An ancient and evil force who seeks to destroy the world" is not that fun, it's good to have an interesting and deep villain. Or, at least, "An ancient and evil force" with good lines !
Best overall Battle Gameplay : Because, let's face it, most RPG are often about battles, preferrably tactical ones.
Best Boss Battle : Because RPG is about epic battles. This is more linked to encounter design than the previous category which is more about regular tactics and mechanics.
Best Character/Party Building Design : Because RPG is about getting stronger. Are you able to make unique Builds ? Are you able to get interesting abilities ? Are your commitment to a certain path rewarded ? Do abilities get good synergies ? This is what make character progression interesting IMHO.
Best Itemization : The materialist cousin of character builds. From consumables to golden armor, from talking swords to cursed necklass, your strategy often rely on them. And it is also so much fun to get Also includes possibility to craft, and bind artifact to oneself.
Other stuff that contributes to one experience :
Best musics : Without music, RPG would be a mistake.
Best Visual Design : Let's not say "graphics" to avoid gimping the elders. Which game do you think had the best visual direction ? The best buildings, nature, environment, creatures and effects.
Best Interface : A good interface is like good slippers. It makes you feel home.
Best Content : Because Hardcore players want big adventures. Replayability, hidden secrets, lots of companions, lots of children and a big manor.
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Best Story :
Best Lore :
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Best overall battle gameplay :
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Best Character Build Design :
Best Itemization :
Best music :
Best Art Direction :
Best Interface :
Best Content :
Best dialogues :
Best "choose-your-own-adventure" factor :
Edited by Elric Galad, 21 March 2017 - 02:47 PM.