10 Role Playing Games To Look Forward To In 2012

Posted By | On 27th, Nov. 2011 Under Feature | Follow This Author @GNReith


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There was a time when the role playing game (or RPG) dominated the gaming consciousness. That was years ago now though, and the genre has fallen into a relative obscurity that is only brightened by a few western RPGs from Bioware and Bethesda. All hope is not lost for the RPG gamer though, with next year holding a veritable treasure drove of RPG titles. Read on for ten things to look forward to in 2012.

Paper Mario 3DS

Paper Mario is one of the most creative, but sadly overlooked, extensions of the Mario franchise to date. You may be happy with your Mario Tennis and Golf for the time being, but the moustachioed plumber was destined for RPG greatness since the Legend of the Seven Stars released on SNES back in 1996 and, despite the disappointingly action orientated Super Paper Mario on Wii, Mario is finally returning to the world of turn based battles on the 3DS next year. If you’ve never played a Paper Mario game before, now is your time to start looking forward to it.

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 2 is generally regarded as the greatest RPG of this current generation, so it’s no surprise that the upcoming sequel is going to be hot news for 2012. Carrying on from where the last one left off, Bioware have promised fans an epic conclusion to the trilogy that will no doubt have returning players lining up in their droves on release day.

Persona 4: The Golden

Persona 4 may have been released on last generation’s hardware, but it is still one of the best RPGs released in the past decade. The upcoming enhanced remake for PS Vita will see new network functionality and a host of additional personas, characters and monsters. These reasons alone should get you psyched to play through such a great RPG again, and the fact that it’s on Vita means that Sony’s new handheld is guaranteed a killer app.

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  • Wait … Mass Effect 2 ‘best RPG of the generation’?!?!

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Oh, wait … you are SERIOUS?!?

    That cover-shooter with RPG-lite elements and little real choice barely qualifies for the genre, let alone the pinnacle!

    • 110% agree. Mass Effect 1 was an RPG, but Mass Effect 2, while a good game overall, was anything but. New Vegas or the Witcher II (excited to finally be able to play that since my PC can’t run it), the actual RPGs of this generation, would probably be the best ones released in the last few years

  • What about Ni No Kuni? Looks pretty as.

  • What about Gravity Rush/Daze . that is the RPG Im looking forword to playing in 2012.

  • what about Gravity Rush/Daze it Is the RPG Im looking forword to in 2012.

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  • hahahaohwow. so it’s either jrpgs or games that aren’t rpgs at all (diablo, me, da). what about, you know, western role playing games? oh, right, rpgs are dead.

    get a grip, gamingbolt.

  • There’s also Tales of the Abyss, that should be pretty good.
    Also, Skyrim is the best RPG of the generation 😉


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