Best RPG of 2017

Best RPG of 2017 - Article

by Chinh Tran , posted on 01 January 2018 / 4,911 Views

2017 was another strong year for RPGs and was dominated by highly anticipated sequels.  Although some dissappointed, many managed to maintain - and even surpass - the quality fans have come to expect from these series.  Ubisoft released South Park: The Fractured but Whole, which continued the hilarity of the 2014 original.  Persona 5 finally came to the West after a series of delays, proving that it was worth the wait.  Team Ninja also unleashed Nioh, a game seemingly brought back from development hell to rave reviews.  Finally, Nintendo gave us Xenoblade Chronicles 2 late in the year, which quickly became the premier RPG for the Nintendo Switch.


 The Shortlist:

South Park: The Fractured but Whole

Persona 5


Xenoblade Chronicles 2

The Winner:

Persona 5

Persona continues to please RPG fans with its blend of a deep story, interesting characters, stylized visuals, and mature themes.  Although the wait was long, with Persona 5 P-Studio has once again proven it can provide an experience that rivals the best RPG developers in the industry and do so with flair and style to spare.  It is little surprise then that Persona 5 is this site's pick for best RPG of 2017.

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Hiku (on 01 January 2018)


ROCKY223 (on 01 January 2018)

SERIously man zelda was amazing no doubt and for almost the whole year it was my favourite game, but thats is until at the end of the year i got persona 5 and im totally obssessed with this game.I cannot put it down.IMO its the real goty and it deserves it more than any game.Im not really into jrpgs but i moderately used to enjoy them, but this game ignited my love for jrpgs and it is my favourite game on ps4 and the best game i have played since bioshock

Bandorr (on 01 January 2018)

Congrats to Persona 5. Such a fantastic game.

PAOerfulone (on 02 January 2018)

After having just finished Xenoblade Chronicles 2, I concur with this opinion. It's a really great game, but Persona 5 is on a level of its own.

bigtakilla (on 01 January 2018)

No surprises here.

StokedUp (on 01 January 2018)

Still need to play this. Love 3 and 4golden

Pinkie_pie (on 01 January 2018)

How can you not played persona 5 yet if you love 3 and 4?

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StokedUp (on 02 January 2018)

I basically don't play as much games as I used to. I'm not bought 4 games this year.

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HoloDust (on 01 January 2018)

I can't decide if omission of Divinity: Original Sin II (5th best ranked game on Meta in 2017, sharing 93% with Persona 5) in this list is just plain sad or hilarious, but not at all unexpected given heavily console-centric nature of vgchartz.

Chazore (on 02 January 2018)

Tbh, I don't ever expect a PC game, let alone PC RPG to win on here. It is the nature of this site after all.

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Masked_Muchaco (on 01 January 2018)

If Nioh is on this list, Nier should be as well.

deskpro2k3 (on 01 January 2018)

"You're damn right"

Mystro-Sama (on 01 January 2018)

Nioh is an RPG?

Dgc1808 (on 01 January 2018)


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BraLoD (on 01 January 2018)

Action RPG

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Oneeee-Chan!!! (on 01 January 2018)

And Nier....

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BraLoD (on 01 January 2018)

Nier too, should be there as well, just like Horizon.

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V-r0cK (on 02 January 2018)

Without a doubt.

Xen (on 02 January 2018)

Persona 5 over Nier, yeah sure... peh

Nem (on 02 January 2018)

Surely Nier automata was better than South park. Actually, there was nothing special about SP that should make it a nominee.

Iveyboi (on 01 January 2018)

Haven't been able to play P5 yet. 10 hours into Xenoblade 2 and it is SO GOOD.

estebxx (on 01 January 2018)

I loved P5 but to me it was Nier Automata.

Pinkie_pie (on 01 January 2018)

Great game nier automata. One of the most captivating, most beautiful experiences ive ever played but persona bloody 5 was better!

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estebxx (on 01 January 2018)

Well in my case...

I didn't cried while playing the last gameplay section of P5, or cried the day after while thinking about the game like i did with Nier Automata.

I didn't felt my heart beating against my chest while playing the most exciting battle in P5, like i did with some of the boss fights in Nier Automata

And i certainly didn't felt the need to talk about the main underlying theme of P5 with my friends, like i did with the several themes of Nier Automata.

In short Nier Automata was a more thought provoking, emotion inducing and overall more fun game to play for me, but i suppose this just means i will more than likely get downvoted like the rest of the people here who simply voiced the fact that they liked another game better.

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caffeinade (on 01 January 2018)

Poor, Fire Emblem. Maybe in 2018.

OTBWY (on 01 January 2018)

My own vote goes to Xenoblade 2, but Persona 5 is also amazing.

Luke888 (on 01 January 2018)

Congrats to Persona 5 ! Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is still an amazing game, I wish more people had played it !

Liquid_faction (on 01 January 2018)

Best Choice, but how come Nier isn't on the list? Is it because the Japanese market dominated RPGs this year and we needed one western game in the list xD

Chazore (on 01 January 2018)

It was always going to be P5, even for a website like this =P.

ARamdomGamer (on 01 January 2018)

This isn't Monster Hunter Stories, but congrats to P5.

ClassicGamingWizzz (on 01 January 2018)

I am playing persona 5 , i beat the first castle now today i got to the Museum, fuck me if this game is not frustrating, we cant do shit because of the fucking cat, still dont know anyone. I remember playing persona 3 and there was clubs in the school , tons of people you would find to do stuff , this one so far seems like its not one improvement from persona 3. I hope it gets way better.

mjk45 (on 01 January 2018)

Well you have to remember in this one you are seen by your school peers as being outlaws and frankly most of the school is scared of you and considers you reprobates.

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Arminillo (on 01 January 2018)

The only social life you have in Persona 5 is with 20 somethings around town. Just how it is. HOWEVER, in Persona 3 your dormmates did not talk to you at ALL and never wanted to hang out. At least you actually get texted in P5.

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mjk45 (on 01 January 2018)

There is a real sense of the phantom Thieves being outsiders so they have a strong gang mentality the school side takes a more backseat role this time ,like Arminillo stated your social life is more outside school this time simply because it makes more sense under these circumstances than say P3 and P4.

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BraLoD (on 01 January 2018)

Persona was a masterpiece but Nioh was even better, anyway, kudos Persona.

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Stellar_Fungk (on 01 January 2018)

Persons 5 can suck my cock

axumblade (on 02 January 2018)

User moderated for this post.

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