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Best RPG of 2017

Best RPG of 2017 - Article

by Chinh Tran , posted on 01 January 2018 / 5,275 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


Nioh


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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81 Comments

Hiku (on 01 January 2018)

Naturally.


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.


caffeinade (on 01 January 2018)

Poor, Fire Emblem. Maybe in 2018.


OTBWY (on 06 January 2019)

Nope.


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caffeinade (on 07 January 2019)

Did you have this bookmarked or something, hahaha.


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OTBWY (on 07 January 2019)

I don't know how I got here.


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caffeinade (on 08 January 2019)

Yeah, that's basically how this site works.
Welcome to VGC!


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OTBWY (on 08 January 2019)

I was thinking, perhaps somewhere on this site, two people are endlessly talking to each other in the comments section of a very old article. Lost in time.


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caffeinade (on 08 January 2019)

On a site, where it seems some days, that the power could go off at any moment.
While all the others are shoveling wet coal into the dying fire that is VGC, we're hiding away in a forgotten corner and taking a break.
Sipping coffee while the machines beat themselves to a smoky powder.


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OTBWY (on 08 January 2019)

Standing at the edge of the galaxy as we see stare into the abyss. Where nobody can reach you. In a different time, a different space.


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caffeinade (on 09 January 2019)

So this is where we scream our frustrations right?
Okay.
Silence isn't the best medicine but at least it stops the infection from spreading!
I kinda hate you, but telling you why would upset you, so I'm just gonna stay silent.


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OTBWY (on 09 January 2019)

Hate only makes me stronger. It gives me focus. It gives me purpose.


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caffeinade (on 09 January 2019)

Hate goes pretty well on toast.
Spread it on thin, then salt and pepper.
Mmm!


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OTBWY (on 10 January 2019)

Vegemite yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch


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caffeinade (on 10 January 2019)

Well what do you want to put on the toast?
Happiness and rainbows?
*rolls eyes*


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OTBWY (on 10 January 2019)

Baked beans, eggs, cold cuts, a variety of cheeses, sausages.


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caffeinade (on 12 January 2019)

That's devil food.
I'll just go without breakfast today, okay.


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OTBWY (on 12 January 2019)

What about second breakfast? Or elevensies?


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caffeinade (on 12 January 2019)

No, I'll eat when I want.
Whenever I want, and only then.
Structure is for people who a ruled by their fears.


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OTBWY (on 12 January 2019)

Structure is order. Without order there is chaos. Chaos is death.


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caffeinade (on 13 January 2019)

Embrace the chaos, mate.
Someday you'll find a use for it.

Apathy is the real killer.


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OTBWY (on 13 January 2019)

I like order. Everything in life should have order to it. People out of order should be taken out. Only pure order should exist. Harmony and peace.


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caffeinade (on 13 January 2019)

Harmony exists in its most beautiful form when different ideas, from all over the spectrum can work together.
Order and conformity isn't peace, it's a slow acting poison.
A bar-less prison, much like hell.


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OTBWY (on 14 January 2019)

Without hell there is no heaven. Without either one we would be lost to the shadows.


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caffeinade (on 14 January 2019)

Life in the shadows ain't so bad, so whatever I guess.
Embrace the shadows OTB, don't run from your salvation.


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OTBWY (on 14 January 2019)

I've fallen.. to the shadows.


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caffeinade (on 14 January 2019)

Many people work their whole lives just to get there.
You, probably don't appreciate the position you're in right now.
Look around you, and realise how lucky you are!


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OTBWY (on 15 January 2019)

Life!

Whenever you think you know it all, it surprises you with something so amazing.
It makes life.. TRULY WORTH LIVING


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caffeinade (on 16 January 2019)

If you ever feel like you know it all, you're probably doing something wrong.


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OTBWY (on 16 January 2019)

You will always do something wrong. So that what you already know. So by knowing that, you are already relieved of the burden of having to know you will do something wrong eventually.


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caffeinade (on 17 January 2019)

Maybe so, but now you're obliged to plan your failures.
Plan your exits, and ensure people don't get hurt.
Knowing your fate doesn't absolve you of responsibility, rather it does the opposite.


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OTBWY (on 17 January 2019)

There is no fate, nor responsibility. Things will eventually happen, and that leads to an eventual outcome. And outcome that is reached instead of a million other outcomes which you more are less have little control over. It just is. Let these outcomes present themselves and face them head on.


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caffeinade (on 18 January 2019)

That's kinda trash don't you think.
Plus, knocking down doors all day is tiring.


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OTBWY (on 18 January 2019)

What if I told you: There are no doors.


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caffeinade (on 19 January 2019)

Well I've been knocking down something.

Um, I guess that takes care of the elderly problem.
Cheaper housing anyone?


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OTBWY (on 19 January 2019)

The only block that exist is the one in your mind. You see 4 walls around you. I see 4 opportunities around me.


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caffeinade (on 19 January 2019)

I see four hungry rino's thank you very much.
Personally, I like to think outside the zoo.


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OTBWY (on 19 January 2019)

You should vote your own comment up so I dont have to scroll down so much.


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caffeinade (on 19 January 2019)

I have a really nice mouse, mate, scrolling is no-problem.


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OTBWY (on 20 January 2019)

I voted the top other 3 points ones down, so we are yet more on top.


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caffeinade (on 20 January 2019)

Well that's a little mean don't you think?


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OTBWY (on 20 January 2019)

I don't think they would care anymore.


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caffeinade (on 20 January 2019)

It's still nice to be nice.


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OTBWY (on 21 January 2019)

The world moves forward through domination and adapting.


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caffeinade (on 22 January 2019)

There's nothing wrong with sitting down to enjoy the view every now and again.


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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.


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.


bigtakilla (on 01 January 2018)

No surprises here.


deskpro2k3 (on 01 January 2018)

"You're damn right"


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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OTBWY (on 20 January 2019)

I voted the top other 3 points ones down, so we are yet more on top.


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Mystro-Sama (on 01 January 2018)

Nioh is an RPG?


Dgc1808 (on 01 January 2018)

Yes.


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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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Wyrdness (on 01 January 2018)

Nier:Automata?


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.


Comments below voting threshold

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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