I'm excited to watch the 2016 Game Awards this evening. We're in for a few big game reveals and some gameplay footage for highly anticipated titles launching next year.
That's all well and good, but I have a quibble with two of the nominees for Best RPG in this year's awards. Here are the five games nominated for best roleplaying game of 2016:
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Notice that here we have both The Witcher 3 and World of Warcaft occupying two of the five slots. The former won last year's highest honors at the Game Awards; the latter is a decade old MMO.
Is it truly possible that no other excellent RPGs came out in 2016? Is it fair that the many roleplaying games that did launch this year are getting the shaft to make way for two expansions rather than full games?
I don't think so. I haven't even played all the RPGs of 2016, but I know that quite a few at least deserve some consideration here over two older games. Here's two not included in this year's awards:
And even if FFXV didn't launch on time for consideration, Tyranny's absence is bizarre. Hyper Light Drifter is nominated in other categories, but qualifies as an RPG as much as Dark Souls III does.
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There's also Darkest Dungeon which was out on early access in 2016 but didn't formally launch until 2016. That certainly deserves a nod more than two older games. I'm probably missing others, though this was an admittedly light year for RPGs.
My suggestion? Add a Best DLC/Expansion category for older games, or even games that launched the same year and released a cool expansion. Maybe Blood & Wine or Legion could win in that category without pushing out other nominees.
I mean, I really love the Blood & Wine expansion. It's terrific. But it's not a full video game, and it shouldn't be treated as such.
For a full list of nominees, go here.