Over the last two weeks of December, we are announcing the winners of the Second Annual SwitchRPG Awards. We’ll be announcing new winners every weekday, leading up to a final announcement on January 1st for RPG of the Year!
To cap off our first week of awards, we’re stepping into the muddy waters of Casual RPGs, a category set aside for games that might not perfectly fit the standard definition of RPG. These games take RPG elements and mix up the traditional formula heavily, crafting experiences that combine the best features from a variety of genres and make for unique titles. Our nominees this year represent some of the strongest Casual RPGs, not just of this year, but of the Switch’s entire lifespan. Whether they be new iterations of beloved franchises or incredibly new and creative takes on the genre, each of these nominees is well-deserving of the gold.
And the Winner Is…
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Two years running, a Dragon Quest Builders game has won the staff pick for Best Casual RPG, and for good reason. Dragon Quest Builders and its sequel draw upon story elements, monsters, and lore from classic Dragon Quest titles with a Minecraft-inspired crafting system that they have made all their own. With a perfect balance between free creativity and directed action and a light- but subversive- plot, Dragon Quest Builders 2 builds on the foundation of its predecessor and improves the experience in almost every way. With a bigger, more expansive world, more crafting options, improved movement and combat, and an all around higher level of polish. Dragon Quest Builders 2 was not only one of the best casual RPGs this year, but one of the best games, period.
Community Pick: Dragon Quest Builders 2
Well guys, here we are again. One straight week of staff and community alignment, in what will likely go down as the longest shared winning streak of our awards, past or future. Once again, the voting was extremely tight this week, with only a two percent difference between our winner and the runner-up, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (which shouldn’t have won because it’s not an RPG- ed). With Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom following close behind, these polls continue to show just how stellar the lineup of RPGs was on the Nintendo Switch this year. For Dragon Quest Builders 2, the franchise continues to capture hearts and minds across our community, providing a compelling gameplay experience that offers hours and hours of crafting, exploring, and building madness.
Are you satisfied with our pick for Best Casual RPG? Do you find this entire category an affront to your RPG-loving heart? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. And come back next week as our awards continue, as we hand out the prize for Best Multiplayer RPG!