Best Turn-Based RPG – SwitchRPG Awards 2018

Over the next two weeks, we will be announcing the winners of the First 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 kick us off, we’re starting with one of the oldest and most popular subgenres – turn-based RPGs. These games trace their lineage back to the oldest, pen-and-paper role playing games, and hold the prestige of being many gamers’ first introduction to RPGs. Our list of nominees in this category each exemplified and advanced the genre in some way, telling compelling stories, bringing fresh gameplay challenges, and engaging will players on multiple levels. In the end, only one game could take this first award, but we’re happy to have honored each of these titles with nominations.

The Nominees

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Darkest Dungeon

Octopath Traveler

South Park: The Stick of Truth

And the Winner Is…

Octopath Traveler

Released in the middle of this year, Octopath Traveler arrived on the scene in a whirlwind of hype and nostalgia. In many ways, this inspired title from the creators of Bravely Default delivered on every promise made with its announcement – a beautiful reimagining of classic SNES era RPGs. Octopath Traveler brought a dynamic twist on turn-based battles through its boost and break systems, delivered alongside a beautiful HD-2D world and masterfully orchestrated soundtrack. The characters inhabiting its world were both deep and endearing, and while the storytelling structure was not what every fan wanted, no one can deny that the eight individual stories had the power to move our emotions and challenge our thinking about morality and the world. Octopath Traveler shows that traditional JRPGs can still be runaway successes, and we look forward to seeing what the team can do in the future.

Community Pick: Octopath Traveler

We asked, and you delivered. SwitchRPG community members and Twitter followers took the polls earlier this month to determine which nominees they felt should walk away with the prize. For Best Turn-Based RPG, there was simply no contest. Our users voted overwhelmingly in favor of Octopath Traveler, which walked away with 73% of the overall votes. While this wasn’t the largest margin of victory in the polls (we’ll get to that later), it does stand as a testament to the game’s popularity and impact on RPG fans.

Do you agree with our staff and the community at large that Octopath deserved the win? Or do you think another title should have walked away with the prize? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned tomorrow for the winner of the next category: Best Tactical RPG.

Jeremy Rice

Jeremy Rice

Staff writer for SwitchRPG. Lover of RPGs and retro games. Speedrunning and Smash Bros. fan. Currently playing: Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Ellusive Age, and Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright.

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