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Top 5 RPGs of 2013

There were some fantastic RPGs released in 2013. From stellar entries in long running series, to some fresh new experiences. The Nintendo 3DS had a great year and some of its best games are reflected in this list. Unfortunately there are a few quality RPGs I have yet to play so please leave some thoughts on your favourite RPGs of 2013 in comments.
1. – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds –
A true triumph of game design, A Link Between Worlds manages to rekindle memories of one of the greatest games of all time while also reinventing the classic Zelda franchise. Focusing on straightforward design lets the gameplay really shine as the combat is fast and fluid and the dungeon puzzles are creative, imaginative and rewarding. The fresh elements include the item rental system and Link’s ability to turn into a painting and merge into walls. These seemingly simple mechanics completely change the way you play the game as the world is yours to explore very early on and not only do you have to think about puzzles from the top down view, but sometimes the answers can only be achieved by looking at them from a completely different perspective. The 3D effect also adds to the gameplay in a meaningful way. This is Nintendo at the top of their game.
Zelda ALBW Battle
2. – Bravely Default –
While the start of a new series, this game feels like the direction the classic Final Fantasy series could have taken in recent years and what a game it is. Bravely Default features beautiful hand-drawn backgrounds, an exciting and strategic new take on tradition turn-based combat, a robust customisable job system, fully explorable world map, charming and interesting characters, brilliant soundtrack, memorable villains and a story centered around crystals and saving the world. It perfectly combines the spirit, freedom and customisation from the SNES era Final Fantasy instalments with the presentation, atmosphere and character development of the PS1 era titles. If this sounds like the things you look for in an RPG, you need to play this game.
Bravely Default Ship
3. – Fire Emblem: Awakening –   
While Fire Emblem is a long running series, not all of its entries have been released in English or really gained any mainstream success, that is until this brilliant title. An in-depth strategy RPG at its core, Awakening also features the ability to create your own character, manage interactions and relationships between the enormous amount of party members, superb presentation, substantial addition content and an engaging story with great dialogue and character development. The experience and difficulty is adjustable making it approachable to new players, while also keeping its hardcore gameplay the series is known for. A game that will keep you coming back for a long time.
Fire Emblem Awakening Battle
4. – Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix –
A high definition update to a PS2 classic. While the original Kingdom Hearts is the gem of this collection it also includes the PS2 remake of Kingdom Hearts: Chains of Memories and cutscenes from the Nintendo DS spinoff Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. The first game in the series is still a fantastic action RPG expertly combining some of Disney’s greatest animated movies with popular Final Fantasy characters connecting it all with an entertaining original story, superb voice acting, fun real time combat system and a fantastic soundtrack. Whether you are playing this for the first time or reliving fond memories this is a great collection and will get you ready for 2.5 Remix coming in 2014.
Kingdom Hearts Sora Riku
5. – Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch –  
A combination from acclaimed RPG maker Level 5 and famed anime company Studio Ghibli, Ni No Kuni features some of the best visuals you will ever see in a video game. The art direction and animation will draw you into the magical world, but you will stay to explore the imaginative locations, quirky characters, intriguing story and unique battle system that combines real-time action with menu commands and monster collecting. A whimsical adventure that is both charming and inviting.
Ni No Kuni Forest

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Preview: Kingdom Hearts 3D and Bravely Default

Square Enix is releasing two new RPGs for the Nintendo 3DS, one is a sequel in a long running series and the other a new take on the traditional RPG that has more in common with the earlier titles in the Final Fantasy series.

Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Kingdom Hearts series has always combined fantastic action RPG game play, an interesting story, great characters and superb music. Kingdom Hearts 3D features the ability to play as both main characters Sora and Riku, explore new Disney worlds such as Fantasia and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the ability to collect Dream Eaters to aid you in battle and cameos from the cast of The World Ends With You.

Capitalising on the excellent Birth By Sleep, this new entry looks to evolve the series and tie up the loose ends in the story building up the third main title.

If you are a fan of the series and are anticipating the announcement of Kingdom Hearts III, then you should be interested in Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance.

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy

The most striking feature of Bravely Default is its mesmerising art style. Blending highly detailed hand-drawn backgrounds and unique character designs, it is reminiscent of Final Fantasy IX. The battle system is turn-based, while adding a new feature to stack up turns to unleash more powerful attacks. A 3D world map returns as well as a job system similar to that found in Final Fantasy V.

Bravely Default looks to be one of the most impressive RPGs currently in development, with still more features yet to be revealed.

If you have been longing for a return to the classic adventures of earlier Final Fantasy games with a beautiful art style, then you should be interested in Bravely Default: Flying Fairy.

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