Best Role-playing Game
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These days it's easy to spot the role-playing influences in just about any type of game. Things like stats, leveling up, and inventory management apply to everything from action adventure to sports games. But true role-playing games have more than that. An engaging story, richly developed world, strong cast of characters, and well-designed gameplay mechanics are all hallmarks of truly great role-playing games. The following five games have all of those things and more, and that's why they are nominated for the award of best role-playing game of 2006.
Though it was long in coming, Oblivion delivers a truly massive role-playing experience, offering highly open-ended gameplay that lets you take on the game's many challenges in just about any way you wish.Watch the Video Review
Final Fantasy XII takes a big step in a bold new direction for a series that has become known for turn-based, random battles and character-focused stories. The game uses an intriguing new real-time combat system and offers a story with heavy political undertones--a far cry from the sentimental romances of previous games.Watch the Video Review
The sequel to the highly popular PC role-playing game offers an enhanced toolset with many more objects and higher-quality assets to play with, as well as all-new updated rule sets, new skills and feats, and an in-depth, enjoyable single-player campaign.Watch the Video Review