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This year we had a few categories that didn't have enough competition to grant them their own section, but still contained games that were standouts nonetheless. So we rounded those up, added in a couple of new miscellaneous awards, and wound up with this. Enjoy the best PlayStation 3 and Game Boy Advance RPG along with the site's most played and most completed RPGs.

Best PlayStation 3


Best PlayStation 3 2007
Folklore

While it is true that there wasn't much competition in the PS3 RPG category, Folklore could have easily been nominated for the position had there been. This PS3 RPG is beautiful. Displayed in 720p, there are very few games at its level. With a sense of style, not seen in other games, its comic book cutscenes feel like a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stagnant genre full of flashy (and useless) FMV.

Beauty is not the only thing that Folklore has to offer. Keats is just too damn cool. Everyone who played this game will need to agree--he needs to be in more games. That being said, competition or no competition, it is easy to see why this is the number one PS3 RPG of 2007.



Best Game Boy Advance


Best Game Boy Advance 2007
Final Fantasy VI Advance

Simply put, Final Fantasy VI was the best Game Boy Advance game of 2007. Of course, this is a moot point, since most of us probably can't even think of another game released last year for Nintendo's old handheld. Nonetheless, Square Enix's remake of a timeless classic deserves some credit, as it stood up extremely well to today's brand new titles, even thirteen years after its original release.

Final Fantasy VI is a formula that simply couldn't go wrong. It is the ultimate sprawling RPG, with its intricate storyline, well-developed and lovable characters, a fantastic battle system, and a haunting musical score. The Game Boy Advance incarnation reproduced the original faithfully, and added new twists and turns. There were new espers to find, new spells to learn, a top-notch revamped english translation, and brand new bonus material to dig into once the quest was complete. By and large, the Game Boy Advance reproduced the fantastic presentation of the original with surprising ease, as the graphics and music did not disappoint. Indeed, if ever there was a way for the Game Boy Advance to bow out gracefully, Final Fantasy VI was the way to do it.

Most Played


Most Played 2007
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass made it to North America in September and in the vein of its Wii predecessor it brought a whole new way of experiencing Link's adventures. Featuring graphics in the style of Wind Waker and gameplay mechanics akin to several titles in the series, TPH has something for everyone. As such, it's easy to see why this was the game that the most people on staff were playing and talking about in 2007!

It also has its critics; some found the gameplay too simplistic and the music repetitive. Nonetheless, this DS title is a standout on most people's lists for 2007, whatever their reasons.



Most Completed


Most Completed 2007
Final Fantasy VI Advance

Though not an actual "award," we here at RPGamer were able to determine which 2007 RPGs was completed by the most amount of staff members throughout our data collection process. Below is our winner, having nine different staff members that finished this classic throughout the year of 2007.

While it may not seem like an impressive feat, the fact that FFVI Advance is the most completed game on staff 13 years after the release of the original is evidence of the solid gameplay that has made FFVI such an enduring favorite. It is also worth noting that completion is not necessarily synonymous with ownership; more people played The Phantom Hourglass but FFVI: A was the one we stuck around to the end for.

by Sean Kepper, Matt Demers, Andrew Long, Michael Cunningham

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