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2013 RPGs by the Numbers - Currents

InstaTrentInstaTrent OpinionatorRPGamer Staff
edited January 2014 in Latest Updates
They say numbers always tell a story. As the year comes to a close, we take a more statistical look back at the quantity and quality of RPG releases in 2013.

CURRENTS YEAR END SPECIAL
"To tell you the truth, I like drinking tea and eating fresh vegetables, but that doesn't fit with my super-cool attitude. I guess I have to accept this about myself."

Comments

  • daveyddaveyd Member Full Members
    edited December 2013
    This was an interesting read, and initially a bit surprising to find that mobile platforms had more RPGs than any other platform. However, this of course doesn't tell us anything of the quality and I'd argue that the mobile RPGs tend to be of a lower quality than those on any other platforms. (RPGamer likely feels the same way as they generally don't cover mobile games). And I recently picked up an Android tablet so I have been actively seeking RPGs for it. While over 200 apps come up on the Google Play when I search for RPG, the majority are certainly of the Action oriented variety and frankly I think it may be too generous to refer to some of them as "Action RPGs" because many appear to be ACTION games with very light RPG elements. Of course I'm biased as I tend to strongly prefer turn-based RPGs, but I think it's fair to say most mobile "RPGs" lack the depth and complexity of RPGs released on the PC, Consoles, or even handhelds. The only mobile RPGs I've tried so far that I can strongly recommend is "Joe Dever's Lone Wolf" (which is a great hybrid of a gamebook and an RPG) and Shadowrun Returns; and frankly you're far better off getting the PC version of SRR. If anyone knows of any other good turn-based RPGs for Android, please let me know...

    Overall, 2014 looks to be a far better year for RPG fans, especially turn-based RPG fans... I'm personally excited about Wasteland 2, Divinity: Original Sin, Witcher 3, Lords of Xulima, Pillars of Eternity, The Banner Saga, Shadowrun: Dragonfall (SRR expansion), Dead State, Age of Decadence, Might and Magic X: Legacy, Blackguards, Sui Generis, Bravely Default, TiTS 2 and more... And hoping that Dragon Age: Inquisition is decent.

    Note there's no mobile games on my list (they're mostly PC games), although I'll probably get the Android versions of The Shadow Sun and Deus Ex: The Fall when they're released.
    Currently playing: The Shadow Sun (Android), Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director's Cut (PC), Pillars of Eternity (PC)





  • OrophinOrophin New Member Full Members
    edited December 2013
    I know that for me personally, I play a lot less RPG titles in general since getting introduced to MMORPGs. I haven't played a lot of them, but the ones I do play I play for years and it's hard to find time to devote to console games when there are things to do in MMORPGs. When I've run out of content is when I'll typically migrate to a console game for a while.
  • ascii256ascii256 Member Full Members
    edited December 2013
    daveyd said:
    and I'd argue that the mobile RPGs tend to be of a lower quality than those on any other platforms
    There are quite a few good mobile RPGs IMO. Here is a list.

    1. Final Fantasy Dimensions
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  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited December 2013
    I am curious how many of the released mobile RPGs on the list were available in the West. Do you have that data, Trent?
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  • AurianAurian Member Full Members
    edited December 2013
    ascii256 said:
    There are quite a few good mobile RPGs IMO. Here is a list.

    1. Final Fantasy Dimensions
    2.
    3.
    4.
    5.
    Love that list. There aren't many reviews for mobile RPGs and there is soooooooo much CRAP to wade through.
  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited December 2013
    While I will have to get used to more RPGs being released on mobile devices, I do hope that the current trend/number (maybe a bit higher) of quality RPGs for the handhelds stay as it is and not shrink further.
    Reincarnation, realization
  • flamethrowerflamethrower Member Full Members
    edited January 2014
    A better measure of localized vs non- localized would be to look at 2012 RPGs that still haven't been localized. There's likely no intent to localize these while for Nov 2013 releases, there may be localization intent that isn't captured in your data.

    The tradeoff here is getting current data vs getting accurate data.
  • PawsPaws Purr RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2014
    Maybe, maybe not. Adventure Bar, Mystic Chronicles, Carnage Heart EXA (all PSP) just to name three.
  • InstaTrentInstaTrent Opinionator RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2014
    Ocelot said:
    I am curious how many of the released mobile RPGs on the list were available in the West. Do you have that data, Trent?
    It's all available in the data set. A mobile RPG release was only exclusive to the East if it has an "X" in the Japan category. Otherwise, it saw a worldwide release.

    To that point, a vast majority of mobile RPGs were available worldwide. Whereas many handheld RPGs were limited to the East.
    "To tell you the truth, I like drinking tea and eating fresh vegetables, but that doesn't fit with my super-cool attitude. I guess I have to accept this about myself."
  • Rya_ReisenderRya_Reisender Solipsist Snowflake Full Members
    edited January 2014
    ascii256 said:
    There are quite a few good mobile RPGs IMO. Here is a list.

    1. Final Fantasy Dimensions
    2.
    3.
    4.
    5.
    Isn't "The World Ends With You: Solo Remix" missing on that list?
  • SlayerSlayer Member Full Members
    edited January 2014
    Thanks for this enjoyable read.
  • bloodyceltbloodycelt New Member Full Members
    edited January 2014
    The data is meaningless unless we can see the list of "RPGs" they used.

    After all the definition of what an RPG consists of is rather loose, its more of a marketing term now then a genre, or game type.

    Now if we could get those data points separated by JRPG, Tactical RPG, WRPG, Action RPG, Hybrid RPG, and category for other games we like to include because they have women in chainmail bikinis, that would be more usefull.
  • Severin MiraSeverin Mira News Director/Reviewer RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2014
    bloodycelt said:
    The data is meaningless unless we can see the list of "RPGs" they used.

    After all the definition of what an RPG consists of is rather loose, its more of a marketing term now then a genre, or game type.

    Now if we could get those data points separated by JRPG, Tactical RPG, WRPG, Action RPG, Hybrid RPG, and category for other games we like to include because they have women in chainmail bikinis, that would be more usefull.
    Might I suggest looking around the part where it says "That said, if you wish to examine the dataset you can click HERE."? :)

    For more detailed looks based on sub-genres, you can try the Ten Years of Trends article Trent created last year
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  • InstaTrentInstaTrent Opinionator RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2014
    ascii256 said:
    There are quite a few good mobile RPGs IMO. Here is a list.

    1. Final Fantasy Dimensions
    2.
    3.
    4.
    5.
    Chaos Rings is excellent. Lots of great indie titles too.
    "To tell you the truth, I like drinking tea and eating fresh vegetables, but that doesn't fit with my super-cool attitude. I guess I have to accept this about myself."
  • InstaTrentInstaTrent Opinionator RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2014
    bloodycelt said:
    The data is meaningless unless we can see the list of "RPGs" they used.

    After all the definition of what an RPG consists of is rather loose, its more of a marketing term now then a genre, or game type.

    Now if we could get those data points separated by JRPG, Tactical RPG, WRPG, Action RPG, Hybrid RPG, and category for other games we like to include because they have women in chainmail bikinis, that would be more usefull.
    As Alex alluded to, the dataset is in the body of the article. Just click the link.

    That said, we chose not to separate by sub genre because not everyone agrees over what makes a tactical RPG different from a strategic, etc.
    "To tell you the truth, I like drinking tea and eating fresh vegetables, but that doesn't fit with my super-cool attitude. I guess I have to accept this about myself."
  • DragoonMogDragoonMog Moggle+Dragoon=DragoonMog Full Members
    edited January 2014
    I felt is was a really good year for RPGs. I did most of my gaming on my 3DS and PS3 this year, and I think they got the most as far as quality RPGs.
    “All the evidence shows that God was actually quite a gambler, and the universe is a great casino, where dice are thrown, and roulette wheels spin on every occasion.” - Stephen Hawking
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