RPGamer Awards 2003 2003 Results  

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Best RPG

With so many consoles in the Role Playing Game market worldwide, it's sometimes not unheard of for a console to not be considered in a genre of choice like the RPG genre. This has been the fate of a little cube called Game from a little land called Nintendo. With impressive graphics, stories, and battle systems hitting other consoles, GameCube has managed to become one of the least thought of consoles when thinking of RPG titles. However, this year could very well mark the beginning of the GameCube's stake in the RPG genre. With a robust list of titles to choose from, it can only be the beginning of a chance of pace, giving GameCube its own RPG identity - not just an identity ported over from other consoles.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Despite the excellent tastes of the power of the Game Boy Color that were The Legend of Zelda: The Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: The Oracle of Seasons, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker was still one of the most eagerly awaited and anticipated games for the GameCube and possibly even of all time. The flamboyant cartoon style came as quite a shock to many who were anticipating a realistic Zelda, but after seeing the action RPGamers snatched up this title and loved it enough to give this game the first place spot. Aside from the unique style of graphics, Wind Waker features major improvements in the gameplay of the series which is known for a surprisingly large world to explore. To put the cherry on the GameCube cake, you can even beat the crap out of enemies and have them drop items.

Skies of Arcadia Legends

Since winning the RPG of the Year title in 2000, Skies of Arcadia has been considered one of the best RPGs released. It is no surprise that this great game comes back with a vengeance for the top spot, but this time it fell just a little short and claimed the second place for the GameCube RPG of the Year. As a port of the original Skies, Skies of Arcadia Legends was given the luxury of coming to newer, better, more powerful hardware and RPGamer readers seem to think that is a good thing. Those that missed out on it the first time are now seeing what all the hype the first time around, and many gave the second try another go on the more powerful console. Despite four years having passed, the first-rate gameplay, presentation, and charm of this game still manages to hold up.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Master Quest)

Coming in at a surprising third place is another Zelda title with little coverage but lots of promise and apparently lots of fans. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Master Quest) was originally planned as an expansion of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that involved the now-defunct 64DD, a base unit that promised to offer an even further extension of the Nintendo 64 console. Even though a remixed version of Ocarina of Time didn't seem all too appealing in 1999, in 2003 RPGamer readers snatched it up and loved it enough to place it as the third best GameCube game of 2003. With the previous installment of Ocarina pushing this game, there is little left to wonder why this game was so popular. Awesome affects, a compelling story, and fun battle system - all elements of a great RPG.

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