There are only three constants in this wicked life: the sun will rise, the moon will fall, and RPGamer staff will flock to a main-series Pokémon game. Even if it wasn't the happiest, most vibrant Pokémon title in years, Pokémon Sun & Moon would have had a strong lead in the polls purely from its pedigree. However, even those of us who are wary of the series gave this pair a shot because of the upgraded user interface, meme-ready setting, and colorful cast of Alolan natives.
Much like Pokémon, it's nearly impossible for a new entry in the Final Fantasy series to hit without the majority of the RPGamer staff wanting to check it out. Whether staff members had been waiting on this since it was Versus or were only interested upon its re-branding, Final Fantasy XV was tied with Pokemon as the most played and most completed RPG of the year. Both titles have long histories and both ended up paying off for those who took the time to check them out.
by Sam Wachter, Zach Welhouse, Michael A. Cunningham