It happens every generation. Role-playing fans are simply forced to wait as just about every other genre in existence receives its fair share of excellent and top-quality titles.
But we've been saying it throughout 2009: the drought will soon be over; just look at the "coming soon" list, RPG fans. Well, as a reader reminded us, and as Andriasang further outlines, the role-playing fans are finally getting their just due as of right now. Yes, many are still on the horizon, but that horizon is looming large and let's not forget about what we already have. Demon's Souls turned out to be one of the most original, most technically accomplished RPGs we've ever seen, and now that Dragon Age: Origins is here, we've got another awesome RPG to play through (gotta love those totally different storylines for each class). Fallout 3 won multiple Game of the Year awards last year, Valkyria Chronicles was another brilliant breath of fresh air (and the sequel is coming to the PSP next year), Eternal Sonata finally arrived (and with extra content not seen in the 360 version), and Cross Edge satisfied the niche fans. But that's not all; look what's coming: Ar Tonelico 3 , White Knight Chronicles, Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope International , Resonance of Fate (known as End of Eternity in Japan), Last Rebellion , Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (now set for a January 9 release in Japan), and of course, Final Fantasy XIII .
Yes, it has been quite a long wait but if you can't find something to be excited about by now, you're simply not a role-playing fan. There appears to be stuff for everyone!