Rather than one blanket "MMORPG of the Year" with up to three awards possible, we divided it up into "MMORPG Expasion of the Year" and "Original MMORPG of the Year," with two awards per category.
Starting with Original MMORPG of the Year:
Winner: Tabula Rasa
"Tabula Rasa is a very fun and engaging experience. It is rare to find new MMORPGs which hold the players attention all the way through the grind, Tabula Rasa does a good job with a wide variety and large quantity of quests and missions." -Michael Wayland, RPG Land review of Tabula Rasa
Runner up: Sword of the New World: Granado Espada
"Sword of the New World: Granado Espada has certainly taken a different route in its development than most in the genre, and for a genre as stagnant as MMOs have been in recent years, new ideas should be seen as welcome commodities." -Michael Wayland, RPG Land review of Sword of the New World: Granado Espada
Last Year's winner: A Tale In The Desert 3
And moving to MMORPG Expansion of the Year:
Winner: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
With World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, Blizzard did what some thought was impossible; they grew their market share even further. With Burning Crusade, Blizzard successfully and creatively enhanced the player experience and pulled many a recovering addict back into the land of Azeroth. With over 10,000,000 subscribers, they must be doing something right. People that are familiar with the various general-MMO columns Heath has written know the high value he places on an expansion making things more appealing for the newcomer and the softcore community members, rather than just the devout. A lot of RPGlanders feel the same way, as we all see eye-to-eye this year, and recognize World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade for making WoW that much easier to get into for newbies, and adding to its longevity for the hardcore players.
Runner up: Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess
While a fairly average expansion overall, Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess brought "out" the Male Dancer. And that singlehandedly won it an award.
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