The same people who created Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age Origins created Jade Empire. With a great story, well-made "karma" system, and incredible amount of role-playing options, this game has a great replay value and deserves to be on this list.
One of Square Enix's best RPG title, it has a unique combat system and customization. Unlike other RPG games, u'll play as a group of army to defeat enemies, it's very hard game, espesially boss battles ^.^
Albion is one of the best RPGs ever. A gripping story, a wonderful world, interesting characters, and very good sounds and good graphics make this game a must-have for any RPG-fan, as well as any other player.
The original series (not the one with the snarky bard similar to boulders gate in game play) featuring multiple characters in your party of various jobs, solving riddles, dungeon crawling. and a large assortment of spells, songs and the like. as far as I know Bards tale II "The Destiny knight" was considered one of the hardest RPG's ever made this may not be true today but the story was great and you play the first game then transfer them to the second and then into the third. not many games have that feature even to this day.
The deepest game imaginable. Best example of gameplay vs. graphics, and hardcore to the bone.
The biggest kick in the balls since DA2. Bioware and EA continue to pander to the larger market instead of nurturing the soul and depth that made their earlier games great. Bought this game on release day for $60 - might as well have gotten mugged outside of Gamestop and walked home with nothing.
Being a mix of FPS and RPG, no other Game has ever happend to be as immerse as this. Incredible Athmosphere.
This was one of the first PC RPG's that featured 3-d type graphics and was VERY advanced for its time. Please put in the EOB series. Thanks
This game goes back a ways but it is a PC RPG great. Totaly open world. Clues to be discovered through questioning of NPC's. A massive world and underworld to explore. If you can find this for free online do yourself a favor and play it.
Septerra Core might be one of the most underrated games, similiar to jRPG games in style. It is a full blown RPG, real time exploration of great looking (even today) areas. Enemies you encounter trigger combat (unique turn based system). Every character you can have in the party (LOTS of those) are different (by a TON). Story is of an epic size with lots of twists. World is built from 0, is also quite innovative, nothing you saw before. Story includes politics and personal stuff, something always going on. On several occasions you have to think on what you want to do. Game is quite linear (but in a good way) until you get the ship, where you can explore on your own. I would give this game 9/10 now (10/10 on day of it's release). Currently I am replaying it right now :) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Because this is awesome RPG game, little linear, but has a very nice story and it just makes you keep playing so you could find out what is going on...
One of the best "cinematic" RPGs ever made, Stonekeep is an excellent introductory-level single-player first-person RPG that boasts very high production value, but unfortunately suffered in the market due to some game-crashing bugs that should have never made it past beta testing. Once patched, though, Stonekeep shines through with excellent story, immersive gameplay, one of the best user interfaces ever seen in RPGs, and a gentle learning curve that makes the game perfect for newcomers to the genre who find statistics-based RPGs (e.g. Wizardry) too daunting. You are Drake, a hero who finds himself in the ruins of Stonekeep. Your task is to find and rescue Thera, who has been trapped by the evil Shadowking. The game includes a surprisingly well-written novel which describes the backstory about the world, Thera and Stonekeep in great detail, perfectly setting the stage for the actual game. . Overall, Stonekeep is an exceptional RPG that ranks among the best games ever made for novice adventurers. The plot develops very nicely from a somewhat cliche premise to a great fantasy tale of deceit, power, and even a trickle of romance. After buying the game, be sure to download the latest patch to save yourself some grief along the way. Two thumbs up, way up!
A huge fantasy MMORPG with great quests, huge monsters to fight, and completely free to play! You don't even download it, it's a Java-based browser game.
Great game! There is so much to do that's its easy to forget reality for hours upon hours. Graphics are great (play it on PC)! You can create and play any character you want: male/female, warrior, mage, theif, assassin, human, orc, elves, khajit (cat people), or argonian (lizard people). You level up by using skills you want such as different types of magic, different types of weapons, creating and using alchemy, your armor and the list goes on. This game is designed to let YOU be and play the way you want. Isn't that what role playing is all about? You can chop wood, mine for ore, create/upgrade weapons and armor with smithing, hunt, farm, create potions/poisons, join a magic school, join fighting guilds, choose sides in a civil war, fight dragons, fight solo or find companions to travel with. The game world has so much life in it that you can always find something to do even if its looking at the changing scenery, walking through a blizzard, getting drenched in rain storm, wandering in forests, or taking in the sites in the cities and villages which everyon one has its own distinct architecture. There are some bugs but nothing gamebreaking but what game doesn't? Show me any game that doesn't have bugs or flaws. There are many quests and you don't have to do them if you don't want to. Skyrim gives you a world and tools to be who and do want. You play the game the way you want too. Absolutely an amazing game!
This game is still going strong after 14 years. And you can get it for the pc so why wouldn't it be there?
My favourite game ever. I play it even after Heroes 3. Please comment if you know any other CARD based RPG. I now play online 2 games - wizards101 and aetherion. What I like is that the battles are quick - using TAB you can finish a battle for a minute.
I am amazed this game was not even on the list. This game was out around the same time as everquest and blew everquest out of the water. It only hung aaround for about 3 years but I believe if it would have come out now with a current graphics engine it would give WOW a run for it's money. This game was the start of a very serious addictin for me :)
One of the best Action-RPG's currently available.It has an interesting story, a huge world to explore, hundreds of quests and an innovative combat system.It could have been a good contender for Game of the Year with a few more tweaks.
Similar to Borderlands in game set up. You choose between 4 characters to play each having their own strength and weakness. Each has skill trees to build your character the way you want to play. Open, explorable world once you unluck the areas as story progresses. Loads of loot find, gather, use, or sell. Weapons are upgradeable using workbenches. This game requires mostly melee combat. Definitely not a FPS. Guns are slowly introduced late in the game and ammo is scarce. There are some vehicles you drive so when you get tired of bashing in heads you can just run them over. If you change the controller configuration you can actually control what parts of the body you hit so you can break legs and watch them crawl or watch them try to swing limp arms. Most of the side quests are typical go fetch that no one would do in this situation but it gets you out to explore the island. Graphics may not be the best but its definitely it is a fun game if you like slaughtering zombies.
Whilst I believe that the Ishar Trilogy as a whole deserves acclaim, and, perhaps, the entire series should get "beefed" up and modernized to standards set forth in today's gaming world, the trilogy opener should be stand an be recognized with other games of its kin as being a timeless jewel in the RPG genre. There are fewer games that have captivated me with such imagination and dedication as Ishar. I love dearly the Baldur's Gate series of games, and also the likes of Bloodwych etc... but Ishar has a certain authenticity that is almost unrivaled in other fantasy games. Forget your World of Warcrafts and their over-complicated tripe - Ishar brought a base richness and addictiveness to RPG gamers in a generation when playing "solo" in the dark was considered the a more "edgy" approach to the devoted gamer. Gotta love and hail the classics...
Trust me its one of the best RPG I've played. Its a hack and slash, you could choose different characters its a bloody, gory game. Slicing opponents into pieces, you could use different combos as you level up. It scored an 8.8 with editors choice
The geneforge serie is an awesome and underrated serie of rpg including choices that have consequences on people's thoughts about you, many many quests, many different ending, many way to build your character. It's unique, and awesome.
just amazing. can beat Dragon Age Origins, in all fields. a great work from Larian Studios,
Solid hack & slash action rpg, great story with hilarious lines and voice acting (Cary Elwes), a nice twist from standard rpgs.
The best game ever in my opinion. Beats all FF:s easily. why? First of all the battle system was just genious, very addictive and hard to master. the story line was incredible and so the characters.The cutscenes were... i cant but it in words, but FREAKING AMAZING! also this is the only game where i have cried...
Despite the ridiculous name this is possibly the best medieval/fantasy set rpg since oblivion, beutifull new game engine which runs smoothly on mediocre systems (the hdr is a lil over the top but you can turn it down in the console -pc version only- " dynamic combat system, decent story and some nice "graw" set pieces. The game plays nice and smooth for the non hardcore rpg fans who want a more actiony experience but the option is also there to do lots of item crafting/stat point alocation(and respecing) and general hardcore rpg finnicking appealing to a broad audience. The main downsides are a couple of bugs, the copyright protection is massively irritating and the voice acting is mediocre to poor in parts. Also there are some parts where the translation(game is origionally polish) is a million miles away from the subtitles which is peculiar but not game breaking.
Freelancer is one of the best space sim RPGs out there. With a huge game world spread over 40 solar systems, Freelancer features the most advanced reputation system I have seen in any RPG to date. There are over 40 factions, all of which have allies and enemies (as well as specific ships, commodities and weapons), and doing things for and against these factions reflects of your rep. Freelancer also has a large economy with well over 100 sellable items, all of which are worth more the further from where they are produced you go. To avoid shameless gold farming, the programmers have mapped valuable trade routes and placed pirate patrols and bases near them so it translates to a risk/reward situation. Freelancer also has a large active modding community who offer a range of augmentations to the game ranging from added ships to total conversions. Another thing is that the game was designed to be played with a keyboard and mouse, so forget he $300 of peripherals. The best space sim I have played hands down.
MMORPG of great quality. If you liked NWN, you'll love this. :-)
Demon's Souls is the best Rpg game to come out in a long long time. Its second Only to Golden sun 1&2. This game is not for the noobs of gaming. Hard hitting enemies strategic and masterful gameplay added to the great storyline makes this game a Top tier RPG.
Legions of devoted fans are STILL making mods, and clamoring for another... the storyline was great, the characters lovable, and the toys you could buy... makes me wanna boot up every time I think about it.
The first online game in the Final Fantasy series - constantly updating to date - hugely adaptable storyline, thousands of quests, a game that can never be totally completed.
The true heir to 'Divine Divinity'. Nice dynamic dialogues, isomorphic 2d, Turnbased, use the decors as weapons, combine different magics to create a devastating effect,... There'sso much in this game; you should try it!!!
Time to put this gem on the list! Great replayability cause of the many possible skills, real dramatic choices, fine humor, difficult Characterbuilding, TBS-fights; all in a postapocalyptical world that give life to Fallout
There is no game that gathers the depth, innovation, player choice and so much more that EvE Online has to offer. Its a continuously growing, evolving world that is ran by the player community- and the DEVs are just there to facilitate growth in the diretion of the player base. Its fantastic.
The game is very atmospheric. From the music, story, creature descriptions and graphics - Age of Wonders makes me "feel" like in the world wonders.
Can't believe its not in the list. Came out on Commodore 64, but was converted for PC (don't mistake it for the later remake!) One of the first actual RPG's out there. Amazing storyline and nonlinear to boot. Yeah the grafics suck today - but it deserves mention.
great game graphics good story good roaming great fighting awesome character creation amazing
This game is really fun! Great combat and epic storyline plus you can have a family! Great customization and the best part is that you get to be KING of a huge map!
Revenant is an action-RPG computer game by Cinematix Studios, released in 1999. A very humorous replies and awesome threats by main character LOCKE you lead is something you dont miss. The main aspect of "Revenant" was its unique combat system that came in two flavours. Locke could be controlled by the mouse, performing standard attacks. However, the player could control Locke with the keyboard, performing different attacks and even attack combos, some of which resulted in special death animations (fatalities). These specialized kill moves appeared to be enemy-specific, and ranged from a crushing stomp to beheading.
The most open ended game I've ever played. Craft and modify your own ship, or capture advanced alien vessels for yourself to fly or add to your fleet of escorts. Pilot swift, tricked out fighters or huge carriers. Earn money with a trade route, transporting people, guarding shipments and diplomats, or take over planets and star systems and make them pay you tribute. Fulfill the prophecy and reveal yourself as the chosen one that flies a psychicly created spacecraft, become the galactic pirate overlord, or side with the mysterious, telepathic, and technologically advanced polaris thatt fly vessels that can jump multiple systems. How is this game not on this list? There is nothing else like it.
SoM is still the best RPG for SNES in my opinion. Great graphics (for SNES), a huge world and a really great story...poor fairy girl :'-(
Nothing more should be said. If you haven't played this game you need to go buy them and beat them before saying you have played an RPG. These games will live forever for their amazing gameplay and storyline.
It is unthinkable to me that this list does not include the series that really started it all and set the standard for all games of it's time. Roberta Williams was way ahead of her time and this series more thasn any other made Sierra the powerhouse it was.
Come on! This game was great; excellent storyline, long, and good combat (Note: Summoner 2 is TRASH)
This is a great game from its time and I still find it fun to play more than 10 years later.
How come all of you have forgotten the legacy of kain series which revolves around vampires and an illusive time line which keeps your mind spinning around and round for ages... i really enjoyed playing this game and still play it from time to time...
Guys, I know this was primarily a Dreamcast game and nobody bought those (unfortunately), but Skies of Arcadia was a great JRPG, one of the best I've played, and certainly better than half the JRPGs on this list already. It has a very involving, very emotionally powerful story, with some great characters. There was a true sense of adventure and exploration I have felt with precious few games of this genre. The combat was kinda boring, but there were plenty of other things to do and it wasn't terrible, just average.
First of all, it has almost no graphic. It is in ASCII code. But it's a great game. Great dungeon crawl or roguelike game, lots of character development options (classes, skills,talents) From classical wizards, thieves, fighters. Merchants, farmers, bards, monks.... Al the classical races and interesting birth sign starting system. Tons of quest, many options for endings. Played it hundred times but only finished it once (no saving option, if you die, its game over). But just the sheer scope of possibilities. where to begin. Is a cat attacking you? Give it rat corpses and it becomes friendly or even tame. And you don't want to kill a cat (trust me on this one). And what if you encounter a gremlin? Lead it over water, just don't blame me for consequences. Oh, and you can eat almost every monster you slay (if you find a corpse that is).
Cant believe with all the old school titles on here that this one fell through the cracks. an epic story line with enough customization to keep you happy for hours to come.
A much overlooked and ageing gem of a game which i believe deserves to be in this list irespective of the dated graphics and primative point and click gameplay. This was the best of an extensive series mainly due to the dark, bleak yet somehow comforting atmosphere and endeering characters. The games writing also drew some aspects from slavic folklore which is rich ,diverse and unique in the sense that is the only game i have played to use the setting. It was also the first game to blend rpg and point and click adventures seamlessly without any real weaknesses (with the exeption of the initial release being almost unplayably riddled with bugs *ahem*)
Real Time Strategy game with a lot of RPG elements, and nice character developement. Only game so far I've met which does not have any max level cap, which means you can level up in this game until you want with your main hero. If you haven't played it yet, it worth a try, because it may be a little old game, but it is really fun.
Not the greatest game, but better than more than a few on this list. Sadly, I think this was the last game put out by SSI (well, this and it's sequel).
Commodore Amiga - What great memories. Back when I was addicted to Dragon Lance and Forgotten Realms, this game was amazing. Off the storyline of Dragonlance but still amazing concept. I spent countless hours building up my warriors, honing my mages. I wish there was a RPG like this. Dont care about graphics as much as the game itself.
You forgot to add this game to list. It is probably one of the best RPG games i ever played, and i am senior player... Similar to Arcanum(another favourite game of mine) but also have some special ideas in game. Graphic is also good and game will give hours and hours of good quests! Must have!
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