Every gaming experience is unique. Some offer action-packed shoot-em-ups wrapped in 15-hour experiences. Others let sports fans experience the thrill of sinking a last-second buzzer-beater. And then there are role-playing games. Titles like Ultima 7 and Dragon Age: Origins offer arguably one of the grandest experiences in all of gaming.
RPGs typically offer many hours of enjoyment. They allow gamers to explore unknown worlds and build relationships with robust characters they meet along their journeys. That’s not all, by the way. Just like their tabletop counterparts, RPGs on computers give us the chance to build our characters, from scratch or by their decisions. This simple fact adds a layer of a personal journey for every gamer, making the RPG experience even more compelling.
Taking all that into account, it’s no wonder that fans of that genre spend a lot of time with their favorite titles. And we’re talking hundreds of hours of gameplay here! This means that before you set off on such a long journey, you should pick the title carefully. That’s why we thought it would be the perfect time to discover the best RPGs to lose yourself in.
Check them out below!
While the original Ultima titles may not be the prettiest games available, it’s hard to imagine a list of great RPG titles without including these classics. The series created by Richard Garriott (a.k.a. Lord British) has earned its place in the video game hall of fame. Now you can discover why.
In Ultima 1+2+3 pack, you’ll explore vast fantasy worlds, fight evil creatures, and discover the many secrets the world holds. In the first game, you’re tasked with defeating an evil wizard, in the second one you must defeat that wizard’s apprentice, and then in the conclusion of the trilogy, you must fight a demonic, self-aware AI (with its own secrets).
If after playing these 3 games you’ll still feel the need for more fantasy stories, the rest of the series awaits your discovery. Jump into the Ultima™ 4+5+6 pack and check out the spin-off FPS series – Ultima™ Underworld 1+2. Once you’ve gotten your fill of classic Ultima goodness, it’s time to look at another fantastic title in the series.
Ultima 7 The Complete Edition is rightly considered one of the greatest RPGs of all time. It features some major changes to the Ultima formula, including the classic grid format and player movement. It also adds real-time fighting, with party members that are controlled by AI.
STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic
If you are a fan of sci-fi and Star Wars, this is absolutely a must-play. Taking place almost 4,000 years before the creation of the Galactic Empire, you play as a Jedi where you can choose between three different classes and utilize multiple skills.
Player choice is important in STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic, as your decisions will push you farther towards the Light or Dark side. For many, this is considered a must-play RPG, so definitely don’t miss out on this one if you’ve yet to check it out.
If the game satisfies your RPG tastes, you can test your skills in the award-winning sequel to the game. Yet, we must warn you! STAR WARS™ Knights of the Old Republic™ II: The Sith Lords™ remains one of the darkest games set in this universe!
Dragon Age: Origins
From BioWare, Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition is the first game in the popular role-playing series. In this heroic dark fantasy, you get to choose between three roles and three races to create your perfect hero. Like in many other RPGs, Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition you’ll also have a customizable party of adventures by your side. Along with them, you must save the fictional country of Fereldenm from the demonic forces known as “Darkspawn”.
As in every project made by the BioWare studio, here also you’ll receive a story of epic proportions. Many characters from the game, like warrior Alistair and mage Morrigan, became fan favorites and reappeared in the next parts of the Dragon Age series. To support the impression of the story’s epicness, BioWare hired a whopping 144 voice actors for various NPCs throughout the game world.
If you want to learn more about the game – check the video at the bottom of the article.
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
If isometric RPGs are more your style, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire should be high on your list of games to try out. In the game, you play as a “Watcher”. That is someone who can read people’s minds, study their souls, and even read their past lives. You can build a team of companions, with the choices you make throughout the campaign having a direct effect on who’s available. One thing that makes this title unique is that you can choose between real-time and turn-based combat.
Of course, if you want to see the beginning of the story, you should play the first part of the series. The game has been created thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, supported by RPG fans around the world. Pillars of Eternity series should especially appeal to the fans of such classics as Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale.
The Witcher series
It’s hard to write about the RPG genre and not mention the famous series from CD PROJEKT RED. Released in 2007, The Witcher enchanted not only the fans of prose by Andrzej Sapkowski. A rich story and challenging moral questions changed the way we see RPGs forever. The release of the game sequel, titled The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was only a matter of time. Both games received many awards and became bestsellers, yet it was the third part of the series that truly revolutionized the genre.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt introduced a giant open world to the series. It also featured a breathtaking story and a plethora o memorable characters, like Triss, Ciri, Yennefer, and Dandelion. The fact that you can approach many quests from different moral perspectives makes the game highly replayable. Before you start the game, be sure to reserve A LOT of hours for it.
King of Dragon Pass
Looking for a little more control? King of Dragon Pass tasks you with taking control of a group of seven people, all leading members of a barbarian clan. You’re responsible for the well-being of the clan.
You’ll have to make a variety of decisions to make sure your clan is happy and healthy. This includes trading, diplomacy, warfare, and farming decisions. This is another one where the art style might be hit-or-miss for some players, but if you are looking for an RPG that combines elements of management, strategy, and simulation, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Iratus: Lord of the Dead
Like turn-based, tactical roguelikes? What about dark fantasy? If so, Iratus: Lord of the Dead is definitely worth your attention. Also, unlike the other games on this list, Iratus gives you the chance to explore…well, your evil side.
You’ll have 18 different types of minions at your disposal, and there is even a building element to the game, letting you expand your underground lair. Knowing your enemy could be the difference between victory and defeat, and you can craft new minions to help in your quest from the body parts of your fallen foes.
The Caligula Effect: Overdose
If anime is more your style, then you’ll definitely want to check out The Caligula Effect: Overdose. Explore dungeons, enjoy the jRPG-type turn-based battles, and figure out how to escape the virtual reality prison you are stuck in.
This is another title that really pushes you to explore comradery, as you can have a party of four, with nine different main characters available. Another thing that helps set this title apart is that it inspired an actual anime, which was released in 2018.
There you have it, some of the best RPGs to lose yourself in while exploring fantastic fantasy worlds and stories. If you are looking for a new game to sink your teeth into, games like Ultima 7, The Witcher II, and Dragon Age: origins are perfect choices.