The 29 Best RPG Top Games ever – how to Playing an RPG computer is a lifelong hobby of mine that I consider a guilty pleasure. Given that even the smallest takes about 30 hours (and some more than 100) to complete, I’ve probably squandered more than a few 40-hour work weeks on this geeky hobby.
Here are some of my personal favorites over the years. To narrow down the list, all of them are single-player games and only for PC platforms (MS-MS-DOS / Windows). This great game is hard to rank internally, so I’ve sorted it out years:
- 1 1. Bard’s Tale (1985)
- 2 2. pool of Radiance (1988)
- 3 3. Eye of the Beholder (1990)
- 4 4. Ultima VII. The Black Gate (1992)
- 5 5. Betrayal at Krondor (1993)
- 6 6. Fallout (1997)
- 7 7. Might & Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven (1998)
- 8 8. Baldur’s Gate (1998)
- 9 9. Final Fantasy VII (1998)
- 10 10. Planescape: Torment (1999)
- 11 11. System Shock 2 (1999)
- 12 12. Icewind Dale (2000)
- 13 13. Deus Ex (2000)
- 14 14. Diablo II (2000)
- 15 15. Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000)
- 16 16. Wizardry 8 (2001)
- 17 17. Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura (2001)
- 18 18. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002)
- 19 19. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)
- 20 20: Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines (2004)
- 21 21. Gothic 3 (2006)
- 22 22. Neverwinter Nights 2 (2006)
- 23 23. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)
- 24 24. Mass Effect (2008)
- 25 25. Fallout 3 (2008)
- 26 26. Dragon Age: Origins
- 27 27. Witcher.
- 28 28. Witcher 2 – Assassins of Kings
- 29 29. Optimus V: Elder Scrolls.
1. Bard’s Tale (1985)
First Bard’s Tale is probably only remembered 30+ geeks, but people who remember do it dearly. It was originally released for Apple II, but it was ported to other platforms as well. With its revolutionary grid-based 3D dungeoneer The game looked stunning back then.
By the way: 2004 Bard’s Tale is not a sequel or remake of the original series, although it’s a quite funny parody of the classic RPG.
2. pool of Radiance (1988)
The Pool of Radiance is the first PC RPG using advanced Dungeons & Dragon rules. It also introduces computer gamers to a forgotten nature setting – a fantasy world created by Ed Greenwood in the 60s that has been polished to perfection since in the fantasy novel by Salvatore Teva and several other great writers.
The game is definitely an old-fashioned experience by today’s standards but compared to what’s available when it takes PC gaming to a whole new level. The Pool of Radiance is followed by an equally large Curse of Azure bonding and others.
There is also a somewhat boring sequel from this decade (2001) – Outdoor Radiance: the mythical Drannor ruins.
3. Eye of the Beholder (1990)
The audience is a classic D & D monster consisting of a disgusting pile of flesh and eye floats, and also the first antagonist role in Eye of the Beholder – a classic that debuted on PC, which is still a low profile gaming platform in 1990.
It is based on 2 Editions D & D Classic rule jail crawling. The rulers of Waterdeep (a city in nature forgot) hire you to investigate some strange ongoings under the city.
Once you enter the culvert to see, the wall collapses behind you and the only way forward is down through a wide set of caves. Trivia: Westwood, the eye developer who sees me & II, then leaves SSI, D & D and forgets nature to create Lore miserable land series.
4. Ultima VII. The Black Gate (1992)
The creator of the Ultima series Richard Garriott – aka “God of British” – always committed and virtuous gentleman, that is why I will not mention the failure to say the closing part of the saga (IX: increase) but focus on the work, Ultima VII.
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It is divided into two parts: The Black Gate and The Isle of Snakes, each with their own expansion. This is an amazingly balanced RPG with the same emphasis on storytelling, exploration and open gameplay.
5. Betrayal at Krondor (1993)
Unlike most RPGs of the same period, Betrayal at Krondor does not rely just on leveling or reaching the next prison to spur the player on. It has been divided into many chapters like books – as in fact it is based on the Riftwar Raymond E. Feist novel. The 1998 sequel back to Krondor is also well received and worth a look.
6. Fallout (1997)
Fallout is not just one of the best RPGs, it is one of the best games ever made in every category.
Of course, the graphics in the original are far from the third installment in Bethesda millions of dollars, but the pile of gore and melting the body is still pretty easy to distinguish, and as any original masterpiece it stands the test of time.
The game is presented in an isometric perspective, and combat is entirely turn-based (it is the days). Like the latest version, the first Fallout also centers around the resident’s Vault who must leave the safety of the dome (aka fallout shelter) and go to the wild post-nuclear wasteland of the 22nd century.
7. Might & Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven (1998)
Perhaps the magic & series has been around for a long time – the first game appeared in the late 80s for the 8-bit platform (including the NES).
Except for some later outcroppings, such as the Dark Messiah and Might & Magic crusaders (what a piece of junk!) All games have been turning based and all of them are presented in lush 3D.
Maybe and Magic 6: break the sky mandate from the grid-based confinement of the previous game to offer the completely free-roaming world.
There are not many plots, but also (probably for the same reason) about as non-linear as the game gets – you can take your four characters and wander past prison right away. Obviously you will be killed before you get there, but still.
8. Baldur’s Gate (1998)
Balder’s Gate is a benchmark for story-driven role-playing games. In my opinion, BG 1 & 2 really only compete with the Fallout game for the top of the best RPG series ever made. Balder’s Gate has a vibrant, breathable character with their own history and personality, and it draws on the intricate knowledge of the forgotten nature setting to give it more depth.
You may keep the same character throughout the entire series, through the story of the Coastal sword expansion to Balder’s Gate II and the Throne of Bhaal’s cover. It is even possible to export your BG character to a format and continue from there.
Trivia: Do not confuse the original Balder Gate 1 2 & with a dark spin-off console alliance, which is just not the original action hack-n-slash RPG.
9. Final Fantasy VII (1998)
Although it was originally a PlayStation and PC conversion game is the best half-assed effort, Final Fantasy VII is still one of the best RPGs ever made and definitely worth including.
It is also one of several Japanese RPGs to achieve a PC platform – they’re usually all console affairs. Unfortunately Square does not make an effort to tweak the game using much more capable PC hardware. FFVII should be better on PC, but at least it’s just as big.
10. Planescape: Torment (1999)
For Planescape: Torturing, the Black Isle tweaks the Infinity engine from Balder’s gate and is adapted for the popular Planescape D & D setting.
The game tells a story about a single – eternal Nameless who wakes up in a morgue somewhere in the town of Planescape Sigil.
The protagonist is immortal and can not kill permanently, but every time he is brought back from the dead he remembers nothing about his former life, and this is what his story revolves around.
Like Balder ‘s Gate, this is a very story-driven RPG, but there is still a liberal amount of battle using AD & D 2 Edition rules.
11. System Shock 2 (1999)
Many games desperately try to be genuine, but System Shock 2 is undeniably unique. The game borrows a 3D machine from a successful “sneak ’em” thief, meaning that it has a very effective and spooky light management considering its age.
The game is a hybrid FPS sci-fi RPG that took place in the abandoned starship Von Braun, who has been hit by some foreign investment (sound familiar?). Just 2 Shock systems got the sequel – at least in the spirit – in Bioshock.
Both games have many similarities, especially the atmosphere but also in certain power-ups that can be obtained throughout the game, such as hacking and also psionic abilities.
12. Icewind Dale (2000)
Following the footsteps of Balder’s Gate and using the same Infinity machine, Icewind Dale puts you in the most northerly natural forgettable area.
Unlike Balder’s Gate and Planescape: Torture, Icewind Dale lets you create entire parties before setting out to kill Goblins and Orcs.
The game is more combat-focused than the word game, but still, has an interesting storyline with some clear references to the Salvatore trilogy with the same name and settings.
13. Deus Ex (2000)
Deus Ex has much in common with Shock 2 systems; It is a futuristic FPS RPG FPS that lets you take the game in different directions with your character enhancement.
Although it can be played more or less like a normal first-person honest, skills like hacking and quietly allow for a very different way of approaching the game, just as any good RPG should.
In Deus Ex, you play the more “conventional” hero JC Denton who works for the UN’s anti-terrorist unit in the relatively near future and dystopian. As the game progresses Denton gets involved in a more sinister conspiracy involving the Illuminati and some other dark organizations.
14. Diablo II (2000)
Diablo first became an instant brand of addictive gameplay, and Diablo II only improved on the concept of winning. Although the game mechanism is very simple, you just can not put your mouse away until you’ve leveled it again or reached the next prison.
There are too many shameless clones listing here, but let’s just say that I and II have “inspired” many other RPG Diablo actions. The single-player mode is highly addictive, but the most valuable part of Diablo II is playing online.
15. Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000)
I think the weakness for this old BioWare is pretty obvious now, but this is, unfortunately, the last BG Infinity game engine [edit: no, Icewind Dale 2 is the last / thanks, commenter Relayer71].
Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn picks up after the story of the sword’s beach expansion – your character is imprisoned by a mad scientist (elf) in Athkatla, South Baldur’s Gate, and so happens as well as some of your old friends.
The plot continues to explore the divine heritage of your character and takes you across the great and beautifully hand-drawn world until it is time to face off with your enemies. Baldur’s Gate saga finally concludes in the expansion of the mandatory throne, where you must make a final decision on what to do with your inheritance Saleh.
16. Wizardry 8 (2001)
Apparently, I’ve come this far without mentioning the Wizardry series and eliminating it would be a shame. Wizardry’s first match – proving Park Overlord crazy – came out in early 1981, and early parts of the series have inspired many classic RPG series as possible & Wizardry and the eye of the beholder.
Wizardry 8 is the last part of the trilogy including 6 and 7, but it was released later after a long development process and frenzy.
Combat Wizardry 8 is turn-based and there are lots of Statistics and character classes to play around with – the game is a must if you enjoy classic RPGs. Unless there is a small miracle, this will likely be the last part of this long-running series.
17. Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura (2001)
Arcanum is a unique game in the not-so-traditional fantasy world that takes place in the midst of the industrial revolution – it’s often referred to as the “Steampunk RPG”. Despite being an exceptional train at launch (I was unable to finish it on the first try,) The game was praised by almost all critics for the profound atmosphere and the downfall of its gameplay-based turn-based.
After several hundred MBs of patches – unofficial fans are some patches due to the bankrupt developers – the game is played entirely at this time and should be tried by people who enjoy great RPGs.
18. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002)
Arena, the first game in Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls series is innovative but not very successful. Daggerfall offers a taste of what comes with a great game world and gameplay that roam free but also has a fair share of game-breaking bugs. With Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Bethesda all but refined the concept.
They also put futuristic and powerful 2002 graphics cards for stress tests with some stunning visuals, including pixel-shade if water.
Basically, Morrowind realized the big ideas behind the previous game, but with fewer bugs. Including the expansion of Assembly wrap and Bloodmoon, Morrowind is a great game – only in-game text is a word made up of six average novels.
19. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)
In my humble opinion, Kotor is still the best Star Wars game ever (not that the competition is that stiff, but still). On the other hand, one expects nothing less than the BioWare logo on the box.
The RPG elements of the game are similar to the 3rd edition of D & D rules, meaning that the battle is divided into rounds and may auto-stop at the end of each round (optional) to assign a new action.
As the title implies, the game takes place before the Empire – some 4,000 years before it should be precise. Depending on your choice in the game, you will gradually lean either towards the light or the dark side of the force.
20: Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines (2004)
Vampires: The PC Masquerade game is often overlooked for some reason, but there is still no better way to role-play as your computer’s vampire than the Bloodlines, located in mature Vampires: The Masquerade world from original RPG pens and papers.
Bloodlines are the sequel to Vampire The Masquerade: Redemption from the year 2000 but use a more modern source engine from Half-Life 2.
When starting the game you choose your vampire clan, and this is just the first of many choices.
The game storyline is very dynamic, and there are several different endings depending on the path you choose.
21. Gothic 3 (2006)
Gothic 3 is full of bugs based on the release, but still relatively well-received – probably because of high ambition and goodwill.
It has now been patched several times it is a much better game. It’s a few years now, but it still looks great. Or rather, it now seems nice that there is hardware capable of playing it. The third part of Gothic takes where the Gothic II cut off, but now our Nameless hero has
arrived on a new continent only to be greeted by a bunch of ugly orcs approaching to kill. The rest of this story is open-ending – you can side with various factions or none at all, instead of spraying in rural murder and looting whatever comes your way until you feel bored. In terms of free exploration, Gothic 3 is similar to forget,
22. Neverwinter Nights 2 (2006)
Neverwinter Nights 2 RPG is great by itself, but big bonuses include the toolset that provides building blocks to create your own adventures.
There are many excellent community modules that can potentially add hundreds of hours to the game.
The format game is the spiritual successor of Balder gate series but takes place at the north end of the sword beach.
Like its predecessor, it has the main focus of the story, which is very well written and divided into action. NWN 2 uses D & D 3.5 edition rules, and all the classes, mantras, and abilities that come with it.
23. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)
Oblivion is an amazing game in many ways, but the most impressive part is the sheer size (16 square miles) and the fact that you can ignore the main quest and go out and explore a number of seemingly infinite dungeons.
Similar to Morrowind, you do not level up in a conventional way by earning experience points through completing quests or killing, but by using the skills you want to improve. To say that Oblivion is a game with depth and the world’s game complex will be an understatement.
If you – for some reason – do not play the game already now is the time, but make sure you play on PC and not choppy, sub-par 360 version.
24. Mass Effect (2008)
Yet another BioWare game that will go to books as a classic; Mass Effect takes place in the future where humanity has finally – through the invention of technology abandoned by the extinct alien race – is able to move into the galaxy, make contact with the Foreign race, and establish space colonies.
You take on the role of a shepherd commander – a male or female character that you can adapt to your heart’s content.
The game is somewhat similar to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, but is built around an exclusive combat system, and of course, takes place in a completely different atmosphere.
Mass Effect of the universe has no problem standing on its own feet through – a game world with complex and storyline that will do well in any comparison with Star Wars.
25. Fallout 3 (2008)
And so Fallout 3 finally saw the light of day. It was quite excessive that Bethesda would make it, and many feared that it would only be “Oblivion with a gun”.
Fortunately, those fears were reduced when released. Fallout 3 remains faithful to its post-apocalyptic sexy roots but makes great strides-Locate the 3D engine. This time lies on the east coast, also known as the desert capital. There are many new places to go and people to spoil.
26. Dragon Age: Origins
With Dragon Age: Origins, expanding revival and many much-better-average content downloads, Bioware again created a world-class RPG PC experience.
While it’s a bit sad that they have moved from a forgotten nature setting, Dragon Age offers a deep atmosphere and rich mythology that can easily stand with both feet.
The game takes you through a complex world where not everything is black or white; Like every true RPG there are many options to make, a way to choose, and there are different results to all of them.
Witcher is based on a series of fantasy novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski about genetically upgraded monster Geralt Rivia.
It is an RPG action that uses the heavily modified version of BioWare’s Aurora engine from the 2-night format, although it is hardly noticeable (The Witcher looks much better).
What distinguishes this game from all genres is that it does not distance itself from overly rude language and nudity Perdido.
This aspect alone makes it worth checking out. There are also “upgraded editions” available with improved textures and some new adventures.
28. Witcher 2 – Assassins of Kings
Continued sometimes fails to live up to expectations (Dragon Age 2 comes to mind), so it’s refreshing to see that some developers continue to raise the bar instead.
It writes, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is just about the most handsome game ever made. In addition to visual happiness, it manages to balance an engaging storyline with free-roaming, traditional Western RPG games, which many games fail.
Except for a steep learning curve is not necessary, this game is great on all counts and one that all RPG fans have to play.
It’s worth mentioning that the story departs right after the first game, so it helps to have played the original.
29. Optimus V: Elder Scrolls.
Optimus is an amazing game and probably Bethesda is the best yet. Despite the console interface and the fact that PC users get more or less the same graphics as those who play on their 5-year-old console, it is still among the best PC games ever made, not just counting RPGs. In other words, this game is an absolute must not just for RPG fans but for everyone and his uncle.
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