Best RPG Games Worth Playing

If you think back to even as recently as a few decades ago, RPGs as a genre were very different from the modern adventures that we see today. RPGs of the time were often Isometric RPGs governed by dice roll mechanics, and other DnD inspired features.

Then those that weren’t were often the Eastern JRPG titles that offered turn-based adventures and often, a lot of CG but scenes to fill the space. Just to make it clear, we aren’t knocking these games, but it was clear that the genre was still growing and finding its feet.

However, in the modern era of gaming, one could argue that the RPG genre is the most popular within the entire industry, perhaps falling short of FPS games, but if so, not by much. RPGs are also much more multi-faceted these days.

Players can take on an Action RPG, a turn-based RPG, an MMORPG, an open-world RPG. We could go on, but you get the picture, RPGs have grown from their primitive starting point and represent the finest quality gaming experiences around.

So with that in mind, we thought it would be appropriate to give you lovely readers the lowdown on what RPG’s are actually worth your time. As any keen RPG fan will know, to invest in an RPG is to invest tens of hours of your time, if not hundreds. So we don’t want you wasting your time on something that isn’t an incredible game.

We have created a comprehensive guide detailing our picks for the best RPGs of all time. Allowing you to select a game that appeals to you without the need to search for the best option. So without further delay, here is our guide to the best RPG games worth playing in 2022.

Selection Criteria

Before we jump into the list, we better make it clear what justifies a game‘s appearance on the list. We have set out some clear criteria that each game has to meet to be considered, and hopefully, this will help you understand why we selected the games that we have. Here are the criteria below:

  • The game must primarily be an RPG. Games with ‘RPG elements will not be considered.’
  • The game must have achieved a Metacritic score of no less than 80%
  • Only one selection per franchise

We will also be breaking down the genre into sub-genres and offering a fair selection of different RPG titles so that all fans are catered for. Enjoy!

The Best RPG Games Worth Playing in 2022

Action RPG‘s

#1 – Bloodborne

  • Platforms: PS4
  • Developer: From Software 
  • Metacritic Score: 92% 

We begin proceedings with the one and only Souls-Esque game that I will be including, Bloodborne. This game is one of the most incredible action RPGs ever made, taking the souls formula and adapting it perfectly to offer combat that is much more fast-paced, reactive and offers a risk and reward system unseen in other games of this nature.

Dark Souls found success offering harsh yet fair combat, but Bloodborne perfected this by taking away the shield option, removing the need for tentative play and caution, leaving a gory, brutal, and flowing experience, which is, in my opinion, the best in a long line of From Software titles.

Bloodborne also introduces players to the incredible world of Yarnham, a gothic city that is a joy to explore throughout your time within this game.

Plus, as you would expect from a game such as this, the boss battles are inspired and offer some of the hardest challenges within modern gaming. So if you want the best Soulsborne game on the market, you’ll want to grab Bloodborne.

Recommended reading: Doll Bloodborne Guide, Amygdala Bloodborne Guide, Ludwig Bloodborne Guide.

#2 – The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Stadia 
  • Developer: CD Projekt Red 
  • Metacritic Score: 93% 

You know a game is good when it inspires a Netflix Original series with one Henry Cavill playing the role of Geralt. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the third game in the Witcher series. While the first two games are respected games in their own right, and the series has always had a following.

Due to being PC-only titles and equality never truly hitting their stride, many feared that The Witcher III would meet the same fate. However, it would defy past form and be awarded Game of the Year in 2015 and is considered to be many respected gamer’s favorite RPGs of all time.

The game sees you play as Geralt of Rivia and continues the story from the previous games. The main quest line is excellent, the lore which glues the world together is rich and deep, the combat is satisfying, and the visuals even six years after release are right up there with the standard of today.

However, the thing that fans will appreciate most about this game is the sheer volume of content to get through. The world of The Witcher is a vast and detailed one, and we urge you to jump into the action today; you won’t regret it.

Recommended reading: The Witcher 3 Alchemy Guide, The Witcher Overview, The Witcher 3 Yennifer or Triss?

#3 – Fallout New Vegas

Fallout New Vegas
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC 
  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment 
  • Metacritic Score: 84%

Not that anyone asked, but this is my all-time favorite RPG, and this is down to the incredible work that Obsidian Entertainment did under tight time constraints and with a dated game engine.

You see, this game has no right to be as good as it is. Effectively, it is a reskin of Fallout 3, with the same core assets, the same game engine, and a lot of the same features. Yet, it’s the differences that make this game shine so bright in spite of these limitations.

The game offers one of the richest narratives in the series, offering quests with so many options and branching paths. It offers a brilliant new faction system, a map that is densely packed with tonnes of areas to explore, unlike Fallout 3.

It has tonnes more traditional RPG mechanics inspired by the old Isometric RPG titles to make this feel like a genuine Role Playing Game. Plus, the DLC content for this game is some of the best, most cohesive content I have ever seen.

Sure, it bugs out, crashes, and doesn’t look all that pretty, but you’ll be having too much fun to care. So if you want to play the best Fallout game ever made, this is my pick of the bunch.

#4 – The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC 
  • Developer: Bethesda Softworks 
  • Metacritic Score: 94%

If anyone ever asks me, what was the game that made you truly obsessed with gaming? I always say, The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. I remember the first time I played it so vividly.

I was in a LAN gaming cafe in my hometown, and for whatever reason, I wasn’t up for playing the game that my friends were playing, so I decided to do some solo, single-player gaming instead. I stuck on this title, and the hours flew by rapidly. I stayed there all day just playing this game non-stop.

It was the first time I had seen a world so vast, so detailed, and so willing to let the player control their gaming experience. I knew even then that I had seen the future of gaming.

The game offered graphics at the time that were impeccable, the AI, while laughable now was innovative back then, the soundtrack is still something that I listen to today, and the quest lines throughout this game still live rent-free inside my head.

So before you burn me at the stake for not selecting Skyrim, I urge you to try this one out. In my book, it’s the best TES game out there.

#5 – Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC 
  • Developer: Bioware 
  • Metacritic Score: 96%

When you ask the average person in the street to name the best space opera ever, they are likely going to say Star Wars. However, if you happen to ask a gamer, the chances are that they will mention Mass Effect.

Mass Effect is best enjoyed as a full trilogy as the game offers cohesive dialogue and player choices that follow you throughout each game‘s campaign. However, we decided to go with Mass Effect 2 as the best in class.

This is because Mass Effect 2 offers, in my opinion, the best segment of the overall storyline, introduces the best characters within the game series’ run, fixes a lot of the issues present in the original Mass Effect, which was a little rough around the edges, to say the least.

Plus, the story is beautifully paced and doesn’t make the mistakes of the third installment. Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure made for RPG fans that love nothing more than being part of a brilliant story. So if this sounds like your thing, give this one a try.


#1 – Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII
  • Platforms: PS1, PS4, PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, IOS, Android
  • Developer: Square 
  • Metacritic Score: 92% 

Often when writing lists such as this, I nail my colors to the mast and go with my opinion rather than that of the people. However, despite Final Fantasy VIII being my personal favourite, I can’t look past the cultural importance and the sheer quality of Final Fantasy VII.

This game would provide the format for many of the games that would proceed it; it offered some of the most unique visuals thanks to its CG art style. The game offered some of the best bosses and overall RTS combat ever seen within the medium. Plus, the game has a riveting story that cannot be ignored.

This game introduces key characters such as Cloud Strife and Sephiroth; it has inspired a remake that has taken the modern gaming generation by storm; it has three discs worth of content at the time of release, which not only shows my age but also speaks to the amount of content within the game.

Not to mention that this title’s story has within it one of the most shocking moments within video gaming history. No spoilers here, but if you want to see it for yourself and play some JRPG royalty, then this is the one for you.

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#2 – Kingdom Hearts II

Kingdom Hearts II
  • Platforms: PS2 
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Metacritic Score: 87%

Who would have thought that taking the characters from Final Fantasy and throwing them into a world with Disney characters would work as well as it does? Despite the clear madness from both parties at even trying this venture, the Kingdom Hearts series offers a unique brand of magic and charm.

Along with perhaps one of the most convoluted stories in the world of gaming, visuals that were well ahead of their time, and a combat system that is fun, fast-paced, easy to pick up, and hard to truly master. However, this game series wasn’t always as jumbled and convoluted, rendering it inaccessible to new players.

Kingdom Hearts II was perhaps the last game that casual gamers could have hopped into this series and be able to pick up the plot points along the way.

This game is still the high point for the series after all these years, offering the best story, the best boss battles, the best combat mechanics with drive forms included, and arguably the best Disney worlds. However, Kingdom Hearts III might just edge it on that front.

The game serves as one of the most compelling JRPGs ever made, an incredibly well-paced story, and a wonderful tweak on the standard RTS formula. So, as long as you can stomach the cheesy narrative within, we would recommend this brilliant JRPG adventure.

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#3 – Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5
  • Developer: Atlus
  • Metacritic Score: 94%

There are concepts in gaming that look so strange on paper but inexplicably work in some cases. The above entry is a testament to this, and so is this one. Persona 5 Royal is the latest full release in the Persona series and sees you play as Joker, the leader of the Phantom Thieves.

In this title, you do the usual Persona thing, delving into the deepest recesses of people’s minds, finding their evil subconscious demons, and putting an end to their reign of tyranny in reality.

To do so, you’ll dungeon crawl through a parallel universe in which you will find their palaces; then it’s your job to find Persona’s, defeat them, collect them, train them and infuse them to succeed. Think of it as a very adult version of Pokemon.

However, we haven’t even gotten to the inexplicably brilliant part yet. While this game is an excellent dungeon crawler, it is also a life simulator where players will have to balance their school life, their free time, and their romantic pursuits alongside their work with the Phantom Thieves.

It was a toss-up in truth between this one and Persona 4 Golden for this spot, simply because both play excellently and have great storylines. However, for the advances in gameplay from four to five, we award it to the most recent entry.

This is an experience that delivers something that no other game on the market can manage, and we would highly recommend you play this one for yourself.

#4 – Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger
  • Platforms: PS1, SNES, PS3, PC, Nintendo DS, IOS
  • Developer: Square 
  • Metacritic Score: 92%

Everybody loves a story with time travel, right? Well, when it’s done right, it can be a joy to behold, and when you have the best RPG developers of the 16-bit era at the helm, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. This top-down RPG masterpiece sees you play as Crono as he leaps into a portal to save his pal, Marle.

However, little does he know that this will see him entangled in a plot that will involve the fate of the world. This game has a truly spectacular story and an even more compelling RTS battle system. The player gets to take on their foes in real-time without any encounter cut-aways, making it a much more fluid and immersive combat experience.

The graphics are also stunning, even to this day. There is something about pixellated games made like this which just never lose their sparkle. It’s a timeless look and allows players to enjoy this adventure just as much to this day. The characters are unique, offering varied perks and playstyles.

All of the characters are also deep and well-written. The soundtrack is simply sublime, and this was perhaps one of the first games of this nature to offer a new game plus mode, which is now commonplace within the industry. This is a timeless JRPG classic, and if you have been sleeping on this one, please play it and broaden your JRPG horizons.

#5 – Secret of Mana

Secret of Mana
  • Platforms: SNES, FOMA, PC, PS4, PS Vita, IOS, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Square
  • Metacritic Score: N/A

While we can’t offer an accurate Metacritic score for this game as the true SNES version doesn’t have a rating, we can assure you, it would be a very high one.

This game, again from the iconic era where Square dominated the competition, sees the player travel through was is easily one of the most artistically stunning games of the era, blending photo-realism and cartoon-Esque character models and assets, much like anime, to provide a truly stunning visual display throughout.

However, the art style isn’t all to be praised here, as the game was a mechanical marvel as well. It allowed for co-op gameplay where players could drop in and out at any time. Players would also be able to alter the behavior of AI to ensure that each party member supported their playstyle.

Plus, there is also a unique ring command system where players would be able to stop proceedings and make decisions on the fly or catch their breath in some cases during more intense battles.

In short, this game is fun to play, looks incredible to this day, and offers a magical and heartfelt fantasy story that you can’t help but love. So take the time to get acquainted with this RPG gem of yesteryear.

Open-World RPG’s

#1 – Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5
  • Developer: Guerrilla Games 
  • Metacritic Score: 89%

There are so many games that have portrayed a post-apocalyptic world. Some good, some bad, and some just plain predictable. However, Horizon Zero Dawn somehow finds a way to galvanize the post-apocalyptic gaming landscape and offers a cohesive, well-paced story for players to enjoy within this world where the old world battles the new age of technology.

In this game, you play as Aloy, an outcast from her tribe who just so happens to be the one person that can save the world from the imminent evil that plagues the land.

This game offers an open world where players will encounter giant robots which mimic animals within our ecosystem past and present. You’ll find dinosaurs, birds, alligators, and various other mechanical and terrifying variations of these beasts. Then you’ll be tasked with taking them down with a good old-fashioned bow and arrow.

It sounds like an unfair fight, but thankfully, Aloy can handle herself. This game is essentially Sony’s attempt at replicating the Ubisoft open-world format, and truthfully, they blow Ubisoft’s library of content out of the water. This is a game that you’ll want to play from start to end, so we suggest you get started right now.

#2 – God of War (2016)

God of War (2016)
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5
  • Developer: Santa Monica Studios 
  • Metacritic Score: 94%

When it was rumored that the God of War franchise was set to have a soft reboot, many fans were worried. Some stressed that the game wouldn’t be the same without its fast, action-packed, hack and slash formula. Whereas others worried that the change to a narrative focus format would ruin Kratos as a character.

However, on both fronts, the community and large couldn’t have been more wrong. The change was the new lease of life that the series needed, and this game would be widely regarded as 2016’s game of the year.

This game would offer a cinematic approach to storytelling, not unlike that of The Last of Us, which would offer new combat which kept aspects of the old but married them with new, modern, and fluid combat maneuvers.

Then in terms of the open world you can explore, the set pieces and the visuals. Well, the only way to describe them is sublime and otherworldly.

The game is paced beautifully, offers hours of end game content for explorers, and still serves as one of the best games of the modern era. So if you want to see Kratos in a whole new light, then this is the one for you.

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#3 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Nintendo 
  • Metacritic Score: 97% 

The Legend of Zelda series has always set a high standard and with each new title. The question always gets posed by fans if the series can raise the bar once again.

After all, with brilliant titles like Ocarina of Time, Windwaker, and Twilight Princess under your belt, expectations will always be high. So when BOTW arrived on the scene, big things were expected, and thankfully, the game delivered and then some.

This title offers one of the most beautiful, meticulously crafted open-worlds within gaming. Allowing players to set off in any direction and explore, gather resources, craft tools, and weapons, explore dungeons, climb the highest peaks and eventually, save the princess, as is customary in this series.

It’s hard to argue that any game manages to emphasize adventure quite as expertly as this game does. This is probably why games like Genshin Impact and Immortals: Fenyx Rising have copied the BOTW format to the letter, and who can blame them. This is the definition of a modern classic, and if you haven’t played this yet, you are missing out.

#4 – The Last Of Us

The Last Of Us
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4 
  • Developer: Naughty Dog 
  • Metacritic Score: 95% 

Around the time of The Last of Us’ release, there were very few games that provided a storyline that made the whole world stop and take notice. There was always a separation between ‘real media’ and gaming.

However, thanks to the incredible production value, smart cinematography, incredible writing, and strong survival-Esque gameplay, The Last of Us managed to blur the lines between Hollywood and the gaming industry. Thanks to this game, other games would push harder to rival TV and movies in terms of incredible narrative.

This title manages to tug at the heartstrings, excite with intense set pieces and combat sections. It manages to keep things tense during stealth sections, allows for levity in the low moments, and is brilliantly paced to offer an ebb and flow, unlike any game that came before it.

This game is still talked about today as the best game of all time. So much so that its incredible sequel, which is indisputably a stellar game, pales in comparison. So if you want to play the best Sony exclusive ever made, this is many gamers’ number one.

#5 – Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
  • Developer: Rockstar 
  • Metacritic Score: 97%

Rootin, tootin, and lots of shooting. That’s what RDR2 offers to new and returning fans of the series. We have come to expect a lot from Rockstar-developed games over the years.

We have come to expect huge open worlds; we have come to expect fine attention to detail, incredible characters, superb gunplay and combat, varied mission and minigames, and a sandbox format that makes just existing in the world as fun as playing through the main campaign. Well, RDR2 delivers on all these fronts and more.

This story takes place before the events of RDR1 and John Marston’s story. In this one, you play as Arthur Morgan and play through an era of transition. The wild west is being phased out, with law and order becoming the norm. However, you and your gang won’t just simply go away without a fight.

This leads to many twists and turns along the way, and quite frankly, every single one was riveting from start to finish. Rockstar has a knack for producing masterpieces, and this one is no different, so if you want to become the best gunslinger around, this is where to start.

Isometric/Traditional RPG’s

#1 – Pillars of Eternity

  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC 
  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment 
  • Metacritic Score: 89% 

When Pillars of Eternity came to be, it was a title that was made to fill a void present in the gaming landscape. You see, since the golden age of Isometric RPGs in the 1990s with Interplay and Black Isle Studios leading the charge, there weren’t any isometric RPGs worth playing out there.

So with the help of a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Pillars of Eternity rose to the challenge and offered one of the most compelling games within the genre ever made.

This game offers the player so much freedom to choose their character build, make their own decisions, explore where they choose, and ultimately, shape the land in your own image.

In this game, a plague known as the Hollowborn plague sweeps the land, and with your newfound powers as a Watcher, you must help push back the tide and restore order to the land. It’s pure DND-style RPG gaming at its finest and a game that you should absolutely check out.

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#2 – Disco Elysium

Disco Elysium
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5, PC, Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, IOS 
  • Developer: Za/Um
  • Metacritic Score: 97%

When it comes to isometric RPG games, you almost know what to expect before you even choose a game. It’s usually a medieval fantasy quest, based loosely on DND campaigns and with the same old mechanics you’ve seen time and time before.

However, Disco Elysium isn’t a normal isometric RPG, it’s one of the richest, most creative, and most thought-provoking projects ever taken on within the world of gaming, and in my opinion, it’s the best isometric RPG ever made.

Disco Elysium places you in the role of a detective suffering from amnesia, who has to solve a murder while equally finding out who he is.

This allows the player to form a character in their own image, effectively with a blank canvas to create the protagonist’s morals, passions, and overall personality, and this will be key to your success as your personal skills will be your key to success.

Disco Elysium removes combat in a traditional sense and has players use other means to progress. The art of speech, deduction, luck, intellect, or pure, raw aggression will all provide alternative routes to success.

Meaning that even playing multiple times, you will likely never have a single moment that feels the same. Disco Elysium looks incredible, is so open-ended, values player choice is so rich in lore, the writing is humorous and dark in equal measure, and the gameplay is strangely addictive. So consider this an endorsement of the highest order. Play this game!

#3 – Divinity: The Original Sin II

Divinity: The Original Sin II
  • Platforms: PC 
  • Developer: Larian Game Studios 
  • Metacritic Score: 93% 

Ever wanted to be a god? No, not in the way you are when you remove the ladder from the pool in The Sims. I mean, like a real omnipotent deity capable of mass destruction and miracles in equal measure.

Well, in Divinity: Original Sin II, that’s exactly what you do. You play as a warrior and gather your party to push back the void. All other gods are vanquished, and you must take their place to push back the tide and protect the realm.

This game offers a compelling story, well-written characters that you gradually come to know better as you travel with them.

It offers a meticulously crafted turn-based combat system, a brilliant character creation menu for varied character builds, a fun drop-in, drop-out co-op function, and even has a Game Master system that allows you to play the DND dungeon master role and craft your one quests and stories.

In short, this is one of the finest fantasy RPGs around, and you would do well to commit some time to this gem.

#4 – Dragon Age

Dragon Age 2
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC 
  • Developer: Bioware
  • Metacritic Score: 91% 

While many will argue that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the return to form for the series and represents its peak, I disagree. For you see, Dragon Age is a masterpiece in RPG combat and storytelling and deserves credit as the trail-blazing title that it was.

This game took a more RTS approach to combat which made the game feel more fast-paced and fun, providing combat that isn’t unlike games such as WoW, Diablo, and Path of Exile.

Then as for the storyline, this is a fantasy tale inspired by campaigns from games like Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter while embracing popular low fantasy franchises of the era like Lord of the Rings.

This game was many folks game of the year, is still regarded as one of the best RPG games of all time, and if you want to play a game that offers fun, varied party combat with excellent story interwoven, you’ll want to try this one out.

#5 – Wasteland 3

Wasteland 3
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Developer: InXile Entertainment
  • Metacritic Score: 85%

We toyed with sticking the old Fallout games into this list and arguing that these games, coming from the Interplay era, didn’t count as one and the same.

However, after some thought, we decided to stick to our guns and offer the next best thing, the Wasteland series. Wasteland is a series that is a spiritual successor to the Fallout games of this era, offering a more modern take on Post-apocalyptic life.

We chose Wasteland 3 in particular as this series has gradually gotten better with each release, and Wasteland 3 represents the best combat, the best setting, the best party options, and the best overall gameplay within the trilogy. So if you can’t tolerate the primitive gameplay of 1990’s RPGs, this may be the antidote that allows you to finally enjoy games of this nature.


#1 – World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft
  • Platforms: PC 
  • Developer: Activision/Blizzard Entertainment 
  • Metacritic Score: 93%

When you think of the MMORPG genre, it’s very hard not to immediately jump to WoW. This is because this game was one of the first globally recognized and critically acclaimed MMOs on the market, creating a huge amount of demand for games of this nature.

Since this release all those years ago, the game has continued to produce full expansions, keeping the player base excited and engaged with this long-running franchise.

The most recent expansion is WoW Shadowlands, a game that allows the player to head to a dark area of the map, enjoy new raids, new dungeons, find a wealth of new loot, and of course, offers a whole new campaign.

It’s a great time to get started with WoW, and if you don’t want the more modern content, you could always play WoW Classic. There is so much to see and do within this game, and so if you want a game that will keep you busy for literal years, invest in a WoW membership.

#2 – Runescape (OSRS)

Runescape (OSRS)
  • Platforms: PC
  • Developer: Jagex
  • Metacritic Score: N/A

While WoW might have been the first MMO to reach the lofty heights of mainstream gaming, you can’t overlook the cultural impact of Runescape; you’d be a fool. Runescape may have been a web browser extension that offered a free-to-play experience, but after two decades, this game still remains, has various versions, and attracts millions of players.

So they must be doing something right. Minecraft and Roblox were also web browser extensions, so you have to concede, it can be a pretty successful way to succeed in the industry.

Runescape offers one of the richest MMO game worlds out there. It provides really fun quest lines like Monkey Madness and Dragon Slayer; it provides players with a dedicated marketplace called The Grand Exchange, where players can trade their loot.

Oh, and to get that loot, you’ll have to beat some really well-designed bosses with intricate attack patterns and strategies to break down. All the while maintaining that retro visual style that inexplicably offers so much charm and nostalgia. Runescape is not dead, so get involved.

#3 – Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia
  • Developer: Square Enix 
  • Metacritic Score: 85%

Okay, so we broke our only one per franchise rule; sue us. In our defense, when it comes to MMO titles from established franchises, it’s very rare that the gameplay and overall experience are comparable. It tends to be that only the world and overall lore remain, and that is the case with Final Fantasy XIV.

This game, upon release, was far from the finished product. The game was buggy, the servers didn’t support the players who wanted to play, the campaign content was underwhelming, and the core gameplay wasn’t all that great either.

However, thanks to continued efforts from Square Enix to improve the game and a series of grand expansions, the game has become one of the most beloved modern MMOs out there, making the FF franchise proud. So if you are a Final Fantasy fan or even just looking for a new MMO, this is just the ticket.

#4 – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Bioware
  • Metacritic Score: 93%

This may be cheating a little, as the truly brilliant MMO version of this game has since its release had its servers shut down. However, this game was given a re-release and still represents one of the most wonderful MMO experiences ever, so we think it deserves the spot regardless.

This game is seen as many Star Wars fans’ favorite video game in the series, and for a good reason.

This game allowed for complete freedom to be a Jedi, a with Lord and everything in between. It also offers a rich campaign that offers a unique Star Wars story unseen in any other Star Wars media.

The combat is fluid and satisfying, and overall, the game is an MMO masterclass. We recommend playing the newest version. It’s not exactly the same, but it is close enough that you’ll still enjoy it a lot. May the force be with you.

#5 – GTA Online

GTA Online
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4 
  • Developer: Rockstar 
  • Metacritic Score: 97%

Then lastly, we have GTA Online, the MMO extension of the wonderful GTA V. This extension of the game allows you to play as your own unique character and explore Los Santos alongside a wealth of other players.

Your overarching goal is to become Uber successful, buying property, expensive cars, and just about any other vanity item you can think of. It’s basically a caricature of real life, you know, with guns, explosions, and chaos.

The player does this by completing a series of high-stakes heists, races, and other modes within this MMO extension. Plus, you’ll have the option to play mini-games, hunt down other players and steal their riches, and much more.

It’s an MMO sandbox like no other, where one session is never the same as the last. So if you loved the single-player GTA experience and want some more action, here it is.

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Bioshock trilogy
  • Diablo III
  • Dark souls III
  • Fire Emblem
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Shin Megami Tensei V
  • Vagrant Story
  • Stardew Valley
  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Baldurs Gate
  • Monster Hunter
  • Okage: Shadow King
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Nier: Automata
  • Undertale

Know Your Role!

Diablo III

As you can see from the information above, there are so many brilliant RPG games to choose from. No matter if you are an RTS fan, a turn-based strategist, a retro RPG fan, or someone who prefers MMO’s and plays for the long haul. There is something on this list that will appeal to all RPG players out there.

We hope that this list has got you excited to go on a new adventure and if we left any of your favorite games out. Be sure to let us know why they deserve to be included in the comments section below. Thank you for reading!

FAQs Section

Question: What is the Difference Between RPGs and JRPGs?

Answer: The ‘J’ stands for Japanese. These games are essentially eastern produced games that have a very distinct style. They tend to have a very particular art style, stick to a turn-based or RTS format, and also, these games tend to be much more fantastical and with bold characters and over-the-top storylines.

Question: Who are the Best RPG Developers

Answer: That’s a tough question as down the years; there have been so many great developers who have helped to grow the genre and push the medium of RPG gaming forward exponentially. However, there are some that have done more than most. So with that in mind, here is a list of our top picks:
 • Bioware
 • Bethesda
 • From Software
 • Interplay
 • Naughty Dog
 • Obsidian Entertainment
 • Rockstar
 • Square Enix

Question: What’s the Best Selling RPG of All Time?

Answer: The best-selling RPG series of all time is Pokemon. This series has managed to sell over 380 million units since Pokemon Red and Blue burst on the scene in the mid-nineties. This series is followed by Final Fantasy in second and GTA in third.

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