What are the best RPG games? One of gaming’s most beloved genres, the RPG has come a long way from its pen-and-paper and wargame roots, but there are still plenty of swords, sorcerers and spaceships to be found in these games today. We take a look at some of the best RPG games you can play right now, from the hilarious Disco Elysium to the exquisitely gothic Sunless Skies.
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The Best RPG Games You Should Be Playing Right Now
1. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous – best rpg games
Explore good, evil, and the nature of becoming a legend in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, a really, really big cRPG based on an adventure from the tabletop Pathfinder series. As the second video game in the franchise Wrath of the Righteous excels in smoothing out issues from its prequel Pathfinder: Kingmaker, while also improving on the best bits (like the character creator). Ultimately, the game brings together an experience that’s reminiscent of Planescape: Torment and other legendary D&D based RPGs. Make sure to carve out plenty of time to finish.
2. Disco Elysium – best rpg games
Disco Elysium tells you to become a hero or an absolute disaster of a human being. If this doesn’t sound like you already – either one, I’m not judging – then this detective RPG sets up the opportunity for you to find out which path you’ll take in a post-war world, dragging or uplifting the game’s fantastic NPCs along the way. Fully voiced and with the kind of story that’ll see you rolling in the aisles, the game offers a deep narrative experience appealing to fans of the story-driven, character-heavy side of roleplay gaming.
3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – best rpg games
It’s pretty impossible to talk about the best RPGs to play without mentioning The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and for good reason – seven years later, the game is still right at the pinnacle of immersive open-world gaming. Playing as gruff Geralt of Rivia offers players the ability to combine magic and swordplay into fantastic action RPG combat, and the Slavic-inspired world feels just as deep as it did on release. Experience the game in all its beauty when the current-gen ports come out in late 2022, if you’re not too busy playing Gwent.
4. Sunless Skies – best rpg games
Go boldly into the gothic dark with Sunless Skies, an explorative RPG with plenty of Lovecraftian horror and other Victorian weirdness under the hood. There’s something unutterably menacing about this sequel to Sunless Sea, and it’s very possible to fail frustratingly, but even still, finding safe harbour with your trusty steampunk locomotive feels fantastic. With a twisted and open-ended narrative reminiscent of the Call of Cthulhu games, Sunless Skies is an RPG for people who think high tea would be improved with a sanity mechanic.
5. Final Fantasy VII Remake
With an original firmly cemented in gaming halls of fame, Final Fantasy VII Remake had even bigger boots to fill than Cloud himself. Thankfully, it’s managed. This is a remake done right, with not only an incredible visual update on the 1997 PS1 classic, but modernised action RPG combat, new interweaving storylines, and the boldness to retell a story beloved the world over. A must-have for diehard JRPG fans and newcomers alike, Final Fantasy VII Remake is a thrilling cyberpunk take on what it means to be a hero.
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