Did you know that there are over 10.000 RPG games that are desirable to play? Well, now you do know and this fact makes our mission more difficult than you can imagine. We will take a look in the best games of this genre that were ever developed. It will be a wonderful journey in which you will see many titles you play, have played or planning to play. The first thing to mention is that a proper role-playing game must provide an impressive story, advances you can make with your character and superb combat capabilities. The following 50 games provide all of that and something even more.
50 Most Played Role Playing Games of All Time
50. Jade Empire
Jade Empire has been with us since 2005 and in the game, you will assume the role of Jade. She must find and free her master. By the way, she is a martial artist and she knows her body like a zen master. The game is actually science fiction with the role-playing feature.
Playing the game you will encounter all kinds of enemies and some so strong that you will need to invest more time into improving your skills. The game is appealing in the lack of a more appropriate word and it should be played if you are into hardcore RPG.
49. Divinity: Original Sin
Once again we have a unique game on our list. Yes, it is role-playing development but it is different than you may believe. For instance, the game is based on two players (you can also play single player mode) and you and your friend will explore the world together, use various items and fight different opponents.
The game was released in 2014 and it is based on magic, science fiction, and battles. The combat system is actually turn-based which is appealing for a lot of players. The game was designed in such a way that it literally forces you to made advance to explore and try new things.
48. Path of Exile
Path of Exile is a newer game, being released in 2013. It is based on magic, massive world and all kinds of enemies. The main difference, compared to other games is the sphere design. It is used to number and store your items and skills. This makes gathering them and using them so much better and easier if you want to play like a pro. In the game, you will have a character with limited fighting capabilities, but items and magic can change all of that.
The game is similar to Diablo and it comes from the same developer. On the other hand, it features better graphics, more details, and completely new content. One reason why we liked this so much is the customization possible. There are almost no limits here.
47. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings came out in 2011 and it was a combination of strategy and role-playing games. What this means is that players would enjoy leading their character through various missions and challenges and also were able to complete strategic moves which were complicated, advanced and time demanding.
For instance, if you don't plan your moves, the sword may get poisoned by your enemies, you may fall into a trap or something else. There were a lot of secrets in the game and a lot of possibilities you could use. The game is the predecessor of one of the best role-playing games, Witcher III which is also on our list. Melee attacks are common and probably one of the most important elements of this game. If you like them, then this is the right game for you.
46. Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness came out in 2003 and it featured gameplay based on various characters. You had to defeat the enemies, obviously, but you also were able to team up and make constant upgrades. This refers to the ability to change your weapons and make them stronger. You were able to create new minions as well.
The game features basic graphics and simple rules. It is popular among younger players and it is well-known for the countless customization and possible outcomes. We like all the parts of the game and we are happy to say it had to be on our list.
45. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Here you will have to defeat aliens who are powerful and who come in a high number. You have their outfit and you must upgrade it in order to increase your strength, stamina and your combat capabilities. The game has a nice story, it was released in 2012 and it is popular even today, among some players.
The gameplay is fast-paced and you soon realize that you are surrounded by enemies of all kinds and with all strengths. Shooting is better than some games offer due to the fact it is a first person shootout that allows you to get the most out of the environment, weapons and characters. We also liked the graphics, but it shows the true age of the game.
44. Chrono Cross
Some of you may remember Chrono Trigger, which was the first game of the franchise. The sequel was Chrono Cross, released in 2000. In the game, players could use one of 45 characters and fight with each other. The combat system is based on the colors and elements and this meant you were able to play for a long period of time.
The game is still well-known and one of the most popular games from this list. On the other side, there are still players who didn't hear of it and who never played it. If you are one of them, we recommend you to try it right now and you will see why it is on the list. In the lack of a better word, it is impressive due to the versatility it provides.
43. Darkest Dungeon
Darkest Dungeon is a hard game to explain. It was released in 2016, yet it features 2D technology. On the other hand, graphics is spotless and stunning as we hoped. In the game, you will assume the role of one of many characters and you will go on a quest exploring dungeons and defeating various zombie sand enemies in general. You have items that can help you, different skills and you can make your character look and act as you like.
The must-known fact about this game is in the scenario. You can lose your character as easily as you get it and you will move to a different mission. Missions vary between the levels and characters and are generally simple. It is a must-play RPG of the modern era and the one that makes all possible.
42. Dragon Age: Inquisition
If you like dragons, open world, and advanced fighting capabilities, you should play the Dragon Age: Inquisition. It is the best game in the franchise, a sequel to Dragon Age II and it has been with us since 2014. The game is available for PC, PS, Xbox and 360. The gameplay is intense and complicated in the lack of a better word. You had various paths to choose and to complete your missions.
The developer of this game is BioWare and you can get a clear picture of what to expect. The characters come with detailed narrative contents and descriptions. The graphics is superb and probably better than some games have to offer today. All of this and the open world means that you can play the game as long as you want and all you will need it a platform that supports it.
41. Valkyria Chronicles
Valkyria Chronicles is available for PC, PS3, and PS4 and it was released in 2008. The main advantages this game had to offer were a 3D world which offered specific view angles and superior battles. The game is role-playing but adds a touch of strategy as well. What this means is that the game requires plenty of time and analysis in order to complete.
As a gamer, you will control your character, gather and use different weapons and defeat your foes. Each character has something special and something specific and each one is different. You have several levels used to define the characters and you can defeat your enemies using different methods, such is a sniper. The pure base of the game is war and you will see it in small and huge edition while playing the game.
40. Fable II
Fable II is a role-playing game by definition. In it, you will get a character, a dog and a weapon. You must move across the world and defeat evil. The developer of this game is Peter Molyneux and he is usually known for failing to meet expectations. However, we all agree that he did his best in this game.
The game follows the lifespan of the main character. You two together can advance, move around and fight as long as you like. The game was released in 2008 and one thing made it reach our list. Players were able to feel strong and confident, which are the same words we can use to define the main character.
39. Skies of Arcadia
In the game, you had to defeat the Valuan Empire from reaching and conquering Arcadia. This was a planet where people lived on massive islands and traveled using massive airships. The world was massive and the best part is the fact you were able to explore it and reach all corners of it.
The combat system is turn-based with a lot of different characters to choose from. Players also were able to play for days without any, complicated missions or tasks. Just keep in mind that you are the last line of defense and your gameplay will affect the planet.
38. Baldur's Gate
Baldur's Gate came out in 1998 and it was known for one thing only. The infinity engine was superior compared to similar games and it allows players to experience free roaming the world, countless battles and more options than any other game of the time offered. The game featured a wide world with a lot of items, characters and a lot of missions.
Players were able to lead their characters through all kinds of missions and challenges and to upgrade them. This was advanced gameplay back in a day, but the gamers loved the game and they would play for months. When it comes to the story, it was decent but not special. The game was available for Mac, PC, Android, and iOS platforms.
37. Grandia II
Grandia II has been with us since 2000 and it is the best sequel to play. The combat system was all-new for the game and it allowed for you to cancel the attacks of opponents by timing your ones. This made combat better than most other games of that time had to offer. It made it a blast.
The main story was to save the world, standard for the era and nothing special. But the fact you were able to enjoy a different type of graphics and the game was available for Dreamcast made it one of the worthiest games ever released.
36. Star Ocean: The Second Story
Many decades after the Star Ocean game, there was a Star Ocean: The Second Story, released in 1999. The game is still one of the best on the list and you can possibly play. The story is detailed and the ending can be reached in different parts of the game, with different scenarios.
Characters are the main advantage of this game. You were able to customize them precisely as you want, different characters were able to do different things (some preferred chemistry while others were musicians) and all of this meant that players had a countless number of possibilities in the game.
Xenogears came out in 1998 and it soon became one of the most complicated games out there. The Square developers focused on religion, philosophy, and psychology in order to provide a unique story and countless of possibilities in the game. Your opponents were served to you while playing or in matches.
The thing you must appreciate is the battle system. It was identical to the one used in Final Fantasy and alongside excellent story made this game appealing for all fans of the genre. Spoiler alert, the ending is terrible, but you may like it.
34. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
At first sight, it may sound like that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn't a role-playing game and it is something completely opposite. However, if we take a closer look we will see the main characters, the health levels, weapon stats and all kinds of improvements you were able to use. All of this made it one of the most important games of 2017.
The game is available for Wii only and it has a huge database of its players even today. We believe that it is one of the best sequels of the franchise and the one that meets all the requirements in order to be on the list.
33. Demon's Souls
It may sound like another RPG of the modern age, but it is more complicated than that. The game initially was considered as a failure and supposed to be canceled. Thanks to Hidetaka Miyazaki who made final revisions we now have one of the best games of all times. The improvements referred to the boss battles which was more advanced and more detailed and also the story was improved. This is the main reasons why Hidetaka Miyazaki became president of the company afterward.
In the game, you take the role of a knight character and you can use all kinds of cold weapons and shields to locate and defeat your foes. At the same time, you were able to interact using magic and to explore the world around you.
32. Fire Emblem: Awakening
Fire Emblem: Awakening is a completely different type of game than similar ones with the same name. It was published in 2013 and the game was known for offering a new type of possibility. In the game, on your 3DS you were able to start a relationship, get married and even have children. Together or alone, you could march into battle.
All of the above made the game extremely popular among real RPG fans and was one of the best games of the era. In the game, you were able to customize your character, to use different weapons and to use tricks to win.
31. Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord has to be open of the oldest game here. It was released in 1981 and there is a special reason why it is so important. The game is basic, as you may believe, but it was an inspiration for most developers who developed some of the most popular RPG of all times. Those inspirations became Dragon Quest and Elder Scrolls.
The game is based on text and you had to imagine your position. In the upper left screen, a small animation was present. It will change shape according to a monster, hero or a chest you are interacting with. Using commands you were able to progress, update and defeat enemies.
Shadowrun is a game available for SNES only. There are a few things we should mention. First of all, the story is set in the near future. Gamers were able to use magic, hacking and advanced combat skills to defeat their opponents. The best part is the experimentation with the environment. You were able to interact with it and to gain useful items or gadgets.
The game was released in 1993 and it is one of the best games of the era. It is also the most sophisticated development and the one that is proudly on our list. The game will be appealing to play even today, with a better graphics of course.
29. Xenosaga: Episode I – Der Wille zur Macht
Xenosaga: Episode I – Der Wille zur Macht was released in 2002 by Monolith Soft and there supposed to be 6 sequels. Sadly, due to poor story and development, there were only 3. We are referring to the first one, the best part that made millions of players happy. Other sequels were poor in development and were forgotten.
The game is based on religious and psychological elements and has a decent story, alongside some of the best characters you were able to play with. In addition, this game is complicated and you need to use logic in order to complete the levels.
28. Neverwinter Nights
This game is available for computers, PC, Mac, and Linux and it is an enhanced version of the standard Dungeons and Dragons game. Most improvements were focused on the gameplay and the characters. Now you were able to control them in more detail, to upgrade them and to use all kinds of weapons.
The game features supernatural creatures and magic. Weapons are all but ordinary and this made the game last longer than expected. Some players consider it a beginning of an era and one of the most important RP games of all times.
27. System Shock 2
Now we have one so popular game that most of you have been playing for a long period of time. The game was developed in 1999 and the story was breathtaking. You will be placed in a spaceship and you will have to defeat artificial intelligence.
Despite the game sounds and looks like the first-person shooter, it is actually role-playing development. Players were able to improve their characters using all kinds of skills and items. The game was complex and thrilling to play. Many gamers invested months into completing all the missions.
26. Diablo III
Diablo III was released in 2012 and almost failed to reach expectations. The main issue was with the connectivity which was poor and many gamers encountered all kinds of problems. Luckily, they were able to fix the game and issue a series of updates that corrected all the problems and made the game worthy of your time.
The main parts of the game included versatile characters, powerful magic, and weapons. The game is still very enjoyable to play and comes with support for PS, PC, Xbox, Mac and 360.
25. Final Fantasy X
Released in 2001, Final Fantasy X remains one of the best RPG of all ages. In the game, you will take a look at the fight between Sin and Tidus and Juna in the all-new 3D world. This game also features voice acting and all-new combat system. The story is special and for most gamers the best of them all.
There are a few things we can add regarding the game. The combat system is turn-based and you were able to replace a character in order to use another one. The grading is novel-style now and more appealing than the previous systems.
24. Valkyrie Profile
The game tells a story of the goddess who will absorb the souls of the dead. You will play as Valkyrie and you had to use a combat system based on time. It is a very rare system which is still unknown for most people, even today. The game was released in 2000 and was considered as one of the most complex games of the century.
In order to understand how complex the game is, you should know that reaching the end without a guide is almost impossible. Not a lot of gamers reached it. On the other hand, you will be rewarded with impressive gameplay and plenty of details.
23. Ultima VII: The Black Gate
This is another version of Ultima and the game that introduces several important aspects. It was released in 1992 and it used day/night cycle, villagers who followed their schedule and also weather changes. All of this means that players get more realistic gameplay and can enjoy more than ever before.
The world itself is developed to be without boundaries and to provide gamers interactions, free movement, and countless explorations. Fights were present as well, but they are slow and don't require a lot of effort.
22. Suikoden II
Suikoden II has been with us since 1999 and it is developed by Konami. In the game, players had to fight corruption by defeating enemies and completing missions. Your main one is to collect 108 destiny stars and create your own headquarters. You have major decisions to make and you had to play the game carefully in order to reach the end.
When it comes to the combat, the game features standard mechanism which is more focused on decisions than skills and movement. The game is also well-known for a villain you will encounter at Luca Blight.
21. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is a game released in 1996. Before it, Mario was used in karting, as a doctor, and as a golfer. Now, he was in a completely new world which looked scary and dangerous. In reality, the world was humoristic and loaded with funny pieces.
Your mission in the game is to collect all the star pieces. In the game, you will use turn-based combat system and you will have to defeat all kinds of enemies, some so strong that you would need a lot of time. This is the first game to feature all-new 3D rendering technology with actors involved.
Despite the fact this game was released in 1995, it had basic and low-end graphics. This wasn't the main goal of the Ape and Hal Laboratory developers. The game was designed as a parody for other RPG and it did an awesome job into dragging you into this world. The game is basic and comes without many options, but there is one we all like.
This is one of the first games that features automatic fight, meaning that you will kill an opponent in a second if you are significantly powerful than him. The game was a huge success and there are cults related to it present even today.
19. Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins was released in 2009 and it is one of those games that are a perfect combination of the old mechanics and new technologies. The biggest and the main reason why the game is appealing to play is the pause and play system for battles. This gave players the option to plan their moves and to strategically inflict the most damage over the shortest period of time.
The game was treated as copycat by some players, but this is far from the truth. In reality, the game uses its own engine and systems. It emphasizes the story, the characters and story, loaded with a lot of options and choices.
18. Kingdom Hearts II
Square and Disney teamed up in order to create the original Kingdom Hearts game. It was considered a dangerous test, but it was more than just successful. The game became extremely desirable. The only best game with the same mechanics is Kingdom Hearts II, released in 2006.
In the game, you would use Square and Disney characters to complete all kinds of challenges and explore magic worlds. Both graphics and sound were stunning. Story, on the other hand, isn’t. It is very appealing at first but becomes strange in the end.
17. Dark Souls
The game is relatively old. It was released in 2011 and well-known for the interesting world. It is inspired by dark magic and annihilation. Bosses are so strong that the battles are considered to be epic. The gameplay is complicated and appealing at the same time while you had to complete all kinds of missions and take care of your character.
Dark Souls is one of those games you must try in order to understand. It is quite different than anything else and it is loaded with elements and puzzles you must complete in order to reach higher levels of the game.
It was released in 1999 by Sony Online Entertainment and it soon became one of the best games of that very year. It doesn't offer anything particular, but has all the pieces of the puzzle RPG must provide. The open world is massive. You would need weeks to explore it and to acquire various items. You could travel and explore all types of dungeons and use all kinds of items while interacting with your friends.
The game has bosses which are powerful. All combined, it means that you were able to play RPG with all the benefits and advantages without any side effects. This is a game that will keep you occupied for days or even weeks.
15. Persona 5
Persona 5 was released in 2017 and it is one of the newest games on our list, due to a fact. The game allows you to get into a metaverse world and change it or at least try. The biggest part of the game is studying for the exams, trying to reveal corruption and combats. When it comes to fighting, the game uses a turn-based system.
A separate part of the game is making relationships with other characters. You will be rewarded with countless missions, excellent story, and great sound effects. The graphics is modern and worthy of the release year. We all love the game and chances are high you will as well.
14. Ultima Online
Ultima Online came out in 1997 by Origin Systems and wasn't the first of this kind. But, the game offered something that was rare back then, something which is common today. Players were able to interact, invest time into economic aspects of the game and were able to steal from other players. Sounds familiar? Most of the modern games include all three elements.
The graphics was basic without major enhancements but the possibilities were almost limitless. Today, this game is known as game-changer and the million played it, in order to experience something new for the first time.
13. Secret of Mana
There are no a lot of words we can use for this game. All we can say is that 16-bit development was released in 1993 and back in a day it was one of the most popular games, period. The game came with stunning movement, even better graphics and music which was epic. The story was also well-designed and loaded with details.
The game featured one advantage that was rare at that time. You were able to play in multiplayer mode. It used a ring-based combat system with all-new controls and was considered as ahead of its time. You can play the game even today and you will enjoy it.
12. Pokémon Red & Blue
Pokémon Red & Blue is a revolutionary game that changed the world of gaming. For the first time ever, players had an opportunity to capture 151 Pokemon, to earn badges at a gym and to defeat enemies. The story was decent but not as detailed as in sequels. The game was so addictive than in 1998 when it was launched millions of players started capturing Pokemon every single day.
Of course, newer sequels added several improvements and more options, but the first part is simply the best and it had to be on the list. There are still millions of players playing the game in 2019, so you can get an idea of how popular it was, and still is.
11. Deus Ex
Deus Ex is a game so rare these days that most gamers don't know anything about it. The game is a combination of a stealth game, FPS and RPG. The story is set in the near future and you had to complete various challenges, unlock new options and complete different missions. Players use points which are given for different accomplishments to unlock options and new challenges.
Deus Ex is one of rare if not the only game that was able to incorporate all of the aforementioned genres into one game. An interesting fact is that many other games tried to do the same thing, but all of them failed. This makes the original title one of a kind and definitely a classic.
10. Fallout 3
Fallout 3 was released in 2003 and it was sold in 12 million copies while winning several awards of the year. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world, an open world more precisely where players can interact, fight and upgrade their characters. You also are able to switch between first-person view and over the shoulder.
Those who want to play this game should know several things. First of all, the gameplay is intense and complicated. The list of possibilities is extremely long and you can enjoy all kinds of actions, activities, and interactions. Your character is strong as much as you invest into upgrading him and there is no limit here. If you are looking for mods check out the Fallout 4 mods page on our website.
9. Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy Tactics was released in 1998 and despite the fact what many people believe, it is completely different than other Final Fantasy games. The main difference is in the gameplay. This is RPG with a touch of strategy. You were in the shoes of one of the cadets fighting for the right king and who had to defeat almost a countless number of enemies.
The game was reasonably popular and it wasn’t considered as one of the main Final Fantasy sequels. Nevertheless, as RPG it is just right. The thing we liked the most is the customization of a character. There are so many options and possibilities you could invest hours into this task, literally.
8. Diablo II
Some of you, who like dark and "dangerous" games will adore Diablo II. The original game was released in 2000 and it has been considered as classic. A classic with regular updates. The game received updates up to 2016 which is impressive in the lack of a better word. In the game, you will literally go to hell and fight all kinds of demons and enemies.
The best part of the game was multiplayer mode. Now you were able to go online and play alongside your friends and complete various missions together. In the game, you could also complete various quests and upgrade your characters.
7. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Most of you know that the game was released in 2003 and it is the best sequel ever. Back in a day, you were able to choose your character without any limitations. You could play as a Jedi or Sith and the story will adapt itself perfectly. The game may look obsolete now, but it was a huge hit and considered as one of the best games of the RPG genre of all times. After all, it is on our list.
The graphics wasn't special and we can see the true age of the game. However, most mechanics and elements were so well-developed that they were used in new sequels and will be present in future games as well. If you are a Star Wars fan, this game deserves a place on your hard drive.
6. World of Warcraft
Since the day it was launched in 2004, World of Warcraft has been a special game. It wasn't the first of its kind, but it was the best. This is the game that made RPG so popular today. After many years of evolution, the game became a synonym for role-playing and it is still one of the most popular you can think of.
The open world, skills, items, species and all other facts you can remember about the game are the main reasons why it is on our list. This is one of those games you can start playing alone, but after a few days, you will have countless friends, all available in the World of Warcraft. Don't forget that you should invest time in some tutorials before beginning.
It is another popular game that deserves to be on our list. We believe the open world is one of the best ever developed. The main advantages are countless quests and possibilities players can explore while playing. You will also appreciate an addictive story that will drag you in the open world mentioned earlier and you will want to stay there as long as possible.
The game was launched in 2015 and it is still one of the most popular games played today. We also believe that it is going to become a future classic and you will want to play it at some point in the future.
4. Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect was developed by BioWare and it soon became one of the best RPGs of all times. The only game, which is even better, yet similar is Mass Effect 2. The game came in 2010 and soon, millions of players talked and played this game only. It is so addictive that if you start playing now, you won't stop for the next 2-3 months. We know, we have been playing for several months as well.
The game's graphics is excellent. The story, choosing characters, cooperation and missions are all loaded with details and a mixture of complex development and fast-paced gameplay. Illusive Man is the main villain in the game and one of the best in the world of gaming, according to millions of gamers. Modes of the game include suicide, campaign and etc. There is also Mass Effect 3 version of the game.
3. Chrono Trigger
The game was developed by Square in 1995 and it is today known as classic RPG that doesn't have any drawbacks. Honestly, you can ask countless players and you won't find more than 1 issue with the game. The best part is the twist commonly present in the game. Players had to cooperate in order to complete the missions. Heroes will die and perish, but villains will become your new allies. All of this is something that isn't available in other games.
The timeline of the game is the next best thing. You will explore a world starting from prehistorically period and reach a post-apocalyptic era. The story is appealing and engaging throughout the entire time.
2. Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VI was and remained one of the best games of all times. The graphics is still one of a kind, the combat techniques are so detailed that you will need to invest your full IQ to understand them. Weapons are not from this world and the story will keep you busy for months. All combined means that this has been one of the best role playing games, period.
The game will definitely be a future classic. It is so complex and so well-designed that there are countless players who have been playing this game only and who adore each moment spent in the game. For you, some other Final Fantasy sequel may be the best, but for us and most other gamers, VI is the one to play right now. It was released in 1994.
There are several reasons why we believe The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the ultimate RPG we all like. First of all, there is a stunning story loaded with details and options. You will have to guide your character, to upgrade him and to complete various quests, each one with a detailed and impressive sub-story. Then there is an open world which is gigantic and offers you the ability to explore all possible elements. Since the first sequel, this game set a new standard that just a few games can meet, even today.
The first sequel was a bit problematic, due to technical issues, but the last one comes free of any problems like that. The last, but not least important are the combat capabilities. They are able to create a unique bond between a player and a character and to push you to the limits. The bottom line is that this is the ultimate RPG game of all times. In addition, the game was launched in 2010.
There Have been Awesome RPGs Across the Years
If you take a closer look at the games from the list, you can see their evolution. They began as simple, text-based games and reached the open world, multiplayer modes and advanced gaming that made them extremely popular today. Some gamers will avoid RPG, some will claim to hate them, but at the end of a day, we all play one, two or a dozen of role-playing games. They are the best simply because they can drag you in a magical world, where everything is possible.