Anyone who is a fan of RPG knows how good it is to explore open worlds, customize characters and enjoy rich plots in detail. With so many great titles on the market, it's hard to select just a few, but we've put together a list of the 28 best RPG games for PC below. We tried to make the list as varied as possible in terms of themes, but without neglecting the big names. Enjoy!
1. Lost Ark
Lost Ark was one of the most anticipated RPG games of 2022! Despite being available in some regions of Asia since 2022, its global release was responsible for breaking the record for the most played Steam game simultaneously. It has a dynamic MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) that combines the mechanics of Diablo and Final Fantasy style games, transforming your gameplay into a unique experience. There are multiple classes and subclasses to choose from and PvP and PvE challenges to complete. The skill upgrade system is Tripod, so you can refine your skill set with unique combinations as you see fit.
Enter this adventure in search of the lost ark exploring the seven continents in the world of Arkésia, each with its own culture, creatures and secrets. Develop your skills in unique and exciting combat in this MMO that has stood out the most in recent years!
2 Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact is an action RPG directly inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, not only in the visual identity (which is identical) but also in the mechanics. Although it looks like an MMORPG, it isn't, as you can only play with other people for a certain amount of time when you join their worlds. Even so, Genshin Impact is a top-notch single-player RPG that follows gacha game mechanics, where you unlock new content through sweepstakes.
3. World of Warcraft
The game set a new benchmark in the MMORPG genre and gathered a legion of fans around the world. Despite having dropped a lot in popularity over the years and boasting outdated 3D graphics compared to newer titles, the game was famous for sucking the soul out of its players with its unparalleled content. It's impossible to get bored playing WoW with its INFINITE quests, dungeons, raids, achievements, various PvP modes, professions, events, EVERYTHING.
World of Warcraft is so good that it received a new version called “Classic”, in which, instead of inserting new features into the game, it returned to its original version with much less content, exclusively for nostalgia. A luxury that few games can afford. Undoubtedly the greatest online RPG of all time.
4. The Witcher 3
Another game that, at this point in the championship, needs no introduction. The Witcher 3 is the third title in a series inspired by a series of books and which received its own series on Netflix. The story revolves around Geralt, a genetically modified wizard who is super trained to deal with monsters.
The game is an open world action RPG bigger than Skyrim or GTA V, which in itself is an admirable highlight. The full gameplay is estimated to take around 200 hours if you decide to do all the main and side quests. Another great differential of the game is the artificial intelligence of the characters and the dynamic time system in which day and night pass in a very realistic way.
5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Another famous game. Skyrim, which like The Witcher 3 also received several awards at the time of its release, is one of the best offline RPGs out there. With a huge open world, the game's full gameplay time is estimated to be 300 hours. However, the possibility of installing mods with new campaigns makes this number much higher.
Still in terms of content, Skyrim features several locations with their own characteristics such as economy, traditions, languages, etc. Also, in addition to the main battle skills, here you can learn countless others like cooking, forging, opening locks, etc. All of them can unlock new side quests that make the game even bigger.
6. Divinity: Original Sin II
Divinity: Original Sin II is considered one of the best RPGs of all time, although it is not one of the most popular. The game has a very high level of interactivity and a wealth of content due to a wealth of content worthy of the most successful games like World of Warcraft. As in Diablo, it is possible to join up to 3 players to play cooperatively, or even against each other.
Undoubtedly the funniest game on this list. With graphics worthy of Atari, Undertale is more of an interactive story than a game and also very suitable for those with a weak PC. Here, you take command of a human in a prison for monsters located in an underworld. Your goal is to walk your way back while making decisions that will affect the story in very curious ways.
One of the most interesting things about Undertale is how it interacts with the player, not the character. An extremely interesting mechanic that demonstrates this is the fact that the game memorizes your choices even if you exit without saving the game, that is, nothing is forgotten, and the game will make you deal with the consequences of your decisions.
8. Monster Hunter: Rise
Monster Hunter is one of the most popular RPGs in recent times, especially after the release of the new Rise game. With amazing graphics and very dynamic and action-packed combat, the game has a very strong focus on grinding monsters and almost all missions are related to defeating or looting dead creatures.
Monster Hunter Rise surpasses its predecessor, World. Several new monsters, skills and hunters are available to try out. Its multiplayer mode works like a raid system where random players can team up to defeat a single monster. Another highlight is that the game supports the use of mods, which always mobilizes the community a lot and gives the game many more tools.
9.Horizon Zero Dawn
Although it was released in 2022, Horizon Zero Dawn gained a boost in popularity when it was released for PC in 2020. Visually the game is very similar to titles like The Witcher and Skyrim, as it is an open world and 3rd person RPG, but with much more advanced graphics. The theme is also a differential: the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by technological dinosaurs. This makes the gameplay full of medieval elements mixed with other futuristic ones, offering an innovative experience of the genre.
As with most RPGs today, there is the main campaign, side quests and many other extra activities for you to spend time in the game.
10. Elysium Disco
Disco Elysium is a totally different RPG from all the others on this list. The game was the big winner of The Game Awards in 2022, winning in the categories of Best Narrative, Best Independent Game, Best RPG Game and Best Independent Debut while competing with several heavy names. The game is an extremely immersive open world RPG that mixes drama and comedy in a brilliant way. The game looks like an interactive book that you just can't stop reading. Both the dialogues and the characters are incredibly captivating and make you dive deep into the story.
Disco Elysium also breaks new ground in many ways. For example, combat is not the focus of the game and takes the form of dialog trees in which the player only needs to choose what actions to take. In fact, everything revolves around our choices, no matter how small. At times, we can even choose to ignore a thought or not, and even that will have consequences.
11. Dark Souls III
Another game that could not be missing from this list. Dark Souls III ranks among the top action RPGs of all time. With eye-popping visual effects and electrifying combat, Dark Souls offers a different experience from other games of the genre in terms of difficulty. Its bosses are real challenges that take the time of even experienced players.
The game takes place in a medieval mythological universe in which the player's objective is to prevent the arrival of the Dark Ages. During the mission, the player will have to face all kinds of undead, from the easiest to the most elaborate, from the smallest to the absurdly large. To help, the player has access to an arsenal of items, equipment and spells, like any RPG of respect.
12. Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Considered the best game in the Assassin's Creed franchise, Odissey features an extremely detailed open world with graphics that are way above average. This time the setting is Ancient Greece and the story is much more interactive than in other titles in the series. Here, your decisions greatly affect the plot development and can even result in the death of some important NPCs.
Odyssey also takes the fighting to other levels of action, as you'll have the chance to participate in large-scale wars between Athens and Sparta, right in the middle of the battlefield. You will also need to survive naval battles using warships with all their equipment and maneuvers available.
13. Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley deserves a spot on this list. Really. The game is an RPG/farming simulator with minimalist graphics, perfect for weak PCs. At first glance the game may seem simple, but the truth is that it has an extremely large and, above all, captivating content.
The story of Stardew Valley is quite simple: you need to take care of the farm you inherited from your grandfather, and your journey starts with just a few tools and a few coins. Throughout the game, you find yourself in several simple everyday situations that bring out the “simulator” side of the game a lot. Over time, you get to know your neighbors better, build bonds, and strengthen relationships.
In addition to classic elements like farming materials, managing resources and buildings, in Stardew Valley you really need to pay attention to the dialogues to know how to deal with each NPC. Another great advantage of the game is the huge library of mods available for download, making it possible to customize the game in countless ways.
14. Diablo III
The third title in one of the best-known RPG series, Diablo 3 has a narrative worthy of a game from Blizzard, the same developer of World of Warcraft. The game has a very engaging solo campaign, with impeccable voice acting, ambiance and soundtrack.
In addition to the single-player campaign, the co-op mode offers an even more fun experience. Being able to fight monsters with friends while coordinating attacks and strategies is one of the best ways to play Diablo 3.
15.Path of Exile
Path of Exile is an RPG that follows exactly the same style as Diablo. In fact, the games are so similar that many players consider Path of Exile an “improved Diablo 3”.
In addition to the similar theme and gameplay, Path of Exile has exactly the camera perspective of Diablo 3. However, PoE is known for being much more challenging and having a gigantic skill tree that allows you to create numerous builds for your characters. Also, the game is completely free!
16. Fallout 4
One of the few RPGs on this list that doesn't have a medieval theme. Fallout 4 also takes place in a huge open world, but this time the setting is a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by nuclear war.
Fallout 4 was a highly awarded and critically praised game. Among the highlights are the amount of content, the soundtrack, the level of player freedom and the depth of the open world. If you are an RPG fan and want to experiment and want to combine the genre with futuristic elements, Fallout 4 is your game.
17. Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3 is the perfect ending to one of the most epic RPG trilogies out there. The game managed to meet players' expectations and kept several mechanics untouched, while introducing several new ones without departing the game from previous titles. With lots of action and adventure combined in a very immersive story, Mass Effect 3 is the perfect game for fans of RPG and science fiction.
In addition to the countless possibilities of builds and compositions typical of the RPG genre, Mass Effect 3 presents constant choices that you must make, and all of them can affect the course of the game and your interactions with other characters.
18. Final Fantasy XIV Online
Final Fantasy XIV Online is an MMRPG from one of the most successful game franchises of all time. The game has absolutely everything you can expect: tons of character customization options, amazing graphics, PVE, PVP, quests, item crafting system, etc.
In addition to these well-known mechanics, FFXIV has other not-so-common mechanics, such as the possibility of buying land of your own to have a house, or the possibility of dyeing your clothes and modifying the appearance of your equipment, etc. Another big difference is that the main story of the game has hundreds of quests that you need to complete before you have more freedom in the game.
Think of Rift as a fine competitor to World of Warcraft, with a greater emphasis on co-op gameplay across networks, instances, and other bosses. The game has very advanced graphics for the time of its release and offers a much higher level of character customization, with hundreds of talents and abilities to create very unique builds.
20. Star Wars: The Old Republic
The Star Wars MMORPG still deserves a spot on this list. The game puts you at the center of the universe created by George Lucas and allows you to choose between different races and classes already well known by fans (and others not so much). Likewise, here you will be able to visit and explore numerous scenarios and planets as you fight, find loot and participate in goods transactions.
21. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is an action RPG that brings together several elements of strategy, making it very different from other games in the genre. In addition to controlling and evolving a character, in Bannerlord you need to create armies and manage them as a whole, completing both individual character quests and the entire battalion. Before battles, you have prep time to manage the positioning of the army, and when the fights begin, you can then control your character amidst the chaos.
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord also has a multiplayer mode that lets you compete against other players' armies in a variety of different modes and maps.
Borderlands 3 is the third title in a franchise full of fast-paced action and flashy visuals. With its cartoonish graphics and "Mad Max" vibe, the game automatically captivates with its fun characters and quirky humor. Combining two seemingly conflicting genres, Borderlands offers all the adrenaline typical of shooters and the immersion offered by RPGs.
The game offers a few classes to choose from, each with its own abilities and characteristics. Even with such fun combats, exploring the world is also a big part of the gameplay, as the game is filled with easter eggs and collectibles hidden everywhere.
23. Trials of Mana
Trials of Mana is the 3D revamped version of its old version. Reproducing with complete success the feeling of the old game, this JRPG (Japanese RPG) bets on an extremely colorful visual identity and sound effects taken directly from an anime. A delight for anyone who is a fan of this style.
Trials of Mana allows you to control multiple characters at the same time. You can choose which one to control during combat to perform combos, heals or other maneuvers necessary to defeat the monsters and the various bosses in the game.
24. Albion Online
At first glance, Albion Online may seem like a simple game without any great appeal. However, it only takes a few minutes of gameplay to surprise you with the amount of things you have to do and the complexity of the mechanics. Here, the skill trees and the variety of equipment are even intimidating.
Albion Online's biggest difference is that it doesn't have a class system. That's right. Your characters' abilities and characteristics depend solely on their equipment. Thus, you can choose to use tank, support and DPS items however you want, which greatly increases the possibilities of builds.
25. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is the eighth title in the Yakuza franchise. Although the theme continues to revolve around the Japanese mafia, this time the game features a different protagonist and a new turn-based combat system, rarely seen in a game with a contemporary theme, full of firearms, vehicles, etc. The game also has a “profession” system that works just like classes in other RPGs.
Okay, Cyberpunk was not, by far, the success that was expected after so many years. Still, for anyone lucky enough to have a PC capable of making the game playable, Cyberpunk deserves a spot on this list. Even with so many optimization flaws and bugs, the game features a very well-crafted story and extremely innovative mechanics that end up giving the game a level of freedom rarely seen in the RPG genre. With time, maybe the game redeems itself and can solve its problems. If that happens, he will undoubtedly deserve a better position on this and many other lists.
27. The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds is a Fallout-like RPG. With a futuristic and space theme, the game takes place in 1st person and, despite looking very much like a shooter, it is an RPG with all the classic elements of the genre. Much of the gameplay revolves around fellow NPCs who team up with the main character to help with quests and combat. Like the protagonist himself, companions also have their own abilities and talents that can be evolved. The game is also full of decision moments that affect the course of the story.
28. Black Desert Online
Black Desert Online is yet another standout MMORPG in 2020. Although the game doesn't innovate in any way, it manages to hook many players with a few simple tweaks to the level system and the use of small activities that keep you stuck. For example, here you can fish, cook, farm, hunt and many other activities, all of which are enjoyable and have their own rewards.
Black Desert also surprises with the fact that it doesn't have a fast travel mechanic. This, in addition to the many activity options, encourage players to level up and explore the world at their own pace.
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