Hope I don't offend anyone. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. Mass Effect Yet another BioWare game that will go to the books as a classic; Mass Effect takes place in a future where humanity has finally - through the discovery of technology left by an extinct alien race - been able to move out into the galaxy, make contact with alien races, and establish space colonies. This aspect alone makes it worth checking out. Aberoth October 13th, Author:
2. Pool of Radiance (1988)
Fallout 3 stays true to its sexy post-apocalyptic roots but makes the move to a great-looking 3D engine. This time it's set on the east coast, also known as the Capital Wasteland.
There are a whole lot of new places to go and people to mutilate. People are still reading and commenting on this page, which is awesome, it's just that it was published more than a year ago, and these things get dated fast. At the very least, a couple more game should be added to the "Best Ever" list:. Origins, the Awakening expansion and lots of considerably-better-than-average downloadable content, Bioware has yet again created a world class PC role-playing experience. While it's a bit sad that they have moved away from the Forgotten Realms setting, Dragon Age offers an immersive atmosphere and rich mythology that can easily stand on its own two feet.
The game takes you through a complex world where not everything is black or white; as in any true RPG there are many choices to make, paths to choose, and there are different outcomes to all of them.
The Witcher is based on a series of fantasy novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski about the genetically enhanced monster slayer Geralt of Rivia. What separates this game from the rest of the genre is that it doesn't shy away from excessively rude language and gratuitous nudity. This aspect alone makes it worth checking out. There's also an "Enhanced Edition" available with improved textures and some new adventures. Sequels sometimes fail 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 of the other way around.
At this writing, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is just about the best-looking game ever made. Other than the visual bliss, it manages to balance an engrossing storyline with free-roaming, traditional western RPG gameplay, which is where loads of games fail. Except for an unnecessarily steep learning curve, this game is great on all counts and one that all RPG fans should play. It's worth mentioning that the story picks up right after the first game, so it helps to have played the original.
Skyrim is an exceptional game and perhaps Bethesda's best yet. In spite of its console interface and the fact that PC users get more or less the same graphics as those playing it on their 5-year-old consoles, it is still up there among best PC games ever made, not just counting RPGs.
In other words, this game is an absolute must-have--not only for the RPG enthusiast but for everyone and his uncle. On my wishlist for next year is an illegitimate love child between Skyrim and The Witcher 2.
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This list a great starting place, the creator knows his stuff I very much hope that this is a troll because if not, we sure have stooped quite low.
Even if it was it just reminds me of the gruesome reality that there actually are people with that kinda attitude, who have never ever put their filthy casual hands on a real RPG, ignorantly crowning games like Skyrim as the king of RPG games. You can't find better Rpg's than a TES game!!! The only company that has just as good games as the The Elder Scrolls series are Valve's games and Valve is the giant who is about games!
And you want to say that Bard's Tale is better than Oblivion or Skyrim? Your ranking is your opinion but your opinion is crappy! No, Kings quest mask of eternity was epic i think its an honorable mention , yet its a hybrid , action rpg. Guys just sharing, I've found this interesting! Definitely have to study the classics on here I haven't heard about. Mass Effect For The Win! Really good list here sir. I think Diablo 2 deserved to be in the top 10, but when you consider all RPGs on the PC, it's all arbitrary within the top Great list, I especially liked that you included Baldurs Gate, those games were amazing and often overlooked.
I have a ton of these games listed - like new in the box with instructions booklets and codes. A gaming place for people to play these went out of business and gave me most of their inventory quite a lot - I also have tons of other PC games new in box like half-life series and others I have forgotten the names of - but, a lot of the older ones that first came out.
If anyone is interested in buying them for cheap - post me your email and I will get back with you. These are all awesome games. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself for thousands of hours on these gems. For people who loved playing games similar to Diablo II, Titan Quest is certainly a very strong recommendation.
Anyways, thanks for such an awesome article Gazook! I remember playing it on NES. I disagree on The Witcher 1. It's gameplay was clunky and horrible. The Witcher 2 and 3 may be great, but 1 definitely doesn't belong in a top 25 ever list.
A Bards Tale the new one was a entertaining game. Not a shadow compared to the original, tho! I tried very hard to like it, i installed and reinstalled it so many times, but i always stop playing it after hours. If you have any tips on how to enjoy this game, please let me know. Otherwise, you have a very nice list of games here. Please keep on updating it with recent games that you have played.
Really enjoy reading this page and everyones comments: What a great list of games. I have only played few of the games you listed as i dont have as much time as i used to. I have finished fallout 3 few weeks ago and now playing deus ex human revolution.
I reckoned deus ex hr should be on the list as well. It is an action rpg like skyrim but with gun in a futuristic setting. I am planning to play fallout 1 and 2 after this: My personal favorite is Might and magic 6, glad it made it into your list. But can't help to notice in every review or mention I've read, there are modified screenshots.
At gamespot they have the same as yours not a single screenshot is from the original game. You can always rank up in skill even if you're already master , therefore spells can get more powerful at any level.
Missing only, but as its been mentioned ; Shining Force, Geneforge and Exile Huge list of games! Some of them are fairly new to me so I'll have to dig through them carefully to find my next game. I'm glad to see Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura got an inclusion though since it's definitely one of my favourites!
I was hoping you had included Lands of Lore: I searched the document for it, hoping to find a reference Well, as a series Lands of Lore is indeed miserable. But Throne of Chaos, the first one, just totally rocked in my opinion. I have a special place in my heart for that game. It was one of the first games I played on a PC ever. The graphics, the music, the atmosphere Now I understand that LoL had a very simplistic statistics mechanism.
Some people don't even count it as an RPG. I never noticed that the stat system was too simple. I only learned that later, when playing Diablo, Fallout and others. LoL's pixelated cutscene graphics are of outstanding quality for its time. The graphics designer behind it, Rick Parks, was famous for his pixel magic. Rick Parks has been dead for a long time already. This is a small tragedy to me, because I really enjoyed his work.
LoL2 was playable, but couldn't hold a candle to Lol1 because of its outdated 3D engine and its crummy real actor cutscenes. I love the original Fallout! I just got my hands on Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics for free and I am so excited to play again. Brilliant list, but bg1 was nails after the first hub area. My team of 4 got destroyed by a single wolf. Retried it a few years back and it happened again! All the mass effects great. In fact this list is the best! But those first enemies in bg1 took hard by far.
I'm not too fond of where the RPG games are going these days.. I've never been fond of action RPGs.. I think in real life its important to be able to think calmly because you are more able to see different perspective when you do, and subsequently make better decisions..
I see my 14 year old cousin playing mostly action games, and he would switch game every 15 minutes because hes bored, and im thinking.. Awesome, awesome list, pal! Will make sure to check out some, if not all, of those RPGs. I agree with Estevacio. Albion was an awesome game. I didn't care for the combat so much, but it had a decent storyline. About time that Pool of Radiance and Eye of the Beholder got a little respect on a "top" list. D Would like to see Final Fantasy 7 on the list.
I believe they released that for PC: I used to be an avid gamer and have played all on your list accept for gothic and vampires masquerade , i surely do miss my gaming days. In fact, it was very satisfying and i enjoyed playing every minute of it. It could have been a bit more polished though and the ending was not good at all. At least the ending where you leave Leanna alive wasn't. It was too short and boring. New Vegas Obsidian made a good work of it and IMO it's a great game, with tons of fleshed-out, living and breathing characters and mature humour - something Bethesda obviously cannot do well.
And, as always, mods make an already great game Epic. And yes, it is in my personal top 30 cRPGs. Warband it's a rare bird at the genre's crossroad. But still, it has most of cRPG attibutes, except there is no main plot. I've played the Prophesy of Pendor mod and had greatly enjoyed it.
I'm a huge fan of BGs but also like the Icewind dales. I liked the FF7 and FF8 but the way the random fights were taking place was not my cup of tea. Every one that I've played I agree with. I have to admit I haven't played most of these as I didn't really start PC gaming until about 10 years ago.
You mentioned Deus Ex HR. It was the last game I played. I was and am happy to see that type of game produced. I enjoyed it, but sadly don't think it deserves to be here.
You just don't feel as capable by endgame as I like to feel. The levels were a bit repetitive too and got boring by endgame. For me Amalur deserves a spot. I know some people hated it. I just can't understand why.
It was beautiful, free roaming, had a great story, superb leveling choices. I easily spent more time on that game than any other EVER. I can't remember better combat and it is absolutely a hardcore RPG. Easily in my top 10 or higher and I've been gaming for 2. The only down side is that the difficulty is too low by endgame, especially on the pure classes. But if you didn't have a problem force storming twice to kill everything in the room in KOTOR you won't have a problem here.
Also check out the Geneforge series, especially 3 or 4. Fantastic and original story and gameplay. Definitely deserves to be here if you can get past the look. Diablo 3 relies too much on equipment to make DPS The skill tree on D2 was excelent, as you could focus on habilities and sets, with a little calculation and planning of the leveling process.
Really, a vicious game. I must say I grew with the Baldur Saga, playing in multiplayer with friends of yester years. A real nice experience. Great mix of party management, mastering progression, dungeon exploration, and also fantastic music to boot. The world of the game is HUGE, be aware of it. So yah, kudos for mentioning these games. Very good, and accesible. By the way, recently my brother has lend me Fallout 3 for PS3.
I would say that I'd put diablo 3 on there waaaay up top of the list, but then i came across places like this http: Oh well, hopefully Blizzard will get it together. Awesome list anyhow and a BIG kudos to you for mentioning V: TM, that's one of my favorite games of all times! Nice list, thanks for it. Dungeon Master, Lands of Lore I!!!
I have come by dozens of these lists, just like many others. By fact this is the best list out there most likely as it includes all my favourites. I read your lis a year ago, but didn't bookmark and have been looking for it ever since. Now it get into the bookmarks for sure. Thanks a lot for all the great comments! Yes, uri, jb and others, it's definitely time for an update. Just remember that it's PC only so no Phantasy Star etc. This was exactly what i was looking for.
I set out on a nostalgic trip to uncover the best of the best from the yester years to torrent and download to add a nice collection and this definitely pointed some out for me and gave me other ideas. Wonderful page except for Skyrim, Skyrim was a disappointment at best saying that was the best of bethesda is like saying fat trailer park women coated in ketchup. Check the top of the list. You will notice that the list is sorted by YEAR, not by score Thats why BG2 is at 15th place.
Agree with the list have the same probs many others do with picking Gothic 3 but not 1 or 2 - as I recall when Gothic came out, it had to compete with the much more visible Morrowind - comparisons were pretty harsh, but what the series invented was a new way of looking at RPGing, particularly with the emphasis on relationship-building and territory.
A few sleepers I'd like to mention a few others may have mentioned as well, I couldn't possibly read all the comments - the Drakensang series is good and flew way under the radar. Also, the Divine Divinity series is good, and I think will make a big resurgence or maybe just be noticed for the first time ever since Steam is featuring Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga at a really low price.
This latter series was an exceptional experience, and still holds up mighty well even against the powerhouse releases Skyrim, Witcher 2 of the day. There was a lot going on, particularly in Divinity II - the ability to build up a small army of followers who collected resources for you, the ability to mindread almost any NPC in the game and gain valuable information or even skills, the ability to transform into a dragon for a unique experience - all this plus great looking visuals, a hilarious sense of humor, some pretty decent puzzling - this is a game that will one day be respected for what it did, without anyone noticing.
Also, I would like to address some peoples claim that diablo isn't an rpg but merely a hack-and-slash game. What is an rpg to you? Teppik Diablo is a RPG, plain and simple. I would have to say this is a decent list. I still play all these games to this day. Alot better than PS1. Icewind dale, heart of winter, and Icewind dale 2 I'm playing now, still.
Reading all of R. Salvatores books helps with that. Baldurs gate is still fun to play, but it makes you made that you can talk to Drzzt only The Gathering also on PC. I still got my cards Honestly in my opinion, these 3d games now-a-days can't hold out to the stories of the classics or gameplay. Yeah ooooo 3d cool Didn't even need 3d. If it had 3d it would've taken away room for gameplay just for looks?? I do like the 3d however on some games, but not all. It takes up too much memory.
World of Warcraft wasn't mentioned I see. Holidays I mean come on the list goes on Both Drakensang games should be on the list, though. Classic rpgs both of them. They look alot like Neverwinter 2, i guess. The Dragon Age Origins was made, the only good game since those imo They've tried to make RPG games into arcade games like DA2 with machine gun hitting mages and teleporting scouts to backstab..
RPGs is about depth, not hack and slash arcade action. Stop making shallow, 3D games that bore you after hours of gameplay.. Neglecting everything apart from gfx makes for a game without longevity.. If you're bored with a game after hours, the game sucks. I'm 30 years old and I'm still having dreams about "Maniac Mansion". Indiana jones and monkey island also are captivating. If you died in these, you had to go all the way to the beginning. First of all, no Arcanum.
For a PC snob that you are that should be a priority game. At least you should place Dark Souls. Huge FF fanboy here. FF6 and 7 were the pinnacle of the franchise and it's gotten progressively worse in quality since then.
With that confession out of the way, I'm not sure it belongs on the list as a 'best pc rpg'. It seemed like a quick-port afterthought to make more money for those who didn't like consoles. Thanks for the info dude. Loved diablo 2, played baldur's gate 2 but got a bit tired of it after a while. Then Update your danged web page seriously I'm not saying "do it every day. People read these top of lists to get an idea of what games they may have missed or recommendations in genre's that appeal to them more.
If you cant keep it updated then remove the page altogether. There's no purpose in it, If its just old and worthless I believe I can honestly say, That newer games vastly improve on the older games.
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