Shaun’s List of Recommended RPG’s
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to bring you a list of RPG’s that I recommend giving a shot. This will be the first list of many and I’ll be updating this list as I play new games/think of more. The games are in no specific order, I just list them as they come to mind.
1. Tyranny – Tyranny is easily the best portrayal of playing an evil character that I’ve ever played. It’s a game that makes you question your morality and it’s choices are often quite difficult to make. You have the option to be good but doing so will often make you enemies with a lot of people. I had a ton of fun playing through the game and while many may say that it’s short, I say that to get the most out of it, you really need to explore every nook and cranny of the game. I beat the game in 33 hours and 5 minutes and that’s just my first playthrough. There’s so many choices in the game that it begs to be played multiple times to see what other outcomes there are.
2. Divinity: Original Sin – Divinity: Original Sin is easily the best co-op experience that I’ve ever had. The game allows both players to interact with the story and the choices you both make have an impact on how quests will proceed. If you choose differing options you’ll need to play a short game of rock, paper, scissors to decide the course you will take. The game also features some entertaining skills as well. One of them allows you to talk to animals and that’s essentially all my friend Richard did during our time in the game. It’s an excellent experience and I can’t recommend it enough. From what I’ve heard, the second game is even better than this, I haven’t been able to confirm this yet unfortunately.
3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Knights of the Old Republic is easily one of my all-time favorite RPG’s and with good reason. The game features an amazing story set 4,000 years prior to the events in the original Star Wars trilogy. As you might expect, the galaxy is on the brink of destruction from the sith and your character plays a key part in the overall conflict. The game also has some great companion characters (HK47 being my favorite, meatbag) a highly entertaining story and an excellent combat system. If you’ve never played the game before I can’t recommend the game highly enough, it’s epic.
4. Torchlight II – Since it’s release in 2012 Torchlight II has been among some of the best action RPG’s I’ve ever played. It’s also among my favorite co-op games as well. With it’s superb combat and absolutely humongous game world, the game lends itself to many, many hours of gameplay. It also has a ton of mods to enhance the game further.
5. Grim Dawn – Much like Torchlight II, Grim Dawn is a superb action RPG and a spiritual successor to Diablo II. It had big shoes to fill with that title but it managed to pull it off and it provides yet another excellent co-op experience. The game is filled with loot and a bunch of enemies to slaughter. The game world is quite large as well and it recently released a pretty huge expansion pack as well so there’s even more to love now.
6. Arx Fatalis – Arx Fatalis is a dungeon crawling RPG from 2002 that was designed to be a spiritual successor to the classic Ultima Underworld games. The entire game takes place in a humongous cave system and it has one of the most unique spell-casting systems out there. It uses a gesture based system where you perform the skills by mousing the shape out. There’s also a mod called Arx Libertatus which provides a huge array of fixes, I highly recommend it.
7. Planescape: Torment – Widely considered by many (Including Me) to be one of the greatest RPG’s ever made, Planescape Torment provides one hell of an RPG experience. It has some of the best writing out there and it’s world is strange and it’s characters are even stranger. You play as the Nameless One, a person who simply cannot die. He brings misery to those he travels with and he has no memory of it. The game is simply amazing and if you can get past the dated graphics and audio, you’ll find one amazing game.
8. Child of Light – Child of Light is an RPG that’s heavily inspired by classic JRPG’s. It’s actually a mixture of a couple of genres including platforming and adventure game. It’s also one of the prettiest games that you could possibly play with it’s gorgeous hand-drawn art style. It’s story is inspired by classic fairy tales and follows a young girl named Aurora.
9. Deus Ex: Human Revolution – The Deus Ex series has been a long time favorite of mine (Except Deus Ex: Invisible War, but we don’t talk about that one). When Human Revolution came out I was impressed with it’s incredibly accurate (And plausible) story line where people with augments are treated poorly and anti-augment protesters are rampant. It’s a dystopian/cyberpunk story that I enjoyed highly and if you’re a fan of the genre then you really don’t want to miss it.
10. Final Fantasy VIII – It actually wasn’t that long ago that I finally played through Final Fantasy VIII in it’s entirety but I absolutely loved every second of it. You play as a rather anti-social person named Squall (Who I found incredibly relatable throughout) who is on a journey to stop an evil sorceress named Ultimecia. The game was excellent overall and I highly recommend giving it a shot.
Update 1 (November 23, 2017)
1. The Banner Saga – The Banner Saga is part visual novel and part tactical RPG. It’s story is based on viking mythology and follows quite a few different characters, offering glimpses into the different factions in the game’s world. One thing that makes The Banner Saga such a great game is the choices you have to make. Many of them are quite difficult and your choices ultimately have an impact on the story. Character deaths also have a large impact on the game’s story and if they die, they’re dead forever. The game is superb and features a gorgeous hand drawn art style, some impressive animation, great music and a fun, yet challenging combat system. I definitely recommend this one.
2. Jade Empire: Special Edition – Jade Empire is easily my favorite martial arts themed game ever made. It follows your character and ther companions as they travel throughout ancient china in search of their former master. The game features a wide range of different martial arts styles, an excellent story, and a great cast of characters.