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The 26 best role playing games ever

Must-have games for any roleplay fan

There's no doubt that role-playing games (RPGs) are some of the best video games around, but with so much choice, which ones should you be playing? We’ve rounded up the 26 best RPG games.

23: Skies of Arcadia

Although the ill-fated and underappreciated Dreamcast met an early end, its gaming library still shone with plenty of solid hits. Skies of Arcadia was one of those hits, putting you in shoes of Vyse, a cutlass wielding pirate who sailed the open skies with his massive airship and sassy female sidekicks.

Not only did you contend with rival pirates and imperial soldiers in (several) impressively animated hand-to-hand turn-based combat, but you also had the chance to sink entire enemy ships in aerial battle. Back in the day, Skies of Arcadia was known as one of the most graphically polished RPGs you could find anywhere, and it's still a treasure classic.

Play the original Dreamcast version over the GameCube port any day, and you'll be treated to a fun, exciting story with plenty of slick special effects and memorable music.

22: Planescape Torment

Developed by Black Isle, the same company responsible for the first two Fallout titles as well as the Baldur's Gate series, Planescape: Torment offered up one of the more complex and memorable story-lines ever seen in a video game.

Cast in the role of The Nameless One, an immortal god who suffers from amnesia, gamers had to travel far and wide in order to solve the ageless question: who am I? The terrific writing and storytelling is what elevates Planescape: Torment above its peers but it wasn't just a one trick pony: with compelling quests and plenty of action, it did just about everything right and rightfully claims a place on our list.

21: Persona 3

Released seven painstaking years after Persona 2, the third installment in the franchise set new standards as to what to expect from a JRPG - from its incredibly in-depth story to its unique combat system, Persona 3 was a masterpiece.

In a sleepy bay-side town in rural Japan, you take on the role of a mysterious new transfer student at Gekkoukan High. Living in a dorm with a colourful cast of high school students, you're tasked with having to juggle your academic and social life during the day... that is, until the clock strikes 12.

Once midnight hits, the world of Persona 3 is embraced by the Dark Hour - a hidden time where demons known as Shadows run free, unaware to the unsuspecting townsfolk. Using a special power known simply as 'Persona', you must take to the mysterious tower of Tartarus with your party by your side in hopes of defeating the Shadows once and for all.

20: Deus Ex

Featuring a cyberpunk conspiracy-addled storyline worthy of a Philip K Dick novel and an astonishing first-person narrative, Deus Ex was more of a revolution than it was a game.

Deus Ex took the gaming world by storm with its FPS approach to classic role playing storytelling, immersing you into a world that had real consequences to your actions. With a wide array of weapons, abilities and plot-paths, it was almost guaranteed there was no way you could play Deus Ex the same way twice.

NEXT PAGE: Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness and Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn

  1. The must-have games for any role play fan
  2. Skies of Arcadia and Planetscape Torment
  3. Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness and Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn
  4. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
  5. Final Fantasy XII and Earthbound
  6. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Xenogears
  7. Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and Fallout 3
  8. Our top three role playing games

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