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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.

19: Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness

There's never been a series more tongue-in-cheek, satirical, and just as downright fun as Disgaea. With its PSP remake, Afternoon of Darkness, the game was loaded with extra content, including Wi-Fi multiplayer, not to mention a completely new campaign.

With an utterly hilarious script, endearing characters and addictive gameplay, Disgaea fired on all cylinders. Players took on the role of the sinister-ish Laharl, Prince of the Netherworld!... or, he was, until he accidentally took a two year nap.

In the time it took for Laharl to get his beauty sleep, the order of the Netherworld had changed, his father assassinated, and his throne up for grabs! With your sarcastic yet trusty vassal Etna and an army of explosive Prinnies at Laharl's disposal, his journey to the throne still resonates in the hearts of thousands of gamers to this day.

18: Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn

In 1998, Bioware set the RPG world ablaze with its AD&D based dungeon romp, Baldur's Gate. For some companies, that would be cause enough to feed their audience a long line of rehashed sequels for decades to come, but not for Bioware. Just two years later, they managed to refine the experience in every possible way with Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn.

Telling a tale far too expansive to summarise or spoil here, BG 2 sees you and your fellow heroes from the first title waylaid, sacked and imprisoned for the purpose of a mad mage's torturous experiments - and that's just where the game begins.

Bioware's trademark real time turn based combat, later made famous in Knights of the Old Republic and the more FPS-centric Mass Effect, finds its roots here in the BG series, as you can let your party members carry on as their AI defines or tap the spacebar to pause the action and issue more specific orders. All in all, Baldur's Gate 2 is a must have title in every serious PC RPG player's collection.

17: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The fourth game in Bethesda's action-laden RPG series, with its gorgeous environments, addicting sidequests, and open-ended gameplay, is the RPG to make non-RPG fans believers. Ask anyone who's experienced the game for themselves and they'll agree that not only is Oblivion a milestone in the role-playing game genre, it's also one of the easiest games to get completely immersed in.

Even two years after its initial release, the game is still a feast for the eyes and is proof that game companies need to make more first-person RPG games.

NEXT PAGE: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  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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