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.
6: Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
Though not a full-blown RPG, Diablo II's hack-and-slash adventure makes our list. Why? Because it's an insanely fun game that weaves in RPG elements.
Diablo II pits players against the Lord of Terror, the monstrous demon Diablo, in a quest that hops across the lands of Sanctuary. The gory action and loot collecting is the real draw to Diablo II, and has influenced countless games since its release.
Diablo II also set new standards in online cooperative play, enabling up to eight players to battle the hordes of Hell together. It's the most action-oriented RPG title on this list, but Diablo II is a monstrous innovator with lasting appeal.
5: Fallout 3
The Fallout franchise has always been known for its incredibly in-depth gameplay, fantastical character customisation, and, of course, its trademark sense of humour. All of these aspects have been amped up to eleven for Fallout 3, an amazing adventure through the Capitol Wastelands of post-apocalyptic Washington by the team that brought you the Elder Scroll series.
Fallout 3 is one of the few games I've played that really let me feel like I could go anywhere and do anything, and it would always have in impact on the world around me - from the way people reacted as I passed by to setting off a deactivated nuclear bomb in the middle of a city.
Fallout 3's unique V.A.T.S. system is another astonishing step for the series, incorporating Action Points in combat, so the game never feels like a generic first person shooter. Deeper, bigger, and better than ever, Fallout 3 may be recent but has already carved out its niche in RPG history.
4: Chrono Trigger
Role playing games were a vast source of wealth for the Super Nintendo, but not many could match the charm and wonder of Chrono Trigger. From the optional side stories starring the likes of Frog, Lucca, and Robo, to the unprecedented amount of alternate endings, Chrono Trigger was one RPG that would warrant months of playtime, with each story becoming a little different.
Crafted by Square's 'Dream Team' - including Final Fantasy veterans Hironobu Sakaguchi, Kazuhiko Aoki, Nobuo Uematsu; famed writer Masato Kato, leading composer Yasunori Mitsuda, plus Dragon Quest designers Yuuji Horii and Akira Toriyama - Chrono Trigger was destined to make a timeless impact on the gaming world.
Time travel was never more fun, and with a new release on the Nintendo DS, the adventure is still as new as ever.
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