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.
3: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
With four 3D console iterations of The Legend of Zelda, it's surprising that the first is still considered the best by many.
Nintendo did a masterful job of keeping the grandeur and spirit of the series alive while creating a great new gameplay engine. The young-old world concept was second only to the light-dark dichotomy in Link to the Past, and the Ocarina has become a series staple second only to the Triforce.
The one thing that's missing? The classic overworld theme, which wasn't redone until Majora's Mask.
2: World of Warcraft
Love it or hate it, World of Warcraft has become a cultural phenomenon in ways that its MMO predecessors like EverQuest and Dark Age of Camelot could only dream of being.
And with its user base recently passing the 11 million mark, there is no sign of Blizzard's money printing juggernaut going away in the foreseeable future. Story wise, World of Warcraft picks up ten years after the conflict depicted in Warcraft III, and opens the entire world of Azeroth up for players to explore as they see fit.
Then in 2007, The Burning Crusade expansion pack sent players through the Dark Portal into the broken world of Outland. With the second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, set to release within the next week, the harsh continent of Northrend will be open as well, bringing the total amount of game content for players to experience up to mind boggling proportions.
1: Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII was, is, and probably always will be the most important RPG of all time. It proved that RPGs don't have to be medieval-set tales of lore, nor do they have to read like children's bedtime stories.
FFVII featured mature themes in a modern industrial setting and both fit the RPG genre like a glove. With plenty of stylised characters, an innovative story, and an intuitive and enjoyable battle system, Final Fantasy VII redefined the RPG and brought the genre to the masses.
- The must-have games for any role play fan
- Skies of Arcadia and Planetscape Torment
- Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness and Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn
- Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
- Final Fantasy XII and Earthbound
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Xenogears
- Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and Fallout 3
- Our top three role playing games
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