RPG or role-playing game is probably the most unique and interesting genre in the entire video game industry. This genre allows you to take control of a certain character and then customize it in any way you want. Whether you like to be a female or male, that is up to you. You also get to decide which skills and attributes your character will have. As the story goes on, you keep developing your character until it becomes very powerful. It truly is an interesting take on video games.
RPGs started appearing somewhere in the 1980s with titles such as Wizardry, Dragon Quest, Ultima, and many more. Since then, we have seen thousands of other titles that have taken their own unique approach towards this genre.
One of the most intricate RPGs of all time I believe is Fallout 3. At the start of the videogame, you get to fully customize the look of your character, and then you can branch out into hundreds of other skills and abilities. You can basically do anything. You can decide to be a fistfighter or use the biggest guns you can find or maybe even not fight at all and only use your charisma.
After the release of this legendary title, developers started to implement a lot more RPG elements in their titles. That is why today, in 2021, the choice for role-playing games is huge. To help you make the right decision, we have made a list of some of the best in this genre.
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
Assuming that you have never played a video game from this genre, then the first thing you will need to experience is The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. This arguably may be the best title in this genre. Sure, it is not that new since it was released in 2011, but it is still very advanced in terms of RPG elements. The amount of customization you can do to your character is simply amazing. You get to choose your fighting style, your looks, whether you’re going to be good or evil, and tons of other stuff.
The reason why I suggest playing Skyrim in 2021 is the fact that there are millions of mods for this title. By downloading mods for Skyrim, you can make the graphics look like they were made in 2021. You can also use these mods to completely customize Skyrim. Anything from making your enemies turn into a chicken to making yourself the strongest character in the entire world. It gives you the ability to transform the world in any direction you want.
World of Warcraft
Now, this is a little bit different. It is an RPG in a way, but it is completely online and you get to play together with tens of thousands of other people.
It is a fact that World of Warcraft is the most popular MMORPG in the entire industry. The amount of total players they have every month is not even comparable with other MMOs such as The Elder Scrolls Online, Black Desert Online, Guild Wars 2, and many others.
The amazing thing about World of Warcraft is that you get to choose which of the two factions you are going to play, Alliance or Horde. After that, choose from the 11 different races including humans, gnomes, dwarves, night elves, blood elves, and many more. Once you have made the decision, you still have to pick a class. There are 12 different classes such as rogue, warrior, mage, druid, hunter, and seven others.
Once you enter the World of Warcraft, you still have a long way to go. Building your character takes days, if not weeks sometimes. You get to customize every single bit of armor you wear, the weapons you use, the spells that you cast, and so on.
However, people that have no experience in MMORPGs will need a bit of assistance. According to Lfcarry.com, dungeons and raids have become so difficult that most people will probably need a WoW BfA carry to help them get the right gear.
Dark Souls III
While Skyrim holds the place for the best character building, I can safely say that Dark Souls III holds the number one place for the most amazing RPG world. The maps on this title are simply out of this world. The creativity, the massiveness of the landscape, and the buildings are astonishing. I personally have not seen a more detailed world than the Dark Souls series.
However, this title is not just about exploring the magnificent world. It is also about the gameplay and character-building elements. Your character has access to hundreds of different weapons. You get to decide whether you want to use one-handed swords, two-handed polearms, or even giant ultra greatswords that are twice the weight of the player. This is a title that you must experience at least once in your life.
Although, I do have to mention that it can be very difficult. Even people that have been playing video games for the last 20 years, have a lot of trouble beating the first bars. Keep this in mind when you decide to play Dark Souls III.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
One of my personal favorites and objectively one of the best action-RPG videogame in the entire history of the gaming industry. You take the role of Geralt of Rivia who is a witcher. A witcher is a mutant who takes on the role of slaying monsters to help people and for a price, of course. Of course, Geralt isn’t as customizable as the characters of the other games we mentioned, but his story is so well developed, it would be a waste not to play this title.
It was released in 2015, but the graphics are still incredible, the gameplay is pristine and the story is simply one of the best. All of the characters that you meet throughout the world, whether they are your enemies or your friends, feel so real. This is a strong point of The Witcher series. Of course, there are a lot of RPG elements such as grafting, leveling, and learning new skills.
Whichever of these video games you decide to play, I’m sure that you will have a great time.