Every single time you have to write about the most popular video games, the choice gets difficult, especially having in mind that the last two decades brought about a plethora of great role-playing games. Without mincing words, let’s get onto the best role-playing video games.
Video games, especially role-playing games, thrive when they have a great story. Planescape: Torment is one of those games which defined how a game should be written, how its story should be presented. The game strives to answer a question, what can change the nature of a man. You are set on a really long and twisted quest to find the answer, but be careful, as you yourself will have influences on the answer. The game was released in 1999 and was made using BioWare’s Infinity engine, the same used in Baldur’s Gate series. Even though the game is old, it is still timeless, as you are hardly going to find a better story in any game.
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
This game is a sequel to the eponymous Star Wars game, but without the Sith lords. Both games are highly praised by almost all members of the gaming community. Released in 2005, the Sith Lords allows you to take on a different approach to the Force and the Star Wars universe. You are an exile, looking to reconnect with the Force. The way you do that, however, is up to you. This is an Obsidian Entertainment game, so choices and impacts should be expected, as with any BioWare role-playing game. Obsidian was also responsible for another amazing game, Neverwinter Nights 2. Interestingly enough, both games are sequels to BioWare games.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
This is, without a doubt, one of the best role-playing games you can play today. Released in 2015, it is a game worth replaying multiple times, and not just for the amazing graphics. Granted, in 2019, the game looks a bit off without a plethora of mods which you can download for free.
But the story of the game remains its high point, pushing even the amazing graphics aside, as well as the more than just appropriate and memorable soundtrack. The story is grim, as can be expected from the previous Witcher games, but this time, it is even more so, as the new engine enabled better graphics and more gore. Though gore is not what makes the game grim, but rather, monsters, those slain with the silver swords, and even more so the other kind, for which steel swords are more appropriate.
Go back to the Super Nintendo days of 1994 and you will find an amazing role-playing game with 11 possible endings. Yes, BioWare games had lots of endings, but not these many and not so early in the history of gaming.
Take on the role of Crono and try to save the timeline. There are plenty of iconic characters in this game but more notably, the soundtrack which gets performed at various events to this day.
These are but some of the many, great role-playing games.