GuidesCloud picks 5 of the best RPGs of this century, so stay with us as we countdown the best role-playing games made in 21st century.
dragon age inquisition is one of the best games ive ever played... and witcher 3 was also good tho
I thought that DA:Inquisition was a repetitive fetch quest simulator, finished it once and could never play it again. The Souls series which is somehow missing completely on this list beats it in terms of quality.
Picks are too safe. If you aren't a Bethesda or Bioware stalwart, don't click.
It was Poorly optimised for PC tho
DA Origins was far better than Inquisition. But as far as "this century" goes, 5 is too low a number.
Truth that souls should be on the list. Dragon age sidequests seem like fetch(some are), but try looking at others with a more inquisitive aproach. ;)
DA:I was great, but after the Witcher 3 the side quests became unplayable. The offline MMO questing made the game extremely dated and the DLCs are a joke compared the Witcher 3's outstanding quality.
I thought the story in DA:O and DA:I were both very good. At least with DA:i they redeemed themselves from DA2. I have not played the entire Souls series yet. Of what I have played I enjoy it very much.
DAI is VERY mediocre with a lot of problems. Polished but has game design issues. I like it myself but it's not the best anything.
Witcher 3 doesn't deserve to be on this list. It's not even an RPG. All the skills are samey and change little or nothing, and there is almost zero character progression of any sort. It is not a good enough game to make any list. I will never understand the love for that mediocre game.
300+ GOTY awards disagrees with you.
Yes take an RPG (Role Playing Game) throw in the most lively world, the most intriguing stories that turned out to all be Side Quests. (Bloody Barron could have been the entire game imo) Add in over 50 levels to upgrade your character, with over 30 different builds you could be even before blood and wine. Add in the nitty gritty of real world racism and sexism, and you have a story that actually feels like its a game based on an ancient history of our own world. Add a hint of over 30 different variations of the world state at the end of the game. But ya, witcher definitly doesnt deserve to be on a list showcases the best RPGS of the century. /s Really should keep these comments to games like quantum break. Heck even infamous had more ending than qb. And they only had 2
It's an RPG through and through.
I don't deny its popular, but that doesn't make it good. It's one of the worst RPG's I've ever played. Just my opinion. It was a 5/10 at best.
You don't understand the love for that game?... Buddy, it's a glorified softcore porno, full of gore and violence... Take a look at your country's society for a second. How many people did you grow up with were dudebro's who spent more time getting drunk than learning a skill? It's popular first and for most because it's smut culture, with the genuine game behind it coming second. I'm sure people disagree, but think about it... What names of any characters do you remember OTHER than Geralt or the ones who take their clothes off for you?... The alchemy system in TW is the worst I've ever seen in any game, the melee combat is... *wipes sweat off face", absolutely terrible, even though TW3 has improved it over 1-2, it's still bad. Not to mention the entire Witcher series main story is just... SO forgettable. I'll give Witcher 3 it's due for polish, amount of content, attention to detail, great voice acting, exploration and great music/atmosphere... But I also gotta take Witcher 3 for it's greasy showcased downgrade which they then blamed to console power, when they knew full well they developed separate scenes specifically made JUST for the E3 show, then never once went back to inform unsuspecting consumers that they weren't getting what they bought, EVEN THOUGH you STILL see the bloody E3 reveal trailer when you go through the videos when you purchase the game on PS4. THAT'S FUCKED!!! Edit: PS, Unholy_One... It's CLEARLY an rpg... It's not even debatable... RPG doesn't mean dungeons and dragons.
I know RPG doesn't mean Dungeons and Dragons. It means skills and upgrades and customizing a character in a multitude of different ways. Elder Scrolls is an example of an RPG. You can be anything from a bow wielding sneaky character to a full on mage to an armored beast with a sword and shield. In Witcher, you can be Geralt. That's it. You use a two handed sword, and a crossbow and the same 5 spells as every other single person playing the game. You can look at gameplay from 100 different maxed out characters and never be able to tell any difference between them. That's why it's a crap RPG.
DAI isn't even the best Dragon Age game, actually one of the worst... let alone one of the best RPGs.
DA:I had a fantastic soundtrack but other than that it wasn't any where near as good as Origins.
It is. Many people dont realize the allure of dragon age games. They are looking for up front mental stimulation through graphics, characters, entertainment, etc. One of the main allures of Dragon Age games are that the player is rewarded with secrets or tidbits of information. That is why Dragon Age is more for people who are into the lore. A petty fetch quest for one person is a goldmine for another. What happened to the elves?what is Flemeth? what is the fade? If one is not interested in things like this, Dragon Age wont do alot for them.
Of course the either takes the crown
*WRPGs you mean, considering no JRPGs on this list
then please list some of this century that are better than these games. all the good jrpg's are on handhelds too.
good, finally someone is able to provide some. lost odyssey and valkyria chronicles are both very good. it's just too bad jrpg's haven't done well lately on consoles or the pc.
StardustLemon is spot on with that list. There's also tons of other great JRPGs relaesed mainly for Ps2 and Nintendo's portable consoles that could easily make it into the list.
Dark souls is better than every game on this list.
Probably because there haven't been any good ones.
Dark souls is a jrpg and is easily better than the games on this list.
so people disagree with me yet provide no counter, typical.
The Witcher 3 at #1 is well-deserved. Such a well-executed, meticulously-crafted game. Where's FFX though? It was released this century.
I've played a lot of rpg's. Rpg's are my favorite genre and FFX would not come anywhere near best RPG for me. Certainly, it's a well made game and I enjoyed my playthrough of it, but if we're being honest, more recent handheld RPG series have it beat as pure rpg's by a long shot. The Etrian Odyssey series immediately comes to mind as does the Shin Megami Tensei series from SMT 4 to the Devil Survivor series. Even some lesser known vita niche jrpg's like dungeon travelers 2 are significantly better pure distillations of excellent RPG experiences. FFX is not that great of an rpg.
If your are gonna rank rpgs of this century, then Xenoblade Chronicles has to come into the discussion.
5 Best *Western RPGs Of This *Past Decade Fixed that title for them. Also, it's another five entries on five pages site. Don't feed them the ad revenue for this lazy list. 5) Mass Effect 2 4) Fallout 3 3) Skyrim 2) Dragon Age Inquisition 1) Witcher 3
Had a good laugh at this crappy list.
my top 5 this gen (not century) are 1. Bloodborne 2. Witcher 3 3. Disgaea 5 4. FFX remaster 5. DA inquisition
Fallout 3 Mass Effect 2 Mass Effect 3 Deus Ex: Human Revolution Dragon Age: Inquisition Haven't played The Witcher III yet
You should jump on it. Your only like 100 hours behind us all ;)
5? almost too easy : 1.Bloodborne 2.Demon's Souls 3.Dark Souls 1 4.Dark Souls 3 5.Dark Souls 2
Never played Demon's Souls but I loved the rest of those games. 5 isn't enough though I also loved Dragon Age Origins, the witcher 2 and 3. Oh and Mass Effect 2 and 3
Soulsborne games should have their own genre, plot is hidden, not fleshed out, there's no complex characters, dialogues are basically one liners, sidequest are few and mediocre at best, your character is a killing mute machine, hard to call it rpg just because you have stats. Loved every single game (way more than some games on that list), I truly did, even platinumed BB, DeS and DkS3, but I wouldn't really call them straight up RPGs.
Good list. Have played a large amount of Rpg/JRPG/ARPG and whatever mutation of rpg you want to call it. Those are actually the cream of the crop. Not just for rpg elements but as overall games too. They were unique and definitely brought the G(game) in the term RPG. Many others have some elements that were role playing or hard core in some ways to some ppl but this list is the top notch.
The Witcher 3 is everything Dragon Age Inquisition wants to be (FFX should be in its spot), Morrowind deserves Skyrim's spot, and Dark Souls should be in Mass Effect 2's place.
In my opinion, Dark Souls does not even come close to Mass Effect 2. Mass Effect 2 has a strong narrative, well developed characters, lore lore lore, so many species, living breathing cities, so many distinct and well realised worlds, fantastic use of cover based shooting with biotics and such, cinematics, dramatic and epic moments, helluva soundtrack etc etc etc I could go on and on.The rpg elements and the game itself is far superior to dark souls. All the games on that list is fantastically well rounded. The ones people list here are just about mediocre and they will never have the following and popularity of the games in the list here because those other games are still catching up. Those so many other games that people are listing are decent and will have their own small group of fans but honestly they dont compare. Only here in N4G is there such a hullabaloo from 50 ppl. The rest 20 million are busy playing everything else. Dont even get me started on how weak of an rpg dark souls actually is. The community claims dark souls is a strong rpg but its definitely not. Its an ARPG with snorefest lore. Dont even compare the production quality and storytelling of ME2 with dark souls. Morrowind was good for its time but Skyrim is a much better realisation of the world, gameplay, story, graphics, and just sheer overall moment to moment engagement. Morrowind is a bore when compared. I have tried it last year again and dam its so backward in comparison to Skyrim.
Agreed. DAI is just a shadow of either DAO or the Witcher games.
Dragon's Crown Persona Xenoblade XCX SMT FE:A Valkria Chronicles Kingdoms of Amalur Lost Odyssey Blue Dragon Bastion Undertale Earth Seeker Muramasa The Last,Story Chrono Trigger, Demon Souls Mana SaGa Earthbound FFI V FFV FFVI FFIX Ys 1-2 & Oath Balders Gate II Diablo 2-3 Silver El Dorado Gate Albert Odyssey Guardian Heroes Panzer Dragoon Saga Shining Force 2-3 Phantasy Star 2/4 Grandia 1-2 Dragon Quest Cold Steel Fallout 1-2 Quintet Gaia Trilogy Xanadu Lunar Skies of Arcadia Vagrant Story The World Ends With You Xenogears Dragon Force many Wizardy or Ultima games. I could name a hundred more some pretty obscure but fantastic. This list is stupid as hell. It's like all they played are these 5 mega popular RECENT games and decided DER BEST EVER DER. Terrible list. Terrible site. It's bad and you should feel bad.
Lol dont compare. Some of the ones you mentioned are great but outdated and majority of them to me are read till your eyes bleed slow.
Oh shut up I know you are an alt account to the OP to suck up. You're post was an utter joke. Either friends with OP or an alt account. Anything you say in this thread is worthless.
Lol i didnt write this post.
1.The Witcher 3 2. The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind 3. Fallout 3 4. Dark Souls 5.Final Fantasy X
Witcher 3 trumps all !
Any best RPG list involving the last decade that doesn't have Persona 4 on it is invalid. Also the last great Final Fantasy FFX. Madness.
some people don't like JRPG's.
no Knights of The Old Republic ?!?!
Oh yeah *sigh*
Witcher 3 Mass Effect 2 Xenoblade Chronicles Skyrim Fallout 4
1 planescape torment 2 baldur's gate 2 3 dragon age origins 4 diablo ii 5 morrowind
1. Witcher3 2. Skys of arcadia 3. Bloodborne 4. Kotor 5. Star wars galaxy
Hmmm tough to pick but I think 1. Witcher 3 2. WoW: The Burning Crusade (back in its prime) 3. Diablo 2 (also during its prime) 4. Castlevania Symphony of the Night 5. Chrono Trigger
Couldn't take this shitty list seriously after the games on the list and it's 6 pages.
Each person has a hook that draws them in to a game. If their is no personal hook, they wont be as in to the game. An opinion can change, if you discover what draws someone else in
What a boring list. They have just taken a bunch of popular RPG's and labelled them the best. Sheep like mentality. Also, enough of these damn multiple pages, just stick them all on one page. It's so off putting.
This list is kind of pathetic lol (that being said Mass Effect 2, and Witcher 3, are good choices). The rest just screams generic choice.
Witcher 3 is hands down the best video game ever created and will most likely never be topped.
I am sure you're not biased in any way.
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