My favourite RPG games are Witcher 1, 2, Deus Ex 1 and Human Revolution, Mass Effect (1, 2 and 3),Now I’m looking forward to Kingdom Come, Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077.My favourite game is Mafia 1 and just behind is L.A. Noire .
Mass Effect series hands down followed by persona 4 golden and tales of symphonia. Mass effect because of the choices and how grand the entire game made you feel with that awesome universe and characters. I like persona for some of the same reasons as mass effect it was such a fun journey all the way through. Lastly tales of symphonia because it was the first rpg I really got into that I thought wow this is a lot of fun, I am enjoying the story and I get to smash monsters along the way.
My personnal favorites: Ultima 6, Ultima 5
After these, there were lots and lots of great games, but none were as good as the Ultima’s mentioned.
It is like first love, you just never forget the first best gaming experiences.
My fav. RPG’s are:
The Witcher series
Dragon age origins
(not in order)
I suspect our answers will date us…
Like Vacnez, the first name that lept to mind was Ultima… then I stalled trying to pick a favourite. I-IV on my C64, V-IX on PC. I am the only person I know to have beaten all 10 Ultimas (counting VII part 2 as a separate game), and only beat U9 after the patch and even then just blew through it in a hurry… that game was ruined by EA, rushed out when unready to hit a deadline over the objections of Garriott and the devs. Believe it or not, I STILL hold a grudge against EA for the whole Origin thing. They killed my favorite dev house. Back in the day, Origin had just about the best batting average in the business. They were so over the top good, they are, to this day, the only company I would buy a game from just because it had their logo on the box. I didn’t need a review, I didn’t need a demo, I didn’t need word of mouth (and pre internet it was not actually easy to get these things anyway). If the box described an interesting game and I saw that Origin logo… sold. Even taking such monumentally stupid leaps of faith… you know how many times Origin screwed me? Let me down? Just once. Ultima IX, and as you know… I fully blame EA, not Origin. So I can say… Origin never let me down. Never disappointed. I could make blind purchases on faith… and get a GREAT game.
So favorite RPGs… whew… Ultima… but which? I am going with;
I The first Ultima and my first real RPG on my C64. What was someone saying about your first love…
V the first I played on PC instead of Commodore. It took the morality and immersive mechanic from IV and just blew it up, perfected it. Get this, so important was this game to me in my youth, that to this very day, I remember the numbers you had to type to play the song ‘stones’ on British’s harpsichord to open a secret passage. I am not googling this, I simply never forgot it… 6789878767653 I am going to forward the argument that if you remember some stupid detail like that from a game over a quarter century later… that game had an impact on you. Years later I worked out that little melody on guitar.
VII This was a quantum leap ahead in graphics and sound. I’ll never forget the Gaurdian’s head coming out of my monitor… ‘Avatar! Know that Britantia has entered into a new age of enlightenment…’ (Seriously, why do I remember all this stuff so clearly???)
OK, non-Ultima RPGs that I loved…
KOTOR. The first one. I heard the second one is great with some patch… I played it as released and hated that buggy mess. There were obvious plot holes where it was clear content was hacked out to hit a deadline… freakin’ EA workin their magic again… (I really do despise EA btw) In a way, KOTOR 2 was funny. Bioware/KOTOR2 was Origin/Ultima IX all over again. And with EA reprising their role as cartoon villain. But the first one was, to me, a masterpiece. I honestly thought the plot to it, the big reveal of Revan’s identity etc. would have made a better Star Wars film than 2 of the 3 prequels at least. I am not joking. I’d rather watch a film about Darth Revan than see Whinakin Skywalker talk about hating sand in Ep 2… uhg… what a stinker that was… poor George, he NEVER should have surrounded himself with ‘yes men’. I am sure everyone around him was ‘Jar Jar is wonderful idea Mr. Lucas’. Lucas needed a real friend like Steven Speilberg to step up with some harsh truth George needed to hear and say ‘dude, you’re blowing it. Jar Jar sucks… are you serious man!?’ But I digress… Bioware did some great work back in the day. And then EA came along…
Now, that said… there are things I hate about the Bioware RPGs, even the good ones. Plenty to love, but these games are NOT perfect. For one, I hate the confining maps. Really? That 4 inch tall gutter is a barrier I can’t step over huh? To me it makes the whole game feel like Disneyland. No, I don’t mean the happiest place on earth. I mean fake. Fake rocks, fake castles, fake cartoon characters. It’s not that hard at the Disney parks to peak around the corner and see behind the facade, see how they faked it. That is how Bioware games feel to me… the environments are just a big facade that only looks good because I am not allowed to move off of the track they have me on… This applies to Mass Effect, Jade Empire etc. Games I like. Just pointing to this as a reason they are not perfect. Great, here we are on the Citidel, the most massive city in the known universe… and we have like… SIX locations we can visit… all of which tied DIRECTLY to the main plot line. So the Citadel never felt like a city, you could explore or wander around. You travel to fixed set pieces that only exist to advance the plot of the game. So Bioware games tend to have great stories, great characters that pull you in… but they also tend to railroad you on linear plots, small restrictive maps… Oh sure, fly to any planet you want… but there actually IS a logical order to do them in. Their games are a bit too much like a theme park. But at their best, these great engaging stories that pull you in. I pride myself on seeing plot twists coming. 6th Sense?!? COME ON!!! It was obvious!!! Man, but that scene where they reveal Revan’s true identity to you… I just didn’t see it coming. They got me. I remember after that cut scene… my mind was blown. I watched the cut scene. Sat there for a moment in stunned silence. Stood up and walked away. I was so blown away by that, I couldn’t even play it right after that reveal.
So yeah, KOTOR goes on my list
But for the dead opposite of what irks me about Bioware games… We have Bethesda. Elder Scrolls… I go all the way back to ES1: Arena. Daggerfall was amazing, that map was massive by TODAY’S standards. Seriously. But for my pick in this series… I am going with Morrowind. ES3. It was the opposite of a bioware game. Welcome to Morrowind, now go do something.What do you do? Well, what would you LIKE to do… so much detail, so much immersion, such a massive world… endless side quests… my favorite Morrowind example;
I was swimming off the western shore, not far, some ruins on shore and submerged. For some reason I was swimming under water… looking for submerged chests or something probably, those were common in that game. But as I approached this submerged statue… it started talking to me. Now, to be clear. This has nothing to do with the main quest line. No one gave me this quest. I had to stumble into it by swimming past a submerged statue while underwater. The quest? The statue was a shrine to some forgotten Deadric lord. He wants a new statue in a new location to be remembered… he will reward me if I do this for him. This begins a quest of… heavy research. Seriously, the first thing you had to do was find books on this forgotten dead god and sculpture. Not all of these books were easy to find. It took some time. Then you have to find a sculptor that the Daedric lord would approve of… I found some Orc who was a stone mason… Then you have to find a suitable location for the monument. That took some time. Once I found it, I had to the hire the Orc and a team of workers to build it. using the books I had acquired as a guide for it’s design. It took a few months of game time. Every time I went back to the worksite, the monument was in a further state of completion. Eventually it was finished and the Daedra gave me a rather kickass sword that made the rest of the game soooo much easier… It was this huge convoluted side quest that most people playing that game probably never even found. That kind of detail, depth and immersion blew me away. Loved Morrowind (Also loved Oblivion and Skyrim… ESO… um… not so much, but they can probably bank on me showing up for ES VI whenever that happens)
And now a bit more obscure of one… one that I think is something of a spiritual ancestor to KC: D
Darklands. This was the original ‘dungeons but no dragons’ medieval RPG. It DID have demons and magic and what not… but not like fantasy RPGs. It was set in Germany and the ‘magic system’ wasn’t what actually worked, but what people BELIEVED worked back then. So you couldn’t throw fireballs in combat, but you could pray to a saint to get healed. Or buy a potion from an alchemist… Beyond that, it was basically a 3/4 iso view turn based combat… really the predecessor to Baldur’s Gate for that style of party combat (Go for the EYES Boo!!). But it was also a bit like Elder Scrolls in that it was wide open to go where you wanted to do whatever you wanted. You could just keep playing that game it seemed. And when I first heard about KC: D it reminded me a bit of Darklands from over 20 years ago…
Those are my picks… at least my picks today… ask me again in a week, and I might name some different ones.
My personal favorite games are, in no particular order:
Pinstripe - Thomas Brush (my personal favorite’s favorite haha)
Transformice - Atelier 801
TES:V Skyrim - Bethesda
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Rollercoaster Tycoon 2(and openRTC, a modified version with cheats ect.) - EA Games maybe??
Spore - EA + Maxis Entertainment (EA was the publisher if I remember)
The Last Guardian - Team Ico
Ori and The Blind Forest - Microsoft + Moon Studios
Roblox - Roblox Team(?) I like Roblox because of the creativity and generally polite players that usually help the clueless(like me haha) Plus it can educate kids how to use Lua and variables + the like.
I’ve played all Ultimas as well but not beaten all of them, that I must confess. I got ahold of some kind of Ultima Collection DVD with all games on it. By that time the first Ultimas was too “un-advanced” for me to play so I got bored quickly.
Ultima IX is the worst Ultima of all times. Oh, and I used to like Ultima Underworld 1 & 2 also. Not sure if I ever beat number 2 due to computer crash.
Ultima VII P1 & P2 will always hold a special place in my heart as well as the song Stones.
Except for that, Fallout 1 & 2 and Mass Effect series and the Witcher games.
And now, KCD of course.
Easily Baldurs Gate series for me and then Icewind Dale series. I just loved the party based isometric gameplay and the rich worlds.
I love Dark Souls series but I struggle to feel they are anything more then an action game although some people feel they are the greatest RPGs due to their hidden history.
Ultima 7 P1 & 2, Ultima Underworld P1 & 2, Dungeon Master 1 & 2, Elder Scrolls Arena and Skyrim, Eye ot Beholder 1 & 2. Except Skyrim those were old DOS games, i played many more that time but cant remember all, good old times.
Just started the new Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hackers Memory. And despite the overly long name, its just as good as the previous one.
These are some of the few games ill buy day one, as a sign of support and because im a huge digimon fan/digimon games have been killing it the last few years.
Also try to start Gravity Rush 2 since it finally hit the sales with a hefty cut in price. Should be playing Xenoblade 2 21 prive casino but I’m having too much fun with my new surround sound kit, friggin love it (when I finally got it working after almost two days of tinkering with it).
Gothic is by far the best RPG ever made and even the best game in general. The Gothic series, especially the first two games of the trilogy are the ultimative paradigm of professional game design. All games from Piranha Bytes are the best of their genre, also the Risen series and ELEX. But the top of all is Gothic. You can forget all RPGs compared to Gothic 1 & 2. Believe me, it’s the only RPG that you can really call a masterpiece. There will never be a game like Gothic. The german original.
The Witcher 3 is one of the best RPG I’ve ever played, Skyrim is also good especially the modded versions. The reason Witcher wins is because of the stories and the interaction with some of the NPCs in the game.
My best 4 are extremely an unchangeable reality now, in addition to the fact that they are treasured recollections, yet i’ve replayed them such a significant number of times throughout the years that I lost check. They are constantly pleasant. Prefer dreadful games
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl
Gothic 2: Gold Edition
Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition
Super Mario Galaxy
I need to check this out!
Top 6 RPGs are as follow.
- Dark Souls
- Fallout New Vegas
- Kotor 2
- The Legend of Dragoon
kingdom come deliverance
Wizardry ‘81 because the RNG used for event and monster spawning was sublime
Ooff. So many good choices…
Skyrim is definitely one of them. I think it is the dog I spent most hours in (Actually, if you put all the hours I’ve spent on all the others combined Skyrim would probably still win) the game achieves a more immersive world than morrowind or oblivion and with all the mods available it makes it a must choice. However, it’s age is beginning to show and even though the mods change a lot, sometimes you can see and feel the cracks where the game is telling you “yeah I wasn’t meant to be doing this…”. Nevertheless, it is the most comprehensive open world out there with more stuff to do than any of its competitors. Even if some of the elements are repetitive and make no sense “you are now the leader of the loyalist guard! All hail you. Now go to this burrow and kill all the monsters for us like you are just a runt!” Seriously , the serious lack of progression feel really hinders the game but, the sheer size of the game and the number of Dwemer ruins you can visit make it a must on any list.
I also enjoy Morrowind for some of the most “woah…” moments ever experienced in a game (I was young and there was nothing else like it) and an actual interesting quest system where you could get direction to the house you needed to visit! Oblivion is also enjoyable but it feels the clunkiest of the three. I did enjoy it but not as much as the other two (I know there are 5 but I never played the first 2).
Fallout New Vegas is also one of my favourites especially with mods to improve control over the character. The narrative is unbelievably good and it offers something that only Fallout 1 and 2 have. I disliked fallout 4 and 3 was kind of Meh for me. New Vegas was really interesting and I felt like my actions actually impacted the world around me. Fallout 1 and 2 are amazing in their own right for some of the most daring non PC writting ever in a game. You can literally prank call the Brotherhood of steel. I that is not worthy a spot on any list I don’t know what is. The world is also impressively bleak, rough and devoid of hope. I like them very much.
On the same vein, Baldur’s gate 2 and Neverwinter nights 2. Now Baldur’s gate is clearly the best game narrative wise and did something that few games do nowadays which is the possibility of fighting an enemy far too strong for you that you cannot kill. The narrative is also impressive and I am not sure if any game has had more lines of text written than it. I mean, seriously, if you try and play it, every single character has a backstory and quests connected to them all well explained and within lore and written to exhaustion. Seriously good. Neverwinter just uses a system that I enjoy more which is based on D&D 3.5 rules and the graphics are prettier. Game is worse than Baldur’s gate story wise and in world building and it feels canned at points and too much focus is given to the undead.
Speaking of D&D based systems, KOTOR 1 & 2 and the first Mass Effect are a must in this list as well. I have been waiting for KOTOR’s successor for ages and the less said about mass effect sequels the better (turning a proper RPG into a corridor shooter…) but that original one had story, world and mechanics to hold itself up to any competition. It was more impressive than KOTOR for me due to the fact that the story is unique and not based on an existing franchise. KOTOR story I think is better written with more actions predicted. If you never played any of these games I highly advise you to as they are really enjoyable. However bear in mind they are starting to show their age. The worlds are cleverly disguised linear corridors and you have less freedom than expected and after all these years it starts to show. EA is finally developing a single player Star wars game after trying to stuff us with their sub par lootbox riddled online shooters that might be worth it (EA finally understanding that it can’t just shove anything down our mouths and that fans actually want a single player game not a “game service”). But it is EA so don’t hold your breath as they will likely add some form of mobile like economy to make you want to spend money to progress the game faster.
And for now I will stop here. Leaving my latest favourite Kingdom Come Deliverance. I think this game has potential to surpass Skyrim. However it is not there yet. I am playing it again and really enjoying it but there are mechanics which make no sense. The rate at which armour gets dirty and damaged is far too high, stats have too large an effect in combat by the late game (seriously, log based scale and option to remove the slo motion would go a long way), you can carry far too much giving rise to imbalances in the economy since you can male a fortune after a couple of encounters and the world is barren compared to the competition. What I mean by that is that even though it is the best looking world in any RPG it lacks stuff to do. You can become a master hunter and with the upcoming DLC you can become a bailiff which is good. But it lacks options that for instance Skyrim has. What if I want to continue down the path of a townguard or a scribe or anything else really. Right now there is an overabundance of hunting quests and a lack of any other job. Become a blacksmith or an armoursmith? More things would make this world more interesting imho. I have almost 200 hours and I will spend more but I would like this “barren” feeling to go away.
Anyway, that is enough for now. Ended up writting more than I anticipated…
Morrowind, oblivion, skyrim, Fallout 3 & 4- for world exploration and character freedom
Witcher 3, Mass Effect Trilogy, and Kingdom Come Deliverance - For rich story and compelling main character
Fallout New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, KOTOR, Divinity original sin - For deep character progression and rich story
Some parts of FO NV left me underwhelmed. the one part that FO NV nailed was making decisions nested and impactful on rest of world [opportunity costs - one faction vs other(s)]. KCD could’ve used more of that. working on behalf of the millers puts you at odds with bailiffs/capts of the guard (even if you aren’t caught there are ‘rumors’)… some of which can be remedied by actions (and words - high charisma speech test), some of which can’t