1. Divinity: Original Sin 2
Make a note now, before you forget: “KILL MAGISTER HOLIND”. You may wonder why. This non-descript NPC is a virtual nobody in one of the most sprawling and detailed RPGs of the last decade. He is a guard like many others, he has no items of worth, and takes no part in any of the game’s many quests or storylines. But if you scroll to the comment section of his wiki entry, you will note that he does one unforgivable thing that the other guards do not. He kills your cat.
It’s just one moment of many in which Divinity: Original Sin 2 will catch you off-guard. This is a detailed RPG full of overlapping quests and character arcs. It is lacy with stories. You can play co-op with a pal, go to opposite ends of the same island, and meet in the chambers of an angry bossmage with wildly different motives for dealing with him. But even as you play on (and argue over who among your party of reprobates deserves to become a fresh-faced God) it’s the small moments that build the biggest stories.
Original Sin 2 has been in this list since its release, but this is the first time it’s moved up to claim the top spot. There has been a Definitive Edition released to smooth out some wrinkles in that time, but the real reason for its growth in stature is that we’ve continued to play it these past two-and-a-bit years. Each re-visit, each new player it grips in its clutches, makes it more obvious just how deep, varied and consistently high quality it is. This is why it was our video team’s first Let’s Play series, and it’s the reason why the series is still going 62 episodes later.
What else should I be playing if I like this: Its predecessor, Divinity: Original Sin could be your thing. But many other isometric RPGs could qualify, such as Torment: Tides Of Numenera.