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The best RPGs to play on PC

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There are a lot of good RPGs, aren’t there? This list of the best RPGs was compiled by the collected minds of Adam Smith, Brendan Caldwell, Katharine Castle, Sin Vega, Matthew Castle and Graham Smith.

In the most recent update to this list, we removed 12 games: Dark Souls 3, Divinity: Original Sin, Diablo 2, The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, UnReal World, ADOM, Wasteland 2, Wizardry VIII, Recettear: An Item’s Shop Tale, Torchlight 2, Risen and Hand Of Fate. They all remain great games, and the reasons for dismissal vary. With Dark Souls 3 and Original Sin, we decided we’d rather just recommend one game from their respective series. With Hand Of Fate and Diablo 2, we did a straight swap with their sequels. For some of the others, we felt that age had finally caught up with them, or at least that there were newer games we’d recommend first.

Here’s the full list as it currently stands, with the new additions noted.

The best RPGs on PC

  • 1. Divinity: Original Sin 2
  • 2. Dark Souls
  • 3. The Witcher 3
  • 4. Mass Effect 2
  • 5. Dragon Age: Origins
  • 6. Deus Ex
  • 7. Baldur’s Gate 2
  • 8. Disco Elysium [new entry]
  • 9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • 10. System Shock 2
  • 11. Undertale
  • 12. Nier: Automata
  • 13. Yakuza 0 [new entry]
  • 14. Stardew Valley
  • 15. Planescape: Torment
  • 16. Path Of Exile [new entry]
  • 17. Pillars Of Eternity
  • 18. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • 19. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster [new entry]
  • 20. NEO Scavenger
  • 21. Monster Hunter World
  • 22. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
  • 23. Sunless Skies
  • 24. Fallout: New Vegas
  • 25. Mount & Blade: Warband
  • 26. Legend Of Grimrock II
  • 27. Darkest Dungeon
  • 28. Fallout
  • 29. Ultima VII
  • 30. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • 31. Final Fantasy XII [new entry]
  • 32. Anachronox
  • 33. Shadowrun Dragonfall Director’s Cut
  • 34. Star Traders: Frontiers [new entry]
  • 35. Dragon Quest 11 [new entry]
  • 36. Titan Quest
  • 37. Arcanum: Of Steamworks And Magick Obscura
  • 38. Brogue
  • 39. Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind [new entry]
  • 40. The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings [new entry]
  • 41. Avernum: Escape From The Pit
  • 42. Kenshi
  • 43. Din’s Curse
  • 44. Vampire: Bloodlines
  • 45. Chrono Trigger [new entry]
  • 46. Diablo 3 [new entry]
  • 47. Dwarf Fortress
  • 48. Hand Of Fate 2 [new entry]
  • 49. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask Of The Betrayer
  • 50. Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom [new entry]

For the first time, the list contains a decent selection of JRPGs, the absence of which has felt like an oversight on our part in previous versions. We’ve also added 2001’s Arcanum: Of Steamworks And Magick Obscura for the first time. Well done, old game.

Finally, though it’s no longer in the number one spot: yes, Dark Souls remains an RPG.

Hopping to the comments to start complaining about the list? As always, consider writing an impassioned celebration of the game you love that isn’t here – you might convince others to give it a go.

Disclosure: Since contributing to this list, Adam has gone to work at Larian, makers of Divinity: Original Sin and Original Sin 2.

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