This has been a very good year for role-playing games, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 helps to further that trend. Right from the start with its wildly interesting premise to the final climatic battle, role-players will find a lot to enjoy with this adventure.
Fresh off of the high that was Fire Emblem: Three Houses, one would expect that Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes could also be a masterpiece. And the game is fun to play, but several missteps will probably keep it from ever becoming a hallmark title for the series.
Role-playing games have seen a huge resurgence in recent years, with titles like Pillars of Eternity and Pathfinder Kingmaker setting a high bar. The Waylanders does not quite reach that level, but this clever adventure gets pretty close.
Fabled Lands takes the classic adventure stories written by authors Dave Morris and Jamie Thomson and puts them into a video game where you can explore almost anywhere and role-play however you wish with no physical dice required.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin might take longtime Final Fantasy players by surprise. It combines the deep lore of the series with the fast and frantic combat that developer Team Ninja is known for, putting them together in a really fun and exciting game.
Citizen Sleeper presents players with a sci-fi world where they exist on the bottom rungs of society. Far from a hero archetype, your main concern as the player in this game will be finding enough work so that you don’t starve, and maybe doing a little bit of good along the way.
Perennial favorite Borderlands character Tiny Tina is back in Wonderlands as the overly energetic dungeon master for this bizarre and beautiful mix of first-person shooter gameplay and Dungeons and Dragons style adventure.
The Cyberpunk 2077 developers were able to redeem themselves after a disastrous launch by improving gameplay and stability for the game’s PC and next generation console versions. And now it seems Cyberpunk finally also runs well on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
While Vampire: The Masquerade games have been mostly text adventures or graphical novels lately, Swansong instead presents a more traditional game where you will be role-playing three different characters, solving an intriguing mystery and using plenty of powerful vampire powers.
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale is an RPG with heavy tactical combat that approaches the venerable Arthurian Legend from a different perspective with a unique story that begins after the famous king’s storied fall.