Top 25 Best PC RPGs Ever

Updated on April 13, 2016

Playing computer RPGs is a life-long hobby of mine that I consider a guilty pleasure. Considering that even the smallest ones take about 30 hours (and some well over 100) to complete, I've probably wasted more than a few 40-hour work weeks on this geeky hobby. Here are some of my personal favorites through the years. To narrow down the list, all of them are single-player games and only for the PC (MS-DOS/Windows) platform. These great games are hard to rank internally, so I've sorted them by year:

Original Ad for The Bard's Tale
Original Ad for The Bard's Tale

1. Bard's Tale (1985)

The first Bard's Tale is probably only remembered by geeks 30+, but those that do remember it do so fondly. It was originally released for the Apple II, but was ported to all other platforms too eventually. With its revolutionary grid-based 3D dungeoneering the game looked amazing at the time. By the way: the 2004 Bard's Tale is neither a sequel or remake of the original series, although it's a pretty amusing parody of classic RPGs.

2. Pool of Radiance (1988)

Pool of Radiance was the first PC RPG to use real Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules. It also introduced computer gamers to the Forgotten Realms setting - the fantasy world created by Ed Greenwood in the 60s that has been polished to perfection ever since in fantasy novels by R.A Salvatore and several other great writers. The game was obviously a rather archaic experience by today's standards, but compared to what was available at the time it took PC gaming to a new level. Pool of Radiance was followed by the equally great Curse of the Azure Bonds and others. There's also a rather uninspiring sequel from this decade (2001) - Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor.

Pool of Radiance in-game screens
Pool of Radiance in-game screens

3. Eye of the Beholder (1990)

A Beholder is a classic D&D monster composed of a disgusting heap of flesh and floating eyes, and it's also the antagonist in Eye of the Beholder--a classic that made its debut on the PC, which was still a low-profile gaming platform in 1990. It's a classic dungeon crawl based on 2nd Edition D&D rules. The lords of Waterdeep (a city in the Forgotten Realms) hire you to investigate some strange ongoings beneath the city. Once you enter the sewers to take a look, the walls collapse behind you and the only way forward is down through a vast series of caves. Trivia: Westwood, the developer of Eye of the Beholder I & II, later left SSI, D&D and the Forgotten Realms to create the miserable Lands of Lore series.

4. Ultima VII. The Black Gate (1992)

The Ultima series creator Richard Gariott - aka "Lord British" - has always been a committed and virtuous gentleman, which is why I won't mention the utter failure of the concluding part of the saga (IX: Ascension) but focus on the masterpiece, Ultima VII. It was divided into two parts: The Black Gate and The Serpent Isle, each of them with their own expansion packs. It's an amazingly well-balanced RPG with equal emphasis storytelling, exploration and open-ended gameplay.

5. Betrayal at Krondor (1993)

Unlike most RPGs from the same period, Betrayal at Krondor doesn't rely just on leveling up or reaching the next dungeon to spur players on. It's divided into chapters much like a book--as a matter of fact it is based on Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar novels.The 1998 sequel Return to Krondor was also well received and worth a look.

6. Fallout (1997)

Fallout isn't just one of the best RPGs, it's one of the best games ever made in any category. Sure, the graphics in the original are a far cry from Bethesda's multimillion dollar third installment, but the heaps of gore and melting bodies are easy enough to distinguish, and as any true masterpiece it stands the test of time. The game is presented in an isometric perspective, and the combat is fully turn-based (those were the days). Just like the latest version, the first Fallout also centers around a Vault Dweller who has to leave the safety of the Vault (aka fallout shelter) and go into the untamed post-nuclear wasteland of the early 22nd century.

War, war never changes...
War, war never changes...

7. Might & Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven (1998)

The Might & Magic series has been around for a long time--the first game appeared in the late 80s for 8-bit platforms (including the NES). Except for some of the later outcroppings, such as Dark Messiah and Crusaders of Might & Magic (what a piece of trash!) all of the games have been turn based and all of them presented in lush 3D. Might and Magic 6: The Mandate of Heaven breaks away from the grid-based confinement of the previous games to offer a completely free-roaming world. It doesn't have much of a plot, but it is also (perhaps for the same reason) about as non-linear as a game gets--you can take your four characters and wander off to the last dungeon right away. Obviously you'll be killed before you get there, but still.

8. Baldur's Gate (1998)

Baldur's Gate is a benchmark for story-driven role-playing games. In my opinion, BG 1 & 2 really only compete with the Fallout games for the top spot of the best RPG series ever made. Baldur's Gate has living, breathing characters with a history and personality of their own, and It draws on the intricate lore of the Forgotten Realms setting to give it even more depth. You get to keep the same characters throughout the whole series, via the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion to Baldur's Gate II and the concluding Throne of Bhaal. It's even possible to export your BG character to Neverwinter Nights and continue on from there. Trivia: Don't confuse the original Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 with the console Dark Alliance spinoffs, which are just unoriginal hack-n-slash action RPGs.

9. Final Fantasy VII (1998)

Although it was originally a PlayStation game and the PC conversion is a half-assed effort at best, Final Fantasy VII is still one of the best RPGs ever created and clearly worth including. It is also one of few Japanese RPGs to reach the PC platform--usually they're all console affairs. Unfortunately Square didn't make an effort to tweak the game to use the much more capable PC hardware. FFVII should have been even better on the PC, but at least it is equally great.

10. Planescape: Torment (1999)

For Planescape: Torment, Black Isle tweaked the Infinity Engine from Baldur's gate and adapted it to the popular Planescape D&D setting. The game tells a story about the Nameless One--an immortal who wakes up in a morgue somewhere in the Planescape city of Sigil. The protagonist is immortal and can't be killed permanently, but whenever he is brought back from the dead he remembers nothing of his former lives, and this is what the story revolves around. Just like Baldur's Gate, it's a highly story-driven RPG, but there's still a liberal amount of fighting using AD&D 2nd edition rules.

11. System Shock 2 (1999)

Lots of games try desperately to be original, but System Shock 2 is undeniably unique. The game borrows its 3D engine from the successful "sneak 'em up" Thief, meaning that it has very effective and spooky light management considering its age. The game is a sci-fi RPG/FPS hybrid that takes place on the abandoned starship Von Braun, which has been struck by some alien infestation (sound familiar?). Recently System Shock 2 got a sequel - at least in spirit - in Bioshock. Both games have a lot in common, especially the atmosphere but also in certain power-ups that can be gained throughout the game, such as hacking and psionic abilities.

12. Icewind Dale (2000)

Following in the footsteps of Baldur's Gate and using the same Infinity Engine, Icewind Dale puts you in the northernmost regions of the Forgotten Realms. Unlike Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale lets you create an entire party before setting out to kill goblins and orcs. The game is more combat-focused than said games, but it still has an interesting storyline with some obvious references to the Salvatore trilogy with the same name and setting.

13. Deus Ex (2000)

Deus Ex has a lot in common with System Shock 2; it's a futuristic RPG/FPS hybrid that lets you take the game in different directions by augmenting your character's abilities. Although it can be played more or less like a regular first-person shooter, skills like hacking and stealth allows for completely different ways of approaching the game, like any good RPG should. In Deus Ex you play the more "conventional" hero JC Denton who works for a UN anti-terrorist unit in a relatively near and dystopian future. As the game progresses Denton gets mixed up in a more sinister conspiracy involving the Illuminati and some other shadowy organizations.

14. Diablo II (2000)

The first Diablo became an instant trademark of addictive gameplay, and Diablo II merely improved on the winning concept. Although the game mechanics are extremely simple, you just can't put your mouse away until you've leveled up again or reached the next dungeon. There are too many shameless clones to list here, but let's just say that Diablo I and II has "inspired" a great deal of other action RPGs. The single-player mode is highly addictive, but the most rewarding part of Diablo II is playing it online.

The well-balanced Diablo II character classes: Amazon, Necromancer, Barbarian, Sorceress, and Paladin.
The well-balanced Diablo II character classes: Amazon, Necromancer, Barbarian, Sorceress, and Paladin.

15. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000)

I guess my weak spot for these old BioWare it's fairly obvious by now, but this was sadly the last BG Infinity Engine game [edit: no it wasn't, Icewind Dale 2 was the last one/thanks commenter Relayer71]. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn picks up after the Tales of the Sword Coast Expansion--your character is imprisoned by a mad (elf) scientist in Athkatla, south of Baldur's Gate, and coincidentally so are some of your old friends. The plot continues to explore your character's divine heritage and takes you across a huge and beautifully hand-drawn world until it's time to face off with your nemesis. The Baldur's Gate saga eventually concludes in the mandatory Throne of Bhaal expansion, where you have to make the final decisions about what to do with your godly heritage.

16. Wizardry 8 (2001)

Apparently I've come this far without mentioning the Wizardry series, and omitting it would be an embarrassment. The first Wizardry game - Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord - came out as early as 1981, and the early parts of the series has inspired many of the classic RPG series like Might & Magic and Eye of the Beholder. Wizardry 8 was the last part of a trilogy including 6 and 7, but it was released much later after a long and tumultuous development process. Combat in Wizardry 8 is turn-based and there are lots of stats and character classes to play around with--the game is a must if you enjoy classic RPGs. Barring a small miracle, this will most likely be the last part of this long-running series.

17. Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura (2001)

Arcanum is a wonderfully unique game set in a not-so traditional fantasy world that happens to be in the middle of the industrial revolution--it's frequently referred to as the "Steampunk RPG". In spite of being extraordinarily buggy at launch (I was unable to finish it on the first try,) the game was praised by nearly all critics for its immersive atmosphere and fallout-style turn-based gameplay. After a few hundred MBs of patches - some unofficial fan patches since the developer went bankrupt - the game is fully playable nowadays and should be tried by anyone who enjoys a great RPG.

18. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002)

Arena, the first game in Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls series was innovative but not overly successful. Daggerfall offered a taste of what was to come with a huge game world and free-roaming gameplay, but it also had a fair share of game-breaking bugs. With The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Bethesda all but perfected the concept. They also put the futuristic and powerful grapics cards of 2002 to a stress test with some amazing visuals, including pixel-shaded water. Basically, Morrowind realizes the grand ideas behind the previous games, but with less bugs. Including the expansion packs Tribunal and Bloodmoon, Morrowind is a massive game--only the in-game text is said to comprise six average novels.

19. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)

In my humble opinion, KotOR is still the best Star Wars game ever (not that the competition is that stiff, but still). On the other hand, one expects nothing less from a BioWare logo on the box. The game's role-playing elements are similar to the 3rd edition D&D rules, meaning that the combat is divided into rounds and may be auto-paused at the end of each round (optional) to assign new actions. As the title implies, the game takes place before the Empire--some 4,000 years before to be precise. Depending on your choices in the game, you will gradually lean either toward the light or the dark side of the Force.

20: Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines (2004)

The Vampire: The Masquerade PC games are often overlooked for some reason, but there's still no better way to role-play as a vampire on your computer than Bloodlines, which is set in the mature Vampire: The Masquerade world from the original pen and paper RPG. Bloodlines is a sequel to Vampire The Masquerade: Redemption from 2000, but uses the much more modern Source engine from Half Life 2. When starting the game you pick your Vampire clan, and this is only the first of many choices. The game's storyline is highly dynamic, and there are several different endings depending on the paths you choose.

21. Gothic 3 (2006)

Gothic 3 was loaded with bugs upon release, but was still relatively well received--maybe because of its high ambitions and good intentions. Now that it's been patched up a number of times it is a much better game. It's a few years old now, but it still looks great. Or rather, now it looks great that there's hardware capable of playing it. The third part of Gothic takes up where Gothic II left off, but now our Nameless Hero has arrived on a new continent only to be greeted by a bunch of ugly orcs closing in for the kill. The rest of the story is open ended--you can side with different factions or none at all, instead roaming the countryside killing and looting whatever comes your way until you get bored. In terms of free exploration, Gothic 3 is similar to Oblivion, albeit on a smaller scale.

22. Neverwinter Nights 2 (2006)

Neverwinter Nights 2 is a great RPG all by itself, but a huge bonus is the included toolset that provide the building blocks to create your own adventures. There are lots of excellent community modules that can potentially add hundreds of hours to the game. The Neverwinter Nights games are spiritual successors to the Baldur's Gate series, but take place on the northern end of the Sword Coast. Like its predecessors, it has a major focus on the story, which is very well written and divided into separate acts. NWN 2 uses D&D 3.5 Edition rules, and all the classes, spells and abilities that comes with it.

23. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)

Oblivion is an amazing game in many ways, but the most impressive parts is its sheer size (16 square miles) and the fact that you can just ignore the main quest and go out and explore a seemingly infinite number of dungeons. Similar to Morrowind, you don't level up in the conventional way by gaining experience points through completed quests or kills, but by using the skills that you want to improve. To say that Oblivion is a game with depth and a complex game world would be an understatement. If you - for some reason - haven't played the game already now is the time, but make sure you play it on a PC and not the choppy, sub-par 360 version.

24. Mass Effect (2008)

Yet another BioWare game that will go to the books as a classic; Mass Effect takes place in a future where humanity has finally - through the discovery of technology left by an extinct alien race - been able to move out into the galaxy, make contact with alien races, and establish space colonies. You take on the role of Commander Shepherd--an either male or female character that you can customize to your heart's content. The game is somewhat similar to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, but is built around a proprietary combat system, and of course, takes place in an entirely different setting. The Mass Effect universe has no problem standing on its own legs though--the game world is appealingly complex and the storyline would do well in any comparison with Star Wars.

25. Fallout 3 (2008)

And so Fallout 3 finally saw the light of day. It was pretty farfetched that Bethesda would be making it, and many feared that it would just be an "Oblivion with guns". Thankfully those fears were allayed when the game was released. Fallout 3 stays true to its sexy post-apocalyptic roots but makes the move to a great-looking 3D engine. This time it's set on the east coast, also known as the Capital Wasteland. There are a whole lot of new places to go and people to mutilate.

Update: Bonus Games

Long overdue update: People are still reading and commenting on this page, which is awesome, it's just that it was published more than a year ago, and these things get dated fast. At the very least, a couple more game should be added to the "Best Ever" list:

(if you have any other suggestions, please add them to the comments below. Thanks for reading!)

26. Dragon Age: Origins

With Dragon Age: Origins, the Awakening expansion and lots of considerably-better-than-average downloadable content, Bioware has yet again created a world class PC role-playing experience. While it's a bit sad that they have moved away from the Forgotten Realms setting, Dragon Age offers an immersive atmosphere and rich mythology that can easily stand on its own two feet. The game takes you through a complex world where not everything is black or white; as in any true RPG there are many choices to make, paths to choose, and there are different outcomes to all of them.

27. The Witcher

The Witcher is based on a series of fantasy novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski about the genetically enhanced monster slayer Geralt of Rivia. It's an action RPG that uses a heavily modified version of BioWare's Aurora engine from Neverwinter Nights 2, although this is hardly noticeable (The Witcher looks a lot better). What separates this game from the rest of the genre is that it doesn't shy away from excessively rude language and gratuitous nudity. This aspect alone makes it worth checking out. There's also an "Enhanced Edition" available with improved textures and some new adventures.

28. The Witcher 2 - Assassins of Kings

Sequels sometimes fail to live up to expectations (Dragon Age 2 comes to mind), so it's refreshing to see that some developers continue to raise the bar instead of the other way around. At this writing, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is just about the best-looking game ever made. Other than the visual bliss, it manages to balance an engrossing storyline with free-roaming, traditional western RPG gameplay, which is where loads of games fail. Except for an unnecessarily steep learning curve, this game is great on all counts and one that all RPG fans should play. It's worth mentioning that the story picks up right after the first game, so it helps to have played the original.

29. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim is an exceptional game and perhaps Bethesda's best yet. In spite of its console interface and the fact that PC users get more or less the same graphics as those playing it on their 5-year-old consoles, it is still up there among best PC games ever made, not just counting RPGs. In other words, this game is an absolute must-have--not only for the RPG enthusiast but for everyone and his uncle. On my wishlist for next year is an illegitimate love child between Skyrim and The Witcher 2.

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        Vlad the Impaler 2 months ago

        "Wtf The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on the 5th place?!

        You can't find better Rpg's than a TES game!!!"

        That's where I stopped reading. I played Skyrim and I liked it but it's not even close to the best RPG ever. You need to grab some cash and hit the GOG. Get cultured, son. This list a great starting place, the creator knows his stuff... you casual.

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        Nethlog 6 months ago

        "And you want to say that Bard's Tale is better than Oblivion or Skyrim?!!!"

        Oh my god. I very much hope that this is a troll because if not, we sure have stooped quite low. Even if it was it just reminds me of the gruesome reality that there actually are people with that kinda attitude, who have never ever put their filthy casual hands on a real RPG, ignorantly crowning games like Skyrim as the king of RPG games. "Oh this an AW PEE GEE cuz u can liek emagen ur own backstory n stuff."

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        Someone (whooooo) 6 months ago

        Thanks for the list.

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        killermichi 7 months ago

        Wtf The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on the 5th place?!

        You can't find better Rpg's than a TES game!!! Skyrim has a Instant Combat + Superskilling system and it's has the best stories+side storys.

        The only company that has just as good games as the The Elder Scrolls series are Valve's games and Valve is the giant who is about games!

        And you want to say that Bard's Tale is better than Oblivion or Skyrim? Your ranking is your opinion but your opinion is crappy!

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        RetroGame 13 months ago

        Du suchst ein aktives Habbo Retro RPG, in dem du Vampire oder andere Wesen spielen kannst?

        Besuche das Darkville Roleplay im Live Hotel, du findest uns überall unter diesem Namen.

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        Skow 16 months ago

        "On my wishlist for next year is an illegitimate love child between Skyrim and The Witcher 2."

        And he got it. A bit later, but i guess it was worth waiting.

        I am talking 'bout Witcher 3 of course ;)

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        selusia 18 months ago

        No, Kings quest mask of eternity was epic i think its an honorable mention , yet its a hybrid , action rpg.

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        Eoin 22 months ago

        Try Pillars of Eternity for modern BG style gaming

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        Manuel Demis 3 years ago

        Guys just sharing, I've found this interesting! Check it out!

        You can check out a review here :

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        Royce 3 years ago

        Great list! Definitely have to study the classics on here I haven't heard about. Mass Effect For The Win!

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        Game Gamut 3 years ago

        Elder Scrolls Morrowind beat Oblivion and FF VII made the list. Really good list here sir. I think Diablo 2 deserved to be in the top 10, but when you consider all RPGs on the PC, it's all arbitrary within the top 15

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        Seymour Clearlly 3 years ago from Las Vegas

        Great list, I especially liked that you included Baldurs Gate, those games were amazing and often overlooked.

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        reginatotheb 3 years ago

        I have a ton of these games listed - like new in the box with instructions booklets and codes. A gaming place for people to play these went out of business and gave me most of their inventory (quite a lot) - I also have tons of other PC games new in box like half-life series and others I have forgotten the names of - but, a lot of the older ones that first came out. If anyone is interested in buying them (for cheap) - post me your email and I will get back with you.

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        Sam 3 years ago from Australia

        Love the list you've put together here, so many fond memories on many of these games.

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        Sean H 3 years ago from USA

        darnn! These are all awesome games. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself for thousands of hours on these gems. For people who loved playing games similar to Diablo II, Titan Quest is certainly a very strong recommendation. Anyways, thanks for such an awesome article Gazook!

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        Ron Wilkins 3 years ago

        List is nice but I was under the impression FF was first released on NES. I remember playing it on NES

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        JOC 4 years ago from Syracuse, NY


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        Alex 4 years ago

        I disagree on The Witcher 1. It's gameplay was clunky and horrible. The Witcher 2 and 3 may be great, but #1 definitely doesn't belong in a top #25 ever list.

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        Juan Palomo 4 years ago

        Great list, but I would included Divine Divinity instead of Diablo II and Fallout New Vegas instead of Fallout 3.

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        David Hamilton 4 years ago from Lexington, KY

        A Bards Tale (the new one) was a entertaining game. Not a shadow compared to the original, tho!

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        Evgueni Goloubev 4 years ago from Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan

        Very nice list. I just reviewed Betrayal at Krondor actually..

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        Rpg lover 4 years ago

        I like rpgs and have huge collection in many different platform like snes, gba, sega, playstation, ps2, wii, and most of all PC (i cant justify myself to invest in new consoles such as ps3 or ps4 or xbox 360 or one, i would rather upgrade my pc ^__^) anyway, as much as i like to love the elder scroll oblivion, i found the game very boring. I tried very hard to like it, i installed and reinstalled it so many times, but i always stop playing it after 3-5 hours. If you have any tips on how to enjoy this game, please let me know. Otherwise, you have a very nice list of games here. Please keep on updating it with recent games that you have played. Really enjoy reading this page and everyones comments :)

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        Zidane78 4 years ago

        What a great list of games. I have only played few of the games you listed as i dont have as much time as i used to. I have finished fallout 3 few weeks ago and now playing deus ex human revolution. I reckoned deus ex hr should be on the list as well. It is an action rpg like skyrim but with gun in a futuristic setting. I am planning to play fallout 1 and 2 after this :)

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        Croc 4 years ago

        Great list (but what do I know, I've even enjoyed Faery Tale 2 :)

        My personal favorite is Might and magic 6, glad it made it into your list. But can't help to notice in every review or mention I've read, there are modified screenshots. At gamespot (they have the same as yours) not a single screenshot is from the original game. Why's that?

        to Jeff's 2 year old comment (I can't help it :) You remember wrongly. You can always rank up in skill (even if you're already master), therefore spells can get more powerful at any level.

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        Kako 4 years ago

        Having played most of these games i agree to the list! :D ...

        Missing only, but as its been mentioned ; Shining Force, Geneforge and Exile ... while not mentioning Jagged Alliance as i think doesnt fit into this category.

        Also, try outMount & Blade and Eschalon series.

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        Faerus 4 years ago

        Wow, i thought i was the only one who knew about arcanum, glad to see it get recognition, it was the first game of its kind i ever played & enjoyed, i found its story, and unique quirky world more appealing then diablo 1 & 2, and the skills etc had a great setup.

        hopefully at some point in the future someone tries to make a sequel, and makes it well, hint hint bethesda!

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        Sarah Forester 4 years ago from Australia

        Huge list of games! thanks for listing all these RPGs. Some of them are fairly new to me so I'll have to dig through them carefully to find my next game.

        I'm glad to see Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura got an inclusion though since it's definitely one of my favourites!

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        Jay 4 years ago from Europe

        I was hoping you had included Lands of Lore: Throne of Chaos. I searched the document for it, hoping to find a reference... only to find out that you think it's a miserable series. :P

        Well, as a series... Lands of Lore is indeed miserable. But Throne of Chaos, the first one, just totally rocked in my opinion.

        I have a special place in my heart for that game. It was one of the first games I played on a PC ever. The graphics, the music, the atmosphere... they all got me hooked in no time.

        Now I understand that LoL had a very simplistic statistics mechanism. Some people don't even count it as an RPG. But at the time I was playing it, it was the first 'RPG' I had ever played. I never noticed that the stat system was too simple. I only learned that later, when playing Diablo, Fallout and others.

        LoL's pixelated cutscene graphics are of outstanding quality for its time. The graphics designer behind it, Rick Parks, was famous for his pixel magic. Rick Parks has been dead for a long time already. This is a small tragedy to me, because I really enjoyed his work.

        LoL1 was great!

        LoL2 was playable, but couldn't hold a candle to Lol1 because of its outdated 3D engine and its crummy real actor cutscenes.

        Lol3... never mind.

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        Jessica Marello 4 years ago from United States

        I love the original Fallout! I just got my hands on Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics for free and I am so excited to play again.

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        hughesy 4 years ago

        Brilliant list, but bg1 was nails after the first hub area. My team of 4 got destroyed by a single wolf. Retried it a few years back and it happened again! Ff7 was awesome. All the mass effects great. In fact this list is the best! But those first enemies in bg1 took hard by far.

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        Abraham 4 years ago

        Well..I'm not too fond of where the RPG games are going these days..I've never been fond of action me its not RPG, just a FPS game, or action game, or worse, fighting game..well, I guess if we go strictly by meaning, ANY game is an RPG..but for me, turn based is RPG..then again, I'm always fond of strategizing behind the scene, where it's pure tactics unmarred with adrenaline...I think in real life its important to be able to think calmly because you are more able to see different perspective when you do, and subsequently make better decisions..and these action games are not teaching children that way of thinking anymore..I see my 14 year old cousin playing mostly action games, and he would switch game every 15 minutes because hes bored, and im thinking..what will he be in the future with that kinda attitude..?

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        Lex Neal 4 years ago

        Great hub! really loved the Mass Effect Trilogy and the Final Fantasy series.

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        Hugo Furst 4 years ago from Australia

        Awesome, awesome list, pal! Will make sure to check out some, if not all, of those RPGs. Thanks for sharing :) Voted up!

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        Shadeus 4 years ago

        I agree with Estevacio. Albion was an awesome game. I didn't care for the combat so much, but it had a decent storyline.

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        Estevacio 4 years ago

        What about Albion the 1995 DOS game???

        i loved that game , if you guys are fans of dungeon crawler,this is a must try

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        Jimbojones 4 years ago

        About time that Pool of Radiance and Eye of the Beholder got a little respect on a "top" list.

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        Jason Benedict 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

        Mass Effect FTW! :D Would like to see Final Fantasy 7 on the list. I believe they released that for PC :D

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        ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

        I used to be an avid gamer and have played all on your list accept for gothic and vampires masquerade , i surely do miss my gaming days. great list, brings back memories of the good ole gaming days :)

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        ud1093 4 years ago from ?

        witcher 2 is still one of the best but skyrim just bets it in some aspects looking forward to witcher 3

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        love fallout 2 (and one i guess) been playing the mods as of late owned both the originals before i even owned a pc some might dissagree but i'm surprised jagged aliance 1&2 wasnt on here, glad you clarified baldurs gate is different then the consoles i haven't played it yet cause thats what i thought it was

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        Amber Myers 5 years ago

        What!! Although i agree with your list, Dark Messiah was not TRASH. In fact, it was very satisfying and i enjoyed playing every minute of it. It could have been a bit more polished though and the ending was not good at all. At least the ending where you leave Leanna alive wasn't. It was too short and boring.

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        Gavin 5 years ago

        Hi again, Gazook.

        Since you've asked for input regarding incoming update, I would recommend you:

        - Fallout: New Vegas (Obsidian made a good work of it and IMO it's a great game, with tons of fleshed-out, living and breathing characters and mature humour - something Bethesda obviously cannot do well. And, as always, mods make an already great game Epic.)

        - possibly Star Wolves series (it's not in the league of BG/Torment, etc..., but it still did captivate me for some reason - perhaps it would do the same to you. And yes, it is in my personal top 30 cRPGs)

        - possibly Mount and Blade: Warband (it's a rare bird at the genre's crossroad. But still, it has most of cRPG attibutes, except there is no main plot. I've played the Prophesy of Pendor mod and had greatly enjoyed it.)

        - definitely Albion and Ultima Underworld II (yes, I haven't given up hope yet! :-) )

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        Sup bra 5 years ago

        Why y no put warcraft 1,2 and 3?:(

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        John 5 years ago

        Great list. I'm a huge fan of BGs but also like the Icewind dales. I liked the FF7 and FF8 but the way the (random) fights were taking place was not my cup of tea. What I don't see from comments is one of the best RPG I've ever played in SNES and is the secret of mana.

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        nick 5 years ago

        nice list :)

        " On my wishlist for next year is an illegitimate love child between Skyrim and The Witcher 2." Witcher 3 coming ;)

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        skrat 5 years ago

        Shining Force is now availiable on Steam for 3 bucks !!

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        Gastao 5 years ago

        No Crono Trigger in the list? But have FFVII there instead of VI?

        This list is worthless.

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        Ciobi 5 years ago

        Where is Gothic 2???

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        Aaron 5 years ago

        Great list! Every one that I've played I agree with. I have to admit I haven't played most of these as I didn't really start PC gaming until about 10 years ago.

        You mentioned Deus Ex HR. It was the last game I played. I was and am happy to see that type of game produced. Some of my all time favorite games (the KOTOR's and Mass Effect 1) are sci-fi RPG's and the genre is severely underserved. I enjoyed it, but sadly don't think it deserves to be here. Great story. Great acting. Pretty cool mechanics. You just don't feel as capable by endgame as I like to feel. The levels were a bit repetitive too and got boring by endgame.

        For me Amalur deserves a spot. I know some people hated it. I just can't understand why. It was beautiful, free roaming, had a great story, superb leveling choices. I easily spent more time on that game than any other EVER. I can't remember better combat and it is absolutely a hardcore RPG. It was outstanding. Easily in my top 10 (or higher) and I've been gaming for 2.5 decades. The only down side is that the difficulty is too low by endgame, especially on the pure classes. But if you didn't have a problem force storming twice to kill everything in the room in KOTOR you won't have a problem here.

        Also check out the Geneforge series, especially 3 or 4. Sucky graphics. Fantastic and original story and gameplay. Definitely deserves to be here if you can get past the look.

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        Baisho 5 years ago

        Diablo 3 ... no,no,no. In fact, I recommend Diablo 2 over it´s younger brother. Diablo 3 relies too much on equipment to make DPS... It´s not really bad, but it´s not comparable. The skill tree on D2 was excelent, as you could focus on habilities and sets, with a little calculation and planning of the leveling process. Really, a vicious game. D3, can be fun for hours, but it´s more washed.

        Also. PC cRPGs. I must say I grew with the Baldur Saga, playing in multiplayer with friends of yester years. A real nice experience.

        M&M VI. Darn good game. Great mix of party management, mastering progression, dungeon exploration, and also fantastic music to boot. The world of the game is HUGE, be aware of it.

        I introduced Kotor 1 & 2 to a younger friend, who never touched RPGs. He´s hooked like hell to the story. So yah, kudos for mentioning these games. Very good, and accesible.

        By the way, recently my brother has lend me Fallout 3 for PS3. I´m going to give it a try.

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        Lynn 5 years ago

        I would say that I'd put diablo 3 on there waaaay up top of the list, but then i came across places like this mannn...i just wish I didn't have to play with players who use that stuff.

        Oh well, hopefully Blizzard will get it together. Awesome list anyhow and a BIG kudos to you for mentioning V:TM, that's one of my favorite games of all times!

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        gazook 5 years ago

        Thanks for the tips and comments! @Lolz: It does say PC in the title ;)

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        Pitrs 5 years ago

        Nice list, thanks for it. If it was top 25+, other great games could be added. e.g. Dungeon Master, Lands of Lore I(!!!), Gothic series, Ravenloft(!!!) ... and dont forget the most popular MMO-RPG games (Ultima Online, WoW, Lineage..)

        add Wizardry, I think that WVII is much better then 8 ... addiction guaranteed, but no offense

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        LoLz 5 years ago

        This is the cRPG list. Not a RPG list. What a load of bollux.

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        zd84 5 years ago

        I have come by dozens of these lists, just like many others. By fact this is the best list out there (most likely as it includes all my favourites). I read your lis a year ago, but didn't bookmark and have been looking for it ever since. Now it get into the bookmarks for sure.

        Great job, thanks

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        dimsam 5 years ago

        absolutely the best critic of game ever read,well done

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        Duechtin 5 years ago

        so i noticed daggerfall wasn't on here...loved it...actually still playing it endless fun.....@all the graphic sluts out there to be honest i would sacrifice graphics any day for quality game play now adays games focus entirely too much on graphics and miss what games are all about.....story and gameplay. Perfect example compare FFVII to any of its sequals still untouched in my opinion 8 9 & 10 were all right but i noticed the better the graphics got the narrower the games got i love endless worlds of constant adventure and blah blah Gazook well played sir there is a few on here i haven't got around to and it seems i have some gaming to do

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        gazook 5 years ago

        Thanks a lot for all the great comments! Yes, @uri, @jb and others, it's definitely time for an update. Deus Ex HR and Diablo 3 seem fairly obvious, but I'm open to suggestions. Just remember that it's PC only (so no Phantasy Star etc.) ;)

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        Justin 5 years ago

        This was exactly what i was looking for. I set out on a nostalgic trip to uncover the best of the best from the yester years to torrent and download to add a nice collection and this definitely pointed some out for me and gave me other ideas. Wonderful page except for Skyrim, Skyrim was a disappointment at best saying that was the best of bethesda is like saying fat trailer park women coated in ketchup . sweat and cheap wine are the picture of perfection. ( my opinion)

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        Chad 5 years ago

        I can't believe the NES Dragon Warrior series or the Sega Master System and Genesis Phantasy Star series is not on this list

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        Skoobaba 5 years ago

        Babuya....if you read the list. Really closely. Check the top of the list. Really closely. Read slowly. You will notice that the list is sorted by YEAR, not by score.....Thats why BG2 is at 15th place.

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        jb 5 years ago

        Agree with the list (have the same probs many others do with picking Gothic 3 but not 1 or 2 - as I recall when Gothic came out, it had to compete with the much more visible Morrowind - comparisons were pretty harsh, but what the series invented was a new way of looking at RPGing, particularly with the emphasis on relationship-building and territory.)

        Anyway, I don't personally see Diablo/Torchlight/Borderlands as classic RPGs, they are action-RPGs, which is a great genre, just not really the one this list really accentuates. You also don't find MMORPGs on here, that's another category of game and has it's own very distinct flavor. For classic RPGs, I am delighted to see the old Advanced Dungeons & Dragons games on here, Bard's Tale (of course), the Bioware chest, etc.

        A few sleepers I'd like to mention (a few others may have mentioned as well, I couldn't possibly read all the comments) - the Drakensang series is good and flew way under the radar. Also, the Divine Divinity series is good, and I think will make a big resurgence (or maybe just be noticed for the first time ever) since Steam is featuring Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga at a really low price. This latter series was an exceptional experience, and still holds up mighty well even against the powerhouse releases (Skyrim, Witcher 2) of the day. There was a lot going on, particularly in Divinity II - the ability to build up a small army of followers who collected resources for you, the ability to mindread almost any NPC in the game and gain valuable information or even skills, the ability to transform into a dragon for a unique experience - all this plus great looking visuals, a hilarious sense of humor, some pretty decent puzzling - this is a game that will one day be respected for what it did, without anyone noticing. Great game.

        Great list. I hope you keep updating it.

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        Renzore101 5 years ago

        Also, I would like to address some peoples claim that diablo isn't an rpg but merely a hack-and-slash game. What is an rpg to you? In my mind any game that has some sort of level progression and skill tree/character building/inventory management is an rpg.

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        Renzore101 5 years ago

        diablo 3?

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        Skratt 5 years ago

        Awesome List !!

        as others have said the fact that it is still up and running/getting veiwed after so long is crazy cool.

        one game i think you should add is Divine Divinity... it was released in 2002 and is similar to the BG and NWN in that it is turn based and can be paused. it is FAR more expansive in plot and overall size of world than the BG and NVN games though. with truly impressive depth to the story as well as genuinly hilarious and well done voice acting

        it was originally released only in europe so it took a while for people in the US to catch on to it.

        thankfully it recently became availiable for purchase and download on steam for only 6 bucks! WIN

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        diverko 5 years ago

        I think it's time to add Deus Ex: HR :)

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        AC 5 years ago

        @Teppik Diablo is a RPG, plain and simple. If it was a hack and slash, it would have been made like Devil May Cry or Ninja Gaiden.

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        Babuya 5 years ago

        BG2 is No.15 ????

        You got be kidding me !

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        boyet 5 years ago

        diablo 3 must be included, although it's on process of fixing bugs. :-)

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        Locust 5 years ago

        I would have to say this is a decent list. I still play all these games to this day. Also, I like to add that if you can get a PS emulator to work, like I did, FF8 graphics looks superb. Alot better than PS1. Icewind dale, heart of winter, and Icewind dale 2 I'm playing now, still. Reading all of R.A. Salvatores books helps with that. Baldurs gate is still fun to play, but it makes you made that you can talk to Drzzt only... damnit. They have Magic:The Gathering also on PC. I still got my cards... all 10000 of them... haha yeah I know. Honestly in my opinion, these 3d games now-a-days can't hold out to the stories of the classics or gameplay. Yeah ooooo 3d cool... um who remembers playing zelda link to the past? hmmm? Non 3d. Addictive. Awesome story. Didn't even need 3d. If it had 3d it would've taken away room for gameplay just for looks?? booo. I do like the 3d however on some games, but not all. It takes up too much memory. World of Warcraft wasn't mentioned I see. that's a prime example. 3d... neverends basically, always something new, play with friends world-wide, similar to Diablo2 and Icewind dale or a cross of both. Good story. Quests. Seasonal. Real time. Holidays I mean come on the list goes on...

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        Skoobaba 5 years ago

        Oblivion IS in it...maybe you should read more closely...

        Both Drakensang games should be on the list, though. Classic rpgs both of them. They look alot like Neverwinter 2, i guess. Damn good games.

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        wytse 5 years ago

        Skyrim is in it but oblivion isn't..

        Is a bit off by my opinion

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        brianjensen666 5 years ago

        A lot of those games are good, but BG1+2 and planescape:torment are classiscs.. The Dragon Age Origins was made, the only good game since those imo... modern 3d gfx with wonderful combat mechanics (pressing space planning the combat like BG series and MM6).. They've tried to make RPG games into arcade games like DA2 with machine gun hitting mages and teleporting scouts to backstab.. RPGs is about depth, not hack and slash arcade action.

        Stop making shallow, 3D games that bore you after 100-200 hours of gameplay.. Having played all through BG2 with all character classes and and various grp setups, DAO + awakenings 15-20 times and never being bored shows what games should be about.

        1: Gameplay and in-depth story and well-mde characters works

        2: Neglecting everything apart from gfx makes for a game without longevity.. If you're bored with a game after 50-100 hours, the game sucks

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        Bap 5 years ago

        I'm 30 years old and I'm still having dreams about "Maniac Mansion". Indiana jones and monkey island also are captivating. If you died in these, you had to go all the way to the beginning

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        HAHAHA 5 years ago

        First of all, no Arcanum. For a PC snob that you are that should be a priority game. Than, after all, you've ONLY played on PC a.k.a you've missed around 5000 Japanese RPG's including Tactical and Action ones. At least you should place Dark Souls.

        But I don't blame you, it's not like you grew with both PC and console systems.

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        Clickypen 6 years ago

        Huge FF fanboy here. FF6 and 7 were the pinnacle of the franchise and it's gotten progressively worse in quality since then.

        With that confession out of the way, I'm not sure it belongs on the list as a 'best pc rpg'. It seemed like a quick-port afterthought to make more money for those who didn't like consoles.

        It's akin to adding Halo in a list of the best PC shooters.

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        boodoo 6 years ago

        Thanks for the info dude. Loved diablo 2, played baldur's gate 2 but got a bit tired of it after a while. keen to try witcher bro, looks awesome. the only fable i liked and clocked over and over was the original. that game was doooope!! the others (including lost chapters) seemed to be a dulled down, not as raw version that i enjoyed alot less.. :)

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        776568 6 years ago

        how about dragonfable

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        uri 6 years ago

        [quote]"Long overdue update: People are still reading and commenting on this page, which is awesome, it's just that it was published more than a year ago, and these things get dated fast. At the very least, a couple more game should be added to the "Best Ever" list"[/quote]

        Then Update your danged web page seriously.... I'm not saying "do it every day." But honestly once a month at least... People read these top of lists to get an idea of what games they may have missed or recommendations in genre's that appeal to them more.

        If you cant keep it updated then remove the page altogether. There's no purpose in it, If its just old and worthless...

        I believe I can honestly say, That newer games vastly improve on the older games. No, not just with graphics also with game-play and interactivity. A great Story is a great story and i value that.

        I also highly value being able to control a character well and being able to tell the difference in a characters gender and the clothes/weapons a character can change, the amount one can wear and or use.

        The fallout Series, The mass effect series, The baldurs gate series. Vampire the masquerade is a great game but its not a great game on its own the only reason its even a great game now a days and so widely known now is that Fans patched the hell out of it and fixed what the developers could not or would not do.

        Considering Also, That you have Action Rpg's on here why not put Kotor 1 ,2 ?? there others even that are just plain not listed that should be or possibly removed i guess if it was not your intention to add action rpg's like V.T.M.

        Something to think about when making a list like this.. (is it a Solid RPG or is it more? if so should i make it a broader list?) Just saying.. i see to many of these Hodge podged lists. It gets annoying when your just trying to look for game suggestions.

        These are things to take into account when making a top of list however... not just remember games fondly from your youth back when you were wearing those rose colored glass's and had an extremely jaded view of the world.

        I fail to see how Bards tale or D&D held up to the test of time they may have been great games back in the late 70's - mid 80's but were in 2012 now...

        You could do a top list of the 1980's to put them in but theres lots to take into account when doing a top list of anything and while i agree with some of what's on here I believe that if your going to do something do it right or plain and simple don't do it.

        I'm sorry if you fill my post is offensive. I believe I am right and possibly ranting a bit... You can put The Fallout series for example instead of just Fallout. Considering that theres 1, 2, 3, Fallout tactics.. and most recently new Vegas.

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        Boronguy 6 years ago

        the fact that gothic and NN was in there just made me cry out of happiness (best games evah)

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        John 6 years ago

        How did you not see morrowind?

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        Tim 6 years ago

        oblivion and no morrowind? what a crappy list.

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        Dudicle 6 years ago

        Yeah, Arcanum FTW! I'd love to see another game set in that world, but with less bugs and balance issues.

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        Adam M. Hanson 6 years ago from Mankato, MN

        I can't believe you have Arcanum on one I talk to has ever heard of it, but it is one of my all time favorites growing up! Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale too?? Definitely a great list of games and I agree fully!

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        Nightstyle 6 years ago

        Gothic 3 doesn't belong. It was a failure in so many ways, and Gothic 1 & 2 were superior in anything but graphics. Seeing how many older games make the top of this list, it's pretty much a crime to list Gothic 3 here.

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        Khal Blogo 6 years ago from A gas station on the yellow brick road

        Missed the "sorted by year" part... My bad.

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        Rawgrim 6 years ago

        Seriously, says clearly that the titles are sorted by year. Also, Diablo 2 is arguably NOT an rpg. The only thing rp about it is that you level up. You have zero conversation choices, or choices on how to finish missions. The only thing you get to chose is how to deal damage to respawning enemies.

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        Khal Blogo 6 years ago from A gas station on the yellow brick road

        Diablo 2 is on the 14th spot... Dude, seriously... Diablo 2 is the best RPG ever made, there is no competition...

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        gazook 6 years ago

        @quiett42: Very cool! Looks like it's doing pretty well.

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        XHunter 6 years ago

        Best "PC" RPGs... i feel dumb :P

        Anyway, Dark Souls will have a PC port with new bosses (confirmed), so get ready to add it ;)

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        XHunter 6 years ago

        Where is Demons and Dark Souls? O_o

        They are just my favorite RPGs (and i played lots of them)

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        j-m-g 6 years ago

        Witcher 2 and Skyrim are the 2 best games ever :D

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        Sherlock 6 years ago

        Totally missing the Drakensang series in this list. Both Drakensang games (Drakensang: The black Eye and Drakensang: river of time) are top RPG games and are in my opinion far better than the Dragon Age series.

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        Quiett42 6 years ago

        Just trying to spread the word on this. Hope I don't offend anyone.

        It's worth checking out if you enjoyed the original wasteland.

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        DeGorro 6 years ago

        None believe me, but I finished ultima 8 in my 14 years old, and I'm not even UK or american, which mean I'd to play the game half blinded because my english vocab were just basic. The game was hard for me but challenging, especially when the hero has to jump from a platform to another when the avatar need to meet the wind guardian. ;)

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        Eric A. Smith 6 years ago

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        Jm 6 years ago

        shit yeah i played 90% of these games. another good one was lionheart

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        Giannis 6 years ago

        Bioware didn't want to pay any more to Wizards of the Coast and thats why stop to create D&D games.Also Obsidian is a company created by some members of Black Isle after the disband of the company.But as always Obsidian didn't deliver any serious game.NWN 2 was not so good as NWN 1 by far.Also Bioware after she got bought by EA is not the same company of the past.Many games created by Bioware lately are just Dragon Age 2,Star Wars The Old Republic,Mass Effect 2.Bethesta also did good job only in Fallout 3:Las Vegas and Skyrim is not the game that all expected.To be honest,its a good RPG,but not far at all to be named as legendary.Same goes to The Witcher 2,exept the amazing graphics,the game is short,has bad story and silly combat system

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        anas 6 years ago

        annoying list !!!

        where is morrowind?

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        jamesmuia 6 years ago from Broadway, Virginia

        Great list! I like all of the games on here! Betrayal at Krondor is probably my all time favorite!


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