Michael Kismet is a freelance writer and a committed gamer. Odds are he'll keel over one day with a video game controller in his hands.
History of Role-Playing Video Games
A role-playing game or RPG is a class of video game where the player controls the actions of a protagonist or several protagonists who are immersed in a fictional world. There are numerous role-playing video games that have origins from pen-and-paper role-playing games and use much of the same story settings, mechanics, and specific terminology.
There is a wealth of re-playability options with role-playing games that you'd be hard-pressed to find in other genres of video games. My siblings, cousins, friends, enemies, and I all grew up playing video games. Much of the moral guidance, logical thought, emotional awareness, and the general way I live my life is due to what I gleaned from engaging in video gameplay.
As sad as that might sound to some, it's the truth. The first time I picked up the 8-bit Nintendo controller, I was hooked. As I grew, matured, and evolved, so did my taste in video games. Role-playing games have always been a favorite for me, and my RPG collection continues to grow to this day. Here are some of the best PS3 role-playing games.
The 10 Best PS3 RPGs
- The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
- Mass Effect 2
- Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
- Demon's Souls
- Fallout: New Vegas
- The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
- Fallout 3
- Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
- Star Ocean: The Last Hope: International
1. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
This is arguably the best role-playing game among the best titles. It is a distinguished winner of over two hundred "Game Of The Year" awards, that's right, over 200! Skyrim is a vast and epic action role-playing game with one of the most richly detailed worlds in PlayStation gaming history.
An amazing job done by Bethesda, the software company that developed it, Skyrim is an open world, free-roaming game where you can choose the way you want to play. Within the game's amazing story are main quest lines that aid in game progression, but you can simply choose to spend hours doing side quests, mining, gathering, hunting, and immersing yourself in its expansive world.
When I first started playing Skyrim, I was so distracted by how real the visuals were that I continually missed important dialogue. Everything from the characters to the castles and even the dragons were graphically breathtaking. I feel I must warn you that there is a massive storyline in Skyrim that will keep you distracted from the outside world for possibly weeks and months—it's that addictive.
Aside from minor bugs and game freezes, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim will remain at the top of my list for the foreseeable future. If you were only able to pick one RPG title this year, make it Skyrim.
2. Mass Effect 2
The sequel to Mass Effect, once again, you are thrust into the role of the protagonist, Commander Shepard. Released by Electronic Arts and produced by Bioware, the second addition to the Mass Effect trilogy is, in my humble opinion, the best of all three. Being a huge sci-fiction fan, I feel like there have not been as many good or great video games in the genre until the Mass Effect franchise.
The character designs are excellent. I love the characters and their individual personal history and backstories. Another great aspect of this game is that you could either be a Paragon or Renegade; this involves the player making choices that raise their status as either one, which affects the storyline. I enjoy the fact that you get to choose your own path.
Mass Effect 2 blends the best of two worlds. It is an exciting shooter and epic science-fiction RPG in one. The game also allows you to explore many different solar systems, not only to discover special items but to scavenge and excavate planets for materials. It is a great story with endless re-playability, and it's definitely worth picking up this title.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
3. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, developed by LEVEL-5, is an uplifting, charming tale of a young boy named Oliver who embarks on a quest into a parallel universe in an attempt to bring his deceased mother back from the dead. The vivid animation was done by world-renowned Studio Ghibli.
Ni No Kuni is among one of the best Japanese role-playing games I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. The opening of the game is quite emotional, and it is successful in creating a sense of sympathy for the protagonist, which makes the character and his journey so much more personal for us, the players.
If you're not familiar with the JRPG genre, there's no better time to start and no better title to start with than Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. It's a true masterpiece of compelling storytelling, and it is a gem of wholesome entertainment.
4. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a single-player action role-playing game set in a fantasy universe called Amalur. Many gamers believe this game is far too similar to Fable or some other MMO out there. Although I agree that there are some similarities, I also recognize that 38 Studios has created an entirely different RPG in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
Definitely check out this game if you are looking for some amazing value for your money. Get it if you want an awesome story, easy and fluid playability, and some fantastic art. Buy it if you are looking to get into a game and not be done with it in a single week. This is hands down one of the best games I have ever experienced—worth every penny spent on it and then some!
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5. Demon's Souls
Voted game of the year during 2009, Atlas's Demon's Souls is an action RPG game with some unique online features. I personally love the game, but I can also see how some people might not be into it. I really can't say the game is for every gamer. I believe Demon's Souls was created for and caters to the most hardcore of RPG fanatics.
It is an unforgiving, yet beautiful role-playing game of subtlety and depth. The first few hours playing through this game, I was so frustrated with how incredibly difficult it was, I can still remember it like it was yesterday. It helps to go into this game expecting to perish continually and be in ghost form more often than not.
In this sense, you should avoid frustration over dying; it's a natural part of Demon's Souls' appeal. But this is the beauty of the game. It forces you to play slow and cautiously. If you're a gamer that appreciates a heavy dose of challenge, then Demon's Souls is right up your alley.
6. Fallout: New Vegas
In Fallout: New Vegas, you'll be fighting your way across the heat-blasted Mojave Desert, the Hoover Dam, and finally, the infamous Vegas Strip. This post-apocalyptic RPG, like its predecessor, will not leave you disappointed. In Fallout: New Vegas, you'll find an expansive open space; however, the areas are more vivid and interesting than the ones you'll find in Fallout 3.
The inhabitants you encounter seem to have more realism and depth than those of Fallout 3. I also enjoy the non-linear story-telling involved in this RPG game. The choices available lead the course of your game. Every choice will either end in rewards or minor to serious consequences.
The weapon modification system is awesome and really lets you tailor a weapon that is perfect for your character. Unfortunately, the game can be quite frustrating because of a few bugs and the occasional crash. But please don't let small hiccups tarnish a great game. If you enjoyed Fallout 3, you will absolutely love this title.
7. The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
Strangely enough, I have both the Xbox 360 copy and the PS3 copy. Graphically, Oblivion on the PS3, I must say it looks more crisp, clear, and clean. I am still using the same TV and using component cables for both systems. On the 360, I found myself needing to increase the brightness just to see certain areas well enough.
It is always perfect on the PS3 without the need for any video adjustments. Oblivion has entertained me for hundreds of hours; I find myself playing it a lot. If you have not tried it, there are many different characters to choose from; you can, as always, choose a standard heroic existence or a truly evil path, and everything in between.
It's a fantastic game from top to bottom, one of the best I've ever played. If you've never played this game or any from the Elder Scrolls series, this is a great introduction to the series.
8. Fallout 3
In Fallout 3, you create a character of your own preference and delve into an awe-inspiring, post-apocalyptic wasteland where every day is a fight for survival. This RPG is truly a massive game. If you are a PS3 owner and Fallout 3 fan, this is the combination that you've been endlessly waiting for.
There are bugs and glitches, but it is more or less expected with the PS3. When they really want to push a game out, they don't test thoroughly before they do so. Also, keep in mind that the technical issues people are having are only a patch update away from being improved. It didn't win game of the year in 2008 for nothing. Once again, it is a great game and a nice modernization of the classics.
9. Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
Your goal is to save the kingdom by working with the most unlikely partner. Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is a modern adaptation of partnership gaming, integrated seamlessly when it comes to combat and solving various problems. I believe this is a superb game for any action-adventure enthusiast.
The story is sweet and simple, and that's how it probably should be for a game of this type. Many players have complained about the voice of Majin, but I actually like it. When you start to delve into his past, I'm certain you'll begin liking him too. The interaction between Majin and the main character is very well-done, as well.
One of the things I adore about this game is that it is quite challenging. This game requires abstract thought and persistence. If you're a fan of puzzles and investing the time necessary to figure things out, I highly recommend Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom.
10. Star Ocean: The Last Hope: International
In the year 2087 A.D., during the aftermath of a third world war, Earth has been devastated, and the population has nearly been destroyed by a continually deteriorating environment. The countries that survived have banded together to become the "Greater Unified Nations," and they look to the stars for new hope.
This game is wonderful and a positive experience for any true RPG gamer. The storyline, the fluid gameplay, and mechanics are nothing short of exceptional. However, the voice-over leaves something to be desired. The main character's voice actor is kind of a drag, maybe a little too overly dramatic. The female protagonist is great and optimistic without being too obnoxious.
The rest of the cast varies from cool to just simply annoying. Unlike many other RPG titles, Star Ocean: The Last Hope: International one is suitable for all ages.
© 2014 Michael Kismet
Johnny on December 06, 2016:
I totally agree with Skyrim, not so much with Mass Effect 2. I only enjoy the first one in the series. Ni No Kuni was a very original and fun role playing game, but it was way too easy for veteran players. Anyway, great collection of games!