These are exciting times for console gamers with an avid interest in role-playing games (RPGs). With almost three Christmas seasons gone, developers have started showing their mastery over the Xbox One hardware by developing games that are intriguing and richer and varied. Hence there is more visual effects and more advances in artificial intelligence. With time, developers of the Xbox One RPG games have got more ambitious by creating larger fantasy worlds, building complex battle techniques and making richer narratives in order to give the gamer a larger choice over the character and gameplay.
So what exactly is a RPG game? An RPG game allows players to choose characters and hold total control over their actions in a fictional world. There are a variety of role playing games available these days, which contain superb graphics and playing options. Growing tired of the usual, sports, shooter or arcade style games, players have gradually started shifting their focus towards RPGs.
There are different types of simulations available in these RPGs, which makes them more interesting. Online Role Playing Games are also gaining in popularity. Multiplayer RPG games are also available, which offer team control to handle quests and plan strategies to perform various tasks. You can find some amazing RPG games for the Xbox One, which have wonderful game control and video effects.
In recent times, such has been the demand of role playing games that the creators of Xbox One games are focusing a lot more on this genre. Infact, it would be impossible to put together a list of the top Xbox One games, without including RPGs.
If you own an Xbox One console and wondering which RPGs to buy, here is a list of 10 best RPGs for Xbox One.
#10 The Banner Saga
The banner saga is a single player Viking saga developed by Stoic. The game requires you to play in a combat way just as in the final fantasy tactics. It involves a lot of tactical game play and is not meant for those who are looking for an easy game. The game was previously released in multiple other platforms but was recently made available for Xbox One users.
According to Stoic, the city will evolve as the story unfolds and this will make the game even more exciting to play.
Audience response: Audiences have loved the game and it is one of the first games to have released in the year 2016. This role playing game has got a few fans already given the great graphics that support the game. According to gamers, its one of the most engrossing strategy games that has been released so far.
The story telling of the game is nice as well and it has fascinated gamers around the world, though some have criticized the game for the lack of character building throughout the story. The average rating for this game is 7.8 out of 10 which is amazing considering it’s such a new game.
- Developed by: Stoic
- Published by: Versus Evil
- Released date: January 12, 2016
- Rating: T
- Genres: Role playing, Tactical
- Price of the game: $19.99
#9 Hand of Fate
Hand of Fate is a card-based game which lets you collect equipment, items, artefacts and enemies as in-game collectible cards which makes it a role playing card game. The gamers have to make difficult decisions throughout the game to complete it. It is all about a card collecting game but in role playing format.
It seems exciting to many gamers that love these kinds of games. As there are a lot of choices to make, wrong choices can lead to unknown consequences. This leads the player to a different action adventure combat strategy game where he needs to defeat the enemies.
The catch of the game is that the more number of bosses that one player defeat, the more number of cards he collects which in turn helps the gamer move ahead in the game.
Audience response: The response from the audience has been mostly positive but a certain set of audiences have expressed their complaints regarding the game. The technical aspects of the game are not as advanced as the other games in the list. The audiences have given them a rating of 7.4 out of 10.
- Developed by: Defiant Development
- Published by: Defiant Development
- Released date: February 17, 2015
- Rating: T
- Genres: Role playing, Action
- Price of the game: $24.99
Child of light is developed and published by Ubisoft. It is another great role playing game offered by Ubisoft. This game is set in the 18th century and has an engaging plot. The game involves a lot of battles with the enemy along the way on the same lines of Final fantasy series and also Grandia. The rules of the game state that a maximum of 3 enemies can appear during a battle including the boss battles.
One of the most interesting facts about the game is that most of the dialogues form a rhyming pattern as they end with a rhyming word. This shows that how nicely the character dialogues and script is written. The perfection in story-telling equals the perfection of the technical elements of the game.
Audience response: The overall response of the audience has been good for the game but it has also received its fair amount of criticism too. Overall, it has managed to keep the gamers’ attention and interestingly hold them to the game. The average rating that audiences from around the world have given is around 7.7 out 10 which is a fairly good score.
- Developed by: Ubisoft Montreal
- Published by: Ubisoft
- Released date: April 30, 2014
- Rating: E10+
- Genres: Role playing, Plat forming
- Price of the game: $14.99
This game is developed by one of the best gaming houses in the world – and that is Electronic Arts (EA). EA have their specialization in sports games but this is a game by them which looks promising as a role playing game.
The game initially faced slight technical issues due to which the sales had dropped to a certain amount but the developers have managed to fix the problems. Until the year ended, it had received several awards to its name, which helped it regain the confidence of gamers in the Dragon Age: Inquisition.
This game also lets you choose the race in which you want to belong to. The options range from humans to dwarfs and elfs. The race you choose will define your path throughout the game and it is the exciting part about the game.
Audience response: This is the first part in the Dragon Age series and hopefully other parts of the game are lining up soon. The audiences seem to have loved the game play and the scenes in the game. This has mostly gained positive responses from audiences and critics alike, which means the game is successful. There are some who have criticized the game for a various things but mostly it has garnered praises. The audience has rated it 6.9 out of 10 which is a little above average and decent considering a role playing game.
- Developed by: Bioware
- Published by: Electronic Arts
- Released date: November 21, 2014.
- Rating: M
- Genres: Action, Role playing
- Price of the game: $46.66
Diablo is back with its third instalment and it has managed to excite gamers about this version. This game lets you choose from 6 available characters: Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, Wizard, or the all-new Crusader.
These are the options which you have when you start the game and this is what the excitement is in the role playing games that you don’t know what is going to happen when you choose a particular character. It is always exciting to face the surprises given by the game. The game has a challenging plot and will test a lot of gamers’ patience and intelligence.
Audience response: Audiences have been amazed by this part of Diablo. The franchise has been long running and has gathered a huge fan base which waits for the game for every new version that comes. The game lives up to the expectations of the long standing franchise. It makes sure that the fans don’t get disappointed. The game rocks cutting edge graphics with some great character roles and sums up the complete experience of a role playing game. This game has been rated 7.8 out of 10 by gamers of all cross sections.
- Developed by: Blizzard Entertainment
- Published by: Blizzard Entertainment, Square Enix
- Released date: August 19, 2014
- Rating: M
- Genres: Role playing, Action, Hack and slash
- Price of the game: $49.96
One of the things that all the gamers liked about this game is that it gives you a free choice of characters and lets you choose between the two characters it has. When a game gives you choice to choose characters, it raises the level of excitement as to what will happen ahead in the game.
One of the major purposes of the game is to hold the gamers’ attention and this game successfully does so. This game is a single player as well as a co-operative multi player role playing game. Users can choose the experience and the number of players to play the game. The game also won several awards which stated it as the best role playing game of the year, and to a certain degree it indeed is.
This game was started as a Kick starter project where they needed to crowd fund the game and it successfully happened. They raised around 1 million for the development of the game and soon started it. The game is highly appreciated for its attention to details and brilliant story-telling which keeps the user engaged inside the game.
Audience response: This game is termed by many as a unique overall experience and one of the best role playing games of the year. The outstanding response by the audience is also showed by the record number of sales that it has managed to garner. The game has sold more than 1 million copies just in the initial months and is looking forward for more. Divinity has an average user rating of around 7.6 out of 10.
- Developed by: Arian studios
- Published by: Larian studios, Focus home interactive
- Released date: October 29, 2015
- Rating: M
- Genres: Role playing
- Price of the game: $59.99
Dark Souls II was released in November of 2014 as the second instalment in the series. Soon after an update to the game was launched and it was known as Dark Souls II: Scholars of the First Sin. This was more of a technological update than a story one.
The enemy positions and the obstacles have been revised to make the game more challenging and engaging. It was ranked as one of the top 3 best games for Xbox one in 2015. The resolution and texture of the game is said to be a huge improvement from the previous versions. The audiences have loved the way this game has involved role playing with action.
The second version of the game also had major improvements in the online game play which was a boon for all the players who play the game online. This game also supports around 6 players in the multi-player which makes it more interesting. This is both, a player vs. environment and also a player vs. player game and it depends on the situation what the game turns out to be.
Audience response: Gamers around the world seem to have loved this role-playing game. The visuals are delighting and everyone is excited about the multi-player possibilities that this game has come up with. The game play is challenging and will give a good amount of challenge to those who seek to complete this game. The audience has given it an average rating of 7.6 out of 10 which is pretty decent.
- Developed by: From Software
- Published by: From Software
- Released date: April1, 2015
- Rating: T
- Genres: Role playing, Action
- Price of the game: $29.99
This is the fifth and final instalment in the Metal gear series by Konami. Hugely anticipated by gamers all around the world, it was finally launched in September of 2015. The game has definitely lived up to its hype. The huge surprise that it gave the fans was that it was an open adventure game and it was the first in the series which was to be played in an open environment.
This game has been critically acclaimed and equally loved by gamers. The game consists of a variety of mechanics that keep it interesting. The story is considered to be of a mature theme but it was criticized by a many reviewers for lack of focus.
Audience response: As this was the first game in the series which made the game to be an open world adventure, the audiences loved it. It was a surprising move by Konami to move to open adventure genre for the first time with Metal Gear.
The response, so far, has amazing, which was expected from a successful series as Metal Gear. Gamers have given it an above average rating of 8.4 out of 10 which makes it one of the best rated role playing games.
- Developed by: Kojima productions, Moby Dick studio
- Published by: Konami
- Released date: September 1, 2015.
- Rating: M
- Genres: Adventure, Action, Role playing
- Price of the game: $29.98
#2 Fallout 4
This was the fourth instalment in the fallout series and audiences have had huge expectations from the game. Needless to say, it has lived up to the expectations of all the fans of the Fallout series. In this game, you play the role of a sole survivor of the Vault 111 and then you enter into a world which is completely destroyed by the Nuclear war.
Throughout this game, you’ll need to survive and the surprises along the game will keep you excited and playing. As you are the only survivor of the whole land, the responsibility of re-building the Wasteland lies on you. Only your actions will determine the fate of the city and you’ll be dealing with a lot of obstacles along the way.
Long anticipated by gamers, this game received an overwhelming response. The wait clearly worth it. As you would notice the top 2 best rpg games for Xbox one are sequels to the previous games.
Audience response: The audience response to Fallout 4 has been phenomenal. It shattered many records and has been the gamers’ favourite throughout. With the great graphics and an amazing role to play, Fallout 4 stood out as a clear winner among role playing games available on Xbox One. It certainly was a treat to all the role playing game fans worldwide. The audience gave it an average rating of 8 out of 10, a good enough score to declare the game a super hit.
- Developed by: Bethesda Game studios
- Published by: Bethesda Soft works
- Released date: November 9, 2015
- Rating: M
- Genres: Role playing
- Price of the game: $45.55
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the latest game of the Witcher series. This version has been created with a larger fantasy environment, which includes action role-play and is played in a third-person perspective. The players have to control the character of the protagonist, Geralt of Rivia who is a monster hunter. The quest of this character is quite amusing which includes sailing through ships and riding horses.
He has to battle various dangers using his weapon (sword) and magical skills. The players need to complete missions and side quests to move forward in the game. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can be called as one of the top XBOX ONE RPG games. It has won several awards on different gaming websites and holds a marvellous selling record of 6 million copies in the starting few weeks.
This was also one of the most anticipated games of 2015 and people who love role playing games are bound to be addicted to this game. The previous versions were also equally liked by the audience but this version surpassed all the expectations and gave gamers a delightful experience.
Audience response: This game has an amazing response from gamers all around the world and has garnered huge appreciation for the graphics and story of the game. On an average, users have given a thumbs up with a sizzling rating of 9.3 on 10 to this game. The score is a testimony to the brilliance of this game and its popularity.
- Developed by: CD Projekt red studio
- Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive entertainment, Bandai Namco games, Spike chunsoft, CD Projekt red S.A.
- Released date: May 18, 2015.
- Rating: M
- Genres: Role-playing, Action
- Price of the game: $50.89
So now that you have our list of top Xbox One RPG games, we would love to hear from you about which is your favorite.
These timeless role playing games have always found their own set of audiences and managed to keep them hooked for long hours.
If you are looking out for some challenging role playing games this season, then you came to the right place!