Our Top Ten RPGs of the Last Decade
There’s nothing like a good old RPG (roleplaying game) to sink your teeth into. You can spend hours developing a character and immersing yourself in a virtual world. It’s rewarding and fun. We thought we’d dip into that world, with our top ten RPGs of the last decade.
Borderlands 2 (2012)
This little beauty was never going to please everyone, but spend just a few minutes in it’s world, and you couldn’t deny the addictive nature of the RPG shooter. Yes, let’s get that right, it's a hybrid. But what a hybrid.
It’s slick, colourful, and populated by some of the most humorous moments in videogame history. The characterisation wins the day though. You really start to feel like you’re living in a different world. A funny one, and Borderlands 2 is worthy of our Top Ten RPGs of the Last Decade.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
Skyrim is an epic game. Although some people found it’s learning curve either incredibly frustrating or addictive, one thing that didn’t polarise was the size of it. It was vast and completely immersive.
Anyone who likes roleplaying games will enjoy something about this one. It’s a landmark piece, and one that continues to surprise and hook new players to this day.
Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
Fallout:New Vegas is one that may not please everyone all of the time, it was loved and adored by many simply because it had a compelling storyline that really made you feel for the characters.
It was also one of the most frustrating rpgs ever at the time, and still is now. However, if you’re able to deal with a huge difficulty curve, you’re in for a lot of fun.
Final Fantasy XV (2016)
An epic in every sense, the huge open world is what makes this a fantastic, deep RPG experience. It also has characters that you really care about, and the camaraderie between the principals makes for some great humour too. And when you finally get to where you’re going (wherever that happens to be at the time), it feels like a real-life, exciting road trip has just ended. And then the action really starts.
Final Fantasy XV is one of our Favourites here on Gamer Spot, and definitely worthy of the Top Ten RPGs of the Last Decade.
Tales of Berseria (2016)
This is a long-running little story, and it has some quaint aspects to it that may put off players who like big graphics and budgets. However, the story is the thing, and it will have you hooked long after you have picked up the controller. A good old-fashioned RPG that pays off if you take in the whole series.
Stardew Valley (2016)
This one has grown and grown. It’s a farming simulator at heart with a moving story attached. The RPG has you trying to grow a farm you inherited from your grandfather. You start small, then learn different skills and so on, until you have crafting, social and all kinds of RPG elements. There are millions of players worldwide, and even with the old-school graphics, it will keep you riveted for hours at a time.
The Witcher 3 (2015)
The Witcher 3 has become a bit of a legend, and a benchmark title for RPGs ever since. It is grown-up in every sense, and certainly not for younger players. The older RPG fans can expect a large, rich open world, more quests than you would ever need, and an even richer experience when you dive into the DLC content. Set aside a few weeks for this one, and then some.
Pillars of Eternity (2015)
Again, this is a story with a long heritage. While not directly linked to the epic Baldur’s Gate, it is seen as a kind of cousin. The story becomes involving right from the strat, as players discover that human beings are being effectively made without a soul.
Then the story becomes something you just don't want to leave. Epic battles, and an excellent character development system make for a rich, rewarding experience. It’s high on our list because it has one of the best storylines we have ever experienced.
Persona 5 (2016)
This is a very stylish game, and fans of the series lap up each instalment. This one really ramps up the style though, and you can spend a lot of your playing time just drinking in the superb atmosphere. However, there is a deep story here too, and there is no surprise that players get lost inside the world of Persona for hours on end. A bit of a deep experience, this episode has become a real classic that everyone should play.
Diablo 3 (2012)
Deep and satisfying, and with a learning curve that can sometimes be a little cruel, Diablo 3 is everything RPG fans wanted it to be. As competitive as anything around over the last ten years, it is still going strong. Everyone should own this game, if only for the opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. It extends the Diablo concept with a wide range of classes and action that is fast and frenetic.
However, the reason why Diablo 3 is such a benchmark in RPGs is the skill system. Complex, but allowing for true experimentation, it set the standard for dungeon-crawlers on every platform.
And that’s our Top Ten RPGs of the Last Decade, we hope you enjoyed this trip don memory lane and here’s hoping for another grate 10 years.