Top 25 PC RPGs of 2016, 2017 & 2018

Jun 23, 2018

25. Kingsway

Get a trip back to the 90s in Andrew Morrish's fantasy RPG. Set entirely on a fictional operating system, the plot unravels as you explore a pixel RPG world through the use of its windows. An effective RPG simulation packed with 90s nostalgia, it has a PlayScore of 8.28.

24. Tyranny

Among Obsidian Entertainment's strong RPG repertoire is this high fantasy story-driven RPG. A title famous for the way it handles choice, Tyranny tailors a personalized adventure for each player depending on the decisions they make. Finding order in a world mired by chaos, it has a PlayScore of 8.29


Giving us a taste of 3D back in the PlayStation days, the ninth installment of Square Enix's Final Fantasy comes to PC in renewed form. Following the misadventures of Zidane Tribal, relieve the FFIX experience with all the modern conveniences. It has a PlayScore of 8.3

22. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

The definitive Dragon’s Dogma experience. Dive into a fantasy world brimming with light and darkness. This game takes the action-adventure combat to another degree. Explore a living and breathing world filled with so many possibilities. It has a PlayScore of 8.3

21. ICEY

More action than RPG, FantaBlade Network's sidescroller is a humble yet exquisitely crafted title. Looking like any ordinary 2D action game, ICEY has no problem going meta on you as you embark on its stylish and dazzling combat. Take down your cyborg adversaries and don't be afraid of breaking protocol. It has a PlayScore of 8.31.

20. Hand of Fate 2

An amalgam of deckbuilding, roguelike, and action, the Hand of Fate series feels like a digital adaptation of classic tabletop RPGs. Playing against the mysterious dealer, decide your fate with each card you play, and prepare to face the consequences in real-time battles. A sequel that's sprinkled with a batch of fresh new ideas, it has a PlayScore of 8.34

19. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

In Pillars of Eternity's second installment, magic and discovery will reign supreme once more. Obsidian Entertainment dips you into the lore of their isometric RPG as you embark on a new journey around the Deadfire region. Plot your course among the long seas and dry lands, with a PlayScore of 8.35

18. Full Metal Furies

A true blue cooperative action game, Full Metal Furies tests your squad's coordination as you help each other fend off against a range of colossal baddies. Bring three of your friends into the non-stop arena, and prepare to embark on crazy cartoon misadventures. Playable through local and online multiplayer, it has a PlayScore of 8.35

17. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

The first Ni No Kuni title in over 8 years, Level 5's award winning RPG series returns with all it’s charm intact. Still centered around a fight between good and evil, dive into its lush ghibli-inspired landscapes as you help King Evan goes on a life-changing adventure. It has a PlayScore of 8.37

16. Vaporum

Get with the steampunk theme in this stylish grid-based dungeon crawler from Fatbot Games. A tribute to old school RPGs, Vaporum takes us into their labyrinthian halls in the shoes of their amnesiac protagonist. Help him rediscover his identity as you decode the mysteries of his location. A great new title for fans of Grimrock, it has a PlayScore of 8.37

15. Salt and Sanctuary

A 2D action RPG from Ska Studios, Salt and Sanctuary tells the story of a man who fends for himself on a remote island. Despite its simple looks, the game boasts fast-paced combat that borders on punishing. Like Dark Souls meets roguelike, it has a PlayScore of 8.38

14. Battle Chef Brigade

A kickstarter creation from Trinket Studios, Battle Chef Brigade combines RPG and match three puzzle mechanics into one competitive package. Prepare for the grandest Chef battle by defeating the monsters that come between and your precious ingredients. Short, but wonderfully delicious, it has a PlayScore of 8.38

13. The Count Lucanor

Inspired by Zelda and Silent Hill, Baroque Decay's pixel fulled indie adventure serves up a dollop of fantasy exploration with a side of spine-tingling horror. With five different endings, you get to decide your fate in the mystifying forest. Solve puzzles, have titillating conversation, and escape certain death. It has a PlayScore of 8.42

12. Cat Quest

Why spend your life looking at cat picture when Gentlebros' action RPG lets you BECOME the cat. Guide their adorable litter of fierce felines as they go out on a mission to rescue their catnapped sister. Showing off a vast overworld and an array of customizable features, it has a PlayScore of 8.5

11. Darkest Dungeon

Another action RPG, this time from the indie Red Hook Studios. Dive into this grim and gritty gothic tale that pulls you into rocky catacombs beneath your new estate. Fight turn-based battles in its red and black environments and deal with the consequences of its affliction system. It has a PlayScore of 8.51

10. Tales of Berseria

From a series that has lasted over two decades, Bandai Namco's 16th Tales installment manages to offer something new to the table. Overturning their usual atmosphere for something darker, Berseria immerses you in Velvet Crowe's unforgiving world. With smooth framerates and polished combat, it receives a PlayScore of 8.51

9. The Banner Saga 2

A mix of strategy and roleplaying, Stoic weaves another nordic tale with this sequel to their award-winning adventure. It's a tactical RPG that will test your leadership skills as you lead a band of viking warriors through treacherous terrain. Adding permadeath to the mix, their fate lies in your hands in each complex turn-based battles. It has a PlayScore of 8.61

8. Grim Dawn

Defying all odds despite their low budget, Crate Entertainment gifted the world with a historic RPG masterpiece. It's a rehash of old school hack and slash action, adding to the satisfaction with rewarding and complex character development. A victorian era fantasy with a replayable hybrid class system, it has a PlayScore of 8.63

7. Pyre

From the makers of Bastion and Transistor, Supergiant’s latest game introduces a whole new gameplay mechanic that brings soccer into the high fantasy RPG settings. Use your team's abilities to defeat your opponents and deliver the eponymous pyre. It has a PlayScore of 8.64

6. Rakuen

Beneath the familiar 16bit environments, Rakuen unveils a story of a hospitalized boy who finds solace in his own storybook fantasy. See through the eyes of a child, and weave through a bittersweet story of illness, hope, and loss. It has a PlayScore of 8.77

5. Hyper Light Drifter

Set in a world where past meets future, this mesmerizing indie title is a field trip through pastel-colored memories. Heart Machines action RPG is renowned not only for its scenic landscapes but also for its smooth, easy to pick up combat. A painting in every frame, it has a PlayScore of 8.85

4. Dark Souls III

FromSoftware's action RPG is one that needs no introduction. Its the game that redefined the word punishing with its dexterity-testing combat and towering bosses. Closing the curtains in this third and final chapter, the Dark Souls series will always be remembered as a beautifully nightmarish haven for the world's challenge seekers. It has a PlayScore of 8.85

3. West of Loathing

An RPG adventure that looks straight out of a college animation class. But, beneath its black and white facade, it seamlessly delivers a sprawling open world full of danger, quests and snake-infested plains. Partake in silly, turn-based shootouts, and laugh your ass off at their non-stop gags. It has a PlayScore of 8.96

2. Stardew Valley

While it doesn't fit the usual idea of role-playing, Stardew Valley has a heart for old-school traditions as it follows in the footsteps of the Harvest Moon series. Equally unforgettable in its portrayal of bucolic farmlife, feel at home at your rustic neighborhood and play your role as friendly neighborhood farmer. It has a PlayScore of 9.18

1. And the best PC RPG is Divinity: Original Sin II

A relatively young entry to our RPG roster, Larian Studios has made quite a mark already. Throughout its short history, the Divinity series has gained wide acclaim for its deep customization and highly interactive environments. With its almost emergent gameplay, it feels like a digital revival of classic tabletop adventuring. That's made especially clear with the addition of a Game Master mode that lets you craft campaign for you and your friends. An immersive, magical universe you can share with your friends. It has a PlayScore of 9.33


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