Best RPGs 2016: Top 5 Best Role Playing Games Now

As far as hours of entertainment per dollar go, there’s no better value out there than role-playing games. There’s nothing like settling in, locking down for hours and vanishing into another world that you will reshape by your decisions and actions. The Xbox One-PS4-Wii U generation has delivered some of the greatest achievements ever in the genre. The best efforts include both old franchise and new, and explore not only the traditional magic-and-sorcery scene defined by Dungeons & Dragons, but other realms as well.


Here’s a look at the best current-gen RPGs available right now:

5. Xenoblade Chronicles X

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Monolith Soft
Platform: Wii U

If you’re sick of swords, sandals, magic spells and winged beasts, the far-future world of Xenoblade is just what you’re looking for. One of the longest and deepest games ever created, with arguably the most expansive world, is filled with robotic adversaries, giant mechs and Star Wars-style aircraft.

ORDER: Xenoblade Chronicles X here

4. Dragon Age: Inquisition

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: BioWare
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

RPG freaks are anticipating BioWare’s next entry into its spectacular Mass Effect franchise, and much of that excitement is due to the knockout visuals and sprawling storytelling the developer achieved in its OG series, Dragon Age. This D&D-inspired world of swords and sorcery hit a high point here.

ORDER: Dragon Age: Inquisition here

3. Fallout 4

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Explore a post-apocalyptic wasteland that’s been divided up by warring factions who scrap together limited resources to restart society. You’re out to find your lost child and piece together your life as you forge alliances, play both sides and grow your political power as well as your specs.

ORDER: Fallout 4 here

2. Dark Souls III

Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Developer: From Software
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

One of the most difficult RPGs out there stacks the odds against you by hurling you into a gothic deathscape, armed with scant resources and forced to survive with your cunning and wits. Punishment lurks around every corner, which makes the thrill of overcoming the game’s daunting tasks all the sweeter.

ORDER: Dark Souls III here

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Publisher: CD Projekt
Developer: CD Projekt RED
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Antihero Geralt is all about womanizing, looting and wielding his considerable powers as he romps through the twisted countryside. Some of the best cinematic storytelling in any game can be found in the capstone to the Witcher trilogy. Excellent voice acting, moving storylines and clever plot twists make this not only the best current RPG, but one of the greatest games yet created.

ORDER: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt here

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