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The Best RPG's To Play Right Now (2024)

What are the best RPG's to play right now? Role-playing games (RPGs) are an avenue for immersive storytelling and captivating gameplay. As we step into the latest era of gaming, several titles have proven to be monumental in the genre. We've handpicked six RPGs that are nothing short of classics. Dive deep into the worlds of The Witcher 3, Mass Effect 2, Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Pillars of Eternity, and The Outer Worlds.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 Gameplay (2023)

Developed by CD Projekt Red, The Witcher 3 is more than just a game – it’s an expansive, living novel. As Geralt of Rivia, players traverse through beautifully-rendered landscapes, from the war-torn Velen to the serene Skellige Isles. But what sets this game apart is its emphasis on choice and consequence. Each decision, no matter how small, can ripple through the world, influencing relationships, political outcomes, and even the fate of entire regions. The game is further bolstered by its Gwent card game and masterfully crafted side-quests, each fleshed out with care and narrative depth. Its DLCs, particularly Blood and Wine, offer almost entirely new games in terms of content, story depth, and gameplay hours.

The Witcher 3 Gameplay (2023)

2. Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 Gameplay (2023)

BioWare's magnum opus, Mass Effect 2 offers a perfect blend of character-driven storytelling and heart-pounding action. Taking control of Commander Shepard, players navigate a galaxy on the brink, facing the looming threat of the Collectors. What stands out is the loyalty system, where nurturing relationships can drastically impact the game's climax. Every crew member has a unique tale, with their backgrounds, fears, and aspirations masterfully interwoven into the main plot. Space exploration, resource collection, and planetary missions further offer a rich tapestry of experiences, making it an RPG that demands multiple playthroughs.

Mass Effect 2 Gameplay (2023)

3. Skyrim

Skyrim Gameplay (2023)

Skyrim isn’t just a game; it's a cultural phenomenon. Set in a sprawling open world, players are free to explore, craft, fight, and live as they deem fit. With the freedom to customize the Dragonborn, from race to skillsets, every playthrough offers a distinct experience. Radiant AI and Radiant Story systems ensure that non-playable characters have their own routines and the world reacts to players' choices, be it a town celebrating their heroics or fearing their dark deeds. Magic, crafting, alchemy, and dragon shouts add layers of depth, making Skyrim a world players can truly live in.

Skyrim Gameplay (2023)


4. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gameplay (2023)

Ubisoft's historical RPG epic brings to life the brutal and mystical world of the Vikings. As Eivor, players embark on a quest not just for conquest, but for a new home. The raiding mechanic, where you lead your clan to pillage monasteries and forts, is visceral and thrilling. Settlement building allows players to shape their own Norse village, reflecting their journey and choices. The game incorporates deep Norse mythology, sending players on quests to realms like Asgard, facing off against legendary figures. Its vast English landscapes, filled with hidden treasures, mythical beasts, and intriguing stories, make exploration a sheer joy.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gameplay (2023)

5. Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity Gameplay (2023)

A tribute to classic RPGs, Pillars of Eternity is a narrative masterpiece. Set in Eora, players are introduced to a world where souls are central to society's fabric. As the Watcher, players have the rare ability to perceive souls and witness past lives, a gift that becomes a curse. The game's story is filled with moral dilemmas, challenging players at every juncture. The strategic combat requires players to be tactical, utilizing each party member's strengths. The game's deep lore, detailed environments, and complex character interactions make it a must-play for fans of classic RPG storytelling.

Pillars of Eternity Gameplay (2023)

6. The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds Gameplay (2023)

The Outer Worlds combines dark humor with sharp social commentary. Set in a colonized space, mega-corporations run amok, turning planets into company towns where residents are more employees than citizens. As the Stranger, players navigate this complicated socio-political environment, making choices that can champion the corporate overlords or the struggling rebels. Companions come with their storylines and dilemmas, adding layers to the narrative. The game's unique "Flaw" system lets players adopt a flaw in return for an extra perk, making character customization deeply personal. Its colorful visuals and quirky characters make it an unforgettable journey through space.

The Outer Worlds Gameplay (2023)

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