One of the main reasons we play video games, old and new, is because they serve as a form of escapism from the real world and the dozens of responsibilities we are faced with as individuals.
With video games, you can do unique things like exacting revenge on your enemies without any repercussions, you can slay monsters and cast spells, and most importantly you will go on gripping adventures that you’ll easily lose yourself in.
The RPG (role-playing game) genre has all of that and more; it’s the perfect type of game to play if you’re looking for great adventures filled to the brim with interesting content that could very well take you days or even weeks to explore.
So, without further ado, join me as we go through 5 of the best PC role-playing games on the market in 2018.
1 – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
With multiple system releases, a full game and expansion pack
bundle and more recently a complete VR overhaul under its belt,
Bethesda’s 5th installment in the Elder Scrolls franchise is a seriously compelling role-playing game that overshadows all others in the
Although the gameplay can be a little glitchy, and the graphics aren’t exactly groundbreaking (until the remastered Special Edition came along), the overall world is one of the most vibrant and immersive I’ve ever played in.
This is easily one of those games where you will lose track of time and not want to leave the house until an area has been discovered and explored or a quest has been completed, and believe me there are a lot of quests in store for you…
You’ve got your typical main quests and side quests, but Skyrim also gives you the option of joining different groups and carrying out unique quests within them; these quests can vary from finding collectibles to defeating bandits.
People have been known to play Skyrim for well over a year, and still haven’t managed to complete all the quests the game has to offer…
If you’re looking for one of the best role-playing games on the planet, Skyrim is for you.
- Buy The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Amazon UK
- …Or buy the Legendary Edition containing all the DLC on Amazon UK
2 – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
From one amazing game to another; The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from CD Projekt is considered by many to be one of the best games ever made, and it’s easy to see why that bold claim is so popular in the world of gaming. With a seriously compelling story line and a very vibrant world full of personality and colour, this is a game I cannot recommend enough to you.
It has won many awards since its release, including a few Game of the Year awards in 2015 and 2016 from various critics and award shows, so it certainly wasn’t a commercial failure; just the soundtrack alone has netted this game with awards, too, so the sound is just as enjoyable as the game itself.
Not only is the main story one of the best single player experiences to come out of a video game for a long time, the side quests are incredibly interesting as well; it’s very rare that side quests are just as engaging as the main story, however, The Witcher 3 manages to excel in this.
Although it is also available on the PS4 and Xbox One, it is better played on the PC platform thanks to its outstanding graphics; The Witcher 3 has some of the most phenomenally realistic graphics I have ever seen in a PC game.
If you’re looking for a compelling RPG which has many hours worth of content, outstanding graphics and a marvelous narrative, The Witcher 3 is the game that has you covered.
- Buy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY Edition on Amazon UK
3 – Fallout 4
Fallout 4 is Bethesda’s latest take on a post-apocalyptic world, and obviously the 4th installment in the Fallout franchise.
While the map size is significantly smaller than that of The Witcher 3, the Commonwealth is still a reasonably sized world full of abandoned
ruins, mutated creatures, and one where chaos prevails with the help of unlawful raiders.
One thing which separates Fallout 4 from other post-apocalyptic, nuclear holocaust games is not only surviving the aftermath of the nuclear bomb, but learning how to rebuild society as well.
Similar to Skyrim, there are factions located in the collapsed world which you can join and complete quests and tasks for in. For example, one of the factions, The Railroad, are people with technical know-how who are also very sympathetic to the individual rights of Synths in the Commonwealth. If you think robot lives matter, then this is the faction for you to join.
If you wish to join a faction that is sympathetic to robots in a post-apocalyptic world, then you should check out Fallout 4.
- Buy Fallout 4 on Amazon UK
4 – Kingdom Come: Deliverance
We return to an RPG based on medieval times, more specifically based in Bohemia in 1403, with Kingdom Come: Deliverance by Warhorse Studios. This is one of the most detailed RPGs I’ve ever seen, and as it’s the very first game from the small team which make up Warhorse Studios, that’s pretty impressive.
While the game is by no means perfect – the combat can be wonky, and game breaking bugs, while rare, can show themselves if you’re unfortunate enough (such bugs include getting stuck inside somebody’s house during a side quest) – it’s a project the team has put a lot of effort in to.
If you want an idea of how detailed this game is, look no further than the sword combat. With your weapon in hand, you can choose which direction to swing from, so if an enemy is blocking from one direction, you can swing in the opposite.
There is also a thirst and hunger system which you will need to keep on top of if you don’t want to become easily fatigued during a fight or sprint, and a crafting system which makes you work for the item you want to craft. For example, if you want to make a specific potion, you will have to collect all the ingredients for it before using medieval tools to break them down, mix them together before finally cooking them to make the potion.
If you want your medieval RPG to be a little bit more realistic than others on the market, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a game you should consider checking out.
- Buy Kingdom Come: Deliverance on Amazon UK
5 – Mass Effect Trilogy
We finish off this list with not one, not two, but three video games in one; the Mass Effect trilogy from BioWare is a franchise filled to the brim with compelling characters, powerful weapons and mysterious aliens. One of the key components of Mass Effect, however, is its unique take of traveling long distances through space in the blink of an eye with the help of Mass Relays.
Out of the 3 games in the franchise, the 2nd one is considered the best of the bunch, and I agree with the community. The 1st game, while a fun one to play, had too much character dialogue and the action segments became old and stale very quickly; the 3rd game was better than the first one, but had a very controversial ending which upset a lot of fans.
Mass Effect 2, on the other hand, was a major improvement with more depth and lore put into the main characters, allowing you to bond with them further than you could with the first game.
While the 3 games aren’t as open world as the likes of Skyrim, Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3 – every world you visit serve as levels which only take you around 5 to 10 minutes to travel from one end to the other – the franchise is a pack of role-playing games that you cannot afford to miss out on.
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- Buy the Mass Effect Trilogy on Amazon UK
And thus we conclude this list of 5 of the best RPGs that you can get for your PC in 2018.
Thanks for reading this list!
I understand some people may have listed different role-playing games here, so if you don’t think any of these games deserve to be on here, raise your voice in the comment section below.
Also, if you have a game that you think is the best RPG on the market right now, down to the comment section you go. 😉
Jamie – the PC Gaming Nerd