From the non-fantasy open world RPG to the “very much fantasy” open world RPG, Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third instalment of the popular Dragon Age franchise. With perhaps one of the richest worlds and lore in gaming, Inquisition is filled with wonderful sights to see, creatures to murder and, perhaps most importantly, people to shag. Can’t spell Bioware without “romance options”, right?
As the Inquisitor, it’s your job to close The Breach, which is unleashing demon hordes upon the world of Thedas, which naturally means getting distracted by the side quests and leaving Thedas to its fate. With the first two Dragon Age games also available via backwards compatibility, you’ve got hundreds of hours of adventuring ahead of you, even if you feel like skipping the second one.
12. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
Developer: Namco Tales Studio Publisher: Bandai Namco
With a joyous narrative that touches on themes of self-confidence and finding your place in the world, coupled with accessible and enjoyable combat that offers plenty of hidden depth, this is definitely one for any RPG fan’s list. Even if you’ve already played the original game, the content added in the Definitive Edition ensures there’ll be something new for you to discover.
Capcom took a big risk when deciding to bring Monster Hunter World to the West. Aside from its debut, the series never found itself on home consoles outside of Japan, but its release on 3DS managed to build a solid footing over here. One super successful console launch later and the Monster Hunter fanbase has increased exponentially, and it’s not hard to see why.
Monster Hunter World streamlined the core experience of the series, making it more friendly and approachable for new players, while retaining the same depth and hunt difficulty that the series was known for. For series newcomers, World represented the perfect jumping on point for the game, while veterans could point to it and say “look, we told you Monster Hunter was worth it”. The Iceborne DLC has improved the overall package even further, adding new locations, monsters and abilities, making for the most complete Monster Hunter ever made.
14. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep
Developer: Bungie Publisher: Bungie
Bungie’s looter shooter often divides opinion, with some swearing by Destiny, its gameplay loop and the notion that it’s one of the most well put together shooters of the current generation. Meanwhile, others decry it as boring, or that it lacks essential content before falling over themselves to buy the next piece of DLC whenever it comes out. You know who you are.
The current Destiny 2 package includes the base game and two mid-size DLC packs that added a small series of missions each, along with Forsaken and Shadowkeep, each offering an entire campaign’s worth of content. On top of that, the additional post-game raids, PvP and other modes make Destiny 2: Shadowkeep one you’ll keep coming back to, even if you say you won’t.
15. Mass Effect (The Whole Series)
Developer: Bioware Publisher: EA
The sci-fi trilogy that couldn’t quite close it out, then added another game in the series just for good measure, Mass Effect has left an indelible mark on the world of videogames, even if that mark is just conversation wheels. In all seriousness though, Mass Effect felt like one of the first real moments where your moral choices had any kind of bearing on the storyline, and it felt great.
But it wasn’t all storyline and choices. Over the course of the series, Mass Effect refined its gameplay mechanics more and more, with the third game offering the best blend of tight cover shooting and RPG levelling in the entire franchise. Of course, you can find this out for yourself, as the whole series is available to play on Xbox One, warts and all.
16. Kingdom Hearts 3
Developer: Square Enix Publisher: Square Enix
Though it’s a bit weird to see Kingdom Hearts 3 on the Xbox One without any hint of the rest of franchise making its way to the green brand, Kingdom Hearts 3 still offers a beautiful slice of classic Square Enix JRPG action combined with all that saccharine sweet Disney fluff. Bet you never imagined the cast of Frozen would team up with Sora, the most “anime”-looking protagonist there is.
Though the context and story of Kingdom Hearts 3 is a bit confusing if you haven’t played the other games, which again, aren’t available on the Xbox One, Kingdom Hearts 3 is still a fitting conclusion to the long running franchise, offering incredible gameplay and worlds to explore. Plus, those with a Xbox One X and 4K can experience the game in all its glory, so that’s worth something, right?
17. Code Vein
Developer: Bandai Namco Publisher: Bandai Namco
We might have brought up the emergence of the “it’s like Dark Souls” comparision at the top of this article, but play Code Vein and tell me it isn’t “anime Dark Souls”. The gameplay formula and focus on exploration shares a lot of similarities with FromSoftware’s seminal work, but Code Vein has enough bright ideas of its own to warrant an inclusion on this list.
RPGs are timesinks at the best of times, but MMORPGs can almost feel like a black hole of time. Just a quick go can turn into hours and hours of play, grinding quests for EXP. While console MMOs never quite have the same level of success, the best offering on Xbox One would have to be Black Desert.
With another in-depth character creator, Black Desert boasts a control scheme that feels right at home on the controller, which is an area where most MMORPGs on console fail. As plenty of free updates roll out, with more classes, locations and end-game level content, Black Desert on Xbox One becomes more and more of a tantalising prospect.
19. Nier: Automata: Become As Gods Edition
Developer: Platinum Games Publisher: Square Enix
Not only one of the best RPGs ever made, but arguably one of the best games of the current generation, Nier: Automata is nothing short of a triumph. While the narrative can often take a back seat in RPGs, Nier: Automata keeps it front and center, with every event and quest in the game adding something to the overall story, world and characters of Nier.
Without giving away too much for those who haven’t played it yet, you control 2B, an android locked in an endless war with a race of machine lifeforms, but perhaps not all is as it seems. While the story and writing is top-notch, it’d be nothing without the stellar gameplay that Platinum Games is known for, creating a beautiful action RPG blend.
20. All The Free Xbox One RPGs
If you have somewhat of a reputation of pinching pennies but you’re still looking for an expansive experience while gaming, you should definitely check out the free-to-play section of the Xbox Store. The selection of games, specifically RPGs, are incredibly diverse, so you should find something that’ll meet your needs.
Those who prefer to play MMO style Xbox One games can look to the likes of Tera, Skyforge, DC Universe Online and Neverwinter, while those who favour the top-down style of Diablo can find solace in Path of Exile. Sci-fi shooter fans will get some enjoyment from Defiance 2050, though if you prefer doing nothing at all, there’s always Clicker Heroes. Even achievement hunters could get their jollies by downloading Korgan and earning every single achievement in about an hour.