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
Developer: Square Enix Publisher: Square Enix
Initially, it was weird to see Kingdom Hearts 3 launch onto the Xbox One without any hint of the previous games joining the big green brand, but now Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5 &+2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue are available on Xbox, so you’ve got an entire series ready to play.
The entire series offers a unique but engaging blend between Disney colourful intellectual properties and Square Enix’s penchant for brooding anime protagonists. It’s a bit of a trip, but considering you can finally play through every single experience on the Xbox, it’d be rude not to.
17. Code Vein
Developer: Bandai Namco Publisher: Bandai Namco
We might have brought up the emergence of the “it’s like Dark Souls” comparison 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. Yakuza 0
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Publisher: SEGA
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s masterpiece of a series has long be considered to be a PS4 exclusive, but the franchise has made its way to PC already, and now, after a long wait, it’s now available on the Xbox One in the form of prequel entry Yakuza 0.
Playing as both long-time series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, along with the nuisance Goro Majima as another protagonist, it’s up to you to navigate the world of the yakuza during the height of 80s Japan. With fantastic combat and dozens of hours of content, Yakuza 0 is definitely worth checking out, especially considering it’s available on Xbox Game Pass.
21. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Developer: CyberConnect2 Publisher: Bandai Namco
The Dragon Ball series is one of the most well-known and instantly recognisable anime/manga franchises in the world, so it makes sense that there’d be a series of games to accompany it, though none are arguably as in-depth as Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
A faithful recreation of the biggest story arcs and beats from the series, Kakarot’s action-RPG formula might be immediately familar to anyone who’s played fellow games like Xenoverse, but it’s still quite enjoyable. Fans of the series will get a kick out of seeing their favourite moments revisited, while newcomers could consider this to be a “Best Of” cliff notes version.
For those who played Fallout: New Vegas and screamed “more, please”, The Outer Worlds is Obsidian’s solo outing for a first-person RPG. Taking place in the far-flung star system of Halcyon, you control a colonist awoken from cryosleep to find an oppressive, capitialist corporation making life miserable for all they control.
The key selling point for the The Outer Worlds is that you’re given a large amount of freedom in how you choose to tackle missions, whether that’s with words, threats or force. You’re free to approach problems as you see fit, even if that means putting a bullet between the eyes of everyone you encounter. No one said you have to be a good person.
23. Slay The Spire
Developer: MegaCrit Publisher: Humble Bundle
Deckbuilding indie games seem to be all the rage at the moment, and there are few which are better than Slay The Spire, a card-based RPG where your job is to, well, Slay The Spire. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong. Prepare to get your head caved in over and over again.
Slay The Spire blends deckbuilding with roguelike elements to create a single player experience that’s truly unique every time you play. With a randomly generated Spire that can offer safe or risky paths, coupled with hundreds of cards with which to craft your deck, you’ll be playing this one for a long time.
24. The Division 2 – Warlords of New York
Developer: Massive Entertainment Publisher: Ubisoft
While The Division might not have been the most well-received looter shooter, the game certainly improved once more content updates had launched. The Division 2 kicked off right where the first game left off, with a host of content out of the gate and more dropping in the year since its launch.
The most recent expansion, Warlords of New York, takes players back from the streets of Washington D.C. and transports them to New York, setting of the first game, in an effort to capture a rogue agent. With plenty of PvE and PvP modes, and dozens of hours worth of fantastic third-person cover shooting gameplay, The Division 2 – Warlords of New York is absolutely worth your time.
25. 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, whereas players 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, while those who see the appeal of Monster Hunter but want something more accessible can check out Dauntless.
Still, 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.