Many of the best video games ever released were RPGs, many of these single player. This may sound shocking considering the 9 million sales of Modern Warefare 3 that have been sold in just the past few days. But the truth of the matter is that at the heart of gaming remains the RPG – Role Playing Game. Delving into a new, fantastical world is just one of the many things that draw fans in over and over again. There’s much debate on what makes a great RPG. But there are some games that reach the top of the list over and over again – the kind of game that can be replayed again and again, never getting dull, repetitive or outdated. Here are some of the best single player RPG’s ever created.
Instead of choosing a single game from the Elder Scrolls – Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim – I’ve included them here as set. They are all absolutely fantastic RPGs. The open world format allows for exploration and quest completion at the players leisure. Characters are in depth, each with their own story and personality. When playing Elder Scrolls games it truly feels as if you are traversing the world on a great quest, sometimes getting distracted and assisting the needing with a quest of their own. The Elder Scrolls games are typically released for PC, PlayStation and Xbox – the versions of the consols differing based on the year.
Final Fantasy 7
The Final Fantasy games aren’t based on single cohesive universe as the Elder Scrolls are. Final Fantasy 7 is the best of the Final Fantasy games. This is an older game, originally released in 1997. This is a single player, turn based RPG. Turn based games have gone out of vogue in more recent years, only one or two turn-based RPGs having been released. However, this remains a popular gaming type, with players often returning to Final Fantasy 7 not only for the turn-based gameplay but also for another run through of one of the best Japanese RPGs to ever have been released.
Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is one of the best single player RPG games ever made by one of the most successful movie franchises that’s ever existed. But it isn’t just the popularity of Star Wars that drew gamers to this 2003 release for PC and Xbox. Knights of the Old Republic features an amazing new storyline with characters, locations and fantastic gameplay.
Fallout 3 is another fantastic single player RPG that has been played for years and remains top of its class. The post-apocalyptic setting is one of the best versions of such that can be found. Character creation is one of the best, and most creatively done, creations systems made to date. All in all, Fallout 3 remains a prime example off all the Western RPG can and should be.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is another game in a long line, the first of which, Deus Ex, was also a fantastic single player RPG. It is an unsure and changing world that you are dropped into. Missions can be completed in a multitude of ways, each of which changes gameplay and storyline. Actions are felt in this game more so than many others, part of which makes it such a fantastic single player RPG.
This is another example of a fantastic RPG that, despite its age, remains loved and played today. Chrono Trigger is a 1995 consol RPG done in the turn-based play style. However, actions in this world are felt just as much, if not more, than in a game such as Deus Ex. Jumping from dimension to dimension leaves the gameplay open, many companions and storylines waiting to be found and explored, making ever play through different, a unique ending every time.
Fable is another western RPG that has had fans playing continuously even though sequels have been released in following years. This 2004 release features a great story but also a unique alignment system. Actions of the player align you with good or evil, creating interesting scenarios and a new, fun way of interaction with people and solving problems.
There are many fantastic RPGs for single player available today. Many of the older games, those originally released on consols now obsolete by newer models, can be found in updated, rereleased forms for newer consols, handheld gaming devices and PC editions. If you are looking for some great sing player RPG games this list is a great place to start. Each of these games have many related games in their respective series which expand the universes and can provide many more hours of great, unaltered entertainment as well.