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Fallout
Fallout

RPG 30 September 1997

A classic cRPG developed by Black Isle Studios. The action of Fallout is set in a post-apocalyptic world of the future. In 2077, the struggle for oil deposits between the United States and China led to an outbreak of a war, which eventually ended with both sides using their nuclear arsenal. However, before the missiles came down some groups of American citizens had managed to find refuge in commercial shelters, called the Vaults. 84 years later, a malfunction occurs in Vault 13. The player-controlled protagonist is sent to the surface with the mission to find a new water chip, necessary to secure the Vault's water supply. The gameplay mechanics are inspired by the GURPS, with extensive character progression options and tactical turn-based combat. The visual style of Fallout clearly references science fiction culture from the 50s.

Tyranny
Tyranny

RPG 10 November 2016

A classic RPG game developed by the genre veterans, Obsidian Entertainment (developers of Pillars of Eternity and other popular titles). Tyranny takes place in a fantasy world called Tiers, in which the eternal struggle between the good and evil ended in victory of the latter. A powerful man named Kyros reigns over the world and the player assumes the role of one of his officers, who is the judge and jury for common folk - a person that makes sure that the will of the leader is carried out unopposed. The player can decide how will he treat the citizens of the conquered realm – fairly or with no mercy. Similarly as every classic RPG, Tyrany allows us to create and develop characters that represents one of several available classes and create a party of adventurers who will accompany the player. During the game, the player will explore the world, complete quests and battle enemies. Combat take place in real time, featuring an active pause. Group attack combinations are an interesting innovation. The visual style of Tyranny references the old school role-playing games, but the visuals are detailed and impressive.

Child of Light
Child of Light

RPG 29 April 2014

Child of Light is a 2D RPG that combines the elements of modern platformers and Japanese role-playing games. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a subsidiary of Ubisoft which also collaborated in the development of Far Cry and Assassin Creed games. Child of Light tells the story of Aurora, a young girl who has to save the kingdom of Lemuria. When playing, we influence Aurora's development and witness her rough journey to adulthood. The game is presented in a perspective typical for platform games, and the turn-based combat system is inspired by the jRPG genre. During her adventures, Aurora explores a vast, living world, where she encounters friendly fairies, gnomes, and sneaky monsters. Child of Light offers single player and multiplayer modes. In the latter, the second player takes on the role of a friendly firefly.

Undertale
Undertale

RPG 15 September 2015

An old-school RPG from the independent developer Toby Fox, referencing the Earthbound series. Undertale's story takes place in a world that was witness to a lengthy, cruel war between humans and monsters after a long period of coexistence between both races. It ended with humans driving the monsters underground. Many years later, somewhere in the vicinity of the now-legendary mount Ebott, a little girl looking for shelter from the rain finds a cave and in it a mysterious hole, through which she falls. We play as this girl and explore the underground world, facing various monsters and interacting with various characters. The game’s most characteristic feature is the innovative battle system – we can engage in direct combat in the form of arcade minigames or avoid more difficult fights through talking and complimenting.

Dragon Age IV
Dragon Age IV

RPG 2022

The fourth installment of the popular series of RPG games, developed by the BioWare studio. Dragon Age 4 once again takes us on a journey to the fantasy world of Thedas - over the course of our adventure we engage in exploration, we execute various tasks and fight against enemies.

Neverwinter Nights
Neverwinter Nights

RPG 18 June 2002

A role-playing game developed by BioWare (the creators of Baldur's Gate), based on the third edition of the Dungeons & Dragons system. The plot takes place in the fictional world of the Forgotten Realms and is centered on a mysterious plague sweeping the eponymous city of Neverwinter. The protagonist's task is to discover who is behind the illness and why did they start it. The story is divided into a prologue and four chapters, every one of them taking place in a different area (and you cannot return to a previously visited location). During the gameplay you do the respective missions, gather gold and items, level up your character, and, of course, fight enemies. The characters act in turns but the combat itself takes place in real time, though featuring active pause, and—like in D&D—the results of most actions are calculated based on dice throws. The game's strong point is the multiplayer mode, which features several types of gameplay, from simple duels to complex epics.

Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part I
Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part I

RPG 25 August 2015

The first expansion for Pillars of Eternity, the bestselling cRPG created by Obsidian Entertainment. The action takes place in an abandoned dwarven stronghold, Durgan, where, as rumor has it, one can find tons of incredibly valuable artifacts. The place is overrun by monsters though, and most adventurers that dared enter it never came back. The player’s party accepted the challenge and ventures into the stronghold with a mission of uncovering the secret of the legendary durgan steel. The game features typical cRPG gameplay premises: exploration, questing, character progression. In addition to the main storyline, we can also complete a number of various side quests. Moreover, the expansion introduces new items, skills, additional companions that can be recruited into our party, as well as increased character level capacity.

Darkest Dungeon II
Darkest Dungeon II

RPG TBA

The second installment of the cycle of grim RPGs, which was launched in 2016. The story told in Darkest Dungeon II focuses on the apocalypse and the hardships of a long, exhausting journey, while the gameplay is based on the mechanics known from the original. Players must, therefore, travel through gloomy locations, facing the dangers lurking there and taking care of the emotional state of the characters.

Drakensang: The Dark Eye
Drakensang: The Dark Eye

RPG 01 August 2008

A classic RPG developed by Radon Labs, based on the narrative RPG system Das Schwarze Auge (The Dark Eye). The game takes place in a fantasy realm called Aventuria, where an epic adventure awaits – during the game the player will visit not only the center of the continent called Middenrealm, but more exotic areas as well. Before the beginning of the game, the player first creates his character that is described by various traits and parameters. These parameters later impact the ways the player can interact with the surrounding world. The protagonist’s skills are supplemented by the abilities of his allies, who can be recruited during the game – they are especially helpful on the battlefield. The battles are played in real-time and the game offers an active pause. The success is determined based on the traits, skills and weapons of party members. Drakensang: The Dark Eye puts great emphasis on conversations with NPCs and on completing quests. The title features colorful graphics that are nice to watch, and a climatic soundtrack.

Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition
Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition

RPG 27 October 2015

An enhanced edition of an 2014 RPG by Larian Studios, which, unlike the original, appeared not only on PC, but also on consoles. In terms of the story the game is a prequel to the Divinity series. Players control two young Source Hunters, who have to investigate a mysterious death that occurred in one of the cities in realm of Rivellon, and explore a forbidden art of magic in order to counter its effects. When it comes to gameplay mechanics, the game goes back to the roots of the Divinity series employing isometric view. While playing, you command a team of up to 4 characters, navigating through the interactive environment and listening to conversations between your team members. When compared with the original release, Enhanced Edition offers new subplots, new quests and an alternative ending. Furthermore, local co-op mode was added, as well as gamepad support and the game features enhanced audiovisuals.

Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear
Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear

RPG 31 March 2016

An official expansion for the Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition from 2012. It was developed by Overhaul Games and serves as a story bridge between the first and the second installment in the Baldur’s Gate series. In the game, we face a sinister crusade led by a warrior known as the Shining Lady who is also a bhaalspawn. Siege of Dragonspear introduces four completely new companions that can join our party. The title also offers a new character class, new locations, quests, items, spells, and so on. On the technical side, the expansion does not deviate from the original game released three years earlier. We can start the adventure using a character imported from Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, and then export it to Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition upon having finished the expansion.

The Banner Saga
The Banner Saga

RPG 14 January 2014

Inspired by the Nordic mythology, a cRPG developed by the independent studio Stoic, whose members worked on, for example, Star Wars: The Old Republic. The action takes us to a world where fratricidal bloodshed between the gods led to chaos and wars. This is an "on the road" type of story, divided into two main plot branches, telling the stories of two Viking parties trying to escape from the threat posed by a mysterious, stone-like race called the Dredge, born as the result of gods’ experiments. Set in fantasy realities, the gameplay combines adventure and RPG elements with a turn-based combat system. With game's progress, your party gains experience and becomes more and more powerful. Also, the decisions you make will exert heavy influence on the plot. The game features amazing 2D graphics, employing art style similar to that of Walt Disney productions.

Legend of Grimrock
Legend of Grimrock

RPG 11 April 2012

Legend of Grimrock II
Legend of Grimrock II

RPG 15 October 2014

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura

RPG 22 August 2001

A classic, isometric cRPG, set in an original world combining traditional fantasy elements with nineteenth-century industrial era. Title was developed by the team of Troika Games studio, founded by former employees of Interplay and co-authors of the iconic RPG, Fallout. In Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura we play the part of a simple mortal, who, after having managed to survive the disaster of the world's first airship, becomes widely recognized as a deity due to an ancient elven prophecy, bringing him a whole lot of adventures, troubles, and dangers. The game develops in a nonlinear way, offering, in addition to the main plot line, a whole bunch of extremely complex side quests. Just as in the aforementioned Fallout, the game has no rigid class system; hence, our character can specialize in magic, technology, or freely combine both elements.

Drakensang: The River of Time
Drakensang: The River of Time

RPG 19 February 2010

The second part of the classic RPG with a third person perspective, embedded in the fantasy universe known from The Dark Eye feature system. In the game we set off with a team from the city of Nadoret on an adventure preceded by plot themes known from the original. Again, magical characters and creatures stand in our way. While exploring new corners of Aventuria we also find new objects or spells.

Baldur's Gate
Baldur's Gate

RPG 23 December 1998

A fantasy RPG that draws inspiration from the roots of the genre and faithfully recreates the rules of the second edition of the D&D system. The action starts in Candlekeep, a stronghold located on the Sword Coast in the Forgotten Realms. The protagonist is a youngster brought up by his foster father, Gorion. When strangers attempt to take his life, both heroes try to escape, but Gorion sacrifices himself to save his son. Uncovering his true destination and the cause of the unexplained events become the goals of the protagonist. Bioware’s Baldur’s Gate offers a classical isometric view and the possibility of controlling a party of diversified characters with various personalities and statistics. The gameplay is focused on exploring vast lands of the Forgotten Realms, completing a myriad of primary and secondary quests, and real-time combat featuring an active pause.

Planescape Torment
Planescape Torment

RPG 10 December 1999

A classical isometric cRPG based on the rules of the 2nd edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. It was developed by Black Isle Studios, the creators of the Fallout series. The action of Planescape: Torment starts in the Mortuary in the city of Sigil, known also as the City of Doors due to countless portals present therein. There, we meet the protagonist, the Nameless One, an immortal man who will be trying to regain his identity and memories throughout the game. The title is powered by the game engine employed in a bestselling RPG, Baldur’s Gate, and features similar gameplay mechanics. In the game, we control a party of very original characters and the gameplay focuses on performing subsequent quests connected to the past of the protagonist. The game heavily emphasizes the plot, while real-time combat, although present and featuring active pause mechanics, is of second importance.

Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor

RPG 09 June 1999

The seventh installment in one of the most popular first-person RPGs by New World Computing. Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor takes us to the world of Erathia, which slowly regains its balance. It quickly turns out that multiple different races cannot coexist peacefully, and the increasing tensions between humans and elves will soon become intolerable. The Necromancer guild tries to use the situation in Erathia to their wicked ends, and only the player-controlled party can thwart their plan. Apart from the main storyline, the game features 18 side quests, nearly 30 kinds of monsters, and over 500 non-player characters. The seventh installment of the saga, created on the basis of its predecessor, offers a similar visual quality level as well as comparable gameplay mechanics and character development system. The number of available classes was increased, though, and the plot became multi-threaded, thus forcing the player to make choices that have an impact on the further course of the story.

Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part II
Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part II

RPG 16 February 2016

The second expansion for Pillars of Eternity, a classical cRPG by Obsidian Entertainment. The DLC continues the story started in The White March – Part I, expanding the game world with new locations and quests. The add-on also increases the character level cap and adds some previously unavailable special abilities. The White March – Part II introduces an additional companion, a barbarian named Meleha, as well as the Story Time mode which accelerates story progress.

Wizardry 8
Wizardry 8

RPG 15 November 2001

Wizardry 8 is the eighth installment of the valued cRPG series produced and published by Sir-Tech. This time the action of the game was set on the mysterious planet Dominus, and the team led by the player has to face many dangers of the omu Space Lords. The non-linear storyline allows for different game ends.

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition

RPG 15 November 2013

An Overhaul Games’ remastered edition of the cult Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn with the Throne of Bhaal expansion. The players have another opportunity to visit the fantasy world of Forgotten Realms to embark on a rescue mission with the protagonist and face his horrifying legacy. Similarly to the original, the gameplay mechanics of Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition are based on the second edition of the Dungeons & Dragons RPG system. The developers of the reedition introduce a number of additional quests, items, locations, and characters. Changes were also made in the graphics, upgrading them to the High Definition standard.

Might & Magic X: Legacy
Might & Magic X: Legacy

RPG 23 January 2014

Might & Magic X: Legacy is the tenth installment in the legendary cRPG series, and the first one created by Limbic Entertainment. The game is set in the fantasy world of Ashan, after the events of Might & Magic: Heroes VI. The City of Karthal, located on the Agyn Peninsula, is on the brink of seceding from the Holy Empire. Four adventurers, controlled by the player, become involved in a conspiracy, which can affect the fate of the whole kingdom. Mechanics-wise, Might & Magic X: Legacy is based on the earliest installments of the series and features e.g. turn-based combat, a wide range of weapons and equipment, and expansive skill developing options.

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition

RPG 27 March 2018

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is a remastered version of the 2002 bestselling RPG for PC. The project includes the vanilla game as well as the Shadows of Undrentide, Hordes of the Underdark, and Kingmaker expansions. The title enhances the graphics and retains the compatibility with older mods at the same time.

Operencia: The Stolen Sun
Operencia: The Stolen Sun

RPG 29 March 2019

Operencia: The Stolen Sun is an RPG game created in the style of old dungeon-crawlers, with a jumping motion system and turn-based battles. Oldskul gameplay mechanisms are accompanied by modern graphics, and an additional attraction are unusual realities, inspired by the folklore of Central Europe.

Wasteland Remastered
Wasteland Remastered

RPG 25 February 2020

A remastered version of Wasteland, the cult 1988 RPG. Wasteland: The 30th Anniversary Edition takes us on a journey to the United States, destroyed during the nuclear war; as we play, we take control of the so-called Desert Rangers, the guards trying to bring order to the postapocalyptic world.