Shenmue II (XBOX)
8.7 Game Score
A direct sequel to the first installment in the series of adventures of Ryo Hazuki, a martial artist who arrives in Hong-Kong to find the murderers of his father. The game, developed by an in-house studio belonging to Sega, allows you to explore several large districts of the Pearl of the Orient, including the Aberdeen Harbor, Wanchai, and Kowloon. Shenmue II utilizes the third person's perspective; the gameplay consists of exploring detailed locations, talking to NPCs and completing quests for them, and fighting encountered enemies using a number of hand-to-hand combat techniques. The protagonist also has to earn his living, for example by working in the docks. Additionally the day-night cycle makes some events happen only at a given time. The production features pleasant visuals, visually based on the first installment.
Jade Empire (XBOX)
8.4 Game Score
An action RPG developed by the creators of the Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights series. Initially, it was released solely for Xbox, then its expanded edition came out for the popular PC platform. The story of Jade Empire takes place in a fantasy world based on Chinese mythology. In the game, we assume the role of one of six characters — all of them students of a famous martial arts teacher called Master Li — that have to hone their skills under the supervision of their mentor in order to become true legends. The story is non-linear and is distinguished by the mechanism of making constant choices between good and evil, therefore each interaction with the environment, each conversation with an NPC, and even a fight influences the further plot progress and our character’s development path. The game offers fully 3D graphics with third-person perspective view and a real-time combat system that requires combining individual strikes into complex sequences.
Fable: The Lost Chapters (XBOX)
8.3 Game Score
An expanded version of Fable, the 2004’s bestselling, Xbox-exclusive RPG by Lionhead Studios. The action once again takes us to the fantasy land of Albion, where the protagonist seeks revenge on those who assaulted Oakenfold, his home village. In the game, we complete subsequent story quests and observe how the main character evolves from a defenseless child to one of the biggest heroes of Albion. The gameplay is supplemented by the constant necessity to make moral choices that influence the appearance and alignment of the protagonist as well as the way the NPCs react to his presence. Compared to the Xbox original, Fable: The Lost Chapters introduces numerous new elements to the gameplay – the most important one is the extended story line, including an additional chapter taking place after the game's finale. Moreover, the game offers new missions and locations as well as previously unavailable items and spells.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (XBOX)
8.3 Game Score
RPG action game from the series, which debuted on PCs. In the console version we received a faster and battle-oriented production, but still unusually atmospheric. The adventure takes the player to the world of Forgotten Realms and allows you to play one of the three daredevils. Tasks, powerful artifacts and mythical monsters - in the game you will find all the typical motifs known from other RPGs.
ARX Fatalis (XBOX)
8.3 Game Score
A game of the cRPG genre, with its basics referring directly to the classics of this genre. Its action takes us to a fantastic and magical land where we must stop the evil cult from bringing its evil god into the world of mortals.
8.3 Game Score
Sudeki is an RPG game, maintained in the Far East style of manga. The player directs the actions of four inhabitants of the fantastic kingdom of Hikaria, thrown into the very middle of the conflict between the forces of good (The Bright Empire) and darkness (World of Darkness). Developers from Climax studio took care of eye-catching, colorful visual setting and advanced AI computer scripts.
8.2 Game Score
A fantasy action RPG developed by Lionhead Studios, the creators of Black & White, led by an industry legend, Peter Molyneux. In the game, we assume the role of a young boy whose father was killed and mother and sister abducted when their village was raided by bandits. Saved by a man named Maze, the protagonist is brought up in the Heroes’ Guild to eventually become a full-fledged hero and take revenge on those responsible for the massacre. In Fable, our task is to complete story quests, the integral part of which is real-time combat with the use of magic and melee weapons. The game’s hallmark is a unique character development system: the protagonist not only gains experience and improves the three basic skill trees but also ages. His appearance and alignment can also change, as the game constantly faces us with the necessity of choosing between good and evil.
Knights of the Temple II (XBOX)
8.1 Game Score
Sequel was released in March 2004 as an action-adventure (hack-and-slash) game. Again, we play the role of Paul de Raque, a knight of the Templar Order, entangled in the eternal struggle against the demonic forces of Hell that attack humanity. The authors reduced the linearity of levels, added a trading option and RPG elements in the form of a character development system.
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (XBOX)
8.1 Game Score
The Lord of the Rings returns! The Third Era has come. An era of chaos and doubt. History has made a circle. Gather your team and embark on another expedition for truth and justice. But beware of the ominous eye - it won't rest until it annihilates you.
Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (XBOX)
8.1 Game Score
Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows is the seventh in the famous series, launched in the mid 1980s. According to the spirit of the saga, we were served an incredible amount of dynamic action, sprinkled with elements of the cRPG genre.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (XBOX)
8.1 Game Score
The second installment of the bestselling RPG set in the popular Star Wars universe. Contrary to its predecessor created by BioWare, it was developed by Obsidian Entertainment. The sequel’s plot starts 5 years after the events of the first part and tells a completely different story, focusing on entirely new characters. This time around, we assume the role of the last Jedi knight, whose task is to rebuild the dissolved Jedi Order and restore peace and order in the galaxy. Starting out, we possess practically no abilities. While playing, we gradually regain our powers and lost skills. Gameplay mechanics are virtually unchanged — the developed introduced just a few minor enhancements. Apart from new powers and character classes, the game allows us to use two different weapon configurations and significantly expands our crafting and customization possibilities.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (XBOX)
8.0 Game Score
A third person RPG title set in the Star Wars universe, one of the world’s most famous science fiction franchises. The game was created by BioWare Studios, mainly known for the legendary series Baldur’s Gate. The story of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is set 4,000 years before the events of the film saga, during the so-called Old Republic period. You take lead of a party of heroes representing three different races and several classes, and make your mark on the age-long conflict between Jedi knights and the Sith. The game invites you to visit 8 diverse worlds – some of them known from the films and a couple of brand new ones. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic features real-time combat with active pause, letting you adjust your tactics on the fly. As befits an RPG, you get to use a large arsenal of weapons and supernatural artifacts. Moreover, characters can be developed in multiple ways. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic constantly puts you up against choices between the dark and light side of the Force – these decisions will impact the way the story unfolds.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 (XBOX)
7.9 Game Score
The second installment of the side Baldur's Gate series, directed at the console. Unlike the original PC, the game represents the "action RPG" genre in the Diablo style. The production takes us back to the world of fantasy, where we play one of the available characters and perform tasks, fight monsters and gain powerful artifacts.
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (XBOX)
7.4 Game Score
The third installment in a legendary action RPG series developed by Bethesda since 1994. The story once again takes the player to the realm of Tamriel, this time to the east, to the Morrowind province. The player assumes the role of a prisoner released from imprisonment by the Emperor and given a secret mission. As it turns out, the protagonist may be the reincarnation of the legendary, treacherously murdered hero by the name of Nerevar, and his mission is to stop the reemerging evil that his previous self had once defeated. The player can chooses from ten available races and twenty-one character classes - thanks to the game's flexible character progression system the character development is influenced mainly by the player's preferred gameplay style. The player can freely choose which quests to complete and when. The game's fully 3D visuals are a big step forward in comparison to the previous installments in the franchise. Additionally, a special editor allows the player to modify the game world to a very large degree.
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (XBOX)
7.0 Game Score
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is a sequel to a successful action-RPG game released at the end of 2004, which is an ideal proposition for comic book lovers or animated adventures of Mutants.
Daemon Vector (XBOX)
6.8 Game Score
Dynamic action game, full of RPG elements and maintained in the convention of gothic dark fantasy. As is usually the case in such productions, we observe our protagonist from the perspective of a third person, with the possibility of active camera rotation.