Your healer turns masochistic, and actually begins damaging herself each turn. Your plague doctor gets greedy, and begins siphoning loot during each dungeon run. A few hours into the campaign, your precious heroes become deeply flawed tools that you either need to learn how to work with, or use until they break, and replace like disposable batteries.

With Lovecraft's hell as your workplace, Darkest Dungeon is about learning how to become a brutal and effective middle manager. Your heroes will be slaughtered by fishmen, cultists, demons, and foul pigmen as you push through decaying halls, but more will return to camp with tortured minds or other maladies.

Do you spend piles of gold to care for them, or put those resources toward your ultimate goal? Darkest Dungeon is a brilliant cohesion of art, sound, writing, and design.

The colorful, hand-drawn horrors pop from the screen, showing their influence but never feeling derivative. It's a hard game, but once you understand that everyone is expendable—even the vestal with kleptomania you love so much—Darkest Dungeon's brutality becomes a fantastic story-generator more than a frustration.

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The metagame of alliance-making, marriage, looting, and economics underpinning these battles makes Warband a satisfying game of gathering goods, enemies, and friendship.

We loved BioWare's original Neverwinter Nights from and especially its expansions , but as a single-player experience, Neverwinter Nights 2 was in a class all of its own.

Whereas the original had a fairly weak main campaign that mainly seemed aimed at showing what the DM kit was capable of, Obsidian Entertainment managed to equal and arguably outdo BioWare's storytelling prowess in the sequel when it took over the helm.

The whole affair brimmed with humor, and companions such as the raucous dwarf Khelgar Ironfist still have few rivals in personality nine years later.

And the quality just kept coming. Shades of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past reveal themselves in the masterful Shadow of the Betrayer expansion's focus on two halves of the same world, but Obsidian skillfully uses that familiar framework to deliver an unforgettable commentary on religion.

Few games are as staunchly open-world—and unforgiving—as Gothic 2. The first time we played it, we left town in the wrong direction and immediately met monsters many levels higher than us, and died horribly.

Lesson learned. It sounds like Gothic 2 is too punishing, but we love the way it forces us to learn our way through its world.

Pick a direction and run. A random chat with an NPC will lead you to a far-off dungeon, searching for a legendary relic. You could be picking berries on the side of a mountain and discover a dragon.

Oops, accidental dragon fight. Some on the PC Gamer team keep a modded-up Skyrim install handy, just in case they feel like adventure.

Release date: Developer: Obsidian Entertainment Steam. The sequel to the marvellous Pillars of Eternity ventures to the archipelago of Deadfire.

You, and your party of adventurers, need to pursue a rampaging god, but to reach it you first you need to learn to sail the high seas aboard The Defiant. On the ocean you can explore and can plunder enemy vessels for loot, which you can then use to upgrade your ship.

When you dock at a port the game switches back to classic top-down cRPG view and you're treated to elaborate and beautifully rendered locations. Designer Paul Neurath originally conceived of a dungeon simulator that would turn traditional role-playing conventions on their head.

Called Underworld, he and his team, the future Looking Glass Studios, built a game that rewarded real-world thinking to solve puzzles and please NPCs. Ultima developer Origin Systems was so impressed by the three-dimensional engine you could look up and down!

Characters that are normally enemies are friends in Underworld, and we love that you may not be able to tell. Underworld was a technological marvel in , but while the graphics are dated, the feeling of exploring the Stygian Abyss is just as exciting today.

Divinity was a Kickstarter success story that still somehow took us by surprise. Larian designed encounters thinking that someone could always disagree, or ruin things for you, or even kill the NPC you need to talk to—meaning that quests have to be solvable in unorthodox ways.

The writing in Divinity is consistently top-notch. Alliances are made, then broken, then remade in the aftermath. Choices you think are good just turn out to betray other characters.

The end result is possibly the most nuanced take on The Force in the entire Star Wars Expanded Universe, and definitely its most complex villains.

A fan-made mod restores much of that content, including a droid planet, and fixes lots of outstanding bugs, showing yet again that PC gamers will work hard to maintain their favorite games.

The endgame includes some particularly sloggy dungeons, but no other game truly drops you into a Vampire world. This is truly a cult classic of an RPG, and the fanbase has been patching and improving the game ever since release.

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Adding all this to the already-tremendous feeling of wiping out hordes of baddies with a well-timed ability change, RoS is the defining action RPG for us.

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura was astoundingly buggy when it came out, and many of its battles were as laughably imbalanced as its title.

Patches and mods have alleviated some of that pain over the years, but even then they weren't powerful enough to hide what a great mix of fantasy and steampunkery thrived under its surface.

That assessment holds up. Arcanum was dark 'n' gritty before some such tendencies became all the rage, and its character creator allowed players to create everything from gnome gamblers who brandish self-explanatory Tesla-guns to outcast orcs lugging along rusty maces.

Toss in non-linear progression and multiple solutions for quests, and you've got a winner that holds up 14 years later. It also adds much of the humor that we loved from the classic games: How can you not appreciate a game that gives you a nuclear grenade launcher?

It makes the game harder, but also more rewarding. Name any similar-looking RPG made in the past five years, and chances are good Dark Souls will be named as an inspiration for its design.

Still, Dark Souls 3 proves that no one does it quite so well as From Software. The spark of originality that was so compelling in Dark Souls 1 isn't quite as apparent here, the second sequel in just five years, but what remains is an impeccably designed combat-heavy RPG.

It's far more responsive than its predecessors, demanding faster action and reaction without sacrificing the deliberate play Dark Souls popularized.

Button mashing will get you nowhere but dead. Dark Souls 3 is the most approachable in the series thanks to frequent warp points, simplified online co-op and beautiful and hideous art that beckons you to explore every nook and corner.

No game series manages to reward you so profoundly for scrutinizing its lore and unfurling its secrets, and Dark Souls 3's faster, tighter controls and animation make it the most fun Souls game to play.

The epic scale of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is remarkable, but it's the power of choice in an unrelentingly ugly world that makes it unforgettable.

Moral ambiguity has never been so powerfully presented: the decisions you make actually matter, and the outcomes are often unforeseeable and rarely as good as you'd hope.

One of the most impressive things about The Witcher 2 is the way it blends two very distinct experiences. Early in the game, Geralt must make a choice that will take him down one of two separate paths, each offering a completely different perspective on the game's events.

If you want to see it all, you'll have to play it twice—and there's more than enough to make it a worthwhile effort. You might expect all your toil and trouble to eventually lead to a just and happy ending for all, but it won't.

Geralt isn't a hero; he's really not much more than a bystander, trying to protect what little he has from the chaos that surrounds him. His quest is entirely personal, driven forward by a colorful, occasionally bizarre and surprisingly believable cast of characters that really brings the game alive.

Geralt works alone, but he feels more like "one among many" than the savior-protagonists of other party-based RPGs. It's a fantastic and well-told tale, layered over very solid mechanical underpinnings: A flexible character development system, glorious eye candy, intense combat and more than enough secondary content to camouflage its very linear nature.

It's dark, it's dirty, it's sometimes flat-out depressing—and it's brilliant. Ferelden evokes much of the Forgotten Realms without feeling like a rehash, and your relationship with your team has that old BioWare magic.

The darkspawn feel like the kind of world-consuming threat that demands our attention, even if most of them are faceless hunks of evil for us to cut down.

We love how Dragon Age treats magic in its world, in particular the quests that force us to choose how to best handle abominations, the result of a renegade mage succombing to demonic possession.

That loneliness is key because Shock 2 is all about taking things away from you. Think twice before you walk into that radiated room. But the biggest thing Irrational takes away, right at the halfway mark of the game, is hope.

Irrational made games where the environment is the central character, and here, that character is the Von Braun. It creaks and moans as you pad quietly down its corridors.

Every door you open yelps. Its security systems attack you as if you hurt their feelings. Some play through with all guns blazing, but the psionics skills balance well with combat, and Tech skills open new areas later in the game.

The Guardian was one of the most terrifying things our young minds had ever encountered. His massive stone face emerging from the screen, with his actual, real-life voice taunting us, both tempting us to play more and horrifying us.

It was a technological marvel at the time, but Ultima 7 stands the test of time because of the interactivity of Britannia.

This is without a doubt the best installment of one of the most legendary RPG franchises ever. Do you want to run in the firefight, guns blazing, or do you want to sneak around and flank?

Do you want to snipe? Or maybe you want to hack some terminals and get droid reinforcement? Or, what if you talked to that NPC guard over there and convince his team to take a lunch break?

While it looks like a shooter, Deus Ex is all about role-playing elements. The leveling system rewards experimentation, and some of the later upgrades make your Denton feel like a superhero.

The attention to detail here is perfect, and no one element of the game ever truly feels forced. And there are a lot of clues—every note you find or sign you see seems to hint at some new conspiracy, and we love how the alliances in the game feel constantly in flux.

The NPCs you meet are just believable enough to make this conspiracy-laden world feel lived-in. Human Revolution looks better, but this is the smarter, more open-ended game. The release of Fallout 4 demonstrated that some cracks are starting to appear in Bethesda's usually reliable open world model, but that model seemed earthshaking back when Morrowind hit literal shelves way back in There was a magic in knowing you could tromp all over the island of Vvardenfell without even encountering a loading screen save upon entering buildings, and in seeing that the NPC population seemed to have lives beyond their interactions with you.

Plenty of other games have achieved similar effects in the years since, but the wonder of Morrowind is that it still holds up all these years later—even more so than its technically superior successor Oblivion.

A lot of that appeal springs from the delicious surrealism of Vvardenfell itself, where racist elves hang out in twisty mushrooms like smurfs in an acid dream, and where the more traditional castles of occupying foreigners clash with the landscape like pueblos in Scandinavia.

The AI might often seem primitive by today's standards, but the stories the tell often rival those in prettier contemporary RPGs. It thrives still, thanks in part to its own strengths and a dedicated modding community that creates countless new adventures and keeps it looking more modern than it actually is even going so far as to port the entirety of Morrowind into newer game engines.

The universe was a place we wanted to live, but there were too many systems and menus to dig through to get there. Still, it terrified us to hear that BioWare had streamed back so much and put more emphasis on the shooting mechanics.

Turns out, it was for the better: Mass Effect 2 trims just enough fat to let you focus on what matters: the optional Loyalty missions for your team. Recruiting a team to take on the Collectors puts the focus on small, interesting stories.

Once you've grown to know and love them, the endgame suicide run is one of the tensest final missions ever. It's rare for a game to spend more time on character arcs than its central driving narrative, but Mass Effect 2 pulls it off.

This is some of the best writing in BioWare's history. So is discovering the rich lore of Lordran, which is told through cryptic conversations and subtle environmental clues.

The depth of Dark Souls' world carries over into exploration, too. Everything is connected brilliantly, and secrets and shortcuts—including massive hidden areas and features—await the most dedicated adventurers.

Dark Souls' summoning system is also unlike anything else in RPGs, but you can unplug and beat the whole game solo, or learn to love being invaded and fighting off another player.

I love Little Witch Academia, which I never expected to be my cup of tea until the mood for something cute and uplifting struck me last year and it stepped in with aplomb: here, have a witch who sucks at magic, an anti-Potter that annoying dweeb who joins union picket lines and fights a missile.

The game looks just the same, and I have high hopes for it—whether or not Chamber of Time really succeeds as an RPG isn't too important to me, so long as it succeeds in a Little Witch Academia story.

It comes with a pang of sadness, though, as the show's screenwriter, Michiru Shimada , passed away late last year. I've been enjoying her work my whole life—may she rest in peace.

Lost Sphear looks the part, down to the text boxes, and the supernatural story about a world formed by memories fits the bill, too. I am Setsuna was pretty good by our reviewer's account , and maybe this time they'll ace it.

The first Monster Hunter to come to PC will sadly do so well after the console release—not until late this year. Steven and Austin had largely glowing praise after their time with it, and we're told to expect a a hour story.

Given that Steven says he put hours into Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Final Fantasy 15 is just around the corner for PC players, maybe a little wait won't hurt.

Similar to Recettear, Moonlighter is an RPG about a shopkeep who adventures in the night to restock their store with treasures and artifacts. The most interesting bit of design, at least having just heard about it, is how we'll have to judge customer reactions to our prices to determine whether we're over or undercharging.

Check out our interview from PAX West for more. Following the events of Moby Dick—which is not how I ever expected to introduce an RPG—you go right back on the hunt for the white whale.

Nantucket is styled similarly to illustrated text adventure 80 Days, but with turn-based ship combat and character stats. And whales. It's out this month. Sometimes I call my dog 'Ni no Kuni' and I'm not sure why, but that's neither here nor there: Ni no Kuni 2 is the first game in the series to appear on PC, so that's cool, and it's looking nice on account of the ex-Studio Ghibli artists working on it.

There's a Pikmin-ey aspect to it, as James observed when it was announced last January, with little summonable spirits named 'Higgledies. A "detective RPG" that casts you as a disgraced cop is there any other kind in fiction?

No Truce with the Furies is full of unconventional ideas like these have I mentioned the substance abuse system?

Odd Gods is a '90s-style RPG about the '90s, as we called it back in November , where rather than the typical fantasy classes, we'll roll "a skateboarder or a goth or a dramahead or a jock," as examples.

It also features an interesting turn-based combat system: like Frozen Synapse, orders aren't carried out one at a time, but all at once. Last we heard it was planned for Early Access soon.

I'll have an excuse to try again this February. We're told that the crowdfunded sequel to the beloved Dreamcast series is definitely releasing this year— double definitely.

It'll be a strange thing to play a game I never expected to be made, possibly made stranger by the Dreamcast-ey faces rendered with modern tech. It's kind of creepy. But exciting. Shenmue's intricate open worlds were unprecedented at the time, and though it was followed by many open world RPGs, nothing has felt quite like Shenmue's story of revenge and forklift driving.

The RPG adventure follow-up to Sunless Sea—because the sun just doesn't seem to be anywhere lately—Sunless Skies offers the same sort of thing: adventure through space, visit far off ports with stories and goods, upgrade your ship, fight pirates, and try to keep everyone from freaking out so much they mutiny on you.

Sunless Skies is currently in Early Access, but should be fully released by the end of the year. The Swords of Ditto is due out sometime this year.

The key promises are simulated systems and player freedom—cornerstones of the original Underworld games that inspired immersive sims like Deus Ex—with skills to mix and match, magic, and manipulation of the environment.

Underworld Ascendant should be out before the end of the year. Hey, it's another Warhammer game! If you think there are too many Warhammer games, you're clearly mistaken. Styx: Shards of Darkness studio Cyanide is developing this videogame adaptation of White Wolf's tabletop game.

We don't know a lot about it—except what we already know about the World of Darkness universe—but expect to do werewolfy stuff like fighting vampires.

A demo of the surreal RPG was released in , and though updates have been scarce, we're anticipating a release. Cyberpunk I'm not confident that CD Projekt's next epic will release this year— seems more likely, if not —but at this stage I expect we'll start finally hearing and seeing more about the digital adaptation of the tabletop Cyberpunk game.

For now, here's everything we know. EVE's brilliance at hosting player-driven dramas, with all their wars and betrayals, easily makes anything new from CCP exciting, despite its recent troubles.

I wouldn't expect to hear much more about this MMO for a year or two, but we'll be eyeing its progress closely.

Wasteland 3: should bring us Wasteland 3 , another party-based RPG from the series that preceded Fallout. For Wasteland 3, inXile promises "story-driven synchronous or asynchronous multiplayer" and a "newly-revamped dialog tree system" all set "in the savage lands of frozen Colorado.

Will it be revealed this year?

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The types of fights that RPGs typically treat as tutorial fodder are genuine accomplishments in Outward. To make matters worse, or better, in our opinion, Outward constantly auto-saves your game.

Your mistakes are permanent and death can't be sidestepped by loading a recent save. In a cruel marriage between Dark Souls and Minecraft, you're likely to be knocked down a peg every time you die, often left retracing your steps to find lost gear and left missing progress you'd so jealously hoarded.

Yet another treat is Outward's magic system in which you're forced to irreversibly trade some of your total health points for magical aptitude. Spells are hard-won and costly investments that make casting even a simple fireball a luxury.

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Sunless Sea's foreboding underground ocean is an abyss full of horrors and threats to the sanity of the crews that sail upon it. In your vulnerable little steamboat, you have to navigate these waters, trading, fighting and going on bizarre adventures on islands filled with giant mushrooms or rodents engaged in a civil war.

It's often strikingly pretty, but text drives Sunless Sea. Like Failbetter Games' browser-based Fallen London, it's drenched in beautifully written quests, dialogue and descriptions.

And it's not restricted to gothic horror, though there's plenty of it. Your journey across the black waters is just as likely to be whimsical and silly. Always, though, there's something sinister lurking nearby.

Something not quite right. Most licensed games are bad on their own, but a role-playing game based on a crudely animated, foul-mouthed television show should be downright awful.

But even today, the blocky character models still have personality, and the facial animations are surprisingly effective. The development cycle was plagued with issues and the final product rushed, but playing Anachronox now still feels like a revelation.

Need an upgrade to get Kingdom Come running at top clip? Here are the best graphics cards available today. In this historical RPG set in the muddy fields of Bohemia,you play as a peasant called Henry who gets swept up in a war for his homeland.

It's a detailed RPG, with a deep sword fighting system, hunger and thirst systems, crafting and more than a dozen equipment slots to fill with meticulously modeled gear inspired by the raiments of the time.

It's also surprisingly open-ended. If you want to wander into the woods and pick mushrooms for meagre coin then off you go, just be careful of bandits as you explore the pretty rural locales.

It's by no means perfect—there are plenty of bugs and wonky moments—but this is an RPG in the Elder Scrolls vein. A few bugs can be excused when the wider experience is this atmospheric.

Grim Dawn is a gritty, well-made action RPG with strong classes and a pretty world full of monsters to slay in their droves.

Like its cousin, Grim Dawn lets you pick two classes and share your upgrade points between two skill trees. This hybrid progression system creates plenty of scope for theorycrafting, and the skills are exciting to use—an essential prerequisite for games that rely so heavily on combat encounters.

The local demons and warlords that terrorize each portion of the world are well sketched out in the scrolling text NPC dialogue and found journals.

The smartest Final Fantasy game finally got a PC port in The game can't render the sort of streaming open worlds we're used to these days, but the art still looks great, and the gambit system is still one of the most fun party development systems in RPG history.

Gambits let you program party members with a hierarchy of commands that they automatically follow in fights. You're free to build any character in any direction you wish.

You can turn the street urchin Vaan into a broadsword-wielding combat specialist or a elemental wizard. The port even includes a fast-forward mode that make the grinding painless. We loved the original Legend of Grimrock and the way it embraced the old Dungeon Master model of making your party—mostly a collection of stats—explore the world one square at a time.

The one drawback is that it was too literal of a dungeon crawler. The enemies might change, but for the most part you kept trudging down what seemed like the same series of corridors until the game's end.

The sequel, though, focuses on both the dank dungeons and the bright, open world above, resulting in a nostalgic romp that's immensely enjoyable and filled with even deadlier enemies and more challenging puzzles.

As with the first outing, much of its power springs from the element of surprise. One moment you'll be merrily hacking through enemies with ease, and the next you might find yourself face-to-face with an unkillable demon.

And then you'll run, and you discover that there are sometimes almost as many thrills in flight as in the fight. Release date: Developer: tobyfox Humble StoreSteam.

Play only the first 20 minutes, and Undertale might seem like yet another JRPG tribute game, all inside jokes about Earthbound and Final Fantasy coated with bright sugary humor and endearingly ugly graphics.

But take it as a whole and find out that it isn't all bright and sugary after alland it's an inventive, heartfelt game. It's a little unsettling how slyly it watches us, remembering little things and using our preconceptions about RPGs to surprise and mortify and comfort.

Undertale certainly sticks out among all these cRPGs, but looking past its bullet hell-style combat and disregard for things like leveling and skill trees, it's got what counts: great storytelling and respect for player decisions.

It isn't quite the accomplishment of its cousin, Pillars of Eternity, but Tyranny's premise sets it apart from other RPGs.

Playing as an agent of evil could've been expressed with pure, bland sadism, but instead Tyranny focuses on the coldness of bureaucracy and ideological positioning. As a 'Fatebinder' faithful to conqueror Kyros the Overlord—yep, sounds evil—you're tasked with mediating talks between her bickering armies and engaging with rebels who fight despite obvious doom, choosing when to sympathize with them and when to eradicate them, most of the time striking a nasty compromise that balances cruelty and political positioning.

The latter is achieved through a complex reputation system that, unlike many other morality meters, allows fear and loyalty to coexist with companions and factions. As with Pillars, Tyranny's pauseable realtime combat and isometric fantasy world are a throwback to classic cRPGs, but not as a vehicle for nostalgia—it feels more like the genre had simply been hibernating, waiting for the right time to reemerge with all the creativity it had before.

This excellent free-to-play action RPG is heaven for players that enjoy stewing over builds to construct the most effective killing machine possible. As you plough through enemies and level up, you travel across this huge board, tailoring your character a little with each upgrade.

Gear customization is equally detailed. Every piece of armor has an arrangement of slots that take magic gems. These gems confer stat bonuses and bonus adjacency effects when set in the right formations.

You might begin Darkest Dungeon as you would an XCOM campaign: assembling a team of warriors that you've thoughtfully named, decorated, and upgraded for battle. How naive!

Inevitably, your favorite highwayman gets syphilis. Your healer turns masochistic, and actually begins damaging herself each turn. Your plague doctor gets greedy, and begins siphoning loot during each dungeon run.

A few hours into the campaign, your precious heroes become deeply flawed tools that you either need to learn how to work with, or use until they break, and replace like disposable batteries.

With Lovecraft's hell as your workplace, Darkest Dungeon is about learning how to become a brutal and effective middle manager. Your heroes will be slaughtered by fishmen, cultists, demons, and foul pigmen as you push through decaying halls, but more will return to camp with tortured minds or other maladies.

Do you spend piles of gold to care for them, or put those resources toward your ultimate goal? Darkest Dungeon is a brilliant cohesion of art, sound, writing, and design.

The colorful, hand-drawn horrors pop from the screen, showing their influence but never feeling derivative.

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Three things should have RPG players in good spirits. Below are the five RPGs I'm personally most excited for this year, followed by, oh, something more we're all looking forward to playing in the next 12 months. There'll be no shortage. Developer: Obsidian Release date: Link: Official site. I wish Pillars of Eternity 2 were out now—a long, singleplayer isometric RPG is an excellent way to pass these recently frigid nights.

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