The focus of my blog is on role-playing games so in this first toplist I created a top ten of the role-playing games I look out for the most at this moment. I also write previsions, my view on games to come, on games I can’t wait to play so this fits in pretty well. You can expect previsions on the games in my top 10 the coming months.
So it took a bit longer then expected to finish this but that’s because loads of great role-playing games are upcoming and it was kind of hard to pick out my favorites. Before you start checking out my top ten I do want to remind you that this is my opinion. In no case can this toplist be seen as a fact and I would love to hear about what games you look out for the most. Some awesome role-playing games might have escaped from my attention or there might even be some epic upcoming role-playing game I haven’t heard about yet. Because the length of this post I decided to break it down in pages. The last page will conclude with some honorable mentions, my most anticipated role-playing game and I will sum up the complete top 10. Let’s start with my number ten.
10. Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition
At E3 I had an appointment with Larian Studios and it is actually the appointment that stayed with me the most. This was the first time I didn’t feel like talking to some PR-spokesperson who had its lips tied down. They showed of Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition and it looked great. I did hear about Divinity: Original Sin before but I have never gotten around to playing it. Critics are really positive on this game and from what I have seen so far the Enhanced Edition will only make the game better.
The gameplay-element that caught my attention the most is the co-op mode they implemented. Now you can traverse the world of Divinty with a friend on your couch at home. The best part is however that it’s not needed to stick together. If you want to visit a dungeon but your mate wants to go explore a town you can go ahead and do it. When you split up the screen will be divided and you can just go ahead and play your own game while playing together. No game comes to mind that did this before and it makes for an interesting twist. I’m looking forward to playing this awesome adventure together with a friend of mine. Also be sure to check out the current kickstarter for Divinity: Original Sin 2!
9. Tom Clancy’s The Division
Tom Clancy’s The Division is another game I got a chance to try at E3 this year. The gameplay-experience was really intense and it looked great. The theme was interesting as well and while this might not be a typical role-playing games it does implement some nice role-playing elements. In a mid-crisis New York you have to brave an infected area to find yourself new equipment and resources. You can do this alone or with friends but during your travels you will meet other players as well. These players might help you or they might kill you. The whole mental game this involves is crazy and a big challenge. You could help out the other players and stab them in the back right before you score the loot! Sounds great doesn’t it?
8. Dragon Quest XI
I really liked the Dragon Quest-remakes for Nintendo DS and I have them all. I was excited when Square Enix announced Dragon Quest XI for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS. The first screenshots look great and had a nice Dragon Quest-feeling to them. Not much is known about this new Dragon Quest-game but it is also expected to be released on Nintendo’s new console, currently known as Nintendo NX, as well. Square Enix did mention that we can expected the game before May 2017 which is pretty far away. Let’s hope we get some more information on this in the coming months. I did find a nice read-up on why Square Enix should release Dragon Quest XI in the west. Be sure to check it out here.
7. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
I really loved South Park: The Stick of Truth last year. I still think it’s one of the best and most surprising role-playing games of 2014. I enjoy watching South Park and with The Stick of Truth they finally managed to bring the same humor to a video game. I was thrilled when they announced South Park: The Fractured But Whole at the Ubisoft E3 press conference. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, said before that they didn’t want to work on a game again so it came as a big surprise to me. For this new game they dropped the Lord of the Rings-setting and are going for the familiar superhero setting which has been shown in many episodes of South Park before. Again as the new kid you join The Coon and his friends in a new adventure in the crime-ridden underbelly of South Park. I can’t wait to see which crazy skills and harsh jokes we will find there.
6. Horizon: Zero Dawn
When Sony announced Horizon: Zero Dawn the crowd at the press conference got blown away by the sheer beauty of it. This action role-playing game by Dutch developer Guerilla Games instantly became one of the show favorites. The trailer they showed looked absolutely awesome. The environment looked great and the fighting looked really intense. In a post-apocalyptic world ruled by mechanized creatures you, playing as a hunter called Aloy, try to survive. This whole setting is something I have not seen before and the game seems to have a large open world with a dynamic day-night cycle and weather system in place. Development on Horizon: New Dawn has been ongoing for almost four years now so we can expect it to be released somewhere in 2016. Who doesn’t want to fight giant mechanical dinosaurs with a badass female protagonist shooting all kinds of technological arrows?