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It’s raining outside and you’re bored rigid. Your gaming platform of choice is staring at you from across the room – urging you to pick up the controller and play.
But you’ve exhausted your collection. Ticked off every last achievement from the library of titles weighing down your shelves.
You need something new to play, but you just can’t decide what.
Never fear! We are here with the first of our new platform-specific guides to gaming, which means you will never be bored again.
Today, it’s time for console-using fans of the RPG to get a look in, as we recommend the finest RPGs for Microsoft’s Xbox One platform.
We’ll update this list as and when any changes need to be made (there’s a certain post-apocalyptic RPG on the horizon which we’re more than a little excited about), but for now you can’t go wrong with any of the following.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
CD Projeckt Red’s epic conclusion to their Witcher triolgy released back in May, but many players are still only scratching the surface of what the game has to offer. With hundreds of side missions, an engaging main narrative, and a beautifully realised world to explore, make sure you set aside a good portion of time before settling down to The Witcher 3. You may not come back out of The Continent for a while.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
This next-gen re-imagining of Dark Souls II brought the uber-hard game series to a new legion of fans, complete with all of the optional downloadable content from the previous versions. Now you too can die over and over again as you tackle the resilient forces of one of the most beloved, hardcore fantasy RPGs of recent years.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
The Diablo series took something of a break between 2001 and 2012, returning to many fans’ delight with Diablo III. Now updated to today’s high standards of graphical fidelity, players can once again experience the action packed hack ‘n’ slash gameplay that helped define the series’ legacy.
Dragon Age Inquisition
Those masters of the narrative driven RPG, Bioware, turned their attention to their ‘other franchise’ (aside from Mass Effect) to crank out one of the best realised gaming worlds yet seen on consoles. Beautiful visuals driven by the Frostbite engine, and Bioware’s trademark branching storylines in which your decisions have real consequences, all came together to make a truly involving game.
Child of Light
This quirky role-playing game from Ubisoft Montreal released as a digital download in April 2014, and quickly garnered a great deal of respect from critics and fans alike. Combining side-scrolling elements – and even some hints of platforming – proved a smart move, and presenting it all through Ubisoft’s gorgeous UbiArt engine to give a hand-drawn style means the game stands out from the wealth of other swords and sorcery games on the market.
Hand of Fate
Hand of Fate combines the combat of an action role-playing game with roguelike and deck-building elements, blurring the lines seamlessly between video game and a more traditional board game. Players are dealt cards randomly throughout their play time, receiving items and power-ups dependent on the cards they are dealt, which can make for some interesting situations, and no two playthroughs being the same.
The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited
The hugely popular Elder Scrolls series made the jump into the world of online game with Tamriel Unlimited. Players embark on an epic adventure to save the land from a seemingly unstoppable evil, in a sprawling storyline that can be experienced on your own if you wish. But for full effect you’ll want to get your console online to enjoy playing with your friends.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
Final Fantasy is a series that doesn’t really need an introduction. With countless iterations spanning decades of gaming history, heated debates constantly flare up as to which FF title from history is the best. Why not forget the arguments and look to the future with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, the first FF game for the current generation of console hardware. It’ll at least get you excited for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV next year.
Lords of the Fallen
This fantasy action RPG is set in a harsh world where a defeated God is looking to get His revenge on the humanity that conquered Him. Using satisfying melee combat system with weapons, armour and skills influencing speed, power and agility, every fight is both a challenge and a meaningful victory as you must defend mankind against a demonic army led by the titular Lords. Far better than the ‘Dark Souls knock-off’ some have dismissed it as.
This free-to-play title originally launched on PC before being ported to consoles due to popular demand, and it’s quite easy to see why. A direct spin-off from the famous Dungeons & Dragons series, the title comes with all the complex rule mastery it takes to perfect your playing of a game like this, while still being accessible to newcomers who may otherwise be daunted. The best part? It’s free-to-play!