Role Playing Games or RPGs are a vast genre of video games, filled with thousands of games to fill the catalogue for players of this genre. Unlike many other games, RPG games are usually not very popular amongst the casual crowd and are sort of a niche in the gaming world, but in 2020 that changes completely!
2020 has been an incredible year for gaming, with some of the biggest titles such as The Last of Us 2, The Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Doom Eternal, the year has been extremely busy and insanely fun despite all the chaos of the Covid 19 pandemic.
So without any further ado, let’s get into the 10 best RPG games that were released in 2021!
10. Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact is one of the most adorable games that have been released in 2020; it has a lot of great RPG elements to back the cuteness up. The game is set in the mythical kingdom of Teyvat, which is a beautiful place full of lush green mountains and plains along with beautiful towns and palaces. The game also has a fantastic story, which is sort of animesque but it gets the job done, when it comes to quality, Genshin Impact has you covered. The game is also extremely flexible as it can run on PC, PS4 and even Mobile. The game has a bunch of issues though, such as the overly grinding gameplay loop, the loot boxes with bad drop rates, and a very limiting energy system so keep that in mind before you head into it.
9. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
One of the few games that hardcore fans of Warband have been waiting for, the long awaited sequel to the highly acclaimed Mount and Blade: Warband. Bannerlord checks all the right boxes, it is essentially the almost same game as Warband, but then it has brand new features that make your playthrough even more satisfying. The gameplay has seen some huge improvements over its prequel with more ragdolls and blood effects being added, along with the huge graphical update. The game is a must play for any hardcore Mount and Blade fan.
8. Wasteland 3
The sequel to Wasteland 2 is one of the more complicated RPG games that have come out recently; the game is very story-centric and focuses a lot on its turn based combat that has a very fluid system to back it up. Apart from that, the game just looks breathtaking, with almost all of the dialogue being fully voiced and each of the NPCs looking more and more unique, the world around you has a proper personality in Wasteland 3.
7. Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the highest selling PlayStation 4 games, it brought a great mix of futuristic mechanical monsters with a blend of medieval fantasy. Aloy’s story was one to follow for even the most casual players and so they did, the game became such a high standard for Sony’s already great exclusives that they had to bring Kratos out of retirement to best it. The game has an incredible mix of action and roleplaying but the world and the narrative is what takes the cake here, with a great story and a great world, the game becomes fully immersive.
6. Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII was one of the very first RPGs that a lot of people played, that game went on to shape the gamer inside of them and turn them into an RPG lover. I think it is safe to say that Square Enix has delivered when it comes to the hype around the original Final Fantasy VII. The game looks flawless and plays smoothly, especially now that it will soon be upgraded to newer generation of consoles, and PC. The PC port of the game is something that many players wanted, and they are finally getting it. So if you’re on PC or PlayStation, you might want to grab this game and relive some very beautiful memories.
5. Nioh 2
Nioh 2 is a sequel to 2017’s acclaimed cult hit Nioh. Nioh 2 is an action RPG based on the infamous Soulsborne genre, the genre consists of extremely hard gameplay loops with punishing bosses and consequences for dying. However unlike other Soulsborne games, Nioh 2 is much harder but also much more forgiving. The gameplay loop is filled with chewing through goons till you get to the bosses and then a lot of dying until you finally master their move-sets and take them down, there’s also a lot of emphasis on skills and perk points which will aid you in any situation that you find yourself in as a player.
Mortal Shell is a love letter to the Soulsborne genre with an entirely unique twist that changes the entire meta of those games. Instead of beating bosses to level up and acquire perk points (which you will anyways), Mortal Shell lets you collect the bosses’ abilities and use them as a shell, once you put on any given boss shell you gain all of their abilities. Mortal Shell is one of the most fascinating games that I’ve played this year and I’m pretty sure there’s going to be more from Cold Symmetry that will immerse players down the line.
3. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the 12th main entry in the decade old Assassin’s Creed Franchise, the series was originally introduced in 2008 but went downhill after 2014’s buggy Assassin’s Creed Unity. The series had been lost for a while, trying to find its proper identity, but I think it is safe to assume that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla breathes new life into a dying franchise and saves it from being forgotten. Gone are the overly grindy and clunky leveling mechanics from Odyssey, and usher a new Skill Tree where you directly invest points into perks and powers, and leveling up is much easier, mandatory side quests have been removed and stealth has seen a huge comeback. The game is an absolute must play for fans.
2. Demon Souls Remake
Demon Souls was a 2008 game which invented the beloved Soulsborne genre, the game has since sort of been forgotten, until Sony hired Blue Point and decided to reinvent the wheel. Demon Souls Remake is one of the most beautiful games that have been released in the genre, with the original castle being completely remade from the ground up into a gorgeous yet hellish landscape. The gameplay remains the same with a few minor quality of life tweaks to make it more modern, Demon Souls Remake is truly a quality remake.
1. Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 is a game surrounded by extreme controversy, whether it is regarding crunch conditions or the massive amounts of delays. Nevertheless, the game has been hyped since the year 2012, and it was finally released on December 10th to record breaking concurrent player counts. Cyberpunk 2077 is a massive action role-playing game set in 2077’s futuristic Night City, a dangerous place full of criminal gangs and money hungry corporations. You play as V, a gun for hire no matter what kind of situation you have, and the game is humongous. The bustling city streets with giant skyscrapers, the sense of verticality and realism to the world is insane. Cyberpunk 2077 is a truly must pick game no matter who you are.