The RPG genre is a one that never seems to lose popularity. For a certain type of gamer, there is truly nothing better than getting totally lost in an immersive fantasy world, making big decisions and building a powerful character. The genre has mutated into many different forms: we have open-world games, action RPGs, turn-based RPGs and many different combations of the aforementioned. While a lot of games are blazing new trails for the genre, there is an equal number of titles that seek to bring back the virtues of classic role-playing. Let us take a look at the best RPG titles released in 2018 so far – among them are both conservative and forward-thinking titles, so there is definitely something for everyone!
For the type of gamer who yearns for the likes of the Baldurs Gate series, there is no better proposition than Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. This sequel to a throwback hit from 2015 boasts numerous improvements to the predecessor, the most significant of which are a bigger world and an improved level of writing. This time, the story takes the players to the sea and allows them to become brave pirates, which is a nice change of pace from a more typical fantasy setting of the predecessor. Although the game uses an isometric view reminiscent of classic RPGs, its graphics are as much of a feast for the eyes as The Witcher 3 or Horizon: Zero Dawn. It boasts beautiful, hand-painted backgrounds that will probably age much better than most of the current 3D games!
For anyone who loves RPGs, but has become tired of fantasy settings, Kingdom Come: Deliverance (PS4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows) is a dream come true! The game takes place in 15th century Europe and its sandbox world is closely modeled on an actual geographical location! Coupled with the beautiful graphics, the game’s realism should impress even the most jaded player. This is an unique title that every fan of RPGs should at least try playing.