The Best Xbox One RPGs Available in 2019

By Dave Horobin, 20 days ago
Role-playing games are famously among the most intensive and content-rich games you can find on the Xbox One. In fact, it's really always been like that. RPGs made gaming big at a time when games were much smaller, many years ago. Nowadays, huge open-worlds, well-written characters, and expansive lore can be found in RPGs of all sorts and settings. These things are staples of the genre, but even amongst the vast ocean of role-playing games now on consoles, there are those that stand out as the biggest and best of the best.

If you're looking to decide which RPG you should be sinking your free time into next, look no further, we've narrowed down the choice by using a combination of site review scores and your community ratings to put together our list of the best Xbox One RPGs games available in 2019.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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The quality and quantity of the content in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are beyond compare and without peer. It is now the gold standard to which all other RPGs will be held. With hundreds of hours of rich, detailed story, a plethora of side quests, incredible aesthetic design, deep combat systems, and an unprecedented sense of place and character, it checks off all of the boxes for excellence in the genre. Those plaudits come at a price, though, as the game can be a technical grab bag of minor (and major) bugs and glitches. While there is little doubt that CD Projekt RED will be giving the game consistent patch and DLC support to smooth out the majority of these marks, you can only buff out the dents in the horrific control scheme so much. Fortunately, these technical gripes and moments of mechanical frustration are easy to overlook when examining the experience as a whole. This is a game that should not be missed by RPG fans, should be tried by curious gamers, and will be looked back upon as one of the best ever. Consider it a must play and say goodbye to your summer.

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NieR: Automata BECOME AS GODS Edition

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NieR: Automata is without a doubt one of the best games of the generation and it's likely going to remain one of my personal favorite games ever. The gameplay is sensibly designed to ensure you're always having fun and the world itself is full of enough content to keep you going without forcing you to go on a Ubisoftian collect-a-thon. More importantly, though, the story has an impact on both a base level and philosophically, and will no doubt leave you with questions to consider for days after you finish if you enjoy that kind of thing. I wish I could have more games like NieR: Automata, but I'll probably be waiting a while — it's only so often a game this excellent comes around.

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Fallout 4

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The best thing about Fallout 4 is the freedom that it gives you, not only with what to do and where to go but also how quests will turn out. Will you talk your way out of a certain quest or run in all guns blazing? The choice is yours. Obviously, the game is not without its problems; starting and ending conversations can sometimes be a little awkward, NPCs have a habit of getting stuck or being in the wrong place, and there were more than a couple of problems in figuring out what the settlements needed. Overall though, the game is pretty close to perfect, and if you decide to pass on exploring the vast wasteland, then you only have yourself to blame. The hype is real, and you won't be disappointed.

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South Park: The Fractured but Whole

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The Stick of Truth was a brilliant example of how South Park can be translated into the medium of video games while still retaining its essence. The Fractured but Whole has managed to do that again and take it even further. Housing a story that is both offensive, yet hilarious, ludicrous, yet serious is a rare achievement but this game accomplishes it. The overhauled combat also keeps strategy a key part of gameplay so tactical thinking is always rewarded. With customisation tying many of the game elements together, everything flows extremely well, giving us a game with which we can wind down when exploring, be on the edge of our seats when engaging with the story, and get our thinking caps on when fighting the enemy. It's been another fairly lengthy wait for a South Park game, but it has certainly paid off. Ready your bowels, people, things are about to get smelly.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

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With a breathtaking world, extra DLC quests, mod support and the chance to play all of our favourite quests again, there's a good chance that Skyrim: Special Edition will grab us all just as it did the first time around. The graphical upgrade is impressive and you won't struggle to enjoy the view as you dive straight back into the game. A lot of the bugs and glitches that were experienced in the original are back, but with nothing game breaking here, can we forgive the expected problems from Bethesda? Possibly. Did Skyrim need a remaster? Probably not. Are we all going to buy it anyway? Probably.

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Dark Souls III

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Dark Souls is a bit of a "marmite" franchise in the gaming industry. While some absolutely loathe it, others adore it and can't get enough. The series had a rocky road with Dark Souls II and had some fans questioning design decisions, but Dark Souls III has reminded the community of why the series has the reputation it does. The game is an undeniable treat for both eyes and ears, and uncovering the lore as you explore the darkest depths is an experience that is unparalleled in many other games. The new FP gauge and weapon arts are great new features, aiming to excite new players as well as to help veterans to discover new ways of fighting, and these are used to great effect in the incredible boss fights. The game might stumble slightly on the way with occasional difficulty changes and linearity of some areas, but this will be quickly overshadowed by the many things the game gets right. It's a challenge that, when overcome, will invigorate your desire to keep going, and when you do, you will be glad you did. Prepare to die once again, Unkindled One. It's a dangerous world out there.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a game about choice in every aspect. It's an RPG where it truly is your story, with no two playthroughs being alike thanks to the vast number of ways to tackle any given situation. If you want to be the hero, you can, if you want to be the villain, you can do that too. But more often than not, you're going to be playing in the gray, making choices and living the outcomes — or reloading to get a better one, which is just as valid a way to play. The combat is likewise complimented by choice, from how you build your party to what actions you take against enemies that are incredibly challenging but also rewarding to square off against. Every enemy is a threat, but so are you. The world of Divinity is exceedingly vast, but it's full to the brim with meaningful content that you'll enjoy exploring through for dozens or even hundreds of hours. There are few RPGs I'd dare to call essential, but Divinity: Original Sin 2 stands out among all others as deserving of that accolade. It's undoubtedly one of the best tactical and role-playing experiences you'll ever have on any platform.

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Darkest Dungeon

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To say Darkest Dungeon is a challenging and satisfying RPG doesn't seem like nearly enough praise. The sheer amount of customization — 15+ different classes, seven abilities per character to choose from, equippable trinkets, and much more besides — makes for a highly involved, appetizingly deep adventure that can be approached with many different play styles. The psychological and stress aspects add something unique that is not seen every day. All the while, the roar of the excellent narrator commentates the success and failures of the player as they progress through intricately hand-drawn environments and battles with sound design tailored to perfection. The handling of the game on console feels a little off since the title originated from PC, but don't miss out on Darkest Dungeon's incredible experience just for that reason.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition

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After the unusually paced and structured Dragon Age II dampened the hype that started with Dragon Age: Origins, the direction in which the third instalment would go was anyone's guess. BioWare certainly changed tack once more, and perhaps in direct response to criticisms of the second game's small game world, opened up the landscape to a massive swathe of the fantastical land of Thedas. BioWare's days of excellent dialogue and character writing might be a distant memory but that excellence was still evident in Inquisition, with an intriguing dark storyline and some fascinating new characters integrating well with returning favourites. It has some problems with pacing, but it was a brief return to form for the studio and is considered by many to be the best of the Dragon Age series so far.

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KINGDOM HEARTS III

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Fans of the series have been waiting for this game for a long time, and Kingdom Hearts III will not disappoint them. Both the new and old worlds are a joy to play through, and you are given the freedom to explore them as and when you want. The story is complicated, there's no denying it, and this is not an easy jumping on point for people new to the series. If you put your time into this game there's an abundance of rewards to get out of it, only tarnished by some minor gameplay issues. Sora's latest adventure is magical.

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Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

Tales of Vesperia earned its place in history as a classic JRPG when it released a decade ago. It's since been surpassed by newer, better games, but the framework still holds up as a quality experience after all this time. Sure, it's got an exceedingly forgettable story and its gameplay design isn't as easy to understand as one might hope. But it's also got a roster of characters that feel unique and that take on topics your average popcorn JRPG doesn't dare touch. Its combat has a ton of depth for those that dig deep enough and it's really quite fun. Its world design is excellent with secrets to discover everywhere and a clear path for those on a mission. This isn't the best JRPG you'll find on the market by any stretch, but it's certainly still good and those looking for a history lesson on how the genre used to be couldn't do better on Xbox One. Tales of Vesperia is a title fans will be happy to revisit.

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Monster Hunter: World

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The thrill of the hunt is alive and well in Monster Hunter: World. Whether it's a giant lizard or a flying dragon, the beasts you'll hunt will require careful planning, tracking and execution to down. This enjoyable gameplay loop is filled in with beautiful zones and a completely forgettable story. Character development is exciting as you piece together armor that will help you tackle a given foe and a huge bounty of weapons offers plenty of different playstyles, although learning those styles will likely require watching an outside tutorial to really excel. The game is wonderful with friends, but unfortunately, the implementation of co-op only works well in the end game — story missions can often only be consumed solo, a huge misstep considering how much better the co-op can be. Monster Hunter: World captures that feel of hunting, and despite its technical quirks and poor design decisions, if you've got a group of friends to play with it comes highly recommended. If you're running solo, you might be better waiting for a sale.

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Final Fantasy XV

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Final Fantasy XV is a game about a journey between friends and for a journey, it's a fine one. The game has got issues ranging from poor character development to dull combat and generic side quests, but it's also something special thanks to memorable friends and amazing music. The developer wanted to make a game for fans and newcomers alike and they made many changes to the typical Final Fantasy formula. The result is a game that is not like what you would expect, but for those who want to find something to love here, there's something to find.

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Path of Exile

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Swords. Axes. Spells. Battle cries. They're the bread and butter of the genre and they've been done a million times in a million different ways, but never quite like this. Maybe it's the vast array of badass weapons at your disposal. Maybe it's the bounty of skills and spells that you can customize exactly to your play style. Maybe it's the promise of finally getting that perfect piece of loot to complete your build. It's hard to say, but what's pretty clear is that this game is without peers. If you want to wade into a horde of enemies and brutally annihilate them all in the quest for ever-increasing power, there's only one game worth playing: Path of Exile. It's also free to play!

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition

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Even if you are not an RPG fan, you've likely heard of the Diablo series, considered by many to be the quintessential dungeon-crawling action role-playing game. While it's up for debate whether the third instalment is truly the best, it's the one that was successfully ported to modern consoles and it's hard to resist its addictive loot-hunting game loop — which will help in the long grind to completion. If you plump for the Eternal Collection you will get the highly acclaimed Rise of the Necromancer DLC as well, introducing an interesting new class into the mix.

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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

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If you missed out on the original release of Dragon's Dogma on the Xbox 360 back in 2012, 2017's remastered version on the Xbox One is definitely worth looking at. Featuring tight controls, solid combat and a large open-world for you to explore that is filled with danger, Dark Arisen certainly isn't the best example of a last-generation remaster, but there is more than enough content of offer to make it a solid recommendation for western RPG fans.

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Dave Horobin
Written by Dave Horobin
Dave is the TrueAchievements Social Manager and has been a Newshound since 2010. When he's not chasing developers and publishers for early review copies, he can usually be found on the TrueAchievements social pages discussing all things TA related.