The ten best Xbox One RPGs available in 2020

By Heidi Nicholas,
Role-playing games are as popular as ever, and for good reason. The best RPGs are only getting more ambitious and the genre has come to be almost synonymous with vast open worlds, fully realised characters, and hugely detailed stories. Many RPGs embrace greater complexity and moral ambiguity, building on the idea that there’s no good or bad choice — you can’t be 100% the hero, and you’re going to make choices you regret. A complex story backed up by extensive side missions and an over-arching depth of world lore, coupled with a massive open world, intricate dialogue and agonising player choices make for games that you can get lost in for hundreds of hours. We thought we’d go back through our list and update it with the best Xbox One RPGs available in 2020. These are only some of the hundreds of great RPGs out there, based onTA ratings, site review scores, and personal opinions, so if you don’t see your favourite on there, why not tell us about it and why you love it, in the comments?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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I’ll say it again — this is my favourite game of all-time. It takes the bar for the standard of RPGs, runs off with it, and disappears with it into the stratosphere. Its story is unbeatable, and backed up by intricate side quests, contracts, encounters and activities, with the whole thing tied up neatly in one of the most immersive game worlds there is, and supported by an in-depth lore and mythology which sets the game apart all over again. The after-effect of the “Witcher slump”, which puts you off all other games, is well worth it — you actually can’t go wrong with this one. Its DLCs again set a new standard — Blood and Wine in particular is like a whole new game by itself. As an added bonus, the base game is on Xbox Game Pass.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as a professional monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a vast open world rich with merchant cities, pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.



The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

Skyrim: Special Edition

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has already established itself as one of the best and most beloved RPGs — now nine years since it first launched, it’s already on its way to becoming one of those grey-bearded games of legend that new-fangled RPGs try their best to live up to. The Special edition only adds to this, with a massive graphical upgrade and mod support to take the game even further with new quests, characters, and weapons — more proof that the only way Skyrim can be made any better is to just have more Skyrim.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

Winner of more than 200 Game of the Year Awards, the Skyrim Special Edition includes the game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, and more. Also bring the power of mods to consoles. New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, armor, weapons and more – with Mods, there are no limits to what you can experience.


NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition

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Rated at 4.53/5 by the TrueAchievements community and 5/5 from the official site review,, which says “NieR: Automata is without a doubt one of the best games of the generation”, it’s clear the game is one of the most beloved RPGs out there. The review adds that “the gameplay is sensibly designed to ensure you're always having fun”, while “the story has 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… it's only so often a game this excellent comes around.” To make it even better, it’s on Xbox Game Pass too.

NieR:Automata™ BECOME AS GODS Edition
NieR:Automata™ BECOME AS GODS Edition

Invaders from another world attack without warning - unleashing the machine lifeforms. To break the deadlock, a new breed of android infantry is sent into the fray: the YoRHa squad. Highly-acclaimed and award winning NieR:Automata™ is a fresh take on the action role-playing game (RPG) genre that gracefully blends mesmerizing action with a captivating story.


Assassin’s Creed Odyssey


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The TrueAchievements community rates Assassin’s Creed Odyssey just under Assassin’s Creed Origins, at 4.59/5 as opposed to Origin’s 4.60/5, but in my opinion, it’s Odyssey that most deserves to be on here, in terms of what it offers and what it tries to achieve. Odyssey is a huge game — while there is an end in sight if you stick to the main story or DLC and side quests, you can otherwise get entirely lost in the map and the endless side content. Sometimes Odyssey’s ambition can run away with it, and this can play against the game somewhat — we talked about in our list of every improvement we want to see in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla — but it also offers a lot of content to invest your time in, especially since this year is pretty quiet for new RPGs until Cyberpunk 2077 launches in September. The story, world-building, and background of Greek mythology, coupled with Ubisoft’s extensive attention to detail and the level of choice offered to the player, make Odyssey a must-play.

Assassin's Creed® Odyssey
Assassin's Creed® Odyssey

Write your own epic odyssey and become a legendary Spartan hero. Forge your destiny in a world on the brink of tearing itself apart. Influence how history unfolds in an ever-changing world shaped by your choices.


The Outer Worlds

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The Outer Worlds is wacky, weird, hilarious, and a lot of fun. It’s rated at 4.37/5 from TA community votes, and our Outer Worlds review put it at 4.5/5. Developed by famed RPG studio Obsidian, it’s seen as something of a spiritual successor to Fallout: New Vegas, but it’s still entirely its own thing. There’s a distinctive contrast between irreverent humour and some really dark themes, with you caught in the middle, faced with which path to pave. The game follows its own pace and sweeps you along with it — you’re woken up by a mad-scientist type who bombards you with a lot of information at top speed, before dumping you on one of many dangerous planets, with a vague idea that you’re on a mission to take down an evil corporation — and with that, you’re off on the weirdest adventure you might have been on for some time. The Outer Worlds is also on Xbox Game Pass, and can’t be recommended enough.

The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds is a new single-player sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power, who you decide to become will determine the fate of everyone in Halcyon. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.


Dark Souls III

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City

Dark Souls III is iconic — it’s an exacting, demanding game, rated at 4.65/5 by TA community members, and at 4.5/5 by our Dark Souls III review, which calls it “an undeniable treat for both eyes and ears,”, with “a challenge that, when overcome, will invigorate your desire to keep going, and when you do, you will be glad you did.”. There haven’t been many games like Dark Souls III, and it’s likely to stay on the list of top Xbox One RPGs for some time.

DARK SOULS™ III
DARK SOULS™ III

DARK SOULS™ continues to push the boundaries with the latest, ambitious chapter in the critically-acclaimed and genre-defining series. Prepare yourself and Embrace The Darkness!



Divinity: Original Sin 2

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It’s been two years since this excellent RPG was released, and it’s still just as highly rated both by TA community votes and by our own Divinity: Original Sin 2 review: at 4.55/5 from TA members and at 4.5/5 by the review, which sings its praises, and calls it “one of the best tactical and role-playing experiences you'll ever have on any platform”. It’s “a game about choice in every aspect”, Kevin’s review says. “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… 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.”

Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition

The multi award-winning RPG from Larian Studios. Experience a sandbox RPG with almost limitless opportunities in a highly interactive world. Supports 2-player split screen and 4-player online co-op. Choose from up to six origin characters, or create your own and embark on an adventure to restore the Divine!


Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Dragon Age fans continue to hope for any Dragon Age 4 news from BioWare, but in the meantime, 2014’s Dragon Age: Inquisition remains as beloved as ever. It’s rated at 4.45/5 by the TA community, and likewise at 4.5/5 by our Dragon Age: Inquisition review. Given it’s been six years since Inquisiton launched, and that Dragon Age 4 news seems to still be a way off, it’s likely that Dragon Age: Inquisition will hold its place on the list of the best RPGs on Xbox One.

Dragon Age™: Inquisition
Dragon Age™: Inquisition

The epic role-playing series from BioWare takes a thrilling leap forward with Dragon Age™: Inquisition. Beautiful vistas and incredible new possibilities await you.


Monster Hunter: World

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Capcom frequently introduces new updates for the leviathan that is Monster Hunter: World. The game is truly a beast, with over 150,000 tracked gamers and an estimated completion time of over 200 hours. The TA community rating of 4.13/5 suggests it remains as beloved as ever, as does its continued existence near the top of our highest-rated RPGs. With major expansions like Iceborne continuing to be added in, it seems the bulk of Monster Hunter: World will continue to sustain players for some time yet.

MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD™
MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD™

Welcome to a new world! Take on the role of a hunter and slay ferocious monsters in a living, breathing ecosystem where you can use the landscape and its diverse inhabitants to get the upper hand. Hunt alone or in co-op with up to three other players, and use materials collected from fallen foes to craft new gear and take on even bigger, badder beasts!


Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls straddles the RPG, action, hack 'n' slash, and dungeon crawler genres, and seems to do so with massive success, if its 4.55/5 rating is anything to go by. It’s no easy challenge, with an estimated completion time of up to 100 hours, but it’s kept itself on our list of the best RPGs for the six years since its release, and has therefore fought its way onto our consolidated list of the best RPGs available on Xbox One.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition

This Ultimate Evil Edition contains both Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion set, together in one definitive volume. Rise as one of humanity's last defenders - crusader, barbarian, witch doctor, demon hunter, monk, or wizard - and collect legendary loot while mastering devastating new powers and abilities.



That’s just a short list of the many, many fantastic RPGs there are. If you’re not seeing your own favourite, you can head over to its game page and rate it, review it, or chat about it in the forums, or else share your thoughts in the comments below.

This article was updated on 03/06/2020
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!