PC Gamer Lists 15 Overlooked RPGs Worth Playing Today

PC Gamer have published a list of 15 overlooked RPGs that are worth playing today. While no Ultima title graces the list — what Ultima could be considered to have been overlooked, anyway? — Arx Fatalis merits a mention. This game, you’ll recall, would have been the third entry in the Ultima Underworld series, had EA granted the license to Arkane.

Also mentioned is Risen, Piranha Bytes’ spiritual successor to the Gothic series. It’s a game that owes much to both Ultima 8 and Ultima 9; its German developers are huge Ultima fans, and took many inspirational cues from both games.

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  • #28818
    WtF Dragon
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    PC Gamer Lists 15 Overlooked RPGs Worth Playing Today

    PC Gamer takes a look at 15 overlooked RPGs that are well worth playing (or playing again, for that matter).

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  • #28831
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    I don’t think PCGamer’s screenshot for Arx Fatalis in their list is even from the game, only recntly replayted it and don’t recall that monster or axes like that.

    Check my entire Ultima series playthrough on YouTube: http://goo.gl/ftBurz

    • #28865
      WtF Dragon
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      Now you mention it…

      Eh, now I’m doubly glad I used a stock screenshot that was already on-hand here at the Codex for the article.

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    Boolean Dragon
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    Game journalism facepalm, using an inaccurate screenshot and failing to mention Ultima. The screenshot could be from Arx Libertatis or a mod though (http://arx-libertatis.org/).

    The Ascendant-related “OtherSide plays OtherGames” videos are pretty good…thanks for the source (watching part 2 now).

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  • #30957

    Micro Magic

    It bothers me more than it ought to that people are considering games like Jagged Alliance and X-Com RPGs. They’re pretty much rewriting history. Those games have always been seen as turn-based strategy titles. The core gameplay component is turn-based strategy. If you remove that, you have no game whatsoever. You would choose your party and then there would be nothing because the entire game is turn-based strategy. It’s like calling CoD an RPG or Sonic and the Secret Rings an RPG.

    • #31105
      WtF Dragon
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      I think it is indicative of just how fluid the definition of what constitutes an RPG is, and how much it has shifted over time for better or worse.

      • #31155

        Micro Magic

        While I’d agree that RPG elements have evolved over time. Insofar mechanics that tabletop RPGs didn’t develop are considered staples of RPGs now. I’ve had extensive discussions with people who consider Valkyria Chronicles a JRPG or put it in a “Strategy RPG” genre. They’ve either denied that it is an RPG or agreed with me that it shouldn’t be called an RPG. That it’s only an RPG tangentially. I think it’s more or less a marketing buzz word people are placing on these types of games to drum up more interest. Also people conflating war game mechanics with tabletop RPG mechanics.

      • #31157
        Boolean Dragon
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        According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Role-playing_game#Electronic_media):

        Single player role-playing video games form a loosely defined genre of computer and console games with origins in role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, on which they base much of their terminology, settings, and game mechanics.[18] This translation changes the experience of the game, providing a visual representation of the world but emphasizing statistical character development over collaborative, interactive storytelling.[7][8]

        Games these days are often hybrids of two or more genres, so the easiest way to categorize a game with a single genre description would be to ask, “What is the most important mechanic in the game and how is it represented?” An FPS with character statistics, leveling and inventory management could be described as an FPS or an RPG, but which set of genre-specific features, if stripped from the game, would change it the most? It would be more accurate to start describing games with multiple genre names or invent new names for common hybrids.

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      • #31198

        Micro Magic

        I totally agree with this. I can totally go along with calling Jagged Alliance a strategy RPG with it’s focus on strategy/tactics first with heavy emphasis on leveling and stats second. Valkyria Chronicles on the otherhand I can’t even put RPG on it. It would be more aptly named a strategy anime. In any event, they’re strategy games first and foremost and I think people play them for vastly different reasons than they play traditional RPGs.

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