The Best Xbox RPGs

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Released in 2001, Microsoft’s Xbox was the first console in years to be developed specifically for an American audience. The console was named after Microsoft’s gaming API, DirectX, giving players the PC gaming fun but with the accessibility of a home console. Even though the console was beaten in sales by the PlayStation 2, the console garnered a dedicated fanbase of online players, some of the best games of the generation, and innovative features that changed the industry forever. The Xbox has continued to carry this success through the last two decades, giving fans an awesome console experience that is unrivaled.

RPGs have always been a fan-favorite, giving players an option to explore an unfamiliar world, develop awesome stats, and meet interesting characters. Being able to escape into an interesting new world has always been exciting, even before video games came around. The Xbox had its fair share of awesome RPGs, giving players new and exciting experiences for this generation. Titles like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind have become some of the most iconic games in the industry, with dedicated fan-bases lasting almost 20 years after its release. Xbox players got some of the best RPGs of the century first, creating lasting memories of some of the coolest entries into some amazing series.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Brought to players by the developers who would later create the amazing Mass Effect series, BioWare has given players a new adventure in the galaxy far, far away. Taking place 4,000 years before the Star Wars films, the Republic is experiencing a Golden Age while still battling the evil Sith.

Players will control a party of exciting characters in this brutal war between good and evil, with your decisions determining the fate of the galaxy. Players will be able to explore ten different worlds, both familiar and new, as they try to reach their destiny of becoming a skilled Jedi. This title is iconic and could not be recommended enough.


Jade Empire

Another awesome RPG developed by BioWare, Jade Empire takes place in a world dominated by Chinese lore and culture. Players control a martial arts master who has learned that the fate of the empire is at risk. The main character, since he is well versed in the world of martial arts, can change between styles depending on the opponent. There are also new skills that can be learned as the player progresses.

Jade Empire is also one of the most beautiful games on the system, giving players an immersive experience in awesome intricate backgrounds. Jade Empire is a great adventure story inspired by old martial arts films.


The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

One of the first open-world 3D adventures of this scale, Bethesda has given players a new, mainstream adventure through the world of Tamriel. Players will wake up on a slave ship after getting kidnapped, they will then create their chosen adventurer and begin their adventure.

This title has players exploring the land of the Dark Elves, giving the player an almost infinite amount of content with plenty of quests and secrets hidden throughout this mystical land. Morrowind is one of the most immersive experiences the Xbox has to offer and a definite must-play for fans of the series and newcomers alike.


Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

The sequel to the critically acclaimed Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Sith Lords offers a deeper look into the Golden Age of the Republic. The player takes control of the last hope for the Jedi as the Sith have regained power and are on the hunt for the player and the few other remaining Jedi.

Knights of the Old Republic II plays and feels similarly to the previous title, keeping the same engine while changing developers (Obsidian instead of BioWare). Player decisions will affect the fate of the gameworld just like in the previous iteration, putting the morals of the player at the forefront of the narrative. This title beautifully builds upon the world of the previous game and is a must-play for fans of the original.


Fable

From industry veteran Peter Molyneux comes Fable, a beautiful open-world fantasy adventure where your choices matter. Much of the gameplay, especially the combat, is reminiscent of the Legend of Zelda series, giving players easy to learn combat with deep and exciting RPG elements as well.

Fable features plenty of quests outside of the main story, giving the player lots of opportunities to explore the world and meet the inhabitants. Each decision made in Fable will affect the end result of the game, deeming whether the player is an evil tyrant or noble hero. This title is a must-play RPG, building an awesome series of games that have tons of charm.


Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance

The first Baldur’s Gate title to ever be released on home consoles, a new evil is brewing in Toril and you must investigate and stop this force. There are brutal wars going on between members of the thieves guild, townsfolk are afraid to walk the streets, and the player has walked right into the middle of this tumult.

Arriving in town with nothing more than a few gold pieces and a rusty sword, the player must help the townspeople and rid Baldur’s Gate of evil. This title plays similarly to most hack ‘n slash RPGs, with plenty of main and side quests to keep the player busy and engaged for hours.


Phantasy Star Online I & II

The critically acclaimed PC online RPG has made its way to Xbox LIVE. Phantasy Star Online is a JRPG with plenty of fun customization and quests. Players are able to team up with their friends and take down fearsome enemies, wild dungeons and exciting quests in this awesome and humongous RPG. Players can also team up with friends locally and experience fun, split screen looting and monster slaying.

Episode I includes all of the content from the original game and Episode II gives players new content to play around with. Phantasy Star Online is a must-play multiplayer JRPG and one of the best on the Xbox.


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  • Updated July 10, 2020
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