There have been some fantastic RPGs over the years, from Pillars of Eternity to The Witcher 3. That’s for sure. There’s something quite special about the RPG genre. For me, the genre itself is almost enough to tempt me into buying a game.
Slap a detailed story, with character development (and maybe some customisation) and I’ll be like a kid at Christmas. Still, the label itself isn’t enough to make a great game. But there have definitely been some great RPGs, on a multitude of platforms. Though, could you solidly put your finger on ‘the best’. The number one RPG. That one RPG that rules the roost? I don’t think you can.
Sure. You could tell me that Knights of the Old Republic is the greatest RPG ever made. I might not even argue. I mean, it’s an RPG based in the Star Wars universe… that’s pretty much my version of a wet dream right there. But others might suggest that Skyrim is the best RPG available. I’d come back by stating that, in my opinion, Oblivion was better. And I’m sure someone would pipe up that they preferred Morrowind.
My argument is that ‘the best’ is always going to be subjective. Even if I made a list of the top 100 RPGs, someone would say “but what about Sentinel Worlds I: Future Magic?!”. Sure, there will be a certain number of RPGs which would make that top 100. A Mass Effect title would be within the top 20, probably. I’d even throw Divinity in there. And, to the horror of many, I’d most likely put Alpha Protocol on that list, too. But the real argument would be the order.
I can see the comments now. “How could you put Dragon’s Dogma as number 13 and Final Fantasy V as number 12?! ARE YOU STUPID? They should clearly be switched around”. Though the comment would probably have a good few spelling mistakes… and somehow allude to me being a Sony / Xbox fanboy. Some might include Dark Souls on the list, and others would complain that Dark Souls isn’t an RPG (though I think it qualifies). Then I’d add in games like Baldur’s Gate and people would say it was too old… or that I was being retro for the sake of it.
Out of all the RPGs I’ve played. If I had to pick one. Assuming someone had a gun to my head, or the likes. I’d probably say Oblivion. I’ve played some fantastic RPGs over the years, but none have replicated the feelings I got (and still get) when I played / play Oblivion. But I’m relatively sure that Oblivion wouldn’t be the best RPG in your opinion. So let me know in the comments below!