The Best RPG Video Games For Xbox One

RPGs continue to grow in numbers each and every year. With so many titles being released into the market, it can be tough determining which is worth your hard earned money! Luckily for you we have a list filled with some of the greatest RPG video game titles to have launched on the Xbox One.


#31 Vampyr

Dontnod Entertainment has crafted up some popular titles so far. Their debut title Remember Me sparked the highly beloved Life is Strange IP. Following up the release of Life is Strange is Vampyr, a vastly different IP then what the developers have worked.

Vampyr takes place during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic in London where players take the role of a doctor Jonathan Reid. Our protagonist is in a predicament as he is a vampire with a bloodthirsty nature, but is battling his condition with his Hippocratic Oath.

Being an action role-playing title, players can traverse parts of the world while also leveling up Jonathan in order to unlock new abilities and skills through the skill tree. It’s worth noting that the skill tree will not be linear allowing players to open up the various play styles available to enjoy during the game progression.

#30 Kingdom Hearts 3

It took several years but in 2019 we got the third main installment to Kingdom Hearts. Just as before, players will step into the role of Sora and work with his friends as he attempts to stop heartless. It’s a game full of Disney themed worlds and characters, likewise even if you finished the game already, there’s DLC to keep players going. For those unaware, Kingdom Hearts 3 is an action RPG with plenty of customization options for combat thanks to various keyblades and character party options. While the narrative is a bit complex thanks to all the side video game titles, this game does offer a recap option to help players either recall what they played or newcomers diving into the IP.

#29 Sea of Thieves
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Sea of Thieves is an action-adventure title that is centered around pirates. Players will take to the open seas with their cooperative crew as they search for hidden treasure and taking out other pirate crews that show up along the way. This is an MMO game where players will consistently run into each other throughout their various adventures. Combat will take place both in ships and on land as well, giving players the full pirate experience. Players will also be able to attend safe-zones where they can trade, hire on new crew or even dabble into the black market goods. Content is constantly being updated into this game so there’s enough incentive to log on regularly with your online crew.

#28 The Surge

The Surge follows a future in which mankind had successfully consumed all of the basic resources needed to survive. This has left a strain of environmental diseases and crisis. Needing the use of exoskeletons to battle the infected, players must track down new technologies as they attempt to rid the infected. This game has a bit of the Souls like combat which may be a turn off for some, but this is one of the more hidden gems I feel like for the platform.

#27 The Elder Scrolls Online
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ZeniMax Online Studios took the opportunity to deliver fans an MMO based within The Elder Scrolls universe. The video game launched initially back in 2014 and has since seen new DLC and expansions release, giving players a big open world online experience similar to the main installments of the franchise. This game also comes with several expansions that further add storylines for players to chew through. It might not be the next mainline installment to The Elder Scrolls franchise but it might scratch that itch until The Elder Scrolls VI hits the market.

#26 Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a more accurate period piece role-playing game. Set in 1403 within the Kingdom of Bohemia, the old king has passed leaving his heir to struggle in maintaining order within the lands. Players take on the role of a blacksmith’s son who is out for vengeance when his family is slaughtered during an attack. As mentioned, developers Warhorse Studios has taken great care in presenting a game that would show an accurate depiction of the period with various armor, clothing, combat techniques, and real-world castles.

#25 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim is the fifth game in Bethesda’s ever popular series of role-playing games. Like its predecessors, Skyrim takes place in an open environment which is full of exploration, wonder and a whole slew of quests. You can easily spend countless hours within this fantasy world and we’d honestly be surprised to find a gamer who has yet to experience this journey. With so many locations to explore, NPCs to meet if you have yet to do so, pick up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and begin to weave your own tale. Of course, at this point the game does look a bit dated, but it’s still well worth the purchase.

#24 Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Following after the events of Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War will continue to follow our main protagonist Talion as he forged a new Ring of Power. However, conflict may arise between Talion and his infused spirit of elf lord Celebrimbor when it comes to their end goals. Outside of the narrative, most of the gameplay mechanics you’ve become acquainted with in the first installment will make a return as you take down orcs and travel across the lands completing quests.

#23 South Park: The Fractured But Whole

The latest South Park video game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is an RPG played in a 2.5D third-person perspective and follows the events that occurred in South Park: The Stick of Truth. Within the game, players take on the role of the New Kid during a massive war of rival superhero factions. Gameplay features turn-based RPG combat where players can think out attacks before initiating them. Likewise, character classes will be available for players to choose and each will alter character stats such as increasing short-ranged or long-ranged combat.

#22 The Banner Saga Series

The Banner Saga is a critical acclaim tactical role-playing video game by developers Stoic. This viking-themed title has players leading a caravan where choices may lead to grim consequences. Overall, the video game centers on the return of a warlike race known as the Dredge. As players go through the campaign, their decisions will determine the fates of both man and Varl. This is a trilogy game as well which means that there are three games readily available for players to embark on.

#21 Tom Clancy’s The Division

Ubisoft’s The Division takes place in the United States after a smallpox pandemic causes the government and its cities to collapse. Now only chaos remains where one force may be the last line of defense when it comes to bringing back the stability and peace throughout the nation. This last line of defense is called the Division, a classified stay-behind force with self-supported tactical agents.

Taking place in New York City, players traverse the city as they team up with other Division agents to clear out the infected and protect the innocent, however, throughout the game, the Division agents find themselves in a worldwide conspiracy leading them to a group responsible for unleashing the deadly virus.

#20 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

After the year gap from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey finally came to an end, Ubisoft had released their next thrilling installment to the franchise by taking players into the Viking Age. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla follows a Viking expansion that is having to deal with several enemy forces. Mileage may vary for some on this installment as these latest Assassin’s Creed games have either had fans loving or despising them. Overall, the game feels a lot like the past two installments to the Assassin’s Creed franchise so that means more action melee combat and heavy exploration. This will take most players about 50 hours to complete as well but that’s just the main storyline campaign. We’re sure that will be boosted up quite a bit when the game receives the various expansions.

#19 Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV is an action role-playing video game and the fifteenth main installment to the Final Fantasy franchise. Overall the story of Final Fantasy XV will center between two empires that have declared war, Lucis and Nifheim, though after Nifheim successfully captures the kingdom’s crystal of Lucis, a group of friend’s sets out to regain it. Players take control of Noctis, prince of Lucis, who teams up with his fellow friends in a grand journey against a massive empire force. The game is also set in an open world environment where players can explore, go on quests, and seek out collectibles.

#18 Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

We have listed out Tom Clancy’s The Division earlier in this list and if you’re a fan of the game then we recommend checking out the sequel. In all actuality, it’s best to jump right into The Division 2 as its a multiplayer focused video game which means its certainly more active than the first installment. At any rate, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 naturally takes place after the first installment where the United States has started to get back on their feet. However, as you can imagine, there are still hostile threats that could sway the future of this nation.

This game follows the same overall mechanics as the first title. You’ll want to hook up with some friends and go through the different journeys that the campaign presents to you. Likewise, the developers behind the game have stated that free content will be rolling out to keep players coming back for more. You can expect this game to be evolving as time goes on with developers seeking out requests on what to change or add through the community feedback forums.

#17 Child of Light
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Child of Light is a platforming RPG video game which takes place in a fictional land known as Lemuria. Players take the role of a child named Aurora who sets out on a quest to return the sun, moon and starts the Queen of the Night captured in order to revive the lands. Gameplay will feature side-scrolling platform levels along with active-time battle systems which are commonly found in video games like Final Fantasy. It’s certainly a different kind of game from others listed already, but one that you might find to be a hidden gem especially today.

#16 Stardew Valley
  • Developer: Concerned Ape
  • Publisher: Chucklefish

Stardew Valley released in 2016 and quickly became a massive hit. It’s a simplistic simulation style video game that takes some inspiration from the Harvest Moon franchise. Looking to get away from the city life, our protagonist decides to take over their grandfather’s farm. As a result, you’ll have to maintain the farm and keep it in good shape with a healthy growth of crops and livestock. Likewise, you can attend social activities. At any rate, this is an open-ended video game so you could, in theory, maintain your farm and keep up with activities endlessly. There is even a multiplayer cooperative game mode if you would like to connect with friends and farm away. With Harvest Moon being such a popular and beloved franchise, it doesn’t come to much surprise that a game heavily inspired by the series would also become an instant hit.

#15 Torment: Tides of Numenera
  • Developer: inXile Entertainment
  • Publisher: Techland Publishing

Through Kickstarter funding, the spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenera finally made its way out into the public. This RPG is set in the distant future where the fall of civilizations has left humanity into a more simplistic medieval state. Players take control of a protagonist known as the Last Castoff, the final vessel that was used by a man capable of using his consciousness in other hosts bodies, thus granting him eternal life. This is a game that had a strong following from its reveal and today it’s being considered a must-play for RPG enthusiasts.

#14 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided takes place in 2029, exactly two years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Players will once again step into the shoes of Adam Jensen as he seeks out the Illuminati, a group that was responsible for the Aug Incident of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Adam Jensen is an augmented former private security officer that is now working with a special Interpol unit known as Task Force 29. Set to seek out terrorist groups, players will use their augmentations to stealthily take down the enemy or enter restricted areas undetected. This game will throw players into a new mission that even ties in some conspiracies for Adam to swift through. Fortunately, its a game that most players can easily get into if they haven’t played Human Revolution.

#13 Darkest Dungeon
  • Developer: Red Hook Studios
  • Publisher: Red Hook Studios, Merge Games

In the Darkest Dungeon, players find themselves inheriting an old estate from a deceased relative. It’s discovered early on that the relative has dug beneath the manor in order to find fortunes but in the process, portals from dark dimensions were unearthed leading to monsters flooding the world.

Players will be managing a group of adventurers as they head below the manor in order to cleanse the estate from evil and close off the portals. This is a turn-based combat RPG that’s also mixes in real-time movement. Essentially in this game the player is tasked with managing the roster of adventurers and keeping them in good health. However, between expeditions players are able to recruit and dismiss heroes along with purchasing equipment for their gang of heroes.

#12 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is set in 431 BCE where players will have the choice of being a mercenary that fights for Athens and the Delian League or the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta. Either way, players will be a descendant of Spartan King Leonidas I during the Peloponnesian War.

Much like the previous Assassin’s Creed installments, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will feature a modern day protagonist as well. Ubisoft will be reintroducing players to Layla Hassan who was present during Assassin’s Creed Origins. This game is massive and you’re going to be spending quite a bit of time exploring the landmasses to even taking boats around the open seas.

Combat is pretty fast-paced with melee pretty much centered focus. You’ll have the ability to make some upgrades to your character’s attacks and defenses all while seeking out gear. That’s another thing, gear is plentiful you’ll find yourself finding some new weapons and armor pieces that you’ll want to swap on and off.

#11 South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Gamers are able to step into the world of South Park in the RPG, South Park: The Stick of Truth. Within the game players take the role as the New Kid who ends up in a LARP game with the other children of the neighborhood. As you can expect the game features a brand new story featuring your favorite voice actors from the show. While you can freely explore, the combat will be turn-based which may not be everyone’s cup of tea. At any rate, this game is beloved by many and if you’re fan of the show, then you won’t want to pass this game up.

#10 Valkyria Chronicles 4

Valkyria Chronicles 4 will give players a new tactical RPG that continues to follow the same style of strategy gameplay that the previous installments are known for. Overall, players will have to maneuver their characters around a battlefield while taking out the hostile forces. Within the narrative, players will find that Valkyria Chronicles 4 will take place during the events of the first title, Valkyria Chronicles.

This time, however, players will be maneuvering a new cast of characters set within the continent of Europa. As part of the last chance effort to end the war and capture the imperial capital, commander Claude Wallace and his squad are set into a battle that will put them against imperial soldiers along with the Valkyria.

#9 Destiny 2

The sequel to Destiny takes place after the events of Destiny: Rise of Iron. This title starts off with the Red Legion faction of the Cabal having attacked The Last City. Guardians are forced to flee and find new powers to face the Red Legion and bring order over The Last City once again. Just as before, there is new content being added to the game in order to extend narratives or competitive gameplay with other players. This is also a title intended for players to join together and play online.

#8 Dark Souls Remastered

Dark Souls released all the way back in 2011 so it’s been available to play for quite some time now. However, if you were uninterested in going back to this highly beloved action RPG simply due to the visual standpoint then you’ll be delighted to know the game will be receiving a remastered edition.

There’s not very much to say about this title if you’ve already enjoyed it on last generation consoles. This remastered edition will retain the same gameplay mechanics but there will be a facelift to help give the game a nice touch up for modern day consoles. Likewise, the game will feature improved framerate, resolution and the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.

#7 Path of Exile
  • Developer: Grinding Gear Games
  • Publisher: Grinding Gear Games

Path of Exile is an action RPG title that is often considered a clone of the Diablo series. The video game puts players into an exile who must live on a continent known as Wraeclast which houses other exiles for their various crimes. Much like Diablo, players will take on quests, fight off a variety of enemies, and lastly, gather new loot. Its also a game that’s been around for years and as a result, there has been a plethora of content and updates added into the game. In fact, there’s a sequel in the works at the time of writing this, but details are rather scarce.

#6 Fallout 4

If you’re a fan of the Fallout franchise then it’s likely you’ve already picked up the latest release. However, if you’re completely new to the series, Fallout 4 still marks as a great first entry. Set during the events of a nuclear war, players manage to escape into a vault, only to awaken hundreds of years into the future. What’s left of your world is nothing more than decay and outsiders trying to make it by in this new world.

Each installment to the Fallout franchise manages to bring out an incredible wasteland to explore and Fallout 4 is no exception to that trend. You’ll come across old ruins, new structures, and a fleshed out cast of characters to meet along your journey. Meanwhile, the game puts a center focus around a parent seeking the kidnapping of their child.

#5 Diablo 3
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertianment
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

The third installment to the Diablo series by developers Blizzard Entertainment made its way to PC, but also consoles. Playing out much like its predecessors, gamers pick one of six possible character classes and begin their journey of taking on quests and grabbing up precious loot.

While the game launched in 2012 originally for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners managed to get the video game just a couple years later in 2014. The release came with the previous expansion packs and content update for Diablo III, giving players plenty of gameplay to go through.

#4 Dark Souls III

The Souls series is noted to be one of the more challenging video games to go through. From the development team, FromSoftware, the souls series holds four installments. Each installment plays a third-person adventure title that has a strong focus on timing attacks against the plethora of enemies you’ll encounter. Because of the timing when using weapons and magic, the monsters within the environments can quickly drain a character’s HP causing the series as a whole to be infamous.

#3 Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Developer: BioWare Edmonton
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts

The third major installment to the Dragon Age franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action role-playing video game where players take on the role of an Inquisitor who is on a grand journey to deal with the civil unrest in the continent of Thedas.

While developers have set the game to be on the same continent of the past two installments, exploration for Dragon Age: Inquisition is rather massive in comparison. For instance, it’s been noted that the game features a map that is already five times larger than the setting of the first installment of the series. With all that said, you’ll want to set aside some time to really dive into the video game.

#2 Monster Hunter: World

Even if you’ve never played any other game in the series, Monster Hunter: World wants to bring you into the fold with a variety of awesome changes that turn this grind-happy, cooperative RPG into something much more palatable for western audiences. The world has expanded considerably, and you’re free to jump in and explore all you want — but there’s still a whole lot you probably won’t know going in.

#1 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Fans of western RPGs will no doubt have played at least one of the Witcher games. With its deep rich narrative journeys and fleshed out worlds, the trilogy has wrapped up with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As expected the third installment not only saw a massive overhaul in terms of graphics but provided gamers with a much more lively world filled with quests and exploration.

While still taking the role of Geralt of Rivia, players will find that that they must deal with the invasion of the Norther Kingdom along with the growing threat of the Wild Hunt. Outside of just a massive world to explore, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt delivers campaigns and quests to keep you busy for hours on end.