Top 28 Best RPGs of Last 5 Years

Note: This article was updated in April of 2019.

There’s an RPG out there for everyone. The genre is filled with all sorts of different games that are filled with a narrative journey with action and adventure. This generation of gaming has seen a number of fantastic RPG titles that are worth picking up, but if you’re seeking a new game to enjoy on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, or the Nintendo Switch, then take a look at our list below.

We’ve compiled our personal favorite twenty-five RPG titles that have released within the past five years. Of course, we want to know what your favorite RPG title is on this platform generation. Let us know by leaving a comment down below.

#28 Kingdom Come: Deliverance

  • Developer: Deep Silver
  • Publisher: Deep Silver

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.

#27 Vampyr

  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

Dontnod Entertainment has crafted up some popular titles already. 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 on before.

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

#26 The Surge

  • Developer: Deck13 Interactive
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

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.

#25 Final Fantasy XV

  • Developer: Square Enix Business Division 2
  • Publisher: Square Enix

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 with available quests and collectibles to gather.

#24 Kingdom Hearts 3

  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Kingdom Hearts III finally came out into the marketplace in 2019. The game was highly anticipated as Square Enix took years to bring out the third installment. Of course, this game franchise is known for a complex narrative thanks to the side story game releases, but you will get a good recap of what you need to know if you jump right into the third installment. Regardless, this single player video game follows Sora and his gang as he embarks on a journey that takes him to a wide range of Disney themed worlds such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Toy Story, and Frozen. Overall, the game will have players collecting keyblades and stopping the heartless and bringing back a peaceful state. If you enjoy action RPG titles then this is one game you should consider picking up.

#23 Child of Light

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Child of Light takes place in a fictional land known as Lemuria where players take on a child who awakes to find the land dying. In order to bring the land back to life Aurora must seek out the sun, moon and stars that are being captive by the Queen of the Night.

Gameplay is mainly a side-scroller with platforming and RPG elements. As you progress further into the game, players can level up various stats. Combat on the other hand is similar to active-time battle systems that are present in other classic RPG series such as Final Fantasy.

#22 South Park: The Fractured But Whole

  • Developer: Ubisoft San Francisco
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

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.

#21 Assassin’s Creed Origins

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed: Origins is the latest installment within the Assassin’s Creed series. Players are taken to the end of the Ptolemaic period in Egypt as they witness the origins of the long driven conflict between the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. Being an Assassin’s Creed game, you can expect a heavy emphasis on stealth with Origins being more opened world to explore during your game progression.

#20 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

  • Developer: Square Enix, Amor Project
  • Publisher: Square Enix

The eleventh main installment to the Dragon Quest franchise is Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. This video game installment keeps up with the same formula that you’ve likely been accustomed to with the past Dragon Quest video game releases. Players will be exploring the world and fight against a variety of monsters as they go through the RPG narrative. As expected, the combat system will remain the same as a turn-based RPG where players will have to strategically take out the enemy.

When it comes to the story, players will take the role of a young boy who must climb a mountain as is the tradition for all young children during a coming of age ceremony. However, after the climb, our protagonist finds out that he is actually the reincarnation of a former hero. With this new information, players will embark on a destiny filled with combating evil and darkness within the land.

#19 Tales of Berseria

  • Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Tales of Berseria is an action RPG where players take the role of a young woman named Velvet Crowe who is out for vengeance after she is betrayed by someone who she once saw as family. The Tales series has a few installments on the PlayStation 3 such as Tales of Xilla which is another highly regarded installment available on the console but Berseria is one you won’t want to put down.

#18 Octopath Traveler

  • Developer: Square Enix, Acquire
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Project Octopath Traveler is an RPG title by developers Square Enix and Acquire. The video game is a 2D 16-bit style RPG where players will control a part of eight different characters, all of which will have a role to play and reason for their journey.

This title will retain the classic turn-based battle system with an added ability of a Boost system. The boost system will allow players to attack an enemy multiple times during a turn if enough Boost Points are acquired.

#17 Stardew Valley

  • Developer: ConcernedApe
  • Publisher: Chucklefish

Stardew Valley has been a huge hit that acts very much like the Harvest Moon franchise. This is a farming style simulation title where players take on the role of a character who inherits their grandfather’s dilapidated farm.

Again, much like Harvest Moon, the game will have players tending to crops and their livestock while also introducing craft goods, mining, among other social activities. Since its release back in 2016 the video game became a massive hit and has sold over three million units by the end of 2017.

#16 Fallout 4

  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

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.

#15 Nioh

  • Developer: Team Ninja
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Team Ninja, developers behind Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden, has been working hard on Nioh since 2004. The video game is an action role-playing video game set in the early 1600s. Players take on the role of William, a blonde-haired westerner who arrives in Japan seeking out a particular foe.

#14 Nier: Automata

  • Developer: PlatinumGames
  • Publisher: Square Enix

If you’ve been following this video game then you’ll know that this is a sequel to the 2010 video game release known as Nier, a spin-off title from the Drakengard series. Overall, the story is set within a proxy war between machines developed by alien invaders and the last surviving members of humanity.

If you’re not persuaded on picking up Nier: Automata or not then take a look at our Before You Buy series. In the video posted above, we go over the video game and ultimately tell you if it’s a worth purchase.

#13 Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Horizon Zero Dawn marks as the first IP developed by Guerrilla Games since their release of Killzone in 2004. This is an action role-playing video game title that is set a thousand years into the future.

Mankind has mysteriously fallen with cities only a shell of a once thriving society. Now only small tribal groups remain with giant mechanical beasts roam the world openly. The plot will revolve around a female hunter named Aloy who sets out on a journey to explore the open world, meet with other tribes, and potentially learn of the reason mankind fell to begin with.

#12 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.

#11 Middle-earth: Shadow of War

  • Developer: Monolith Productions
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

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 likely make a return as you take down orcs and travel across the lands completing quests.

#10 Xenoblade Chronicles 2

  • Developer: Monolith Soft
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Xenoblade Chronicles was a big hit for the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo Switch received a sequel not long after. Much of the game mechanics make a return though the story will evidently star a new character. Overall, the game is set within the world of Elysium which is made up of mostly clouds. Right from the start of the game players will be introduced to a war between kingdoms Mor Ardain and Uraya.

#9 Dark Souls III

  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

The Souls series is noted to be one of the more challenging video games to go through. From the development team, FromSoftware, there are four main installments, the latest of which is only available on current generation consoles.

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 rather infamous.

#8 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Skyrim is the fifth game in Bethesda’s ever popular series of role-playing games, The Elder Scrolls. 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. If you have yet to do so, pick up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition as it comes with past DLC and begin to weave your very own tale.

#7 Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition

  • Developer: Larian Studios
  • Publisher: Larian Studios
Divinity Original Sin is a prequel to Divine Divinity. The game was a massive success with classic turn-based combat and even cooperative multiplayer. Within the narrative, the game is set in a fantasy world where players take the role of two sorcerers sent out on an investigation. This quickly unfolds into a grand scheme filled with conspiracy surrounding sorcerers as a whole.
We won’t spoil too much the narrative but what really made this game a hit was the editor mode it shipped with. With this editor, players were able to craft their very own unique narrative adventures which could then be uploaded for others to download and enjoy.
#6 Monster Hunter: World

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom

The Monster Hunter franchise is consistently growing and with each new installment a number of new gamers explore the monster filled worlds development studio Capcom has crafted. Monster Hunter: World marks as the fifth main installment to the franchise and as you can expect, there will be a number of notable updates.

For instance, Capcom has placed larger maps, a more seamless experience between zones and what’s a Monster Hunter video game without the ability to hunt with friends? Outside of the offline campaign, the game will allow a four-player online co-op opportunity.

#5 Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

  • 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, launched 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 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt

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.

#3 Pillars of Eternity

  • Developers: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Pillars of Eternity was developed as the spiritual successor to the ever popular Baldur’s Gate. This is also a successful Kickstarter campaign in which the title managed to raise over $4 million, a record breaking campaign at the time. As you can expect from the developers, this is a deep RPG experience as players are chucked into a fantasy world that’s becomes plagued.
It’s within this world that players learn that humans are being born without a soul. Our protagonist is known as a Watcher, a being that can interact with souls and see past lives. With your gifts, players must venture out and discover what is causing the distinguish of souls in the world.
#2 Bloodborne

  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Bloodborne is an action RPG from the creators of the Souls series. Since this is from the developers who have brought out such hits as Dark Souls, you can expect brutal gameplay. Players are set out to clear out the city of Yharnam who’s inhabitants have been hit with a blood-borne disease causing them to turn into beasts.

#1 Persona 5

  • Developer: P-Studio
  • Publisher: Atlus

Persona 5 is the sixth installment to the Persona series which is connected to the Megami Tensei franchise. The video game takes place in modern-day Tokyo which follows the protagonist who transfers into an academy known as Shujin. Soon into the school year, the protagonist along with a number of other students awaken with unique powers along with the ability to explore the Metaverse.

The Persona series doesn’t have a difficult time gathering up followers with each release and with this being the latest, you definitely don’t want to miss out on all the fun.