Note: This article was updated in February of 2019.
Do you love action RPGs? The genre is filled with so many spectacular video game titles to spend countless hours on but if you’re waiting on a particular game to release then we have some fillers to enjoy. In this list, we are going to showcase some of our personal favorite action RPG titles that have released within the past five years.
All of the games listed below are available on the Xbox One platform and range across several franchises. As mentioned, we are only listing our favorite action RPG titles to have released within the last five years. However, if you choose to look at the catalog of video games that dates past five years then you’ll open up to all sorts of great titles to enjoy.
Without further ado, here are the top action RPG titles of the last five years on the Xbox One. Also let us know what your favorite action RPG video game is by leaving a comment down below.
- Developer: Piranha Bytes
- Publisher: THQ Nordic
Described as an edgy, dark, uncompromising, and complex by the publisher, Elex is an action RPG based around war and the strive to claim a powerful resource known as Elex.
With Elex, those who have access to this resource will be given magic-like powers. As a result, there are several factions all with different morals and ideas who struggle in obtaining the resource to use in deciding the fate of their planet. As you progress, you’ll also slowly uncover the truth to your protagonists history. Despite there being a few problems with the game, developers are looking at bringing out a sequel which will hopefully answer to some of the criticisms fans and critics alike have voiced.
#15 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.
This is also a deep narrative journey which may be perfect for some gamers. However, if you’re not interested in story or longer dialogue moments within the video game titles then this may be an action RPG you’ll want to pass on. Regardless, there has been a huge following with the game and its one that’s worth trying out in our opinion.
- Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
- Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
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.
#13 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 world from those corrupted. Outside of being able to tweak the suits and augmentations for your character, you’ll find combat to be a bit strategic in both planning your attacks and defenses. This game is a bit small in terms of exploration and that seems to be one element that the developers are looking to bring out for the sequel.
#12 Kingdom Hearts III
- Developer: Square Enix
- Publisher: Square Enix
It took years before Square Enix was able to deliver the third main installment to Kingdom Hearts. The franchise has been around since the PlayStation 2 and now after going through two generations, we’re able to enjoy Kingdom Hearts III. This franchise for those who are unaware puts together Disney franchises and Final Fantasy characters. Unfortunately, the story is very convoluted and it will take plenty of time to go through all the video game titles that are included in the franchise, but for those who may not be into the fine details, this third installment is something well worth enjoying.
In fact, if you haven’t played any of the past Kingdom Hearts titles then you will get a quick recap on the franchise leading up to the events of Kingdom Hearts III which makes it a great pick up for both new and veterans who may not have dove too deep into the lore. Once again, players will be taking on the role of Sora who is joined with Donald Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, among other returning cast members to fight against those who are seeking a new Keyblade War. In order to do this, players will be traveling to various Disney worlds and saving the iconic characters from that particular Disney world franchise.
This is still very much an action RPG video game title that players will be dealing with. It’s developed to be similar to a hack-and-slash title when players are fighting against heartless or other enemies throughout the title. However, there are elements in which players can alter their weapon or call for help through various special attacks. These attacks can bring back previous Disney characters as well otherwise, players can progress how their companions handle in battles by giving them specific weapon upgrades.
#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 again feature our 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.
One element that was instantly disliked by gamers is that there were a few microtransactions presented in the title that offered loot crates and or adding gold to your character. This was removed by the development team though it may have been too late for some gamers to really make the decision on picking the title up. Now that the game has been out for a few years, you can purchase Middle-earth: Shadow of War at a discounted price and enjoy a fantastic action RPG experience today.