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.
#10 Tom Clancy’s: The Division
- Developer: Massive Entertainment
- Publisher: Ubisoft
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. This is also an online video game title which is made to be played with other gamers around the world. We don’t expect the most active community for too much longer as later this year the franchise is receiving a sequel, The Division 2. While the gameplay mechanics are mainly the same, you’ll find the narrative continues to showcase the Division unit having to deal with a new corrupt government order.
#9 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.
#8 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.
#7 Destiny 2
- Developer: Bungie
- Publisher: Activision
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 with various quests, expansion and raids.
We’re not sure just how long Bungie is set to support Destiny 2 before a third installment officially launches but gamers can easily jump online today and enjoy an active community of players. Likewise, you won’t have to really dig too much into the first installment lore to really get a grasp of the narrative journey players dive into with this latest installment. This is also a perfect game for those of you who enjoy hunting down specific weapons or items, farming for resources, and of course gathering with a team of players when solving the latest quests or puzzles.
#6 Deux Ex: Mankind Divided
- Developer: Eidos Montreal
- Publisher: Square Enix
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.
If you’re not familiar with the franchise then you can still jump into this title and enjoy the narrative thanks to a good size recap showcasing the events that lead up to the latest installment. There is some complexity to the game as players are given a wide range of upgrades and abilities to use during the campaign and it could actually leave some replay value for those looking to see how the further buff or alter Adam Jensen.
#5 Dark Souls Remastered
- Developer: FromSoftware
- Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
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 has received 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 has an overall improved framerate, resolution and includes the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.
#4 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. Much like other previous installments, players will be able to adjust the character stats as they progress along with selecting both the armor and weapons used as you come across new gear during your exploration.
#3 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 is 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.
Each Monster Hunter installment brings in a new slew of fans but be prepared to spend some time on how the game works. You’ll be spending plenty of time researching your target, gathering resources, making gear that would be suitable to fight against specific species along with strategically plotting out your battles.
#2 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 especially with the expansions that add in more content to the base game.
#1 Nier: Automata
- Developer: PlatinumGames
- Publisher: Square Enix
Nier: Automata 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. There has been a ton of newcomers to the franchise thanks to this spin-off title and its an easy game to jump right into. Still not persuaded on picking up Nier: Automata? Take a look of our detailed breakdown of the game within with our Before You Buy series upload posted right up above.