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Lost Ark just conquered the Steam charts this year. Nearly 500,000 people now play the action RPG – only Counter-Strike has 630,000. This makes Lost Ark on Steam more considerable than PUBG, Apex Legends, and GTA 5. And in Dota 2, it’s at least a constant blow to exchange. Check out our separate list of the best action RPGs of the moment for more info.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Rating: 93
Rank at the top of our RPG leaderboards. With Divinity: Original Sin 2, Belgian development studio Larian has improved all the mechanics to make the previous game a good RPG.
There’s a beautiful turn-based combat system that uses probably the best magic mechanics in the entire genre: through our elemental spells, we can manipulate the world in several ways. The story score is different this time around, with absolutely insane backstories for every character and tons of fantastic quests.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 has become a masterpiece, and it’s not unreasonable to set a player record of 86,000 simultaneous active players on Steam. If you’re looking for an RPG to live out 100 hours of life with a clear conscience, Original Sin 2 is your best bet right now.
There will be new content in 2020.
The game’s most extensive DLC has been released in the recently released expansion pack “Four Relics of Rivellon.” Free. This includes new missions, enemies, gear, and more. By the way, developer Larian is now working on Baldur’s Gate 3. And it’s already done well in Early Access testing.
Pillars of Eternity 2 – Rating: 92
The First Pillar of Eternity is a Kickstarter dream come true in early 2015: a significant publisher initially gave the vintage Baldur’s Gate role-playing game a lot of attention, and developer Obsidian, along with the crowdfunding community, sparked a trend reversal that has continued there.
And now, the Pillar’s successor, Pillars of Eternity 2: Dead Fire, is rising again. Because Deadfire takes the strengths of its great predecessors and takes them to a whole new scene: piracy, shipping, and naval warfare, it’s no wonder you’ll find all sorts of vintage-inspired pearls in the charts of tyranny, torture, and divinity.
You decide for yourself which path your avatar should take. In Deadfire, the choice is as important as the complex combat system, innovative locations, and unforgettable companions. You can also look forward to seeing old friends again. If you like Baldur’s Gate and Pillars of Eternity, you’ll love Deadfire.
Disco Elysium: Director’s Cut – Rating: 91
It’s been a long time since a creative role-playing game like Disco Elysium. Instead of a fantasy hero or a sci-fi pistol, you embody a mentally ill detective who doesn’t even remember his name. You also don’t have to wield a mighty flaming sword in battle but must solve murders in a fictional coastal town. And not with a gun in hand, but with a brain and the right personality.
What is an appropriate personality is up to you. Disco Elysium is more of a role-playing adventure: you have countless dialogues that shape your character and make yourself witty, analytical, and brutal. You have unraveled a fascinating story. Yes, Disco Elysium has a lot to read – but if you want, you’ll experience what we think is the best story game ever made.
Also, Disco Elysium is much better now than when it was released. In addition to the German text, the free Director’s Cut brings many cool new features to the game. Not only new missions and game elements but also English dubs.
Pathfinder 2: Righteous Wrath – Rating: 90
Pathfinder 2, or Pathfinder: Wrath of Righteousness, seems like a cliché at first: Demons have invaded the land, and you have to assemble a squad of heroes to pack the hell wolves together. But appearances are deceiving. Pathfinder 2 is an RPG beast that will keep you entertained for over 100 hours. With character creation alone, dozens of classes, backgrounds, and specialties will keep you hooked for over an hour.
Righteous Wrath takes you on a journey full of exciting decisions and complex battles, the subtleties of which can be studied as diligently as studying mathematics in college. Of course, it immediately caught the attention of the old-school RPG we’re talking about. Pathfinder 2 doesn’t care about the comfort of straight lines, but hopefully, you can handle its objective complexity without altogether abandoning tutorials and tooltips.
If you want to play an intense RPG that you can sink into for weeks, give Pathfinder 2 a try. You will not forget this trip.
Death’s Gate – Rating: 90
The fact that Death’s Gate is 94% positive on Steam isn’t just guaranteed by the fact that you’re embodying a squeaky quivering cookie in the game. Because your death crow is involved in a near-perfect action RPG, combat, visuals, and story in the game world – Death’s Gate is an experience you can’t forget.
Many people compare it to Dark Souls because it all depends on your skills and the right build plan if you want to defeat numerous enemies. You never fail because the game is terrible – you die. Sorry if that wasn’t enthusiastic enough for you, then check out our GameStar review of Death’s Door as colleague Elena explains what makes Death’s Door one of the best action RPGs in recent years.
Hades – Rating: 90
For many, Hades is the best game of 2020. And without any blockbuster bombing. Incredibly motivating game loop and a compelling story.
How does it work?
As the son of Hades, you must fight your way through the underworld. It sounds simple, but weapons, environments, and story focus change with each new attempt. Hades excels at making many roguelikes (like Dead Cells) compelling: each run plays differently, and dying is part of the fun.
Who is it for?
Do you like fast-action RPGs with fantastic combat and creative weapons? Can you get something from Greek mythology? Then Hades is an absolute must-buy.
Path of Exile – Rating: 90
Diablo 3 is not dark enough? Is it an unforgivable sin to delete a skill tree? Path of Exile is the right choice, then, and in many ways, it feels more like Diablo 2 than an official sequel. As outcasts, we were banished to the cursed continent of Wraeclast, where we trained our heroes to become masterful monster assassins with the best hack and slash.
The game relies on intense and complex character development: we put characters together from a network of over 1000 passive skills.
Why is it worth it?
In 2019, we finally gave Path of Exile a well-deserved 90 in controlled access. At the same time, the game is better than Diablo in almost every way:
The story is more prosperous.
The ending is more varied.
The character system is overwhelming.
Path of Exile is the best action RPG you can play right now. And it’s also free.
It would help if you didn’t miss the extensive preview of Path of Exile 2. Incidentally, a successor was recently announced, and as with Overwatch, the predecessor was included in the sequel. Check out our handy game overview for everything you need to know about Path of Exile 2.
Enderal: Forgotten Tales – Rating: 89
Enderal is the so-called complete transformation of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The mod project has created an epic that doesn’t have to hide from the original Skyrim with its exciting story and unique characters, revamped combat, and RPG mechanics. So this game builds on Skyrim’s technology to create a new, excellent RPG.
Enderal is free. You can now easily download Total Conversion via Steam if you own Skyrim. Additionally, a story DLC called Forgotten Stories was recently added to the game – which is why it’s in these charts.
Who is Enderal valuable to?
Since Enderal is free, we recommend every Skyrim owner try this game. Enderal is primarily aimed at RPG fans, for whom a good story is more important than anything else. The original development team of students has created a fantasy universe that doesn’t shy away from serious topics without losing its magic.
Pathfinder: Kingmaker – Rating: 89
We call Pathfinder: Kingmaker the true heir to Baldur’s Gate in our review. The game offers the benefits of the venerable role-playing game but also adds interesting new features. If the game didn’t have some technical issues in its current state, it would rank higher — as the old-school RPG certainly does justice to that legacy.
For example, you can manage your kingdom in addition to a brave army of up to six warriors. Urgent missions have a time limit, but it’s fair. However, one shouldn’t expect an easy cost: Pathfinder is a tricky part, challenging tactical combat.
Dozens of hours of gameplay filled with unique stories and experiences, multiple levels of characters, and a rich set of character builds and awaits as rewards. Technical issues aside, we have solid advice for fans of the genre. By the way, you can find a successor at the front of this list.
Cyberpunk 2077 – Rating: 88
Cyberpunk 2077 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated games of the past decade. Every news story about CD Projekt’s open-world RPG tops GameStar.de. People are very fond of the night city, with countless evil main and side stories. However, “finished” products can be divisive.
How does it work?
Few game stories have moved us so much. On the one hand, Cyberpunk 2077 is a masterpiece of storytelling. Immerse yourself in Night City, fight evil corporations, make real friends, and make decisions – all of which make Cyberpunk 2077 an unforgettable experience. A Platinum Award candidate.
But on the other hand, Cyberpunk 2077 still has technical issues, such as bugs such as glitches. We even had to downgrade our rating after launch because the game was running worse after the day one patch than before. Hard.
Who is it for?
A fantastic story based on a whimsical RPG shooter that will keep you busy for dozens of hours. If you have a powerful computer and Cyberpunk 2077 can already forgive its quirks, grab it with a clear conscience. However, skeptics are still waiting for some patches and DLC.