Best Fantasy CRPGs

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Computer role-playing games, or CRPGs, are one of the cornerstone genres that make up the PC gaming empire, tracing its heritage all the way back to the ’80s with the first fantasy CRPG Dungeons & Dragons.

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Since then, the fantasy CRPG sub-genre has spawned countless amazing titles, using their narrative-driven core and cast of well-written characters to spin epic tales that have become fond memories, and furthermore the backbone of games that are considered ‘must-plays’. So whether you want to wield a sword and fulfill a hero’s prophecy or simply find your way through a world with nothing but magic and your closest friends by your side, this list is definitely for you.

8 Pillars Of Eternity

The Watcher And Companions In Pillars of Eternity

Obsidian’s crowdfunded success Pillars of Eternity puts you in the shoes of a Watcher, a person who can see past lives and communicate with the souls of the dead. Set in the fantasy world of Eora, you are tasked with finding a cure to a plague that causes newborn infants to be born without a soul.

Like its predecessors, Pillars of Eternity allows you to approach quests in a number of ways, depending on your playstyle. With a solid story and a well-written cast of characters as your steadfast companions, Pillars of Eternity is one of the best recent revivals of the genre.

7 Divinity: Original Sin 2

The Main Companions In Divinity Original Sin 2

Coming from Larian Studios, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a loose sequel to the original Divinity: Original Sin and the fifth entry in the Divinity series. The game returns you to the world of Rivellon, where attacks from interdimensional monsters known as the Voidwoken have become increasingly frequent, driving the paranoia and fear of magic in the population.

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You play as a Sorcerer, a person who has control over a powerful but dangerous magic called the Source, who is given the chance to ascend to godhood and save Rivellon from the Voidwoken threat. Interestingly, you can also pick a character from the six-premade characters, or create your own with the other six later becoming your potential companions.

6 Tyranny

The Fatebinder And Companions In Tyranny

Although CRPGs always give you a choice of being good or evil, none do it as well as Obsidian’s morally-gray Tyranny. Set in the world of Terratus, you play as a Fatebinder, a high-ranking agent under the command of tyrannical overlord Kyros, who has just finished conquering all of Terratus.

As a Fatebinder, you are tasked with quelling the roots of rebellion spreading across the realm, gathering allies and enemies along the way. However, there are opportunities to free yourself from Kyros’ shackles — or remain his ever-faithful soldier, right to the bitter end.

5 Arcanum: Of Steamworks And Magick Obscura

The Living One And Companions In Arcanum

From the now-defunct studio Troika Games, Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura takes place within a fantasy world that is undergoing an industrial revolution, pitting magic and technology against one another. The plot revolves around you, the lone survivor of a zeppelin crash, who decides to uncover who attacked your vessel and why, eventually stumbling onto the plot of an ancient evil determined to take over the world.

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Arcanum’s system is designed to give you the opportunity to use magic or wield technology such as guns, taking into account how the technology around you will react to your use of the arcane arts, giving it a flavorful edge to its character builds.

4 Dragon Age: Origins

The Hero of Ferelden In Dragon Age Origins

The first game in the Dragon Age series, Dragon Age: Origins is set in the fictional kingdom of Ferelden during a period of civil war. You play as an unlucky soul recruited into the Grey Wardens, an ancient organization that stands against the monstrous, otherworldly forces of the Darkspawn, who threaten to raze Ferelden to the ground.

Considered a spiritual successor to CRPG giants such as Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights, Origins boasts a story full of dark decisions and choices that don’t necessarily benefit everyone involved, including a world that is heavily influenced by your decisions.

The Nerevarine In The Elder Scrolls 3 Morrowind

A certified cult classic, The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind puts you in the shoes of a recently freed prisoner who has just arrived at the island of Vvardenfell in the titular Morrowind province of Tamriel. You are quickly inducted into the ranks of the Emperor’s spies, tasked with investigating the mysterious disappearances all over Vvardenfell.

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However, the story shifts in tone when it is revealed that you are suspected of being the Nerevarine, the reincarnation of a legendary hero, and must now fulfill the prophecy in order to banish a great evil from the world once and for all.

2 Neverwinter Nights 2

The Kalach-Cha And Companions In Neverwinter Nights 2

Neverwinter Nights 2 takes place in the Forgotten Realms, centering around the eponymous city of Neverwinter, and takes the form of a typical hero’s journey. You start as a young person in the village of West Harbor, having been raised there all your life after being orphaned during an attack by a mysterious figure called the King of Shadows.

Your idyllic life is shattered when another attack ensues, and you are sent to the city of Neverwinter with a strange relic in order to learn the truth about not just your heritage, but how to stop the King of Shadows from destroying the city and all in its wake.

1 Baldur’s Gate

The Ward And Companions In Baldur's Gate

The highly-anticipated Baldur’s Gate 3’s predecessor, Baldur’s Gate also takes place in the Forgotten Realms, with its focus on the city of Baldur’s Gate itself. You play as a young and orphaned ward to a powerful mage known as Gorion.

When Gorion is murdered and you are forced to flee in the middle of the night, you have no choice but to undergo a hero’s journey in solving the city’s iron crisis, as well as uncovering why your mentor has been slain — and why you are next on the hit list.

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