The Best RPGs To Play On Xbox Series X|S

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Roleplaying games are a dime a dozen across multiple platforms, which means trial and error won’t be optimal. Fortunately, as an Xbox Series X|S owner, you have objectively excellent RPG choices for your console. Whether they’re new or old, you’ll find the ones for you in terms of genre and story on this list.


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Many of these games are popular titles with great acclaim and you will end up spending hours on most of them with the fun side quests and extra content that these games have. Get ready to be chained to your chair as these RPGs are sure to keep you enthralled from start to finish.

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12 Hades

Hades Title Art

Needless to say, this literal prison break from the bowels of the Greek underworld is a must-have on your Xbox Series X|S. You don’t have to be a Greek Myth nerd to love this game, the witty and engaging text, amazing soundtrack and voice acting, and dungeon madness should be reason enough to start playing this game.

Taken out of context, Hades is the story of a boy who desperately wants to escape his father’s sprawling mansion. Although this reads funny, you will inevitably relate to Zagreus and his sincere pursuit of belonging and family.

11 Skyrim

Skyrim cover image

You are a desecrator and a downer if this game is not at the top of your must-plays. If you’ve never played it before and are an avid fan of open-world RPGs, Skyrim is sure to be an absurd and fun experience. Maybe you’re in the game because of the game’s rich lore and have plans to raid the tombs while beating up the undead inside them.

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On the contrary, you are in being an outcast who kills chickens on sight. You might even be seriously considering this game just for the memes and to experience first-hand things that don’t make sense, like pickpocketing people’s clothes from head to toe. Skyrim isn’t just immortalized by memes, but by its unlimited replay value provided by mods.

10 The Wizard 3: Wild Hunt

Geralt stands with his hand on his sword ready to unsheathe, with The Witcher 3 cover art in the foreground

Adventures with Geralt and Ciri across the continent will make you go through a roller coaster of emotions. The Witcher 3 will give you tough enemies to face and tougher decisions to make, but it’s worth going through, especially if you’re invested in Geralt and Ciri’s story.

You don’t have to go through the previous games to enjoy the third installment, but the context will help. Even if not for the magic, combat, monsters and complicated love triangles, at least do it for Gwent.

9 An older ring

Cover photo by Elden Ring

If no other game before this entry has the challenge you’re looking for, Elden Ring is sure to give you more trouble than you bargained for. But she didn’t win for the 2022 game for no reason, so it’s worth the effort and the Revenants you’ll have to face.

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There is nothing more exciting than venturing through a world that is falling apart, where God is seemingly dead and abominations run rampant. It doesn’t have the peace of mind that an office job offers, but it will save you from dying of boredom and overwork.

8 Dark Souls 3

Fume Ultra Greatsword

Embrace the tradition by choosing Dark Souls 3 over Elden Ring, or playing it before Elden Ring if your toes have never danced through a Souls game. As the Age of Flame dies out in the kingdom of Lothric and monsters grow like daisies, you, the Ashen One, will be responsible for ending this apocalypse.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s funny how you, technically undead, who was distracted from your eternal rest, are now forced into the duty of saving the world.

7 Final Fantasy 15

characters from Final Fantasy 15

It’s never too late to get started with the Final Fantasy series, even if you want to start with Final Fantasy 15. If you’re looking for an iconic JRPG with a long history to play, look no further and start exploring the world of Eos with the boys.

If you play this one game, you might decide to play the other parts of the series to get a better understanding of the world of Final Fantasy. If Noctis himself doesn’t convince you to install this game, maybe the adorable chocobos will be your breaking point.

6 Cyberpunk 2077

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Maybe you have enough fantasy settings, swords and armor. You love modernity. In fact, you like imagined futures full of high-tech tools and gadgets instead of your old axes. Cyberpunk 2077 has it all: a Keanu Reeves cameo, body modifications, and a great story that will bring you to tears. What’s not to love?

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It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that this game is responsible for the resurgence of its genre given its flawless design and compelling plot. It also features a protagonist with a colorful personality regardless of which faction you find yourself in.

5 Fallout New Vegas

Fallout New Vegas person in a gas mask holding a gun in front of a flag and looking at the viewer

Fallout New Vegas is a classic RPG that focuses on futuristic and dystopian gameplay. You will play as a courier who works for the Mojave Express, and the action is set in the year 2281 in New Vegas. This is a game where your decisions will determine the ending of the story, so choose wisely.

With new factions following the events of Fallout 3 fighting each other Civilization 6-style to take control of the Hoover Dam, your choices will be crucial in determining the winner of the factional battles in New Vegas and the Mojave Wastes.

4 NieR: Automata

A woman with a blindfold standing in a garden in NieR Automata

Imagine an Earth without humans, only androids and a machine dystopia. That’s the story of NieR: Automata in a nutshell, but to reduce it to clearing the land of out-of-control evil robots would be a disservice to this tearjerker. Robots are capable of feeling, and no one knows this more than 2B herself, who is subjected to a painful cycle of removing those she cares about.

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The best part about this game is that some outcomes are only unlocked after others have been achieved, so you’ll take the most emotional damage possible when you, as a 2B, are forced to make tough decisions for the sake of completion.

3 Persona 5 Royal

Phantom thieves in red form at the crosswalk on the title screen in Persona 5 Royal

Would you go far for justice if it meant getting yourself involved? This is what happens to high school student Ren Amamiya, who tried to jump in and save a harassed woman, but was arrested, kicked out of school and forced to relocate. The game doesn’t shy away from modern social commentary, as all Persona games do, and the shocking and sad reality that Ren had to go through reflects that.

Overall, Persona 5 Royal is a game that many would like to forget only to experience again as a blank slate. This common reaction is a testament to the game’s well-designed plot and carefully written story.

2 Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Ichiban Kasuga in Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Yakuza games have the perfect balance of action, humor, open world immersion and main story drama, which is rare for the genre. Yakuza: Like A Dragon takes you away from the famous streets of Kamurocho to Yokohama, following the story of Ichiban Kasuga.

He may not be Dragon of Dojima, but Ichiban himself is a breath of fresh air to the Yakuza series. Sam is a unique personality, and while he couldn’t exactly beat Kiryu in a fight (literally), his character and integrity make his story worth following.

1 Diablo 4

Lilith from Diablo 4

This game most likely already crossed your mind when its development was announced in 2019. You may have heard that SUGA and Halsey collaborated on Lilith, the theme of Diablo 4. If not, you were probably drawn to its amazing trailer and flawless the animation that accompanies it.

But animation and music aren’t all this game has to offer. It has a great story that stands on its own even if you haven’t played any of its predecessors. This non-linear action RPG doesn’t hold back on the gore and gore, which is to be expected for a game that begins with the summoning of the daughter of the Lord of Hatred himself.

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