Paladin’s Picks: Top 5 RPG Games for PC

I love video games. Yes…that does sound like an opening statement only Captain Obvious would use, but it’s true. I am an avid gamer who is fascinated by not only the games themselves, but by the industry itself as well.

Throughout my years as a gamer, I’ve played almost every genre of game available, with the exception of most sports-based games (does MLB Baseball for the original Nintendo count?). From the early text-based adventures, to the shoot-em-up first-person shooters, to the story-rich RPGs, I have masqueraded as a variety of player characters through countless worlds, scenarios, and adventures.

Role-playing games are definitely my preferred stomping ground, and here’s a showcase of my top five RPGs for PC of all time.

  1. Ultima VII: The Black Gate– This game had it all. Groundbreaking graphics, a rich, in-depth story that evolved from a simple murder mystery to the introduction of Britannia’s arch-nemesis, and an advanced inventory system that let you revel in your inner-hoarder. U7 also introduced a fully interactive world. Almost every object could be touched, used, opened, or even eaten, opening up a whole new game experience. The Avatar did not stand alone, as both new and recurring companions shared your trials and hardships with you, and you could tweak the AI controls over respective party members. And thanks to the team at Exult, you can enjoy this timeless classic over and over and over again.
  2. Diablo II – Although not a true RPG in the standard definition, this hack-and-slash dungeon crawler made my list on sheer principle. The Diablo series has spawned numerous imitators, but like the Highlander, there can be only one. In Diablo II, you chose from among five character classes to partake in a battle royale against hordes of enemies and big bad bosses. Many weekends were spent in classic old-school LAN style, fueled by caffeine and scouring endless dungeons for matched epic set pieces.
  3. Baldur’s Gate 2: The Shadows of Ahm – I’m a Baldur’s Gate fan to the core, and the second of the series kept me glued to my keyboard clocking some serious gaming hours. From the moment my character escaped the wicked experimentations of Jon Irenicus all the way to the epic ending battle in the subterranean abyss, I was mesmerized by the in-depth story and and how actions you took in-game affected the way your adventure played out. In addition, BG2 served up some lovable (and some not-so-lovable) characters, including the big, burly berserker Minsc and his miniature, giant space-hamster, Boo. “Go for the eyes, Boo!” was his battle cry, and you will find this phrase popping up with cheeky deference in games such as Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2.
  4. Neverwinter Nights – Neverwinter Nights served up a heaping platter of D&D goodness. Starting with character creation, I’m sure I spent at least an hour custom tailoring my Paladin (of course) with feats, abilities, and appearance options. The game’s story line was great – at the Neverwinter Academy, you rose from the ranks of obscurity to become the city’s champion against the Wailing Death; a mysterious plague that is robbing citizens of their lives. Although the Henchman AI was a little quirky, it was rewarding learning more about your followers through each of their individual quest lines. Another great feature of NWN was the Aurora Toolset, which allowed you to easily create your own campaign modules and share them with your friends or online with the NWN community.
  5. Oblivion – The fourth game in the Elder Scrolls series follows in the great tradition of its predecessors. Take everything you know about traditional RPGs (be a hero, follow a linear line of quests, rescue the princess, save the world) and throw it out the window. This game lets you unearth your own creativity from the get-go with non-standard player characters. Want to be a fireball-flinging warrior who can rock stealth with the best of them? Go for it. Oblivion’s open ended quests, lush graphics, and breathtaking landscapes redefine the RPG genre.

What are your favorite RPG games for the PC? I’d love to know, so drop a line below!

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Posted on July 27, 2011, in Opinion, PC, RPG, Top 5 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Diablo 2 had 7 classes to play thanks to the expansion pack. 😉

    Baldurs gate on XBOX rocked. They need make another. Course Sir Richard Garriott needs make another Ultima that looks like U7. No 3d. Keep it flat, scalable, and many a companions. Mmmmmm

  2. Diablo 2 has 7 classes to play thanks to the expansion.

    Baldurs gate was loads of fun on XBOX they should have made another. Speaking of making more, please Sir Richard Garriott make another Ultima modeled after U7 with no fancy 3d and no multiplayer. Mmmmmm

    • Actually, ALL of these games that I posted about had expansion packs that added some great game play. U7 had the Forge of Virtue, Diablo II had the Lord of destruction, Baldur’s Gate 2 had the Throne of Bhaal, NWN had 3 fantastic expansions, and Oblivion did as well with some great DLC and Shivering Isles.

      I preferred Baldur’s Gate on the PC over the console version, but either way you play it, the game rocked. And if Richard Garriott made a new Ultima, I would wet myself and cry like a girl…oh wait, I AM a girl… 🙂

  3. In my opinion the Witcher is The best PC RPG ever made!

    • The Witcher is absolutely an awesome game, and I considered it for my top 5. I haven’t played the sequel yet, but it’s on my “To Play” list.

      I loved the gothic deviation from the standard RPG architecture…the novels are also quite good!

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