The role-playing game genre is jam-packed with an array of valuable title that offers all types of experiences. Are you old-school and prefer turn-based battles in your RPGs? Then you'll be pleased to know that there are plenty of modern releases that play in that manner. Do you prefer RPGs that throw you into active combat skirmishes where you directly control your roster of heroes/heroines? Then you'll be equally overjoyed at the fact that there are a bunch of RPGs of that ilk available to you in this day and age. Over on the Xbox One, you can spend an extensive amount of time playing some of the greatest RPGs ever made on Microsoft's last-gen console hardware. And what a surprise - we've listed 20 of them right here for your consideration. Thank us once you reach the end of this list of the best RPG games on Xbox One.
The 20 Best RPG Games on Xbox One
Best RPG Games on Xbox One
1. ‘The Witcher III: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition'
Geralt of Rivia is acknowledged by many as a gaming icon and even recognizable by non-gamers thanks to the Netflix series that stars his likeness adorned on Henry Cavill. If you grew to appreciate him and the Slavic mythology-inspired fantasy realm he inhabits, then seek out one of the best adventure games of all time. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition features an expansive world to explore as you take control of Geralt in an effort to protect a loved one from an encroaching faction. You'll swing your blades, dole out magical attacks, and get embroiled in all sorts of political drama across the main campaign and the game's huge DLC add-ons.
2. ‘Elden Ring’
Elden Ring hit the gaming scene in 2022 and quickly morphed into a mainstream phenomenon that was and still is hard to ignore. It did an incredible job of expanding upon the formula popularized by the Dark/Demon's Souls series through its implementation of a massive open world and captured the interest of millions. Exploring the many biomes in this "Soulsbourne" action RPG in any order you see fit truly fits the description of "choose your own adventure." Prepare yourself for some tough battles with random foes and epic boss fights as your chosen "Tarnished" so you can get your hands on the lauded "Elden Ring" and rule over the "Lands Between" as the new "Elden Lord."
3. ‘Tales of Arise’
It's been a good while since an Xbox console got a Tales game since Tales of Vesperia. Thank the heavens that the long wait for a brand new entry arrived in the form of Tales of Arise on Xbox One. And if you haven't played it already, now's the best time to do so. The adventure you'll embark on here takes place across two realms, which are the medieval world of "Dahna" and the advanced world of "Rena." With two main characters hailing from those worlds and a party of fellow world saviors who all get caught up in a conflict that will determine the fate of the world, Tales of Arise is an astonishing action RPG with a high-stakes story put in place.
4. ‘Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition’
If you were around in 2002 and owned a powerful gaming PC, then you most likely played the action RPG known as Divine Divinity. Fast forward to 2014 and fans of that game were blessed with a sequel that modernizes its predecessors' gameplay for the better. And what's even better is the Enhanced Edition of that prequel release is out and considered the best way to play it. What's here is a turn-based RPG that has a cool mechanic where you can use the many elements of the environment around you to your advantage. This definition edition of the game features split-screen multiplayer, additional modes, quality-of-life improvements, and so much more.
5. ‘Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition'
There are two mega JRPGs that regularly sell millions of copies in Japan - Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior. In the States, the latter is known as Dragon Quest and has also amassed quite a dedicated fanbase. The latest entry in the series is Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition, which incorporated retro JRPG elements that call back to the golden age of the sub-genre. We placed this one on our list of the best RPG games on Xbox One for several reasons - we love the warm camaraderie between the game's party members, the turn-based combat system is simple yet satisfying, and the epic adventure (which there are two big halves of) deliver in spades. Plus the 2D mode is pretty cool for fans of Dragon Quest's pre-3D franchise entries.
6. ‘Persona 5 Royal’
The Persona games have been built on a foundation of memorable soundtracks, lovable characters, mature storytelling, and life-sim elements that coincide with attending school. Persona 5 Royal is the most recent entry in the franchise and it offers the ultimate package for one of the best JRPG games released in the past decade. Prepare yourself for a super lengthy yet highly enriching experience as you take control of the "Phantom Thieves" and navigate a wealth of dungeons within a supernatural realm birthed from humanity's subconscious desires. You're definitely going to get your money's worth here with this one.
Undertale is such a mind trip that plays with genre conventions and presents them in a clever way that makes everything feel retro yet new. As a nameless child that finds himself trapped within a world inhabited by friendly and no-so-friendly monsters, you must help him escape and fight his way back up to Earth's surface. This trippy experience is certainly one of the best RPG games on Xbox One due to its unique battle system that incorporates players having to dodge bullet-hell attacks and a morale system that entails subduing or sparing the monsters you'll meet in battle.
8. ‘The Outer Worlds’
Fallout fans hold Obsidian Entertainment in very high regard. And that's because they're the development studio behind one of the most enriching series installments, Fallout: New Vegas. Obsidian’s 2019 action RPG release, The Outer Worlds, offers everything that worked like a charm in previous Fallout games but does so in an alternate future set in 1901. Mega corporations are in control of various planets due to colonization efforts. As a now unfrozen and newly awakened spaceship passenger who was set to start a new life on a space colony, you chart out a new path and interact with galactic factions during a joyous (and sometimes hilarious!) space-faring voyage.
9. ‘Chained Echoes’
Chained Echoes has so many inspirations that have steered its development and injected elements of some of the best RPGs ever made, such as Final Fantasy VI, Xenogears, and Secret of Mana. This retro-stylized JRPG takes place within the war-torn realm of "Valandis," where three kingdoms have been at each other's throats across several generations. And the eight characters you'll command will be thrown into the middle of that longstanding conflict, of course. Random encounters, turn-based battles, and a level-up system that focuses on upgrading party member skills instead of the characters themselves.
We have yet another 16-bit throwback RPG in tow for you here. And its name is CrossCode. Action RPG fans will find a lot to appreciate here as this game lets you hack 'n slash through perilous dungeons full of big beasts that want you dead. You'll have a whole lot of enemies to test your skills against as CrossCode features 120 enemy types and over 30 bosses that'll push you to your very limit. This game gets the nod on our list of the best RPG games on Xbox One thanks to it being a natural evolution of classic SNES action RPGs such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
11. ‘Fallout 4 Game of The Year Edition'
You've already poured precious hours of your life exploring the nuked lands of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, right? Then you might as well do the same in Fallout 4. This Game of the Year Edition is the most complete version of one of the biggest and best RPG games on Xbox One thanks to it packing in all of the game's previously released DLC. As the "Sole Survivor" who leaves "Vault 111" in search of their missing child, players will have to navigate a post-apocalyptic world full of mutants to shoot, settlements to manage, items to craft, and so much more.
12. ‘Mass Effect Legendary Edition’
Saving the entire galaxy from certain doom as the great Commander Shepard marks one of the greatest trilogies in gaming history. And thanks to this collection, you'll get to relive or play out that historic spacy crusade for the very first time, The Mass Effect: Legendary Edition features remastered versions of all three original games, along with all of their DLC. You might not be willing to pay more money for games you already own, but in this case, this compilation totally worth the price of admission. The story of the Mass Effect franchise, which follows the galaxy's struggle to come to terms with the looming threat of the Reapers and the eventual fight against them, hits as hard as ever this time around. When you add in the DLC expansions, Mass Effect's story becomes all the more satisfying.
13. ‘NieR:Automata - Become as Gods Edition’
The NieR franchise comes in the form of two mainline games that touch on some pretty heavy subjects and feature a unified front of some of the strangest characters you'll ever meet. It's definitely worth taking a chance on NieR:Automata - Become as Gods Edition, which features the amazing mainline campaign and all the extra content added to the game post-launch. You'll get a ton of mileage out of this action RPG thanks to its multiple campaigns that let you engage in exciting battles and come to grips with a deeply emotional storyline that surprises you when you least expect it. The deeply effective realizations that combat androids 2B, 9S, and A2 come to will certainly hit you right in the feels, we're sure of it.
14. ‘Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered’
The iconic anime art style of Studio Ghibli has been attached to the whimsical Ni No Kuni series. The first game, Wrath of the White Witch, has been remastered and is a must-play for fans of the Japanese animation studio's signature approach to art and storytelling. When a young boy named Oliver sets out on a journey to revive his deceased mother, players join him as he runs into memorable allies and helpful creatures named "familiars." During combat scenarios, their abilities come into play and aid you against cute yet oh-so-deadly beasties. This game's plot is incredibly touching as you'll feel for Oliver as he pours every part of his young life into reuniting with his mother.
15. ‘Octopath Traveler’
Square Enix plays host to a good majority of the best RPG games on Xbox One. And one of them is a callback to the 16-bit golden age of the genre with this HD-2D JRPG called Octopath Traveler. Eight different characters come into play with their very own plotlines to follow. Eventually, that motley crew of individuals comes together to embark on an even more worthwhile journey beyond their own solo endeavors. The game's character class system, unique "Path Action" NPC interaction mechanic, and showy turn-based combat encounters are what will keep you playing Octoptah Traveler for hours on end (this is a long one, folks...).
16. ‘South Park: The Stick of Truth’
It took far too long to get a halfway decent South Park game (the first-person shooter that came out on N64 was horrid, fam!). Funny enough, Ubisoft and Obsidian Entertainment (most known for developing Fallout: New Vegas) adapted the incredibly crass yet hilarious animated series into an excellent turn-based RPG. South Park: The Stick of Truth makes you "The New Kid" and gives you access to one of these character classes so you can join the other kids in battle - the Fighter, Thief, Mage, and (we're not making this up!) the Jew. Go on a cosplay journey with Cartman, Butters, Stan, Kyle, and more during this fantastical take on South Park.
17. ‘Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster'
Final Fantasy fans were treated to a true next-gen experience when the series first made its way onto the PS2 with the tenth mainline entry. Then their jaws dropped in unison when an actual sequel continued the adventures of the first game's captivating "High Summoner" Yuna. Now both of those games come packaged in a remastered collection that offers turn-based RPG fans two of the best games in Square Enix's extensive catalog. Final Fantasy X follows Tidus and his companions as they seek out a monster named "Sin" that must be brought down for good, while Final Fantasy X-2 features Yuna in a starring role as she seeks to reunite with Tidus and take down a new threat called the "Vegnagun."
18. ‘Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age'
Let's stay in the realm of Final Fantasy for another noteworthy pick on our list of the best RPG games on Xbox One. For this entry, we're going to put you onto this definitive version of Final Fantasy XII, which is known as The Zodiac Age. Within the world of "Ivalice," Vann and his fellow adventurers make an attempt at fighting for their small kingdom by battling the "Archadian Empire." Besides all the mainline content that made the original release so great, The Zodiac Age comes with a new "Zodiac Job System," more streamlined battle mechanics, New Game+, and so much more.
19. ‘Diablo III: Eternal Collection'
Cleansing the world of demons from a top-down perspective as a powerful custom crusader is the name of the game with the Diablo series. Diablo 3: Eternal Collection is a content-rich package that combines everything featured in the Ultimate Evil Edition and Rise of the Necromancer. With seven character classes to choose from, plenty of loot to collect, and a whole bunch of beasties to vanquish, this game has so much to offer to you and your three friends. Raiding dungeons by your lonesome or with a co-op warrior by your side can get pretty addicting as you wipe out hordes of monsters with your powerful skillset.
20. ‘Yakuza: Like a Dragon’
Yakuza diehards scoffed at the idea of their favorite Japanese crime series being turned from an action game into a turn-based RPG. But somehow someway, this transition proved to be fruitful and is now widely accepted by the Yakuza faithful. Yakuza: Like a Dragon follows the new franchise frontman Ichiban Kasuga, who finds a bunch of fellow dregs of society and seeks out revenge against the former criminal organization he once repped so proudly. You'll get a good laugh out of this game's jobs system and the outlandish "summons" that aid you when things get dire. The serious moments sprinkled in between those humorous happenings are thankfully just as memorable.
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