The 8 Best Xbox One Role Playing Games to Buy in 2018

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Role-playing games (RPGs) come in a wide variety of themes and game types. While normally associated with fantasy, RPGs can be sci-fi, western and post-apocalyptic, and the gameplay can include turn-based, action, strategy and even simulation elements. The Xbox One doesn’t have a ton of RPGs, unfortunately, but there are still a handful of great ones available that no RPG fan should miss. Read on for the best RPGs games to play in 2018.

Our Top Picks

Best Action: Final Fantasy 15

You are a prince, and it’s a beautiful sunny afternoon as you and your boys cruise in your convertible down a highway touring the countryside only to stop because you want to go beat up a giant chicken; this is Final Fantasy 15. As you traverse through the game’s land, you’ll always find an opportunity for action.

Aside from the down to earth and peculiar scenarios, Final Fantasy 15 is an open-world action RPG where characters fly through the air, acrobatic performances are the norm, blades swing and clash, and you’re always using magical powers. Battles happen in real time, and you and your comrades have to utilize their skills in defeating new and unpredictable foes while a myriad of special effects and action sequences take place. The game’s huge sandbox environment means players can explore on their own accord and pick up side quests or jump into the main storyline are they must avert the apocalypse. There’s never a dull moment.

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Best Sci-Fi: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Bringing the same atmospheres of Blade Runner and Ghost In The Shell, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided brings to life a beautiful sci-fi adventure on the Xbox One. The game’s cyberpunk-themed dystopia takes place in 2029 after augmented humans went into a murdering frenzy caused by the Illuminati. Yes, it’s like that.

In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you play as an augmented former private security officer that works with a special Interpol unit sent to take down a weapon smuggler that winds up awry. The game is played in a first-person mode with a third person covering system and combines the elements of both a shooter and RPG. Players combat other technically augmented people, hack various computer systems, sneak around and engage in social interactions as the story’s plot unveils itself and its deeper layers. 

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Best Medieval: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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Arguably the best RPG on Xbox One overall, The Witcher 3 has a lot to offer. Featuring a huge open world that includes horseback riding and sailing, The Witcher 3 follows series protagonist Geralt of Rivia as he explores the Northern Kingdoms and is tasked with finding the daughter of the emperor in a tale that, naturally, turns into something bigger and more world threatening.

The game world is massive and highly detailed, too, and wandering off the beaten path of the main story to explore and hunt down mythical creatures like wyvern, griffins, harpy, vampires, sirens, giants, werewolves and more is a huge part of The Witcher 3’s appeal. There are dozens upon dozens of hours of content in The Witcher 3, with fantastic sword and magic-based combat, a mature and expertly told story and gorgeous visuals and sound that all work together to make this one of the best medieval RPGs ever.

Best for Kids: Portal Knights

Portal Knights is a mix of Minecraft and old Legend Of Zelda style games that combines role-playing elements with a focus on exploration and building. It’s the best Xbox One RPG game to get for kids since it focuses on a young audience with its light tone, basic approaches and cute stylized character designs.

Simplistic in style and with an easy learning curve, Portal Knights gives players the option to master and level up three character classes: Ranger, Mage and Warrior. It’s not entirely childish, as combat requires specific class attacks and strategies in order to triumph — encouraging players to adapt and think about their actions. The game incorporates a crafting system for strong items through level progression along with gathering materials and building structures such as homes. 

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Best to Play With Friends: Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection looks like a shooter on the outside, but it is all RPG under the hood with multiple character classes, skill trees, level-up mechanics, quests, NPCs and other RPG mainstays. It also just happens to be a great playing sci-fi shooter to boot.

Taking place on the planet Pandora and its moon, both under the control of the brutal Hyperion corporation, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection includes two full games – Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – with hundreds of hours of gameplay in each as you fight back against Hyperion while trying to discover ancient alien vaults full of treasure.

Both games can be played cooperatively with up to four players either in local split screen or via Xbox Live, and adding more players makes the games more challenging and fun while also boosting the rewards and drops you earn accordingly. You can play Borderlands by yourself, of course, but the experience really shines when you bring some friends along.

Best Value: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

Final Fantasy Type 0: HD
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While not a mainline Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD packs more than enough content to compete with its bigger brothers and sisters. Taking place in a world where four nations control four extremely powerful crystals, the story follows the chaos unleashed on the land when one of those countries declares war on the others.

You play as a group of 14 students from one of those countries who are tasked with using their unique magical abilities to bring order back to the world. Combat takes place in real-time action battles where you are free to move around the battlefield and attack at will. Since there are 14 characters, all of which have unique weapons and attacks and other abilities, there is a ton of variety to the combat encounters.

In addition to the replay value offered simply by having so many characters to choose from, the game also offers a New Game+ when you beat it that lets you carry over your stats and abilities while giving you tougher enemies, new missions and new story elements to see. It takes multiple play throughs to see everything Final Fantasy Type-0 HD has to offer.

Best Indie/Offline Multiplayer: Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced

What started off as Kickstarter project later turned into a critically acclaimed game winning over 150 awards and bringing an unexpected turn in RPGs with “couch co-op” — playing offline, through split screen, with friends. Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced Edition gives players an epic journey of over 80 hours of gameplay to enjoy with their online or offline friends.

Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced Edition is an expansive, non-linear, turn-based isometric RPG that gives the same feeling as the Diablo series. The game gives players a fully customizable character that allows them to define their appearance and class specific roles such as a Wizard or Cleric. Part of the game’s high appraise is due to its in-game world of personalities, professional voice-acted characters, combat challenges and vast interactions with freedom of autonomy to explore.

Most Anticipated: Biomutant

Redefining the genre, Biomutant is an action-adventure open-world RPG surrounding a genetically modified raccoon-like creature. Players will be able to customize their own character’s physical traits and other attributes that impact the subtleties of the main character during gameplay (a heavy character being stronger, but slower, etc.)

Biomutant is action heavy, with players jumping into hordes of enemies using a martial art style combat system that mixes shooting, melee and special powers. The game is extensive on personal customizations that give players a unique and intricate character that forms to their own play style while utilizing everything from crafting weapons to changing one’s own DNA. Players will get to traverse the game’s vibrant environments not just by foot, but through jet-skis, air-balloons and more.