We've added a number of new titles to the list to detail the upcoming action role-playing games slated for release on the PC in 2015. Take a look at what's on the slate for release this year.
Putting together a list of top role-playing games that fuse real-time action with RPG elements on the pc was quite a tall order, since there have been some great games that have hit the platform. Choices were made based on a number of different criteria, including writing quality, storytelling, player choices, and game mechanics. Every action RPG fan should play these games.
We've updated this list with none other than fan-favorite and highly requested title, Dark Souls 2. Find out where it sits on this list by reading on.
New Action RPGs [Out Now]
1. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
If you loved Borderlands and its sequel, Borderlands 2, then Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be right up your alley. The game is set to bridge the gap between the two previous titles by following the rise to power of the villain in Borderlands 2, Handsome Jack. Taking place between the two games, the Pre-Sequel gives you a whole batch of new gameplay featuring the genre blending fusion of shooter and RPG mechanics that players have come to love.
2. Lords of the Fallen
Lords of the Fallen is one of the first Western games that takes a Dark Souls approach to the Action RPG. Everything dies hard and the whole game is a challenge, as players make their way through an epic journey that spans both demonic and human realms. Players take on the role of a sinner and convicted criminal who must battle against the mighty Lords and their minions in an adventure much like From Software’s Souls series of games.
Upcoming Action RPGs [Coming Soon]
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the third installment of the ongoing Witcher series of action role-playing games from Polish software outfit CD Projekt Red. The game follows the exploits of a witcher (a monster hunting warrior-alchemist) named Geralt of Rivia as he undertakes his most epic adventure to date. Geralt must confront a foe darker than any he’s ever faced known as the Wild Hunt.
2. Dead Island 2
Dead Island 2 is an over-the-top action RPG that doubles as an open world co-op playground for players to lose themselves in. Players wield a variety of over-the-top, hand-crafted weapons in their arsenal against enemies both human and zombie. There’s even vehicles for players to drive around and roll over zombies with.
Taking place in the aftermath of a devastating pandemic that sweeps across New York City, The Division puts players in the roles of government agents who must fight to prevent the downfall of society and piece the city back together. This action RPG, which plays like a third person shooter, is set in an online environment where player choices matter.
Best Of All Time [Contd. Below]
#13 Din's Curse
By the same people who made the game above (Soldak Entertainment Inc.) comes Din's Curse, which is a bit more standard fare than the covenant juggling Depths of Peril, but still has a randomization coming out the nose, as well as mobs that can grow uncontrollably strong and attack the town if not taken care of.
#12 Depths of Peril
A more niche game than pretty much all of the above, Depths of Peril is an interesting randomized ARPG with MMO elements in which there's a level of depth added where you are part of one of multiple covenants in the starting town. You can trade, ally, raid or destabilize the competitors while always being at risk yourself.
#11 Divine Divinity
Looking a lot like Diablo 2, having most of the same technology behind it, DD is a classic fantasy tale with a huge story and world to delve into. There's a lot in this game from all aspects, but it's from the same era as Diablo 2, so you may want to pass on it from this reason.
Made by Travis Baldtree, now part of Runic Games of Torchlight fame, Fate is very much a Diablo 2 clone that is entirely 3D. With charming graphics and the pet that's now a usual sight in the Torchlight games, Fate is still a game you might want to try out to see the branching paths of the ARPG from one of the threads that fate weaves.
An extremely tongue-in-cheek title that handles just as well as any other action-RPG, DeathSpank is a satirical game that tries to exude funny out of every pore and manages to do so... mostly. Thongs and bacon and whatnot.
If you took Diablo and placed it next to Oblivion expecting them to have cute demonic offspring, Sacred would probably be the offspring - a sprawling map that seemingly never ends and a colourful presentation from an isometric perspective are set before you. Keep focused or you'll be lost in all of the sidequests.
#7 Dark Souls
While it's not as much a lootfest as the other entries on this list, Dark Souls is an extremely atmospheric game that throws you into an unforgiving world that makes you fight for every step you take. Very difficult, but fair throughout.
#7 Dark Souls 2 [Tied at #7]
Dark Souls 2 is an action role-playing game set in an open world environment. It’s regarded, and rightfully so, as one of the hardest games of all time. Sequel to the equally challenging Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2 engages players to find a cure for their curse by traveling through the dark land of Drangleic.
Westwood studio's answer to Diablo 2, Nox is the three different linear storylines of Jack, a dude from Earth who is pulled into a high fantasy parallel universe where he has to defeat people to get back home. With environment interaction not seen again for a long time and a great atmosphere, Nox is still fun to play. Novel, considering it's actually older than D2.
#5 Titan Quest
The definition of a game with an avid following, Titan Quest and its expansion Immortal Throne were the go-to game for people who wanted to feel the rush of the action RPG again before Diablo 3 was announced. A beautiful game even by today's standards, it sends you on a romp through the mythological ancient times of us. Oh the humanity. Also flying satyrs.
#4 Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Despite being a huge flop that drove its development studio to bankruptcy, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is an ambitious game with a hell of a lot of content and an intricate tale througout. You are the master of your fate.
#3 Borderlands 2
The Sequel to the popular loot-fest FPSRPG hybrid from Gearbox Software, Borderlands 2 brings you back to the planet of Pandora to seek even more elusive Vaults and shoot even more procedurally generated guns. There ain't no rest for the wicked.
#2 Torchlight series (Torchlight 1, 2)
Runic's first effort was one that was received exceedingly well, what with the nostalgic feeling of playing Diablo 2 and the cute graphics. The lack of multiplayer of the game in this day and age makes it feel absolutely obsolete, however, but it's nice to see how much of an evolution Torchlight 2 was from the first one.
It was supposed to be released before Diablo 3, yet it came out half a year after Blizzard's game came out. It was worth the wait, though, as Torchlight 2 is every bit as charming as its predecessor while increasing the scope as much as any AAA title. Better than Diablo 3? You be the judge.
#1 Diablo series (Diablo 1, 2, 3)
Expected by millions and despised by quite a few, the long awaited sequel to the cult classic Diablo 2 is an odd beast that you can only play online. Highly polished, highly refined, it's a game that Blizz have taken to a shine - but that shine may be the one of coins in the Real-Money Auction House.
Sequel to the game that invented the Action RPG genre, Diablo II takes everything its predecessor accomplished and does it better. Featuring five (or seven, if you include the expansion pack) unique character classes with distinct skills, weapons and abilities, Diablo II allows you to play cooperatively with friends (or simply make new ones!) on its free online service, Battle.net.
Combining a minimal, but well-written story with memorable characters and awesome gameplay, Diablo II is the standard to which most action RPGs aspire to.
In spite of being the ARPG that started it all, the original Diablo has not aged all that well, at least compared to his slightly older brother. It still has the haunting Uelmen music that still sends chills down your spine, as well as the creepy gothic atmosphere, but it has been left behind by technology. Play it for a trip down the nostalgia lane, but I wouldn't see the Butcher again if I were you.