It seems these days many people are under quarantine and missing out on outdoor activities that come with the spring season. Thankfully, with the power of video games we don’t have to be “stuck” in the house mentally. Physically, I’m sitting in the couch, but my mind is missing in action, entranced in the worlds of the best role playing games you can find on Xbox One.
#5 Final Fantasy XV
Get ready to hit the road with Noctis and his lifelong pals Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto as they cruise the highway listening to all of the previous Final Fantasy soundtracks and slaying all types of different monsters and beasts along the way. In this fast paced action packed adventure you hack n’ slash through enemies gaining experience points, leveling up, and learning more about the relationships you have with your road-trip crew. It’s a joy to watch the boys build strong bonds with each-other as they take selfies, go camping, and eat the always satisfying “Cup Noodle”. Yes! I’m so happy Square Enix included Chocobos in XV. It was awesome exploring the world of Eos on the back of a Golden Chocobo. If you’re a fan of the open road and brotherly character development, then this title is for you.
#4 Diablo III: Eternal Collection
Diablo 3 has always had drama surrounding the title, when the game launched Blizzard was unexpectedly hit with down servers. An unfortunate night for isometric adventure enthusiasts starved for Diablo content. However, once you were able to log onto the server the magic started. Hearing the old voice of Deckard Cain as he reads you lore, and getting to know Leah is suspenseful and exciting. Old Tristram is a great setting for introducing you to the world of Sanctuary. I played this game for 3 days straight with a bunch of coworkers. I remember exploring Sanctuary, and the great times it brought my friends and I. Finally getting to play another Diablo game after all these years waiting was thrilling!
This is the definitive edition of Diablo 3 as it includes all of the expansions in one box. You can play as a Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Wizard, Monk, Crusader, Demon Hunter and Necromancer. All classes have their own play-style and gear sets to grind for. I explored every Defiled Crept I came across. I looked in every nook and cranny for treasure goblins, hoping for a “ancient legendary” item drop that I desperately needed to complete my gear set. It is still being supported with seasons mode adding new content every few months, including new gear sets. This game is a perfect couch/online co-op experience for hardcore gamers and casual gamers alike.
#3 KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.
“A scattered dream that’s like a far off memory, A far off memory that’s like a scattered dream, I wanna line the pieces up, yours and mine.” – Sora.
Kingdom Hearts 2 starts with this passionate quote. This series has it all, great world building, tight fantastic action combat gameplay that competes with likes of Bayonetta and Nier: Automata, amazing character development, and a very, very convoluted story that only the likes of Tetsuya Nomura could possibly write. These games take you on a roller coaster ride through many Disney worlds while throwing in multiple characters from the Final Fantasy series. You play as Sora, a heartfelt boy looking for his friends. While traveling through different worlds you team up with Donald Duck and Goofy – and it’s a nostalgic blast! It’s corny, charming, emotional, frustrating, and confusing, but at the same time simply amazing. I recommend this game to any and every gamer. Get ready for a emotional adventure that is deeply unforgettable
#2 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The Witcher 3 is truly a masterpiece. It is by far the biggest game out of the bunch, and possibly has the biggest map in gaming of all time with the same holding true for the quest log. You can easily put in over a couple hundred hours and still not finish every quest in the game. This game is massive. In both depth and graphics it’s hard to compete with CD Projekt Red. Every town, city, and village feels alive with the NPC’s living their own daily lives. The world feels authentic and lived in. The writing above all else stands out, and is by far some of the best writing I have ever seen or read. If you are a fan of gripping storytelling and deep lore with complex dialogue, this game is for you. You play as Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher who is equip with swords, magic spells and a deep invisible backpack for complex inventory management. You can play hours upon hours of Gwent or go off in search for the love of your life, it’s all up to you Witcher.
#1 Nier: Automata
Square Enix seriously knocked it out of the park with this one. Nier: Automata isn’t only the best RPG of this generation, it’s one of the best RPGs of all time. The soundtrack, written by Keiichi Okabe, is wonderful. However it’s the story that makes this game so amazing, written by the absolute mad man Yoko Taro. Taro has always had what some people would call a “dark twisted mind”. He wants to make you feel the story, as if it’s washing over you. Nier: Automata is a game that actually takes place within the Drakengard universe. If you got ending E in Drakengard you would see how the beginning of the Nier universe was created. Nier: Automata is a emotional love story that deals with the meanings of life and death. What it means to love? What it means to have someone love you? What is life without love? What’s the difference between going through life alone or with a companion? These are all topics Nier: Automata attempts to address.
In the game you actually play as 3 different characters. 2B, the maid-outfit wearing android who is emotionless, designed for one purpose and one purpose only. 9S, (Nines) the super intelligent support android, there for backup. He has the ability to question reason and learn more than he should. And, A2, the rouge assassin who can do damage beyond belief. She is quick, smart, and just an overall badass. Her backstory may be much deeper than what meets the eye. Nier: Automata comes packed with an over the top action hack n’ slash combat style from Platinum Games. Square Enix, Yoko Taro and Platinum Games completely knocked this one out of the park! If I could recommend one game for you to play this generation it’s Nier: Automata.
That does it for my top 5 RPG’s on the Xbox One. Let us know your top RPG’s down in the comment section and stay tuned for more Xbox here at Generation Xbox.