Best RPG Games For PC in 2011

2011 was a good year for RPGs with role-playing kings Bioware and Bethesda both sticking their hands into the ring. The games below rose to the top through excellent gameplay, great storylines and characters and most of all, just being damn fun to play.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUWTpMAUhpY

Do you want to play a game where you can become a virtual hoarder? How about a game where you can level so high that you can slay a dragon in one mighty blow? Well Skyrim is your ticket to a good time. Buy it on PC

Star Wars: The Old Republic

This is essentially World of Warcraft in a Star Wars setting. Which is perfectly fine, there is no point fixing something that isn’t broken. Geek out in this (relatively) new MMO from our friends at Bioware. Buy it on PC

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0I01ACWNfM

The first Witcher game had quite a cult following but failed to capture the large market. The Witcher 2 brought more of a familiar RPG feel while still keeping The Witcher’s story line and grittiness which lead it to becoming one of the highest rated games of 2011. Buy it on PC

Best RPG PC Game or Expansion 2010

Ok guys, you had a month to vote for what you felt was the best PC RP game or expansion of 2010 and now 504 votes later it’s all closed. It was super close between Dragon Age: Orgins – Awakening and Mass Effect 2 but one had to be the winner.

Here are YOUR top 5.

5 – Divinity II: Ego Draconis

From the website:

Following the lineage of these two much-acclaimed RPGs, Divinity II: Ego Draconis has adapted many of the most famous elements that made these two original games classics. Divinity II: Ego Draconis makes use of the same classless system that was incorporated in Divine Divinity, which allows you to choose your own path as you become a Dragon Knight.

4 – Fallout: New Vegas

Bethesda’s only RPG release for 2010 made it’s way into the top 5 games. I was surprised that it didn’t rank higher though. I believe many gamers felt that they just ended up with an expansion for Fallout 3 which visually it did seem like that. However, gameplay and story wise it was classic Fallout thanks to the development team being largely from Obsidian Entertainment. Definitely worth checking out.

3 – World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

It’s not surprising that the third World of Warcraft expansion found it’s way to the top 3. The sheer number of WoW gamers was sure to give it’s placing a nice boost. This expansion, like the others, threw the game in it’s head with several new features such as Goblins and Worgens, new raid options and completely changed maps.

2 – Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 scraped in at a close second. Bioware did a great job at responding to community suggestions from the first Mass Effect and fixing annoying things like the inventory system. They did however add that really annoying probe mining system that had a way of chewing up gaming time that you really wanted to spend blowing bad dudes up. A great looking game, I look forward to taking on the Repears in Part 3.

1 – Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening

There it is, number one… and it’s an expansion. It’s not surprising that the expansion to the highest rated game of 2009 would take place as the best PC RPG of 2010. Building off the enthralling story of Dragon Age: Origins, Awakening throw’s your character right back into the fray. Apparently the Darkspawn are NOT dead so you have to quest again to defeat them once more. A must play, but be sure to play Dragon Age: Origins first.

The Witcher 2: Assassins Kings Officially Announced

Stop what you are doing! This is awesome!

CD Projeckt Red released an official statement today on their The Witcher site that a sequel to the game that sold over 1.5M copies world wide. Although I can’t find it on the website, Gamespot has claimed that the game will be gracing our shelves in early 2011.

Although the game engine is being built completely from scratch (and looks amazing I might add), The Witcher 2 storyline will be continuing directly on from The Witcher. With the change that everyone and everything looks a whole lot better. We should also be seeing smoother gameplay and better combat.

some ugly mugs beautifully rendered

From the horses mouth

“I am really glad that we can officially present what we’ve been working on for the past two-and-a-half years.” – said Adam Kiciński, CEO of CD Projekt RED studio. “We learned a lot during The Witcher’s development process, and we are using all of that knowledge to ensure the sequel is one of the best RPGs people have ever played. We’ve concentrated on improving the most successful parts of the Witcher, and I strongly believe that The Witcher 2 will be loved both by fans of the original and newcomers. We know that we aimed very high while producing The WItcher 1. Now we are aiming even higher with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.”

The Witcher 2 promises to build upon the considerable success of The Witcher and we can all remember how much that was to play (read reviews). More updates are slowly being released onto thewitcher.com and I will keep you updated as more news is given.

Watch the trailer here

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Diablo III

Diablo was in it’s  day one of the most groundbreaking RPG games around. You had a huge selection of items, a simple system to customize your character, some wicked looking weapons and a whole heap of bad dudes to kill with them.

Then along came Diablo II and blew RPG gamers away again. New classes, skills and weapons as well as ranked online play provided gamers with hours and hours of sweet ass gaming.

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