10 Best Offline RPGs to Play in 2019

No connection? Play epic games anyway on Android, iPhone, PC, Mac, or a console

Fans of the role-playing genre know how engrossing the games can be. Unfortunately, some RPGs require you to be online for gameplay to work as expected. 

What if you don't have access to an internet connection but still want to loot a dungeon or hunt down a boss? The following RPGs can be played offline, letting you continue your adventure while on a plane, train or anywhere else the web might not be available.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

What We Like

  • Anyone who played Baldur's Gate back in the day will appreciate that nothing was lost in this adapation, with its added features fitting perfectly without taking anything away from the original's charm.
  • The Enhanced Edition includes the Tale of the Sword Coast expansion and other bonus content.

What We Don't Like

  • The Windows price tag remains a little steep for what is essentially an older release.

A classic RPG set in the 2nd Edition AD&D mold, Baldur's Gate sends you and your party of allies on a course for adventure and more importantly, loot! With a well-crafted Dungeons & Dragons storyline and gameplay style that harkens back to the pen-and-paper days, the Enhanced Edition offers countless hours of entertainment.

While you obviously need an internet connection for multiplayer action, Baldur's Gate can be enjoyed solo while offline. Baldur's Gate is $19.99 on Steam as well as the Mac App Store, and $9.99 for mobile devices.

Demon's Rise

Demon's Rise

What We Like

  • With no in-app purchases, Demon's Rise doesn't require you to spend additional money to avoid tedious grinding like many mobile RPGs.
  • Your experience can vary greatly depending on the makeup of your group.

What We Don't Like

  • Gameplay can lag a bit, and you may experience the occasional crash on older smartphones and tablets that don't have a decent amount of RAM.
  • $7.99 is on the higher end of the cost spectrum for this type of game 

Although it received its share of recognition, this mobile RPG was still relatively unheralded considering how solid its content and gameplay is. Demon's Rise features a turn-based battle system that is a perfect fit for the underground city setting. Planning is key, as your six-member party can be formed from a whopping 30 different classes, each with their own tactical advantages and downsides.

Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins

What We Like

  • Origins manages to take almost everything good about the genre's previous RPGs and combine it into one game.
  • The dialogue alone is very nuanced and carefully constructed. 

What We Don't Like

  • Some NPC conversations tend to drag on a bit too long.

The first title in the popular Dragon Age series, Origins is an action-packed RPG played in the third-person perspective. Your Grey Warden character can be rolled as a dwarf, elf or human from one of the mage, rogue or warrior classes. The path you take is solely up to you but your interactions along the way will be strongly influenced by race and class, meaning that even after the game is completed you have the option to start a new adventure from a completely different perspective.

Featuring breathtaking visuals throughout, it's very easy to become engrossed in Origins right from the start. It can be played offline, but on some platforms you may need to first activate this mode within the game's settings. The computer version is available on Steam for $19.99, while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 prices vary. 

Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas

What We Like

  • New mods are constantly being developed, adding even more content to an already robust game.
  • In addition to scuffling on the Strip, the game lets you explore the vast desert as well as the Hoover Dam in your quest for victory. 

What We Don't Like

  • If you've played previous versions of Fallout, then a lot of New Vegas may feel way too familiar.

A different type of RPG from the others on our list, Fallout: New Vegas takes place in a post-apocalyptic Sin City where you have the option of choosing a side in an inevitable war or going all out to try to become the leader of this nuclear wasteland. 

Although technically a first-person shooter, New Vegas also qualifies as a role-playing game due to its intricate storyline and the fact that your choices significantly alter future events as you move forward. In addition to battling with a large array of weapons at your disposal, you can also gamble in one of the game's many casinos or roadside games. It is Vegas, after all, apocalypse or not.

The computer version is available for $9.99 on Steam, while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 prices vary.

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2

What We Like

  • If you played the original Mass Effect, this third-person shooter actually allows you to import your character and all of his past decisions and attributes into the new game.
  • Your responses in seemingly unimportant conversations can drastically shape your path in the game.

What We Don't Like

  • There aren't enough character customization options.
  • Many users have complained about requiring an unofficial patch to get the game to run correctly, although we haven't experienced this ourselves.

An action-style RPG that takes place in the next century, you assume the role of a soldier who teams up with an organization focused on saving the human race, as entire colonies are being abducted without explanation. Almost two dozen weapon types are available as you embark on a seemingly impossible mission, working alongside some of the galaxy's most ruthless warriors while traveling in a powerful ship.

The computer version is available for $19.99 on Steam, while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 prices vary.

Neverwinter Nights 2

Neverwinter Nights 2

What We Like

  • Stays true to its D&D roots by allowing you to micromanage, tweaking each character's build to perfection if you wish.
  • Includes the following expansion packs: Mask of the Betrayer, Storm of Zehir, and Mysteries of Westgate.

What We Don't Like

  • What we like is also what we don't like with NWN2, as non-D&D fans may find a lot of the gameplay tedious rather than exciting.​
  • The cost ($19.99) hasn't come down in years.

Another offline RPG based on Dungeons & Dragons rules and set in the well-known Forgotten Realms campaign, Neverwinter Nights 2 lets you and your party work towards your goals in a more loosely structured manner than many quest-driven titles. NWN2 features the entire compendium of classes, feats and spells found in the D&D 3.5 rules. Most gameplay is accessible sans connectivity, the exceptions being multiplayer adventures or hosting your own campaigns using the integrated Obsidian toolset. 

Planescape: Torment

Planescape: Torment

What We Like

  • The macabre soundtrack and visuals fit perfectly with the game's dark storyline.
  • Can play for countless hours without encountering duplicate content.

What We Don't Like

  • Casual gamers probably need to stay away from this one, as it requires quite a bit of attention and dedication.
  • Tough to navigate menus on smaller mobile screens.

Set in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy campaign of its namesake, this RPG's story is as unique as it is intriguing. With your body draped in scars and tattoos gathered over many lifetimes, you and your companions roam the demon-ridden city of Sigil looking for answers. You play as The Nameless One, exploring this critically-acclaimed classic for tons of offline fun with a character that can be highly customized in true D&D fashion.

The computer version will run you $19.99 on Steam, while smartphone and tablet users can download a minmized version for $9.99.

The Bard's Tale Trilogy

The Bard's Tale Trilogy

What We Like

  • The monster compendium contains enough enemies that you can avoid encountering the same types of creatures over and over again.
  • Bard's Tale II and III are just as enjoyable as the original.

What We Don't Like

  • Nothing, although anyone born in the '90s or later may not fully appreciate this style of play.

First released in 1985, The Bard's Tale helped shape the RPG genre and has withstood the test of time. Its old school graphics and 3D, grid-based dungeons are not a deterrent even 30+ years later, as the gameplay itself is just as fulfilling today as it was in the era of big hair and bright clothing. You and your motley crew of adventurers are tasked with rescuing the city of Skara Brae, with foes lurking around every corner.

The anticipation that builds during the turn-based battles, as well as wondering what awaits you behind each door and dungeon gate, will quickly make you forget that you're playing a game that was developed in a different generation. The entire trilogy costs $14.99 for PC users. while the mobile adaptation of the main title can be purchased for $2.99 on smartphones and tablets.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

What We Like

  • The fast travel feature is a must-have when venturing a long ways across the map.
  • You will likely never run out of new content. 

What We Don't Like

  • Some quests can feel repetitive, especially when dealing with some of the more boring NPCs.

A true work of art in every sense, this is the crown jewel of the Elder Scrolls franchise. Some may argue that Morrowind (III) or Skyrim (V) were better, and while those are also terrific RPGs my money's on Oblivion. If you're into open-ended games with massive worlds to traverse, this is the title for you.

The attention to detail is remarkable, from the individual blades of grass to the captivating sunsets. Whether wielding a sword or a satchel of spellbooks, the first-person battle system has a realistic, intense feel to it. Also, because of the diverse character creation tools, the game can be played multiple times from a number of angles. 

The PC version is available for $14.99 on Steam, while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 prices vary.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

What We Like

  • The way everything ties together so smoothly as you progress through the game is a credit to its writers.
  • The open world is nothing short of amazing.

What We Don't Like

  • It's hard to pinpoint a negative about Wild Hunt, but its somewhat underwhelming combat system doesn't exactly match up to the game's overall grand scale.

Winner of over 250 Game of the Year awards at the time of its release, this open-world RPG places you in the role of professional monster hunter. This visually stunning title encourages freeform exploration as you conduct your bounty hunter business, mixing it up with everyone from society's elite to bands of marauding criminals.

Doing battle with the game's vast bestiary is where Wild Hunt really shines, though, and preparing for each skirmish is just as important an element as the actual fights themselves. Add in a rich storyline and you've got an incredible RPG that can be experienced while offline.

The PC version is available for $39.99 on Steam, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 prices vary.