10 Best Offline RPGs to Play in 2020

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

Fans of the role-playing game (RPG) genre know how engrossing the gameplay and storylines can be. Unfortunately, some RPGs require you to be online for everything to work as expected. 

If you don't have access to an internet connection but still want to loot a dungeon or hunt down a boss, we've assembled a list of RPGs you can play offline. Continue your adventures while on a plane, train, or anywhere else the web isn't available.

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Best Classic RPG: Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition offline RPG game
What We Like
  • Nothing from the original game is lost in this adaptation.

  • New features fit perfectly with the original's charm.

  • Includes the Tale of the Sword Coast expansion and other bonus content.

What We Don't Like
  • The price for some versions is a little steep for what is essentially an older release.

A classic RPG set in the AD&D 2nd Edition 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 echoes 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 available for a wide variety of platforms at various costs. It's $9.99 on the Google Play Store or Apple's App Store; $19.99 on digital platforms Steam and GOG.com (for Windows, Linux, and Mac); $27.99 on the Mac App Store; and $49.99 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Best Mobile RPG: Demon's Rise

Demon's Rise offline RPG game
What We Like
  • Mobile version doesn't require in-app purchases.

  • Your experience can vary greatly depending on the makeup of your group.

What We Don't Like
  • Gameplay can lag a bit.

  • With the mobile versions, you may experience the occasional crash on older phones or tablets.

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

Demon's Rise, from Wave Light Games, is available as an iOS ($7.99) or Android ($5.99) app. A newer version, Demon's Rise Lords of Chaos, is available for $6.99 for Windows via Steam.

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Best Visuals: Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins Offline RPG game
What We Like
  • Takes almost everything good about the genre's previous RPGs and combines it into one game.

  • Dialogue is 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, from EA Games, is an action-packed RPG played from the third-person perspective. Play your Grey Warden character 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 influenced heavily by race and class. After you finish the game, you have the option to start a new adventure from a completely different perspective.

Featuring breathtaking visuals throughout, it's easy to become engrossed in Origins right away. To play Origins offline on some platforms, you may need to activate offline mode from within the game's settings.

Play Origins on a Windows PC via Steam or download for Windows for $19.99 ($29.99 for the Ultimate Edition). The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 prices start at $19.99.

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Best Apocalyptic RPG: Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas offline RPG Game
What We Like
  • Extra mods add content to an already robust game.

  • 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, a lot of New Vegas may feel 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 vast array of weapons, you can also gamble in one of the game's many casinos or roadside games. It is Vegas, after all, apocalypse or not.

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

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Best Action-Style RPG: Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 Offline RPG
What We Like
  • If you played the original Mass Effect, import your character into the new game.

  • Responses in seemingly unimportant conversations can drastically shape your path.

What We Don't Like
  • Not enough character customization options.

  • Users have complained about requiring an unofficial patch to get the game to run correctly.

In this 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 Windows version is available for $19.99 on Steam, while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 prices vary.

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Most Offline-Accessible RPG: Neverwinter Nights 2

Neverwinter Nights 2 Offline RPG
What We Like
  • Stays true to its D&D roots.

  • Micromanage and tweak each character's build however you like.

  • Includes the expansion packs Mask of the Betrayer, Storm of Zehir, and Mysteries of Westgate.

What We Don't Like
  • Non-D&D fans may find a lot of the gameplay tedious rather than exciting.​

  • The cost 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 toward 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 without connectivity, except for multiplayer adventures or hosting your own campaigns using the integrated Obsidian toolset. 

The game is available for Windows via GOG.com for $19.99.

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Most Involved and Intriguing RPG: Planescape: Torment

Planescape: Torment Offline RPG
What We Like
  • 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
  • Requires quite a bit of attention and dedication, so casual gamers beware.

  • 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 minimized version for $9.99.

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Best Old-School RPG: The Bard's Tale Trilogy

The Bard's Tale Trilogy Offline RPG
What We Like
  • So many 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
  • 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 aren't a deterrent even more than 30 years later. The gameplay 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 and Mac users via Steam, while the mobile adaptation of the main title can be purchased for $2.99 on Android or iOS smartphones and tablets.

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Best Attention to Detail: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Offline RPG
What We Like
  • The fast-travel feature is a must-have when venturing a long way across the map.

  • You'll 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) are 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. Also, because of the diverse character-creation tools, play the game 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.

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Best Storyline: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Offline RPG
What We Like
  • The way everything ties together so smoothly as you progress is a credit to its writers.

  • The open world is nothing short of amazing.

What We Don't Like
  • The sometimes-underwhelming combat system doesn't match up to the game's overall grand scale.

Winner of more than 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. Add in a rich storyline, and you've got an incredible RPG to experience offline as well as online.

The PC version is available for $49.99 on Steam and GOG.com, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 prices vary.

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