Top Dungeons & Dragons PC Games

Since the early beginnings of PC gaming there have been Dungeons & Dragons inspired video games, from the early text based fantasy adventure games such as Zork to Bard's Tale to the recent relases of The Elder Scrolls and The Witcher. All of these games can trace some influence back to Dungeons & Dragons. There have not been as many official Dungeons & Dragons licensed games released in recent years but the list that follows includes some of the best, including games from the gold box series as well as a few newer releases.

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Planescape Torment

Planescape Torment
Planescape Torment. © Interplay Entertainment

Release Date: Dec 12, 1999
Genre: RPG
Setting: Planscape
Game Modes: Single player, multi-player

Planescape Torment was one of those games that was released after a big title(Baldur's Gate) and kind of flew under the radar. Low and behold it was the better of the two in terms of storyline with the gameplay being virtually the same. Torment won many RPG Game of the Year awards back in 1999 and is now considered one of the ground breaking RPG games and a model for rich storytelling in a video game. The graphics for Planescape Torment are good, but not great when compared to today's releases, but it does provide an excellent gaming experience.

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Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. © Interplay Entertainment

Release Date: Sep 24, 2000/Nov 15, 2013 (Enhanced Edition)
Genre: RPG
Setting: Forgotten Realms
Game Modes: Single player, multi-player

Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn is the sequel to the award winning Baldur's Gate. It surpasses the original in almost every aspect. Graphics, game-play and storyline are all improved. BG2 has one expansion pack called Throne of Bhaal and is also available in a multipack. Baldur's Gate II has been re-released in an enhanced edition that allows the game to be played on high resolution monitors and more modern operating systems.

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Neverwinter Nights

Neverwinter Nights
Neverwinter Nights. © Atari

Release Date: Jun 18, 2002
Genre: RPG
Setting: Forgotten Realms
Game Modes: Single player, multi-player

Neverwinter Nights is one of the best D&D games to date. It attempts to physically transform the table top D&D game into an online game. With dungeon master and players online controlling characters from behind their PC screen. Dozens of sites that offer free modules to play. Single player mode is challenging but not very long. Two expansion packs have been released for this and they are now sold in a complete set.

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Pool of Radiance

Pool of Radiance
Pool of Radiance. © SSI

Release Date: 1988
Genre: RPG
Setting: Forgotten Realms
Game Modes: Single player, multi-player

Pool of Radiance was the first title in the now famous "Gold Box" series of Dungeons & Dragons computer role playing games released in the late 1980s. The game mechanics and complexity of the rule set were quite ground breaking for the time and the gold box series saw nearly a dozen D&D releases. Pool or Radiance was based on the AD&D 2nd edition ruleset and allowed players to create a part of characters as they try to defeat an evil that has controlled the once bustling city of Phlan on the Moonsea in the popular Forgotten Realms campaign setting.

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Baldur's Gate

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Screenshot
Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Screenshot. © Beamdog

Release Date: Dec 21,1998/Nov 28, 2012 (Enhanced Edition)
Genre: RPG
Setting: Forgotten Realms
Game Modes: Single player, multi-player

Baldur's Gate is the game I associate with the rebirth of Dungeons & Dragons computer games. For the 5 years preceeding(after the release of Eye of the Beholder 3) it's release in 1998 the various D&D titles lacked any sort of direction or lasting gameplay(and impressions). Baldur's Gate changed all that, strictly adhering to the second edition rules it captivated gamers everywhere and it's game engine was used and upgraded for many games to follow. The game has since been re-released as an enhanced edition and is available through Steam and Amazon digital distribution.

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Icewind Dale 2

Icewind Dale 2
Icewind Dale 2. © Interplay Entertainment

Release Date: Aug 27, 2002
Genre: RPG
Setting: Forgotten Realms
Game Modes: Single player, multi-player

Icewind Dale 2 was the sequel to Icewind Dale and is based entirely on the third edition D&D rules. It was also unique in the fact that it let you create every character in your party instead of just one and then computer controlled non player characters.

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Icewind Dale

Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition
Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition. © Beamdog

Release Date: Jun 29, 2000/Oct 30, 2014 (Enhanced Edition)
Genre: RPG
Setting: Forgotten Realms
Game Modes: Single player, multi-player

Icewind Dale was the second of three titles, (Planescape Torment, and Baldur's Gate being the other two) that used the same Infinity game engine. Virtually the same gameplay and graphics as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale takes you to the Spine of the World, one of the most famous settings of the D&D worlds.

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Baldur's Gate 2 Throne of Bhaal

Baldur's Gate 2 Throne of Bhaal
Baldur's Gate 2 Throne of Bhaal. © Interplay Entertainment

Release Date: Jun 22, 2001
Genre: RPG
Setting: Forgotten Realms
Game Modes: Single player, multi-player

Throne of Bhaal continues the adventure begun in Baldur's Gate 2 Shadows of Amn. Adventure new areas and fight new monsters all with your original party from BG2 Shadows of Amn.

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Sword Coast Legends

Sword Coast Legends Screenshot
Sword Coast Legends Screenshot. © Wizards of the Coast

Release Date: Oct 20, 2015
Genre: RPG
Setting: Forgotten Realms
Game Modes: Single player, multi-player

Sword Coast Legends is the newest game released that is based on the Dungeons & Dragons game. Like many titles in this list it is set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting and features both a single player and multiplayer game modes. It also uses the latest D&D 5th Edition ruleset. The single player campaign allows players to create a character and party as they adventure along the Sword Coast region. The multiplayer portion picks up where Neverwinter Nights left off trying to recreate the feel of a pen & paper role playing game experience. One player takes on the role of the Dungeon Master as he sets out to provide an adventure for player characters.

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Neverwinter

Neverwinter
Neverwinter. © Perfect World Entertainment

Release Date: Jun 20, 2013
Genre: MMORPG
Setting: Forgotten Realms
Game Modes: Multi-player

Neverwinter is a free top play MMORPG game that was released in 2013. It is set in the city of Neverwinter along the Sword Coast in the Forgotten Realms game world. It is a stand alone game that is unrelated to the previous Neverwinter Nights games and follows its own story. The game is set after the events of the Spellplague that came about with the release of the 4th edition ruleset which nearly destroyed Neverwinter which is detailed in the R.A. Salvatore novel Gauntlgrym.

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Dungeons & Dragons Online

Dungeons & Dragons Online
Dungeons & Dragons Online. © Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Release Date: Feb 28, 2006
Genre: MMORPG
Setting: Eberron, Forgotten Realms
Game Modes: Multi-player

Dungeons & Dragons Online is the original MMORPG based on Dungeons & Dragons. It was initially a paid subscription based game but it has since moved to the free to play model. The setting for the game has also changed since it was released, originally being set in Eberron but now features Forgotten Realms settings as well. The game is based on the 3.5 edition ruleset featuring 8 different character races and 14 playable character classes.