Our Top 5 RPGs of the Year

Role Playing Games You Can Gift To Your Gamer Loved Ones

The holidays are coming up and that means it’s time to, shop, shop, shop. It’s been a great year for all genres, but RPGs have gotten some of our year’s favorite entries. If you’re looking to get your loved one something they’ll be able to enjoy for tens to hundreds of hours, these entries are sure to please. However, those that want to make sure the material in these games is age-appropriate might have a hard time discerning which titles are family-friendly and which are for more mature gamers. This guide should give you a good idea of what the best RPGs of the year are, and if they’re the best fit for your giftee. 

Fallout 4

Fallout 4 Armor screenshot
What We Like
  • Enough content to keep hardcore gamers busy for hours.

  • Combat system offers a blend of RPG and action elements.

What We Don't Like
  • Some of the missions feel repetitive

  • Doesn't bring anything new to the series.

The post-apocalyptic future is your destination in Fallout 4. Starting in Boston, players will quest to survive the irradiated former metropolis and its surroundings. There's carnage, death, and destruction abounding this wasteland, as well as a ton of blood and gore. The complex and time-consuming gameplay, along with the violence and adult-theme mark this game as being for mature audiences only.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD screenshot
What We Like
  • "Sphere gird" leveling system is deep but easy to understand.

  • Turn based combat allows players to think hard about their next move.

What We Don't Like
  • The dialogue and voice acting are hokey at times.

  • The game is more linear and less open world than earlier Final Fantasy titles.

This remaster has been brought to the PlayStation 4, and it's even better than the second time around. In Final Fantasy X players will join Tidus and Yuna on their pilgrimage to obtain the power to protect the world from the behemoth monster Sin. Final Fantasy X-2 picks up after the events of the first game and has gamers take the role of Yuna. Although Final Fantasy X deals with the adult themes of love and loss, it does so in a tasteful manner. There is some violence, but it's not very graphic. Final Fantasy X-2 does have a bit of sexual content as the player characters can be scantily clad, but nothing is approaching overt sexuality or nudity. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD deal with adult themes and contain some sexual content, but neither game is graphic in any way. Teens and up will be able to understand the context of the story, as well as the complex gameplay. 

Legend of Legacy

Legend of Legacy Title Card

 Cattle Call 

What We Like
  • Offers a big open world to explore.

  • Beautiful soundtrack.

What We Don't Like
  • Controls could be better.

  • Might be too difficult for casual gamers.

The Legend of Legacy follows seven different playable characters including spellcasters, a girl with amnesia, a mercenary, an alchemist, and a knight as they traverse the land of Avalon, a holy land that's been woken from a deep slumber. Players will combat enemies in turn-based combat and explore the world of Avalon on their terms after being given a specific main goal at the beginning of the game. The Legend of Legacys violence and themes of battle would work best for older gamers though the game hasn’t officially been rated yet.

Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition

Divinity: Original Sin Gameplay
What We Like
  • Gives players a lot of choices.

  • Multiplayer co-op mode is well integrated.

What We Don't Like
  • The inventory system is frustrating.

  • Not always obvious what you should do next.

Divinity: Original Sin is a role-playing game in which players are fighting to rid the world of evil magic. The characters use swords, staves, spears, and magic to fight humans and fantastical creatures, which can lead to pain, blood, and dismemberment. Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition has quite a bit of blood and gore, as well as other adult situations. With the mature themes and content, the game is appropriate for adults only.

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

Disgaea 5 Crew screenshot
What We Like
  • Tons of post-game content that deepens the intriguing story.

  • New character classes breathe new life into a familiar formula.

What We Don't Like
  • The graphics aren't much better than the older PS3 games.

  • New features make old ones excessive and obsolete.

This is a turn-based strategy role-playing game that finds players fighting against a demon emperor as he tries to take over the Netherworld in which the protagonist lives. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance has gamers recruiting dozens of characters to help them fight. There is a bit of suggestive sexual content with several female characters exposing a large amount of cleavage, and one of which that pole dances. There is also mild alcohol use. Though there is sexual content in Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, it's not any more than network TV. The game is quite complex though so teens and up would probably get the most enjoyment out of it.