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The best Xbox RPG games

The best Xbox RPG games feature dense character creation, expansive missions, and worlds beyond comprehension, so let's explore them.

Best Xbox RPG games: an image of Keanu Reeves in Cyperpunk 2077.

The best Xbox RPG games offer a level of immersion you’ll likely not find in other gaming genres. From exploring the outer reachers of space to the ancient lands with mythical lore, there are so many incredible experiences to sink your teeth into. If you’re looking for a slice of action like this, then this list of brilliant Xbox RPGs will help you find your next adventure.

Not only are the games on this list worthy of your time, but they’re all actually among the best RPG games ever made. Seriously, they’re that good. You’ll even see some of these RPGs on our overall best Xbox games and best Xbox Series X games list. With so many new Xbox games coming out regularly, we’ll update this guide with stellar new RPGs as well, so check back often.

The best Xbox RPG games are:

Best Xbox RPG games: A tarnished soldier meditates in Elden Ring

1. Elden Ring

You can’t go wrong with a Souls-like and Elden Ring is the king of the genre. Regarded as one of the best games of this generation, FromSoftware’s innovative take on the genre it popularized with games like Dark Souls has stolen the hearts of fans worldwide.

With dozens of viable builds, a huge open world to explore, and a boatload of Elden Ring bosses to tackle, this award-winning RPG is not to be missed. It’s a term that gets banded about a lot in the gaming world, but this is truly a must-play.

If you still don’t believe us, you can read our Elden Ring review to see why we scored it a perfect ten. Also, now’s the perfect time to get into the game before the Elden Ring DLC release date arrives.

Best Xbox RPG games: A player walks across a bridge in Disco Elysium

2. Disco Elysium Final Cut

The world is cruel, dark, and incredibly messed up, but it has the potential to be so much more. Thankfully, that’s true of the character you play in Disco Elysium too, who can be anything from a useless waste of skin, to a true paragon of justice and morality.

Disco Elysium is a text-heavy RPG that’ll have you laughing, cringing, and crying as the story unfolds. It’s an exquisite game, and the Final Cut edition of the game only makes it better. If it’s a constant, pulsating action you’re after, there are some more suitable entries on this list for you. However, if you love a gripping story and the ability to shape a narrative, this is the RPG for you.

Best Xbox RPG games: A player wearing a hood and fingerless gloves grabs a bottle in Yakuza Like a Dragon

3. Yakuza Like a Dragon

While the Yakuza series is a long-running one now, with the earliest game released all the way back in 2005, Like a Dragon marks a new and fresh start for Yakuza. Moving away from the previous protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga takes the main role here, who is looking to become the ‘hero’ after being released from prison.

It’s also the first game in the series to shift away from the action gameplay of the previous entries and instead focuses on turn-based combat. It’s a shift that Yakuza fans will need to get used to, but the team at Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio does a great job of crafting a spectacular combat system while also delivering a great narrative worth watching unfold.

If you’ve been looking to do a playthrough of the Yakuza series and its many spin-offs, Like a Dragon may not be the best game to start with. However, if you don’t mind starting at a new turning point for Yakuza, this entry is a great way to become a fan.

Best Xbox RPG games: Two players, one holding a flaming greatsword in Tales of Arise

4. Tales of Arise

Tales of Arise is the story of an amnesiac slave, a mysterious woman who hurts everyone she gets close to, and the different forms that oppression can take.

It’s a magnificent action RPG that features a colorful cast of characters, each with their own motivations and fighting style, as they band together to try and overcome the increasingly insurmountable challenges in front of them. Its exuberant combat allows you to switch between several characters during battle, adding an excellent strategic layer.

Oh, and it’s incredibly pretty – Tales of Arise is certainly one of the most visually pleasing entries on this list. An excellent expansion has finally been released for the game too, called Beyond the Dawn, which follows one year after the events of the main story.

Xbox RPG games: Twoi players attack a dragon in Dragon Quest Elusive

5. Dragon Quest XI S Echoes of an Elusive Age

While the title may sound frightening for anyone looking to play some of the best RPG games, Dragon Quest XI is one of the most beginner-friendly entries in the series, and it has also been made with Western audiences in mind.

In Dragon Quest XI, you play as an infant who survives an attack in the kingdom of Dundrasil after an army of monsters decides to attack it. Dragon Quest XI follows the standard gameplay of the series, allowing you to explore a world and fight monsters in turn-based combat, but the ability to switch between 3D and 2D outside of battle lets you take the series back to its roots.

Despite the major success that Dragon Quest XI had, this entry doesn’t change much about the series, so if you enjoy this game you’ll likely love the rest of the Dragon Quest series.

Best Xbox RPG games: Five characters, an admiral, warrior, elf, lizard, and sorcerer in Divinity Original Sin 2

6. Divinity Original Sin 2

Have you ever wanted to be a fire-spewing lizard who also happens to have a deep understanding of geomancy and a love of the finer things in life? We’re going to assume the answer is yes, because who hasn’t?

Divinity Original Sin 2 is an immersive sim dressed up as a CRPG, and it’s filled with an unending amount of content, more replayability than most roguelikes, and also just so much fire. Also, it can be played in co-op, which makes it even more enjoyable

Divinity Original Sin 2 was also the last game that Larian Studios developed before moving on to Baldur’s Gate 3, which has gone on to get critical acclaim across the board as one of the best RPG games ever made. If you played Baldur’s Gate 3 first, you’ll love Divinity.

Xbox RPG games: Garrus in his blue armour in Mass Effect

8. Mass Effect Legendary Edition

The only thing better than one Mass Effect game is all three of the original trilogy in one neat package. Well, that’s exactly what Mass Effect Legendary Edition offers and it’s available on Game Pass now.

You too can relive your youth by living vicariously through Commander Shepard as they try and save the universe from the threat of the Reapers, all while dating your favorite space alien. We’re pretty sure the games aren’t purely here to sell body pillows, but who can know for certain?

Equally, if you’re a Mass Effect novice who’s never played the series before, it’s still absolutely worth your time. It’s one of the all-time greats, and it’s not to be missed – especially if it’s sat there at no extra cost in your Game Pass library.

Xbox RPG games: Geralt tosses a bag of coins in the air in The Witcher 3

9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Starring Geralt, though not the Henry Cavill version, you get to fight, talk, and sleep your way through a story that’ll have you constantly questioning your own morals, and generally feeling a bit sad. But hey, at least you’ll look cool doing it.

For those of you who prefer the action in your action RPGs, The Witcher 3 doesn’t deliver the best combat. However, what it does exceptionally well is a narrative that sticks with you long after finishing it, as well as some DLCs that go down as some of the best expansions ever made for a game.

With an official next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt out as well, you can experience the sprawling open world while taking full advantage of the power of Xbox Series X|S. Developer CD Projekt Red is one of the best in the business for crafting epic, enormous RPGs, and in our view, The Witcher 3 is its greatest creation.

Best Xbox RPG games: Eivor with an eye patch in Assassin's Creed Valhalla

10. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

The Assassin’s Creed games used to be action stealth games, but ever since Origins, the series has evolved into a group of truly immense open-world RPGs.

This entry has you taking control of Eivor, a Viking who uses raw power to get what they need. You’ll follow them as they journey across continents and realms, and forge new friendships, rivalries, and take out corruption as you go. There’s a lot to do here, but as long as the idea of spending 120 hours in a game doesn’t bother you, you’ll have an excellent time yeeting axes at enemies.

Given there have been loads of games in the iconic series over the years, the fact we rank it so highly on our best Assassin’s Creed games list tells you all you need to know. And if you end up enjoying the 100+ hour experience in the main game, there are plenty of DLCs that expand upon Valhalla.

Best Xbox RPG games: Lilith of Diablo 4

11. Diablo 4

Diablo 4 is one of the most eagerly anticipated sequels of all time, and Blizzard’s hellish hit franchise refuses to disappoint in its latest installment.

For those unaware of the series, Diablo is best known as a looter action RPG with an isometric camera. While Diablo 4 is arguably the best in the series for its narrative, the action and equipping the perfect gear for your class is what keeps the gameplay loop satisfying after hours and hours of playing.

Tasked with taking down Lilith, Queen of the Succubi, you will cleave and loot your way through hordes of nasty beasties, spread throughout the world of Sanctuary. Should you take the plunge, our Diablo 4 walkthrough is the perfect companion in your fight against the legions of hell.

Best Xbox RPG games: Assassin's Creed Mirage

12. Assassin’s Creed Mirage

No that’s not a mirage, this is another Assassin’s Creed game you’re seeing. Ubisoft’s been on a bit of a hot streak recently, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage is – in the words of our resident series expert Kyle Wilson – “everything you could want from an Assassin’s Creed game and truly satisfying from start to finish.” More on that in our Assassin’s Creed Mirage review.

This time around, Basim Ibn Ishaq is the star of the show, with Ubi promising a parkour-filled adventure through the streets of 9th-century Baghdad – a decade before the events of Valhalla. Throughout, you’ll engage in a “compact, engaging story driven by captivating characters”, as Basim comes of age and gradually morphs into the character we know from Valhalla.

Be sure to pick the best Assassin’s Creed Mirage tool for the job when you’re solving the various Enigmas such as Left Behind, A Challenge, or Surrender.

Best Xbox RPG games: Noctis and friends preparing for battle in Final Fantasy XV key art

13. Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition

While PlayStation seems to be taking all of the Final Fantasy games as exclusives nowadays, with both the 16th mainline entry and the FF7 Remake series as console exclusives, Final Fantasy XV is still one of the best RPGs on Xbox and one of the best in the series.

The story follows Noctis and his friends as they cross the world of Eos and head to where Noctis’ wedding is set to take place. Unfortunately, things go south quite quickly when Noctis’ father, the king of the Kingdom of Lucis is assassinated by Niflheim forces. The mystery only grows from there, and while the main narrative is an enjoyable spectacle, the brotherhood between Noctis and his friends is a key highlight.

Final Fantasy XV is also one of the only games in the series to have real-time combat during battles, moving away from the turn-based combat of the previous games. However, it’s still as exciting as ever, and strategizing with your party adds some much-needed depth to what could’ve been simple hack-and-slash-style combat.

The Royal Edition of the game includes all of the previously-released DLC, as well as a new DLC based on the villain of the game, as well as some technical improvements.

Best Xbox RPG games: Party in Baldur's Gate 3 overlooking the cliffs in press screenshot

14. Baldur’s Gate 3

After a lot of anticipation and, unfortunately, a delay, Baldur’s Gate 3 is finally on Xbox. Winner of the Game of the Year during The Game Awards 2023 show, Baldur’s Gate 3 is a 100+ hour story set in the world of Dungeons & Dragons, delivering a CRPG worthy of all of the praise it’s got.

Whether you plan to use Baldur’s Gate 3’s best class, use the best Baldur’s Gate 3 spells, or simply craft your own story in your own way, BG3 is an expertly crafted and passionate RPG with choices that have actual consequences and a creative turn-based combat that puts many games to shame.

If that doesn’t sell you, our sister site PCGamesN gave the game a 9/10 in its Baldur’s Gate 3 review, calling it an “instant RPG classic” and saying that “[Baldur’s Gate 3] is a marvel, and easily one of the best RPGs ever made”. 

Best Xbox RPG games: Soldiers exiting a vehicle in high-tech gear in Cyberpunk 2077

15. Cyberpunk 2077

Another title from RPG veterans CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077 is infamous for its lackluster launch back in 2020 but has since gone on to redeem itself with plenty of updates, including additional content. And it’s gone on to deliver Phantom Liberty, the first and last expansion for the game, and an excellent one at that.

In Cyberpunk 2077, you play as V, a customizable character who, after attempting a heist on the Arasaka corporation, gets an engram of Johnny Silverhand (played by the one and only Keanu Reeves). V’s remaining time alive is ticking down quickly, and you’ll have to deal with many enemies in the dystopian Night City. Which, may we add, is an absolutely stunning locale.

The latest game from CD Projekt Red had everyone worried that The Witcher creator had gone downhill, but after a No Man’s Sky-like redemption, many are excited for the next entry in the Cyberpunk series. And if you want to know why, it’s best to play this game.

Best Xbox RPG games: Starfield

16. Starfield

Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media – and with it legendary studio Bethesda – could not have come at a better time. After all, Starfield is the first brand-new IP launched by Bethesda in nearly 30 years, and it’s certainly got a lot going for it. For more on that, be sure to check out what Jamie has to say in our Starfield review.

Taking the studio’s classic formula and dousing it across a sprawling galaxy filled with over a thousand Starfield planets, you will never find yourself short of something to do – be it clearing the Starfield missions or hunting down the best Starfield weapons as you explore the cosmos. As with any Bethesda RPG, expect big characters, amazing environmental story-telling, and some memorable questlines.

Starfield is available on Xbox Series X|S. You can opt to buy the game outright or pick it up through Game Pass. 

best xbox rpg games: An image of pawns fighting in Dragon's Dogma 2.

17. Dragon’s Dogma 2

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is fresh titan onto the RPG scene, but Capcom’s long awaited sequel is just as good as any of the classics on this list. With a world bursting full of vibrant NPCs, frightful enemies, and wild lore to get invested in, Dragon’s Dogma 2 is all about relishing the role of being a hero. You’ll bring along AI controlled Pawns, which can aid you in battle and make you feel like you’re accompanied by a true ragtag band of warriors.

Pawns can be summoned from the Rift, which contains characters made by other players, as well as your friends. Our trusty Pawn, Dinkleman, has seen his fair of battles with dragons and trolls in his time. And you’ll do the same as you master different vocations, each of them rewarding you with numerous fighting styles and abilities to uncover.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is available now on Xbox Series X|S. 

Best Xbox rpg games: An image of a Vault Dweller in Fallout 4.

18. Fallout 4

An Xbox RPG game list isn’t complete without some Fallout goodness. Fallout 4 benefits from a full next-gen upgrade on Xbox Series X|S, meaning you can take advantage of higher framerates, upscaled visuals, and plenty of quality-of-life feature to make your experience even better. However, you can still the play the reliable Xbox One version of the game if you wish.

Fallout 4’s expansion of its predecessor’s mechanics with base building and better combat is worth playing this alone for, but the game’s excellent quests will keep you hooked for hours. Until a new Fallout game arrives, we recommend playing over Fallout 76 any day of the week.

Fallout 4 is available now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

That’s our complete list of the best Xbox RPG games currently available. There should be something for everyone on this list, but if you’re looking for more inspiration, make sure to check out the best Xbox Game Pass games and the best free Xbox games – we’re sure you’ll find something there. Have fun!