The best Xbox RPG games 2023

The best Xbox RPG games will see you venture from magical worlds in ancient times, to the modern sprawling cityscapes of Earth and beyond.

Best Xbox RPG games: Basim in Assassin's Creed Mirage

The best Xbox RPG games offer a level of immersion that’s almost impossible to find in any other genre. Whether you’re looking to live out your power fantasy as a Witcher, or explore the cosmos in your favorite ship, the choices are endless. With so many amazing Xbox RPGs out there, it can feel impossible to choose which adventure you wish to embark on next. The good news is that you’re not alone.

With so many of the best RPG games to choose from on the Xbox platform, it’s easy to make a list of excellent entries – however, the real challenge comes in prioritizing the ones that you’ll personally enjoy the most. Here we’ll detail exactly what each of these top RPGs entail and why they are so fantastic to play to help inform your decision. Some of these RPGs are so great, you’ll find 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:

  • Elden Ring
  • Disco Elysium The Final Cut
  • Yakuza Like a Dragon
  • Tales of Arise
  • Dragon Quest XI S Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Divinity Original Sin 2
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Diablo 4
  • Assassin’s Creed Mirage
  • Starfield

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 boat load 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 constant, pulsating action you’re after, there are definitely 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

Ichiban Kasuga, the main character of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, is a bit of an airhead at times. It means that the series and its usual take on action have been replaced by turn-based battles, all thanks to Ichiban’s daydreaming.

It also means that you get to play through this revenge story using over-the-top special abilities and you’ll spend a lot of your time laughing.

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 colourful 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. It’s 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 certain one of the most visually-pleasing entries on this list.

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

5. Dragon Quest XI S Echoes of an Elusive Age

Ultimately, RPGs have been changing a lot for years now. The way they used to be simply isn’t the way they are now, but one series which has basically refused to change, but still managed to improve, is the Dragon Quest series.

XI S adds in extra bits of story, and an incredibly cool 2D mode for retro fans out there. It also happens to be the best entry in the series in a lot of people’s opinions.

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.

Best Xbox RPG games: Guardian of the Galaxy characters stand together

7. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Despite an underwhelming initial showing, it turns out that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is an absolutely incredible action RPG. You take control of Star-Lord and have to try and keep the Guardians of the Galaxy together long enough to save the universe.

You’ll do this with old-school music, inspirational pep talks, and unpredictable tactics. This is a game that’s been designed to put a smile on your face, and you’ll struggle to resist it.

You can read our Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy review here.

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 that’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.

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 best in the business for crafting epic, enormous RPGs, and in our view, The Witcher 3 is it’s 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’s 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.

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.

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, on either PC and Xbox.

Best Xbox RPG games: Starfield

13. 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.

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!