Sunday May 24

Top 10 RPGs for the Xbox 360



10. Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Star Ocean: The Last Hope combines a superb real-time combat system with incredible graphics which results in one of the finest Japanese RPGs for the 360. The Last Hope follows Edge Maverick exploring the galaxy and trying to find a new home world after World War Three. Players are able to explore the galaxy, eventually in their own spaceship and these planets are all beautifully designed. The real-time combat is exceptional, especially the ability to chain special attacks. Besides some choppy voice acting and long cutscenes, the game totally conveys what all RPGs should be: fighting, looting and levelling.



9. Lost Odyssey

Mistwalker's Lost Odyssey is truly a classic Japanese RPG in every sense. A group of characters on a journey, turn-based combat and beautiful CG all feel very similar to the Final Fantasy games. Though not entirely innovative or groundbreaking, Lost Odyssey gives you everything you need to have a fun and expansive journey. The player takes the role of an immortal named Kaim, on a quest to find other immortals and free their nation. With a deeply emotional storyline and beautiful graphics, any old-school RPG fan will love Lost Odyssey.



8. Borderlands

Borderlands crosses genres and blends it's gameplay in a way that results in a completely distinctive type of game. It mixes a first person shooter interface with RPG elements all presented in a very stylish manner. Borderlands is set on the planet of Pandora and follows the main characters trying to open a vault filled with alien artifacts. The graphics are very stylized and great to look at and the music is intense and fits perfect with the gameplay. But the real draw for this game is it's multiplayer. The enemies are harder, the loot drops are better and the game is all around more fun with more people. Speaking of loot, this game is host to an unparalleled number of guns, reaching into the millions. Yes, you read that right. Millions. After reading that, if you're not already playing the game, go out and get it right now.



7. Fable 3

Lionhead Studios' Fable 3 is what anyone would expect of a Fable game and that always works. The game finds the player controlling the son of Fable 2's main hero and the story follows the character trying to raise an army to aid in a revolution against the King of Albion. Following the revolution, the character can become the King/Queen and control the entire kingdom. The graphics are great, the story is interesting and the combat is fun as always. Their updated menu, now an actual room called "the Sanctuary" was a great addition, making navigation through the menus a piece of cake. Also, the ability to make quick decisions let the player flow through the game without having to pause the action. Fable 3 is a great game by a great franchise.



6. Final Fantasy XIII

The first Final Fantasy game for the Xbox 360, Final Fantasy XIII is a beautifully designed and engrossing game, which shed many traditional notions of RPGs away and substituted open-ended gameplay for fantastic storytelling, which Final Fantasy XIII has in full. The story centers around a group of characters set in between two very different worlds. The production values are clearly through the roof on this one and it results in the game being absolutely spectacular to watch. Great characters, captivating story and a fantastic turn-based combat system also help make this game a classic in the Final Fantasy series.



5. Tales of Vesperia

Tales of Vesperia is a unique RPG that plays like an anime come to life. This might discourage some people from checking this game out, but what they'd be missing is one of the most fun, immersive and sharpest looking games on the 360. The story is more character driven, which works fine because the characters are all unique and well-defined. The standout feature is that unlike many other Japanese rpgs, the battles are all real time which means instead of waiting your turn you’ll be hacking and slashing through all types of monsters. Beautiful to watch and fun to play, this game is a treat for all RPG fans.



4. Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins is truly an epic RPG. Released in 2009, the game met with rave reviews and critical acclaim. The game focuses on the player exploring the kingdom of Ferelden as a Grey Warden. As such, they must fight the demonic deadspwan and restore peace to the land while unifying the kingdom. It plays almost like a classic MMORPG, while focusing on single player adventuring. The graphics, story and gameplay are all fantastic. Important decisions are constantly thrown at the character and each one can drastically alter the game. Classic RPGs don't get much better than this.



3. Fallout 3

Bethesda's Fallout 3 showed massive improvements from it's predecessors and helped establish the Fallout series on the 360. Set in a dystopian future, the player must set out to search for their father while blasting through bad guys and exploring the wasteland around him. Mixing elements of strategy and survival horror games into it's action RPG gameplay, Fallout 3 comes out fresh and unique. Gritty, detailed graphics, brutal combat and a great story all blend into a fantastic and chilling game.


2. Mass Effect 2

What can be said about Mass Effect 2 that hasn't been said already? This expansive sci-fi RPG was met with perfect reviews when it was released in 2010 and it is no wonder why. Far superior to the original Mass Effect, this game featured a much more in-depth galaxy to explore, brilliant combat and impressive audio and voice acting. The game starts with the death and revival of Commander Shepard and follows his creation of a team to attack the home world of the Collectors, ultimately a suicide mission. Stunning graphics, fluid gameplay and game-changing decision making all helped make Mass Effect 2 one of the best games for the 360.



1. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Immersive gameplay? Check. Beautiful graphics? Check. Detailed story, great music and infinite replay value? Check, check, check. Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is the best RPG for the 360 that money can buy. Released in 2006, the game garnered universal critical acclaim and set the bar for all subsequent adventure games. Set against a backdrop of the beautifully designed province of Cyrodiil, this open-ended game allows players complete freedom in their actions. Whether you want a barbarous hammer-wielding Orc who likes to tell jokes or a well-dressed Breton with a knack for alchemy, Oblivion is ready to deliver. Aided by an alluring soundtrack and captivating side quests, Oblivion draws players into the game in a way that almost no other RPG has ever achieved.

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