There are times when computer gaming is at its peak, especially with the popular games in the past like Diablo, Icewind Dale, or Baldur’s Gate. But after those titles, we rarely found a decent CRPG (computer RPG) to play. Thanks to the games on this list, computer RPG finally reawakened and getting even better from time to time until today. So here are the top 7 modern-days CRPG for you to play.
7. Pillars of Eternity
Pillars of Eternity is a RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Paradox Interactive. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux in 2015. Pillars of Eternity is a spiritual successor to the Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale series, along with Planescape: Torment. Obsidian started a crowdfunding campaign in 2012 and resulting as the highest funded video game at that time.
The game takes place in the fantasy world of Eora, mainly inside the nation of Dyrwood. The infants in the Dyrwood are plagued by a recent phenomenon in which they become “hollowborn” upon birth. During the beginning of the game, the protagonist experiences an awakening of power due to a disastrous supernatural event, discovering they are a “Watcher”: a person who can see past lives and interact with souls.
6. Divinity: Original Sin
Divinity: Original Sin is a fantasy RPG developed by Larian Studios. Upon its release in 2014, the game received acclaim from critics, with many praising its ability to modernize the RPG genre. An enhanced edition of the game, featuring voice acting and various other updates, was released in October 2020. A sequel to the game, titled Divinity: Original Sin II was released in September 2017.
The protagonists of the game are a pair of “Source Hunters”, members of an organization dedicated to eradicating a dangerous type of magic known as Source. At the start of the game the Source Hunters receive orders to investigate the murder of a town councilor by a suspected Sourcerer in Cyseal. Upon arrival they find Cyseal under siege by orcs and undead as orchestrated by a Sourcerer conspiracy.
5. Wasteland 3
Wasteland 3 is a RPG developed by inXile Entertainment and published by Deep Silver. The game is a sequel to Wasteland 2 (2014) and was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on August 28, 2020. Wasteland 3 was ported to Linux and macOS on December 17, 2020.
Wasteland 3 is set in the frozen wastelands of a post-apocalyptic Colorado. The player takes control of two members from Arizona Ranger Team November, who survived after being ambushed while on a mission. The two survivors subsequently forced to work with the local ruler known as the “Patriarch”. As the story unfolds the rangers discovers the Patriarch’s brutality and choose between the two deciding paths.
4. Shadowrun: Hong Kong
Shadowrun: Hong Kong is a turn-based tactical RPG set in the Shadowrun universe. The game was developed and published by Harebrained Schemes, who previously developed Shadowrun Returns and its standalone expansion Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut. It includes a new single-player campaign and also shipped with a level editor that lets players create their own campaigns.
The game is set in 2056, within the Hong Kong Free Enterprise Zone. The player was once an orphan along with their foster brother Duncan, when they were adopted by Raymond Black. However, the player getting arrested and sent to a corporate prison eight years before the events of the game. After being released, the player gets a message from Raymond requesting that they and Duncan meet him in Hong Kong.
3. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is a RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Versus Evil. The game is the sequel to 2015’s Pillars of Eternity, and was released for Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS in May 2018, and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in January 2020. The game was announced in January 2017 with a crowfunding campaign on Fig, and reached its goal within a day.
Deadfire is a direct sequel to Pillars of Eternity, taking place in the world of Eora. The player assumes the role of a “Watcher”, with the ability to look into other people’s souls and read their memories, as well as the ones of their past lives. The story begins five years after the events of the first game, with Eothas, the god of light and rebirth who was believed dead, awakens under the player’s stronghold Caed Nua and destroys it.
2. Disco Elysium
Disco Elysium is a RPG developed and published by ZA/UM. The game was released for Microsoft Windows in 2019, macOS in 2020, and with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch release planned for later in 2020. Disco Elysium is a non-traditional RPG featuring no combat. Instead, resolutions of events are done through skill checks and dialog trees via a system of 24 skills that represent different aspects.
Players will take the role of amnesiac detective who has been charged with solving a murder mystery. During the investigation, he comes to recall events about his own past as well as current forces trying to affect the city. Inspired by Infinity Engine-era RPG (particularly Planescape: Torment), Disco Elysium was written and designed by Karelian-Estonian novelist Robert Kurvitz.
1. Divinity: Original Sin II
Divinity: Original Sin II is a RPG developed and published by Larian Studios as the sequel to 2014’s Divinity: Original Sin. The game was released for Microsoft Windows in 2017, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2018, for macOS in early 2019, and for Nintendo Switch in the same year. An improved version titled Divinity: Original Sin II – Definitive Edition was made, making thousand of changes from the original game.
The game is set on the fantasy world of Rivellon, centuries after Divinity: Original Sin. Living beings on Rivellon have a form of energy known as Source, and individuals called Sourcerers can manipulate Source to cast spells or enhance their combat abilities. At the start of the game, the player character, a Sourcerer, is captured by the Divine Order and sent to an island prison known as Fort Joy until a gigantic Kraken Voidwoken attacks the ship.
And now you know about CRPG and some recommended games under its flag. As a PC gamer, I personally think that PC has the most versatile capability to host a lot of games that actually differ in platforms. If you wanna know my favorite, I would go with Pillars of Eternity series since I like the Diablo-like feel of the gameplay, but Divinity: Original Sin series seems a good choice also to try after.
Which modern-days CRPG is your favorite from the list? Do you like the modern day setting also? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.