Editorial: 10 Top Action RPGs Worth Playing
Top 10 Action RPGs

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Looking for something more than the usual less action, more story, turn-based RPGs? Maybe you need an RPG that’s as action-packed as any FPS or platformer. Here are ten ARPGs that are worth playing (maybe even twice).

Torchlight II

Torchlight II is a dungeon crawler like its predecessor. However, it adds overland areas with hub towns, as well as a day/night cycle and weather effects. Players may pick from four different classes (Embermage, Engineer, Outlander, and Berserker) to play as, and each has three skill branches to customize the character’s skills further.

Dark Souls II

Dark Souls II is the sequel to Dark Souls below, with similar gameplay. The game keeps up the difficulty of the previous game, with a few key differences such as the lack of a ‘hollow’ form. Players still must go back to where they died to retrieve their items and lost souls, though. Dark Souls II is a great successor to the Dark Souls name.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The hit open-world action RPG of the Elder Scrolls series. Skyrim has been around for seven years, and the gaming community still hasn’t gotten tired of it yet. It’s received a VR port, as well as an upcoming port on the Nintendo Switch. It also features extensive character customization, as well as a variety of weapons and spells, all to defeat those pesky dragons that are everywhere.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The sequel of The Witcher, the game still follows Geralt of Rivia, the titular Witcher. Accused falsely of killing Foltest, the king of Temeria, he travels to unravel the mystery of who the real killer is. Multiple endings are depending on choices made. The sequel also improves upon the combat gameplay, as well as adding some stealth mechanics for some areas.

Dragon’s Dogma

Dragon’s Dogma is a mixture of action RPG and hack-and-slash. The comparison is obvious for fellow Capcom game Monster Hunter, but comparisons to Dark Souls and the Devil May Cry series also abound. However, it is an excellent game. It has a gripping plot and solid gameplay. It’s a must play for any ARPG fan.

Path of Exile

Path of Exile (PoE) is the spiritual successor to the Diablo series. Grinding Gear Games was heavily inspired by it when making this hit MMO-ARPG. It challenges the usual, as many things are different from other MMOs. One notable one is the lack of in-game economy. Players trade with each other using barter, as well as some commonly found PoE items as currency.

Dark Souls

The game that started the rise of ‘Dark Souls’ games. Like its predecessors, players hack and slash through enemies to avoid dying and potentially losing all the collected souls, as well as the equipment. The plot is minimal and easy to miss, as they’re found in the flavor text of most things and the game’s design.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The most recent game in the Witcher series. It still follows Geralt of Rivia, who is a Witcher, someone trained from childhood to become a monster hunter (not the dragon-y kind, but more of vampire/werewolf kind). As a first in the series, he can jump, climb and swim along with his combat prowess. At some points in the game, Ciri, Geralt’s adoptive daughter, is playable.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines

The game lets players live out their vampire fantasies. The player character is killed and turned into a vampire fledgling, from a clan of their choosing. From there, they can choose the fate of the vampire race, as a sarcophagus suspected to hold an ancient vampire has been stolen. They must figure out where it is and what to do with it.

Fallout 4

In a world ravaged by radiation from several nuclear bombs, a parent survives all to find their child. There are many things different from other Fallout titles, namely the ability to sprint and mod weapons and armor, as well as equipment no longer needing repairs every so often. The Commonwealth is a huge place, so explore all you want, shooting at everything that moves.

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