Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Xbox One)

Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Xbox One)Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Xbox One)
Publisher: Larian Studios / Developer: Larian Studios
Release Date: 31st Aug 2018 (USA)

Divinity: Original Sin was critically acclaimed for Xbox One when it released in 2015, but its sequel raised the bar even further three years later, becoming known as one of the greatest RPGs of all time. In fact, it's so good, that Metacritic actually classes it as the second best RPG in the entire Xbox One library.

The game is centred around deep, tactical, turn-based combat, and sees you gather your party and develop relationships with your companions as you explore the world of Rivellon, either in single-player or via drop-in/drop-out cooperative play. There's a reason this one is so beloved by fans and critics alike, so give it a try!

  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Dragon Age: Inquisition (Xbox One)

Dragon Age: Inquisition (Xbox One)Dragon Age: Inquisition (Xbox One)
Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: BioWare
Release Date: 18th Nov 2014 (USA) / 21st Nov 2014 (UK/EU)

Remember what it was like to have a new Dragon Age game? It's been eight long years now since the release of 2014's Dragon Age: Inquisition, but even despite its age, it remains a fantastic RPG to sink your teeth into in 2022. And again, it's included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate as part of EA Play, which is excellent.

The game's story sees you tasked with saving the world from itself, featuring a ridiculously huge world to explore, strategic combat and a choice-driven narrative. It still looks like it's going to be some time before Dragon Age 4 is finally released on Xbox Series X, but given that Inquisition takes around 50 hours to beat (and much longer if you want to do everything), there's plenty to keep you busy in the meantime.

  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes (Game Pass Ultimate)

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Xbox One)

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Xbox One)Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Xbox One)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 4th Dec 2020 (UK/EU)

Another excellent addition to Xbox (and available through Game Pass), Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age is simply put, one of the greatest JRPGs ever made. It manages to retain that title whilst simultaneously doing very little in breaking of genre conventions.

Why it's so well regarded is the fact it perfects those conventions, making each element the best it can possibly be, instead of attempting anything massively new. The combat is easy to learn, but hard to master; the world is a colourful, vibrant joy to explore; and the story lasts a substantial length with many magical twists and turns. With the Definitive Edition, even more inclusions have been added, making one of the best JRPGs about even better.

  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes

Elden Ring (Xbox Series X|S)

Elden Ring (Xbox Series X|S)Elden Ring (Xbox Series X|S)
Developer: FromSoftware
Release Date: 25th Feb 2022 (UK/EU)

How does FromSoftware do it? First blowing our collective minds with Demon's Souls all the way back in 2009, they continued their hot streak with the masterful Dark Souls series followed by the absolutely phenomenal Bloodborne and Sekiro.

Now they've returned with Elden Ring and, true to form, this latest outing is not just a great game, it's one of the very best action-RPGs ever made. We had concerns this time around, chiefly with regards to how they'd factor an open world into proceedings, but we needn't have worried as what's here is a glorious meshing of classic Souls combat with an astounding and enormous world full of secrets, challenges and lore to get absolutely lost in. An instant all-timer.

  • Xbox Game Pass? No

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Fallout 4 (Xbox One)

Fallout 4 (Xbox One)Fallout 4 (Xbox One)
Publisher: Bethesda Game Studios / Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Release Date: 10th Nov 2015 (USA) / 10th Nov 2015 (UK/EU)

Bethesda only released one single-player focused RPG during the Xbox One's lifespan, yet it certainly made a big impression. The world of Fallout 4 is ugly, desolate and devoid of life, and yet, it's in equal measures beautiful and captivating to explore. Underneath its ugly exterior is a slice of humanity trying to survive, and in the RPG fashion, you're there to assist.

Exploration is rewarding, as is crafting your character into your own. Not only that, but the game also features a fairly addictive settlement building element, encouraging you to maintain your own factions. Fallout 4 has a lot to offer and hundreds of hours worth of content. An absolute treat.

  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes

Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One)

Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One)Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 2016 (USA) / 2016 (UK/EU)

Final Fantasy XV is a game all about bond. Its main cast of four characters gel and bounce off of each other so naturally that it's hard not to become enamoured with them. Even with its larger than life fantasy world, it somehow manages to feel perfectly grounded due to its central performances.

Outside of that, the fantasy world itself is huge, sprawling and begging to be explored. With an engaging main plot, hundreds of side quests and a fresh take on Final Fantasy combat, the most recent title is a great RPG on Xbox consoles and begs to be played.

  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Infernax (Xbox Series X|S)

Infernax (Xbox Series X|S)Infernax (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: The Arcade Crew / Developer: Berzerk Studio
Release Date: 14th Feb 2022 (UK/EU)

Infernax proved to be the surprise hit of the February 2022 batch of Xbox Game Pass titles, scoring a 9/10 in our review, where we called it "a super-satisfying love letter to the glory days of Castlevania and an excellent and addictive little game in its own right."

The game's creators describe it as a "2D splatterfest homage to NES action games but with... so much blood", so if you like old-school retro games and you're looking for something Castlevania-like on Xbox Game Pass, we think you're going to have an amazing time with this one. Most will overlook it, but it's a hidden gem worth seeking out.

  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes

Kingdom Hearts III (Xbox One)

Kingdom Hearts III (Xbox One)Kingdom Hearts III (Xbox One)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 2016 (USA) / 2016 (UK/EU)

Disney and Final Fantasy was always a strange recipe, but it managed to create a recipe for success. The Kingdom Hearts series has only gained more followers with each entry, as it adds more Disney characters and further delves into Final Fantasy lore. Kingdom Hearts III is the most beautifully realised entry to date, with an action packed story that's well worth checking out - fan or not.

The game is absolutely gorgeous, with each Disney world managing to perfectly invoke the art style and feeling of each film. It makes turning every corner continue to be a surprise and the combat is one of the most visceral we have ever seen. It's a must play for any RPG fan.

  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes