Best Xbox RPGs

What are the very best Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S RPGs?

In recent years, the RPG genre has exploded in popularity, edging its way into mainstream gamer consciousness like never before. As a result, where Western RPGs have historically been pretty hard to come by, they're now absolutely everywhere. The JRPG market too, once a relatively niche genre, has really taken off internationally, enticing more players than ever to lose themselves in a huge variety of worlds.

In this regard, the Xbox family of consoles have a wide range of excellent RPG titles worth checking out. Whether they're fantasy adventures set in a faraway land, surreal detective mysteries or something closer to home, there's undoubtedly something out there for everyone.

In order to help you select the very finest RPG experiences currently available, we've selected a bunch of our favourite titles and stuck them into a handy list for your consideration. We've also noted which of these are currently available to play via Game Pass.

Let's jump in!

Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Xbox Series X|S)

Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Xbox Series X|S)Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft
Release Date: 10th Nov 2020 (USA) / 10th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

One of the most recent releases on the list, Assassin's Creed Valhalla is one of the finest entries in the series to date, sporting hundreds of hours of content and a wonderful representation of England to explore.

Taking the role of a Viking this time around, the combat is bloody and chaotic, especially with the ability to dual wield two devastating weapons at once. While the series has deviated massively from its origins, what it's managed to morph into is fantastic. Embracing elements from games such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with its quest design, and even taking a leaf out of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with its exploration, it's one not to be missed.

  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Borderlands 3 (Xbox One)

Borderlands 3 (Xbox One)Borderlands 3 (Xbox One)
Publisher: 2K / Developer: Gearbox Software
Release Date: 13th Sep 2019 (USA)

The Borderlands series hasn't managed to evolve massively since its original iteration, but what it has managed to do is continuously fine tune the gameplay it created back in the original. Borderlands 3 continues that tradition with an entry that feels like a culmination of all the ideas before it.

The gunplay has never felt tighter, the variety in both the environments and weapons is constantly surprising, and the quests manage to remain as wacky as ever. It's hard not to be charmed by its cel shaded world that looks just as impressive now as it did in the original entry. Grab some friends, groovy weapons, and cause some mayhem in Pandora.

  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Dark Souls III (Xbox One)

Dark Souls III (Xbox One)Dark Souls III (Xbox One)
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release Date: 12th Apr 2016 (USA) / 12th Apr 2016 (UK/EU)

There have been many Souls games over recent years and many imitations, but none perfect the formula better than Dark Souls III. The dark, gothic world is represented beautifully through the Xbox One version, and playing the game through backwards compatibility on the Xbox Series X|S further enhances load times.

The combat, much like other entries, is brutally hard, but is ultimately the most refined of the series here. Each encounter is a nail biting testament of skill and dexterity that demands the upmost attention. It's a constantly rewarding experience that's hard to put down. Definitely check it out.

  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Destiny 2 (Xbox One)

Destiny 2 (Xbox One)Destiny 2 (Xbox One)
Publisher: Bungie / Developer: Bungie
Release Date: 1st Oct 2019 (USA)

Destiny 2's path since release has only bolstered its greatness over the years. With new expansions and even entire recreations of its systems, it's fair to say it's been a tremendous road to greatness for Destiny.

As for the game itself, it perhaps contains one of the finest gunplay systems seen in gaming. Bungie has managed to make each weapon feel powerful, meaningful and a force to be reckoned with. Racking up those numbers and unlocking new gear never gets old and even hundreds of hours later, the weapon drops still prove to be meaningful. With more planned in the future, it can only continue to ascend to greatness.

  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition (Xbox One)

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition (Xbox One)Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition (Xbox One)
Publisher: Blizzard / Developer: Blizzard
Release Date: 19th Aug 2014 (USA) / 19th Aug 2014 (UK/EU)

No other game is quite as addictive as Diablo III. The series has become one that's been heavily mimicked over the years, with its ferocious combat and addictive loot systems never ceasing to give you new toys to play with.

One of the best elements of Diablo III is the ability to explore the world with a friend, working together to build up your characters, and unlocking skills that come together in perfect harmony. Even operating as a solo experience, Diablo III immediately sinks its claws into you and never lets go.

  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Xbox One)

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Xbox One)Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Xbox One)
Publisher: ZA/UM / Developer: ZA/UM
Release Date: Q3 2021 (UK/EU)

ZA/UM's 2019 RPG is a bonafide masterpiece, a deliriously intoxicating existential adventure that drags players into its exquisitely designed world and threatens to never let them go.

What starts out as a fairly straightforward noir detective affair involving a dead body hanging from a tree, soon spirals every which way into a fantastically dark, incredibly well written adventure where nothing is what is seems. There's a chaotic world full of amazing characters here, one that challenges you to forge your own path, to be the version of its central protagonist that you want to be, as you explore the painterly, realist environs of Elysium. This final cut edition also fixes the only problem we had with the original game by adding full voice acting, resulting in one the very best RPGs we've ever played. There's nothing else quite like Disco Elysium.

  • Xbox Game Pass? No

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 seven 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 2021. 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)