Best Xbox RPGs

In recent years, the RPG genre has exploded in popularity, hitting the mainstream in a way like never before. Previously, Western RPGs were hard to come by, but now they're everywhere. Even the JRPG market has exploded worldwide, enticing many players to lose themselves in a variety of worlds.

Both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X have a wide range of titles worth checking out. Whether they're fantasy adventures set in a faraway land, or something closer to home, there's undoubtedly an adventure out there for everyone.

Sometimes you just want to escape the normality of everyday life and put yourself in the shoes of another. RPGs let us do that, so we've selected a bunch of amazing titles that are available to check out right now.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One)The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One)
Publisher: CD Projekt Red / Developer: CD Projekt Red
Release Date: 19th May 2015 (USA) / 19th May 2015 (UK/EU)

We're starting off with one of the best in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Despite criticisms with Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red really made a name for themselves with this masterpiece. Every element of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt blends perfectly into one cohesive package, with the same scale of the fantasy of Lord of the Rings.

One of its most notable elements is its quest design, which ensures even side quests have enough character and personality to distinguish themselves from the crowd. The world is an absolute delight to explore and battling monsters has never been more fun. A must for any RPG fan out there - especially with the upcoming Xbox Series X|S patch.

  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes

Monster Hunter: World (Xbox One)

Monster Hunter: World (Xbox One)Monster Hunter: World (Xbox One)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 26th Jan 2018 (USA)

Monster Hunter struggled to captivate a mainstream audience in the West. That was until Monster Hunter: World, which managed to make its complex systems accessible for newcomers to the series, inviting many more players to see what all the fuss is about.

Tackling towering beasts either solo or cooperatively always feels like a daunting feat, and whether you're five hours in or ten, it never gets old. The process of tracking it down, luring it out and exploiting its weakness is a constant learning process that is captivating. Its RPG systems and levelling up gear encourage going out to tackle more and more, creating an engaging loop that never ceases to thrill. A must play.

  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes

NieR:Automata (Xbox One)

NieR:Automata (Xbox One)NieR:Automata (Xbox One)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: PlatinumGames
Release Date: 26th Jun 2018 (USA)

NieR:Automata is a game that continuously gains momentum. As each scenario plays out, the story dramatically unfolds, its fast paced combat becomes more demanding, and its plot beats become even stranger. It's a game that's hard to describe, but one that's an absolute rollercoaster of a ride.

It also encourages repeat playthroughs, each delivering different paths, plot points and further exploration of its world to create one of the most unique RPGs out there. With the remake of NieR Replicant on the horizon, now is the perfect time to dive in and experience this absolute treat.

  • 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

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? 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