The best PC roleplaying games

Roleplaying has provided escape for years, but on PC it’s evolved into something new — a whole artform. The best RPGs provide adventure and variety, so if you’re after grinding, pushing stats, or epic stories, this selection has what you need.

Fallout: New Vegas

Debates on the best Fallout game continue to rage, but our pick of the post-apocalyptic series is Obsidian’s memorable journey through the Mojave desert.

Crafting and shooting might be better in others, but the sense of choice and freedom has never been matched in this city of sin spin-off.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

The most gushing of love letters to classic pen-and-paper RPGs, Divinity: Original Sin 2 offers one of the most reactive, enticing fantasy worlds ever.

Make it through the notoriously hard single-player story then take on the excellent multiplayer Game Master Mode.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

There’s nothing quite like Andrzej Sapkowski’s dark and monster-infested fantasy world, and there are few better RPGs than the third game inspired by it.

Geralt’s small scale search for his surrogate daughter flowers into a world-consuming tale better than almost any other in PC gaming.

Planescape: Torment

Some roleplaying classics will never be bettered. Planescape: Torment endures today as one of the best RPGs on PC thanks to its nuanced take on morality and unconventional races.

Since this tale of upended morals and contentious humanity was written by the legend that is Chris Avellone, Planescape will be special for years to come.

Dark Souls

This is it, the Dark Souls of Dark Souls. The first is still devilishly difficult when compared to most games that came out after it, RPG or otherwise.

With fearsome, grotesque bosses and an interconnected dark fantasy world, this seminal RPG asks you to meet its challenge and uncover its obtuse secrets.

Mass Effect 2

Between the sketchy shooting of the first game and the controversial ending of the third, Mass Effect 2 is the zenith of BioWare’s RPG storytelling.

Blending Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, this glorious sci-fi story sees you recruit a motley crew of aliens to risk everything and save the universe.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim is so indelibly marked in the imaginations of RPG players that it’s become an institution.

As powerful at making memes as it is memories, few worlds of dragons and mages encourage you to explore its enchanting world quite as much as the fifth Elder Scrolls.

Deus Ex

J.C. Denton’s dystopian adventure full of conspiracy and transhumanism has been bettered by few RPGs.

Each environment facilitates a dazzling variety of playstyles: be a ghost lurking in the shadows or supercharge your cybernetic enhancements to overwhelm enemies and hack security systems.