The ones not to miss in the last 20 years.
(1999 Video Game)
In the city of Sigil, the only place from which all realities of the Planescape universe can be reached, an immortal amnesiac, the Nameless One, must uncover his past, the mystery of his immortality as well as who's trying to kill him.
“ Think of Christopher Nolan's Memento in a unique fantasy setting - Sigil, a city with portals leading to all sort of dimensions, a place where angels, demons, automatons, shapeshifters and all possible creatures roam around the streets, and where different factions plot against each other.
Masterpiece, and the best writing in a video game. ” - petra_ste
Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate II - Shadows of Amn
(2000 Video Game)
In Baldur's Gate 1, the main character, Gorion's ward, discovered the secret of his or her origin. Jon Irenicus, a sadistic secretive powerful mage bent on revenge, captures the ward and his/her party for a diabolical experiment.
“ Not only it's one of the longest RPGs ever made, but there is no useless padding in it! Quests are complex and varied, from defending a castle to stopping a serial murderer. Memorable companions, spectacular combat encounters and vivid locations make it a fantastic D&D experience.
And there are class-specific strongholds! ” - petra_ste
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(2015 Video Game)
Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter for hire, embarks on an epic journey to find his former apprentice, Ciri, before The Wild Hunt can capture her and bring the destruction of the world.
“ Fantastic game world and writing, superb choice & consequence. ” - petra_ste
Dragon Age: Origins
(2009 Video Game)
After 400 years since the last Blight, a new Archdemon seeks to destroy the land of Ferelden. It is up to the player - as one remaining legendary Grey Wardens - to unite the divided armies of Ferelden and save humanity.
“ Exploration is not on par with the Baldur's Gate series, but characters are. Excellent writing and compelling choice & consequence for a great fantasy RPG. ” - petra_ste
Mass Effect 2
(2010 Video Game)
After being revived from death and having to join a pro-human organization without a choice, Commander Shepard must assemble a team, battle a new threat, and make tough choices in order to save the galaxy from total annihilation once more.
“ The best of its series. Build your "dirty dozen" of companions around the galaxy. Combat is improved, writing top-notch. And what a fine last mission. ” - petra_ste
(1998 Video Game)
The main character, ward of mystical monk Gorion, whose name, sex, race and class are defined by the players, leaves his order's keep for the first time and starts a journey to discover his true identity. But Someone wants him dead.
“ Legendary. It's the first game in which I felt in awe for how big the world to explore was. ” - petra_ste
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
(2003 Video Game)
A republic soldier, training to become a Jedi Knight, is given the task of halting the conquest of Darth Malak by discovering the location of a weapon known as the Star Forge.
“ Like Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis was better than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, this RPG is - in terms of story and characters - superior to the Star Wars prequels. ” - petra_ste
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
(2007 Video Game)
Following the defeat of the King of Shadows, the Knight-Captain awakes on the far side of Faerûn. S/he discovers s/he is cursed to eat spirits or die...
“ Memorable setting and premise. Obsidian's best. ” - petra_ste
“ A worthy sequel. Its rushed release made the last part of the game not on par with the rest, but writing is great and the "influence" system a fine idea. ” - petra_ste
(2007 Video Game)
In medieval times, Geralt of Rivia, a member of a fading order of professional monster slayers known as Witchers, is on trail of Salamandra, a secretive crime syndicate that stole dangerous alchemical formulas from Witchers' fort.
“ What a debut! Obviously a labour of love by talented developers. Monster hunter Geralt has to make tough decisions along the road. ” - petra_ste
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
(2004 Video Game)
Beginning your journey as a new Kindred, you must choose your path to follow the high class Vampire Society, or the lawbreaking group of Anarchs as you find your place in this new world.
“ Play as a vampire as you unravel the secrets of your kin.
Setting is intriguing, writing fantastic, voice acting solid. Pity for the combat-heavy last act (while the rest allows to choose between fighting, stealth and diplomacy)... and for the bugs (now patched). ” - petra_ste
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(2011 Video Game)
After escaping execution, the last living Dragonborn must grow in strength and power to defeat the dragons that have once again begun to plague the land of Skyrim.
“ Say what you want of Bethesda, but they know how to build a vast gameworld with interesting locations. ” - petra_ste