In just a few days we will not only have a simple turn of the year, but also the end of a decade. It is therefore time to take a closer look at the past ten years of game history, which has given us a variety of unforgettable highlights; Games that have burned themselves into our memory forever and have permanently shaped their respective genre. In our first special, we turn to the five probably best role-playing games of this decade that you absolutely must have played. We do not have a specific order or ranking, because all of our candidates were great in their own way or are still great. If your favorite is missing from this list, please let us know in the comments – and also write down why you think it should also be in the top 5.
Mass Effect's successor was launched in Germany on January 28, 2010, and thus at the beginning of this decade. Like the first part of this science fiction role-playing game, the second spin-off comes from Bioware. You slip into the role of Commander Shepard, who is sent on a new mission. At this point, we don't want to go into detail about the extensive and engaging story of Mass Effect 2. It is one of the many figureheads of this role-playing game, which is also one of the best ends of RPG history. But what is much more interesting is the scope of your decisions that you make as part of the space adventure. They sometimes have very precarious effects on the course of the game and its completion. Add to that the elaborate presentation, the brilliant dialogues and the fast-paced battles in a complex and addicting game world that make Mass Effect 2 one of the best RPGs of the past ten years.
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The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
Of course, such a list cannot do without a representative of the legendary Elder Scrolls series. On November 11, 2011, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim saw the light of day, which has enjoyed enormous popularity to this day and has been implemented for numerous platforms. A virtual reality variant, for example, only came onto the market last year. But what makes this role-playing game from Bethesda Game Studios so special? This should not only be due to the enormously detailed world, but above all the extremely large scope for action. There were and are numerous ways to experience the adventure. From the radiant hero to the dreaded villain, almost anything is possible. In addition, numerous mods with often brilliant ideas ensure that The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is always in focus. The countless bugs that plagued the role-playing game shortly after the launch were quickly forgotten.
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The third episode of the Witcher trilogy is also already considered a modern classic in RPG history. The Witcher 3 was released on May 19, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – only recently there was a port for the Nintendo Switch. Numerous awards and prizes followed. But why actually? Because The Witcher 3 not only offers a huge game world, the exploration of which in itself is an unforgettable experience. In addition, there is an exciting story that always requires you to make decisions with tangible consequences. Even most of the side quests are more interesting than the primary plot of many other games. There is also a crackling mixture of humor, drama and a good dose of eroticism, which gives the harsh world of The Witcher 3 a special charm. In addition, this role-playing game is a real time-eater in a positive sense, with which you can easily immerse yourself in another world for 100 hours.
Link to the test: The Witcher 3
The next agent on our list came on the market in 2015, but its origins go back several years. For the role-playing game Pillars of Eternity, Obsidian Entertainment launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to help fund the project. Ultimately, the team raised $ 4 million that the team invested in a terrific RPG. A balancing act between classics such as Baldur's Gate and modern role-playing games succeeds not only visually, but also in terms of gameplay. Pausable battles with a lot of tactical demands, lovingly designed quests and a multitude of interesting characters catapult Pillars of Eternity into the RPG Olympus. The developers have even thought of comfort functions such as an adjustable level of difficulty, so that even beginners will get their money's worth. Above all, the great interactions between the characters make the fantasy adventure a great experience in which every pixel seems to have its own soul.
Link to the test: Pillars of Eternity
The latest game in our Top 5 comes from the house of Larian Studios – the role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin 2. As in the predecessor, you end up in the fantasy world Rivellon, which is threatened by the so-called void guards. As with most of the games on our list, Original Sin 2 can convince with an engaging story, an interesting game world and the tactically demanding fights. Particularly worth mentioning and commendable is the great freedom that the developers give you: there are almost always several ways that lead to the goal, which at the same time drastically increases the replayability. You can even have your own class combinations, so you can walk away from the worn-out RPG paths. Divinity: Original Sin 2 also rewards the particularly curious adventurers among you, as the world is full of details and little secrets. Even after numerous hours you will always find something interesting – a real time waster.
Link to the test: Divinity Original Sin 2
We can say with good knowledge that this decade has produced a whole cornucopia of excellent role-playing games. Many of them would certainly have deserved to be on this list. Some of you may think that some of the great role-playing games are missing from our performance. Write us in the comments what your personal top 5 RPGs from the past ten years look like and ideally also provide a reason. In any case, we are really looking forward to it.
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