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Role-playing games are one of the oldest genres of video games. The new projects with advanced mechanics and evolved technologies released every year, but most of them are already too far from the ancestors of this genre. Still, there is plenty of old-school projects with great story and gameplay that deserve to be tried out. After all, Old-school RPG Games are classic masterpieces that set the basic concept of all future game industry in aspects of mechanics and storytelling.

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is a role-playing game developed by Troika Games and published by Sierra On-Line in 2001. The game takes place in a Victorian-era world where magic and technology coexist and the player assumes the role of a customizable character who must navigate various quests and challenges.
Dungeon Lords

Classic third-person roleplaying game set in the fantasy universe

Tales of Vesperia

Classic adventure Japanese Action RPG game set in the fantasy anime universe

Devil May Cry 4

Hack-and-slash action adventure game with intense and hardcore combat system

Devil May Cry 2

Continuation of the hack-and-slash action shooter game series Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry

First part of the famous hack and slash video game series Devil May Cry

Torchlight 2

Second instalment in the hack-and-slash action/RPG game series Torchlight

Torchlight 1

Old-school hack-and-slash action RPG game from the developers of Diablo

Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships

A pirate-themeted action RPG game developed by Akella

Gothic 3

Third part of the famous open-world CRPG in the unique dark fantasy setting

Divinity II: Ego Draconis

The third part of the famous fantasy action / RPG Divinity

Fable 3

An open world Action / RPG fantasy game with a deep storyline and non-linear gameplay


An open-world fantasy action RPG with unique karma mechanics

Titan Quest

Classic action RPG based on Ancient Greece and Egypt mythology

Beyond Divinity

An old-school diablo-like isometric RPG featuring an in-depth roleplaying system

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

A fantasy-themed single-player action RPG with unique fate mechanics and deep storyline

Dragon Age II

Sequel of the famous dark fantasy roleplaying game with deep storline and huge living world

Risen 2: Dark Waters

Dark fantasy role-playing game set in the universe of the Risen series


Third-person fantasy roleplaying game inspired by dark fantasy RPG Gothic

The Elder Scrolls: Arena

The Elder Scrolls: Arena is a first game in series of famous fantasy action RPG TES.


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More about Old-school RPG Games

The whole RPG genre started with so-called "MUDs", or "multi-user dungeons" which were a text-based origin of modern games. Later, all of this evolved into the more common old RPGs that are familiar to the experienced gamers. Dungeons & Dragons was the basis for many of them, as it earned the name of the first commercially successful role-playing game.

Classic retro fantasy RPGs inspired by Tolkien universe provided many complicated storylines and quests that told about the lore in details. It is fair to say that the older games were much more complicated than recent projects, as they often didn't provide minimaps and markers. The questing system usually presented as a journal written in the form of a book. On many occasions, it wasn't that easy to figure out the point of final destination. The interaction with NPCs was an essential feature of success.

Old-school RPG Games often utilize a specific character development system. It's both level-based when the character gets better by gaining the experience points, and skill-based, where the main hero becomes more effective in battle. You can also pick additional traits that would be handy in other aspects such as stealth-killing, night vision and so on. The complicated scheme of retro role-playing games allows to fully immerse into the gameplay because they allow players to decide who they wished to be. The choices made affected the encounters with NPCs and the story, respectively.

Best Old-School RPG Games

  • The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind was one of the first open-world RPGs with profound lore. Bethesda Studios released the game in 2002 but it aged well: people still enjoy experiencing Morrowind, even if they haven't tried it early at its release. The main storyline of the game presents an opportunity to uncover many secrets of the Vvardenfell island, and to experience a revolutionary-like questlines that influence the world around.
  • Fallout is an RPG in a unique setting. Events are taking place in the future, a few years after a nuclear war has destroyed most of the world. Survivors gather underground in Vaults to save themselves from the radioactive desert and horrific monstrosities that wander around. But one day, the player character must leave the vault to gather a detail that is crucial for the mechanism of survival. Complicated mechanics, developed in 1997, show that game developers saw no boundaries at telling the story of post-apocalyptic America even while having limited graphical opportunities.
  • Diablo 2, which is a famous hack-and-slash dungeon crawler released in 2000, presents a story about seven "Great Evils" that possessed the world of mortals. The player gradually travels around the world, defeating many monsters to encounter a greater evil. The essence might sound simple, but Diablo 2 is much more in-depth with its lore than can be seen from the first glance. Many gamers consider this dungeon crawler is an example of a classic masterpiece.