7 awesome RPGs to look forward to

*The Witcher 2 would have made the list, but since it is basically on our doorsteps I did not include it.*

Diablo III Blizzard Entertainment

Platform: PC 

Release: Hopefully this year!Possibly next year.

Sequel to the MEGA popular Diablo II, Diablo III will be looking to up the ante. Being an Action-RPG of the hack-n-slash variety, expect a LOT of killing and just enough loot to keep you dungeon trawling. 

The introduction of Artisans (Blacksmith, Mystic and Jeweler) is something I’m looking forward to. Their task is to create and manipulate items for the player from materials gained from scrapping items found whilst exploring. 

Diablo III will feature class-specific quests to add some variety, as well as new armour slots: leggings, arm-guards and shoulder plates, for more variety. Skill Runes are also something to look forward to. Attaching Runes to skills will alter them, often opening up new strategies and play-styles.

PvP is also making a showing in the form of arenas. There will be ranked PvP with achievements and titles, amongst a few other variants.

Diablo III

Classes

Witchdoctor, Demon Hunter, Barbarian, Wizard, Monk.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Bethesda Game Studios

Platform: PC, Xbox, PS3

Release: 11.11.11 (November 11th)

Skyrim is set two hundred years after the events in Oblivion. Players will play as the last of an ancient race called the Dovahkiin. It will be your task to defend the lands from dragons as the lands of Skyrim descend into chaos due to the assassination of the king.

Like all previous Elder Scroll titles, you will have huge tracts of land to explore freely. The class system from Oblivion has been changed drastically. 280 perks are unlocked as you progress, derived from skill trees as you level.

Skyrim

Players can now dual-wield any hand-held items. From weapons and shields to any arrangement of spells. This will open up new play-styles to suit the player’s preference. To match this system, new finisher moves have been included, adding some spice to your kills as you explore the lands of Skyrim.

A.I. has also been drastically improved. This time around both enemy and NPCs will make better and more believable choices in the world. Expect the denizens of the world to go about their business in a life-like manner, never before seen in any Elder Scrolls game.

Dark Souls From Software

Platform: PS3, Xbox

Release: October 2011

Demons Souls quickly became a cult classic hit due to its dark, brooding, hardcore attitude. It is with that in mind that From Software is aiming to make Dark Souls an even more challenging and dark experience.

Set as the spiritual successor to Demons Souls, Dark Souls will take place in a new world, but it will still share numerous similar themes. 

Gameplay is tasked as being even more challenging than Demons Souls. It will require the player to pay better attention to the environments as well as the enemies to survive. The world itself is also seeing a change in that it is to be a more open experience with far less loading screens. 

Dark Souls

Players will once again have full control of how they want their character to progress. So, picking a class at the beginning does not lock the player into a specific play-style. You develop your character as you see fit.

A new feature to be introduced with Dark Souls is that players will be able to upgrade their weapons AND armour, unlike Demons Souls which only allowed for weapon customization. 

Online features will be similar to that of Demons Souls, including co-operative play as well as the ability to invade others games. 

Torchlight 2 Runic Games

Platform: PC

Release: July 2011

The first Torchlight was a great success considering its small indie nature. Runic Games is looking to deepen the Torchlight experience with an extended and more robust singleplayer portion, as well as finally adding multiplayer to the experience.

In Torchlight 2, players will roam from town to town instead of the focused dungeon crawl of the first game. Players will spend much time outdoors exploring the continent of Vilderan, so a weather system as well as a day / night cycle have been introduced.

It will now be possible to customize your character’s appearance, from your face to your hair. And this time there will be four classes. Right now only two have been announced. They are: 

Railmain – A melee fighter who uses heavy hitting engineering weapons.

Outlander – A ranged hybrid fighter who uses rifles and glaives, and a little magic.

Pets and fishing will also be making a return.

TERA  Bluehole Studio

Platform: PC

TERA is a high-fantasy action heavy MMORPG which has already been released in Korea. TERA features some interesting features making it feel more like an action game than your average MMORPG. 

Firstly, all characters are given a crosshair in the center of their screen akin to a First-Person-Shooter. This means, you will have to manually target your enemies as you play, instead of the usual lock-on system seen in most MMORPGs. Secondly, attacks need to make actual physical contact to score a hit. If your blade swipes at empty space, expect no damage to be dealt and the same goes for the enemies attacking you.  

TERA

This style of combat will make for a frantic gameplay seldom seen in the genre. Dodging and timing attacks are the name of the game. 

No factions exist in TERA, but PvP is still to be found for those inclined in the form of Battlegrounds and PvP servers. TERA is still to be primarily a Player vs. Environment focused game.

There are six races to play and eight classes to pick from: Archer, Berserker, Lancer, Mystic, Priest, Slayer, Sorcerer, Warrior.

Guild Wars 2 ArenaNet

Platform: PC

Release: Hold thumbs for this year

The original Guild Wars was a highly successful game due to its tight gameplay, virtually no level grind, and the fact that it is free-to-play. Guild Wars 2 is going to keep the most important elements of what made the original so popular (including being free-to-play), whilst adding new features to expand the gameplay.

Set 250 years after the Eye of the North expansion, much has changed. The humans once dominant in Tyria have dwindled and dwarves are all but extinct. To make matters worse, five elder dragons have risen from their slumber and are set to wreak havoc upon Tyria.

Many new features are making their way into Guild Wars 2. First, gone is the heavily instanced world in favour of an open world to explore. Next, the level cap has been raised from 20, in the original, to 80. A sidekick system has also been implemented allowing high level players to “share” their power with lower level players whilst grouping.

Guild War 2

Quests are becoming more dynamic with events that will change in scope depending on players within a region. PvP is also seeing some changes in the form of World vs. World PvP, but many of the PvP staples will return.

Underwater exploration is also being introduced to add “depth” to world exploration. Expect a more in-depth crafting system to be implemented to give players more to do.

There are five races and eight classes to choose from.

Known Classes

Elementalist, Warrior, Ranger, Necromancer, Guardian, Thief 

Star Wars: The Old Republic BioWare

Platform: PC

Release: Second half of 2011

A new Star Wars MMO is finally on its way from RPG veterans BioWare.

In SWTOR players will either play as a hero of the Galactic Republic or the Sith Empire. Set to feature immersive storytelling unseen in the genre to date, it takes place roughly three hundred years after the events seen in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

SWTOR is to feature a class system that allows for a great deal of versatility. Players are not forced into the usual archetypes seen in the genre (tank, healer, dps), but rather all classes will have support skills to fill any role within a party, while still having a general focus.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Fully voiced dialogue will add depth to the world and your decisions. Each faction is to have their own unique class, story, morality and quests associated with them. 

To be included are companions to bring along with you as you explore the Star Wars universe. Each companion has their own story and spending more time with them will open up new content.

Players will also gain access to their own ship and crew in the game’s unique space combat section. 

Eight classes have been confirmed:Bounty Hunter, Sith Warrior, Imperial Agent, Sith Inquisitor, Trooper, Smuggler, Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular.

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  • rich

    what about dungeon siege 3??? 😛

  • Turkish

    Where are the JRPG's? Where is Ninokuni for the PS3? I don't care for Western rpgs.

  • Starbuck

    No love for The Witcher 2

  • JOsh

    No one cares about JRPGS anymore, this isn't 1997 and there's nothing to look forward to.

  • tidus

    "No one cares about JRPGS anymore, this isn't 1997 and there's nothing to look forward to. "

    Are you a fucking retard?

    thats 1 terrible list

    10 rpgs to get excited about

    skyrim
    mass effect 3
    disgaea 4
    kingdom hearts 3ds
    dragon quest X
    gungir
    devil survivor 2
    7th dragon 2020
    paper mario 3ds
    the another world

    5 special mentions
    persona 2 part 1 remake
    grand knight history
    valkyria chronicles 3
    legend of heroes games
    tale of the last promise

    I guess rpgs of different types: action, dungeon crawling, srpg, time based battle, turn based and different settinfs :war time, mid evil, fantasy, futuristic, HELL are frowned upon.

    And people are only allowed to like the midevil action type. I actually gave a wide variety unlike that joke of a list

  • XennoX

    My most wanted:

    * TES V – Skyrim
    * Guild Wars 2

    I pretty much guess thats it.

  • Banhammer

    Josh is just a hillbilly, red-neck that would rather play RPGs where Burly Men are circle jerking each other. Ignore the troll.

  • Myles Gray

    Everyone wants something different. Looking at the comments it seems one cannot win. If you add JRPGs (which I love), western / traditional RPG lovers spazz. If you decide to include more obscure titles, people complain asking where is BIG TITLE X. I think from now on I will turn these lists into a series:

    Part 1 Popular well known RPGs
    Part 2 MMORPGs
    Part 3 JRPGs + Obscure titles

    But since I only do only one article per week, you will have to wait. Would that you all a little more happy? Honestly, I would like to know.

    To be honest, I prefer looking at lesser known RPGs since everyone already knows all about the big boys.

  • Cobalt

    Myles, Great list. I appreciate what you were trying to do. I think the idea of a series of articled is great. Personally, I know most of what there is to know about the big names you've mentioned above, but I'm sure people who don't spend as much time trolling the websites of the game makers enjoyed the info. I'm not a big fan of MMORPGs but a list of JRPGs and obscure titles will be fun. Lets hope that Japs can bring something to the table this year! 😀

    Thanks again for the kewl articles!

  • TallShaw

    Are Diablo, Guildwars and Dungeon Siege classified as RPGs? Aren't they closer to being hack n slash action games with light RP elements?

  • PenTanium

    Who cares. Seriously. People have different opinions about RPG's. I'm looking forward to anything that has great storytelling and eye candy.

  • Darren Baker

    Screw this list..i can't wait for The Hannah Montana bubblegum adventures for the Pc,some peeps may call it childish but it will be mega fun for us peeps.

  • Romano Maharajah

    Wtf are you talking about you dipstick darren .
    I can't wait for Yu-gi-oh the RPG..OMf it will bust my mind…

  • JfrWtf

    I'm looking forward to constrictive criticism, sense of humour, and a general intelligence level higher than that of a man eating plank.

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