Classic Role Playing Games

Computer role-playing games (CRPG’s) have always been the staple of singleplayer PC games. They continually kill people’s time whenever there is either nothing else to do or no motivation to do anything else at all. A mysterious phenomenon unfolds whenever a player loses himself into a CRPG, which involves the storyline, lore, and actual gameplay, amongst all other things.

With the release of Dragon Age: Origins, the CRPG world has gone full circle. While Rogue will always be the grandfather of this genre, there are its descendants that have taken their places in people’s hearts. Here are three great examples of CRPG’s that stands the test of time and the savagery of the mainstream market to become classics. While this list may not be complete, these three titles best represent the genre in its full glory and variety.

Diablo Series
The ultimate novice CRPG, this series has pioneered and innovated isometric CRPG’s since 1996. The simple hack-and-slash system may get you bored after the first few runs, but it will beckon you to play it more and more as the years go by. People still play this not just for the sake of nostalgia, but because it is so simple and addictive at the same time. Well, it seems simple enough at first until the later levels, which is when enemies are incrementally more powerful and dynamics more complicated than first encountered. These games still kick players upside the head when they’re not actually trying.

This game is to CRPG’s as the Lancia Stratos is to the automotive world — flawed, but beautiful. The premise and storyline themselves makes for a great gameplay experience to the backdrop of a Victorian-era world where magic and technology clash. As it is a signature of Troika Games, it was full of bugs, but so good was this game that fans continually supplemented it with unofficial patches for years after its release. Arcanum continues to enchant players old and new into its rich and eventful world.

Games inspired by Forgotten Realms and Dungeons and Dragons
There are a multitude of them, including Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, The Temple of Elemental Evil, and Neverwinter Nights. These games have taken the character class system and real-time tactical RPG concept and blended them together to create games that best simulated the rulesets of Dungeons and Dragons, as well as stories that would have been written by the likes of R.A. Salvatore. With so many races and character classes to choose from, it is impossible to not want to play these games at least twice in your lifetime.

Even if it is just a recently-released game, it is obvious that it is tribute to the action RPG’s of old. Torchlight was something that may not be needed, but certainly is not unwanted. Since the people from Blizzard North, makers of the Diablo series, ditched their company to create Flagship Studios, they had hit their speedbump in their first try as an independent company with Hellgate London. The company went over and they had to start from scratch. Now as Runic Games, they’ve went back to their roots and created something that was solid gold. While it is not the most innovative or cutting-edge game in the world, but it is definitely well-balanced with all the good elements of classic 2D action CRPG combined and optimized in one little package. This game is an instant classic for any veteran RPG player.

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