These are five of the best RPGs released since 2015, according to their Metacritic ratings. While the scores given to these titles may not completely be definitive or absolute according to the views of the reader, this list will hopefully be useful in knowing some of the must-play role-playing games of recent memory.
As I’ve played almost all included games on this list, I can assure the readers that they will definitely be worth the time. So, without further ado, let’s count down the five best RPGs released since 2015, according to Metacritic. Also, please keep in mind that I’m only including games that have a Metascore of 90 or more.
NieR: Automata – 91
NieR: Automata is a masterful and philosophical video game disguised as a JRPG with lots of fanservice, though there is plenty of that, as well. Featuring a story about existence, humanity, and the meaning of life, people who have read the works of certain existential philosophers like Sartre and Nietzsche are sure to adore this game.
This game also features one of the best-designed open worlds of 2018. Although certain players may find this game a little unusual and different from other RPGs, this is a fantastic game with a masterful narrative.
Bloodborne – 92
Many consider Bloodborne to be From Software’s finest game to date, even after the release of Elden Ring. A fantastically polished gameplay experience set in a masterfully created world, it features one of the most exceptional Lovecraftian/Cosmic horror storylines in gaming history.
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Bloodborne is a game that’s somewhat different from the Dark Souls games. With a heavy emphasis on fast-paced combat and parrying instead of blocking, it’s no surprise that players long for a sequel.
Unfortunately, it’s not on PC but we do hope it’ll eventually release on the platform. If you own a PlayStation, do not miss this game.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 94
A very obvious and expected entry, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a gigantic landmark of the open-world RPG genre. Improving upon every single aspect of its predecessors, the latest entry of the franchise featured many outstanding facets, but the most impressive, to me, is the quest design and the sheer number of outcomes of ones that are not even linked to the main story.
Indeed, this game demands to be experienced more than two times to see everything it has to offer. And let’s not forget the marvelous expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. Both of them also featured some great quests and narratives.
Elden Ring – 96
Standing at a really high Metascore of 96, Elden Ring is one of the highest-rating RPGs on Metacritic. Set in a marvelous and extremely huge open world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki which is filled with lore created with the collaboration of George R.R. Martin, Elden Ring is one of the biggest games I’ve played, lore-wise and gameplay-wise.
Offering greater gameplay freedom and variety than any other FromSoftware game, there are more than 200 hours of content in this beautiful and deep world. It’s amazing just how deliberate the world design for a game can be, and we can expect even more content with the upcoming expansion, Shadow of the Erdtree.
Baldur’s Gate 3 – 96
Baldur’s Gate 3 by Larian Studios really took the industry by storm, not without upsetting some other developers greatly. This is one of the only games to be so highly received just after its release. There are many who call this one of the greatest RPGs of all time and I can see why.
Set in the D&D universe, Baldur’s Gate 3 is a party-based RPG with great stories and wonderfully written characters. This fantastic and peerless RPG experience comes with no microtransactions and this has earned Larian Studios a lot of praise from fans and critics. This is not a game you want to miss.