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Perhaps more than any other genre, role-playing games offer players a chance to fully immerse themselves in both a world and a story. By taking control of both a character and the quest they must embark on, fans of RPGs can experience the rewarding upward climb of progression.

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Most RPGs tend to be hefty time sinks, but that only goes to show how immersive these titles can be. Luckily for those who own Xbox Game Pass, phenomenal RPG games are available at a moment’s notice. Whether someone prefers JRPGs, Western epics, or indie darlings; Microsoft's subscription service has them covered. What are the best RPGs on Xbox Game Pass?

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Shadowrun Trilogy

Approximate Game Length 60-80 Hours
Genre Tactical RPG
Developer Harebrained Schemes
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 1.97 GB
Microsoft Store Page Shadowrun Trilogy

Three titles for the price of an Xbox Game Pass subscription, this compilation contains Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut, and Shadowrun: Hong Kong - Extended Edition. These cyberpunk tactical RPGs guide players through mission-based levels that feature solid combat, great stories, and an immersive world. While the CRPG subgenre can be intimidating for the uninitiated, Shadowrun is one of the more approachable representatives since the games do not have an overabundance of mechanics that need to be memorized. Consequently, this trilogy serves as a good entry point into this style of game.

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Omori

Approximate Game Length 20-70 Hours
Genre Turn-Based RPG
Developer Omocat LLC
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 2.19 GB
Microsoft Store Page Omori

So many RPGmaker games have been released over the years that they tend to blend together; however, once in a while, a project comes out that demands attention. Omori is one such game. This indie RPG follows a group of young friends as they spend their summer vacation in the dream world of the titular boy. Despite boasting cute and creative visuals, Omori borders on psychological horror at times, and the game touches upon themes of depression and loneliness. A distinctive RPG unlike almost anything else on Xbox Game Pass, this game should not be skipped, and Omori even has multiple endings.

Assassin's Creed Origins

Approximate Game Length 30-80 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer Ubisoft Montreal
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 49.67 GB
Microsoft Store Page Assassin's Creed Origins

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed has been around since 2007, but 2017's Origins marked a significant turning point in the franchise's run. While previous entries incorporated some elements, Assassin's Creed Origins was the first entry to truly embrace the RPG genre.

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Set in Ancient Egypt, this open-world game follows Bayek as he goes on a personal quest for vengeance while also setting up the conflict between the Templars and Assassins. With revamped combat, a respectable progression system, and a gorgeous world, Origins is one of the best RPGs on the Xbox Game Pass.

Scarlet Nexus

Approximate Game Length 25-75 Hours
Genre Action JRPG
Developer Bandai Namco Studiuos
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 16.67 GB
Microsoft Store Page Scarlet Nexus

Bandai Namco's Scarlet Nexus was one of 2021's most surprising releases, particularly when it comes to JRPGs. Taking place on an alternate Earth that is under siege by Others, Scarlet Nexus follows two OSF members, Yuito and Kasane, who sign up to protect humanity. However, things get complicated very quickly, a fact amplified by the game offering players their pick from the two protagonists. In order to experience Scarlet Nexus' whole story, two playthroughs are necessary. Along with a strong narrative and a fun selection of secondary characters, Scarlet Nexus delivers fast-paced combat that progresses nicely as more abilities are unlocked either through Yuito or Kasane's skill trees or their relationships with other OSF members.

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The Dungeon Of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet Of Chaos - Chicken Edition

Approximate Game Length 30-50 Hours
Genre Turn-Based Tactics
Developer Artefacts Studio
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 7.98 GB
Microsoft Store Page The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos - Chicken Edition

Dungeons & Dragons casts a wide shadow over the RPG genre, both in the tabletop and video game mediums. The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk is filled with not-so-subtle nods to the iconic property, all framed through a comedic lens that parodies more than just D&D.

A turn-based tactics game with rock-solid combat and a lengthy campaign, this title manages to blend a completely non-serious tone with challenging gameplay that is fully realized; this release is both light-hearted and unforgiving. Although not overly stacked with RPG mechanics, The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk is absolutely soaked in the genre's imagery and conventions, even if some of them are only included to serve as a punchline.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising

Approximate Game Length 10-20 Hours
Genre Side-Scrolling RPG
Developers Natsume Atari, Rabbit & Bear Studios
X|S Enhanced Released On X|S
File Size 5.02 GB
Microsoft Store Page Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a side story designed to introduce this universe and franchise prior to its proper big debut in 2023's Hundred Heroes. As such, players should limit their expectations since this release does somewhat feel like an appetizer to a more complex meal that is yet to come. Nevertheless, there is a lot to enjoy in this side-scrolling action RPG, be it the charming visuals or the likable trio of playable characters.

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The plot revolves around CJ, a scavenger who decides to help rebuild a town that has fallen on dark days. This process involves collecting stamps, upgrading weapons and armor to unlock new abilities, and plenty of dungeon crawling. Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a fun game that should keep someone entertained for a few hours.

Young Souls

Approximate Game Length 6-8 Hours
Genre Beat 'Em Up RPG
Developer 1P2P
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 4.81 GB
Microsoft Store Page Young Souls

Debuting directly on Xbox Game Pass, Young Souls is a rather different RPG than anything else on the subscription service since it is also a traditional beat 'em up. 1P2P took a genre rarely known for captivating stories and changed that, crafting a fun fantasy-themed narrative set in a well-realized world. Along with its solid and challenging combat, Young Souls comes with decent upgrade and equipment systems. It also has non-linear progression since players are given some leeway in which order they tackle levels. While the RPG elements are secondary to the beat 'em up mayhem, this indie game does both genres well.

Torment: Tides Of Numenera

Approximate Game Length 17-30 Hours
Genre Story-Driven Isometric RPG
Developer inXile Entertainment
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 7.03 GB
Microsoft Store Page Torment: Tides of Numenera

Inspired by Planescape: Torment, one of the all-time great RPGs, Torment: Tides of Numenera is a unique beast since it emphasizes dialogue above everything else. This is a story-focused game that casts players as a lowly being that is simply striving to survive, an ambition that sees them form relationships with an array of companions. Most of the campaign revolves around reading text and exploring some widely creative locations, with battles occasionally sprinkled in for good measure. As the writing is top-notch throughout, Tides of Numenera manages to weave a fascinating and gripping tale.

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Octopath Traveler

Approximate Game Length 60-100 Hours
Genre Turn-Based JRPG
Developers Square Enix, ACQUIRE
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 3.42 GB
Microsoft Store Page Octopath Traveler

Square Enix's Final Fantasy series has largely moved away from turn-based combat, but the company has not completely rejected the old ways of doing things. Octopath Traveler is a throwback to the '90s in terms of its combat and visuals, although it sets itself apart by featuring eight separate stories focusing on individual characters. The narratives are largely disconnected and can be taken on in any order, a creative decision that has its share of positives and negatives.

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Although not a perfect game, Octopath Traveler's strengths outshine its weaknesses. The combat system is intuitive and fun, while the game boasts an absolutely stunning art style that can rival any title in Square Enix's library.

Nobody Saves The World

Approximate Game Length 15-20 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer DrinkBox Studios
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 993.5 MB
Microsoft Store Page Nobody Saves the World

Nobody Saves The World debuted in January 2022 on Xbox Game Pass, and the indie RPG is charming and mechanically satisfying. The game's big selling point is the ability to swap forms so players can discover the ideal setup to take on the many dungeons found in the game. Packed with quests, amusing dialogue, and upgrades to unlock, Nobody Saves The World quickly establishes an addictive gameplay loop that will keep people coming back for more. A creative and fun game, Nobody Saves The World is a stellar addition to the Xbox Game Pass RPG collection.

Stardew Valley

Approximate Game Length 50-175 Hours
Genre Simulation
Developer ConcernedApe
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 1.30 GB
Microsoft Store Page Stardew Valley

Launching in 2016 and added in December 2021 to Xbox Game Pass, Stardew Valley has blossomed into one of gaming's most enduring farming sims. The indie game comes packed with so much content and freedom that two people could wind up having completely different experiences. Whether planning out a year's worth of farming or sparking a romance with one of the NPCs, Stardew Valley is incredibly immersive.

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Offering endearing visuals, expansive customization options, and a lot to discover, this game will keep somebody playing for months on end. For those looking for a title that doesn't prioritize combat but is still quite challenging in places, Stardew Valley is a stellar pick.

Death's Door

Approximate Game Length 8-15 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer Acid Nerve
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 2.98 GB
Microsoft Store Page Death's Door

January 2022 has been a fantastic month for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, particularly those who love indie RPGs. Death's Door is a must-play for Legend of Zelda fans, delivering an adventure packed with discovery, excitement, epic boss battles, and unique dungeons. Boasting a rewarding but difficult combat system, Death's Door maintains a steady, gripping pace throughout its campaign, which also does not overstay its welcome. Do not ignore this one.

Unsighted

Approximate Game Length 8-12 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer Studio Pixel Punk
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 2.08 GB
Microsoft Store Page Unsighted

RPGs require a significant time investment; it just comes with the territory. However, there are a couple of exceptions out there, some of which are found on Xbox Game Pass. Unsighted is an indie RPG with heavy Metroidvania elements. While quite short for the genre, Unsighted does not skimp out on story or depth. The game takes place in a future defined by a war between humans and androids, with the protagonist setting out to construct a weapon that could put this conflict to bed. Set in a city that has seen better days, Unsighted delivers an epic adventure through its gorgeous pixel art, parry-driven combat system, and memorable characters.

Wasteland 3

Approximate Game Length 40-80 Hours
Genre Turn-based RPG
Developer inXile Entertainment
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 21.03 GB
Microsoft Store Page Wasteland 3

All three Wasteland games are available on Xbox Game Pass, and each one improves on the last. Wasteland 3 is a challenging strategy turn-based RPG reminiscent of classic Fallout titles, and it comes with a dark sense of humor and a desire to constantly challenge players with difficult decisions.

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A deep and flexible combat system should keep the game feeling fresh throughout its considerable length, while Wasteland 3's story and world-building are second to none. Co-op is also possible for those who want to travel through Colorado with a friend.

Hades

Approximate Game Length 20-60 Hours
Genre Roguelike RPG
Developer Supergiant Games
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 8.1 GB
Microsoft Store Page Hades

In August 2021, Supergiant released Hades on Xbox and PlayStation consoles, introducing this great game to a much wider audience. Roguelikes are all about repeatedly playing through the same levels to see how far one can go, but Hades tweaks this formula by introducing a constantly evolving storyline that naturally develops with each death. The RPG elements are splendidly implemented, with a progression system that provides plenty of freedom on how players want to adapt their Zagreus. With satisfying combat, unforgettable characters, and stunning visuals, Hades is a delight.

Fable 2

Approximate Game Length 12-25 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer Lionhead Studios
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 6.59 GB
Microsoft Store Page Fable 2

Released in 2008, Fable 2 returns players to the wonderful world of Albion. All three games in the series have their positives and negatives, but Fable 2 is the most complete and satisfying experience in the trilogy. Players roam a charming realm as they set out to carve their own paths and highlight their unique quirks. Albion reacts to the player's actions, developing to match the choices made throughout the adventure. Fable 2 takes place in a living, breathing world that empowers users but also doesn't forget the deeds (or misdeeds) they perform. Although not amazing, the real-time combat system is serviceable and offers enough variety to remain engaging throughout the campaign.

Pillars Of Eternity 2: Deadfire - Ultimate Edition

Approximate Game Length 60-150 Hours
Genre Turn-Based RPG
Developer Obsidian Entertainment
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 22.72 GB
Microsoft Store Page Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire - Ultimate Edition

Obsidian Entertainment is firmly established as a leading developer in the RPG sphere, and Pillars of Eternity might be the company's crowning achievement. Both entries in the series rank among the best role-playing games on Xbox Game Pass, but Deadfire gets the nod since it saw the franchise grow out of its Baldur's Gate roots into something more singular.

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A pirate-themed adventure, this isometric RPG gives players a ship and a crew to sail the ocean, allowing them to visit a multitude of islands and take part in naval battles throughout their journey. The story is solid, but Deadfire shines the brightest in its combat, customization, and sense of discovery.

Middle-earth: Shadow Of War

Approximate Game Length 20-60 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer Monolith Productions
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 49.07 GB
Microsoft Store Page Middle-earth: Shadow Of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War did not enjoy the most glowing of debuts, courtesy of a grind-heavy final act that pushed players to spend cash. Those microtransactions were eventually removed, and the game is in a much better place these days. Building upon Shadow of Mordor's foundations, Shadow of War is an action-heavy romp through The Lord of the Rings universe.

A massive map and a fun combat system that progresses nicely as new abilities unlock are both great selling points, but Shadow of War's crowning achievement is its nemesis system, which allows Talion to build rivalries with Orcs. This system makes each playthrough feel adaptive and unique, and few things in gaming are as satisfying as a player finally besting an Orc who had their number up to that point.

Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling

Approximate Game Length 40-50 Hours
Genre Turn-Based RPG
Developer Moonsprout Games
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 722 MB
Microsoft Store Page Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling

Inspired by Paper Mario's first few entries, Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling oozes charm from every frame. A turn-based RPG with three playable characters, Moonsprout's title blends combat, puzzles, and exploration with a fun, lighthearted story that keeps things moving along well.

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Xbox Game Pass is not lacking in traditional Western RPGs or JRPGs, but Bug Fables stands on its own by taking inspiration from one of Nintendo's strongest properties. Despite its lengthy campaign, Bug Fables never wears out its welcome.

Dragon Age: Origins

Approximate Game Length 60-80 Hours
Genre Real-Time RPG
Developer BioWare
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 6.44 GB
Microsoft Store Page Dragon Age: Origins

The addition of EA Play to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate brought with it plenty of great RPGs, including some of the best trilogies in gaming. Dragon Age: Origins is the definition of an epic; a grandiose adventure filled with political intrigue, narrative depth, complex combat, and unforgettable characters. The game is at its best on PC, but the Xbox 360 version is perfectly playable. The sequels are also worth checking out, but Dragon Age arguably peaked with its first entry, setting a standard that few fantasy RPGs have come close to replicating.

Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Approximate Game Length 45-70 Hours
Genre Turn-Based JRPG
Developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 37 GB
Microsoft Store Page Yakuza: Like A Dragon

There are more than a few well-established JRPG franchises, but the genre received a surprising addition when Yakuza: Like a Dragon was released. Replacing its traditional beat-'em-up combat with a turn-based battle system, Like a Dragon pushes the Yakuza license in an exciting new direction while paying tribute to classic properties like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest.

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With a new protagonist and setting, this entry is a great starting point for newcomers to the series, and it is a must-play for anyone who liked the stories but hated the gameplay of previous Yakuza games.

Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition

Approximate Game Length 60-90 Hours
Genre Turn-Based JRPG
Developer Square Enix
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 40 GB
Microsoft Store Page Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition

Generally regarded as the granddaddy of the JRPG genre, Dragon Quest made a big comeback in the west with the release of its 11th main entry. The Definitive Edition is comfortably the best way to experience this masterpiece, providing plenty of quality of life changes such as an option to speed up battles and a vastly improved soundtrack. While the game doesn't feel antiquated, Dragon Quest 11 S does stick close to its classic formula; turn-based combat, a straightforward "good vs evil" narrative, and plenty of humor. If something is not broken, then there is no use in fixing it.

Final Fantasy 13 Trilogy

Approximate Game Lengths
  • Final Fantasy 13 – 48-100 Hours
  • Final Fantasy 13-2 – 25-70 Hours
  • Lightning Returns FF13 – 30-70 Hours
Genre JRPG
Developers Square Enix Product Development Division 1, tri-Ace
X|S Enhanced
  • Final Fantasy 13-2/Lightning Returns – FPS Boost
File Sizes
  • Final Fantasy 13 – 30.62 GB
  • Final Fantasy 13-2 – 8.34 GB
  • Lightning Returns FF13 – 7.23 GB
Microsoft Store Pages
  • Final Fantasy 13
  • Final Fantasy 13-2
  • Lightning Returns FF13

Perhaps the most divisive project in Square Enix's franchise, the Final Fantasy 13 trilogy is all over the place. Each entry changes up its pacing and structure while also tweaking its battle system; consequently, someone could easily love Lightning Returns but hate its predecessors. For all of their shortcomings, these are polished JRPGs with fantastic visuals, plenty of great ideas, and solid (albeit convoluted) narratives. Final Fantasy 13's linear story and obtuse combat system can be off-putting, but the sequels are worth trying regardless of whether a player enjoyed the first game. Final Fantasy 13-2 is far more open-ended and features a monster-catching mechanic, while Lightning Returns has the best battle system of the trilogy.

Mass Effect 2

Approximate Game Length 25-40 Hours
Genre Third-Person Action RPG
Developer BioWare
X|S Enhanced Yes (As part of Mass Effect Legendary Edition); No (On its own)
File Size 13 GB
Microsoft Store Page Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Though most RPGs are rooted in fantasy, sci-fi narratives have blossomed within the immersive genre. The Mass Effect franchise is a prime example of this. Mass Effect 2 builds upon the solid foundation of the first game in the series and actually improves upon it.

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The excitement and challenges of facing a galactic threat are matched only by the meaningful choices and relationships that players can form with the character of Commander Shepard.

Fallout 4

Approximate Game Length 25-80 Hours
Genre Shooter RPG
Developer Bethesda
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 34 GB
Microsoft Store Page Fallout 4

Fallout 4's place among the most polarizing games in the franchise isn't without merit. But taken in a vacuum, it's hard to argue with the fact that it's a fantastic open-world action RPG. Love's certainly lost in the skimpy dialogue choices and narrative role-playing elements, but character progression is incredibly intuitive and the combat mechanics are a steady improvement over Fallout 3's slipshod systems. Of course, this all skirts the fact that the post-nuclear sandbox of the Boston Commonwealth is chock full of content. Ruthless raiders, intriguing locales, and mutated horrors galore wait around every sunbleached corner, all delightfully tinged with Fallout's patently wild and thoughtful wasteland humor.

Undertale

Approximate Game Length 8 Hours
Genre RPG Adventure
Developer Toby Fox
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 275 MB
Microsoft Store Page Undertale

If a small RPG outing is preferred to a typical massive endeavor, then Undertale is the perfect fit. This delightful indie title contains a heartfelt story with the minimalist trappings of early RPG games. Humor wraps itself around players, and it also covers a story that revolves around empathy and kindness. Undertale is a short adventure through an underground world of friendly monsters that will stick with you long after you’ve determinedly completed your adventure.

The Outer Worlds

Approximate Game Length 15-30 Hours
Genre Shooter RPG
Developer Obsidian Entertainment
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 33 GB
Microsoft Store Page The Outer Worlds

The balancing act that is The Outer Worlds carries all the calling cards that developer Obsidian is known for, walking the tightrope between meaty mechanical depth and expert storytelling in fine fashion. After being plucked from an ill-fated colony ship by liberty-loving fugitive Phineas Welles, players have an impressive amount of agency in deciding their narrative impact on the colonies and how they make it — whether by big guns, big words, or big brains.

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The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

Approximate Game Length 30-100 Hours
Genre Open-World RPG
Developer Bethesda Game Studios
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 20 GB
Microsoft Store Page The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition

Skyrim has essentially ruled the open-world RPG roost since its unsubtle and highly-anticipated release in 2011 — that alone should be enough to showcase its necessity for any RPG enthusiast's repertoire. While it can be safely accused of shedding the deeper mechanical complexities of its predecessors, the cold fact of the matter is that Bethesda did more than a few things right. Skyrim preserves the franchise's legacy of beautifully designed open worlds filled with enough content to keep even the most dedicated gamers busy for years while expanding the scope of its audience exponentially. It's practically gaming's equivalent to required reading at this point, and it's not hard to see why.

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The best games like Final Fantasy .
If you're looking to find a new series that can hold you over until the next game, we've rounded up the best games like Final Fantasy you can play right now. Further reading The best RPG games you can play right now The 10 best JRPGs of all time developed by Japanese studios The best Final Fantasy games, ranked from best to worst Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition © Provided by Digital Trends Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition Trailer 85 % © Provided by Digital Trends T Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayS

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