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Fanatical gift guide - Best Role-Playing games to buy this Christmas
By Sam Jones - 10th Dec 2020Games
Top savings on games that will transport you and your friends to grand worlds
Have your friends or family been looking to explore new places and meet new faces, but COVID's halted their plans? Why not explore from the comfort of their homes with an RPG!
'Why would I buy my nan a Rocket Propelled Grenade?' - no, not that one, we're talking about Role-Playing games silly. This genre allows you to grow your character into whatever you choose to be. From the most epic fantasy worlds and sci-fi universes to post-apocalyptic wastelands and more, RPGs offer the most incredible environments for gamers to live out their dreams.
If you're still looking for ideas, we've put this handy gift guide together on Role-Playing PC games that you can purchase for friends, family and fellow gamers this Christmas. Plus, you can now Give A Gift when purchasing on the Fanatical Store, and you can even leave a little greetings message for your giftee too!
Action hack n' slash RPG Torchlight II is filled to the brim with randomized levels, enemies and loot. Capturing all the flavor and excitement of the original, the award-winning, 'Very Positive' Steam rated game expands the world and adds features players wanted most, including online and LAN multiplayer.
Once again, the fate of the world is in your hands. With four classes to choose from, you’ll have a variety of play styles at your fingertips.
Each class can be played as either male or female, with customized cosmetic features and looks to make your hero stand out. Explore the vast overworld and multiple hub towns of Vilderan, and fight through rain, snow, day and night.
Level randomization ensures new layouts, paths, loot, and monsters every time you play. Torchlight II supports Steam Workshop, allowing for automatic mod subscription and synchronization - where you can choose from over a thousand mods and bend the game to your will.
In New Game Plus, the game's not over until you say it is. Once you've beaten Torchlight II's primary campaign, you can start again with the same character for a significantly greater challenge. You'll keep all the skills, gold, and gear you worked so hard for!
It's time to explore the unforgiving lands alone or team up with a friend in Outward. In this fantasy RPG, you'll jump into an immersive role-playing experience coupled with survival gameplay, offering a deeply-rewarding challenge for the most avid gamers.
You are not a god, nor a chosen one. The path before you is fraught with perils.
As an ordinary adventurer, you’ll not only have to hide or defend yourself against threatening creatures, but also brave the hazardous environmental conditions, protect yourself against infectious diseases, make sure you get enough sleep, and stay hydrated. Embark on perilous expeditions across untamed lands to reach new cities, undertake varied missions and discover hidden dungeons crawling with formidable enemies.
In order to survive in the dazzling yet deadly world of Aurai, you’ll have to be cunning, clever and prepared. Devise diverse strategies to defeat your foes and don’t neglect your basic needs, sharing your journey with a friend, locally or online.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
Action RPG Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is an expansive role playing game from Capcom, in which you take on the role of a warrior whose heart has been captured by an all-powerful dragon (not in the romantic way). You're alive, somehow, and must face many dangers on your path with the ultimate reunion showdown in sight with your mythical nemesis.
The game features a vibrant, seemingly living open-world where players have three AI companions called Pawns. Learning from your playstyle and approach to combat, these Pawns will fight independently, and learn from you.
PC users can also share their Pawns online and reap the rewards of treasure, tips and strategy hints for taking down enemies. Pawns can also be borrowed when specific skills are required for specific tasks.
Cut off the four heads of a Hydra, climb atop griffins and fight airborne, or defeat dragons and other creatures by finding out their weaknesses. There are nine different vocations for players to choose from with a variety of skill options for each, and armor that can be upgraded and enhanced.
This PC edition of the popular RPG also includes all previously released DLCs, pre-order bonuses, retailer-exclusives, and the Dark Arisen expansion content - so you'll be sure to witness the highly praised combat experience and rich customization, plus a huge underground realm to explore with terrifying monsters.
In strategy RPG Wasteland 3, you take command of a squad of Desert Rangers, lawmen and women in a post-nuclear frozen world who are trying to rebuild society from the ashes. More than a century after the bombs fell, you're fighting a losing battle to keep your beloved Arizona alive.
Then the self-proclaimed Patriarch of Colorado radios, promising aid if you'll do a job he can only entrust to an outsider - rescue his land from the ambitions of his three bloodthirsty children. This party-based RPG features the series' signature focus on story reactivity and strategic combat in a post-apocalyptic world.
Create a squad of up to six Rangers and customize them with perks and abilities geared to your playstyle. You even get your own battle truck, which you can upgrade into a hardened war beast, bristling with weapons, to help mow down your enemies.
You'll get your hand on a detailed character creation system with dozens of skills, perks, and quirks allow for deep customization of your squad of up to six Rangers, geared to your playstyle. Play single-player or with a friend in story-driven co-op - where choices open (or close off) mission opportunities, areas to explore, story arcs, and more.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Son of a blacksmith!
It's time to explore a huge open-world medieval setting and wage civil war in the action RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance. You'll take on the role of Henry, a young blacksmith from a humble village, who will soon see his life turned upside down as he embarks on a quest to avenge his family and friends who are brutally murdered.
Join the resistance under Lord Radzig Kobyla and seek to bring the evil Sigismund (The Red Fox) and his mercenary soldiers to justice - not only to save the captured King Wenceslas, but also for your fallen loved ones!
The future of Bohemia lies in your hands, young warrior.
Explore one of the most beautiful medieval landscapes to date - roaming through graphically stunning locations featuring majestic castles, quaint villages and vast fields.
Meet real historical characters and experience the genuine look and feel of medieval Bohemia.
Solve quests in multiple ways thanks to the game's non-linear story, and face the consequences of your decisions. Fight, steal, seduce, threaten, persuade, or bribe - every action has a reaction in this medieval realm.
Experience sword fights like never before with Warhorse Studio's challenging and advanced combat system. With over 30 target zones, players will need to perfect distance, strikes and counters in order to execute dozens of unique and merciless combos in battle.
Help Henry turn from the village blacksmith to a leader of men by improving your skills and earning new perks to help with everything from forging and upgrading equipment to becoming a whiz at stealth and lockpicking.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut
Ex-SWAT specialist Adam Jensen is prepped, augmented and ready for gripping futuristic action RPG outing in Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut. In a divided near-future, you'll discover a time of great technological advancement, but also a time of chaos and conspiracy.
Mechanical augmentations of the human body have divided society between those who can afford them, and those who can't. Opposing forces conspire from the shadow to control the destiny of mankind: a human revolution is coming.
The game uniquely combines action-packed, close-quarters takedowns with intense shooting, offering a vast array of character augmentations and upgrades for the many weapons at your disposal. Unlock new abilities and increase your stealth, social, hacking or combat skills - the game rewards all styles of play and approaches.
Determine how you want your character to evolve, based on how you want to play the game. Shoot your way through the enemies, sneak up behind them without being traced, hack systems to retrieve crucial information, or use your social skills to extract information from key characters - there are always choices, multiple approaches, multiple paths and multiple tools at your disposal.
Choose your playing style and face the consequences of your actions - you decide how the story unfolds in his enhanced storyline featuring the full integration of 'The Missing Link' and 'Tongs Mission'. Find more ways to defeat the new and improved Boss Fights, use the New game+ feature to replay the story with your previously acquired augmentations.
You can also learn more about the game with the developers commentaries in ENGLISH ONLY and the original 'Making of' video.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
We've travelled to Ancient Egypt with Bayek in Origins, and now it's time to enjoy a brand new adventure through Ancient Greece. Assassin's Creed Odyssey features many different paths for the player to choose from with a heavy emphasis on action-consequence, as well as the ever-popular RPG elements and enthralling combat mechanics that turns every conflict into an exciting one.
Choose the path of one of two siblings, Alexios and Kassandra as they progress from outcast to Legendary Spartan... how will your story unfold?
From lush vibrant forests to volcanic islands and bustling cities, start a journey of exploration and encounters in a war torn world shaped by gods and men.
Your decisions will impact how your odyssey unfolds. Play through multiple endings thanks to the new dialogue system and the choices you make - as well as customizing your gear, ship, and special abilities to become a true legend.
Demonstrate your warrior's abilities in large-scale epic battles between Athens and Sparta featuring hundreds of soldiers, or ram and cleave your way through entire fleets in naval battles across the Aegean Sea.
Better still, Odyssey supports Tobii Eye Tracking. The Extended View feature gives you a broader perspective of the environment, and the Dynamic Light and Sun Effects immerse you in the sandy dunes according to where you set your sights.
Tagging, aiming and locking on your targets becomes a lot more natural when you can do it by looking at them. Let your vision lead the way and enhance your gameplay.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition
A game that millions have played, and many more will follow. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim set the bar pretty damn high for enjoyable RPGs back in 2011 - and few will disagree that it isn't still a fantastic world to explore.
You can play as practically any type of character you can imagine, and do whatever you want; the legendary freedom of choice, storytelling, and adventure of The Elder Scrolls is realized like never before. From the rolling clouds and rugged mountains, to the bustling cities, lush fields and ancient dungeons, there are plenty of quests to sink your teeth into.
Choose from hundreds of weapons, spells, and abilities, as well as the new character system that allows you to play any way you want and define yourself through your actions. As Dragonborn, you'll battle many great ancient foes, learn their secrets and harness their power for yourself.
Skyrim Special Edition also brings the full power of mods to the PC - with new quests, environments, characters, dialogue, armor, weapons and more. With these various Mods, there are no limits to what you can experience!
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