THE BEST ROLE-PLAYING GAMES OF 2021

 2021 will continue to roll promisingly! It doesn't matter whether you like Japanese RPGs or prefer the dark fantasy classic: This year there are again some good opportunities to slip into a different skin. We are most looking forward to these ten role-playing games in 2021.


10th place: Cyberpunk 2077

Strictly speaking, Cyberpunk 2077 has no place in this list, because the game was finally released in 2020. But if you bought cyberpunk last year, you shouldn't play it until sometime in 2021. Because the developers of CD Projekt RED still need some time to iron out the numerous bugs and technical blunders. When that happens, everyone will hopefully get the finished game and enjoy the gripping atmosphere in Night City to the full. All the foundations for an RPG milestone have been laid - so bring on the patches!


Cyberpunk 2077

9th place: Cris Tales

Cris Tales is supposed to be a declaration of love to classic JRPGs. As the time magician Crisbell, we try to save an empire from ruin in the indie role-playing game. According to the developer of SYCK, the fighting takes place on several time levels. With Crisbell's magic we should be able to send supposedly overpowering opponents through time in order to have a chance against their younger self in the past or against their older self in the future. Cris Tales relies on hand-drawn 2D designs that have been animated with attention to detail and frame by frame.

Cris Tales

8th place: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

Even if we have hardly heard anything about the new edition of the classic Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance from Tuque Games since 2019, according to publisher Wizards of the Coast it should appear this year. So far little is known about the RPG, but we at least know that the story comes from the pen of the fantasy author RA Salvatore. In addition, the classic top-down perspective has been exchanged for a third-person view in Dark Alliance. The reboot should playfully pursue an action-heavy hack-'n'-slash approach.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

7th place: Vampires: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

After we could already play it a little, we expect a worthy successor to the first part from 2004 with Bloodlines 2. Of course only if it actually appears. Because even the developers of Hardsuit Labs expect further delays in their vampire role-playing game and so we have little more than hope that it will be released in 2021. When Bloodlines 2 comes out, there will definitely be a lot of fans who are already licking their fingers for fresh vampire masquerade.

7th place: Vampires: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

6th place: Bravely Default II

After two parts on the 3DS that were closely interwoven, Bravely Default II on the Switch breaks away from its group of protagonists consisting of Tiz, Agnes, Edea and Ringabel. But that does not mean that the row of pillars is getting rid of. In the latest part, you can look forward to the unique mix of hand-drawn environments and the well-known brave-and-default combat system, which gives the otherwise turn-based fights a little more kick. You can skip rounds to save attacks. In terms of content, a journey awaits you in which you are supposed to bring four crystals back to their rightful place. But as usual, there is of course a lot more behind it.

Bravely Default II

5th place: NieR Replicant ver. 122474487139 ...

Before NieR Automata came NieR. Now the remake of the debut appears under the catchy name NieR Replicant ver. 122474487139… The action RPG, in which you look for a cure for your sister's deadly disease in a dark, apocalyptic world, was originally released in 2010. Become a connoisseur of the original notice a difference. The version known to us was adapted to the western taste at that time, whereby the player slipped into the role of the father, for example, not that of the brother. Replicant ver. 122474487139… brings the Japanese version to our realms for the first time. In terms of technology and gameplay, the new edition will be based on NieR Automata.

NieR Replicant ver. 122474487139 ...

4th place: Monster Hunter Rise

The Switch gets its first, very own Monster Hunter. In Monster Hunter Rise you can expect the familiar formula of explore, hunt, fight, improve and repeat, but this time with some new tricks. In addition to the Palico, you now have a dog-like companion, the Palamute, at your side, with whom you can roam the icy world around the village of Kamura. Equally helpful is the rope beetle, which you can not only use to get to previously inaccessible places. It also serves as a rein for riding wyverns. You can find out whether the new monster hunt is for you thanks to a demo version in which you can even go hunting online with friends.

4th place: Monster Hunter Rise

3rd place: Disco Elysium - Final Cut

The best role-playing game of 2019 will make it to the old and new consoles in 2021 with its Final Cut. Those who have missed Disco Elysium so far can catch up on the captivating sci-fi detective world in an improved form on the PS4, PS5, Google Stadia and the PC from March. If you already have the game on your PC, you will receive the Final Cut as a free update. Disco Elysium will be launched on Xbox Series X / S and Nintendo Switch this summer. In addition to a new area and fresh quests, the new version is also available with full dialog soundtrack.

Disco Elysium - Final Cut

2nd place: Shin Megami Tensei V

After the announcement on the Nintendo Switch Showcase, Shin Megami Tensei V said goodbye to development no man's land for a long time. It wasn't until summer 2020 that there was finally another sign of life in the form of an atmospheric trailer, even if apart from the protagonist, some demons and modern Japan as the setting, this revealed little about the game. After all, we know that it will stay dark and that the plot should depend heavily on your decisions. Not bad either: Shin Megami Tensei V will appear simultaneously worldwide, which is anything but natural for publisher and developer Atlus.

Shin Megami Tensei V

1st place: Baldur's Gate III

The third part of the Baldur's Gate series is currently still in Early Access. However, that should change in the course of the year. Fans of Dungeons and Dragons role-playing games can go on an adventure alone in Baldur's Gate III or master everything together with friends. So far, the title looks just as good as the two parts of Divinity: Original Sin, which Larian Studios also made. We are therefore sure that we will receive an excellent RPG after the end of Early Access.

Baldur's Gate III


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