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10 best RPGs on Xbox Game Pass

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There’s a huge breadth of RPGs, whether we’re talking about turn-based combat, first-person exploration, or something else entirely. The best RPGs on Xbox Game Pass show the wild diversity across the genre at large.

Here are 10 amazing RPGs you can play right now on Xbox Game Pass.

10. Black Desert

If you prefer RPGs of the MMO variety, Game Pass has you covered with Black Desert. The game’s nonsensical story and overwhelming complexity can make it hard to get into, but its combo-based combat is up there with the best action RPGs.

9. Monster Sanctuary

Monster Sanctuary blends Metroidvania world exploration with turn-based battles between collectible monsters. Basically, it’s the closest you can get to Pokémon on Xbox, with a platforming twist.

8. Solasta: Crown of the Magister (PC)

A subtitle like Crown of the Magister makes it clear you’re diving into a crunchy, D&D-inspired RPG. Solasta’s story is nothing to write home about, but its reactive tactical combat should scratch your tabletop RPG itch.

7. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

A spin-off of a spin-off, Thronebreaker uses Gwent cards from The Witcher to tell its story. You play as Queen Meve of Lyria as she builds her kingdom’s power through resource management and clever, puzzle-like card battles.

6. Children of Morta

Children of Morta uses its satisfying action and customizable characters to tell the story of a family fighting to save the world without falling apart in the process. It even has a co-op mode so you can add your own interpersonal drama to the mix.

5. Star Renegades

In Star Renegades’ turn-based battles, you can tip the scales against overwhelming odds by stunning and locking down enemies. Your reward for mastering its complex combat is jaw-droppingly gorgeous pixel art.

4. Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity and its pirate-themed sequel Deadfire are real-time cRPGs in the vein of Baldur’s Gate, but Deadfire also has a turn-based mode. Both games are the kind you can get lost in for weeks.

3. Mass Effect series

The classic Mass Effect trilogy and the better-than-its-reputation Andromeda are all on Game Pass via EA Play. It’s not the Legendary Edition, but who needs updated graphics anyway?

2. Dragon Age series

All three Dragon Age games feel wildly different from each other, despite all being the kind of squad-based RPGs developer BioWare is known for, and they’re all on Game Pass.

1. The Elder Scrolls series

Once you’ve finished playing the umpteenth release of Skyrim, you can jump back in time to the demon-infested Oblivion and the janky, obtuse masterpiece that is Morrowind. (Just watch out for those cliff racers.)

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