Project Rad RPGs

The objective of this project is to list the experiences offered by all good RPGs (Role Playing Games) on PC in an approximately chronological fashion.

1980 – 1984

This period was dominated by two main serieses – Ultima and Wizardry. I will start with Ultima 0 better known as Akalabeth: World of Doom. Akalabeth saw a limited edition release in 1979, and a full commercial release in 1980. It was later packaged with the Ultima series as Ultima 0 from 1998 onwards.

  1. Akalabeth: World of Doom (1980) a.k.a Ultima 0: Tried out the experience but possibly cannot ‘play’ this. The basic core challenge seems to be able to manually map the dungeons and that is not reason enough to play it. Detailed review here.
  2. Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness (1986): Finished it! Originally released in 1981, a very good game which fascinated me in spite of its age, and also kept me hooked till completion albeit being very difficult. Yet, there are obvious flaws in the gameplay. Detailed review here.
  3. Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress (1982): A pretty bad game frankly.
  4. Ultima III: Exodus (1983): Maybe a little better than Ultima II, but bad nevertheless. Introduced party-based gameplay, and turn-based tactical combat in the over-world. Could not bring myself to play this even after several tries. So gave up eventually.

1996 – 2000

1996 saw the revival of RPG market with the release of the phenomenal Diablo.

  1. Diablo (1996)
  2. Fallout (1997)

2001 – 2010

The modern era of RPGs, in which the games graduated from being largely isometric/2D in view, turn-based in gameplay, and tactical in combat into immersive 3D environments with action oriented combat in real time.

  1. Gothic (2001): One of the best made RPGs of all time, Gothic is a fascinating experience. It is very hard keeping in line with traditional RPGs, but what makes it really shine is the level of immersion. It is one of the most immersive RPGs ever. The story is also pretty interesting, gameplay is rewarding, and it has good replay value. It also features a medium sized open world with good rewards for exploration, as any good RPG should.
  2. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002)
  3. Mount and Blade: Warband (2010):
  4. Witcher (2007):