Forward by acclaimed RPG social media personality Stephania Maria Dyonisys IV:
Hear ye, hear ye. RPGs here are pretty great I guess. Hopefully, we didn't miss too many. Happy reading. Or skimming, for you terrible people only looking for the top 3.
The past decade in RPG releases has been fascinating to watch. Early in the decade, even as many other games were adopting keystones of the genre (like more involved stories and stat progression), it felt like RPGs were on the decline. Sure, there were still some quality releases, but they always felt like a big event, and they were often few and far between. Getting your hands on a "traditional" RPG was even more difficult.
However, as the decade progressed, RPGs saw a huge resurgence. Now we are awash in an unbelievable number of amazing games, both Japanese and Western, along with an incredible lineup of indie titles.
The games that truly moved us over the last decade did so for almost as many reasons as there were releases: some refined the classic, turn-based RPG experience to a fine point, others presented an unbelievable amount of choices, and many told engaging, grand and emotional stories.
So it should come as no surprise that our list of the 25 best RPGs (plus graphic adventures and visual novels) of the past decade reflects that same variety. There is one constant in our list, though: these are all games that did at least one thing that truly distinguishes them from their peers.
Without further ado, we present to you games 21-25 in RPGFan's Top 25 RPGs of the 2010s! Come back in the following days as we continue to unveil the complete list!