The website Good Old Games (GoG.com) is best known for its selection of cheap retro games. These games have been modified to play on modern computers, but are otherwise the unchanged from the original. Video game fans enjoy both the ability to play old games and the low prices that are featured on this website. One of the popular genres on the website is role playing games, with games that range from the 80s to the modern era. The following are the top ten role playing games available on GoG.com.
10. Torchlight – Torchlight is essentially a Diablo 2 clone, with about a half dozen features that make it notably less frustrating. The biggest of these features are a simplified inventory system and the ability to sell equipment while you are in a dungeon. This makes it easier to continue the action elements of the game without being forced to arbitrarily return to town. The game shows it age in the same way Diablo 2 does, but is worth playing if you don’t own the sequel.
9. Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura – This long title actually reveals a lot about this unique role playing game. It is a game that mixes magic and steampunk into a single system that feels almost like a game from the Fallout series. A non-rigid story and flexible character customization give the game plenty of replay value, though once you have played it once you will likely find it remarkably easy on a second run.
8. Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator – This is a rare JRPG on the PC, which is a good part of why it is not particularly well known in the U.S. Like the previous game, it mixes steampunk and magic, though with a much more futuristic bent. The graphics were surprisingly high quality for when it was released, which means it holds up better compared to modern games. The difficulty curve is a little high, though, which is something you’ll want to watch out for.
7. Wasteland – This spiritual successor to Fallout is pretty much responsible for every non-fantasy role playing game ever released. Considered a cult classic by fans of the genre, the game definitely shows its age. Still, if you can move past the dated graphics and clunky game play, compared to modern games, you have one of the most unique games ever made.
6. The Witcher 2 – This is an action RPG that compares favorably to modern classics like Fallout 3 or Skyrim. The best part of this game, though, is that modern 2012 graphic, game play, and controls are all available at a reasonable price of $20 and without any form of DRM. The publisher for this game is one of the most gamer friendly publishers in the business and this game is the culmination of good game design and respect for gamers.
5. Baldur’s Gate 2 – The original redefined role playing games, when it introduced small scale real time strategy game play into the genre. The sequel kept everything that was brilliant about the first while making the story outstanding. Designed for fans of Dungeons & Dragons, the game became an industry standard. And while graphics quickly outpaced it, the game play of this series, or some variation thereof, can be found in almost every popular modern role playing game.
4. System Shock 2 – System Shock 2 is considered the spiritual successor to Bioshock, though it also has similarities to the popular Borderlands series. It mixes first person game play with the story and character growth of a role playing game. It is also a genre bending game that could easily be described as science fiction or survival horror. The intense plot and memorable cut scenes make it one of the most popular retro games ever released.
3. Deus Ex – Deus Ex is yet another hybrid first person shooter and role playing game. This one is pure science fiction and that particularly genre allows the game near unlimited flexibility. That flexibility is apparent in both character customization and story progression. You can play Deus Ex like a first person shooter, an intense puzzle game, or a stealth game, depending on your whims and character decisions. The story easily adapts to your play style, rather than vice versa, which is a nice change from the norm.
2. Never Winter Nights 2 – This game is practically a love letter to 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons. Taking the character all the way to epic levels of game play, you can truly experience a D&D campaign on your computer. Every class is present in the game as well as a large number of advanced options. Even after beating the game you will almost certainly want to play it again and again just to explore every possible option.
1. Planescape: Torment – No other game in the history of video games has ever made it so much fun to die. This cult classic starts with you literally waking up from the dead and then exploring a realm without any information at all. As you find allies, learn your story, and progress the plot you are bound to occasionally die. Rather than end your game, like most other role playing games, something this can actually benefit you, and at worst you simply must simply set off again on your quest. It is a brilliant game with a convoluted story that you will love every minute of.