No video game genre is more addictive than the RPG. Role playing games have an uncanny ability to suck the player in. Watching numbers go up, stat bars increase, and the sound effect of levelling up fires just the right amount of dopamine off in your brain to keep you coming back for more. If you are an RPG addict, you know the feeling of finishing an RPG and then going to try games from other genres only to suffer a sense of withdrawal which stems from a lack of performing activities such as exploring, talking to non-playable characters, collecting items, managing inventory, reading copious amounts of text-based story, and the sweet, sweet grind to max level.
2016 is just about a third of the way through, and it has already been a banner year for RPGs. With such a strong handful of games available right now, and a bevy of RPGs to look forward to. Whether you thirst for blood or you simply want to frolic around a fantastical garden collecting doohickies, you should find something that will tickle your fancy in 2016’s RPG line-up. And so, the following is a list of 12 RPG’s released in 2016 that are sure to keep you busy grinding into the next year.
12 South Park: The Fractured but Whole (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
11 Persona 5 (PS4, PS3)
10 Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U)
9 XCOM 2 (Windows, Linux, Mac OS)
8 Pokemon Sun/Moon (3DS)
7 Dark Souls III (Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC)
6 Bravely Second (3DS)
5 I Am Setsuna (PS4, PS Vita, PC)
4 Final Fantasy XV (PS4, Xbox One)
3 Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)
2 Darkest Dungeon (PC)
1 Stardew Valley (PC)
Stardew Valley is quite the feat. Developed by the one man team of ConcernedApe, this game is an homage to titles such as Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. You play as a gentleman or lady of your own creation who quit their soul crushing job in the city to take up life in the country, working the farm inherited from his or her grandfather. You toil to harvest your own crops, raise animals, and grow your farm to a respectable level at your own place, while exploring a quaint town and interacting with many NPC's you become familiar with over time.
What this game actually is, is crack. This is the most addictive game of 2016, bar none. Even if you think you might not be a fan of what seems to be a kid friendly farming simulator, this is a deep, layered RPG complete with dungeon crawling, combat, fishing, questing, crafting, and a plethora of item collecting. This game has you constantly working towards new goals, playing through season to season, and before you know it, spring has turned into winter and you still haven’t restored the town community center, and the woman you’ve been gifting hundreds of jars of mayonnaise to still won’t marry you, and you fear that the evil Joja Mart corporation will ruin the economy of your town forever and put the small farmer out of business for good. This game is beyond great, and every minute poured into the world of Stardew Valley will feel like time well spent.
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