The 1990s was when RPGs went from being a small genre only played by really nerdy gamers, to a full-fledged, multi-billion dollar industry that found many game developers throwing their heir hat into the ring. Here, in reverse order, are the 10 best PC RPGs of the 1990s.
I’ll go into some detail on why the top 5 are just that, the top 5.
10. Final Fantasy VII
9. Might and Magic VII: For Blood & Honor
8. The Elder Scrolls Chapter II: Daggerfall
5. Fallout 2
This game made the top 5 because of the size of the game. Fallout 2 provided the player with not only a great map to explore, but also deep NPC reactions to dialogue and actions. The gameplay was simple to control and the weapons were super badass.
4. Planescape: Torment
Building on the success of its Fallout games, Black Isle produced this richly detailed game using the same engine as Baldur’s Gate. The game was very extensive with interesting characters, story, and dialogue that made it fun to play for long periods of time.
3. Power and Magic IV: Mandate of Heaven
The Might and Magic series has always been a lot of fun and the new Heroes of Might and Magic games have been no exception. The reason this game sets itself apart from other RPGs is the fact that they stuck to the expansive worlds and rich gameplay that other developers started avoiding. You could choose between a real-time or turn-based game to really suit your style.
2. Baldur’s Gate
This game has confidently moved into second place through the reinvention of RPGs in an addictive real-time format. Taking the ruleset from Dragons and Advanced Dungeons, Bioware created a new story in which you control a group of adventurers with a variety of abilities. This allowed you to experience all the different class styles throughout the game, as there were dozens of NPC characters you could choose from to join your adventurer.
And the best PC RPG of the 1990s is:
By far the funniest PC RPG of the 1990s. While it lacked the ability to influence history, sheer addiction made it a fantastic game. With fabulous graphics for the era and the ability to alter the image of players by changing teams, this is one of the best PC RPGs of all time.
All of these games are worth playing, most can be purchased for less than $ 20 online.