The 30 Best RPGs on Xbox Game Pass

All of the best role playing games on Xbox Game Pass ranked

With every game incorporating RPG elements in some capacity, it’s getting really hard to tell the difference, but these best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass show us that even when we blur the line of what makes an RPG, some games just feel more like an RPG than a game that has RPG elements tacked to it.

The Xbox Game Pass role-playing games on this list are some of the best examples of games that have a leveling system and a story to tell. We’ve come a long way from the days when players rolled dice and checked character sheets to see if they passed some sort of skill check. (Which works perfectly well in today’s video games.)

With that said, here’s our list of the best RPGs on Xbox Game Pass that lets you walk a thousand miles in someone’s shoes.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Outriders

Outriders

Superpowers and guns are always a good combination. Add in a satisfying loot grind and you have a recipe for a decent looter shooter. But why hasn’t this picked up a larger following? The game’s story is serviceable at best as it never really does anything with its “deep space colonization gone wrong” backdrop. It also doesn’t help that it takes itself far too seriously. Ignore all that and let’s focus on the positives that allowed this game to potentially redeem itself for players.

Outriders is at its best when the player is blasting away through hordes of hostile aliens with a couple of friends. The combination of a solid mix of satisfying gunplay and superpower destructive powers ensures that there will be good times with you and your friends.

For a looter shooter, the act of finding and crafting mods for your gear is vastly more satisfying compared to other looter shooters (Gear score isn’t the be-all, end-all!). You can easily lose yourself in hours of leveling up your gear.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Young Souls

Young Souls

The side-scrolling beat-em-up Action RPG has a lot to prove as one of the newer entries on this list. Either in co-op or solo as Tristan or Jenn. The writing is surprisingly deep as the Goblins have a reason for waging this war, leaving the twins to reconsider the lengths they’ll to protect such a place.

The active combat gameplay is also very satisfying. Even in solo play as one twin takes over in case the other is temporarily stunned. But of course, being an RPG game, how you make use the game’s sizable lineup of weapons and armor is what’s going to define your playthrough. Outside of dungeons, you are free to roam around town and take part in everyday tasks like clothes shopping and hitting the gym. Both of which improve your stats, btw.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - The Ascent

The Ascent

Diablo-style action RPG, The Ascent has a combat system that is closer to a twin-stick shooter rather than your typical click-spam affair. the game’s story may be lacking but that’s not the most important thing there is in an isometric action RPG. The combat saves the day here. Sometimes, the story takes a backseat when you’re gleefully mowing down waves of enemies in the most satisfying ways.

As an RPG the game has character customization, upgradable primary and secondary weapons, skill trees, and side quests through the nose. If you can ignore the long corridors with nothing particularly exciting to do, then it’s worth it. If it means kicking some corporate lackey in the ass.

Check out our review of the game here.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Crown trick

Crown Trick

Crown Trick has the distinction of being a turn-based roguelike and it does in such a way that’s both satisfying and practical. Elle and crown’s symbiotic relationship stems from them wanting to escape this Dream World. Their characters get fleshed out throughout the ordeal. They even begin to open up after some point. Eventually, they find others who are similarly trapped as you are. In a gameplay sense, they serve as upgrade stations or something to spend all your stones at. But they do talk about themselves. Which is nice too.

What sets runs apart are items, summons, and relics. (The RPG bits of this machine.) Since combat is turn-based, enemies react only after you’ve completed an action. This adds a layer of tactics to the game where you can nudge enemies into place for maximum damage.

Check out our review of the game here.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Weird West

Weird West

Weird West tells the story of the 5 individuals residing in the area only referred to as The West. The RPG aspect of this game kicks in immediately as the player’s character’s consciousness is transferred to these individuals by a mysterious group of people. The transfer allows you to instantly have a backstory and motivations going forward. (Saves you the hassle of filling up a character sheet’s worth of data.)

Jane the bounty hunter, a pigman searching for the truth of his past self, a protector battling a demon, a werewolf under a star of prophecy, and a cult member – these are the people you control through the story, not by your choice, by the way. Each character is defined by their individual skills. Very rarely do you see an overlap in their playstyles. What they do share, however, are perks and item stashes. Finally, the interconnectedness of the world ensures that actions or inactions are reflected in current events. If that’s not an RPG, I don’t what is.

Check out our review of the game here.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Scarlet Nexus

Scarlet Nexus

Set in an alternate world under the constant threats of mysterious creatures called Others, Scarlet Nexus tells the story of Yuito and Kanase, members of the OSF. The pair see the same conflict from two separate perspectives, resulting in many disagreements between the people around them. As it turns out, revelations one character has is not made clear to the other and the player. The whole story can only be pieced together if the player chooses to follow both stories. This intentional bit of game design only works with a strong narrative to keep players engaged. Thankfully, Scarlet Nexus pulls that off really well.

The combat in the game is fast-paced utilizing active skills like telekinesis and fast reflexes. Players can bring along two members of their team and can be ordered to use their unique skills when the player requires it. Building bonds with teammates unlock more story content as well as more powerful versions of their skill.

Check out our review of the game here.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Dragon Age Inquisition

Dragon Age Inquisition

Dragon Age Inquisition is the culmination of Bioware’s efforts throughout the series. It has the RPG depth of Origins on top of the great exploration that comes with an open world map. Not only that, the long list of activities you can take part in to gather “Power” for your forces’ overall strength is a great way to encourage going off the beaten path. And besides, if you rush through the game’s story, you’ll miss out on the squad banter Bioware is now famous for. The journey of the Inquisitor’s party is not a quiet one.

Aside from the usual RPG character progression, inquisition’s tactical view mode lets you give out orders while giving you some time to assess your current situation. It’s basically an improved version of the system we saw in Dragon Age Origins.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon gang

Yakuza Like a Dragon

For many years, Yakuza relied on its beat-’em-up combat and storytelling to foster a loyal fanbase that understands that sometimes you need to mix things ups in order to stand out. This was evident in the side missions for Yakuza 0, and perhaps the Yakuza series in general. Yakuza Like a Dragon takes it one step further still. Gone is the beat-’em-up mechanics and say hello to an all-new turn-based battle system. It’s oddly refreshing to have regular people pull a Final Fantasy/Dragon Quest bit in the middle of the streets of the Yokohama district.

It’s not likely that this new form of combat will actually replace what we have right now in mainline Yakuza games. Not unless Ichiban Kasuga takes over. But hey, if you’re new to the Yakuza series and like RPGs, this might be the best entry to start with before diving into the deep end that is the main line series.

Check out our review of the game here.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Black Desert

Black Desert

You’d be forgiven if you only know Black Desert from the numerous ads that have been popping up for quite some time, but this MMORPG is apparently very popular and holding strong for several years now.

Pearl Abyss, the game’s developer and publisher, reported last year that there were a few hundred thousand active players logging in per month, and as of recently, it was revealed that since the latest update, there has been a 230% increase in terms of active players logging in via PC and North America and Europe alone. This puts the game in the same league as the ballparks of early WoW and FF14.

The game has also recently overhauled 17 of the 23 available classes in the game. This shake-up is a perfect time for new players to get started and more importantly get acquainted with the new changes along with everyone else.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Jedi Fallen Order

Jedi Fallen Order

The idea of an RPG set in the Star Wars universe is not a new idea. One need only look at the direction of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic to know what that looks like. (The original’s MMORPG controls speak volumes.) And we haven’t even touched on the actual MMORPG, The Old Republic. Respawn’s Jedi Fallen Order takes a slightly different route and adopts an Action RPG approach.

In the game, we take control of Cal Kestis, a survivor of Order 66 as he tries to stay one step ahead of the Inquisitors. His journey takes him to different planets that are of importance to both the Jedi and the Sith. Progression often involves defeating a bunch of enemies and hopefully reaching the next meditation point before something unfortunate happens. It also helps that you can customize and collect other lightsabers.

Check out our review of the game here.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Octopath Traveler

Octopath Traveler

Octopath Traveler is a throwback to the days when Square Soft and Enix were two different entities. Well, that’s not entirely true as the game’s multipronged approach to storytelling is a first for the company. The approach may be hit or miss for players of the game, but you have to admit if it weren’t for the fact that we follow 8 whole stories at once, there would not be much to talk about in regards to Octopath.

Without the mix-up, Octopath Traveler would have been your typical RPG with leveling and equipment at its core. Which would have been fine, if not unoriginal.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition

The Dragon Quest series has been a bastion of JRPGs since the earliest days of the genre. Dragon Quest XI continues the legacy by giving us a game that is familiar to series veterans and yet has visuals that appeal to a new generation of fans. Only known as the Luminary, the silent protagonist’s journey to save the world is a timeless one that incorporates some heavy moments mixed in with light-hearted ones.

Even if you’ve never played a modern video game, Dragon Quest is going to be both familiar and different at the same time. But nevertheless, this is the kind of game I recommend to beginners too. Specifically, everything we know about turn-based RPG mechanics in video games started from the Dragon Quest series.

Check out our review of the game here.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon is a challenging Gothic roguelike turn-based RPG that’s not afraid to put the stress on at every possible turn if you allow it. The dark fantasy RPG explores the psychological stresses of adventuring. From being traumatized to outright dying of a heart attack in mid-combat, these things happen in the world of Darkest Dungeon.

In your quest to reclaim back your ancestor’s estate, you recruit a team of adventurers to venture forth and retrieve the relic that’s yours by right. But being flawed heroes, they are as likely to buckle under the stress as they are to rise to the occasion. Thankfully, there is no shortage of eager adventurers to choose from. And when the time comes for a mercenary’s service to come to an end, they are better off being released at their master’s bidding. There are worse ways to terminate their employment, after all.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Infernax

Infernax

Infernax stands out from many other 8-bit “inspired” games out there in the market. While the game does wear its Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest inspirations close to its chest, it does enough to stand out from other games that try to emulate the experience perfectly.

Take the ability to upgrade stats using experience points, for example. In Infernax, you can choose to completely forsake health and magic upgrades in favor of a hard-hitting melee build with your trusty mace. Or invest everything you’ve got into magic and be somewhat useful for as long as you have mana to cast spells.

You can also partake in side missions that’ll unlock new spells and legendary gear that’ll be essential in taking down the demonic hordes (or human forces) that you choose to destroy. Infernax may look old-school from the outside, but there’s new running underneath the hood.

Check out our review of the game here.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Cris Tales

Cris Tales

Cris Tales’ unique hook is its use of time mechanics in and outside of combat. During several points in the story, the player is presented with a choice in the present that’ll affect things in the future. The consequences may not be what you expected but they are the results of your actions. During combat, your team of Time Mages relies on Crsbell’s powers to set up combination attacks by throwing enemies into the past and present. The novelty wears itself out pretty quickly but thankfully the story is enjoyable enough to carry you to the ending.

The artstyle is gorgeous though, and if you like old-school 90s RPGs this is something you might want to check out.

Check out our review of the game here.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - My Time at Portia

My Time at Portia

My Time at Portia is a third-person life sim with combat segments that carry the distinction of being set in a post-apocalyptic world. And with your Pa’s handbook, you set out to have the best Workshop in all of Portia. You achieve this by collecting resources, refining them, and getting better gear, which you use to explore the mysterious depths.

And what kind of life sim would it be if didn’t have a social aspect to it? The town of Portia has lots of friendly folks who will extend a helping hand to a neighbor in need. Romance is on the table as well.

Check out our review of the game here.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is one of gaming’s most successful indie darlings. Part of it was due to the fact that the game has been getting support for many years. Now the game is on Xbox Game Pass, subscribers can take advantage of a plethora of content that’ll keep you engaged for a very long time.

Endlessly charming, Stardew Valley is the kind of game where you can lose yourself for long stretches. The number of options you have to customize your farm and yourself is staggering. If you’re looking for a game that’s incredibly chill with a bit of edge to it, this is it.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Nobody Saves the World

Nobody Saves the World

In Nobody Saves the World, you are a literal nobody trying to save the save. Taking the concept of role-playing to ridiculous levels by allowing you to transform into 15+ varied and distinct forms. The most fun you’ll have in the game involves mixing and matching abilities in unexpected ways. To compliment your vast lineups of powers, there is an entire world to explore and dungeons to conquer. Being creative with powers is so fun, in fact, you’ll be wanting to do more in New Game+ and beyond.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Prey

Prey

Prey may look like a shooter but don’t let the perspective or the guns fool you. It is an RPG first and foremost and a puzzle-action game second. The gun is just to get you what you need… and also keep the shapeshifting aliens off your back. But then again, you have a handy dandy wrench to sort them out.

I’m not going to spoil too much of the game but your choice of upgrades will affect the ending of your story. That also extends to the people you “help” on the floundering space station. This is one memorable space adventure you may want to look into.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Middle-Earth Shadow of War

Middle-Earth Shadow of War

We can’t start talking about Middle-Earth Shadow of War without talking about the elephant in the room – the microtransactions. Thankfully, that foolishness did not last too long as people were getting pretty sick of the loot box implementation. The game is in a much better state these days. You can get followers through gameplay and you have to spend additional money for a chance to get legendary orcs.

Other than that, the game is a vast improvement over the previous entry, Shadow of Mordor. The combat is amazing and the side quests have some weight to them. Above all else, Talion’s story gets the fitting conclusion it deserves, if you are willing to invest the time in conquering all the regions in a post-story epilogue campaign.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Death's Door

Death’s Door

A reaper’s work is never done, and there’s always going to be a soul that refuses to believe that it has departed from its mortal shell. Worry not though, they’ll be guided to where they need to go, whether they want it or not. Death’s Door is a top-down action-adventure game that takes many cues from the Legend of Zelda. The combat and the puzzle-solving are Zelda-like for the most part but Death’s Door does have a few things uniquely their own. Like how the game hides secrets in obscure points on the map.

There may only be a few NPCs encounters throughout the story but each is significant in its own way and puts things in perspective that many will overlook just cause you’re too busy appreciating the boss fights.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

In the not-so-distant future, corporations have taken over practically every aspect of living in a forsaken colony system on the fringes of known space. Players take control of a crew member of a lost arc who managed to lose their way in transit. The powers that be don’t want something challenging their authority and you certainly don’t want to be the only one on your ship to make it out of cryo-sleep.

There are multiple ways to engage with the story. Many of the options aren’t even black and white. Though the most impactful of choices pretty much ensures someone is going to get screwed. This is the reason why this game is considered Fallout: New Vegas in space. You can thank Obsidian for that, they have their fingerprints all over this game.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

Ah, Skyrim. Where would gaming be today without this epic RPG? We might have saved the gaming world if the game didn’t introduce Horse Armor DLC. But let’s face it, even if Skyrim didn’t introduce microtransactions through horse armor, someone else would have thought of it.

A person can spend literal hundreds of hours doing side content and completely ignore the main storyline. In fact, I don’t even recall what the story is about anymore. I know it had something to do with a rebellion and drag- Oh, a new quest just happened to pop up! I have to appease a Dydric Prince! Let’s goooooo.

That’s pretty much Skyrim in a nutshell. You start doing one thing and 20 side missions later, you’re living a cozy life with your spouse and adopted children. I heard they introduced fishing in the Anniversary edition.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2 feels like an extension of the first game in many ways. Though it tried to do a branching narrative by making players choose between Corvo and Emily. From a gameplay perspective, Corvo’s playstyle differs quite a bit from Emily but the story beats are pretty much the same.

Dishonored 2’s chaos system largely determines the game’s endings. This makes no-kill runs an extremely difficult, yer rewarded experience. Whether you decide to be a master assassin, a ghost, or a bloody reaper, your choices matter.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

The Gears of War series is one of Xbox’s pillars in gaming, alongside Master Chief himself. Gear Tactics is to Gears what Halo Wars is to the main Halo games. Same spirit, different approach though.

As a tactic game, Gears Tactics elevates the Xcom-like gameplay and combat by making all enemies move in real-time during their turn. This allows for things like swarms to be a credible threat to your team. It also happens to be a prequel to the first game so we get to see the earliest days of the conflict from soldiers who most like didn’t live long enough to see victory.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass Fallout 4

Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is an amazing game. As a fallout game, it might have been hit or miss with fans. The inclusion of building mechanics and settlement management wasn’t exactly well-received by everyone. And then there’s this whole thing about the Minutemen and Preston Garvey telling me that a settlement needs help every five minutes. (I am still annoyed by this.)

With the SPECIAL attribute system, there are many ways to play the game. So like any Bethesda game, you’re going to be in this world for a long while.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Undertale

Undertale

No one would have expected that a once unassuming 2D RPG could create such discourse about how we handle monsters and situations in RPGs. Once a time, we would have killed things because that’s what we always do. But then the so-called monsters talked back and asked us questions we never considered while playing games. And because of that moral question and that bit about souls, we got things like pacifist and genocide runs in the game. I don’t want to understate Undertale’s impact on gaming. The fans sure do love the game as pieces of fanart were common back in its heyday.

Of course, if wanna really test your mettle, you try and piss off Sans and Flowey.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Ok. The reason why I’m recommending the Mass Effect Legendary Edition over just having three entries with Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3 is that the Legendary Edition adds so much to the original trilogy. It’s ridiculous. Mass Effect 1 is completely overhauled, in my opinion. This blurs the line between remake and remaster. Plus it fixed a lot of things that fans wanted to be fixed for the longest time. Mass Effect 2 and 3, peak Bioware. Not counting the original ending for the trilogy because they royally messed that one up. But the journey there was some of the best sci-fi action I’ve experienced in a long time.

Commander Shepard’s war against the Reapers took them across the Milky Way. They went from being a Spectre agent to a Cerberus ally to the spearhead of the whole resistance. The lengths they went through to save all life is remarkable. There won’t be a Space Opera on the level of this for a very long time.

Check out our review of the game here.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3

Now, if I had to pick from one of the three games, it’s got to be Mass Effect 3. Along with all the DLC content, this is one meaty space RPG. The combat is absolutely amazing. Though story-wise it falls short of the Great Heist feeling Mass Effect 2 had.

Additionally, I wanted to have this entry here because there is a comic option that allows you recount the events of the first two Mass Effect games and at the same time create a new Shepard and using those comics, create a backstory without having to play the first two games in the series. Which is pretty neat.

The ending totally bombed though. So let’s leave it at that.

Best Role Playing Games on Xbox Game Pass - Final Fantasy X/X-2

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster

Final Fantasy X was something special when it first came out on the PS2. Not only did it bring back the realistic look that FF8 was going for, but it also introduced a story that was very thought-provoking (and grim) compared to past Final Fantasy games. The story of Tidus and Yuna just resonates really well with players. This is why many consider it one of the best FF games to date. Give the game a try. The active battle system takes little to no time to get used to. And you may find yourself sinking many hours outside of the story to assemble all of the Omega weapons.

Final Fantasy X-2 continues on the story of X but takes a slightly different approach to gameplay. Try and get the true ending of the game. It’s worth it, in my opinion.

And that’s our list of the best role-playing games on Xbox Game Pass. We got to see plenty of heroes on a journey to save their worlds, have fun times experimenting with weapon combinations and special powers, and we even got to level up and distribute stat points. It was a lot of fun. And hey, don’t forget that this is your story too. So go there and show ’em what you got. See you next time, dear reader.

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