Dark Souls definitely isn’t for everyone. This tough-as-nails action-RPG has you trawling through dank dungeons and tight corridors against enemies so crazy hard it’ll have you introducing your controller to the wall. Probably several times. It’s time to invest in a padded cell, is what we’re saying. But that isn’t to say Dark Souls isn’t worthy of your time, especially for those that love to go hunting for lore and exploring every inch of interesting fantasy worlds. Lordran may look bland on the surface, but those willing to sacrifice the time and energy will find an experience quite unlike any other waiting.
THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
For many years now, Tamriel has proven to be one of themost incredible lands to explore on Xbox – but never has that been truer than with the sensational open-world RPGSkyrim. Bethesda had a lot to live up to, following Oblivion and Fallout 3, but the studio somehow managed to blow our expectations out of the water. Skyrim really gives you room to breathe, to define your character and place in an incredible setting just waiting for you to leave your mark on its history. Four years on, this is still the RPG to beat.
THE WITCHER 2: ASSASSINS OF KINGS
If you own an Xbox One, there’s a fairly strong chance you’re feverishly excited about leaping into TheWitcher 3: Wild Hunt. Word to the wise: play The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings first. CD Projekt RED has created a lore and history heavy world, and while you’ll still have fun, if you want to understand what’s going on, you need to start here at the very least. Thankfully, TheWitcher 2 is a pretty incredible game. It’s a tightly-paced, well-structured RPG that will have any and all fantasy fans begging for more by the end.
DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION
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BioWare did a pretty sensational job of setting a new benchmark for fantasy universes with Dragon Age: Inquisition. If you’re into dragons, swords, dragons, magic and, obviously, dragons, then what are you doing? Go and get this installed already. As to be is expected with a BioWare release, the character customisation options are robust, and the scope for diving into the world through conversations and side-quests is huge. The combat is also greatly improved over the previous games, making this the perfect starting point for fantasy fans.
GAME OF THRONES
We honestly never expected Game Of Thrones to translate so perfectly into Telltale Games’ episodic game format. Like The Walking Dead and TheWolf Among Us, Telltale carved out a space to tell a new adventure within the universe, as the player follows the northern House Forrester following theWar of the Five Kings. Westeros is one of the best fantasy settings in TV and fiction, so it’s perhaps no surprise that its debut on Xbox One is unmissable for fans of Game Of Thrones and fantasy alike.