Players have been giving their hearts to the Ultimas, Skyrims, Witchers and World of Warcrafts of this world for decades, churning hundreds of hours into their favorite RPG. I share this passion, and in order to celebrate it as comprehensively as possible, I approach this endeavor here with a very broad definition of roleplaying: Baldur’s Gate, Ultima Online, and Final Fantasy 7 count as roleplaying games for us just as much as Deus Ex, Dark Souls, and Gothic.
Good role-playing games do not come onto the market as frequently as multiplayer ballrooms, but the community is all the more pleased when an RPG really hits the mark. In 2018, for example, this was the case with Kingdom Come: Deliverance or Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire.
In 2019, perennial favourites such as The Elder Scrolls Online, Path of Exile and Grim Dawn triumphed, as did insider tips such as Operencia, Code Vein and Disco Elysium. And The Outer Worlds of course.