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Great game series': Role playing games for xbox 360

Updated on March 1, 2013
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The elder scrolls

One of the very first series that comes to mind these days when most people hear rpg, and rightfully so. I unfortunately didn't have an xbox or a good pc when i was younger so I didn't get to enjoy these games in their early stages, and by the time I did they felt unfortunately dated. However I still love this series. My first real taste of the elder scrolls was oblivion. I saw it on gamestop.com while looking for a cool rpg to play and I saw the 5th anniversary edition wasnt far from release so I decided to wait a few days and pick it up. It was amazing. One of the best times I ever had playing an rpg. The combat, the spell making, the oblivion gates, the enemies, wreaking havoc on towns, and so much more. I knew I had found a great stand by series. Not long after that I saw an add for skyrim and it looked incredible, I couldnt wait to play it. I got it the day it came out (I didnt stand in a mile long midnight release line but getting it at 10am was fine for me). I loved it from the very beggining. The combat was just right, the graphics were beautiful, the characters were quirky yet believable, and it was just an overall great experience. I love games that are set in a midevil style setting which also added big points to this series for me. It's a traditional style rpg, swords, shields, archery, magic, dragons, trolls, bandits, its all there and its all done so well. It also has a uniqueness to it however. It's stories are very compelling and very different from any series I've ever experienced and it has a weapon enchanting system, a few unique spells, a fluid combat system, and plenty of unique villains to make it feel like a classic rpg but with a refreshing feel about it. If you like anything you read here, definately give this series a shot (if you are one of the few who havent already)

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Borderlands

Borderlands is a younger series with only two installations so far, but that doesn't stop it from being one incredible game. It isn't the most traditional rpg but it still holds the core concepts along with combining them with a shooter. Once again, the setting adds alot to the series for me, so the barren wasteland filled with bandits and vicious animals definately gave it some appeal. The game also just plays out really well. The story is compelling, the combat works great, the enemies are great, the bosses are a blast, the series has a great sense of humor, and it all just flows together really well. Then there is the loot. Oh yes, borderlands has loot. And a lot of it. Every time I open a chest I cant wait to see what pops out at me so I can take it and start laying waste to anyone who tries to stand in the way of my knew acid spewing sniper or flame shooting assault rifle.That is one of the most amazing things of all. All the guns! I love seeing all the insane weapons I could possibly use to rain death on my enemies. Do I want an electrical rocket launcher, a corrosive smg, or flaming grenades? I know, how about all three and then some! This series is a blast, it may not take it self as seriously of other rpgs but hey it plays like an rpg, it feels like an rpg, it has classes, and it has skill trees. What more do you want? But all kidding aside, this series has plenty that will keep you coming back for more. If you want an rpg with a lot of customization it may not be number one on your list. But that was my big reservation about this series too and the gameplay was so fun I ended up forgetting i ever had one.

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Fallout

It's Fallout, well I hope you folks liked the review and have a nice day. Okay I cant just leave you with that. But what can I say about Fallout that hasn't been said before? It is a front runner on my list of favorite rpgs, and I've played my fair share of rpgs (and probably a few other people's fair shares as well). It is a constant reminder of how truely immersive a video game world can be. If left alone I can just drift into fallout and not even know I wasn't really there. Yes it is that good. The setting is just absolutely brilliant. I never would have thought of creating a post-apocalyptic retro-futuristic setting full of colorful characters of all different species and walks of life. But Bethesda did. And now I feel like I owe them mounds of money and my first born son for giving me such a work of art. The gameplay is as solid as it gets, the characters have stunning depth and an incredible uniqueness, the setting does an unfathomable job of creating the perfect atmosphere and there are absolutely no flaws in this series. It isn't as traditional as some rpgs but the basics are there and they are heavily weighted. There is a great level of customization, an amazing amount of equipment and weapons to choose from, a stats and perks system that works extremely well, a karma system (as well as a reputation system in new vegas), and it just feels like everything is their and then adds so much more. Id love to be able to give everyone a full breakdown of what makes this series so great, but words aren't gonna do this series any justice. This is a series I have a true passion for and I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone out there. Rpg fan, shooter fan, video game fan, really everyone should try this game and if you don't you are doing yourself an injustice.

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    • edmek55555 profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Mekolon 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the comment! And I have played the first two fallouts, but since this list was specific to the 360 I didnt mention them. The reason I brought up the earlier Elder Scrolls briefly was to show that I joined the Elder scrolls craze a little late but still got around to the earlier ones. And the reputation system is along the same lines, it was the first xbox 360 fallout to have a reputation system so i made sure to cite it. But I definately do have an interest in older rpgs. I'm not sure I've ever gone back to the 90's. I have definately seen alot of cool ones id like to try from around that time but alot of them were for pc and its a pain setting up a virtual machine and finding the files to mount on daemon tools. Thanks again for the comment :)

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      Adam M. Hanson 

      5 years ago from Mankato, MN

      First off: Great list! However, I would like to say a few things:

      1. Bethesda didn't actually create Fallout. The people responsible for the orignal two Fallout games were the folks at Interplay Entertainment. If you haven't tried them out, I'd definitely suggest playing them, but be careful with number one because there is a time limit. The first two games also had factions and reputation in them, so New Vegas wasn't really doing something new, but rather bringing back something that Fallout 3 had done away with.

      2. If you're interested in expanding this list, I'd highly recommend going back a few years to the 90's. During this time, a lot of the greats of the RPG genre were created, and they usually stand the test of time really well. Interplay (the guys who did the first two Fallout games) were involved in a good number of RPGs like the Baldur's Gate series and A Bard's Tale. With RPGs, a huge part of the draw is story, character customization, and decision making. That's the big reason that old RPGs (like Arcanum, Diablo, or Baldur's Gate) still can be extremely enjoyable even though the graphics, gameplay mechanics, and controls may be a bit dated.

      That being said, it's still a good list, and I agree that The Elder Scrolls is one of my favorite RPGs (especially Morrowind, which now has a downloadable mod for PC that ups the graphics and animations to Oblivion/Skyrim levels).

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