Few genres can absorb players like role-playing games. Striking a balance between narrative, combat, exploration, and progression, RPGs are capable of immersing us in fantastic worlds. The latest issue of Game Informer is a celebration of that power, containing our ranked list of the top 100 RPGs of all time. In it you’ll find over 30 pages filled with fond memories, covering old-school masterpieces and modern twists on familiar formulas.
Like any ranked list, this one was difficult to create. First, the line defining RPGs has grown blurry over the years, encompassing more than turn-based battles and experience-driven leveling. Second, our staff is passionate about RPGs, and many arguments were had over various games’ inclusion and exclusion – not to mention the specific numbered placement. Where will your favorites fall? Probably not exactly where you think they should, but whether you agree with our choices or not, we hope that looking at these 100 amazing games is a fun way to reflect on this genre and its ability to produce unforgettable characters, moments, and stories.
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A huge list of awesome RPGs isn’t all you get in this issue. You can also read Andrew Reiner’s impressions of this year’s Star Wars Celebration (including a look at the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II). Matt Bertz takes a critical look at Microsoft’s first-party software situation, and Elise Favis writes about the benefits of using games to tackle political issues. And if you’re wondering what it takes to beat Final Fantasy XV in about five hours, read Javy Gwaltney’s interview with speed-runner Nathan “rudyxx” Lee.
Print subscribers can watch for their issue to arrive in the coming weeks, but you can read the full digital issue later today on PC/Mac, iOS, Android, and Google Play. You can also get the latest issue through third-party apps on Nook, Kindle, and Zinio starting tomorrow. To switch your print subscription to digital, click here, or to create a new subscription to the digital edition, click here.