D&D is an amazing tabletop RPG that has brought, joy, frustration and a number of interesting anecdotes for generations of gamers since the '70s. D&D lets you create your own character from the ground up. It's more than just deciding their race, their class, etc. You decide what makes them the person (or creature) they are at their core.
How their story ends is all in the hands of their player...and schemes of the Dungeon Master. With the right people, D&D can be an amazing experience, but sometimes it's hard to get a session going, for various reasons. But fear not! For there are plenty of games to play for those moments when you just can't get the gang together.
Here are 10 Video Games To Play If You Love D&D.
Neverwinter is a free MMO based on D&D, specifically the city of Neverwinter in the Forgotten Realms campaign. Not to be confused with the Neverwinter Nights series, this 2013 game sets players in the city as it begins to rise from the ashes of destruction. The citizens are divided and a new threat of the dead rising and attacking Neverwinter threatens to destroy the city once again.
You can select from one of eight races and form groups to investigate the mysterious surroundings behind the dead reanimating, battling enemies, and taking on quests. The most recent module of the game is "Uprising," that added a new playable race, a new PvP map, and more.
9 Divinity: Original Sin II
Divinity: Original Sin II is the amazing sequel to Divinity: Original Sin. Set centuries after the first game, instead of playing a pair of Source Hunters, players find themselves as a "Sourcerer." With the Void approaching and the only being thought to be able to hold it back, the Divine, dead, it is up to the player to claim the Divinity for themselves to keep the world from succumbing to darkness.
Players can either choose one of 6 unique origin characters or create their own. They can also create their very own campaigns and play fan-made ones with Master Mode!
8 Knights Of Pen And Paper 2
The Knights of Pen and Paper is one of the more humorous series of games based off of D&D, taking a more meta approach to the geeky culture that surrounds the game. This bright and colorful retro-style pixel adventure has up to five players taking on an adventure guided by a GM.
As they sit at their cute table, the world of the game unfolds before them and you. There are more races to choose and you can also pick what type of "player" your character is. Characters give extra points in either Body, Senses, or Mind and you get a passive ability trait.
7 Baldur's Gate Series
Anyone who's been a fan of D&D since 1998 probably already knows about the original Baldur's Gate PC game. In 2012 the game was remade as Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition that began the revitalization of the Balder's Gate series. It includes the original adventure, as well as the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion and a lot of brand new content.
Experience the adventure again (or for the first time) as you're thrust into the Sword Coast on the brink of war. Recruit and befriend old and new allies, and dive into the all-new adventure The Black Pits, a side adventure where the player's party battles in a gladiator-style battle arena.
6 Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the newest main game in the Dragon Age franchise. While the world of the Dragon Age games doesn't allow for as large of a selection for character customization compared to some other games, you can choose your character's race, features, gender class, and other things. You become the Inquisitor of Thedas using the "Mark" on your hand to close a mysterious tear in the sky that has been unleashing demons into the world.
Just like in the previous games, players have the option to romance several of their companions, though now romances happen because of reaction to story events and other things, versus the gift-giving system in other Dragon Age games.
5 Pathfinder: Kingmaker
D&D isn't the only fantasy RPG out there, Pathfinder is an amazing one that has the same core values as D&D but might interest players who want a little more freedom out of their classes. In 2018 Pathfinder released its second video game Pathfinder: Kingmaker after a successful Kickstarter.
Players start off with their own character, who can be customized from a wide selection of classes, powers, and abilities. The interactions between players and the members of their party and NPCs is dynamic and varies on the choices the players make. The mark that a player makes ultimately reflects on and shapes their kingdom in the Stolen Lands.
4 Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
Set 4 thousand years before the Galactic Empire, in Knights of the Old Republic, you are the last hope the Jedi Order has against the dark forces of the Sith. Players get to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe as they create their Jedi and have them walk the path of the light or dark side of the Force based on the choices they make.
Explore different locations seen in the Star Wars franchise and have total customization over your party. There are over 40 different skills to learn and players can build their own lightsaber!
3 XCOM 2
The XCOM series is another sci-fi game for those who like certain aspects of D&D but aren't the biggest fan of fantasy. XCOM 2 is the newest game of the series taking place 20 years after the events of the previous games. Earth has fallen under alien rule, leaving humanity seemingly only two paths to take: Fall in line with the new world order or be crushed under its foot. Only the outliers of society, have the freedom to take a stand against the new order.
Players take on the role of the leader of a resistance group and take command of the Avenger, XCOM's mobile HQ. Players can recruit soldiers, give out commands, and more.
2 Pillars Of Eternity 2
The sequel to Pillars of Eternity, five years later, players search the land and sea for the rogue god Eothas. Their search leads them to the archipelago of Deadfire, that hosts the battle for control of the area by four different factions. Players can decide who they want to help and who they want to hinder, with their choices shaping the future of those factions and the world at large.
Players have complete customization over the course of their journey, their character, and the people in their party. And for any Critters out there they can download the free Critical Role pack which adds 8 new portraits and player voice sets based on the characters of Vox Machina!
1 The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is a charming RPG based on the paperback adventure novel by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson. It feels like sitting down at the table of a passionate DM with the details put into the map and every figurine.
Watch as the lair of the warlock Zagor comes to life as your hero through the mountain. Battle through monsters. sneak past traps and charm the hearts of others. With each hero chosen, new motivations and paths into the mountain are written, making The Warlock of Firetop Mountain a game to revisit.