Flashback – Best RPG PC Games of the 1990s

The 1990s was when RPG games moved from being a small genre that only really nerdy gamers played, to a full blown multi-million dollar industry that found many game developers throwing heir hats into the ring. Here in the reverse order are the top 10 RPG PC games of the 1990s.

I will go into some detail on why the top 5 are just that, the top 5.

10. Final Fantasy VII

9. Might and Magic VII: For Blood & Honor

8. The Elder Scrolls Chapter II: Daggerfall

7. Darkstone

6. Fallout

5. Fallout 2

This game made it into the top 5 for the sheer size of the game. Fallout 2 provided the gamer with not only a huge map to explore but also with in depth NPC reactions to dialogue and actions. The gameplay was simple to control and the weapons were super badass.

4. Planescape: Torment

Riding off the success of it’s Fallout games, Black Isle produced this richly detailed game using the same engine as Baldur’s Gate. The game was very lengthy with interesting characters, storyline and dialogue which made it enjoyable to play for long periods of time.

3. Might and Magic IV:Mandate of Heaven

The Might and Magic series have always been great fun and the new Heroes of Might and Magic games have been no exception. The reason that this game is set apart from other RPGs is the fact that they kept to the expansive worlds and rich gameplay that other developers began shying away from. You were able to choose between real time or turn based gameplay to really suit your style.

2. Baldur’s Gate

This game has strode confidently into second place through reinventing RPG games in an addictive real-time format. Taking the rule set of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Bioware created a brand new story in which you control a party of adventurers from a range of skill backgrounds. This allowed you to experience all the different styles of classes during the game as there was dozens of NPC characters you could choose from to join your adventurer.

And the best RPG PC game of the 1990s is:

1. Diablo

By far the most enjoyable RPG PC game of the 1990s. While it lacked the ability to influence the storyline, the sheer addictiveness of it made it a fantastic game. With terrific graphics for the time and the ability to alter your players image via changing equipment made this one of the all time best RPG PC games.

All these games are worth playing, most can be purchased for less then $20 online.