Arguably there’s never been a better time to be a fan of fantasy, with big-name series like Game of Thrones, The Lord of the rings, The Witcher and more, all in the spotlight in one way or another. This year has been massive in particular with House of the Dragon Y The Rings of Power airing at the same time, but thanks to the medium of video games, there are plenty of other ways for fans of the genre to revel.
A number of talented developer studios have created painstakingly detailed fantasy worlds worth investing in across a diverse catalog of franchises, with, unsurprisingly, the RPG genre lending itself best to this type of setting.
It is without a doubt the most current recommendation for fantasy fans in the modern era of gaming, and FromSoftware’s latest epic RPGElden RingIt will certainly be one to please the fans. by House of the Dragon / A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s due in part to the successful duo of game director Hidetaka Miyazaki and series writer George RR Martin building this world. The Lands Between takes place in a dark fantasy universe that will be familiar to both game of thrones fans as for those of the previous work of FromSoft (Demon’s Souls, Dark Soulsetc.), with the creative team’s trademark subdued but immersive storytelling and world-building.
It follows the tarnished protagonist being called back from exile to help rebuild the shattered Golden Order of the gods that banished them in the first place. It could be said that the characteristics by Elden Ring have set the next highest benchmark for open world game design, with something exciting worth discovering in every possible direction. In terms of combat, it combines the action of Dark Souls III with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to complement their thoroughly rewarding character progression systems.
Elden Ring is available now for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
It would be impossible to miss the duology of middle earth from Monolith Productions for fans of JRR Tolkien’s expansive work of fantasy. Ironically, both Shadow of Mordor What War they put a dark fantasy spin on Tolkien’s usual work and are set in their own timeline, separate from the mainline continuity. Mordor is an open world action-adventure game that follows a Gondorian Ranger named Talion who finds himself bonded with the Elf Wraith Celebrimbor as they both embark on a quest for revenge for their murdered families, while War points their blood feud against Sauron himself.
The gameplay is inspired by the acclaimed series batman arkham from Rocksteady and combines it with their original and ingenious Nemesis System, allowing players to defeat and outmaneuver interconnected orc tribes that also affect the hierarchy between them in the background.
So much Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor What War are available on modern hardware via PS4, XBO, and PC.
Although, narratively speaking, A Song of Ice and Fire by Martin E Larger stories are structured differently than The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski, the fans by House of the Dragon they should still feel at home with the dark and rich fantasy world of the latter. It has been deservedly praised since its launch in 2015, as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from developer CD Projekt Red remains one of the most riveting modern action RPGs.
Political turmoil and wars play in the background, as Geralt of Rivia’s search takes him across the lands of the continent, searching for his surrogate daughter before the titular and prophetic Wild Hunt captures her for her latent powers. The plot is more intimate in scale, rewarding RPG mechanics shaping the stories, and with compelling character writing and a wealth of story content, including the equally acclaimed Hearts of Stone DLC expansions and Blood and Wine.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out now for PS4, XBO, Nintendo Switch, and PC, with a current-gen remaster for PS5, XSX| S, and PC will launch in late 2022 at no additional cost to current owners.
While it has become something of a tired joke in the industry, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim from Bethesda is without a doubt one of the most enduring games out there today. It has been re-released and ported several times, but the acclaim it received is not without merit. The game was a milestone for open world design when it was released in 2011 during the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation of consoles, featuring a dynamic environment full of unique interactions, items and stories to discover.
In the same way, The Elder Scrolls series as a whole it wears its Tolkien inspirations on its sleeve in terms of atmosphere, art direction and narrative conventions. Playing as a dragonborn is highly customizable through a variety of free-flowing character builds, making journeying to defeat the draconic World Eater Alduin endlessly replayable.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is available on modern hardware via PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX| Yes, Switch and PC.
even with Elden Ring elevating the game, the trilogy by Dark Souls from FromSoftware is still more than worth returning to. The fans from House of the Dragon should appreciate the grim and dark fantasy world of the series as it essentially conflates fantasy with a post-apocalyptic setting. The Serie Dark Souls It picks up centuries after Lord Gwyn, the first Lord of Cinder, committed this universe’s “original sin” by cursing it with a cyclical Age of Fire that leaves people and monsters as undead husks in their final days.
Lore, history, and world building are subtle here as well, but it’s incredibly rewarding to learn and rebuild for fantasy fans. Aside from the clever level designs, the grueling challenge and spectacle of boss fights are the main highlights of the game.
Dark Souls: Remastered, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Y Dark Souls III are available on modern hardware via PS4, XBO, Switch (Remastered) and PC.
The Legend of Zelda is one of the pillars of Nintendo in the gaming industry, as well as an icon of the medium as a whole. From the start, the series was clearly inspired by Tolkien’s work in The Lord of the rings with its vibrant and diverse high fantasy land of Hyrule, tone and narrative style. Especially with the series following the generational battle between Link and Demon King Ganon and his proclivity for detailed topography.
breath of the wild for Nintendo Switch is perhaps the best encapsulation of these features, having a stunning open world that invites open-ended exploration and beautiful views. The game combines the usual formula of action and adventure from The Legend of Zelda with those of the action RPG subgenre in a high fantasy package with which fans of The Rings of Power they should be satisfied.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is out now exclusively for Switch, with a (as yet) unnamed sequel planned to release in the first half of 2023.
The CRPG subgenre is one of the more niche of the larger RPG genre, but they have seen a welcome resurgence in the modern gaming space. Developer Larian Studios (currently running Baldur’s Gate III) is responsible for much of that, since Divinity: Original Sin II it was widely hailed as one of the best RPGs overall. The game built on all the positive aspects of the original, creating an excruciatingly detailed experience.
The player takes on the role of a protagonist and a cast of supporting characters as they try to fight off the invading legion of monsters that enter the main world from the Void. It is a colorful and expansive world with engaging adventures that Lord of the Rings fans should appreciate, and it has some of the most satisfying and layered RPG mechanics in a game. Strategic turn-based combat that rewards creativity and choice-based narratives combine for a sprawling high-fantasy experience.
The progenitor of the “Souls-like” subgenre, Demon’s Souls from FromSoftware on the PS3, was critically acclaimed and became a cult classic in 2009. It laid the groundwork for the formula that would eventually evolve into Elden Ring; however, the game can feel dated and clunky by today’s standards. Thankfully, in-house PlayStation studio Bluepoint Games developed a remake from top to bottom that maintains the spirit of the original’s level and game design.
the Demon’s Souls it achieves this through tasteful in-game quality of life improvements and jaw-dropping graphics powered by the PS5’s hardware power. Tonally, the same rules apply to fans of House of the Dragon seeking an equally dark experience. It has all the backstory and subtle environmental storytelling you’d expect from a game. soulswith the chosen protagonist hero summoned to the kingdom of Boletaria to slay its fallen and corrupt king and the greater evil that has engulfed the world in the soul-devouring Deep Mist.
Demon’s Souls is now available exclusively for PS5.