In this article, we have decided to show you 5 of the best indie RPG games currently on the market. We have tried to make this list as varied as possible, trying not to include games that are too similar to each other. Although some of these games also implement mechanics typical of other types of games or are a mix with other genres, we thought it appropriate to include them anyway since developers now tend to mix different components to create products that can reach a wider audience.
5. Darkest Dungeon
Darkest Dungeon is an RPG that has strong roguelike components inside. Our character receives a letter from a distant relative called the Ancestor who, in the course of his research, discovers that beneath his family estate, there is a magical portal. Thanks to a ritual and the use of an ancient relic, the Ancestor manages to open this portal which, however, releases a dark force that corrupts all the inhabitants of the castle and the nearby village. The themes of the game are very dark, macabre, and gory, also resulting in gothic horror. The creatures are clearly inspired by those of the works of H. P. Lovecraft, as well as the presence of madness. Since the title also boasts a strong roguelike component, all the power-ups that accumulate throughout the story will be lost in case of death. If you love RPGs and roguelikes, as well as gothic and dark themes, Darkest Dungeon is the game for you.
4. Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact is a free-to-play action RPG. The game is set in the world of Teyvat, divided into different nations governed by an Archon who is a symbol of an element and an ideal that all his people adore. The game revolves around the use of four components (chosen from many available characters) which will have to be upgraded with different abilities over time. As in most classic RPGs, in order to continue the story and get the better of the enemies, it is of fundamental importance to level up the various characters to make them stronger and stronger. The graphic style is very reminiscent of that of Japanese-style RPGs. Genshin Impact immediately proved to be a great media success, collecting millions of downloads and mostly positive reviews.
3. Curse of the Dead Gods
Curse of the Dead Gods is also an RPG with strong roguelike components. The player's task will be to thoroughly explore the ruins of an ancient cursed temple, where dangers are always around the corner. Traps and enemies are omnipresent and will give you a hard time. The protagonist of the game is driven by strong greed which, if he doesn't show much attention, will backfire. It's not a simple game, so it's certainly not to be recommended to newcomers to the genre. In any case, once you manage to get in tune with the game mechanics, it will be able to kidnap you and accompany you toward the end of the adventure.
2. Disco Elysium
In Disco Elysium players take on the role of a detective who boasts in his arsenal a powerful skill system that allows him to get the better of interrogations. The game allows a wide freedom of choice, with different paths to take that will lead you to be a hero or a real disaster. The choice is up to you. Disco Elysium is a different RPG from the others on the list, much less aimed at combat, but more, instead, at solving investigations and exchanging dialogues between the various characters. The narrative of the game is very deep, even in the topics covered, so it is not recommended for a very young audience.
1. Divinity: Original Sin II
Divinity: Original Sin II is, probably, among those on this list, the one of the most classic RPGs. It puts you in the condition to choose between several different classes to be able to start the game, with consequent abilities created ad-hoc for the chosen class. The fights are turn-based and require a high degree of tactics and strategy to be completed without dying from your enemies. The game world is very large and you can explore it to always discover new secrets, activities, and things to do. In short, Divinity Original Sin II will require a considerable amount of hours to be completed, so it is recommended for all those who have the opportunity to dedicate hundreds of hours to a single game.