If you want to forget about the real world, invest your time in a role-playing video game. From their humble tabletop origins, the RPG has grown and evolved into the most dominant and ambitious game genre. The best RPGs embrace a rich storytelling tradition as well as deep and engaging gameplay to create universes that are as exciting to explore as they are thrilling to quest and do battle in.

We’re all big fans of RPGs on this show, and in this episode we try (somewhat successfully?) to narrow down the ingredients that make certain RPGs stand above the rest (aka The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt). There are numerous concepts and traits associated which these types of games, such as story, choice, romance, character progression, lore, dialogue – the list goes on. We examine some of these, talk about the bleeding of common RPG elements into other types of modern games, and attempt to cover a broad range of titles while frequently returning to talk about The Witcher 3.


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