Becoming the hero: The appeal of modern RPGs

Have you ever had one of those moments where you wish you were born in a different world? To live a life of grand adventure, slaying monsters and rescuing damsels, or taking a different path and become a rogue, plundering riches for self gain?  Such adventures may not be possible in our world, but at least we got the next big thing—role playing games!

Role playing games serves as an outlet for people to be the heroes of their story. Join us as we tackle the charm and appeal of modern role playing games.

Role Playing Games


You Can Be Anyone

Role playing games nowadays have a character creator feature, enabling players can be anyone they want to be. Be it a human or a straight up beast, anything is possible! Examples of RPGs that provide such features are Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Divinity: Original Sin.


Player Freedom

Just because the player is tasked to save the world does not mean that they cannot have a bit of fun on the side. Their definition of fun can be from disturbing the townsfolk, stealing, to straight up murdering everyone. These options are a possibility for the budding hero, but it does not just stop there. Some games reward players with land they can own, some even have the option to be romantically involved with allies— the sky’s the limit! Examples of games that have that much player freedom are the Elder Scroll series (Oblivion, Skyrim), any Bioware RPG and The Witcher: Wild Hunt.


Choosing a Side

Role playing games these days give players the freedom of choosing a side between the forces of good and the forces of evil. These choices can either be rebellious (like not performing the quest for compensation) or just straight up evil (killing an innocent to gain more power). Whatever side the player chooses, it will affect the quests and ending of that game.

Whatever your preference, there is a role playing game for everyone’s fantasy. For whatever quests you choose, it will be a part of your grand adventure!

Juan Paulo Pereña

Writer and game reviewer. Likes movies, a bit of comedy and a good show to binge on. A fan of video games and video game culture in general.