Top 5 RPGS of 2017: October

Welcome to the next entry in a Fextralife series highlighting the Top 5 RPGs for the upcoming month. In this edition, we’re going to take a look at what we think are the Top 5 RPGs of October 2017, talk a little about each, and why we think they belong on the list. Hop in and discover some new games you haven’t heard of, or learn a little more about ones you have. Watch the video above and read on for the text!

Top 5 RPGs Of 2017: October

Just like last month, the first game on our list is controversial because many players don’t consider it an RPG. Destiny 2 is a launching on PC this on October 24th, which should be interesting to say the least. Bungie has not made a game on PC since the porting of Halo 2 on Xbox back in 2007, making it nearly 10 years to the date. Most Halo players I know were disappointed in the PC ports of the game (myself included), so it will be intriguing to see how this version of the game will perform.

P.S. Bungie please make another Myth: The Fallen Lords game…PLEASE!

Honorable Mention: Destiny 2

Release Date: October 24, 2017
Platform: PC
Developer: Bungie
Publisher: Activision

With better industry reviews than Destiny 1 by a good margin, yet worse user reviews, it’s hard to say if Destiny 2 is actually better than its precursor or not. While we spent a decent amount of time with the Beta and have played a the live version, it’s hard to get an overall impression of the game without more time with it. From the brief amount we played, the story and writing seem much much better than the first game, however, everything else seemed very similar or samey, and it feels more like Destiny 1.5 than Destiny 2. Time will tell how this title will perform on PC and whether Bungie can make it as good as the console version.

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Jim…WTF is that? Who shit in the Tower again?!

5. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Release Date: October 17, 2017
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Developer: South Park Digital Studios LLC
Publisher: Ubisoft

This sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth, this RPG based on the infamous South Park series is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 17th. Players will get to choose from 12 superhero classes including my personal favorite: Karate Kid. The sequel takes place after the events of the first game in the fictional Colorado town of South Park as the boys take on the role of fictional “Superheros” fighting a civil war between the game’s characters. And, as in the first game, the player will control the New Kid, this time with the option to choose between genders and races, which changes the way NPCs in the game respond to you and what rewards you receive.

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Guys look it’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…Cartman’s mom!

4. Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth

Release Date: October 17th, 2017
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Deep Silver

Etrian Oddisy is a dungeon crawler RPG series that has been running for over 10 years and is reminiscent of games of the past, giving players that nostalgic vibe of something like Elder Scrolls (the original I mean), or games like Eye of the Beholder / Might and Magic. Among the addictive elements of the title are the many races, classes and character customization options presented to players.  Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth for Nintendo 3DS was originally released in Japan in August of last year, but will be releasing in North America on October 17th.

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What do you mean there’s a floating chicken-pikkatu behind me? I’m not falling for that again…

3. Elex

Release Date: October 17th, 2017
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Developer: Piranha Bytes
Publisher: THQ Nordic

Elex is an Action RPG from Piranha Bytes and THQ Nordic (creators of the popular Gothic series) coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4 on October 17th. In Elex players will take on the role of a survivor in the post apocalyptic world of Magalan where a meteor has all but wiped everyone out. Factions here fight over the resource known as Elex that grants powers otherwise not possible for humans. You can set out with companions from within these factions. These companions have their own relationships that you can develop for better or worse. If you do enough that turns them off, they may abandon you. Turn them on? Romance is certainly in the cards.

Elex features a unique mix of fantasy and sci-fi, as players can mix technology with traditional fantasy-like weapons and armor. The game is a fully open world without load screens and without pausing, with menus that appear fluidly in game creating a very locked in feeling. The world is beautifully designed with several different biomes all tinged by the unique nature of the factions. The map is massive and populated with towns and cities, all of which are full of NPCs and you get around on foot and via jetpack, exploring the verticality of the world. Choices are definite and permanent, and this adds replayability based on the faction you choose and the decisions you make during quests. You can kill almost anyone and the game reacts, adjusting quest objectives but not canceling.

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Jetpacks and tennis shoes…Elex is in a league of its own.

2. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One on October 3rd, featuring all original content as well as 4k resolution on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. The Xbox One version of Dragon’s Dogma will be the very first playable on a Microsoft console since the game’s creation 5 years ago. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen features dynamic combat where players can cut off the four heads of a Hydra, climb atop Griffins and fight airborne, or defeat dragons and other creatures by exploiting their weaknesses.

Players can choose from nine different vocations with a variety of skill options for each, armor that can be upgraded and enhanced, plus Pawn companions that can be trained to fit your desired combat style. Much like Dark Souls, the game is punishingly difficult, and I invite those who don’t believe me to check out our live streams of my gameplay, where I had a near psychological breakdown and started killing NPCs in mass out of sheer frustration. Good times.

It hurts it hurts!…Hang on I’ve got my clear eyes right here!

1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Release Date: October 10th, 2017
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android/IOS, Microsoft Windows
Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: Warner Brothers Interactive

Developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Brothers Interactive, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow Mordor. The game will be releasing on PS4, Xbox One, PC on October 10th, with a companion Android/IOS top down F2P version also be included with its purchase. Players will once again take on the role Talion and the spirit of the elf lord Celebrimbor, who shares Talion’s body as they take on the forces of Sauron while raising their own army. Shadow of War picks up where the last game leaves off and it is rumored that there is a secret ending players can unlock, if certain criteria within the game are met, linking the story to that of Lord of the Rings.

Besides the record amount of trailers released for this game, there has been some controversy surrounding this title that might turn players off from purchase. The first of these is micro-transactions whereby the players can purchase in-game weapons and armor, as well as followers and XP boosts. Warner Brothers has been very clear that players can obtain all of these things naturally by playing the game and that no content will be gated behind a pay wall. Secondly there was a situation with the Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC, which was a special DLC released to honor Executive Producer, Michael “Forthog” Forgey, who passed away last year from a rare form brain cancer last year. There was some confusion from fans as Warner Brothers didn’t clearly state where the proceeds from this “charity” DLC would be going, sparking some outrage, and eventually it was released as a free DLC to all players.

Tonight on LOTR Smackdown: Triple Orc takes on Joe the Balrog. Who will be the champion!?!

That’s a wrap for the Top RPGs of October. Thoughts on the list? What are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below


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