7 sprawling RPGs that will take over your life

Sprawling RPGs - The Witcher 3
Sprawling RPGs - The Witcher 3

Much like a good book, video games have a tremendous ability to immerse you in imaginary worlds, instantly whisking you away from the mundanity of everyday life, and there is no genre more immersive than the roleplaying game.

Roleplaying games also have the tendency to get long. And when we say long, we mean loooong. Here are seven implausibly expansive RPGs that you can completely lose yourself in.

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Much like a good book, video games have a tremendous ability to immerse you in imaginary worlds, instantly whisking you away from the mundanity of everyday life, and there is no genre more immersive than the roleplaying game. Here are seven implausibly expansive RPGs that you can completely lose yourself in.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition

Sprawling RPGs - Sprawling Geralt

There’s never been a better time to enter the wild world of The Witcher. The Complete Edition (which launches on Switch next week) brings together all the DLC packs into one portable package, allowing you to immerse yourself in Geralt’s adventure (and his bathtub) in a totally new way.

2. Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition

Sprawling RPGs - Divinity 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2 sets you loose in a sprawling sandbox world, in which you can forge your own path to Godhood. This definitive edition features gameplay tweaks and a new difficulty setting, making it the best way to play the revered RPG.

3. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Sprawling RPGs - Final Fantasy XII

Even among the pantheon of Final Fantasy titles, XII is renowned for its size, breaking away from the series’ traditional linear design in favour of branching paths and open-ended areas. This HD remaster not only gives the world of Ivalice a shiny new coat of paint, but also makes it easier to traverse with an improved map and speed-up function that allows you to double or quadruple the game speed.

4. Persona 5

Sprawling RPGs - Persona 5

Half traditional JRPG and half life-simulator, Persona 5 is the ultimate time-sink. Between diving into a parallel universe to battle demons born from the souls of corrupt human beings, you can waste literally weeks of your life socialising with friends, going on dates, doing part-time jobs, and much more.

5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

Sprawling RPGs - Skyrim

Bethesda’s fantasy epic is perhaps the definitive open-world RPG, throwing you headfirst into a vast, yet masterfully realised universe full of wizards, dragons, and shouting Norsemen.

6. Dragon Age: Inquisition

Sprawling RPGs - Dragon Age

Although we never actually learn the dragon’s age, this fantasy adventure is widely regarded as one of the best RPGs of all time. The multi-stranded narrative was a notable success, bringing even more depth to Bioware’s critically-acclaimed storytelling.

7. Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition

Sprawling RPGs - Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenoblade Chronicles is a truly massive game in terms of scope, and now you can experience it squeezed onto a handheld device. This sweeping quest will have you facing off against numerous colossal monsters over the course of its roughly 70-hour story.

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