Western RPGs come in a variety of different flavours but in general they're darker, bloodier, and more open-ended than their Japanese counterparts. Yesterday's list was much shorter and for one reason: a lot of the greatest JRPGs have already made it onto mobile.
There are a lot of Western RPGs that are timeless and shouldn't remain as a forgotten chapter in gaming history. Here's a list of the top 13 that I think should be preserved on iOS and Android.
1. Gothic II - Most certainly Piranha Bytes' best game ever, Gothic II stands the test of time by having one of the grittiest and most responsive worlds in RPG history. The combat system was rhythm based and would serve the touch screen very well.
2. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind - Fans of The Elder Scrolls have been crying out for this to come to mobile for years. The visuals have aged enough for it to run perfectly on mobile and I can only imagine how fun a swipe-based combat system would be.
3. Dragon Age: Origins - A few years ago the thought of Dragon Age: Origins coming to mobile would have been scoffed at but the technology is really not that far off anymore. Just give us a tappy port of the isometric PC version instead of fiddly virtual controls if it does happen, Bioware.
4. Neverwinter Nights - Considering that Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale have already made the leap, a port of Neverwinter Nights is far from out of the (forgotten) realms of possibility. Imagine how awesome it would be to have that multiplayer community fully revived on your mobile?
5. Fallout 2 - Another classic that would sit quite comfortably on a touchscreen, Fallout 2 is a masterpiece and is still the best Fallout game by far.
6. Planescape: Torment - Beamdog will probably bring this to mobile some point after Icewind Dale II inevitably arrives. It's made on the same Infinity Engine as Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale so wouldn't take a large amount of effort to port.
7. Arx Fatalis - It doesn't make sense for Arx Fatalis not to come to mobile. The click and drag magic system was cumbersome at times on PC but would be really fun if used as swipes on your iPad. The inventory would need sorting out big time but it would make for a really nice tablet game.
8. The Witcher - Another game that the mobile technology isn't quite there yet for but it's certainly one for the future. On PC it had a mouse-only control method so the transition to touch would be relatively seamless.
9. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines - Are there any other classic RPGs that feature vampires? None that are as good as this, that's for sure. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines was developed using the dated Source Engine which is good news for us because that means it would play rather smoothly on a tablet.
10. Might & Magic X: Legacy - Every Might & Magic game should come to mobile. The turn-based combat and tile-based movement is just so ideally suited to the platform. The reason I chose MMX: Legacy is because it was made on Unity, a very mobile-centric engine.
11. Deus Ex - A Deux Ex game has already made it onto mobile - Deus Ex: The Fall is also a mobile exclusive, no less. The thing is, the first one is better and still the best game in the franchise. That's the one we really want to play.
12. Anachronox - No one played this when it first came out due to development difficulties and shoddy marketing by Eidos Interactive but it was well-received critically. A minor HD remaster and some deft touch controls could be all it needs for the masses to finally take notice.
13. Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura - Another one for Beamdog due to their penchant for reviving RPG classics, Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura looks and plays quite a lot like Baldur's Gate but the visuals hold up well even today.
What are your favourite RPG classics? Would you want to play them again on your mobile? Let us know in the comments below!