Follow the virtual brick road to a place where you are what you choose to be, free to both lead the world to salvation, or force it into submission. Be warned, there are monsters in these lands, both as far as the shadowy forests, and as close as in the hearts of men. Though mankind may not be the only race you might worry about. Perhaps you feel for the elven struggle, or fear the rise of Orcs. What are we talking about? The best fantasy video games, of course!
Those fantasy games that whisk you away from your couch and throw you into a world where all those mystical beings you’ve probably read (or at least heard) about are given new life outside of your imagination.
Dragon Age Series
Perhaps the first world that springs to mind is that which was built by Bioware in the Dragon Age series. Dragon Age began as a simple role playing tale of a hero rising from humble beginnings (depending on the race/class-dependent origin you received) to become a Grey Warden and defeat the Archdemon to beat back the Blight. The tale ends in Dragon Age: Inquisition when the choices you made with/as several characters culminate. As the Inquisitor, you will fight for peace between all, be they humans, elves, or dwarves, or Templars, or mages. Bioware has described their series as falling into the dark fantasy genre, and with the popularity given to it by books and TV shows (mainly, the A Song of Ice and Fire books and Game of Thrones series), it’s the perfect video game for people who just want to test the waters.
Shadow of Mordor
Speaking of book-based fantasy worlds, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a great fantasy game to get into if you’re fans of Tolkien’s books and/or Peter Jackson’s films. The plot of the game takes place between the The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies. You play as Talion, a ranger whose body becomes inhabited by the soul of Celebrimbor, an elf lord and creator of the One Ring. The gameplay, taking elements from other third-person RPG games, offers a fantastically immersive experience that will leave you with a greater appreciation for Mordor and the Tolkien series.
The Elder Scrolls Series
The series that altogether arguably offers much more variety in the fantasy experience than the other entries in this list combined. Almost anything and everything fantasy-related has been thrown into The Elder Scrolls series— barbaric orcs, wise mages, ancient dragons, and buxom wenches can all be found throughout the five main games, each one allowing you to create your own character who, if you have the patience and so desired, you could customise to look just like a more magical you! How’s that for a fantasy game?
World of Warcraft
With over 100 million accounts, the decade-old MMORPG World of Warcraft looks to be standing among the immortals of the fantasy video game genre. Countless expansions have added to the vast world within it, although, it’s not all limited to the realm of fantasy. There are steam-powered mechanical foes, spaceships, and aliens among the dragons, werewolves, and elves. What’s unique about World of Warcraft is that it draws people together. In fact, some challenges require entire groups to complete them.
The Legend of Zelda Series
One game that truly embodies the spirit of fantasy is the Legend of Zelda series in which you play Link, the heroic Hylian who traverses the treacherous and puzzling terrain of Hyrule, littered with foes such as the Gerudo, all in search of the beautiful Princess Zelda. It’s a fairytale in video game form, complete with hack-and-slash action.
Check out our favorite Zelda games here.