best dark fantasy RPG games by players’ recommendations

best dark fantasy RPG games by players' recommendations

The dark fantasy setting is quite popular among fans of RPG games. Worlds destroyed by magical cataclysms are often very similar to the post-nuclear world of Fallout. So today, I decided to list the best dark fantasy RPG games. Let’s get right into it!

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

The battles of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen unfold in a vast open world. Players embark on an epic adventure through the world of dark fantasy with three AI companions – “pawns.” The “pawns” fight independently, gaining experience and developing combat skills. Players can publish their “pawns,” receiving values, advice, and strategic techniques to fight the monsters in exchange. Pawns can also be helpful when special skills are needed to overcome specific difficulties.


Vampyr is a single-player dark fantasy role-playing game developed by the French studio Dontnod Entertainment.

The game is set in London in 1918, shortly after World War I and during the “Spanish” flu pandemic. Your name is Jonathan Reed, and you have recently become a vampire. As a doctor, you must find a cure for a terrible epidemic. And as a vampire, you are forced to feed on those you have sworn to cure. Reed initially has no idea who turned him into a vampire, and the customs and etiquette of these creatures are unfamiliar to him. He studies vampires like a rational doctor with a scientific mind. Dr. Swansea, the head of the hospital where the protagonist works, knows that his subordinate is a vampire but has no intention of turning him over to vampire hunters.

Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor

The story of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor begins with the main character, a Gondor ranger named Talion, being killed along with his son and wife, sacrificed to the dark forces. Despite his slit throat, Talion soon regains consciousness, realizing that he failed in dying. Life left his body, but death refused to accept his soul, setting him in opposition to another entity, an elf named Kelebrymbor. Talion was a great warrior when he was alive, and now he’s a killing machine – a sword and dagger that never misses, a trusty bow, and ghostly eyesight to see through walls. He cannot die – having fallen in battle, he will be reborn after a while.

Judgment: Apocalypse Survival Simulation

Not an ordinary game for this list, “Judgment Apocalypse” is a tactical RPG with the ability to build a base in which you will lead a group of survivors during the apocalypse. The apocalypse here is the real thing. The game takes place during the devilish cataclysm. Hell gates are open and spewing forth armies of merciless demons – but you can win! Survive by gathering resources, crafting equipment, defending your base, sending survivors to search for valuable items, researching technology, and practicing black magic to find a way to send the demons back to hell.

Dragon Age: Origins

You are the Grey Guardian, one of the last warriors of the ancient order of defenders. The ancient enemy of mankind has returned, the kingdom is in the grip of war, and fate has chosen you to unite the disparate lands and destroy the Archdemon forever.

Travel through a fascinating world, freely explore and fully immerse yourself in a sprawling world on the brink of extinction. Enjoy an elaborate, epic storyline that responds to your playing style.

Choose your method of immersion. In Dragon Age: Origins, you can choose from six backstories. In complex situations such as murder, genocide, betrayal, and child possession, you will have to make your own decisions.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is a story-driven open-world role-playing game. You’ll find yourself in a magical dark fantasy universe where any decision you make can have serious consequences. Play as the professional monster hunter Geralt of Rivia. Geralt needs to find the Child of Destiny in a vast world full of trading cities, pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and abandoned caves.

Witchers have been preparing to fight monsters since childhood. Through mutations and diligent training, witchers gain superhuman abilities, strength, and reaction speed. Only they can fight back the monsters that are no rarity in their world.

Have no mercy and slay your enemies using an arsenal of upgradeable weapons, mutagenic potions, and combat spells at your disposal.

Hunt the most diverse monsters, from wild highland creatures to cunning creatures that lurk in the dark alleys of large cities. Use the money you earn to upgrade your weapons, buy unprecedented armor, or blow it all on horse races, games, fistfights, and other pleasant entertainment.

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