People who love the fantasy genre are a breed entirely unto themselves. They live for worlds created in minute details, from the first inhabitants to politics, to the geography of the land itself. They love to spend their time slaying dragons and meeting all manner of wizards, witches, and mages who may or may not be able to help them along their way. There’s lore aplenty here, pages and pages describing how this world came to be, who its creative force is, and who is trying to bend it to their will. Nothing is more intricate than a fantasy book, game, or storyline!
Playing video games set in fantasy worlds is such a great way to spend your free time. Instead of just reading about the world and its inhabitants, you can enter the world and interact with the people and creatures who live there. You get to go on quests, learn magic or fighting skills, and explore a unique country or planet; what could be better? If this all sounds right up your alley, then fantasy video games are the genre for you. We’ve got a list of the eBay top ten fantasy games you can play this year; let’s see how many you’ve already played!
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Geralt of Rivia and Ciri of Cintra are now well-known even outside of the gaming community. The fantasy world created for The Witcher games comes from books written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and there’s a lot of lore to read up on. This open-world RPG is the third installment in The Witcher series and sees our heroes come up against the Wild Hunt: a group of powerful specters.
2. Elden Ring
Travel to the Lands Between, where the Elden Ring, the source of power for the Erdtree, has been broken. Queen Marika’s lands are in turmoil as her offspring, demigods to the last, have claimed the shards of the Elden Ring and plunged the country into war. You must repair the ring, return peace to the lands and become the Elden Lord.
3. Dark Souls Remastered
This game is widely considered one of the most challenging games released over the last ten years. Challenging though the higher difficulty levels may be, Dark Souls (the remastered version) has graphics and gameplay far superior to the original. In this third-person RPG, you play as either a human or a hollow and must fight your way through a shattered world, reaching checkpoints along the way.
4. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Another fantasy world that has been introduced to non-gamers via a Netflix TV series, Castlevania’s world is one of vampires and slayers battling it out for dominance. This is the quintessential Castlevania game in the series, without a doubt. Alucard, Dracula’s son, rises from his slumber to explore the Vampire king’s castle that has suddenly reappeared.
5. Hogwarts Legacy
A modern fantasy world that everyone knows about is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Instead of stepping into the shoes of Ron, Harry, or Hermione, we go back a lot further into Hogwarts, as it was hundreds of years before they were born. Enter the castle as a Muggle-born student who’s gotten a late start in learning wizarding skills. Roam freely through an open world that includes the castle, the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade, and the surrounding areas.
6. Monster Hunter: World
The fifth installment of the Monster Hunter series is one of the most beloved, and it’s not hard to see why. You play as The Hunter. You need to traverse various environments and either trap or kill the monsters that roam them. For every monster you kill or trap, you’ll get some loot, including items that will allow you to become a better monster hunter.
7. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim is the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series and takes place a full 200 years after the events of Oblivion. The story swirls around the player character, The Dragonborn, as he sets out to deal with Alduin, a great dragon prophesied to end the world. You’ll complete quests and grow your skills to face this formidable foe, but you can completely ignore the main storyline if you wish and set off to chart your own destiny.
8. World of Warcraft
When this game was released, it permanently affected the standards of the fantasy RPG genre. Massive multiplayer online games have shifted in popularity and have helped define modern gaming. You can play a first or third-person game and battle, build and explore your way through the map. You gain experience as you play, so your character only gets stronger. It is a world full of strange and wonderful creatures, enemies to fight, and friends to make. World of Warcraft is the best MMORPG of all time.
If you’re a die-hard fantasy fan, these are the games that should be on your wishlist this year if you don’t have them already!