5 Amazing Open-World Action RPG Video Games You Should Play Right Now

We are about a month away from the release of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – a fantastic Open-World Action RPG. You play as Talion – a half-Ranger half-Spirit Lord warrior/commander/Assassin/sorcerer with a whole host of impressive orc-slaying combat abilities, as well as some awesome mind-control skills. As Talion, you must use these abilities to gather an army of Orc followers in order take down the armies of Sauron.

What separates this game from the pack is the “Nemesis System.” In short, the Nemesis System makes every single NPC significant, in that it gives them a “Westworld-like” ability to remember things. The ways in which NPCs behave in the game will depend entirely on how the player has interacted with them. NPCs will remember if the player promoted them, saved their life, ambushed them, decapitated their friend – the possibilities are virtually endless. This makes for a unique play-through every time.

Here are five games that might hold you over while waiting for Middle Earth: Shadow of War:

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor


This is probably a good place to start, for obvious reasons…

“It’s a compelling experience unlike anything else out in the market, despite borrowing heavily from a couple of other big guns. Thoroughly recommend.” – AusGamers

“Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes the combat of the Batman games, the stealth and exploration of the Assassin’s Creed games and combines them into a really fun package.” – NZGamer

“With a brilliant blend of silky smooth yet brutal combat and some memorable stealth sequences, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor offers up some of the best open world combat we have seen in quite some time. It is not without some faults, and will frustrate many to the core, but in the end you are left with an excellent Lord of the Rings game that should please any “Mature” gamer.” – COGconnected

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag


The combat in any of the Assassin’s Creed games is intuitive and fun, much like in the Middle Earth games. But Black Flag has great naval combat, unlike any other game.

“A gorgeous, relentlessly entertaining open-world piracy simulator packed with interesting 18th century rogues.” – PC Gamer

“I’ve played all of the major titles released with the Xbox One, and the one that I’ve had the most fun with, the one that I keep going back to, is Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. If you get only one game with your shiny new Xbox One console, make it this one.” – Gamer’s Temple

“Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is the best Assassin’s Creed experience in terms of scale, freedom and gameplay. Between land and sea, the journey of Edward Kenway is really captivating.” – Gameblog.fr

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt


Wild Hunt is a little more story-driven, and the combat is a bit more technical, but the world and the monsters of Wild Hunt will get you in the mood for the brutal wilderness of Mordor.

“You’ll not want it to end, just like you didn’t want your very favourite RPGs of years’ past to end either. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will sit in that list now. There isn’t any higher praise.” – The Digital Fix

“Make some room on your hard drive and shelf, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt deserves a permanent spot in your gaming library.” – DarkStation

“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt manages to constantly excite and amaze, with sublime storytelling and engrossing gameplay that never leaves you wanting more.” – We Got This Covered

Batman: Arkham Knight


The combat in Arkham Knight and Shadow of War are very similar. Definitely, check this one out if you want to build up some muscle-memory for those counters and combos!

“Beautifully presented, slick gameplay and a storyline that in my books is better than the recent films, Batman Arkham Knight is a fitting way to end this franchise.” – Impulsegamer

“Amazing gameplay, stunning visuals, a deep narrative that takes Batman to a new darkness, and hands-down the best superhero video game in existence.” – Twinfinite

“Rocksteady Studios leaves Batman behind at the top of their game in terms of visual presentation, gameplay, and storytelling. While Arkham Knight’s innovations are few, they are impactful and smart, and all work towards the common goal of giving the player the ultimate power fantasy of being the Batman.” – Attack of the Fanboy



This one might seem a little bit odd. How can a tactical turn-based game have anything to do with the fast-paced hack and slash world of Shadow of War? Well, in this case, it’s less about the combat and the setting, and more about your relationship with the characters and AI. In XCOM 2 there is permadeath. If one of your squad members gets killed on a mission – one of your squad members who you’ve worked so hard leveling that you’ve grown so fond of – they are gone forever. This adds a whole new way the player interacts with the game. I feel like I’m going to have to prepare myself to make some tough decisions send some of my beloved Orc warriors into the fray. If anything, XCOM 2 will help prepare me emotionally.

“Overall XCOM 2 hits that sweet spot between paying homage to the previous games, but acknowledging and improving on their flaws. It’s a brilliant sequel and a masterful game in its own right, and a must buy for fans of the turn-based genre, or fans of games in general.” – AusGamers

“Every choice, every death and every shot feels like it counts in XCOM 2 and it is this feeling of real consequence that makes for a truly remarkable strategy game – one that goes beyond its clever design decisions and the odd technical hiccup to create a tangible sense purpose and real emotion to your squad’s story. As an experience that puts you in control, lets you relish victories, forces you to truly mourn mistakes, and allows you to grow as a tactician against insurmountable odds, XCOM 2 is near faultless.” – Telegraph

“While XCOM 2 is definitely not for the faint of heart, people that do not give it a chance will be missing out one of the best strategy games of all time. The combat is unparalleled in its engagement.” – Twinfinite

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