Best Role-Playing Games on PC 2020

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Role-playing games allow gamers to escape into a virtual existence, exploring vast lands of beauty and engaging with mysterious species. While the genre originated with tabletop gaming, it's become one of the most popular video game options, allowing players to build characters or even entire parties and customize them as their power grows with new abilities and gear. With so many to choose from, we've rounded up the best RPGs on PC for you to start a new adventure. To get the best experience from these games, you should also check our guide to find the best gaming desktop PC.

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The best role-playing games on PC can offer hundreds of hours of entertainment as you customize your character, grow in power, and take on epic challenges in highly detailed worlds. Our favorite is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt because of its excellent characters, detailed world, and dramatic quests. It will also give you a great reason to check out the Netflix series set in the same world.

If you like The Witcher 3, you should also check out the developer's new game: Cyberpunk 2077. Moving from fantasy to science fiction, the title lets you explore a sprawling city with the help of Keanu Reeves' Johnny Silverhand. If you prefer turn-based to action RPGs, Wasteland 3 is a great choice. It's got lots of tactical complexity mixed with goofy humor. Whichever of these titles you pick, you'll get an enormous amount of entertainment.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.