7 of my most anticipated RPG

There is always at least a new RPG to anticipate every year. It keeps our gaming persona giddy and hopeful until their release date while we grind in RL. Here are seven of my most anticipated RPGs for the now until their release. 

7. Fable 4

(credit: Xbox Game Studios)

Fable is a title I simply couldn't give up on despite the criticisms of its sequels. That is, the irony that critics always find "missing" features. I was enamored with the original Fable when it came out and I believe I can capture the same magic on the upcoming Fable 4, officially titled Fable. Haters can hate on Fable 2 and 3. They can label the sequels as lackluster -- and granted we don't talk about spin-offs (e.g. the cancelled Fable Legends). I admit that I was indifferent on Fable 3, but both sequels were fine and had their own moments. I also understand that we were expecting something new so there is that blandness in the sequels. The bottom line is there was nothing that utterly drove me off from Fable. It's time to try and give Fable 4 a chance especially with all this next-gen hardware and updates on game design. I admit that the Fable (reboot) will either be the make or break opportunity for the series.

6. The Outer Worlds 2

(credit: Microsoft / Obsidian Entertainment)

There was something missing in the game which did not pull me in. There was a lack of modding and there was not much immersion to The Outer Worlds. I felt like I didn't connect with my companions. They didn't connect with me either. There was no romance or camaraderie or respect. It felt more of a parody. RPG these days need to have an extra sauce that lets us do something else besides finishing the main story whether it would be a relationship progression, or the sandbox dynamic. The Outer Worlds stayed true to its name as it was about the outer worlds. The game is about the missions. Here I am thinking that the game design would allow for players to build a frontier outpost or a hideout since the playable locations are divided in zones. Alas there was none of that. Here's to me hoping that the sequel will have more immersion and customization to it. I want to build space ships! I want to build frontier outposts! I want to have friends in space! Hopefully The Outer Worlds 2 gives us with more immersion and modding. Plus more of the comedy and the brilliant writing.

5. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

(credit: Nintendo / Game Freak / The Pokemon Company)

I'm not excited just because it has Pokemon labeled on it. I'm excited because it's a new gen and a new world to explore. I hope to see Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will use the seamless combat mechanic in Pokemon: Arceus. The quick encounter, being able to move near or away during combat, the reduction of text prompts, the streamlined battle is simply a welcomed breakthrough. It was how encounters were sought and felt. If the battle mechanics revert to the traditional style, then that would take my hype down a notch. Anyway, I'm excited how players will also be bonding with their Pokemon in PS/V. I loved how they emphasized on it in Pokemon Sword and Shield via camping. Team-building and bonding is the immersion aspect of the adventure. Furthermore, real-time coop may be introduced according to trailer. That's new!


4. The Elder Scrolls VI

(credit: Bethesda Game Studios)

Of course I'm excited for The Elder Scrolls VI. Who isn't? Elder Scrolls VI means another medieval fantasy sandbox. Bethesda will now use their Creation Engine 2. Can we finally get a vanilla medieval homestead builder? Or perhaps a fief rulership? I can imagine having the quaint experience of living in a medieval village gathering herbs and slaying critters. But once the higher duty calls, I can travel back to my own castle. All official. In addition, seeing TES VI means Bethesda can finally work on Fallout 5! And I don't need to mention that Fallout 5 is confirmed. And I don't need to mention that I'm also anticipating for Fallout 5!


3. Xenoblade Chronicles 3

(credit: Nintendo / Monolith Soft)

July 29 is almost upon us! Xenoblade is one of my favorite singleplayer RPGs for Nintendo. Real-time combat with mechs, and running on top of mountain size behemoths roaming the world, it's a unique blend of fantasy. The action RPG and the relationship building complements this story-driven game well. Players also get a their money's worth since Xenoblade games tend to be played on the longer playthroughs.


2. Starfield

(credit: Bethesda Game Studios)

I've realized that the reason why I love Skyrim and Fallout 4 is because I knew these games were going to be more than what will be showcased (due to mods). I knew what to expect, but I also knew that there are more things to discover beyond my expectation. I didn't spoil myself watching gameplay trailers on these games. I didn't know what Skyrim would play like back in 2011, but folks were as excited as lining up at 12am on our local EB Games (now Gamestop). I only watched the Riverwood trailer and that was it. Same with Fallout 4; I only watched the E3 trailer featuring Dogmeat and the famous wanderer quote "Let's go, pal." Just the cinematic trailer would be enough to keep the ember. I kept playing and I kept discovering. I plan to do the same with Starfield. From the trailer and early hearsays, Starfield would tickle my fancy in the Sci-Fi category because we'll have space ships, star hopping, and galactic inhabitance.


1. Avowed

(credit: Obsidian Entertainment)

Obsidian's Skyrim. It's at the top of my list. The name is novel too. I forget the name of this game that I had to bookmark the earliest news about it on the web. Avowed hooks me to see how Obsidian would spin its own Skyrim; let me rephrase that, how would Obsidian spin its own first person medieval fantasy RPG. Fallout New Vegas serenaded Fallout fans with its attention to detail by tying up previous Fallout lore (example: Jacobstown, Cassidy's daughter, and so on). Not to mention New Vegas was as moddable as Fallout 3. Obsidian knew what the fans wanted and they knew what they were doing. I'm inclined to believe that they'll know what to do with Avowed.

Special mention: Kingdom Hearts IV

(credit: Square Enix)

I was a teenager when I played Kingdom Hearts II. Now that I'm an adult (at least in age), Kingdom Hearts is a title that is akin to seeing a childhood friend grow up along with you. And we all want to have fun friends. More importantly, we want our friends to live better lives. I want Kingdom Hearts to be fun and well off. The upcoming Kingdom Hearts IV looks like there will be significant changes mainly where the game will take place -- in the contemporary universe. I knew there another KH will be in the works after KH3, but I'm curious as to what will happen in the 4th installment.


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