5 RPG games to play while you wait for Starfield
While you wait for Starfield, here are 5 RPG games to play now (Images via Rockstar Games, FromSoftware and Bethesda Studios)

Bethesda has finally announced the release date for Starfield, the newest open-world RPG from them. The game is set to release on September 6, 2023. The exploration opportunities in the game will be immense in literal outer space. Starfield was delayed by almost a year as the original release date was supposed to be November 11, 2022. This was done to finally polish all the aspects of the game and apply the finishing touches.

As the release date for Starfield is nearing, fans want to explore more of the open-world RPG genre of gaming. Thus we have compiled a list of the best five RPG games to play while you are waiting for Starfield to drop.

Disclaimer: This article is subjective and reflects the writer’s personal views on the subject.

The best 5 RPG games to explore in this genre

1) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Image via Bethesda)

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch

Cost: Paid

Even though the hype around Starfield is big but it is still not the most popular title released by Bethesda. The crown belongs to Skyrim, the fifth installment of The Elder Scrolls series. It is easily one of the best RPG games to ever exist. Skyrim changed the RPG gaming scene drastically. You will find games, post its release, have a strong similarity to its system.

You will be fighting in this world as the Dragonborn, an indirect child of the dragons. Your mission is to save the lands of Skyrim from the World-Eater Alduin, the mightiest dragon of all. The game has several hundred other side quests and questlines which you can do alongside the main quest. Fighting vampires or becoming one, saving empires, winning civil wars, and much more fall on your shoulders.

The gameplay and combat are pretty straightforward. You will have both melees and ranged weapons in your arsenal, alongside spells and incantations. Released in 2011, it is still one of the best options out there.

2) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Image via CD Projekt Red)

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch

Cost: Paid

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is not just one of the greatest RPG games of all time. Some fans can vouch that it is one of the greatest games of all time. A beautiful storyline with multiple endings depending on your in-game choices, brutal combat, and interesting side quests, are the biggest prerogatives of this game. It also won the game of the year in 2015.

You are Geralt, a witcher, in a world where your kind are scorned upon. You fight with challenging monsters, take deadly contracts, and tackle sorceresses, all for one objective – to find Ciri, your student who is like a daughter to you. With the game’s brutal combat and engaging quests, your mission is to find and save Ciri from the Wild Hunt.

3) Monster Hunter: World (2018)

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Monster Hunter: World (Image via Capcom)

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Cost: Paid

Monster Hunter: World is an action-RPG game that is arguably the best in the Monster Hunter series. You have time after exploring the beautiful environment of the game, you will have to fight grueling monsters. As a hunter, you must clear out every monster you see. Although the fights may be tough, the environment of the game is something to calm your eyes with.

This game is much more different than the other games on this list. The game seems to be much more alive and interactive than others of the same genre. Every monster has a reason to be where it is. You have to be equipped with your best gear at all times as it is the most important factor to decide fights in this game.

4) Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)

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Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image via Rockstar Games)

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Cost: Paid

Anything said about this game seems to fall short of its greatness. If someone said that Red Dead Redemption 2 was the greatest game of all time, you cannot blame them. The insane visuals, environment, and hyper-realistic physics are not the only points offered by Rockstar. Fans still remember the storyline of dreams, with the heartbreaking ending that sent shivers of sadness through everyone’s body. It is still a mystery how it did not win the Game of the Year in 2018.

You play as Arthur Morgan, an outlaw, and the epilogue as John Marston in this game. Everything in it was intricately made perfect, and no one to date has been able to replicate them. The gunfights will make you feel like a hillbilly cowboy from the 1800s, while you live your life as an outlaw.

It is very little you cannot do in this game. From robbing trains, mansions, and stagecoaches to helping people and burning down royalties, it will all be you and your gang’s job. Explore the beautiful open world, and do the various quests while keeping your distance from the bounty hunters and the cops.

5) Elden Ring (2022)

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Elden Ring (Image via FromSoftware, Bandai Namco)

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Cost: Paid

This recent release by FromSoftware and their most successful title ever was the Game of the Year 2022. Elden Ring has changed the entire soulslike scenario by implementing the open-world RPG mechanics to it. Many have claimed that if Dark Souls and Skyrim were to be fused, we would have Elden Ring. With a plethora of challenging bosses and enemies, with arguably the best lore in recent gaming history, Elden Ring is must play for every RPG fan who wants to test their limits.

The gameplay and storyline can never be mediocre with veteran writers and directors, Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin. Elden Ring did not compromise on any of its components and has brought us an open-world RPG experience like a few others.

You will play as the Tarnished, a category of people rejected by the Grace, yet dream to become the Elden Lord. Combat is fluid, with no input delay. The bosses will probably one-shot you in the beginning, so there will be a gradual learning curve to it. Blast your way through all the challenges and obstacles, and claim your throne as the Elden Lord.

This concludes the list of the best five RPG games to play while you wait for Starfield. To learn about the Elden Ring DLC, look here.

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Souhardya Choudhury is a veteran musician and an audio engineer but has now been writing as a hobby for a long time. He is currently pursuing Media Science and Film Making as his major. He also considers himself a hardcore gamer as souls games like Elden Ring, Sekiro, and Dark Souls series are his go-to genre for gaming. RPG open-world games come next.