Top Role-playing Games of 2009

Welcome to's top role-playing games of 2009, a list of the best videogames, created from editorial reviews on the site. It's the perfect tool to find that great game you haven't played yet, or even to find a gem for a friend or loved one as a gift.

Please take into account this list is in descending order! is always open to hearing about your opinion. Would your list be different? If so let us know by contacting us or tweeting us @VideoGamerCom.

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  • 17.

    Fable II Knothole Island

    You could eek a few hours out of this DLC, but for such a great game Knothole Island feels a bit too workmanlike. Knothole Island is a good effort but far from the standard the full game set. Proper DLC that adds to the core... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 16.

    The Last Remnant

    If the only thing that prevented you from picking up the game on 360 was the technical issues, then The Last Remnant on PC is for you. We gave 360-exclusive Japanese role-playing game The Last Remnant a 7/10 review score... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 15.

    Runes of Magic

    Runes of Magic is impressive for a free MMO, perhaps even the best, but predictably it's nowhere near as good as its subscription-based rivals. I was rummaging round Runes of Magic, Frogster's free-to-play MMORPG, when my... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 14.

    Rhapsody - A Musical Adventure

    The box art's got pink in it, but it won't leave you feeling blue, even if you're a bloke. It's hard to know where to begin with Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, the DS remake of the 10-year-old Nippon Ichi (Disgaea) PlayStation... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 13.

    Drakensang: The Dark Eye

    It's an old-fashioned, sometimes archaic, other times deeply engrossing game that rewards and satisfies according to how much effort you're willing to put in. Drakensang is not, as Neon thought it might have been, a video... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 12.

    Phantasy Star Portable

    The lack of online play is a disappointment, as is the overall sense that it's not quite as triple-A a product as it could have been, but as a PSP game it's certainly up there with the best of 2009. Phantasy Star is, I imagine,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 11.

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria

    With two new classes, a massive new area to explore and the Legendary Weapons system, there's loads for Lord of the Rings Online players to get stuck into. Remember that scene in the first Lord of the Rings film, where the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 10.

    Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

    It's cleverly structured and the entrancing, charm-filled yarn will stay long in the memory. Finally, 17 years after it was released in Japan on the SNES, or the Super Famicom as they call it, Dragon Quest 5 has jumped aboard... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 9.

    Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time

    So, as with so many Final Fantasy games, Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time is one for the fans. Echoes of Time, the follow-up to last year's DS dungeon crawler, Ring of Fates, shows Square Enix listens. Our main gripe with... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii, DS

  • 8.


    Some fiddly moments with the touchscreen UI hold it back from true greatness, but those seeking an extremely solid and entertaining App Store RPG need look no further. Despite his adoptive father naming him 'Regret', Zenonia's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 7.

    Fallout 3: Point Lookout

    The quality of the main quests is beyond dispute. If you’re a Fallout fan with 800 points to spare, there’s really no reason not to pick this up. Bethesda seems to be following a steady curve with its DLC for Fallout 3. Operation... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 6.

    Dragon Age: Origins

    This trip back in time to the glory days of the PC is welcome, but it makes you appreciate the advances made by modern day RPGs Mass Effect and Fallout 3. It is a giant leap back in time. It is an old school fantasy RPG for... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 5.

    The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

    Spirit Tracks is a superb, albeit familiar, diversion. I am on the horns of a dilemma. One horn is familiarity, the other is execution. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Nintendo's latest DS Zelda game, is both instantly... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 4.

    Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

    This bizarre adventure is tailor made for Nintendo fanboys. It's packed with in-jokes and Nintendo references that'll soar above the Brain Training crowd's head like a Star Powered aeroplane. Have you ever wondered what's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 3.

    Chrono Trigger

    Chrono Trigger is brilliant for loads of reasons, but what impresses most is how great it plays despite the fact it's 14 years old. Somehow, the Nintendo DS has become the number one games console for fans of Japanese role-playing... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 2.

    Fallout 3: The Pitt

    The Pitt just about makes up for the snore-fest that was Operation Anchorage, and will have Fallout 3 fans dribbling with anticipation for the level-cap raising third add-on Broken Steel. Now this is more like it. After the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

  • 1.

    Fallout 3: Broken Steel

    Put simply, if you love Fallout 3, Broken Steel is an essential purchase. IMPORTANT NOTICE! The following review contains SPOILERS relating to the ending of Fallout 3. Consider yourself warned. Everybody loved Fallout 3 for... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC