Some of the RPG newbies out there might only know the role-playing universe through the increased popularity of MMORPGs, which all but obliterated the once famous board game versions of hugely famous video game titles. Well, in truth, it’s the younger generation that might not be entirely aware of the fact that most successful PC, console or online RPGs started out as board games. For that reason, as well as for wanting to share gaming awesomeness with you, we give you three recently published titles, which can also be purchased as board games.
If you’re a fan of either board games or the Microsoft gaming console Xbox, there is no way you’re unfamiliar with Carcassonne. The game was the second one ever to be designed after a board game for the Xbox, after Catan. The game was released in mid-2007 and also includes two expansions (“The River” and “King & Baron”—although Sierra Online officially announced it would turn other board game expansions into console game expansions; “Inns & Cathedrals” and “The Tower” have been slated for release). The game can be played in multiplayer mode, with up to four people offline, and five people through Xbox Live. Match mode is only available for up to two people. Just like in the board game, the console game allows you to take on seven meeples, in your quest through the game world.
Final Fantasy XIII
There are few other series more popular in the RPG world than Final Fantasy, yet this fact only draws attention to the three years that have already passed since the release of the most recent title in the series. The game was developed by Square Enix, both for PS3, as well as for the Xbox 3060. It was released in 2009 in its homeland of Japan and in the United States, while the rest of the world followed in 2010. The game brought audiences the same fast-paced fights for which they had come to know and love it in the first place – not to mention the chocobos, monsters, and aircrafts the player can summon, which the other games had made famous.
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
Mental note: if you call this game by its long name, you’ll instantly reveal yourself as the gaming and RPG newbie that you are. Instead, call it WAR, like everybody else does. WAR was released across the world in September 2008, in a famous release that finally brought the world of Warhammer Fantasy to the PC. The main appeal of WAR, aside from its incredibly well articulated universe, and the inevitable battle between good and evil, which lies at i
ts core, is the game’s humor. Indeed, this is a war-faring game, but one that will have you crack the occasional sardonic grin, or even a full-blown cackle. The game is based on the RvR battle system, which Mythic initially developed for Dark Age of Camelot. The system allows gamers to pick from three race conflicts, pitting either Empire against Chaos, High Elves versus Dark Elves, or Dwarfs against Greenskins.
Jenna Stradhurst is a blogger, who loves gaming in any shape or form, and who has a major penchant for vintage games. When she’s not writing for the Internet, she can be found in her game den, with her husband and two children, playing their latest received order of board games.