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Best Dungeon Crawler Games

15. Torchlight

Torchlight

In Torchlight player controls a lone hero who explores a series of randomized dungeons, fighting large numbers of enemies and collecting equipment, gold, and other loot. The game also features a single town which serves as a hub, to which the player character can periodically return to buy and sell items to NPC vendors and obtain quests.

As the protagonist delves into the dungeon, a series of quests are presented which involve battling unique bosses that advance the main storyline. Optionally, the player may take on side quests, random quests or visit branching dungeon areas.

14. Titan Quest

Titan Quest

Players take on the role of a hero, fighting monsters in three ancient, classical world settings including Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt and the Silk Road/Asia. The game was conceived by Age of Empires co-creator Brian Sullivan and uses ragdoll physics, full lighting effects, day-night cycles and 3D graphics. There is also a world editor for players to create custom worlds, mods, and quests. If the vanilla game is not enough to satisfy your crave, you can always get the expansions for the game!

13. Icewind Dale

Icewind Dale

Icewind Dale‘s gameplay incorporates a modified version of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition ruleset. The rules’ intricacies are automatically computed; the game keeps track of statistics and controls dice rolling.

The player begins the game by creating an adventuring party of up to six characters. During character creation, statistics including name, gender, race, class, ability scores and weapon proficiency may be altered. Spellcasters and thieves have additional statistics to manage (in the form of spells and thief abilities, respectively).

12. Dungeon Siege III

Dungeon Siege III

This medieval world fantasy gives you the control of one out of four characters with unique back-stories. You venture forth to the Kingdom of Ehb in an attempt to restore power to oust Jeyne Kassynder from the ruler’s seat, and to re-establish the 10th legions reputation and foothold.

This game was released in 2011 and included a new and refreshing feature that all dungeon crawlers should adapt in the future. The game no longer required a point and click system, you could just push the key-bound skill on your keyboard and the character would execute it in the direction he was facing. Welcome to the future.

11. Drakan: Order of the Flames

Drakan Order of the Flames

Drakan: Order of the Flames gameplay, primarily consists of exploring vast locations and battling enemies. The player navigates Rynn from third-person perspective using the keyboard and mouse. On open-air locations, Arokh follows Rynn either by flying or by walking if he can land nearby. In the latter case, he also allows Rynn to mount him at any time whereupon the control switches to him.

The game’s large open-air locations contain entrances to smaller dungeons, which Arokh usually cannot enter because of his size, so Rynn has to explore them alone. When controlling Rynn, the player can equip her with swords, daggers, maces, battle axes, bows, and armour that she picks up throughout the game. The inventory is limited in size and most weapons wear down when used and cannot be repaired. In addition to normal weapons, there are magical ones as well as potions, bow & arrows, and quest-related items. There are no shields or dual wielding in the game.

10. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II

Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance II

Most of Obsidian Entertainment’s games contain heavy RPG elements and lots of strategy. The Dark Alliance franchise moves away from that in favor of a more hack-and-slash style game.

Like most Baldur’s Gate like games, you take the role of a character that you have created as he or she becomes involved in a “save the world” plot as a mere victim of circumstance. This game pulls it off well though and you feel like it honestly was a series of coincidences that pulled you into the main conflict.

9. Nox

Nox

While comparing the 2000 Dungeon Crawler, Nox the game has certainly aged, while the graphics are not on the same level as today’s games, don’t judge the visuals as this game is still a fun game to play. 

Players take control of the unfortunate Jack who gets sucked into a fictional universe in which a bunch of necromancers are trying to take over the world. In terms of the gameplay goes, you have access to multiple classes and equipment that change up the skills that Jack can use. While the classes offer the traditional RPG restrictions as to what equipment you can use, so if you want to wield a massive two handed sword, don’t roll a wizard.

8. Diablo

Diablo 1

Set in the fictional Kingdom of Khanduras, located in the world of Sanctuary, Diablo has the player take control of a lone hero battling to rid the world of Diablo, the Lord of Terror. Beneath the town of Tristram, the player journeys through sixteen randomly generated dungeon levels, ultimately entering Hell itself in order to face Diablo.

7. Bard’s Tale

Bard's Tale

In Bard’s Tale you take on the role of the selfish and very carnal bard as he seeks nothing but his own selfish desires. However, the bard gets tied up in a much bigger plot as a troublesome woman seeks his aid. The bard has a snarky and arrogant attitude that make us quickly fall in love with him. The overzealous super righteous protagonist has been overplayed and it is nice to get to play a character like the Bard for a change.

6. Demon Souls

Demon Soul's

Demon Souls is a 2009 action role-playing game set in a dark fantasy world. Players take control of a hero who has journeyed to the fictional kingdom of Boletaria, which is being ravaged by a cursed fog that brings forth demons who feast on the souls of mortals. The game has been described as a spiritual successor to the King’s Field series of games.

Players take control of the main character who, at the start of the game, can be customized by choice of gender, appearance, name and starting class. There are 10 starting classes, ranging from knights and barbarians to thieves and mages. Each class has its own starting statistics, gear, weapons and type of magic used which all emphasize certain approaches to combat depending on the player’s preference.

5. Planescape Torment

Planescape Torment

Planescape: Torment is primarily story-driven and combat is not prominent. The protagonist, known as The Nameless One, is an immortal who has lived many lives but has forgotten all about them, even forgetting his own name. The game focuses on his journey through the city of Sigil and other planes to reclaim his memories of these previous lives.

 Planescape: Torments gameplay often focuses on the resolution of quests through dialogue rather than combat, and many of the game’s combat encounters can be resolved or avoided through dialogue or stealth. Several characters in the game may join The Nameless One on his journey, and most of these characters have encountered him in the past or have been influenced by his actions in some way.

4. Gothic 

Gothic

In Gothic, the main character must complete quests and slay wild animals and monsters to earn skill points, which are used to increase basic attributes, improve skills, and learn trades. They are spent by finding the appropriate teacher. Several skills have only one “level” (Sneaking, Acrobatics), while the fighting skills (one-handed weapons, two-handed weapons, bows and crossbows) have two proficiency levels.

For example, if the Hero chooses to be a Mage or joins the Swamp Camp, he will be able to learn Circles of Magic; of which there are 6. The main attributes are increased in 1 or 5 point increments, starting at 10 and capping off at 100. The cap can be surpassed with the use of potions.

3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim

Skyrims main story revolves around the player character and their effort to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon who is prophesied to destroy the world. The game is set two hundred years after the events of Oblivion and takes place in the fictional province of Skyrim. Over the course of the game, the player completes quests and develops the character by improving skills.

The player may freely roam over the land of Skyrim, which is an open world environment consisting of wilderness expanses, dungeons, cities, towns, fortresses and villages. Players may navigate the game world more quickly by riding horses, or by utilizing a fast-travel system, the main quest can be completed or ignored at the player’s preference after the first stage of the quest is finished. However, some quests rely on the main storyline being at least partially completed. NPC’s populate the world and can be interacted with in a number of ways; the player may engage them in conversation, marry an eligible NPC, or kill them.

2. Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age Origins

In Dragon Age: Origins the player is a Grey Warden, part of an order of elite fighters, whose task is to defeat the Archdemon and save the world from a disastrous event called the Blight. Players create their own Grey Warden character, customizing gender and appearance as well as choosing a race and class. The available classes are warriors, who perform strong physical attacks; rogues, who carry out stealth attacks and steal items from other characters; and mages, who cast spells on enemies, create combo spells, and support other party members.

 The three choices of race are human, elf, and dwarf. The combination of class and race determines which of six different origin stories the player experiences: Dalish Elf, City Elf, Dwarven Noble, Dwarven Commoner, Mage, or Human Noble.

1. The Witcher II

The Witcher II

The Witcher 2 is a marked departure from that of its predecessor. Combat, for instance, is much more complex, with new additions in the form of abilities to lay traps and aim and throw ranged weapons. The protagonist, Geralt, also has an improved offensive and defensive arsenal, with a wide range of melee and ranged weapons, armor, bombs, traps and secondary weapons such as hatchets and shovels.

The Witcher 2 also includes a stealth mode in certain parts of the game, where players must remain undetected as they make their way to a certain objective. Players have the option of stunning enemies if Geralt manages to get behind them, but the player may choose to take a less subtle approach and simply engage the guards in combat.

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