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The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles

The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles is the largest expansion pack for the open-ended Oblivion RPG. Players must save the isles from destruction by defeating Jyggalag, the Daedric Lord of Order.

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Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: March 26, 2007
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
JustRPG Score:
91%
Pros:
+Large new area to explore
+Updated items and crafting feature
+Long main quest line and plenty of side quests
+Good soundtrack
Cons:
-Many quests are repetitive
-Load time and shuttering problems from Oblivion persist.
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Marvel Ultimate Alliance

Marvel Ultimate Alliance is an action role playing game that was developed by Raven Software, published by Activision, and was released on October 24, 2006.

Developer: Raven Software
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: October 24, 2006
Platforms:  Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, PC
JustRPG Score:
 90%
Pros:
+Appealing characters.
+Decent visuals.
+Many playable characters.
+Fun gameplay mechanics.
Cons:
-Low replay value.
-Some notable characters are not playable.
-Mediocre voice acting.

Overview

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Overview

Marvel Ultimate Alliance is an action role playing game that was released on multiple platforms in late 2006. The game has a large cast of characters, which is sure to please most Marvel fans! The gameplay is also rather enjoyable and easy to wrap your head around. Overall the game is very playable, it just gets repetitive rather quick, and the voice acting is mediocre at best.
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Final Fantasy 11

Final Fantasy 11 was the first massively multiplayer online role playing game set in the Final Fantasy universe. The game is the first in the series to support character customization and an open world.

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: 2003
Platforms: PC, PS2, Xbox 360
JustRPG Score:
 85%
Pros:
+Fun combat system.
+Great visuals.
+Great job system.
Cons:
-Gets “grindy” after one play through.
-Odd server system.

Overview

Final Fantasy 11 Overview

Final Fantasy 11 is the first massively multiplayer online role playing game that was set in the Final Fantasy universe. Players can create their own character and set out in an open world. There is a main story quest that progresses the player through their levels at a pretty fast rate while keeping them interested and occupied. The game also supports an impressive job system which allows the player to change their class at any given time and has separate levels for each job. Overall the game looks great, supports unique class (job) systems, and has a fun combat system. The only complaints for the game involve the way the servers were created mashing  more experienced Japanese players with brand new America players.
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Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an action role playing game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and released in early 2006. The game sports a large open world and plenty of character customization.

Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date: March 20, 2006
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
JustRPG Score:
 94%
Pros:
+Large open world to explore.
+Tons of character customization options.
+Endless side quests to complete.
+Great visuals.
Cons:
-No multiplayer.
-Miscellaneous bugs.

Overview

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Overview

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an adventure role playing game with a large open world and an open ended story line. There are tons of character customization options to utilize, many zones to explore, and a million different ways to play the game. The main story line is engaging and the player can choose when to do it or when to go off on a string of side quests. The game also supports player made mods which extend the game time and allows you to play the way you want to play. The game was well thought out and the amount of sheer content in the game is enormous. That being said there are a few bugs present in the game such as objects or monsters floating over the game landscape, and there is no multiplayer supported.
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Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine

Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine is an expansion pack for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion that was released in late 2006. The pack includes all downloadable content up to the point of the release and a new story line.

Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: November 21, 2006
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360
JustRPG Score:
 82%
Pros:
+Intriguing story line.
+Previous DLC included.
Cons:
-Main story line is pretty short.
-Appeal limited to die hard fans of Oblivion.

Overview

Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine Overview

Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine is an expansion pack for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This expansion pack includes a new story line as well all downloadable content that was released up to the point this pack was sold. The story line included in this pack seamless joins your Oblivion game. It involves rumors of an attack on the Church in Anvil, when the player investigates they learn about an evil king, Umaril, who has returned from banishment and wants revenge against the gods of the land. Overall the story line is pretty short but it is engaging and well worth the price of the pack. That combined with all previous downloadable content surely makes this game worth a buy for any fan of Oblivion.
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Bioshock

Bioshock is a legendary first person shooter for the PC and Xbox 360. With an amazing story line and thrilling gameplay Bioshock is one of the biggest legends of our time.

Developer: 2K Games
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date: August 21, 2007
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360
JustRPG Score:
 93%
Pros:
+Appealing Characters.
+Great Dialogue.
+Amazing Story line.
+Pleasant Visuals.
Cons:
-No replayability

Overview

Bioshock Overview

Bioshock is one of the greatest single player first person shooters of it’s time. With a 1950’s setting Bioshock has a certain charm that somehow appeals to pretty much every gamer who enjoys the first person shooter genre. With an engaging story line and a well done combat system this game is exciting and keeps you engaged throughout the play though.
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Lost Odyssey

Lost Odyssey offers traditional RPG gameplay, but minor tweaks help it stand out as an excellent Xbox 360 RPG.

Developer: Mistwalker
Publisher: Microsoft
Release Date: February 12, 2008
Platforms: Xbox 360
JustRPG Score:
92%
Pros:
+Appealing Characters.
+Great Dialogue
+In depth skill system
+Good soundtrack
Cons:
-Slow paced, clunky out of combat gameplay.
-Mediocre voice acting.

Overview

Lost Odyssey Overview

Lost Odyssey is a an RPG that seems to be based on the ‘steampunk’ movement in science fiction. Players are introduced to a lush world where magic and technology are harnessed together to improve the lives of the people who populate the world. Sadly, an evil group has set out to harness the magical technology in an attempt to build weapons of mass destruction and conquer the world. Players set out to defeat them and restore peace.
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Conan

Players take control of Conan the Barbarian as he sets out on his newest adventure. The game is reminiscent of God of War and Ninja Gaiden.


Developer: Nihilistic Software
Publisher: THQ
Release Date: October 23, 2007
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
JustRPG Score: 78%
Pros:
+Jaw dropping Graphics
+Engaging and Fun Combat
Cons:
-Sub-Par Story
-Nothing New or Original to Offer

Overview

Conan Overview

Players take control of Conan the Barbarian as he sets out to get revenge on an evil demon who has killed the woman he loves. Players make their way through multiple levels, learning new skills and becoming more powerful as they kill their enemies in gory, over-the-top combat. Players are able to use one-handed weapons, two-handed weapons, and shields as they kill enemy upon enemy with gory attacks.
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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a continuation of the Castlevania series, and it delivers just like it’s predecessors.

Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Release Date: October 07, 1997
Platforms: PS, Xbox 360, PS3
JustRPG Score: 94%
Pros:
+Satisfying Combat
+Great Translation from Japanese of English
+High Replay Value
Cons:
-Watered Down Plot
-Cumbersome Interface

Overview

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Overview

While it’s predecessor took place outside of the aptly named “Castlevania,” Symphony of the Night takes place entirely within the castle. It turns out that the hero of the previous game, Richter, has been possessed by an evil priest named Shaft. Players take control of Alucard, Dracula’s son, and a girl named Maria as they set out to free Richter and find out what is going on inside the evil castle.
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Borderlands

Borderlands is a gritty sci-fi western set on a desert planet in the far future. It is a strange mixture of an FPS and RPG, and has been commented on as being ‘Diablo with guns’; This, of course, is not a bad thing.

Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date: October 26, 2009
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
JustRPG Score: 97%
Pros:
+Tons of weapons
+Plenty of Gore / Effects
+Amazing Co-Op Gameplay
Cons:
-Poor AI
-No Mini-map
-Bland Terrain

Overview

Borderlands Overview

Players in Borderlands can take control of one of four characters that fill archetypal ‘classes’ from other RPGS: Brick, the ‘Tank’, a massive man capable of entering berserker rages where he is extremely resistant to damage, regenerates HP at a ridiculous rate, and uses his ham-sized fists to beat people to a pulp; Lilith, the Siren, a woman with strange, super-human powers that allow her to fire off shock waves and turn invisible; Mordecai, a famous ‘hunter’ who is skilled with the use of sniper rifles that is aided by his gigantic pet vulture, and Roland, the Soldier. Roland has the ability to deploy massive, unmoving turrets and heal his allies. The players take control of one of the characters as they attempt to find out what strange technology lies inside ancient vaults on the planet of Pandora, all the while helping in a multi-planet war between mega corporations.
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