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So You Wanna Be An Elite PC RPG'er?

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The list author says: "So you just graduated from the small time and want to move on up to the "Big boy leagues" of the RPG hobby? Or are you a first timer who doesn't want to waste their money on grade school games and instead simply wants to jump into the elite games? Whatever the case may be, this list will show you what the best of the best are...and give you a good idea of what you need to complete in order to be a true 100% leader of this hobby."
Gothic Universe - PC
Gothic Universe - PC
"Nothing screams "Hardcore" like the Gothic games. While they may be difficulty for newcomers, there is simply no other game out there outside of perhaps Ultima 7 that has the same level of interactivity and NPC depth that Gothic displays."
Mount & Blade: Warband - PC
Mount & Blade: Warband - PC
"Made by a Turkish company over the better part of a decade, this game is basically what would happen if you took Grand Theft Auto and mixed it with Rome: Total War. As one of the premier open-ended games in the CRPG hobby, there are few titles that can surpass its non-linearity."
The Dark Eye: Drakensang - PC
The Dark Eye: Drakensang - PC
"Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights are great RPGs, but for an elite RPG'er they are far too easy and use systems that have been watered down in order to appeal to the masses. Drakensang, on the other hand, is a game that, while sharing the core gameplay that made those games fun, does not share their relatively simplistic nature."
Arx Fatalis - PC
Arx Fatalis - PC
"Arx Fatalis is hard to come by nowadays, but if you have the money (and the bravery) you won't find a better first person CRPG out there."
Wizardry 8 - PC
Wizardry 8 - PC
"Arguably, the very best western RPG ever created, Wizardry 8 has everything you could ask for in an RPG and then some."
Risen - PC
Risen - PC
"Made by the same team that created the first three Gothic games, Risen is basically nothing more than Gothic 1 with a new graphics engine."
Temple of Elemental Evil: A Classic Greyhawk Adventure - PC
Temple of Elemental Evil: A Classic Greyhawk Adventure - PC
"There are D&D computer games...and then there is ToEE. With the kind of dedicated, true-to-rules, turn based combat that I grew up on in my SSI goldbox filled late 1980's childhood, ToEE is the only D&D game since that has managed to faithfully recreate classic D&D in a modern engine."