The legendary rpgs from the 2000s

Have you been a fan of rpgs for a long time and are now feeling nostalgic about the games that used to be popular over ten years ago? May be you are from a younger generation of gamers who would like to learn more about the previous epoch of the extremely popular rpg genre? In the both cases, you are in the right place as today we would like to tell you more about the role-playing games from the 2000s.

Baldur’s Gate 2

The Baldur’s Gate 2 rpg was released in 2000 by BioWare and it was the game that differed a lot from its predecessors. For example, Baldur’s Gate 2 allowed its players to start a game not only with a character of the lowest level, but also with a character of the seventh level. Undeniably, such characters are already advanced in using spells and armour which makes the game more exciting.

Another grate feature of Baldur’s Gate was a large world full of interesting content and thrilling quests. The majority of tasks a player had to solve in this rpg were focused on tactics and strategy. Don’t forget about the possibility of playing larger parties in Baldur’s Gate where you have to control each character.

Note that the third part of Baldur’s Gate is being under development of Larian Studios.

Deus Ex

Another particularly memorable game of the rpg genre released in 2000 is Deus Ex.

Your first impression of Deus Ex might be that the game is actually a shooter, but it defoinetely not the case. All of the elements of Deus Ex are classic for the rpg genre. For example, not only your character can level up in this game, but also the weapons used can be brought to the upper levels. Ceratinly, this is something very typical for role-playing games.

The players of Deus Ex like the fact this game is highly focused on details especially when it comes to the world exploration. If you enjoy playing rpgs which allow you to get in any possible place available in the world, you will be excited about Deus Ex. Here, you actually should explore the space as much as possible, since some of the least expectable locations can hold crucial clues for completing the game’s quests.

Furthermore, every object you might come across in Deus Ex is also important leading to new twists in the plot.

Beyond a shadow of doubt, there are more attractive games when it comes to the appearance of Deus Ex, but this one is extremely open-ended which makes the playing process highly absorbing.


If you want to play something really unique, try Anachronox developed by Ion Storm Dallas in 2001. This game provides is players with fantastic opportunities, for instance, a chance for exploration of an entire planet.

Anachronox is using a modified engine of Quake 2 with blocky characters who are still featured by advanced personality.

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura

The rpg with a somewhat long title sounding exactly as Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura was released in 2001 by Troika Games. At first, the game seemed to be rather buggy especially when it came to the battles.

Yet, with time, there were more and more mods available for this game and its final version has many advantages over other rpgs from that time. One of the most crucial of them is a massive creator of characters that allows players to make absolutely different characters with various types of weapon. Another amazing feature of Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is its quests with multiple solutions that make the game non-linear and thus, even more exciting.

Gothic 2

Gothic 2 was developed by Piranha Bytes and released in 2002. Many devotees of rpgs still remember Gothic 2 for its totally open world. Here, you can literally go whenever you want, although it is not always a good idea.

Gothic 2 was made in such a way as to let you encounter advanced monsters even if you are still a beginner. This was so because the monsters surrounding you were not leveling up with your character. Their levels were absolutely independent from your character and if you fail your path needed for completing a quest, you were able  to get in a fight with a really strong monster.

Arx Fatalis

In 2002, Arkane Studios released a game known as Arx Fatalis the main aim of which was creating a specific experience of dungeon exploration with a huge focus on the magic. For instance, in this game, you have to remember the appearance of special runes which you then have to draw in the air.

Arx Fatalis is a game that will be loved by the fans of old-fashioned mechanics in rpgs.

Other amazing role-playing games from the 2000s that you definitely should check are:

  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind released in 2002 by Bethesda Game Studios;
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 created in 2003 by Obsidian Entertainment;
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines released in 2004 by Troika;
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 created in 2005 by Obsidian;
  • Dragon Age: Origins released in 2009 by BioWare;
  • Mount & Blade: Warband released in 2009 by TaleWorlds.