25 best fantasy games ever

Golden Axe (1989)

Featuring buff warriors in furry pants and Red Sonja-style warrior goddesses in bikinis, this barbarian themed beat-em-up was heavily inspired by Conan the Barbarian. The aim of the game? Seek and destroy the evil lord, Death Adder – who with a name like that was hardly going to pursue a career in accountancy. Mr Adder – who wears a frightening mask just to let you know he's evil – has kidnapped the king and princess and killed your loved ones, so he's due a serious ass-whupping. What started as an arcade game later spawned two sequels for the Genesis, another for the arcade, and several spinoffs outside of the main series.

Diablo (1996)

Choosing from a strong warrior, stealthy rogue or powerful mage, Diablo sets you the task of traversing through 16 dungeon levels to reach the depths of Hell itself, in a bid to defeat the Lord of Terror and rid the land of his nightmare-fuelled creatures. Coupled with a solid multiplayer experience, Diablo still holds a special place in the hearts of modern-day monster bashers to this day.

Dragon Age: Origins (2009)

Dragon Age: Origins places a heavy emphasis on your character’s background, and the decisions and repercussions of your actions reverberate throughout the ongoing story – so much so, that you can even influence who becomes king. A truly epic RPG that blends a cocktail of customisation, magic, and cold hard steel with great depth and a polished narrative.

Warcraft: Orcs and Humans (1994)

Long before Blizzard sunk its talons into carpal tunnel-ridden World of Warcraft subscribers, it created this real time strategy game in which you chop wood, mine ore and gather resources in order to grow your empire and army to conquer enemies and compete with roaming wild monsters. Heated multiplayer LAN skirmishes were a must, back in the days when they were still cool.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)

Even with its sequel Skyrim hitting the store shelves today, Elder Scrolls fans are still playing its predecessor Oblivion – because of its vast fantasy world and the depth of its gameplay. You can happily invest 100 hours of your precious time without even touching the main quest. Hunt animals, join guilds, battle in arenas, or just enjoy a peaceful mountain-top horse ride. Don’t forget to keep a fireball spell handy to dispose of pesky trolls though – they always spoil the view.

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