The tabletop format of Dungeons & Dragons might seem far removed from the digital medium that is video gaming, but that dividing line becomes thinner and thinner as time wears on. In fact, playing D&D digitally has been a growing trend for quite some time, whether by humble, low-tech methods such as play-by-post or utilizing mediums such as Skype or ROLL20 to get your roleplaying fix without all the hassle of organizing a live, in-person session.
That said, if you're looking for something a little different, find yourself intimidated by D&D's complexity, or you're simply looking for a graphical analog, there are several video games out there that channel that classical Dungeons & Dragons charm, if they aren't inspired directly from the source material, to begin with. The following list is comprised entirely of video games that should be a blast for any Dungeons & Dragons fanatic, so keep scrolling to join us as we check them out!
10 Icewind Dale
Icewind Dale, like the other Black Isle developed or published games featured on this list, is practically a digitized Dungeons & Dragons campaign. The mechanics hinge on an adapted version of the AD&D 2nd Edition ruleset, carrying across all of their satisfyingly immersive complexity while gelling ingeniously with the game's real-time, pause-and-play format.
Humbly beginning with up to six player-generated adventurers catching a breath between trips at a tavern, Icewind Dale's storytelling is top-notch, as they slowly unravel the greater evils at work in the lands of Icewind Dale. An Enhanced Edition of this CRPG classic recently released for every major modern platform and console, so now's the perfect time to experience it.
9 Dungeons & Dragons Online
Though this MMORPG will soon pass into its fourteenth year online, it's still definitely worth looking into for D&D fanatics wishing for an MMO time sink. Dungeons & Dragons Online works off of a very loosely translated adaptation of D&D 3.5 rules, and borrows primarily from the Eberron campaign setting, with some of the Forgotten Realms sprinkled in.
DDO is still very much active and continues to receive content updates to this very day. It operates off of a free-to-play model and is primarily driven by in-game transactions, so it's easy to try out before making any sort of serious financial commitment to play.
8 Neverwinter Nights
Neverwinter Nights is a classic CRPG that takes place in the much-beloved Forgotten Realms setting and is one of the better known D&D based RPGs alongside Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale. It works off of an adapted version of the Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition rules.
At the time of its initial release, Neverwinter Nights was well praised for its smooth multiplayer functionality. Although the original is well-aged at this point, 2018's Enhanced Edition brought a modernized version to Steam, with console ports slated for release in December of this year.
7 Divinity: Original Sin (& Original Sin II)
The Divinity: Original Sin titles are an entirely original property by Larian Studios, although they definitely take their cues from classical D&D related RPGs like Baldur's Gate. One of Divinity's biggest draws is its smooth and intuitive method of instituting multiplayer, allowing players to adventure side by side in seamless, local, drop-in style cooperative sessions.
Taking the role of Source Hunters, members of a guild dedicated to rooting out and destroying a particularly dangerous form of magic, players will venture through the extensive and colorfully imaginative original fantasy setting of Rivellon and beyond. It's not an adaptation of existing D&D rules by any stretch, but the mechanics should be familiar and comfortable for fans of the tabletop RPG.
Though it shares its name and setting with the original CRPG Neverwinter Nights, MMORPG Neverwinter is an entirely different beast. Out of the selection of video games that actually adapt D&D rules, Neverwinter's rendition is possibly the loosest, but it's still worth a crack due to the setting and lore.
Neverwinter is free and available across the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, so it's easy to check out if a contemporary MMO rooted in D&D lore has piqued your interest. There's a lot of hot debate as to how "free" its free-to-play model really is, but chances are that if you dig it enough to dump a significant amount of time into the campaign, you won't mind dropping a few dollars to enjoy the full experience.
5 Pillars Of Eternity (& Pillars of Eternity II)
Developed by the RPG wizards at Obsidian Entertainment, the Pillars of Eternity games were developed as spiritual successors to games like Baldur's Gate. Taking place in the original setting of Eora, players will pursue their destiny as a "Watcher," a person gifted with the supernatural ability to see into the past and divine knowledge from ethereal spirits.
It carries all the hallmarks of the golden age of CRPGs: A beautifully detailed and immersive world and vibrant, lovingly designed characters to interact with and journey alongside. The mechanics are original but very clearly inspired by Dungeons & Dragons rules.
4 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (& KOTOR II)
Often regarded as one of several crown jewels in BioWare's catalog, the Knights of the Old Republic games are essentially D&D campaigns set within the Star Wars universe. The rules and mechanics aren't a direct mirror of D&D, but they're more than familiar and comfortable for anyone that has played the latter.
The saga of Darth Revan provides a gripping narrative for both games, and the characters are incredibly well-written. Both games were released for Windows and the original Xbox, but Xbox One owners will be delighted to know that they can obtain them on the backward compatible catalog for extremely reasonable prices. They're well worth revisiting for old and new players alike.
3 Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
In a direct pivot to most of the other games featured on this list, Chronicles of Mystara actually consists of two arcade-style beat-em-up classics - Tower of Doom and Shadow Over Mystara - that take place in the Dungeons & Dragons universe.
There are some RPG elements in play, such as experience gain and leveling up, but you're mostly in for an experience more along the lines of Double Dragon or Altered Beast, except with high fantasy aesthetics and characters. Surprisingly, it works out really well and is a fun retro romp best enjoyed with a friend in cooperative play.
2 Baldur's Gate (& Baldur's Gate II)
Baldur's Gate is the essential and original digitized D&D adventure. It wasn't the first of its kind but is easily one of the most influential and successful CRPGs that hinged on a more or less direct adaptation Dungeons & Dragons rules, AD&D's 2nd edition in this instance.
Guiding your character from orphan of Candlekeep to heroic demi-god of legend, Baldur's Gate's richly-written narrative and fantastic cast of potential party members make for an unforgettable adventure within the Forgotten Realms. The Enhanced Editions of these incredible RPG classics recently migrated to Xbox One and PS4, and a sequel, Baldur's Gate III, is currently in development.
1 Tabletop Simulator
Because you can't get much closer to bringing an actual tabletop experience to the digital medium than actually creating a digital tabletop, can you? Tabletop Simulator accomplishes just that, creating a multiplayer sandbox environment in which players can create and play tabletop games of their own.
In fact, some would even go so far as to say it's a superior way to actually play a tabletop game. You can put together an amazingly detailed table, with all the dice, miniatures and environmental bits that your heart desires without emptying your wallet at the local hobby shop. The biggest downside, however, is that the token mid-game pizza delivery is all on you.