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RPGs in which you can create your own party

Many great RPGs are known for their complex characters and the grand journeys they embark on. But sometimes you might want something with a more personal touch, a game that lets you create your own party of characters and take them on an adventure.


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Pretty much every RPG subgenre now has some great games that let you build a party from the ground up and shape it however you see fit. These are the best games to check out if you’re looking to put together the perfect party for your next RPG adventure.

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10 Fell Seal: Sign of the Arbiter

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is an indie tactical RPG that combines its classic turn-based combat with a great story and beautiful pixel art settings. While Fell Seal has a cast of characters from the main story, you can also customize the party with non-story adventurers.

Non-story characters are fully customizable. You can also customize your party of story characters, giving them new classes and subclasses, and the abilities to join them.

9 Final Fantasy Tactics

Final Fantasy Tactics is perhaps the most iconic game on this list thanks to its tremendous contribution to the tactical RPG’s popularity today. While a bit naked compared to its modern day counterparts, the original Final Fantasy Tactics is still a great experience for any turn-based RPG fan.

The role-playing game offers a significant number of party-building options, with each character free to fit into any combat class and mold their abilities as they please. Supporting characters’ appearances can also be changed through leveling, giving you additional influence over the cast you take through the story.

8th wasteland 3

Wasteland 3 is an isometric turn-based RPG set in a frozen wasteland that was once Colorado. The brutal difficulty of his combat is complemented by his difficult dialogue choices, which force you to constantly choose between what you perceive to be the lesser of two evils.

The team you bring into the post-apocalyptic world of Wasteland is fully customizable should you choose to go down that path, with a variety of skills, bonuses, and disadvantages for each character you create. There’s also the option to use pre-made characters if you’re tired of watching your lovingly created survivors get brutally killed in battle.

7 dragon quest 9

Dragon Quest 9 is one of the most popular entries in the groundbreaking JRPG series. One of the many reasons for the overwhelmingly warm reception is the array of new features it has brought to the series, one of which is full party customization.

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For the first time in a Dragon Quest game, you can create and customize each member of the party, allowing you to take your perfect cast of characters with you for Dragon Quest 9’s superb 50-hour campaign.

6 Etrian Odyssey Nexus

Etrian Odyssey Nexus is a complex dungeon crawler that rewards you for creating a good party composition for the task at hand and then controlling your characters effectively. The game takes a cue from classic dungeon crawlers by forcing you to create your own maps on the bottom screen of the 3DS to navigate the dungeon.

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The brutal, methodical dungeon crawling of Etrian Odyssey Nexus might not be for everyone, but those looking to test their party-building skills shouldn’t miss this underrated gem.

5 the dragon’s belief

Dragon’s Dogma is a criminally underrated action RPG that got lost amid the Skyrim hype that engulfed the years after its release. Now a cult classic, Dragon’s Dogma is home to a polished world to experience alongside a fully customizable party of companions.

The way parties work in Dragon’s Dogma is unconventional – your player character has all the power and leads the party, while three other companions support you. Each of these three pawns is customized by players, although only the first of them can be customized. You must recruit the final members of your team from custom characters created by other players.

4 Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 is the long-awaited latest entry in the classic Baldur’s Gate series, a series of beautifully realized role-playing games inspired by Dungeons and Dragons. Though it’s still in Early Access as of Fall 2022, it’s still worth playing if you want a D&D style RPG. Much like real DnD campaigns, Baldur’s Gate 3 allows and encourages you to create your own party of characters.

Even if you’re not an avid D&D fan, Baldur’s Gate 3 will still draw you in with its incredibly detailed character creation system that offers a wide variety of fantasy races to choose from. Even if you’re not a fan of early access games, you should consider Baldur’s Gate 3.

3 Pokemon Black & White

There is no doubt that Pokemon is the most successful RPG franchise of all time. Perhaps the main reason for this lies in the huge cast of trappable party members, ranging from cute pets to doomsday forces of nature.

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Black & White stand out as particularly great entries in the series thanks to the introduction of 156 new Pokémon to build your team with. This brings the total to an incredible 649 potential party members. The fifth generation of Pokemon also has a ton of replay value, as it fits in well with the classic Nuzlocke challenge run.

2 Darkest dungeon

Darkest Dungeon is brutal in a way that only stat-heavy dungeon crawlers can be. Set in a run-down town corrupted by a sinister influence, Darkest Dungeon tasks you with gathering a group of undesirables to delve into the tunnels beneath the hamlet and wipe out the evil within.

Easier said than done, as party member deaths are permanent and you’ll need to pick up the shards and recruit another unfortunate soul to take their place. Darkest Dungeon’s party system is incredibly complex and demands mastery from anyone hoping to overcome Darkest Dungeon’s greatest threats.

1 Divinity: original sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is the best thing a video game has ever done to recreate the whims and mayhem of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign gone awry. While the game’s campaign is certainly serious, the overwhelming amount of choices you and up to three friends have gives you the reins to take your campaign into any chaotic territory you desire.

The way you create and play your characters affects the way you interact with the events of your campaign. This can happen, for example, when you kill an innocent civilian with a hastily cast spell, or accidentally scare an NPC with your ugly undead face. The true freedom your party has to influence the course of the game makes Divinity: Original Sin 2 one of the best co-op RPGs of all time.

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