RPG games, or role-playing games, are now a staple of any gamer's library.

Updated March 29, 2017: We added Torment: Tides of Numenera to this list for its amazing writing and sheer openended-ness. And despite the issues, Mass Effect: Andromeda easily makes the cut for its RPG progression, incredible combat, and rich upgrade system.

Set in worlds that are often rich in lore and history, RPG video games' origins stem from classic pencil-and-paper role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Most borrow terminology and mechanics from those table-top classics. RPGs are centered around a single character or a team, that completes quests and storylines, gains experience in order to level up, and they often have a structured combat system when fighting enemies.

There are plenty of distant worlds and fantastic creatures on Xbox One. Here are a few of our favorites.