Although primarily known as a tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons is no stranger to other mediums. Over the years, TSR and later Wizards of the Coast sought to expand the J&D brand by releasing many related products, one of the most obvious choices being video games. J&D video games have been around since the 1980s with wildly varying levels of quality.
Some of the best video games of all time have been J&D games, including Baldur’s Gate series and Planescape: Torment. Unfortunately, not all of these games were successful. Review aggregation site Metacritic shows pretty dismal reviews for several of J&Ds video game titles, although there are dozens more without Metacritic scores.
ten D&D Online is the weakest MMO (74)
First release as Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach and later renamed simply D&D online Where, DDO, is one of two currently supported J&D MMORPGs alongside Never winter. It features content from the Eberron and Forgotten Realms settings, and uses a slightly modified version of the D&D 3.5 rules. DDO received positive attention after it went free, but it’s still slightly behind never winter in terms of ratings, with only a user score of 6.8 out of 10.
9 Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes isn’t much beyond fast-paced co-op play (72)
Released in 2003 exclusively for Xbox, Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes was a hack-and-slash game that allowed up to four players at a time. It featured four playable characters, a human fighter, an elven wizard, a dwarf cleric and a halfling rogue, along with classics J&D monsters like dragons and fire giants.
Reviewers praised it as a somewhat fun, if insane game good to play with friends, but called it a bit messy in execution. Gamers liked it a bit more because it has a healthy user score of 7.8.
8 Temple of Elemental Evil isn’t a great sight for Greyhawk (71)
Released the same year as Hero, Temple of Elemental Evil is the only PC RPG to take place within the Greyhawk setting. It featured a detailed character creation system inspired by the 3.5 version of the rules, and some have called it the most faithful adaptation of those rules. Unfortunately, it was criticized for stability and interface issues. It has received some kind of fan revival over the past decade and has a user rating of 7.7.
7 Demon Stone fails to stand out (PS2 and Xbox 71, PC 69)
Featuring a story written by notable J&D author RA Salvatore, Forgotten Realms: Dragon Stone features three playable characters that the player can switch between at any time. Each character has their own strengths and abilities which the player must use appropriately to complete the game.
There aren’t many reviews on Metacritic, but all call it a mediocre hack-and-slash game that loses its appeal very quickly. Users are also dissatisfied, although the PlayStation 2 version is the clear favorite with a user score of 7.1.
6 Dungeons & Dragons Tactics is a portable disaster (58)
J&D is known for its tactical combat, so it only makes sense that there are a few tactical video games released under the license. Dungeons & Dragons Tactics is a tactical RPG released in 2007 for the PlayStation Portable. It features a simple world with random encounters, shops, and missions. The main gameplay took place in a top-down, turn-based game, much like similar tactics-based games. Although reviews were very harsh, noting the game’s difficult interface and controls, fans were much happier with this game and it has a user score of 7.6.
5 Pool Of Radiance: Ruins Of Myth Drannor Does Its Series No Favors (57)
Although this is the fifth and final entry in the Shard Pool series, 2001 Ruins of Myth Drannor is the only one with a Metacritic score. It is an isometric RPG similar to Baldur’s Gate, corn Ruins of Myth Drannor uses a turn-based combat system instead of a real-time system. As many J&D Games, Ruins of Myth Drannor faces severe criticism for simply being uninspired and boring, issues not helped by its technical issues. Fans have slightly better things to say, but it still only has a 6.4 user rating.
4 Dark Alliance defiles the name (Xbox Series X 58, PS5 57, PC 53)
Despite sharing a name with the exceptionally popular Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, the action RPG 2021 D&D: Dark Alliance was not very well received at all. It features iconic playable characters from the Legend of Drizzt series, including Drizzt Do’Urden, Catti-brie, Bruenor Battlehammer and the Barbarian Wulfgar. Some reviewers said it was okay when played with friends, but fans and reviewers pointed to game-breaking bugs and a lack of good enough content to appeal to people who weren’t already fans. Fans were even more disappointed, as the Xbox Series X version has the highest user score with a 4.7.
3 The eye of the beholder is far from beautiful (57)
Adapted from a 1991 game of the same name, eye of the beholder was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2002. It only features four character classes and a handful of skills and achievements, making it a simplified version of the D&D 3rd Edition rules.
It’s hard to grasp today, but maybe it’s better. Gamers and reviewers agree on its poor graphics and sound design, as well as some gameplay issues, and it only has a user rating of 5.9.
2 Sword Coast Legends is Legendarily Poor (PC 61, Xbox One 58, PS4 51)
J&D video games haven’t done incredibly well in recent years, and Legends of the Sword Coast is no exception. This action RPG, released in 2015, is set in the Forgotten Realms region of the Sword Coast. It features a Dungeon Master game mode for multiplayer, but that couldn’t make up for its shortcomings. It was lambasted for being full of cliches and having a general lack of polish. Users were also dissatisfied, barely reaching a user score of 6.0.
1 Daggerdale is a complete flop (PC 49, Xbox 360 and PC 46)
The absolute worst J&D the game with a Metacritic score is from 2011 Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale. This game features third-person real-time combat somewhat similar to the Baldur’s Gate series. The developers also referenced D&D: Heroes as a source of inspiration, which may not be the best place to draw from. Reviewers tore this game to shreds, citing a grating gameplay loop, uninspiring combat, and inescapable gameplay issues. Fans didn’t like it any better, as the most accurate user score is around 5.0.
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