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Top Ten Dungeons & Dragons Video Games

Many of the greatest role-playing games in video game history can trace their roots back to a developer's love of Dungeons & Dragons. Early classics like Ultima, Wizardry, and Final Fantasy have monsters, spells, classes, and other elements drawn directly out of the original edition of D&D. In addition to those games inspired by Dungeons & Dragons, the property has been the host of many officially licensed D&D games over the years - many of which stand as classics in their own right.  

Peruse our ranked list of the top ten D&D video games below, and share your picks in the comments at the end of the article.

10. Eye of the Beholder
Developer: Westwood Associates
Release: 1990

A number of popular computer role-playing games in the 1980s, including Wizardry, The Bard's Tale, and Might and Magic, allowed for players to take an adventuring party into the depths of a dungeon while utilizing a first-person perspective to explore, fight, and engage with the world. Eye of the Beholder embraced the trend, and emerged as one of the best examples of the practice. The game boasts extremely challenging battles that are rooted in the monsters, weapons, classes, and races of the D&D fiction. Eye of the Beholder garnered an enthusiastic following that resulted in two subsequent sequels. It also had a pun for a name, which we appreciate.

9. Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard
Developer: Liquid Entertainment
Release: 2005

Somewhat less known than many of the titles on this list, Dragonshard is nonetheless a very enjoyable romp through the Eberron D&D campaign setting - unique on this list because it falls firmly into the real time strategy genre. Players control an army of heroes and soldiers as they compete over the power of a mystical magical artifact. One of its coolest features is the mix of above-ground army battles and more dungeon crawl-focused sections in the world's expansive underground. Three unique factions are each available to play, two of which get dedicated story campaigns, making this a relatively brief but enjoyable gaming experience that mixes RTS with role-playing elements. 

8. Icewind Dale
Developer: Black Isle Studios
Release: 2000

Like several games on this list, Icewind Dale employs the Infinity Engine to great effect, allowing for a flexible, highly adaptable gameplay experience ideal for strategic battles, control of multiple characters, and impressive visuals. While comparable to the gameplay of the Baldur's Gate series, Icewind Dale established its own story continuity and characters, and shouldn't be overlooked in the shadow of the more well-known series. Real-time combat keeps up the action vibe, but most players make ample use of the ability to pause the action to figure out strategic options throughout an encounter. Among other strong features, the game is notable for its stellar musical score by Jeremy Soule, who would go on in later years to compose for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and Guild Wars 2.

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