RPG games released over time
This graph shows games released over the years in the RPG genre and the percentage they represent. The number of releases gives a sense of the amount of games published each year. It often increases, following the total amount of Steam games released.
The percentage, on the other hand, gives a better idea of the trend a genre follows. It shows if, in proportion, the RPG genre is getting more or less popular from a developer's perspective. The Review chart can let us know if this trend is a positive thing (i.e. players interest for the genre is growing) or a negative one (the genre is overcrowded).
The RPG genre has peaked in 2022, with 2370 games released. The popularity of the genre is in a range between 8.6% in 2011 and 5% in 2017.
Keep in mind that the current year is not over, so the number of games released will still increase. But the percentage is usually a good estimate.
Evolution of RPG game reviews
This chart shows the reviews for games with the RPG genre, either as count and as a percentage of all Steam reviews, and the average value for a game. If the graph is hard to read, you can deactivate the review count and % of the average lines by clicking on the legend.
While the review count clearly quantifies the reviews a genre receives, keep in mind that it also follows the popularity of Steam itself. The value normalized as a percentage of all Steam reviews is often more revealing, as it gives you the popularity trend for RPG genre games.
A typical game associated with this genre collected on average between 40 (2010) and 1060 (2014) reviews. Keep in mind that it is the average and not the median, meaning it is heavily influenced by extreme values, like a very successful game with this genre.
The reviews per game as a percentage of the average show that games in the RPG genre received between 110% (2010) and 170% (2016) reviews compared to other genres.
Price of games in RPG genre
This chart displays the evolution of the RPG genre's games price in USD over time, as well as the percentage of free games in this genre. Bear in mind that there is inflation over time, which means that a price should slowly increase just to keep the same value.
The median price for RPG games peaked in 2014 at 9.99$, and bottomed in 2018 at 5.99$. The free to play ratio was at its lowest in 2015 at 7%, and peaked in 2020 at 16%.
Positive reviews for the RPG genre, per language
This chart shows an aggregated Steam rating for all the RPG genre games, classed by language. It gives an idea about how different audiences will judge a game with this genre. A lower rating doesn't necessarily mean that the audience doesn't like that genre. Some cultures have different standards and expectations. It will however affect a game's rating nonetheless.
The best rating for RPG games is 92% for the Vietnamese audience, and the worst is 77% for the Japanese audience.
This critically acclaimed first-person RPG from Arkane Studios takes the player on an amazing journey into the fantasy world of Arx. Arx is wrought with turmoil, brought to the brink of destruction by a violent war.
|4.99||87%||Apr 3, 2007|
|Two Worlds Epic Edition|
... 300 years after Aziraal has been banished, a brother and sister are drawn into the conflict which has flared up between the Orcs and the free world. Kyra, the hero's younger sister, suddenly disappears in mysterious circumstances.«...If my family really belongs to the chosen ones, why then have we always been as poor as church mice?
|9.99||76.8%||Apr 30, 2009|
|Dark Messiah of Might & Magic|
Discover a new breed of Action-RPG game powered by an enhanced version of the Source™ Engine by Valve. Set in the Might & Magic® universe, players will experience ferocious combat in a dark and immersive fantasy environment. Swords, Stealth, Sorcery. Choose your way to kill.
|9.99||90.2%||Oct 25, 2006|
|The Ship: Murder Party|
The Ship is a murder mystery multiplayer.
|9.99||83.9%||Jul 11, 2006|
|The Ship: Single Player|
The Ship is a murder mystery alternative to traditional FPS multiplayer games - hunt and be hunted! Package includes multiplayer, single player and tutorial.
|Free||66.7%||Nov 20, 2006|
|King's Bounty: Armored Princess|
King's Bounty: Armored Princess is a sequel to the critically acclaimed King’s Bounty: The Legend.
|9.99||91.3%||Nov 19, 2009|
|Sid Meier's Pirates!|
Sail the Caribbean, marauding all on the high seas or ally your ship and crew as a privateer in search of riches - the life you choose is up to you. Face dogged enemies, raid unsuspecting villages, woo fair maidens, avoid capture or dig for buried treasure. Discover what it takes to become one of the most famous pirates in history!
|9.99||94.7%||Jul 11, 2005|
Silverfall, a once glorious city, lies in the fantastical Kingdom of Nelwë, where the forces of Technology and Nature are strongly opposed. Symptoms of this terrible conflict have begun to manifest physically as melded cyberbiologic organics and living steam-driven automatons.
|4.99||59%||Mar 20, 2007|
|Silverfall: Earth Awakening|
Silverfall Earth Awakening is an action RPG with unique graphical feel offering a fantastic quest to explore the new territories of Nelwë. In this heroic fantasy world where nature and technology collide you will have to make important choices which will lead you to side with one or the other.
|9.99||73.3%||Jul 18, 2008|
|S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl|
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl tells a story about survival in the Zone – a very dangerous place, where you fear not only the radiation, anomalies and deadly creatures, but other S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s, who have their own goals and wishes.
|19.99||94.7%||Mar 20, 2007|
|Dreamfall: The Longest Journey|
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, winner of multiple E3 awards as the best game in its genre, is the continuation of a saga that began in the award-winning The Longest Journey, considered to be one of the finest adventure games ever made.
|19.99||83.8%||Jan 12, 2007|
|The Longest Journey|
The Longest Journey is an amazing graphical adventure, where the player controls the protagonist, April Ryan, on her journey between parallel universes.
|9.99||90%||May 1, 2007|
|Jade Empire™: Special Edition|
Step into the role of an aspiring martial-arts master and follow the path of the open palm or the closed fist.
|14.99||75%||Feb 27, 2007|
A fantasy voyage through the great mythologies, Loki allows the player to take on the role of one of the four heroes of the game, each drawn from a different mythology: a mighty Norse fighter, a fierce Greek warrior, a powerful Egyptian magician or an Aztec shaman who masters the secrets of the spirit world.
|9.99||62.3%||Nov 5, 2007|
In X-Blades, the player takes on the role of the enchanting heroine Ayumi, who survives a breathtaking dance of blades through the Hordes of Darkness. The long-haired beautiful anime, with her pistol blades and mind-blowing leaps, whirls and swirls from one fantastic level to the next.
|9.99||59.8%||Apr 30, 2009|
|Two Worlds II HD|
Check out the new Velvet Edition bundle including both Two Worlds II and Pirates of the Flying Fortress DLC.
|19.99||59.6%||Feb 3, 2011|
BioShock is a shooter unlike any you've ever played, loaded with weapons and tactics never seen. You'll have a complete arsenal at your disposal from simple revolvers to grenade launchers and chemical throwers, but you'll also be forced to genetically modify your DNA to create an even more deadly weapon: you.
|Free||94.1%||Aug 21, 2007|
EVE Online is a free-to-play community driven space MMO where players can choose their own path from countless different options. Experience space exploration, immense PvP and PvE battles, mining, industry and a thriving player economy in an ever-expanding sandbox.
|Free||80.4%||Dec 15, 2010|
From a distant corner of the galaxy, an evil alien race sets in motion a sinister plan to conquer the Earth. They unleash a powerful catalyst — Energy X — that imbues the planet's worst miscreants with super-powers to bring the planet to its knees. Now Earth's only hope lies with a new breed of heroes... The Freedom Force!
|4.99||60.8%||May 29, 2009|
|Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich|
Freedom is threatened yet again and only Minute Man and his heroic Freedom Force can save the day in the follow up to one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2002. Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich brings dynamic storytelling, fast-paced tactical role-play, and larger-than-life characters from the comic book pages to the computer...
|4.99||88%||May 29, 2009|
|Borderlands Game of the Year|
Get ready for the mind blowing insanity! Play as one of four trigger-happy mercenaries and take out everything that stands in your way! With its addictive action, frantic first-person shooter combat, massive arsenal of weaponry, RPG elements and four-player co-op, Borderlands is a breakthrough experience that challenges all the...
Grab your cape and defend Millennium City in this comic book-style action MMORPG! Design your hero and costume from thousands of costume pieces, face super-villains like Dr. Destroyer, and create your own unique nemesis.
|Free||58.9%||Jun 14, 2011|
|Star Trek Online|
In Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe appears for the first time on a truly massive scale. Players take the captain's chair as they command their own starship and crew. Explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before.
|Free||75.7%||Jan 31, 2012|
|Disciples III: Reincarnation|
A true reincarnation of the legendary series!The Almighty has turned away from Nevendaar and its denizens. He is busy thinking about the fate of the world. Above Nevendaar, rent by perpetual wars, a new star flashed out. What will it bring with it? Who will claim its great power? Immerse in the struggle of four powerful races!
|9.99||69.5%||Feb 14, 2014|
|Sherlock Holmes - Nemesis|
This new Sherlock Holmes game sends us to 19th Century London where Arséne Lupin, a young French burglar with an impressive track record, has just challenged Scotland Yard and the most famous of detectives - Sherlock Holmes.
|9.99||72.8%||Aug 7, 2008|