"Role-playing game" might be the most-abused phrase in the universe - a phrase which tells us little up-front about the games it supposedly corresponds to. After all, most games invite you to play a role, whether that role be "village mayor" or "dabbling cop-slayer". What sets the experiences formally known as RPGs apart? Why not zero in further on the specifics - thus "Rat Punching Game", "Infinitely Big Backpack Customisation Engine", "Gruelling Acquisition of the Capacity to Save Princesses Simulator"?
The safest way to get a lock on a genre's antics is to study those of its foremost representatives. And with that in mind, here's another instalment of Ye Olde Best Xbox 360 games feature. Entries are ranked in no particular order, because doing otherwise would necessitate such a frenzy of calculation that our brains might catch fire. When you're done, click right on through to our list of the most promising Xbox RPGs of 2013 and beyond.