Modern RPGs rarely do without blacksmithing and crafting equipment. Here are the games in which these mechanics are best implemented.
It’s hard to imagine an adventurer without his legendary weapon. Some players find this weapon after grueling dungeon battles with hordes of enemies and the obligatory boss. Others prefer to create weapons with their own hands.
And it is in RPGs that creating your own weapons can be one of the most interesting aspects of the game. This is also understood by the developers of numerous role-playing projects in which you can forge and even enchant swords, making them truly unique.
The RPG format itself attracts first of all by the fact that the player can become whoever he wants – from a fearless warrior who pushes ahead, to a calculating robber who relies on magic tricks. And blacksmithing is one of the most popular hobbies among brave heroes. After all, what could be better than defeating a dragon with a DIY weapon?
Skyrim is already on the cusp of its eleventh birthday, and its popularity continues to grow. The game is called one of the greatest RPGs of all time for a reason: it has so many quests and so many professions to master that it can really take years to get to know all the content.
Blacksmithing in Skyrim is an extremely useful mechanic, thanks to which you can quickly get an entire set of rare equipment and not run all over the map in search of parts of the desired set of armor.
Dragon Age Inquisition
Dragon Age Inquisition introduces the long-awaited blacksmithing mechanic for the first time in the series. However (technically) all the work of forging weapons is done not by the player’s character, but by the quartermaster.
Nevertheless, we have the opportunity to create weapons and armor for all members of our squad, and depending on the chosen material, the appearance and characteristics of the equipment also change. You will probably quickly notice that the weapons you made with your own hands are much more powerful than anything that can be purchased from the Orleans.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
In the first hours of the passage of Kingdom Come: Deliverance, the main character really has nothing to do. Jindrich is an ordinary peasant, so he can neither read nor write. But he knows how to forge weapons.
Jindrich’s father was a first-class blacksmith, and throughout the game, the protagonist tries to return the last sword forged by his father. You can continue a glorious family tradition, arm yourself with a blacksmith’s hammer and create your own weapons.
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Re-Reckoning
The unnamed protagonist can be whoever he wants, so why not try out the profession of a blacksmith in Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning – one of the most underrated RPGs in the history of the genre? The creators of the project have done just a phenomenal job in detailing the world, characters, combat system and side quests.
Blacksmithing in the game is one of four skills that can be pumped using experience points. And as this skill develops, the hero creates a more durable weapon with armor, spending less resources. In the game you can find four masters, each of whom will help the protagonist improve his skills, so that in the end he will learn how to create truly legendary equipment.
The game is unique in that it allows players to combine an ordinary profession with exciting adventures. You don’t have to choose between the profession of a chef and a ruthless mercenary, because you can easily combine the two. The game has an interesting progression system, thanks to which each profession looks like the main quest line.
If you decide to become a lumberjack, are you in search of legendary trees? Do you want to get used to the role of a fisherman? Then the culmination for you will be the search for rare fish that live somewhere in the vastness of the ocean. Blacksmiths have the same quest line.
Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced Edition
Many people call Divinity Original Sin 2 one of the best RPGs in history, but its predecessor had some interesting mechanics that were worth carrying over to the sequel. In particular, the crafting system, which looked much more convincing in Divinity Original Sin.
Players could craft legendary weapons, and the blacksmithing mechanics elegantly complemented the crafting system as a whole. The protagonist could forge all kinds of equipment (including even grenades) and enchant it, as well as brew potions, effectively using the fruits of his labor on the battlefield.
This is one of the few multiplayer RPGs that you can play with a friend. The characters themselves are far from being legendary heroes who have to defeat some mighty god. These are ordinary people from an ordinary village who cannot be called outstanding.
That is why they will have to teach literally everything – from magic to blacksmithing, if they want to become the heroes about whom they make legends. With the help of a local blacksmith, they will be able to create unique equipment to prepare for the dangers that await them outside the cozy village.
Monster Hunter Rise
The Monster Hunter series is known for its grotesque weaponry and armor, as well as its long grind, without which it is impossible to get hold of decent gear. And in Monster Hunter Rise, all of this has remained unchanged, apart from a couple of new mechanics.
The main gameplay still boils down to hunting legendary monsters and collecting loot in the hope that it will be enough to craft a full set of coveted armor.
After the explosion of nuclear bombs, the world of Fallout returned to the stone age, and therefore players will have to show wonders of ingenuity to survive in the wasteland. For example, pay attention to pumping the ability “Blacksmith”, which allows them to create useful modifications for weapons.
Only blacksmiths are capable of transforming a useless stick into a gigantic, gigantic murder weapon. And the “Gunsmith” skill is responsible for modifying the armor. And if you invest in pumping both skills, then over time you will turn into a real post-apocalyptic blacksmith, providing weapons and armor to all the inhabitants of the Commonwealth.
My Time At Portia
It is the perfect blend of RPG, life simulation and adventure game. And you can focus on the part that appeals to you the most. You can spend time in the city, interacting with its inhabitants in order to find the perfect match in the end; you can clear deep caves by swinging a sharp sword; or you can become a blacksmith.
In the world of the game, this is an extremely useful profession, because it allows you to craft weapons, without which it is better not to look into the dungeons. Of course, there is nothing wrong with leading a quiet life on a farm, but how can you refuse to fight monsters with your own forged weapons?