Video Games Set In The DnD Universe

Over the course of Dungeons & Dragon’s numerous editions and long stretches of heavy stigmatism, many games have tried to capture the fantasy world and iconic creatures that make it so memorable and loved. Every edition’s rules have been used as the basic mechanics for at least one game and have you explore worlds only heard described by a dungeon master.

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Over the years, certain characters and locations in the lore return over and over in various games that allow the canon to grow and the wiki to get another few pages longer. If you want to explore the worlds of the Forgotten Realms and beyond with voiced characters, then these are the titles to look out for.

8 Idle Champions Of The Forgotten Realms

in game screenshot of idle champions of the forgotten realms of a group of heroes fighting a demogorgon

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is a party management, turn-based combat game that focuses on allowing you to bring along famous characters from the worlds and adventures within the Forgotten Realms and even beyond. Notable characters include Minsc and Boo, Drizzt Do’Urden, and Arkhan the Cruel.

The gameplay also uses iconic D&D locations such as Icewind Dale, the Sword Coast, and other planes like the Feywild or Avernus. However, the game doesn’t really explore a central story or cannon and serves more to involve popular, well-known characters from Faerûn or other D&D settings into a fun gameplay loop.

7 Baldur’s Gate Series

Baldur's Gate screenshot

With three games in the series and hundreds of hours of DLC content, Baldur’s Gate 1 through 3 are most responsible for popularizing and establishing what an amazing, digital Dungeons & Dragons experience can look like. The gameplay of the first two titles follows the Second Edition D&D ruleset while the third game uses Fifth Edition rules within the narrative, turn-based RPG.

While the second game is more of a direct sequel to the first game, the third is more or less standalone except for returning characters and even major villains. While only the first and third games take you to the iconic city of Baldur’s Gate, all three will bring you on fantastic adventures across the Sword Coast and beyond.

6 Neverwinter

four fantasy adventurers face towards a stone dragon

Named after one of the major cities along the Sword Coast, Neverwinter is an action MMORPG that lets you explore the city while also giving you open-world access to iconic Forgotten Realms locations such as Barovia, Avernus, Icewind Dale, The Underdark, and even The Yawning Portal with its expansive dungeon running just below.

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The game focuses on the Fourth Edition ruleset of D&D and includes most of the modern classes except for monk, and takes place around 100 years after the events of the Spellplague. Despite its age, Neverwinter still sees consistent updates from the developers and are always including iconic monsters and characters, like the demon lord, Lolth.

5 Neverwinter Nights

Neverwinter Nights giant monsters surrounding the player

Neverwinter Nights is a classic CRPG based on the Third Edition D&D ruleset and leads you on an adventure across the city of Neverwinter discovering the source of a mysterious plague. While Neverwinter Nights isn’t labeled as an MMO, it has elements such as servers that can host up to 72 players and tools for players to build their own worlds and campaign, much like a dungeon master.

Neverwinter Nights also fills its Underdark quota with a DLC adventure that leads you on a separate adventure within. Although almost all the main characters are created for this game, you will meet the red dragon, Klauth, who may be familiar to those who’ve played the Storm King’s Thunder tabletop adventure.

4 Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance

three heroes fight a beholder in D&D Dark Alliance

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance is a co-op, hack and slash, action RPG that lets you play as one of four iconic characters from D&D such as Drizzt, Wulfgar, Breunor, and Catti-brie, each with numerous appearances in the canon across novels and games.

The main draw of Dark Alliance is less the locations and story but instead action-filled combat against recognizable and deadly D&D creatures like dragons, ice giants, and of course, beholders. If you are a fan of these characters and want to see them fully voiced and kicking butt, then this title will satisfy.

3 Dungeons & Dragons Online

Dungeons & Dragons online. Character design. Elf.

Dungeons & Dragons Online is another MMORPG that instead uses the 3.5 Edition ruleset for D&D and even lets you play in first person as you battle mind flayers, beholders, and hundreds of other iconic creatures. Each new update also adds new villains and location such as Vecna himself.

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However, D&D Online puts the players in the Eberron setting, which is still very much a part of the D&D canon but is in a different universe from the Forgotten Realms and Faerûn. This gives the game a more steampunk vibe with warforged characters and recognizeable cities and locations for those that have played in the Eberron setting via tabletop.

2 Icewind Dale

A screenshot showing gameplay in Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition

Another classic CRPG, Icewind Dale takes players to the frozen, far north of Faerûn as you uncover a mysterious, evil force that is terrorizing its people. Icewind Dale plays very much like the first Baldur’s Gate and operates using the Second Edition ruleset.

Because of the unique setting we get to see some criminally underused D&D monsters like mariliths, orogs, and Yuan-ti. Although you’ll find little in the way of popular Forgotten Realms characters, the game helps you feel like you are creating your own story within a familiar setting.

1 Planescape: Torment

Planescape Torment screenshot showing party members next to a looming mechanical statue of a man with fire and rusty metal flooring underneath.

Another classic CRPG made by the same developers as Icewind Dale and the first two Baldur’s Gates, Planescape: Torment focuses on traveling to outer planes such as Avernus and even Mechanus, where you can meet modrons and archdevils. It’s a shame not every D&D game has at least one modron.

Planescape: Torment is old enough where you can experience iconic D&D monsters before they became what they are today. You also get to see popular Forgotten Realms characters like Baba Lysaga, who you might recognize if you’ve played through the Curse of Strahd adventure on tabletop.

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