[Top 10] RPGs with Base Building

Best basebuilding rpg games 2020
Arkitecture made to look like a Japanes Pagoda in Ark

10. Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon gameplay 

A hard-core dungeon crawling RPG with a tough rng roller and fun if not engaging hub base. Spend money to either upgrade your characters or upgrade and unlock locations in the hub world. The goal is to destroy the evil forces of your family's mansion but be careful, if your character dies they don't get to come back. 

An overview of the town that's used as your base camp in Darkest Dungeon 

9. Tyranny

Tyranny Gameplay 

The base building in Spire isn't deep but like the game, it gives you the choice to decide your path forward. Decide what upgrades get and when to accomplish whatever your goal is, whether that's to save the world or watch it burn. The choice is yours, what to do with all that power?

A look at the base you call home and the many options available to you in tyranny 

8. Dragon Quest Builders 2

Dragon Quest Builders 2 gameplay 

A clear play on Minecraft with the boxy voxel design. Take over as the hero and craft a kingdom as you destroy the evil forces trying to destroy your new kingdoms. Build farms, walls, homes, and much more in this adventure that pays homage to the Dragon Quest series.

A fortress of epic proportions built in Dragon Quest Builders 2

7. Ni No Kuni 2

Ni No Kuni 2 gameplay 

In Ni No Kuni 2 you take over as a boy king without a kingdom. Naturally, you now need to rebuild a new Kingdom from the ground up. Recruit NPCs you meet and build up your kingdom as you try to take down the evil force trying to destroy the world.

Upgrading one of the buildings available in Ni no Kuni 2

6. Fallout 4

Fallout 4 gameplay 

Fallout 4 gives you the option to build up a town and become its defender. Find people you trust in the wasteland to build up from a line house the middle of nowhere to a bustling town worth its mettle. Be warned the more popular your town the more attractive it is to marauders and you're the last defense.

A player looks to magazine their power armor in their base camp 

5. 7 Days to Die

7 days to die gameplay 

Two words 'Zombie Apocalypse'. Zombie games are a dime a dozen but what makes 7 days to die unique is that you can build up a fortress that may protect but will also cause a lot of attention from the zombies. Striking a balance is crucial in this fun craft oriented Zombie game.

One of an infinite number of base types someone could build in 7 Days to Die

4. Ark: Survival Evolved 

Ark: Survival Evolved gameplay 

What's not to love about a base building RPG that lets you ride a dinosaur. Find a spot to set up shop and go out into the wilds to find supplies for food, water, and building material. While you're at it domesticate some dinos. Just be careful not to bite off more than you can chew or you'll be starting all over.

A tree home base built off the ground in Ark

3. No Man's Sky 

No Man's Sky gameplay

Known for its rocky launch No Man's Sky has become a pretty good game with fun base building mechanics. Explore the universe and the millions of planets No Man's Sky has to offer. Gather resources to build your space base and build yourself up to discover the secrets of the universe. 

Characters putting together a base together 

2. Xcom 2

XCOM 2 gameplay 

Xcom 2's base building is integral to advancing far into the game and stopping the alien invasion. A companion to the strategy rpg gameplay of the missions, the base building challenges you to adapt with the game's rng and decide what will work best for your playstyle and how best to get through those upgrades.

One of the upgrade/research paths for your base in XCOM 2

1.Kenshi

Kenshi gameplay 

The RPG that gives you the freedom to create whatever base you want with the freedom to tell your own story and be whoever you want to be, Kenshi thrives on player driven stories. One of the few base building games you can play with a group of friends feel free to roam the desert with as a lone wolf or with your squad and upgrade (or don't) to express who you want to be.

Overview of a fortress built by a player in the game

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