Top 10 Single Player Games for WoW Fans

Updated Sat, Dec 10, 2011 by Mem

Looking for a new game to pass the time without the hassle of the general populace? Get some fast inspiration with Mem's top 10 favorite single player games.

While World of Warcraft is an excellent game that has provided hours of undiluted entertainment for most of us, the fact remains that there is not much in the way of single player in the game. When it comes to WoW inevitably you will be forced to step out of your solitude and brave a group. While you won’t find the best single player experience in WoW you can find it in tons of other games. Check out my list below for my own personal favorite single player games that I’ve either played or dream of playing in the near future. Perhaps you will find your single player muse among them. Enjoy!

Single Player Pick #1 - Starcraft

The ultimate science fiction real-time strategy game, set in the future and created by Blizzard Entertainment, Starcraft focuses on the struggle for dominance among the three dominant races inside this futuristic world; the Protoss, the Terran, and the Zerg. Players looking for some single player action inside the Starcraft universe will be pleased to find that they choose between two options; campaign mode and single player matches.

In campaign mode players will find themselves literally immersed in the story line completing progressively more difficult missions while in single player matches the player will face off against one or more A.I. opponents on one of many maps to determine who is superior player. No matter if you choose to work your way through the campaign or test your skills in single player matches, single player in Starcraft can be just as epic as multiplayer and is sure to bring you back for more.

Single Player Pick #2 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Everybody is talking about Skyrim, it literally has become a phenomenon onto itself. A role-playing game created by Bethesda Game Studios, it is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls series and is to say the least, a roaring success. Revolving around the player’s quest to destroy Alduin, who is out to destroy the world, Skyrim is the ultimate single player experience.

Like the rest of the Elder Scroll series before it, nonlinear game play rules supreme in this game. What this means for the player is that there are almost limitless possibilities. No matter if you want to do quests, develop your character, or simply explore the world. In Skyrim you have the potential to fully explore every possibly the game has to offer and no matter your choice it is almost guaranteed that you will have fun doing it. Don’t want to take my word on the awesomeness of Skyrim? Check out the critics reviews and you will come to see that Skyrim is a game that every player who loves this genre should try.

Single Player Pick #3 - Diablo

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m somewhat of a Blizzard junkie, so it is no surprise that Diablo has made my list. Diablo is a fantasy-themed action role playing game set in the world of Sanctuary. Inside this world players face off against the denizens of Hell who are determined to spread destruction wherever they go. While Diablo traditionally has offered us an awesome multiplayer world, players will find that playing single player in this game leaves nothing out, except the other players.

In Diablo I, II, and the upcoming Diablo III, players make use of to join and create games where they can choose to adventure through the world by themselves (best accomplished by a game with a password) or with other players. Those that choose to adventure by themselves will find that the world and the mobs in it conform to this choice and if Diablo III stays true to the Diablos of the past, players will most likely never need a group to complete the game. Don’t have an internet connection? No problem! Diablo traditionally has provided a complete single player option that allows players to adventure through the game without ever connecting to the internet. With it’s addictive game play, dark storyline, and replay ability Diablo is a single player’s paradise.

Single Player Pick #4 - Age of Empires

Managing to spawn seven additional titles and three spin offs, if Age of Empires is worth playing goes without saying. Created by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft, Age of Empires is a historical real-time strategy game. So if you’re a history loving gamer like me, these games are sure to give you a double dose of pleasure, like Doublemint Gum, without the creepy twins. Focusing on historical events in Europe, Africa and Asia from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, Age of Empires allows the single player to literally battle their way through history.

Players checking out Age of Empires will find two single player options available to them; random maps and campaign. In the campaign players will be able to activily participate in some very well known historical events alongside those that changed the course of history. In random maps players choose to battle against one or more computers. No matter which Age of Empires you choose your single player experience is sure to be a good one.

Single Player Pick #5 - From Dust

Who hasn’t dreamed at least once of having god-like powers and being worshipped by your loyal subjects? While you probably won’t ever get that experience in real life, you can experience in the single player action provided by From Dust. Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, From Dust is reminiscent of the successful Populous as players in game take on the role of a god-like being who’s goal is to protect and enrich the nomadic tribe who worships you. The world presented in From Dust is like a living thing making it a joy to play.

There are of course some benefits to being a god, such as the ability to manipulate things inside the world such as lava, water, and earth. From Dust offers players two distinctive single player options in the form of a story mode and challenge mode both of which provide an exciting play experience. To make this game even more appealing to the single player, once a map has been cleared you may return to that map to manipulate it even further giving From Dust definite staying power.

Cant believe CoD made it on here..did they pay you to say it was good? It's just a copy and paste from all the old games with nothing new or exciting brought to fps besides more dumb-downed games for all the simple folk of America to be satisfied with

No Fallout 3??? WTF?????

Agreed, and we get fekkin Tetris in there??

I'm mystified !!

i agree fallout 3 REALLY need to be on this list

Agreed, and most of the games mention there are not even RPG....

You forget that CoD isn't MW3.

Your forget that mw3 is part of CoD series

WoW is a part of the Warcraft series,
Zelda series
Fallout series

Shall I continue?

Your last comment is irrelevant to what I have said. Fallout series,Zelda series have nothing to do with CoF being on a list recommended for viewers.

Except that you're OBVIOUSLY not getting my point here :)

And clearly your not getting mine

acctually MW3 is apart of modernwarfare set that derivers from cod 4

You forget mw3 is part of CoD series

You forget that CoD isn't MW3.

Yes this is a terrible list. Seems like someone is not a gammer at all. Diablo 3, CoD, Tetris? Really Tetris is a top 10 games for WoW fans? With a list like this. I am glad I am not a WoW fan.

I was hoping for a list of games that plays like WoW - but was disappointed. This feels more like "hey, see what games I like to play".

I was hoping for a list of games that plays like WoW - but was disappointed. This feels more like "hey, see what games I like to play".

What that dude said... yup!

really if you were looking for games like WoW shldn't you just look up MMORPG's that don't suck?, or if your not looking for MMO's something to the effect of third person RPG games.
some games that shld make it onto a list like this:

Mass effect (series)
Fallout 3, and new vegas (1 and 2 were more RTS)
Fallen Earth
Borderlands (2)
witcher (2)
Hellgate London
Dragon Age (orogins)
Neverwinter nights (2)
fable (3)
Diablo (series and iffy)
Baulder gate (series, iffy)
Oblivion (modded it can do anything :D)
Skyrim (again with mods it can do anything)
The proper Starcraft or warcraft map can get a little bit like WoW, but never really covers the immersion.

brackets were used to indicate multiple and i din't feel like writing multiple. Mainly just RPG's that have some level of immersion. the other guys list didn't really have any RPG components.

Honestly, not a very well thought out article.

Yes. A great alternative to WoW is Tetris.
"Oh no. No no no no no. It's not just a great alternative... it's alternative number eight!"
"Yes. It is indeed better than Mortal Kombat and Grand Theft Auto."

Wait, is that Emacs tetris?

lol stfu u noobs b4 i slap you

Is this aimed at wow fans or just some D'bagz list of games he likes

no name to reckoning...what d f!!!!

I think it's pretty clear that who ever made this list has absolutely NO IDEA what they are talking about, StarCraft isn't an RPG it falls into the RTS category(Same with 'Age of Empires'). COD only belongs on/in two things; the garbage and the laziest game cash-in ever. The Sims is made by EA games so it should be avoided for your wallets sake. Tetris isn't very much fun, and if you look past some of the very few innovations Skyrim has made you'll find that it's pretty generic, not to mention that the environment is as dull and boring as COD is in general.

stfu u nerdy-talkin little freak! u hav absolutely no fkin idea wut ur tlkin about so save us all the headache and go fk urself!! Skyrim is one of the most popular and played games of the century. rite beside minecraft!! noob

Single player games for RPG fans and some of them have nothing to do with the RP element. Tetris? GTA? Call of Duty??? I was hoping this would put me through to some really good games I may not have played before.

Ah well, I'll suggest one in case any readers here haven't tried it yet. Neverwinter Nights for PC.

aye NWN aswell as the Baldur's Gate series are great RPGs.


Well that was all disappointing. Was expecting to see some good suggestions.

What about Final Fantasy? Or Dragon Age?

Where the hell is Mass Effect, Fallout, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Dragon Age, Oblivion, KoA, Borderlands, Assassin's Creed, hell, even Pokemon? I'd rather play Guitar Hero than Tetris if WoW was unavailable. Dafuq is this list? COD?! Really? Your serious? *facepalm*

hey you guys need to stfu about cod it was one of the best games ever created you whiny little bitches if it wasnt for cod most of the so called good games we have now would not even exist

Leaving your terrible grammar aside, we do NOT have CoD to thank for ANYthing beyond the rash of boring, stupid, artless FPS games that now dominate the market, designed to sell PS3's and 360's to meathead douchebags who find Pacman too "story driven".

And as for this list, "10 single player games for RPG fans", what a waste of time. WoW itself only JUST qualifies as a RPG, and anyone who thinks Tetris is a worthy substitute should have their head examined. Please, please... PLEASE... whoever wrote this, if you're reading, put 10 minutes more thought into the next "list", maybe even just do 5 things in it, but whatever you do, find some relevance. Please.

Even Pokemon could have gone on the list over CoD. I mean, seriously.

Admitted putting CoD in a list for WoW players is an epic fail but there is nothing wrong with CoD, just hear me out.
I copied this from wikipedia since i am to lazy to search for these things myself: all of Duty won "Game of the Year" for 2003 from several reviewers. It was the recipient of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences 2004 "Game of the Year" award, defeating games including Command & Conquer: Generals, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Postal², and Rise of Nations. The game also received "Computer Game of the Year" and "Computer First Person Action Game of the Year", and was nominated for "Outstanding Innovation in Computer Gaming", "Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition", and "Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design" in the Interactive Achievement Awards.

It was also nominated for "Best Game" at the 2004 Game Developers Choice Awards. While it did not receive that award, it did win Infinity Ward the "Rookie Studio of the Year". Chuck Russom was also presented with the "Excellence in Audio" award for his work on the game.

Review website IGN rated the game 9.3 out of 10, with reviewer Dan Adams saying "You have to love a game that glues you to your seat and keeps you interested... A thrilling piece of software that action fans should grab a hold of and love fiercely." His only negative critique was on the short length of the game, which many reviewers pointed out.

TLDR:the game CoD rocked, especially for the time when they released it, but the recent releases are epic failures...
And please don't use foul language like that, you aren't a twelve year are you (or someone with internet Tourette syndrome...)?

I'm with the Majority here. A list of replacments for a RPG should be RPG's I fail to see how many of these games made your list regardless of weather they were good games. I believe Staggy's list wich he put togeather most likely on the spot while making the comment to be a far better list. I was hopping to see a few names of obscure non mainstream games that could be good to play. At last though i find myself wondering if i should even give this game from dust a try since the rest of your article is so inaccurate and poorly thought out.

In addition to the complaints that half of these games have no RPG qualities, i'd like to point out that Mortal Kombat, Call of Duty, and Starcraft are heavily multiplayer focused games.

A list of AAA titles and series is not terribly useful to the general public. I'd recommend for your next article searching out some less well known games. Games like Valkyria Chronicles, Braid, Limbo, Tell Tales's Walking Dead series, or Shadow Complex might have slipped under the radar. Everyone who likes RPGs knows about Skyrim and Diablo.

Oh. And the guy who thanks "you, writer for writing like a nice article" and then drops 3 different links is obviously a spammer. Might want to work on your filter.

Yes, we definitely lookin' at "the sh3t i play" list here, i agree only with few choices here.. and seriously... tetris? that was over the top...

WHAT THE FUCK? Where's goddamn Ultima on that list?! Baldur's Gate? Neverwinter's Night? I call this BS, how the hell do you recommend From Dust and The Sims on that list? Pff!

What tragic guy made this list? i mean any RPG fan in their right mind would know this list is BS and most of the games mentioned here are as good as fire wood. Don't get me wrong skyrim is the only legit one here, but i'm sure there are other games just as good. Where as CoD? i bought that my 8 year old brother so he could learn how to play games, since its so simple and repetitive.

This might be the worst list of anything I've ever seen in my life.

Mw3 is CoD it is known as Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

I swear to god I'm gonna shoot whoever wrote this crap.

I see others find the author of this questionable list of games find issues with it. I just love how the advertisement that got me to click on it billed this list as "Top 10 games for RPGers". The second page is absolutely positively without anything to do with RPGs. CoD? The Sims? Tetris!!???!!! where the frak is the story in that? Grand Theft Auto? Mortal Kombat? Whoever is running the promotional division here should be docked pay for this tragedy. Though I question whether the second page of games even cater to "WoW" players as a niche market.

As others have said Mass Effect 3, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Xenoblade Chronicles.

After reading some reviews of "From Dust" I suspect that the author here has been paid by one or more of the gaming studios to list their game. Even then I question who would want their game mentioned in this absurd tragedy.

The title should be "Some Blow Hard's Top 10 List of Games (S)He was paid to mention". As it is the title gives the illusion that the list is derived from something other than a sociopath Blizzard fanboy's brain.

There is a difference between the header that lead me to this story. It said
and the actual header of the story

I zero interest in what WOW gamers are interested in...or the games they might play.I don't want to make a big deal out of this but the phrase "bait and switch" comes to mind.

If you have zero interest in what games WoW fans play then why read an article on Top 10 single player games for WoW fans?

Not to sound too arrogant, but the comment was more that the link he clicked was titled differently from what he was given. A common problem with a few of these sites.

Although I have absolutely nothing to comment on the whole which is and is not an RPG or like WoW I would like to point something out. As a huge Diablo fan the biggest disappointment was Diablo 3 because you CANNOT play it without an internet connection. You might be able to choose single player but it has to have an internet connection to be played. Sucks when I travel to a place where internet connections are either slow or expensive like say quite a bit of the rural US including Alaska and Hawaii.

Guys, please! You're missing the point of the article entirely!

Obviously this is a satirical piece demonstrating that wow fans have neither the motor skills nor mental capacity for good or even enjoyable games. After all: given the immense choices available on the open market today, you still CHOSE to play WoW.

If you were to play the games on this list you may find a correlation to WoW and finally wake up shouting, "Hey! Why am I paying for this piece of hog-sh#t every month?? I HATE this game. I complain about nearly every aspect of it yet go back for more like the masochistic simpleton gaming companies assume I am. What's wrong with me?"

Well, I for one thank the author for pointing out the gaming abomination known as WoW for what it is. I look forward to many more thought provoking articles. What will he tackle next? The over use of first person perspective? The lame titles that have the testicular fortitude to charge full price for a four hour game? Perhaps he'll blow the lid off EA studios and show us that all they care about is money! Shocking but true! Speak out gentle muse, give us the gifts of your wisdom so that we may become enlightened.

Now THAT'S sarcasm.

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