Total Nerd The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made  

Originally by
195.7k votes 13.6k voters 384.3k views 613 items Embed

List Rules Includes pure RPGs as well as popular offshoots, like tactical and action RPGs and MMOs.

This list shows the ranking of the best pure Role-Playing Games, Action-RPG hybrids and MMORPG's of all time, as voted on by the Ranker Community. The popularity of role-playing games far predates video game technology entirely, and many of the genre's standards, settings and concepts continue to draw strong influence from the pen-and-paper games of the past (particularly the granddaddy of them all, Dungeons & Dragons, or D&D.)

In traditional Role-Playing Games, the player controls a character in a fictional world or setting, and takes a strong hand in determining how that character chooses to progress through the environment. This can involve determining the character's nature and outlook, his or her development through quests and missions and potentially joining up with other characters, either NPC or representing other human players. They tend to be more character and plot-driven games in many ways, as opposed to games that put more emphasis on stealth, puzzle-solving or combat. In some ways, new technology has simply made RPG's easier to organize and faster to play through, removing the need for a "gamemaster" and reliance on dice or other physical means of determining game outcomes.

Many of the most popular RPGs are part of a larger franchise, set in a familiar world that has been established over the course of numerous games (and sometimes tie-in novels, short films or other media.) The "Final Fantasy" RPG franchise is perhaps the most significant and long-standing in video game history, and in fact at this point has branched out beyond traditional role-playing games to include entires focused on tactical role-playing, action role-playing, MMORPG's, racing games, third person shooters and even rhythm and fighting games. It has also inspired numerous animated films, tie in novels and comic books.

(Unlike many other RPG series that are all based in a single setting or universe - such as the "Elder Scrolls" series Tamriel or Azeroth from Blizzard's "Warcraft" games - "Final Fantasy" entries tend to take place in different settings and have sharply distinguished plotlines.)
list ordered by

1
3,097 1,725
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Super Nintendo RPGs Ever Made The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time

2
3,650 2,441
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
2,701 1,787
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
3,685 2,007
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
2,312 2,116
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
2,594 1,669
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

7
2,285 1,661
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
2,359 1,351
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

9
2,367 1,544
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
2,241 1,318
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
1,852 1,320
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,333 1,020
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
1,822 1,164
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
1,751 1,022
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
1,889 1,261
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Greatest RPG Characters of All Time The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

16
1,714 1,227
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
1,882 1,108
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

18
1,883 1,077
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
1,446 864
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
1,881 822
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
1,110 749
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

22
1,395 738
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

23
1,140 1,022
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
1,332 875
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
1,357 820
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
1,270 853
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

27
1,126 788
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
850 644
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

29
1,029 729
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Playstation 4 RPGs Released So Far 31 Things That Are Normal In The Day, But Terrifying At Night

30
680 541
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

31
1,084 760
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

32
949 543
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,191 840
Fable is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

34
818 188
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

35
927 908
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

36
899 776
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

37
796 638
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

38
727 457
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

39
783 680
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

40
713 544
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

41
675 380
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

42
760 769
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

43
734 541
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Wii U RPGs You Should Be Playing The Best Weather Websites

44
753 577
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
584 397
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

46
749 522
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
926 1,000
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
719 585
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

49
453 324
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

50
510 389
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made