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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.)
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Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,657 2,450
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,707 1,794
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,699 2,012
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,318 2,121
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,602 1,674
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

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2,293 1,668
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,364 1,357
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,376 1,547
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,250 1,320
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,858 1,324
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,338 1,026
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,826 1,170
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,757 1,024
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,894 1,265
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,717 1,235
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,885 1,113
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

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1,886 1,082
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,450 867
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,882 828
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,111 755
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,404 739
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,146 1,025
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,333 881
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,364 822
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,271 856
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,128 791
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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853 648
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,031 732
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,088 762
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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681 544
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

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952 544
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,196 842
Fable is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

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826 188
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

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931 912
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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904 777
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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797 638
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

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731 459
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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785 681
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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713 545
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

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679 381
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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761 770
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

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736 542
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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586 397
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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754 580
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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750 523
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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927 1,003
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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725 585
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

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457 325
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

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511 390
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made