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The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

List Criteria: 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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    the people's #1
    Final Fantasy VII

    Jan 01 1997 More
    96
  2. 2
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    Nov 11 2011 More
    95
  3. 3
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    Jan 01 1995 More
    92
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

    Jul 15 2003 More
    92
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    Oct 28 2008 More
    90
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mass Effect 2

    Jan 26 2010 More
    89
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    Mar 20 2006 More
    86
  8. 8
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    Jan 01 1994 More
    81
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    often listed
    Final Fantasy X

    Jan 01 2001 More
    78
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    Nov 03 2009 More
    78
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    Nov 21 1998 More
    76
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    Nov 16 2007 More
    75
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    Jun 29 2000 More
    75
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    Jun 04 2002 More
    74
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    Sep 24 2000 More
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    Jan 01 1991 More
    69
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    Mar 28 2002 More
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    Jul 07 2000 More
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    Jan 01 1997 More
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    Feb 11 1999 More
    66
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    Mar 06 2012 More
    66
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    Baldur's Gate

    Nov 30 1998 More
    66
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    Dec 06 2004 More
    65
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    Jan 01 1993 More
    63
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    Sep 30 1998 More
    62
    added by: lektrolind
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    Jun 22 2000 More
    61
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    Fallout: New Vegas

    Oct 19 2010 More
    60
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    Mar 09 1996 More
    60
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    Sep 14 2004 More
    59
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    Final Fantasy XII

    Mar 16 2006 More
    57
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    Jan 01 1991 More
    57
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    World of Warcraft

    Nov 23 2004 More
    56
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    Chrono Cross

    Nov 18 1999 More
    54
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    Neverwinter Nights 2

    Oct 31 2006 More
    54
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    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

    May 17 2011 More
    53
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    Jan 01 1994 More
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    1986 More
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    Oct 26 2007 More
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    Dec 22 2005 More
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    Jan 01 1998 More
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    Jan 01 1998 More
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    added by: AndrewW.Curley
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    Apr 27 1990 More
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    Jan 01 1997 More
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    Pokémon Gold and Silver crystal

    Oct 14 2000 More
    46
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    Oct 20 2009 More
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    Aug 23 2011 More
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