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

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Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

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

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

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

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

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Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

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

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

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

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

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The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Fable is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

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Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

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The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 2 1998

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Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

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EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

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Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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

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

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Fallout is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 1997