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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.)
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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Release: 1997

Developer: Eidos Interactive, Square

Platform: PlayStation, Microsoft Windows

Sequels: Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

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#22 on The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

#4 on The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

#57 on The Greatest Classic Video Game Theme Songs Ever

#8 on The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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Release: 1995

Developer: Square, Tose Co., Ltd.

Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, PlayStation iPhone, + more

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#5 on The Best Super Nintendo (SNES) Games

#2 on The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

#55 on The Best Nintendo Games, Ranked

#25 on The Greatest Classic Video Game Theme Songs Ever

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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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Mass Effect 2


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Release: 2010

Developer: BioWare

Platform: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Sequels: Mass Effect

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#83 on The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

#11 on The Best XBox 360 Games of All Time, Ranked

#73 on The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

#13 on The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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Release: 2003

Developer: Aspyr, BioWare

Platform: OS X, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, Macintosh

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#54 on The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

#84 on The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

#24 on The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

#10 on Video Games That Should Be Movies

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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Release: 2011

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Platform: PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360

Sequels: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

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#11 on The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

#1 on The Best XBox 360 Games of All Time, Ranked

#6 on The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

#2 on The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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Release: 2001

Developer: Square

Platform: PlayStation 2

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#97 on The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

#12 on The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

#35 on The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

#24 on The Most Compelling Video Game Storylines Ever

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


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Release: 1994

Developer: Square, Tose Co., Ltd.

Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance

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#7 on The Best Super Nintendo (SNES) Games

#9 on The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

#62 on The Best Nintendo Games, Ranked

#22 on The Greatest Classic Video Game Theme Songs Ever

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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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Fallout 3


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Release: 2008

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Platform: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Sequels: Fallout 2

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#26 on The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

#4 on The Best XBox 360 Games of All Time, Ranked

#52 on The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

#15 on The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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