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

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2
3,399 1,882
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
2,486 2,247
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,907 1,891
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
3,905 2,120
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,432 1,789
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,736 1,779
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

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2,544 1,429
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,496 1,628
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,377 1,385
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,971 1,397
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,531 1,099
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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1,935 1,242
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,860 1,090
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,021 1,324
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,810 1,307
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,981 1,173
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

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1,997 1,134
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,522 917
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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1,197 805
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,006 872
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,223 1,083
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,496 781
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,406 942
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,432 868
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,350 893
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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1,208 838
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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920 697
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,099 774
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,159 802
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,020 579
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,267 894
Fable is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable Sep 14 2004

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718 596
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

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967 960
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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945 223
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

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947 818
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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834 673
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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791 504
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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829 724
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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760 584
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

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790 802
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

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784 577
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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729 409
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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634 429
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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795 614
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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969 1,047
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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789 555
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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493 348
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

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766 622
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

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551 419
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made