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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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4,443 2,660
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
5,155 3,602
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
3,240 3,128
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
5,489 2,756
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
3,890 2,546
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
3,433 1,949
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
3,236 2,515
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
3,616 2,390
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

9
3,312 2,141
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
3,157 1,865
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
2,573 1,917
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
3,460 1,530
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,647 1,701
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,543 1,475
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Super Nintendo RPGs Ever Made

15
2,633 1,558
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

16
2,681 1,798
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
2,505 1,785
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

18
2,037 1,267
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
2,651 1,555
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
2,769 1,194
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
1,679 1,149
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)

22
2,229 1,114
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

23
2,162 475
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

24
1,618 1,558
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
1,871 1,200
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
1,877 1,172
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

27
1,867 1,272
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
1,564 1,161
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Most Popular RPG Video Games Right Now

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1,265 1,003
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

30
1,450 1,055
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

31
1,042 873
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

32
1,580 1,098
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,781 1,173
Fable is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

34
1,274 1,277
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

35
1,421 822
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

36
1,249 1,072
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

37
1,118 925
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

38
1,004 665
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

39
1,085 956
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

40
1,127 751
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

41
1,037 814
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

42
1,095 809
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10 Hyped-Up RPGs That Are Extremely Overrated

43
1,015 1,043
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

44
1,326 1,315
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
1,104 644
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

46
1,098 768
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
1,063 829
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
1,083 851
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

49
760 540
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

50
782 613
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made