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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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1
5,130 3,169
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
5,846 4,157
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
6,447 3,161
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
3,689 3,700
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,437 2,913
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
3,646 2,893
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
3,931 2,258
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
4,107 2,766
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2008

9
3,792 2,467
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
2,998 1,992
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
3,603 2,158
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,823 2,077
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,916 2,213
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
4,032 1,801
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
2,923 1,726
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

16
2,988 1,800
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

17
2,929 646
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added 2014

18
3,036 2,057
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
2,702 1,305
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
3,175 1,372
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
3,049 1,768
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

22
2,305 1,466
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

23
1,922 1,336
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
2,126 1,454
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
2,151 1,358
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
1,848 1,805
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

27
1,646 1,219
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
2,110 1,332
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

29
1,806 1,331
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

30
2,060 1,352
Fable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2004

31
1,245 1,030
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added 1998

32
1,458 1,172
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,785 1,274
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

34
1,643 966
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

35
1,447 1,455
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

36
1,289 1,080
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added 1998

37
1,402 1,236
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

38
1,284 1,110
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
1994

39
1,235 825
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2011

40
1,194 950
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
1998

41
1,321 795
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

42
1,282 935
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

43
1,277 879
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

44
1,510 1,505
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
1,130 1,192
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

46
1,266 903
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
1,222 959
Pokémon Gold and Silver is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
1,268 993
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2007

49
928 659
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added 1997

50
929 733
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made