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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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4,356 2,571
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
5,069 3,524
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
3,175 3,037
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
3,809 2,494
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
5,337 2,692
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
3,364 1,895
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
3,176 2,448
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
3,537 2,332
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

9
3,235 2,101
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
3,088 1,820
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
2,516 1,876
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,594 1,655
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
3,370 1,490
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,482 1,444
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
2,563 1,526
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

16
2,633 1,750
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
2,460 1,736
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

18
1,993 1,237
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
2,595 1,517
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
1,644 1,118
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
2,699 1,164
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Social Issues You Care About Most

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2,056 442
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

23
2,155 1,085
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
1,578 1,512
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
1,829 1,171
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
1,838 1,146
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

27
1,829 1,238
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
1,534 1,130
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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1,422 1,028
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,232 973
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

31
1,006 847
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

32
1,547 1,071
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,743 1,148
Fable is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

34
1,248 1,250
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

35
1,383 804
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

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1,220 1,049
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

37
1,092 901
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

38
959 640
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

39
1,097 727
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

40
1,017 794
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

41
1,056 939
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

42
1,065 790
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

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997 1,024
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

44
1,299 1,288
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
1,068 624
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

46
1,070 746
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
1,038 814
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
1,055 832
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

49
726 522
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

50
761 597
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made