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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
5,139 3,179
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
5,856 4,169
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
6,462 3,171
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
3,698 3,709
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,451 2,918
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
3,654 2,901
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
3,939 2,265
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
4,121 2,773
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2008

9
3,800 2,473
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
3,004 1,999
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
3,612 2,163
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,828 2,084
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,922 2,219
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
4,042 1,806
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
2,930 1,730
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

16
2,993 1,808
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

17
2,950 651
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added 2014

18
3,042 2,062
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
2,712 1,309
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
3,179 1,376
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
3,054 1,772
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

22
2,308 1,469
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

23
1,927 1,340
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
2,136 1,458
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
2,157 1,361
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
1,854 1,810
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

27
1,649 1,223
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
2,114 1,334
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

29
1,809 1,333
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

30
2,071 1,357
Fable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2004

31
1,248 1,034
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added 1998

32
1,462 1,175
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,788 1,277
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

34
1,645 970
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

35
1,451 1,459
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

36
1,292 1,083
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added 1998

37
1,406 1,240
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

38
1,285 1,114
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
1994

39
1,238 828
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2011

40
1,196 954
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
1998

41
1,325 798
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

42
1,285 939
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

43
1,277 884
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

44
1,514 1,509
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
1,133 1,195
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

46
1,270 906
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
1,223 963
Pokémon Gold and Silver is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
1,271 996
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2007

49
933 662
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added 1997

50
930 738
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made