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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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Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,363 3,272
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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5,315 3,730
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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4,024 2,648
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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5,729 2,858
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,756 2,481
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

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3,559 2,029
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,439 2,211
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,325 2,611
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,267 1,947
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,662 1,993
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,641 1,529
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,588 1,601
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,723 1,784
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Super Nintendo RPGs Ever Made

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2,723 1,613
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

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2,764 1,866
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,571 1,860
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,346 1,157
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,099 1,322
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,755 1,609
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,939 1,247
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,677 1,633
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,930 1,215
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,944 1,312
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,619 1,204
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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Fable is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

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1,319 1,047
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

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1,499 1,093
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

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

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

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1,286 1,115
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,074 702
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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1,142 995
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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1,075 849
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

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The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

The Best Playstation 4 RPGs Released So Far

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

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

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,163 688
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

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1,133 885
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

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

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