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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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4,569 3,075
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2
3,868 2,191
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
2,825 2,607
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
3,370 2,179
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,581 2,415
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
2,843 2,102
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
3,108 2,057
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

8
2,973 1,664
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

9
2,848 1,880
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
2,717 1,607
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,247 1,623
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,318 1,438
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,940 1,297
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,335 1,538
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
2,171 1,265
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,269 1,342
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

17
2,210 1,501
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

18
2,283 1,310
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
1,765 1,062
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,354 1,014
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,426 953
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,809 925
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,391 1,298
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,597 1,021
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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1,645 995
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,636 1,082
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,536 319
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

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1,358 992
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,078 837
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,360 935
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,265 896
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,116 1,094
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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857 723
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

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1,501 1,035
Fable is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

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1,205 690
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,096 922
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

37
968 772
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

38
965 606
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

39
895 685
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

40
916 834
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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917 682
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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816 531
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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910 907
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

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936 639
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,143 1,167
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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888 517
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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915 712
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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614 425
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

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906 732
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

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661 500
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made