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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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4,335 2,880
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2
3,669 2,062
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
3,134 2,057
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
2,659 2,471
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,244 2,298
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
2,699 1,966
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
2,828 1,550
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
2,913 1,945
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

9
2,660 1,774
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
2,564 1,509
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,111 1,526
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,199 1,348
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,764 1,202
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,226 1,438
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
2,100 1,408
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,026 1,188
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
2,147 1,271
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

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2,150 1,237
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,226 944
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,658 1,004
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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1,346 892
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,651 873
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,311 1,210
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,547 1,023
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
1,472 969
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,546 943
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,290 935
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,299 275
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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1,023 781
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,220 844
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,290 882
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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803 676
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

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1,069 1,040
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,133 643
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,402 987
Fable is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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1,032 881
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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909 560
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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905 733
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

39
848 642
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

40
881 789
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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874 635
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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863 861
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

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884 596
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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868 673
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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813 467
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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740 487
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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1,062 1,118
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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563 388
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

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626 463
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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844 689
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007