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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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3,910 2,605
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2
3,386 1,875
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
2,478 2,241
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,897 1,887
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
3,895 2,114
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,425 1,783
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
2,724 1,775
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

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2,538 1,425
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,489 1,623
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,368 1,382
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,963 1,394
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,521 1,094
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,927 1,238
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,851 1,088
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,018 1,317
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,805 1,303
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,974 1,170
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

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1,989 1,132
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,519 915
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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1,193 801
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,997 869
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,216 1,079
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,489 778
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,403 935
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,430 863
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,345 891
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,201 835
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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917 692
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,096 769
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,155 798
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,012 575
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,262 891
Fable is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable Sep 14 2004

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715 593
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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965 956
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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933 221
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

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946 814
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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830 670
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

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787 499
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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825 719
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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758 580
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

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788 800
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

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782 572
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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726 406
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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628 427
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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792 612
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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786 552
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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968 1,043
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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490 346
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

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551 415
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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762 619
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007