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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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4,311 2,861
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2
3,656 2,045
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
3,116 2,046
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
2,644 2,451
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,229 2,275
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
2,680 1,953
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
2,814 1,537
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
2,902 1,927
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

9
2,648 1,761
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
2,547 1,498
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
2,100 1,515
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,189 1,340
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,748 1,196
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,214 1,430
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
2,016 1,179
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,080 1,402
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
2,129 1,265
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

18
1,653 995
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,140 1,228
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
1,341 885
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
2,212 940
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

22
1,640 863
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,305 1,198
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,542 1,016
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
1,538 937
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,461 963
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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1,285 927
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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1,018 772
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,275 267
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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1,215 839
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,282 876
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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801 668
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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1,129 636
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,397 978
Fable is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable Sep 14 2004

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1,062 1,035
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,029 875
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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845 636
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

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906 555
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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898 727
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

40
879 782
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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856 856
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

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868 630
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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807 462
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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733 480
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

45
865 669
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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877 592
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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1,059 1,112
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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557 384
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

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621 459
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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842 684
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007