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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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1
4,955 3,019
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
5,654 4,001
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
3,571 3,567
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
6,148 3,023
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,287 2,819
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
3,967 2,659
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2008

7
3,798 2,168
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
3,637 2,368
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

9
3,516 2,773
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
3,459 2,085
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
2,820 2,136
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
3,860 1,731
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,796 1,656
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,887 1,916
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
2,876 1,724
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

16
2,933 1,984
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
2,686 595
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added 2014

18
2,717 1,988
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
2,550 1,242
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
3,048 1,317
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
2,937 1,697
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

22
2,211 1,411
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

23
1,856 1,285
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
1,783 1,733
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
2,076 1,306
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
2,058 1,400
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

27
2,027 1,289
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
1,738 1,282
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

29
1,579 1,177
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

30
1,184 984
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added 1998

31
1,975 1,306
Fable is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2004

32
1,407 1,124
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,398 1,403
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

34
1,717 1,225
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

35
1,574 924
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

36
1,232 1,025
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added 1998

37
1,353 1,181
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

38
1,226 1,061
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
1994

39
1,164 772
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2011

40
1,144 913
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
1998

41
1,461 1,445
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

42
1,248 755
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

43
1,232 899
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

44
1,231 853
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
1,091 1,147
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

46
1,206 857
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
1,177 915
Pokémon Gold and Silver is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
1,208 944
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2007

49
871 616
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added 1997

50
880 698
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made