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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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5,514 3,857
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
4,789 2,899
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
3,469 3,404
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
4,153 2,729
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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5,920 2,941
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,858 2,570
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

7
3,666 2,096
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,531 2,289
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,420 2,691
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,364 2,009
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,738 2,067
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,709 1,589
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
3,716 1,659
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,797 1,844
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,788 1,664
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

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2,853 1,915
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,489 556
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

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2,637 1,924
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,445 1,196
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,846 1,648
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,153 1,368
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,794 1,238
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,948 1,269
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,732 1,681
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,004 1,276
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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1,995 1,353
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,969 1,250
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,670 1,241
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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1,920 1,258
Fable is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

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1,135 942
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

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1,353 1,082
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,531 1,134
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,673 1,186
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,350 1,361
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,511 895
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,189 995
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

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1,315 1,144
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,114 735
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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1,177 1,026
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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1,104 881
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

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1,198 819
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,185 873
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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1,068 1,117
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

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1,415 1,399
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,202 714
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,171 828
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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1,142 883
Pokémon Gold and Silver is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,163 915
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

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830 594
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

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836 666
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made