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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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4,421 2,648
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
5,137 3,590
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
3,230 3,105
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
5,455 2,740
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
3,871 2,535
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
3,417 1,939
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
3,225 2,502
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
3,600 2,377
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

9
3,294 2,132
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
3,142 1,854
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
2,561 1,907
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
3,438 1,526
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,632 1,695
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,531 1,470
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

Famous Men Who Married Much Younger Women

15
2,616 1,553
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

16
2,669 1,790
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
2,492 1,777
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

18
2,025 1,261
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
2,636 1,549
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
2,755 1,189
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
1,668 1,145
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Greatest RPG Characters of All Time

22
2,213 1,109
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

23
2,138 469
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

24
1,613 1,545
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
1,862 1,193
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
1,869 1,166
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

27
1,859 1,268
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
1,559 1,155
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Playstation 4 RPGs Released So Far

29
1,442 1,052
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

30
1,255 1,000
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

31
1,033 871
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

32
1,572 1,094
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,774 1,169
Fable is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

34
1,268 1,274
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

35
1,416 819
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane

36
1,243 1,068
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

37
1,114 920
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

38
993 660
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

39
1,081 952
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

40
1,120 746
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

41
1,031 812
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

42
1,085 807
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Outfit Skins In Fortnite: Battle Royale, Ranked

43
1,009 1,042
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

44
1,319 1,309
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
1,097 638
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

46
1,089 763
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
1,055 826
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
1,076 847
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

49
754 538
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

50
777 611
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made