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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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4,719 3,218
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
4,027 2,279
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
2,929 2,728
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
3,503 2,255
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,821 2,478
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
2,940 2,209
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
3,250 2,123
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

8
3,085 1,731
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

9
2,980 1,928
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
2,840 1,666
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
2,343 1,684
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,407 1,499
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
3,069 1,347
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,365 1,386
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

The Best Super Nintendo RPGs Ever Made

15
2,266 1,302
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

16
2,430 1,601
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
2,272 1,573
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

18
2,379 1,356
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
1,847 1,101
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
2,467 1,047
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
1,495 989
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Zombie Movies Streaming on Hulu

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1,924 963
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

23
1,455 1,355
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
1,669 1,054
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
1,710 1,029
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
1,711 345
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

27
1,694 1,119
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
1,412 1,021
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Greatest RPG Characters of All Time

29
1,125 869
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

30
1,425 966
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

31
1,308 928
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

32
1,161 1,125
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,589 1,052
Fable is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

34
904 751
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

35
1,265 717
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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1,137 951
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

37
1,003 804
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

38
999 635
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

39
927 713
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

40
955 859
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

41
966 708
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

42
860 563
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

The Best Playstation 4 RPGs Released So Far

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930 936
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

44
954 546
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
1,191 1,196
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

46
975 669
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
952 735
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
649 445
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

49
956 757
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

50
689 521
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made