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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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4,350 2,559
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
5,057 3,514
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
3,164 3,028
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
3,803 2,486
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
5,323 2,687
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
3,355 1,890
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
3,169 2,441
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
3,534 2,325
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

9
3,231 2,095
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
3,079 1,815
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
2,513 1,872
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
3,366 1,484
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,587 1,651
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,481 1,441
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Super Nintendo RPGs Ever Made

15
2,559 1,522
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

16
2,626 1,746
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
2,453 1,733
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

18
1,992 1,232
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
2,590 1,513
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
1,642 1,114
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
2,693 1,159
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Social Issues You Care About Most

22
2,043 439
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

23
2,151 1,080
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
1,575 1,508
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
1,827 1,167
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
1,838 1,141
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

27
1,823 1,235
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
1,531 1,126
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Most Popular RPG Video Games Right Now

29
1,417 1,025
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

30
1,230 970
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

31
1,005 844
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

32
1,540 1,067
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,740 1,144
Fable is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

34
1,243 1,246
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

35
1,381 800
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

36
1,220 1,045
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

37
1,090 897
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

38
956 638
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

39
1,094 726
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

40
1,014 791
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

41
1,053 937
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

42
997 1,021
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

10 Hyped-Up RPGs That Are Extremely Overrated

43
1,064 787
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

44
1,298 1,284
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
1,066 621
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

46
1,064 742
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
1,037 812
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
1,053 830
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

49
726 519
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

50
758 597
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made