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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
6,212 4,460
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
6,883 3,405
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
4,757 3,063
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
5,445 3,410
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
3,925 3,911
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
3,888 3,098
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
4,155 2,427
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
4,379 2,943
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2008

9
4,054 2,618
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
3,199 2,157
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
3,826 2,309
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
3,020 2,261
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
3,112 2,360
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
4,343 1,908
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
3,138 1,844
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

16
3,164 1,920
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

17
3,353 738
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added 2014

18
3,247 2,173
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
2,959 1,406
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
3,260 1,873
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
3,394 1,445
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

22
2,036 1,421
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

23
2,257 1,555
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
2,433 1,554
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
2,310 1,430
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made