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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
5,021 3,089
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
5,739 4,071
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
6,302 3,075
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
3,626 3,632
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,351 2,864
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
3,578 2,820
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
3,855 2,206
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
4,035 2,708
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2008

9
3,709 2,415
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
2,943 1,943
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
3,525 2,121
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,764 2,025
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,863 2,172
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
3,935 1,760
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
2,844 1,688
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

16
2,924 1,760
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

17
2,789 618
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added 2014

18
2,978 2,015
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
2,616 1,274
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
3,098 1,343
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
2,994 1,728
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

22
2,251 1,433
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

23
1,884 1,300
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
2,093 1,419
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
2,108 1,330
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
1,810 1,765
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

27
1,607 1,190
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
2,064 1,306
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

29
1,768 1,302
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

30
2,016 1,326
Fable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2004

31
1,432 1,142
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

32
1,204 1,005
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added 1998

33
1,749 1,243
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

34
1,607 940
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

35
1,421 1,424
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

36
1,252 1,055
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added 1998

37
1,372 1,203
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

38
1,252 1,080
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
1994

39
1,198 796
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2011

40
1,164 928
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
1998

41
1,282 772
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

42
1,252 912
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

43
1,252 862
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

44
1,484 1,472
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
1,106 1,168
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

46
1,202 933
Pokémon Gold and Silver is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
1,231 878
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
1,237 966
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2007

49
893 640
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added 1997

50
897 713
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made