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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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4,240 2,459
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
4,954 3,417
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
3,109 2,928
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
3,721 2,410
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
5,175 2,624
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
3,106 2,370
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
3,446 2,269
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

8
3,272 1,838
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

9
3,146 2,054
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
3,012 1,776
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
2,482 1,813
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
3,288 1,448
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,530 1,610
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,504 1,483
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
2,414 1,400
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

16
2,559 1,708
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
2,399 1,685
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

18
2,523 1,470
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
2,628 1,124
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
1,948 1,194
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
1,601 1,078
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Music Festivals In The World

22
2,081 1,050
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

23
1,946 416
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
1,554 1,464
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
1,787 1,138
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
1,805 1,108
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

27
1,789 1,201
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
1,500 1,098
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
1,195 942
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

30
1,503 1,038
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

31
1,693 1,120
Fable is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

32
1,379 999
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,219 1,211
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

34
969 824
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

35
1,350 776
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
1,198 1,017
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

37
1,056 870
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

38
1,064 702
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

39
987 773
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

40
1,023 919
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

41
922 621
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

42
1,033 767
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Playstation 4 RPGs Released So Far

43
982 999
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

44
1,264 1,262
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
1,036 604
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

46
1,042 730
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
1,014 796
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
1,020 815
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

49
696 501
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

50
734 580
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made