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The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made 

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Updated June 12, 2020 887.5k votes 65.3k voters 695.7k views 408 items

List Rules Includes pure RPGs as well as popular offshoots, like tactical and action RPGs and MMOs.

This comprehensive list ranks 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. 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. What are your all-time favorite RPGs?

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 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.)

Vote up all your favorite titles so gamers can see which releases rank among the greatest RPGs ever made.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Sky... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2011 (Bethesda Game Studios)
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The Legend of Zelda: A L... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1991 (Nintendo)
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Star Wars: Knights of th... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Ob... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2006 (4J Studios)
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The Legend of Zelda: Oca... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1998 (Grezzo)
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added Released: 2014 (CD Projekt RED)
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Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2000 (Blizzard North)
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Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2009 (Edge of Reality)
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Star Wars: Knights of th... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2004 (Obsidian Entertainment)
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Fable II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Released: 2008 (Lionhead Studios)
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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2008 (Bethesda Game Studios)
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The Elder Scrolls III: M... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2002 (Bethesda Softworks)
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Pokémon Red and B... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2007 (Edge of Reality)
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Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2010 (Obsidian Entertainment)
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Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2002 (Square)
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Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1997 (Eidos Interactive)
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The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1995 (Square)
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Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2005 (Square Enix)
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Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2012 (Straight Right)
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Fable is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2004 (Big Blue Box Studios)
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Pokémon Gold and ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2000 (Game Freak)
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The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 1999 (Sony Computer Entertainment)
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Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Released: 2010 (BioWare)