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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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4,551 2,752
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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5,250 3,672
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,310 3,206
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,965 2,606
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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5,613 2,818
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,687 2,443
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

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3,501 1,997
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,282 2,571
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,378 2,185
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,221 1,912
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,625 1,965
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,534 1,571
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,594 1,508
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,685 1,748
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

Stars Who Passed on Iconic Hollywood Roles

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2,686 1,588
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

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2,729 1,839
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,544 1,827
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,263 502
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

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2,291 1,142
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,071 1,301
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,712 1,588
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Greatest RPG Characters of All Time

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,717 1,180
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,905 1,232
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,649 1,604
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,903 1,203
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,911 1,295
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,596 1,188
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Xbox One RPGs Released So Far

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Fable is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

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1,297 1,029
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,477 1,080
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,075 896
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

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1,613 1,123
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,297 1,302
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,444 852
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Best Supernatural Shows on TV Right Now

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1,271 1,101
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,139 955
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

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1,045 688
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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1,121 983
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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1,065 836
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

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1,148 779
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,128 835
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

The Most Awkward E3 Moments Of All Time

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1,030 1,072
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

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1,358 1,344
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,141 674
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,123 789
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,092 848
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,109 873
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

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784 560
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

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