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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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4,731 3,239
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
4,045 2,288
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
2,939 2,743
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
3,523 2,267
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,841 2,491
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
2,948 2,223
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
3,265 2,133
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

8
3,102 1,739
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

9
2,993 1,934
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
2,850 1,674
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
2,352 1,693
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,415 1,505
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
3,090 1,350
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,378 1,392
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

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15
2,276 1,307
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

16
2,439 1,610
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
2,280 1,580
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

18
2,387 1,366
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
1,854 1,107
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
2,482 1,049
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
1,510 993
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,941 967
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,462 1,360
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
1,680 1,058
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
1,715 1,033
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
1,729 346
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

27
1,704 1,124
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
1,420 1,025
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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1,132 873
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,429 973
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,315 933
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,164 1,132
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,598 1,055
Fable is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

34
913 756
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

35
1,272 719
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,144 954
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,009 807
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

38
1,008 640
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

39
932 717
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

40
958 863
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

41
970 710
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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865 565
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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933 939
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

44
1,194 1,198
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
958 549
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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978 671
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
957 738
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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656 448
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

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957 760
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

50
692 524
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made