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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
3,531 3,501
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
5,592 3,947
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
4,884 2,977
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
6,062 2,988
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,238 2,784
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
3,922 2,620
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2008

7
3,744 2,137
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
3,592 2,335
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

9
3,471 2,736
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
3,424 2,048
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
2,791 2,099
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
3,794 1,702
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,760 1,621
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,840 1,887
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
2,836 1,692
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

16
2,893 1,953
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
2,604 576
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added 2014

18
2,678 1,960
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
2,510 1,218
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
3,002 1,290
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
2,900 1,667
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

22
2,187 1,389
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

23
1,831 1,259
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
1,762 1,707
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
2,046 1,289
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
2,034 1,378
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

27
2,002 1,270
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
1,713 1,259
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

29
1,550 1,157
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

30
1,166 965
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added 1998

31
1,954 1,286
Fable is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2004

32
1,382 1,104
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,378 1,382
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

34
1,695 1,206
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

35
1,545 913
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

36
1,217 1,010
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added 1998

37
1,336 1,165
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

38
1,144 753
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2011

39
1,201 1,044
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
1994

40
1,231 734
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

41
1,125 895
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
1998

42
1,441 1,421
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

43
1,213 838
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

44
1,208 887
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
1,079 1,134
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

46
1,190 843
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
1,158 897
Pokémon Gold and Silver is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
1,185 930
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2007

49
854 604
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added 1997

50
860 684
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made