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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
4,966 3,032
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

2
5,673 4,013
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
3,578 3,579
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
6,171 3,036
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,298 2,828
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
3,527 2,779
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
3,811 2,174
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
3,978 2,666
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2008

9
3,647 2,378
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
2,898 1,921
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
3,464 2,094
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,727 1,995
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,825 2,143
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
3,873 1,734
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
2,805 1,660
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

16
2,880 1,730
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

17
2,942 1,988
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

18
2,696 598
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added 2014

19
2,562 1,246
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
3,056 1,320
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
2,949 1,701
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

22
2,217 1,414
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

23
2,060 1,401
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
1,859 1,286
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
2,082 1,309
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

26
1,787 1,737
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

27
1,582 1,178
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

28
2,033 1,291
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

29
1,745 1,285
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

30
1,985 1,309
Fable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2004

31
1,187 987
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added 1998

32
1,410 1,127
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

33
1,725 1,226
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

34
1,400 1,407
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

35
1,580 926
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

36
1,233 1,030
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added 1998

37
1,356 1,184
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

38
1,168 776
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2011

39
1,230 1,065
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
1994

40
1,253 757
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

41
1,145 916
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
1998

42
1,465 1,448
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

43
1,235 901
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

44
1,234 855
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

45
1,092 1,152
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2000

46
1,211 861
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

47
1,181 918
Pokémon Gold and Silver is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

48
1,214 948
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
2007

49
874 620
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added 1997

50
882 702
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made