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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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4,158 2,808
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2
3,571 2,005
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
3,059 2,008
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
2,602 2,405
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,151 2,235
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
2,855 1,886
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

7
2,576 1,921
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
2,711 1,514
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

9
2,606 1,729
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
2,503 1,463
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
2,071 1,482
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,674 1,173
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,079 1,321
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
1,992 1,151
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
2,146 1,405
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,088 1,240
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

17
1,946 1,387
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

18
1,622 976
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,091 1,207
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
1,299 866
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
2,155 923
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,615 834
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,283 1,170
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
1,512 917
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
1,493 1,001
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,434 944
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,262 905
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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979 757
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,203 252
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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772 655
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

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1,167 831
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,092 624
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,233 863
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,359 962
Fable is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable Sep 14 2004

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1,019 1,022
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,009 862
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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889 713
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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816 625
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

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860 548
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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845 838
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

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865 767
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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851 614
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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781 448
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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863 578
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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844 659
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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704 468
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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1,037 1,098
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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547 373
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

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605 450
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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826 667
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007