The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

Over 72.9K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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Includes pure RPGs as well as popular offshoots, like tactical and action RPGs and MMOs.

This comprehensive list ranks 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. 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. What are your all-time favorite RPGs?

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 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.)

Vote up all your favorite titles so gamers can see which releases rank among the greatest RPGs ever made.

Most divisive: Final Fantasy VI
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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    24,837 votes
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

    Dive deep into the morally complex world of Geralt of Rivia, a masterful monster hunter struggling to find his adopted daughter amidst a brewing war. As the third entry in the lauded series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt showcases a sprawling open-world teeming with vibrant landscapes and rich character interactions. Standout features include an intricate narrative with highly impactful player choices, a complex alchemy-based potion system, and a unique combat mechanic that merges swordplay with magical abilities. From the grand battles against otherworldly creatures to the tense political intrigue, this game truly stands as one of the best examples of RPG storytelling.

  • Fallout: New Vegas
    16,570 votes
    • Platform: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3

    Travel through the post-apocalyptic wasteland of New Vegas, navigating factions, alliances, and betrayals in a race to control the Mojave Desert's ultimate prize: Hoover Dam. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, Fallout: New Vegas builds upon the series' signature blend of first-person shooter mechanics and deep role-playing, while introducing new elements such as the reputation system and distinctive factions like the NCR and Caesar's Legion. Memorable characters, dark humor, and meaningful choices permeate every corner of this irradiated world. With its iconic setting and enhanced gameplay, New Vegas solidifies its place among the greatest RPGs of all time.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    • Platform: GameCube, Nintendo 64, Wii, iQue Player

    Embark on an epic quest to save the mythical land of Hyrule as young hero Link, braving dungeons, solving puzzles, and traveling through time to confront the malevolent Ganondorf. Released in 1998, Ocarina of Time revolutionized the action-RPG genre with its groundbreaking 3D graphics and innovative lock-on targeting system. The game's immersive storyline, unforgettable characters such as Princess Zelda and the enigmatic Sheik, and timeless soundtrack combine to create a true masterpiece. By expertly blending action, adventure, and puzzle-solving, this seminal entry in the Zelda series captures the hearts of generations of gamers.

    • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows

    Step into the world of Skyrim, a vast and dynamic northern province riddled with dragons, ancient prophecies, and political strife, where player choices directly impact the ever-changing landscape. As the prophesized Dragonborn, players wield exceptional powers to forge their path, deciding whether to fight for or against the empire, join guilds, and master a variety of skill trees. Boasting an impressive open-world design, engaging NPCs, and seemingly endless quests, Skyrim establishes itself as the pinnacle of the Elder Scrolls series. From battling mythical creatures atop mountain peaks to navigating the ethereal realm of Sovngarde, the game offers a level of immersion that remains unparalleled in the RPG genre.

  • Fable
    Sep 14 2004
    13,106 votes
    • Platform: OS X, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox

    Embark on a journey of personal growth and destiny in the rich fantasy setting of Albion, where actions have far-reaching consequences that shape not only player appearance but also the world around them. Released in 2004 by Peter Molyneux's Lionhead Studios, Fable combines action-RPG mechanics with moral decision-making, allowing players to embrace a hero's virtuous path or succumb to evil temptation. Unique gameplay elements, such as the ability to marry and start a family, add depth to the experience as players develop their character along their chosen path. With its innovative design, memorable characters, and dynamic world, Fable endures as a benchmark in the role-playing genre.

  • Pokémon Red and Blue
    16,394 votes
    • Platform: Game Boy, Game Boy Advance

    Enter the world of Pokémon, where players capture, train, and battle various creatures to become the ultimate Pokémon Master. Pioneering the iconic franchise, Red and Blue versions laid the foundation for future Pokémon games with their unique creature-design, turn-based combat system, and focus on strategy. The games emphasized exploration and discovery, as players traversed through the Kanto region, encountering memorable characters like rival Blue, Team Rocket, and the esteemed Professor Oak. As the catalysts for a global phenomenon that continues to enthrall fans today, Pokémon Red and Blue indisputably earn their place among the greatest RPGs.