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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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4,436 2,967
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2
3,765 2,109
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

3
3,217 2,110
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

4
2,723 2,529
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

5
4,365 2,348
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

6
2,761 2,014
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

7
2,893 1,588
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

8
2,984 1,996
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

9
2,733 1,817
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

10
2,621 1,553
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

11
2,156 1,570
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

12
2,255 1,380
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

13
2,838 1,236
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

14
2,270 1,481
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

15
2,196 1,300
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

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2,077 1,219
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

17
2,142 1,446
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

18
2,195 1,273
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

19
1,706 1,023
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

20
2,278 971
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

21
1,385 912
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

22
1,708 895
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,334 1,249
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

24
1,589 1,045
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

25
1,517 992
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,594 964
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,399 293
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
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1,318 957
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,050 802
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,241 862
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,314 906
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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828 694
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

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1,085 1,061
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,160 660
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,428 1,007
Fable is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable 2004

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1,060 896
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

37
934 576
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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932 747
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
lektrolind added Fallout 2 1998

39
868 659
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

40
896 805
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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894 650
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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883 877
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

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903 614
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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880 687
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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837 487
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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766 504
Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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1,089 1,137
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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583 401
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

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637 475
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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862 707
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007