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

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3,404 1,886
Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,488 2,253
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,909 1,896
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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3,911 2,122
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,438 1,790
Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,738 1,783
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fallout 3 2008

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2,548 1,431
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,498 1,631
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,380 1,388
Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,973 1,400
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,537 1,099
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,937 1,244
Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,860 1,093
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,024 1,325
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,812 1,308
Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,985 1,174
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Diablo II 2000

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2,000 1,135
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,525 919
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,200 806
Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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2,009 873
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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1,223 1,086
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,497 784
Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,408 944
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,435 870
Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,350 895
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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1,210 839
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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920 699
Chrono Cross is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,101 774
Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,160 803
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,022 579
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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1,269 895
Fable is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Fable Sep 14 2004

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722 597
Suikoden II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
AndrewW.Curley added Suikoden II 1998

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968 962
Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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946 225
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
MikeHouston added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014

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948 820
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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835 674
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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793 504
The Legend of Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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830 724
EarthBound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
EarthBound 1994

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761 584
Xenogears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Xenogears 1998

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791 803
Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Deus Ex 2000

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787 577
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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730 410
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenin... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
Dark Souls 2011

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796 614
Pokémon Gold and Silver crysta... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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970 1,049
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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789 556
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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493 349
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
midnightq2 added Fallout 1997

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766 623
BioShock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made
BioShock 2007

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552 419
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made