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The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time 

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These are the best action role-playing games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated action RPGs are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest action RPGs are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these action role-playing games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging action role-playing games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new action RPGs.List is made up of many different games, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.This list answers the questions, "What are the best action RPGs?" and "What is the greatest action role-playing game game of all time?"
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Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
anurag added Released: 2011 (From Software)
Dark Souls is an action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games. A spiritual successor to FromSoftware's Demon's Souls, the game is the second installment ...more

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Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (BioWare)
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Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (Obsidian Entertainment)
Fallout: New Vegas is an action role-playing video game in the Fallout video game series. The game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda Softworks. It released for ...more

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Mabie1 added Released: 2014 (CD Projekt RED)
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Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Edge of Reality)
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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (Bethesda Game Studios)
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Star Wars: Knights of th... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Obsidian Entertainment)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords is a role-playing video game released for the Xbox and Microsoft Windows. It is the sequel to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ...more

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The Elder Scrolls III: M... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2002 (Bethesda Softworks)
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Ob... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2006 (4J Studios)
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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 1996 (Blizzard North)
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The Elder Scrolls V: Sky... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2011 (Bethesda Game Studios)
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The Legend of Zelda: Oca... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 1998 (Grezzo)
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Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
bball.fletcher16 added Released: 2009 (Edge of Reality)
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Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2012 (Gearbox Software)
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Bloodborne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
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Fable is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Big Blue Box Studios)
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The Legend of Zelda: A L... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 1991 (Nintendo)
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Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
CosmicCastaway added Released: 1995 (Square)
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The Witcher 2: Assassins... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
AdamSzczybielkieiwcz added Released: 2011 (CD Projekt RED)
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Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2000 (Blizzard North)
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Dragon's Dogma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
bball.fletcher16 added Released: 2012 (Capcom)
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Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (Square Enix)
Kingdom Hearts II is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 video game console. The game is a sequel to the 2002 Disney Interactive and ...more

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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
but chickens double d added Released: 2010 (Rockstar San Diego)
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Fallout 4 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
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Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
armok added Released: 2012 (Straight Right)
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