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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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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls action ...more

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Mabie1 added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2014 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an upcoming action role-playing video game set in an open world environment, that is currently in development by Polish video game developer CD Projekt RED. It is ...more

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Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
anurag added Dark Souls 2011 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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Mass Effect 2007 Mass Effect is a 2007 science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game developed by BioWare for the Xbox 360 and ported to Microsoft Windows by Demiurge Studios. The Xbox 360 ...more

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Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Fallout: New Vegas 2010 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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Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
bball.fletcher16 added Dragon Age: Origins 2009 Dragon Age: Origins is a role-playing video game developed by BioWare's Edmonton studio and published by Electronic Arts. It is the first game in the Dragon Age franchise. The game was released ...more

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Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Mass Effect 2 2010 Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on January 26, 2010, and for ...more

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks and the Take-Two Interactive subsidiary 2K Games. It is ...more

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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Fallout 3 2008 Fallout 3 is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and is the third major installment in the Fallout series. The game was released in North America, ...more

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Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
armok added Mass Effect 3 2012 Mass Effect 3 is a 2012 science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, ...more

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Deus Ex: Human Revolution 2011 Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a cyberpunk-themed first-person action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix, which also produced the game's CGI ...more

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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 2002 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is an open world fantasy action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and published by Bethesda Softworks and Ubisoft. It is the third ...more

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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
but chickens double d added Red Dead Redemption 2010 Red Dead Redemption is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ...more

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Dishonored is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Dishonored 2012 Dishonored is a 2012 stealth action-adventure video game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It was released worldwide in October 2012 for Microsoft Windows, ...more

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2004 Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is a 2004 action role-playing game set in White Wolf's World of Darkness; it was developed by Troika Games and released by Activision for Microsoft Windows. ...more

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Dragon's Dogma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
bball.fletcher16 added Dragon's Dogma Dragon's Dogma is an action role-playing video game developed and published by Capcom for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game features an open world fantasy setting, in addition to hack and ...more

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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
AdamSzczybielkieiwcz added The Witcher 2007 The Witcher is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by CD Projekt RED and published by Atari, Inc. The game is based on the book series of the same name by Polish author ...more

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords 2004 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 Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
AdamSzczybielkieiwcz added The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 2011 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Polish studio CD Projekt RED for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, OS X and Linux. The game was ...more

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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Diablo 1996 Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 1996. Set in the fictional Kingdom of Khanduras, ...more

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Fallout: 4 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
armok added Fallout: 4 Fallout 4 is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series, and was released ...more

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Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Diablo II 2000 Diablo II is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and published by Blizzard Entertainment in 2000 for Windows and Mac OS computers. The game, with its ...more

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Dragon Age: Inquisition is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Dragon Age: Inquisition Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, the third major ...more

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a 1998 action-adventure video game developed by Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development division for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It was ...more

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Fable is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Fable 2004 Fable is an action role-playing open world video game in the Fable series. It was developed for Xbox, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows platforms, by Big Blue Box, a satellite developer of ...more

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Bloodborne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Bloodborne Bloodborne is an action role-playing video game developed by FromSoftware and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4. Officially announced at Sony's Electronic Entertainment ...more

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Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Borderlands 2 2012 Borderlands 2 is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game, developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games on September 18, 2012. It is the second game in the Borderlands ...more

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, known as Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce in Japan, is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo ...more

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Chrono Trigger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
CosmicCastaway added Chrono Trigger 1995 Chrono Trigger is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1995. Chrono Trigger '​s development team included three designers ...more

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BioShock Infinite is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
BioShock Infinite 2013 BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. It was released worldwide for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 ...more

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Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Kingdom Hearts II 2005 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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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 2012 Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a single-player action role-playing video game for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 developed by Big Huge Games and 38 Studios, who together with ...more

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
MrZiv742 added The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 2000 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is an action-adventure video game developed by Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development division for the Nintendo 64. It was released in Japan on ...more

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2002 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, released in Japan as The Legend of Zelda: Tact of Wind, is an action-adventure game and the tenth installment in The Legend of Zelda series. It was released ...more

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Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Kingdom Hearts 2002 Kingdom Hearts is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 video game console. It's the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series, and is the ...more

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time

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Demon's Souls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Demon's Souls 2009 Demon's Souls is a 2009 action role-playing video game developed by From Software, with production assistance from SCE Japan Studio, exclusively for the PlayStation 3. It was released in Japan ...more

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Path of Exile is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
NoraAus added Path of Exile 2013 Path of Exile is an online action RPG developed by New Zealand based independent developer Grinding Gear Games. It is a downloadable free-to-play game supported by "ethical ...more

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Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
but chickens double d added Pokémon Red and Blue Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Red & Green, are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published ...more

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Borderlands is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
autopsychotic added Borderlands 2009 Borderlands is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game that was developed by Gearbox Software for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It is the first game in ...more

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Gothic II is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Gothic II 2002 Gothic II is a role-playing video game and the sequel to Gothic, by the German developer Piranha Bytes. It was first released on November 29, 2002 in Germany, with North America following almost ...more

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Fable II is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Fable II 2008 Fable II is an action role-playing open world video game in the Fable game series developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox 360. It is the sequel to Fable ...more

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Secret of Mana is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
KelseyMartin added Secret of Mana 1993 Secret of Mana, originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 2, is a 1993 action role-playing game developed and published by Square for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the ...more

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an action-adventure game developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development and published by Nintendo for the GameCube and Wii video game ...more

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Torchlight 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
owarvilla added Torchlight 2 2012 Torchlight II is an action role-playing game developed by Runic Games, released on September 20, 2012. It is the sequel to Runic's 2009 ARPG, Torchlight, and features peer-to-peer multiplayer ...more

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Castlevania: Symphony of the N... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a platform-adventure video game developed and published by Konami in 1997. It is the sequel to Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and features Dracula's dhampir ...more

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Deus Ex is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
xordiw added Deus Ex 2000 Deus Ex is a series of cyberpunk-themed first-person action role-playing video games. The series was developed by Ion Storm for the first two games and Eidos Montreal for later entries in the ...more

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The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda, subtitled The Hyrule Fantasy in its original Japanese release, is a 1986 action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo, released in North America in 1987 ...more

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Diablo III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Diablo III 2012 Diablo III is an action role-playing video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the third installment in the Diablo franchise and was released in the Americas, Europe, ...more

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Titan Quest is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Action Role-Playing Games of All Time
Titan Quest 2006 Titan Quest is an action role playing hack and slash video game developed by Iron Lore Entertainment. It was released worldwide by THQ on June 26, 2006. The game was released on Steam, along ...more