Total Nerd The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time  

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This is a list of the best computer RPGs of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated computer role-playing games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest computer RPGs are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these computer role-playing games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging computer role-playing games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new computer role-playing games.The list you're viewing is made up of many different games, like Deus Ex and Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness.This list answers the questions, "What are the best computer RPGs?" and "What is the greatest computer role-playing game game of all time?"

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Planescape: Torment is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Planescape: Torment 1999 Planescape: Torment is a computer role-playing game developed for Microsoft Windows by Black Isle Studios and released on December 12, 1999 by Interplay Entertainment. It takes place in ...more

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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Computer 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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Fallout is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
xordiw added Fallout 1997 Fallout is an open world role-playing video game developed and published by Interplay Entertainment in 1997. The game has a post-apocalyptic and retro-futuristic setting, in the aftermath of a ...more

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Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of A... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 2000 Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn is a computer role-playing game developed by BioWare and published by Black Isle Studios. It is the sequel to Baldur's Gate, and was released for Microsoft ...more

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Computer 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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Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Mag... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
xordiw added Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura 2001 Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is a 2001 role-playing video game developed by Troika Games and published by Sierra Entertainment. It was released in North America and Europe in August ...more

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Baldur's Gate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Baldur's Gate 1998 Baldur's Gate is a fantasy role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published in 1998 by Interplay Entertainment. It is the first game in the Baldur's Gate series, and takes place in the ...more

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Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Fallout 2 1998 Fallout 2 is a role-playing open world video game developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay in 1998. While featuring a considerably larger game world and a far more extensive ...more

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
xordiw added 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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Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by LucasArts. Written by Drew Karpyshyn, the soundtrack for the game was composed by Jeremy ...more

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Betrayal at Krondor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
xordiw added Betrayal at Krondor 1993 Betrayal at Krondor is a DOS-based role-playing video game developed by Dynamix and published by Sierra On-Line in the summer of 1993. Betrayal at Krondor takes place largely in Midkemia, the ...more

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Ultima VII: The Black Gate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Ultima VII: The Black Gate 1992 Ultima VII: The Black Gate is the seventh installment of the Ultima series of role-playing video games, released in 1992. The Black Gate was critically acclaimed and commercially successful, ...more

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Darklands is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
RickKreitlein added Darklands 1992 Darklands is a role-playing video game developed and published by MicroProse in 1992 for the PC DOS platform. Darklands is set in the Holy Roman Empire during the 15th century. While the ...more

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The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfa... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996 The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is a fantasy open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Softworks and released in 1996 for MS-DOS. It is a sequel to The Elder Scrolls: ...more

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Divine Divinity is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
xordiw added Divine Divinity 2002 Divine Divinity is a single-player fantasy role-playing video game created by Larian Studios which was released on September 22, 2002. It has two spin-offs, Beyond Divinity and Divinity: Dragon ...more

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Icewind Dale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Icewind Dale 2000 Icewind Dale is a role-playing video game developed for Windows by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay Entertainment. It was released on June 30, 2000. It takes place in the Dungeons ...more

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Gothic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
xordiw added Gothic 2001 Gothic is a single-player action role-playing video game for Windows developed by the German company Piranha Bytes. It was first released in Germany on March 15, 2001, followed by the English ...more

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Divinity: Original Sin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
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Dragon Age: Origins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
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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The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmo... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon 2003 The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon is the second expansion pack for Bethesda Game Studios' The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. While it was originally released as an expansion set for Microsoft ...more

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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
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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Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Neverwinter Nights 2002 Neverwinter Nights is a third-person role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Atari. Interplay Entertainment was originally set to publish the game, but financial ...more

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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Computer 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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Dark Sun: Shattered Lands is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Dark Sun: Shattered Lands 1993 Dark Sun: Shattered Lands is a turn-based role-playing video game that takes place in the Dungeons and Dragons' campaign setting of Dark Sun. It was released for DOS in a somewhat unfinished ...more

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Gothic II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
xordiw added 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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Neverwinter Nights 2 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Neverwinter Nights 2 2006 Neverwinter Nights 2 is a role-playing video game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Atari. It is the sequel to BioWare's Neverwinter Nights, based on the Dungeons & ...more

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Geneforge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Geneforge 2001 Geneforge is the first video game in the Geneforge series of role-playing video games created by Spiderweb Software. Players assume the role of an apprentice Shaper, a sect of mages who can ...more

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Icewind Dale II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Icewind Dale II 2002 Icewind Dale II is a role-playing video game developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay Entertainment, released on August 27, 2002. Like its 2000 predecessor Icewind Dale, the ...more

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Champions of Krynn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Champions of Krynn 1990 Champions of Krynn is the first in a three-part series of Dragonlance Advanced Dungeons & Dragons "Gold Box" role-playing video games. The game was released in 1990. The highest ...more

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Computer 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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Eye of the Beholder is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Davide Pesce added Eye of the Beholder 1990 Eye of the Beholder is a role-playing video game for computers and video game consoles developed by Westwood Studios. It was published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. in 1991 for the MS-DOS ...more

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Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter 2001 Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter is an official expansion pack to the role-playing video game Icewind Dale developed by Black Isle Studios. It introduced many changes and additions to the original ...more

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Wasteland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Sean Griffin added Wasteland 1986 Wasteland is a science fiction role-playing video game developed by Interplay Productions and published by Electronic Arts for the Apple II in 1987 and Commodore 64 and DOS in 1988. The game is ...more

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Ultima VIII: Pagan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Ultima VIII: Pagan 1994 Ultima VIII: Pagan is a video game, the eighth part of the role-playing video game series Ultima. It was not as well-received as its predecessors, Ultima VII and Ultima VII Part Two: Serpent ...more

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Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir 2008 Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir is an expansion pack for the role-playing video game Neverwinter Nights 2, developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Atari. It was released in ...more

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Wizardry 8 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Saber King added Wizardry 8 2001 Wizardry 8 is the eighth and final title in the Wizardry series of role-playing video games by Sir-Tech Canada. It is the third in the Dark Savant trilogy, which includes Wizardry VI: Bane of ...more

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Ultima III: Exodus is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Ultima III: Exodus 1983 Ultima III: Exodus is the third game in the Ultima series. Exodus is also the name of the game's principal antagonist. Released in 1983, it was the first Ultima game published by Origin Systems. ...more

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Shiverin... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles 2007 The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles is the largest official expansion pack for the role-playing game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Announced on January 18, 2007, the expansion was developed, ...more

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Anachronox is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
xordiw added Anachronox 2001 Anachronox is a third-person role-playing video game produced by Tom Hall and the Dallas Ion Storm games studio. It was released worldwide in June 2001 for Microsoft Windows. The game is ...more

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Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Jagged Alliance 2 1999 Jagged Alliance 2 is a tactical role-playing game for PC, released in 1999 for Windows, and later ported to Linux by Tribsoft. It is the third game in the Jagged Alliance series, and was ...more

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Dark Sun: Wake of the Ravager is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Dark Sun: Wake of the Ravager 1994 Dark Sun: Wake of the Ravager is a role-playing video game developed and published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. in 1994 for the MS-DOS operating system. It is the sequel to Dark Sun: Shattered ...more

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Curse of the Azure Bonds is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
RickKreitlein added Curse of the Azure Bonds 1989 Curse of the Azure Bonds is a role-playing video game developed and published by Strategic Simulations, Inc in 1989. It is the second in a four-part series of Forgotten Realms Advanced Dungeons ...more

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Death Knights of Krynn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
RickKreitlein added Death Knights of Krynn 1991 Death Knights of Krynn is the second in a three-part series of Dragonlance Advanced Dungeons & Dragons "Gold Box" role-playing video games, published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. ...more

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Dark Messiah of Might and Magi... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic 2006 Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, additionally subtitled Elements on Xbox 360, is a first-person action game with role-playing elements developed by Arkane Studios and Floodgate Entertainment. ...more

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
midnightq2 added 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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Jade Empire is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Jade Empire 2005 Jade Empire is an action role-playing game developed by BioWare. The game was first published in 2005 by Microsoft Game Studios and was released worldwide for the Xbox. On May 10, 2006, BioWare ...more

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Drakensang: The Dark Eye is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Drakensang: The Dark Eye 2008 Drakensang: The Dark Eye is a 2008 role-playing video game developed by Radon Labs and published by dtp. It is the first video game in The Dark Eye universe since Attic's Northlands Trilogy from ...more

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Quest for Glory: Shadows of Da... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness 1993 Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness is an adventure game/role-playing video game hybrid. It is the fourth installment of the Quest for Glory computer game series by Sierra Entertainment. It was ...more

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Might and Magic VII: For Blood... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
xordiw added Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor 1999 Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor is a role-playing game published in 1999 by 3DO and developed by New World Computing, and is the predecessor of Might and Magic VIII: Day of the ...more

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Realms of Arkania: Blade of De... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Computer Role-playing Games of All Time
Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny 1993 Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny is a role-playing video game developed by Attic Entertainment Software. It was the first game based on the German pen & paper RPG system Das Schwarze Auge ...more