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20 Classic RPGs That Are Still Great Today

Updated 29 Jul 2020 6.2k votes 939 voters 20.7k views20 items

List RulesClassic role-playing games only (i.e., only games from 5th generation consoles and earlier).

With all the photorealistic graphics, gigantic game worlds, and flashy skill trees, it's easy to get swept up in the epic adventures of modern role-playing games. However, there's a lot to be gained by diving into the older titles that have made the genre what it is today. From critical failures that found new life with cult followings to classics that continue to game design all these years later, these old RPG games may be dated, but there's something special out there for every RPG fan who's willing to look past sometimes outdated UI and somewhat limited graphics.

So which games do we consider "retro" and "vintage"? Sure, it's up for debate, but for the purpose of this list, we're sticking with games that were released on or before 2002. Basically, anything 5th generation and earlier.

If you're looking to begin your journey with the best retro RPGs of yesteryear, check out our list below. From epic titles like Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana to old school RPG games like EverQuest, vote up all the classic RPGs that still hold up.

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