Best RPG Video Games

The Top Ten

1 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Product Image

SKYRIM! Definitely the greatest game in the invention of games. Seriously though, there are reasons that this game is the amazing.

1. Graphics. Graphics are not extremely important to me, they are more of a perk. Skyrim really has a realistic look that helps you feel like it's not just a character, but really you living in this world.

2. Story. The story of this game is divers and expansive, not to mention that there are actually 2 paths to take in the main quest.

3. Character Creation. You can literally make your character look just like you if you take the time. The more realistic looks and the ability to add war paint and dirt rocks.

4. Content. There is so much to do in this game that you may never run out of quests to do.

This game is amazing, but there are a few things that I wish they had addressed when creating the game. The main problem for me is the house. You have an option in houses and they look amazing compared to Oblivion, but you ...more

Skyrim will be the game to transcend the Elder Scrolls series. Varied environments and improved combat mechanics definitely set it apart from it's predecessors. One can assume the soundtrack will be a big improvement over oblivion, and the graphics make the game look exceedingly presentable. And who doesn't want to slay a big dragon by themselves?

It is a classic, and changed the gaming industry immensely. The graphics are impeccable, you never get bored (random encounters), and the DLCs are just amazing. Altogether an amazing game.

best date ever 11.11.11!, can't wait to experience the game! a World like we never have seen before

2 Chrono Trigger Chrono Trigger Product Image

On the surface, nothing's different. But it's SO GREAT!
I still haven't beaten it but it still deserves to be considered the best.
Unlike other RPGs, I look forward to encounters. You know, in final fantasy or pokemon (or almost any other rpg) I'm always like : damn it, an encounter. In this game, I'm always like: YEAH! Time to fight!

I'm 15, and I heard about the game 3 months ago. I just want to warn people of the older generation that newer gamers DON'T KNOW AT ALL about chrono trigger and it's greatness. I had to do some digging (top 10 snes games lists. and I'm also among the very few who are interested in games before the current console) to find out about the game. It was about 2 months later that I heard about how much people loved the game. Even now I still don't realize how much this game is known and loved. It's not even part of the snes classic (BIG TRAGEDY BY THE WAY)! AT one point in my english class, my teacher presented a plt diagram with chrono trigger ...more

Quite possibly the best game, much less best RPG of all time. The real down and dirty details of this game make it surpass all others that I have had the chance to play. With 24 years of hardcore gaming under my belt I have yet to stumble across another game that has attached itself to my heart and mind the way that this snes classic has. FF7 was a great game and it took me for a ride as well but, never got my attention the way the original Chrono Trigger did.

The utmost best RPG game ever created! This game would never get old. The whole story behind it, Just.. So... Ugh. It's the best one ever! How to describe this game in one word? EPIC.

This is simply one of the best RPGs made ever and it owes that to several characters with great particularities and abilities, the great tech combination system, awesome characters that make you feel the game and an incredible story that shouldn't ever be forgotten due to it's awesomeness. It's probably my 3rd favourite.

3 Final Fantasy VII Final Fantasy VII Product Image

Unforgettable game. Storyline is engraved into your head. I play this game again every couple years just to relive the experience.

Great story, great characters, great gameplay. This game was one of the best uses of graphics and FMV sequences to TELL A STORY. The ATB battle system was classic. Turn based combat, how I miss you. And Sephiroth. Sephiroth never hurt, either.

it's so cool and awesome but it isn't free aheahe aheahe ahe and that's make it a bit bad but that's okay I wish if it will be free that's will be awesome and cool haha

People face it, if there was any game better than this, it would have to be Pacman or Mario, and that's only because They are Pacman and Mario. When It comes to gameplay, storyline, graphics(relative to release date), interactiveness, strategy, quality, length, depth and of course humor and soundtrack...and quality, there can be no other. FF7 changed the world, end of story. If it wasn't for FF7 we would all be playing dragon quest.

4 Fallout 3 Fallout 3 Product Image

Love this game. So many interesting characters too bad o killed loads of them even when they didn't deserve it!

How can a game like fallout 3 is on number 13. Awesome storyline with great game play experience. I never get tired of playing this game

The best to me, many, many things to do and the best history ever

I was completely engrossed in this game. I would arrive home from football and just play for hours and hours. The Story is incredible. The options boundless. The history extensive beyond belief. This game was my second life, and that my friends is the epitome of the rpg.

5 The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion Product Image

Graphics, gameplay, exploration... It has everything you can wish for... Okay, the main storyline is not the best out there, however you also have Guild-Storylines which are as long as the main one... It's older than half a decade now, but I still play it with great joy...

With no doubts or second thoughts, this is the best Roleplaying game of all time.

Let's start with how it looks. The game looks incredible... Its amazing graphics suck you into the world of Tamriel, making you feel that you are a part of it. A well taken screenshot can be INCREDIBLE.

The music is the best music you'll find in ANY videogame. It was composed by the king of videogame music, Jeremy Soule. It even won an MTV award! Incredible tracks.

Sound effects are incredible too. A big part of the game is the voice acting, since it includes fully lip-synched dialogs. Many starts made it into the cast, such as Patrick Stewart (Star Trek) and Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings).

Oblivion ain't a game, it is a world you live in. Everywere, there is something you can do. It's probably the only RPG game were you can randomly go and hunt deer!

The NPCs are governed by the ground-breaking Radiant A. I. which gives every NPC a life of their own. THAT'S ...more

Oblivion is so good it made me realize I REALLY DO like RPG games, after playing shooters for YEARS. This is the standard other games are compared to.

Oblivion is the best RPG I have ever played. I can't think what kind of game will skyrim be. The elder scroll serie is the best serie of RPG games.

6 Final Fantasy VI Final Fantasy VI Product Image

The greatest, most influential mainstream rpg ever. This game contains many rpg tropes that later became a staple to the genre. ATB system was mastered on this final fantasy while prior releases were still buggy. There's more than meets the eye in this rpg gameplay wise and quite customizable. Characters are not officially job classed but certainly lean stat/skill wise to particular classes. Its only a matter of equipping the right gear and levelling stats with espers to tweak your characters to your preference. With the varying gear and relic options, battles become something vary unique of its time. For completionists you can easily grind over 100hrs getting secret items/gear, mastering your party and their skills. The characters are engaging as was the storyline. Having a whopping 14 playable characters with no defined lead was something of a first. Music is a class ahead, not many games today put near as much effort into the variety and quality of in game tracks. Aspects like the ...more

The fact that Final Fantasy VI is ranked 29th with 0.4% of the total vote is depressing to say the least.

It just goes to show that this site caters to the younger audience, the PlayStation Kids that started with FF7 and refused to try any of the SNES ones.

The characters actually were interested and not just emo.

simply the best story that square did... awesome game with the freakest vilain : Kefka!

This is by far the best Final Fantasy game. Way better than VII: better story, better characeters and the best villain in the series. Only people who haven't played VI can say VII is better

7 Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Product Image

Best game ever, I've played it every way you can. Light side melee, light side force user, dark side melee, dark side force user, all different characters. Just the best game

The game introduces a villain, Darth Malak, who is an awesome villain, who almost did a same thing as Darth Vader does

So long of a story and so fun! Best game I have EVER played!

The finest game from the finest RPG company ever. A perfect RPG.

8 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Product Image

Rpg that has fun fights, characters you care about, and the sense of fear so you will need to prepare for each big fight instead of going straight at it

I know it hasn't made its debut yet but go check the game trailer out on youtube... Simply amazing. It's an RPG fan's dream come true! Must check out the trailer

Absolutely the best RPG ever made

Don't think anything will ever top the elder scrolls for me, but Wild Hunt deserves much higher than #16 so it gets my vote.

9 Earthbound Earthbound Product Image

I jut finished playing it for the first time, and I must say that I was enamored by it! The graphics may be simple given the time of release, but they get the job done. I mean, I think they pull of a lot with what little they have by setting an appropriate mood for each section of the game. The story in of itself is simple, but it's the best kind of simple. By that I mean that the basic plot is pretty straightforward: A group kids must unite on a quest to defeat an evil force. However, the complexity comes from the character dialogue, and the symbolism/undertones created. The battle system would be run-up-the-mill if it weren't for two key features that make you wonder why they aren't a part of every RPG. When any amount of damage is delivered, instead of it immediately being subtracted from the HP meter, it slowly ticks down. If the battle ends before all of the damage is delivered, the excess damage is forgotten about. Also, if your party easily outnumbers an enemy in terms of ...more

This is one of the best games of the golden era of games, the SNES era. While being a so called "flop" in the western world it however gained a cult following and retains it to this day. I can't believe how some skyrim that has been around for one year can top this one. And it can't. This game is a part of history.

The final boss Giygas is considered as one of the most bizarre and disturbing video game enemies of all time that it was became one of well known urban legends

This... was one of the greatest game in history. it basically constructed most of the rpg games of the modern world... plus the amazing memories this game brings back. It really is the structure of all Nintendo rpg games

10 Pokemon Red Pokemon Red Product Image

Behind the overblown marketing, anime show, and hysteria was actually a very fun game that with a high level of customization and strategy (150 distinct characters to choose from with a huge movepool between them meant a lot of strategic options in building your party). It has since been Nintendo's largest franchise and the #1 best selling series of games on every single Nintendo portable since. A simple kid-friendly game that is easy to pick up, but holds a lot of depth with good replay value.

Best game ever period. It's so simple but so complex. I am 15 now and I beat this game when I was 4 and play-through it every year the replay value is amazing because there are so many things to do and different parties to choose from.

Should be number one! I mean, this is what started the whole Pokemon franchise.

The Gameplay, variety, different game every time, the 150 creatures to collect, amazing lore, fun legendary glitches, and more. This game really showed me the power that games can not only have on culture but on me as a person. This game sparked my love for videogames and I always go back to it.

The Contenders

11 Mass Effect 2 Mass Effect 2 Product Image

Amazing hybrid of RPG and FPS. In addition to an incredibly engaging cast of characters, the game builds up to the single greatest endgame of any RPG ever made.

Try to list 27 RPG games better than this one that you've played. Best game I've ever played anyhow. The dialogue is realistic and it's actually fun to pick what you want Shepherd to say. Endless replayability, amazing storyline, great graphics, and overall just really fun.

One of the most epic games bioware has made. Feels like you are playing a movie full of epic moments. Has a lot of replay value, which is a must for every decent RPG.

One of the greatest games ever made and its number 15. I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

12 Dragon Age: Origins Dragon Age: Origins Product Image

never play a game like this before.. searching for more games like this.. I just love this game because this game is unbeatable and the story of this game is just awesome if you once play this game you get addicted and that's the best thing about this game.. this game get your attention when you make your character and start your journey.. this game is simple the maps and environment is very simple to understand the characters are too friendly when ever you want to quit the game you feel like to play more another best thing is character customization which was awesome it lacks hairstyles and I lot of stuff but was ok to go first time.. play this game and you will forget other games.. 10/10 for this game.. my favorite game..

storyline is great, graphics are great, gameplay is great everything's just great! I thought it was great that your companions could either hate or like you, and that they reacted differently depending on how they felt about you.

This game is very awesome. It redefines the usual rpg games. Too bad it is only in the top 17 when this game is awarded as one of the best games of its time

Pure addiction! My favorite game ever! Storyline, soundtrack and the characters are magnificent. I tried to find a game like this but still wasn't successful. Every time I play it I discover something new that I've missed. While I write this I feel a bit nostalgic :D I think I'm going to install it today. Dragon age, here we go again! =)

13 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Product Image

This game started the RPG sub-franchise of the Mario games, with its "sequels" being the Paper Mario series and Mario & Luigi series

Great game, great story, great replay value, great soundtrack. All-around just an incredible source of entertainment.

It's one of the most underrated Mario games of all time. You usually don't see this criminally underrated masterpiece on people's lists of best Mario games. Why? Probably because of how witty the overall game is. It's not just a Mario version of Final Fantasy. This is my favorite Mario RPG game. Paper Mario: Sticker Star is my most hated, though.

I played part of it on the emulator it was awesome except tablet controls made me go in directions I didn't want to go to. I will try to get it on my Wii U sometime so I could play it. Overall rating: Infinite/1

14 Fallout: New Vegas Fallout: New Vegas Product Image

First Fallout I played, this game will always have a special place in my heart especially after Fallout 76

How is this not here? It plays like fallout 3 but with a few more perks etc. The only difference is the setting and the story. Instead of being set in Washington, it's set in Nevada Las/New vegas. It has more content, more quests, better open world, more weapons, armor, you name it. It has great voice acting and your choices in game actually matters. There are several different endings and more.

Personally I think and believe that this game is better than all of the other elder scrolls and fallout games at least in terms of story and play style. You have a lot of options for what you want to do in this game. you can choose your own paths and how you want to play the game. The only thing that I think sucks about this game is the slow pace of it, the poor graphics, and the bugs

Yeah it's good but I still think the madden football series is a better rpg.

15 Mass Effect Mass Effect Product Image

When I first played this game I was completely acquired and captivated by the story, characters and graphics. I've probably played 20 or more times. View of the main actor in the game in to the universe revealed to me that more will follow. I was not wrong. The time has come for the second Mass Effect. Now I'm waiting for Mass Effect 3, and I can only confirm that the game has set all the boundaries in terms of quality of RPG games. I hope that this game is a milestone, or even the standard for future games.

Love this game. Such a huge universe t explore, and so many possibilities to create amazing stories! Many people don't like the final ending, but I think that the unique journeys that players took to get there are FAR more important and fascinating. It gives a sense of awe and wonder to me still, even though I have played the whole series through numerous times already. Can't wait for ME4.

In my opinion the greatest RPG ever made, brilliant story, excellent voice acting and it's Bioware people, they are the kings of RPG's.

Although it does have it's glitches, this is by far a masterpiece.

Mass Effect is one of the best rpg games. All three games are beautifully designed, have an amazing story line and have the most unforgettable characters. The voice actors were incredible and the gameplay was just fantastic! I believe that every rpg gamer should play this game once in his or her life! Trust me, it's totally worth it!

16 Dragon Age: Inquisition Dragon Age: Inquisition Product Image

I loved this game. I have played it 3X, and usually by the time I get to the end of one of these games I've had enough, and shelf them. It's what I have compared everything else to since. I thought that the story was good, the changing characters in your party and playing as those characters was great.

Played this game it was good, I mostly liked the cutsense

I love dis gaem it should be on the top 10 list fu

17 Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Product Image

I really wish more people knew about this game. If you're scrolling by this list and see this game, don't dismiss it or pass right by looking for some newer or edgier game, or for any other reason. Even if it turns out that you don't like this game, you have to give it a chance, since it is a masterpiece! I could talk about each individual good thing about it, but that would take way too long, and I've already done that on enough lists and it gets pretty repetitive. I just want everyone to know how great this game is. It's my favorite Paper Mario game, my favorite RPG Mario game, my favorite Mario game, my favorite RPG, and my favorite game of all time! I really wish I could erase my memories of this game and then play it again so I could discover this game for the first time all over again and be surprised by it's greatness. This game is worth your time!

The best game on the Gamecube, and the best RPG ever. It has the best storyline of any Mario game, plus better humor than most games today. And I would like to take advantage of this moment and say: Call of Duty sucks.

This game takes more than just button pressing to beat you really need to think to beat it. It can be hard at times best game I have ever played on any video gaming console. Must play

Ah, badass characters, wild soundtrack, fun interactive fighting with almost 50 moves with different commands, and a good story. Oh and it is actually fun.

18 Morrowind Morrowind Product Image

Morrowind release was a breaking point. A revolution. It was 2000 and yet it was a better game than many of the modern releases.
The enviroment changes as you travel, swamps, sand storm, forest, day and night, clouds and rain, stars...
The freedom is overwhelming. What you see, you can loot, and the corpses' look change as you loot their stuff. Time passes by for real, you can even kill quest givers and lost them forever. Amazing lore.
It's the first one of its kind.

Having Morrowind so low is an utter tradgedy; it's by far the best game in the Elder Scrolls series. The only fronts on which Oblivion and Skyrim surpass Morrowind are:
- GRAPHICS! 11! ONE! - which, nedless to say, do not make the game. If you're playing an RPG primarily for the graphics... You're doing it wrong.
- Voice acting instead of text - this is the main advantage the two other games have going for them. However, despite a lack of voice acting, the world in Morrowind is far more realistic than the relative "theme park" worlds of its 2 successors. And I strongly believe reading text is preferable to sub par voice acting, of which the other 2 games have had their fair share.
- Character customisation (aesthetic only) - so basically, you don't get to adjust the shape of your character's eyebrows. Get over it.

Fronts on which Morrowind surpasses its 2 successors:
- More skills
- More weapon types
- More armour types
- Gameplay which requires you to ...more

The only game I have gladly done Multiple 200 hour playthroughs of. Best game ever, so of course it's the best rpg ever. Oblivion was good, but it was never quite as engrossing as morrowind. I have high hopes for Skyrim!

Probably the best game of all time, and I mean ALL time. Keep in mind this game was created a like what, 10 years ago? It's deeper than any game of it's time, and a few years to come. Most people still play this over Skyrim.
Also, I'm laughing at Oblivion at number 1. Oblivion was the sore spot of the last 3 games. Most of you probably haven't played Morrowind I'm guessing. You have to give it a try. In my opinion it has the best soundtrack (Theme song is amazing, listen to it on youtube. ) This was the center piece of video games.

I tried morrow ins on my Xbox. I didn't like it for some reason. I don't know, maybe it's because I was six - cdxtreme

19 Kingdom Hearts II Kingdom Hearts II Product Image

Love It! (This is inroinic is is higer on the best video games list) Whis was higher (better than Tales of Symphonia)!

This is truly the best videogame ever.

1: Kingdom Hearts II
2: Kingdom Hearts I
3: The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

20 Final Fantasy VIII Final Fantasy VIII Product Image

The rivalry between Seifer and Squall is one of the best of this video game

Ultimecia is the only reason I played the friggin game, I mean who else can have so much cleveage and get away with it?

One of the best stories ever created, this Final Fantasy deserved more than what it received.

Compelling storyline with in depth character customization. Best of the series.

21 Pokemon Gold Pokemon Gold Product Image

I enjoy the remake of Pokemon gold

Best Pokémon game of all time!

22 Fallout

The fallout series is the best open world series ever played all but fallout 2

Ahh, thinking of Fallout brings on nostalgia. I remember playing fallout when I was younger, It was amazing then and it still is, it never gets old. Fallout is a masterpiece, a game I'll always remember. For me, fallout isn't just a game, it's a memory, a memory to look back on and remember awesome things like first discovering places The Hub or Junktown. Good memories, great game.

Although there are RPG games I personally prefer such as Fallout 3, PS:T, Earthbound and FF6/7. This is the quintessential isometric RPG for me and in my eyes, is the best, of all with little to no faults.

It was between this and Earthbound for me. Both are wildly original, masters of their respective sub genres and unbelievably memorable, Fallout wins due to a more enjoyable combat experience whilst I find Earthbound's lacking somewhat and the setting of the wastes is my favourite of any game series.

This game has a very complex combat system that allows for lot of combat strategies and ways to defeat enemies

23 Final Fantasy X Final Fantasy X Product Image

Love this Game, I really connected with the characters. Great story, great game play, great characters, just an overall great game. My favorite of all time. Shout out to all the Blitzball players out there.

I cried at the end of this game! best story line of all time!

Come on it has to be absolutely the best final fantasy no wait the best role playing game of all time the scenery is beautiful and the gameplay is superb over all it will always be my favorite game of all time Final Fantasy X.

This is the first game in the Final Fantasy series to feature voice acting

24 Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 Product Image

On of the best RPG ever! The most incredible storyline, awesome soundtrack and the most vivid characters I saw in video games. That's not a simple game - it's a true masterpiece!

The game has a much more modern setting than most RPGs which are often set in medieval or sci-fi settings

Let Japan handle the RPG business, Persona 4 is the best RPG ever!

Just play this amazing game best game of all time enough said

25 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Product Image

Amazing game. Although, I don't consider this game as an RPG really.

One of the most influential games of all time, this game definitely deserves to go in the top ten. No one had ever done many of the things introduced in this game, and the storyline is one of the most complex in video game history. The depth of the game is what makes it so charming and fun to play... in addition, the gameplay and hand to hand combat along with the Z-targeting method made for spectacular gameplay in the time... the Zelda series remains the greatest as far as gameplay goes.

This is the best RPG ever. It has one magic moment after the next it basically is a huge magic moment. This game ruined every other Rpg after it because nothing could compete.

One of the best videos ever made but not an RPG and shouldn't be on the list - germshep24

Best game I've ever played. Awesome graphics, best levels, what I love most about it is that if you can't beat a certain level, you can always do one of the side games.

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