Best RPG Video Games

The Top Ten

1 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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?

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

It could only be skyrim or fallout 3 was really surprised to see fallout 3 not in the top 3 no the less top 5!

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2 Final Fantasy VII

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

MUSIC FOR OSCAR.. can't DECIDE IF I PLAY A VIDEOGAME or I watch the best film ever

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3 Chrono Trigger

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.

Amazing music, story, characters, sound, gameplay. Better than Final Fantasy. A MASTERPIECE!
RIP Squaresoft :(

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4 The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion

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 - Rigas

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.

Truly great. - Ketrikal

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5 Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

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

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

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

I first never explored the game then. When I started exploring God it was immense a Masterpiece that needs a remake. - Aguythatpeopleignores

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6 Fallout 3

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.

This Is The Best Game Of All Time, Alongside Red Dead Redemption 1 And Grand Theft Auto IV

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7 Dragon Age: Origins

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

I would not have been an RPG fan if not for DAO.

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8 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

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

2nd favorite Mario RPG. This may not be as underrated as Super Paper Mario but it is still stellar.

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9 Final Fantasy VI

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! - pierrerock

Kefka is the best villain of Final Fantasy series! While Sephiroth kill girlfriends,Kefka try to destroy the world and himself!

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10 Earthbound

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.

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

My favorite game ever. - jackwoodrick

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The Contenders

11 Fallout

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.

It's quality, it's beauty in video game form. Especially sitting down with some classic/early jazz, and going spelunking and exploring the wastelands either as a Lone Wanderer (Get it? ) Or with your faithful, emotion-filled companions. 1 and 2 were the best games I've ever played, and I enjoy New Vegas, Tactics, and 3 almost as much.

Fallout is my favorite rpg ever

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12 Mass Effect

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. - Kazzong

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.

Best game ever

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13 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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

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. - MrDungeonMasta

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

Legendary to say the least

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14 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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

I only played it a little bit and the only Problem I have with this game is that the combat is uncomfortable and you know it. - Aguythatpeopleignores

The best game ever

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15 Pokemon Red

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.

It is start of the Pokémon franchise and I am the biggest fan of Pokémon so yeah

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16 Mass Effect 2

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.

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17 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

Probably the greatest hack n slash rpg of all time. Amazing story, combat, gameplay, re-playability, everything you could ever want in an rpg all wrapped up in some pretty decent graphics, should be number one on the list. It is the greatest game ever created

should be number 1. I played this since I was 10 and still play now but there is ladder resets which pisses me off.

I admit that because of D2, people have high expectations for D3. We all know what happened to Blizzard North. Still, this game will be my number 1 in my list. Blizzard only failed in D3 by the way.

This game is a masterpiece. - Aguythatpeopleignores

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18 Deus Ex
19 Tales of Symphonia

This game is the best because of the Free run battle style and the ability to change the techniques you can learn based on which techniques you use most, and the story managed to surpirse me

I LOVE TALES OF SYMPHONIA! ITS SO AMAZING A REALLY REALLY LONG. tales of vesperia is better but still.. there basically the same game just vesperia is about the goverment - Rando

This is most defintly my favorite gamecube game of all time. RPG Or otherwise. This game was so long but I greatly enjoyed every minute of it. although there were plently of parts that I thought would be the end but it turned out not to be laugh out loud.

The only reason this is not number one is because most people have never played it. Best characters: ". Best storyline: ". Great audio and graphics especially for the time: ". Replayability: ". Get this to #1

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20 Secret of Mana

A game for all ages. Multiplayer throughout the game. The story unfolds like a book, but alive. The gameplay is simple yet very enjoyable, a gem never to be forgotten.

Wicked piss of a game! Played it for the first time when I was 10. Still play it once in a while at 29. Best Nintendo rpg, and probably the best rpg period. I would love to see this game number 1. However most may not agree because of Zelda.

Great plot, great battle system and great music. Used to play with my grandpa a lot... Good times! ;)

Multiplayer rpg!

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