Best RPG Series of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Final Fantasy

I'm really surprised that they did not put Zelda as an option even though it is an RPG / adventure game. Morrowind has a special place in my heart as I thought it was the best of the Elder Scrolls series and started out with an actual awesome story and they continued with an awesome story throughout but the grinding through caves seemed redundant after a while and got boring. Leveling up was relatively easy but overall a great series.

Final Fantasy even with its grinds how do you make story with each game and although somewhat linear the bosses were unique and the music was unmatched.

I have played Morrowind Oblivion and Skyrim with Morrowind being my favorite of the three and I have played Final Fantasy 1, 2(us), 3(us), 7, 10 and 13 so far loved them all

Ultimately though Legend of Zelda would have been ranked number one had it been on this list

Final Fantasy as a whole reshaped how RPG story telling, gameplay and presentation are created. It gave the video game industry a whole new criteria for fantasy genre based games and gave us some of the most memorable stories, characters and locations in ANY media form.

Final fantasy 6 is the best one by the way Zelda isn't an rpg

Ff7 almost 15 years after.. Still the best.. The absolut perfect music...
Atmosphere... Story..

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2 Elder Scrolls

Oblivion is not the only badass rpg. Morrowind and for hardcore gamers daggerfall are good too (I could say arena but I don't now much about it). In fact The elder scrolls aren't just good. IS THE BEST GAME SERIES EVER MADE! Elder scrolls games are the only game I can play without boring... So TES FOR EVER!

Oblivion will most likely always be my favorite RPG. The graphics, gameplay and character development combined with an environment that was as rich as it was large made Oblivion an epic RPG experience. These traits have been the hallmarks of the Elder Scrolls series and I can only hope the trend continues.

Yep it's the best series ever I have played morrowind,oblivion & skyrim

I have played and completed almost all quests on every single TES in full depth (only the games with The Elder Scrolls titles). You may be thinking I'm full of myself and have no life, but it's true, actually it's not because I barley played Skyrim. I'm a classic gamer, and get the most enjoyment in the classics, especially RPG classics.

Daggerfall is my favorite classic rpg of all time and I still play it to this day. The world is infinite and it's truly impossible to explore everything in this game. I have played so much of The Elder Scrolls: Arena and to this day I still play it. When Morrowind was released, it was the most amazing and impressive game I've ever played, but the good vibes stopped at morrowind, of course I played Oblivion and beat all the quests but Oblivion and Skyrim doesn't give the old vibes back.

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3 The Legend of Zelda

Legend of Zelda is immense. No matter if you played elder scrolls or final fantasy when you grew up, it is almost impossible that you did not play at least one Zelda game whilst growing up. To top that off, the familiar characters, storyline, amazing soundtrack AND the fact that its one of Nintendo's joint three most recognisable franchises, it just can't be beaten.

Zelda series is masterpiece that was created by Nintendo.. Although there many competitors other that that series itself it still can survived till now. Since I played Zelda for the first time it feel like my life is changing it become so much better... Thanks Zelda thanks Nintendo...

The legend of Zelda I II(NES)& Link to a Past (SNES), were three of the toughest, longest, invensive, hipnotizing, adventurous and intelligent fantasy-games ever (in 2D). Then ocarina of time came, and blew everything and everyone away! - darkmatter

It is because of this series of RPG's that Nintendo was forced to making technology that made use of a battery to save game files. I think that in itself and the fact that it is the first open world exploration game are testaments to how great this game is.

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4 Baldur's Gate

This should be on first place, along with planescape torment. Anything else is blasphemy! =P

Absolute masterpiece of RPG.

Best RPG ever made. Graphics may not be great but the quality of the story and wide range of possibilities makes the game unique. I remember spending hours just on the character creation screen.

Baldur's Gate and all the Forgotten Realms type of games, provide a type of gameplay different than the above games. If you like a long plot full of interesting Lore, Dieties, Creatures and other such stuff you will like these games. While the graphics aren't the best in comparison to games such as Final Fantasy, its story is what matters. Baldur's Gate and Planescape Torment's stories are amazing in comparison to all the stories I have played in other RPGs. Another great thing is the fact that companions have their own opinions and seem realistic unlike companions in most characters. I love that you're not forced to go on a completely set path unlike most games and that you can choose from a variety of lifestyles to live. On top of all this, Community Mods have improved upon the game making graphics better, conversations longer, and romances possible with any character. If you love story, DEFINITELY play Baldur's Gate!

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5 Pokemon

First RPG series I ever played and I still love it to this day!

Easy choice, easily the best rpg I have ever played

Laugh out loud, lots of childhood memories, I remember beating the elite 4 67 times on Pokemon red and still kept playing! - dragon13304

THE BIGGEST game series ever. In terms of sheer of sheer amount to do on the games. There's not many game when you can over the maximum time the game will show (999:59) and STILL not be finished.

Best RPG EVER! - Yetaxa

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6 Fallout

What separates Fallout 1 & 2 from all the other so-called "RPGs" out there is that they are actual, genuine, and above all, original role-playing games. Whatever you did and said affected the outcome of a certain situation, or in some cases, even the final outcome of the game. It's a pity that Fallout 3 does not share this trait with its predecessors by being more shoot-em-up and less role-playing -oriented.

To Fallout 1 & 2, the two greatest role-playing games on Earth!

One of the greatest if not the greatest rpg of all time on the pc

You know... Characters like Harold, Tandi, and of course player character are not often seen in games. There's no better characters in any game. Must play!

I've thoroughly played all games listed on this ranking, and I can assure none of them has any chance at all when compared to Fallout. The Fallout franchise itself is one of the best of all time, but Fallout 2 alone, IMHO, hasn't been matched by any other RPG game ever made.

An absolutely original, mature, believable, appealing and coherent universe mixed with an absolutely incredible atmosphere; developed with so much love and dedication that it seems unbelievable that we still have to wail for a part three.

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7 Kingdom Hearts

Most people don't pay attention to KH because they think its for little kids since it has disney characters but maybe a third of the people in my school play this (im in middle school) and also it has one of the best rpg characters SORA!
All my cousins play the KH series!

I cry when I hear the music, it is just astounding I want to get the next one when it comes back.

I think its the best pg game of all time because me personally am a disney fan and a game with pluto mickey pete daffy duck and goofy and a awesome story line 2 boot I can't wait till number 3 comes out I'm buying it the first day

Only top 10?

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8 Shin Megami Tensei

YEA BOI P5 forever
Dunno about the others, just follow P5. But dang, It good, beats pokemon in my opinion - fwed

Shin Megami Tensei for the win. Persona is just epic. I've played Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3 and 4 and would recommend them to anyone, they even put Final Fantasy to shame in my honest opinion. Haven't played the other titles, but they aren't as popular and get lower ratings from what I've seen, so I'm happy with my Persona.

Definitely one of the most well-design RPG series, whether it be the core series or others under the Shin Megami Tensei umbrella.

Occult themed games with mature stories.A few titles in the series are Nocturne,Devil summoner,Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2 etc

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9 Dragon Age: Origins

Best game ever. The storyline and graphics are truly amaizing. I can play the game over and over again and never get bored of it.

A truly epic story and tactical mastery in gameplay.

Story is amazing. Bioware did it again!

This is one of the most exiting games that I've ever played. There are so many different outcomes that I keep playing it over and over again, while waiting for the Dragon age 3 Inquisition.

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10 Paper Mario

Oh Paper Mario... The original as well as The Thousand Year Door captured all of us with it's unique style and great (if not hilarious) writing and story telling. Nothing beats getting completely owned by Bowser in the beginning of the game and falling from orbit, only to survive and gather your strength. Next thing you know your back up there with Bowser using every ability and every little hour you used in the game to get stronger to beat him. EPIC!

I love Paper Mario, especially the first two. The first two were original and nostalgic. Super Paper Mario technically isn't an RPG, and a lot of people hated Sticker Star. you're, it's generic, but I didn't really mind it. Though, when there's a Console and Portable game that's either a sequel or the same game, they tend to be very different. Plus, the Thousand Year Door had a lot of Super Mario RPG which gave it the nostalgic feel.

Seeing Paper Mario as number 13 almost gave me a heart attack. This is one of the best RPG series ever made, even though Super Paper Mario isn't exactly an RPG.

When I played Super Paper Mario, I was hooked! This series is just plain amazing!

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The Contenders

11 EarthBound

Well, this game has a special spot in my heart, and will continue to do so. It's just so WEIRD, if you haven't played it, you have to. It may not be as wonderful as mother 3, but that IS my favorite rpg of all time, and I'm not lying. Definitely worth playing, no doubt.

Technically it's the Mother series but yeah, the games are great, because it is set with a storyline that could happen in real life which makes you actually feel like the character, and everything about the games are great, like the music and dialogue.

This game will always be one of my favorites.

This game is one of my favorite games of all time and as much as I love Pokemon this game is better. It's a shame Mother 3 wasn't outside of japan because it might have made the series popular and sell well.

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12 Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic

While following a clear storyline, this felt like one of the most personal RPGs I've ever played. Aside from that, it was able to take the turn-based method and make it exciting again for many who had never experienced the RPG genre before.

Wow really? Final Fantasy? I admit it is a really great series and indefinitely have some of the greatest games of all time but really? The minute I held my hand on KOTOR I fell in love. Truthfully of course it is not the greatest RPG series or game of all time. But for star wars fans it is. Excellent game and with Star Wars The old Republic MMORPG coming out... heaven knows. - Certise

Nothing really tops the narrative style of BioWare. Those guys know how to make unbelievable games. This one might take the cake for me because of it being such a great Star Wars game and a great RPG. I recommend this game to anyone who is considering RPGS to play and hasn't tried it yet.

So much nostalgia from this game. - moore770

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13 Fire Emblem

As a fan of turn based games I may have a little bit of a biased opinion here but I can say I've been a dedicated Fire Emblem fan for going on three years and I will never love another game series this much. I am highly disappointed that it is just barely off from the list, come people it is amazing.

fire emblem is quite amazing. sacred stones is the best one by far. that game was infinitely entertaining. - deadgrass27

The only true epic strategy series, Fire Emblem stands out in the midst of games such as Final Fantasy and Legend of Zelda for being a series that gained immense popularity worldwide with only four games released in the West.

Yea, the tactical turn-by-turn series. My favorite's Rekka no Ken.

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14 Mass Effect

Mass effect stands out because of the way it biotic charges you into its own world... Bringing you close to its characters, mass relays and individual stories. This incredible saga made me weep at its conclusion... But never fear, there's more to come!

Completed it 5 times at least and enjoyed every single play through

Hands down.. The most immersive RPG universe ever seen!

Nothing comes close to this epic space saga. it is a work of art

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15 Neverwinter Nights

I second this. All those console games ARE NOT real RPGs. Yeah, you level-up, but that does not constitute an RPG. There are no real "choices" in games like FF.

"Unlocks the imagination... For as long as you want."

Who can't resist betrayer beauties

Please, let's limit ourselves to the only REAL role-playing games in this list (Neverwinter Nights 1-2 & Might and Magic series) and the only platform for serious gamers: the PC. Let's get rid of that childish console crap once and for all!

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16 Planescape: Torment

Without a doubt the best storyline EVER written for a video game (not only RPG). The literary quality here is even superior to most books and movies.
The setting is fantastic, many doubted that the planescape setting would work on well on a video game, but it does. It is not so focused on fighting, like Baldur's Gate and other similar games, but some fights are truly epic given the context, they happen at the right time and the right. Too much "epicness" get's boring after a while, here the whole thing evolves on a perfect pace, alternating between slow parts and growing to reach authentic gaming climax... Just perfect, the best game EVER created, period.

This game deserves more... It's story is one of the greatest I've ever seen. That flying skull cracks me up all the time, the gloomy atmosphere is also a brilliant way to suck you in.

Amazing storyline, amazing, diverse characters... Just a perfect game. Planescape Torment, enough said!

Their were hundreds of thousands of words in the narrative of this game. The story line drove older rpgs. Newer rpgs are just graphics. Games like Planescape prove you don't need story to be truly amazing.

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17 Diablo

This is just the best Blizzard game ever until now. There's no way someone can't enjoy the monster-slaying it gives to you, neither the way that you can ignore or pay full attention to the story, depending on what you want from it.

I was a hardened diablo fanatic. from the first game, until the last (unless blizzard finally get off their asses and make diablo 3). for 6 n a half years straight. I loved this game. in terms of quality and enjoyment of gameplay, its the best I've ever had.

After 20 years still absolutely awesome!
Now I am writing only to increase the comment quality or whatever.
You should be warned that if you pirate this game, you will not be able to play multi-player, only local. That is via Hamachi and such.
However, it is definitely worth buying even now!

Diablo was the first of it style of game and influenced the rpg genre today, Diablo based off the board game dungeon and dragons.

Without Diablo all the main mmorpg wouldn't be made. They are all break away's from diablo

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18 Chrono

Its absolutely chrono trigger. Revolutionized the RPG world and I believe it was the first game to do multiple ending. An rpg that didn't use tutorials but showed you as you played and that your actions will change the course of the game. And don't get me started on the music.

Well, I'll be. Chrono Trigger is just better than anything here except for Final Fantasy, but we can debate that all day. Chrono trigger revolutionized the RPG genre, and is still known today as the greatest SNES game of all time. Then again, Cross doesn't live up the expectation in my opinion. Still, Trigger alone deserves AT LEAST Top 5. It is one of the Top Ten greatest video games of all time.

Way underrated game in my opinion. How could compare to this game's awesome gameplay, lovable characters, and amazing music? If you can find a better game than you are either insane or just stupid.

In my opinion chrono trigger is the best rpg ever made, the story is awesome, the musics are wonderful. Akira Toryama made the characters, there are several ends. This game should be more famous.

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19 Secret of Mana

By far the best RPG I have ever played... And I have played many. Perfect music and storyline to match. This game actually helped shape me into the person I am today. Seems ridiculous...? Play it and I doubt you'll argue.

Everything about Secret of Mana is great. I love the storyline and the music. I also think the combat controls are some of the best of any game. I have been playing this game since I was a kid, and I still enjoy playing it over and over again.

Classic, Innovative, Memorable, Fun, Epic, Unique, Captivating... Etc., etc.

A handful of words are just not enough to describe the scope of this game. Go back and play it. It's that good.

maybe not be one of the best but still a good rpg to play. same era with Breath of Fire

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20 Tales Series by Namco

Honesty, here in the west no one has heard of these games and it is a real shame. This is one of the most amazing game series I have ever played for reasons all stated down below. I just wish more people knew about them... There so underrated all you hear of is Final Fantasy, which I have played and enjoyed, but no where near as much as the Tales of series.

This has to be without a doubt one of the best game series ever for its amount of games produced. The music is unbelievable the game play is like nothing people have ever seen before.

best serie ever! and tales of symphonia is the best of all! because you control the char when fighting. you move, dodge, attack. no stupid menu's to select you attack from.
great storyline and good music. graphics are very unique it looks like its a HD drawing.

I'm always trying to find new games similar to this series. The animation, Story, Gameplay, Sound, Just everything is great. Number 1 in my opinion.

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21 Mario & Luigi

Why so low? I consider the Mario and Luigi series to be one of the best Mario spin off game series of all time! I have a lot of fun with the gameplay. A different aspect of the game is that you always have a chance to not get attacked. In other RPGs, like Final fantasy for example, when an enemy attacks, you are most likely gonna get hit and unless you have some kinda magic(I don't really play Final Fantasy)you know you'll get hit, unless it misses. In this series, all the enemies have their own tactics, keeping You on your toes. I also really love the characters. In every single Mario and Luigi game, there is a memorable character. In fact, many memorable characters! I love their personality, unique designs, and dialogue! Heck, some of already existing Mario characters get more personality! For me, Luigi and Bowser easily steal the show. Bowser has funny dialogue and I like Luigi's wacky animations. And the music is absolutely amazing. For me, Dream Team has some of the most ...more

I'm pretty shocked at Mario and Luigi being this low. Out of all the RPGs I've played, it's the funnest. Instead of blocking attacks (Like Paper Mario and Super Mario RPG) you can jump and hammer your way through- and even counter attack. I love the nostalgia of Superstar Saga and Partners in Time, but I personally liked Dream Team and Bowser's Inside Story more. Mainly because you can have Giant battles and X Bosses (Optional, except Grobot X), where as the other games had no secret bosses.

Mario is so low because it's a platformer, not an RPG.

I’m not a big fan of the RPG genre, because the turn-based combat is restrictive on what moves you have, and you can’t move at all. Mario & Luigi changes that, with moves based around actual skill, and moves where you can dodge without RNG.

22 Runescape

Very good quality game play, it should be at least 4th on this list because it is free and there is no download whatsoever required to play, it has the largest base of players which also means it is the most popular and the graphics have really improved over the last couple years.!

Played runescape for 10 years off and on and never even came close to trying everything in the game... Definitely a game for anyone to play but be aware that once your hooked you wont ever want to let go of it. Hence why I played for ten years..

The world's most popular free MMORPG and not even in the top ten! Runescape is a game for a serious and committed gamer who wishes to explore 26 skills combat and non-combat wise. With thousands upon thousands of hours of gameplay and limitless paths to take, you can never fully take it all in. That's what makes Runescape unique and worthwhile.

Free and no download required. Kwl kay.

23 Xenosaga

Far too underappreciated. When played from start to finish, you'll find one of the most complex universes created, and an epic tale that cannot be missed!

best futuristic rpg, with awesome real rpg combat and battlesequence, every maker should learn from this!!

24 Suikoden

Too underrated, the only reason why its not #1 because its not popular, In fact Suikoden 2 is actually one of the best ever made well for me at least. The emotions of the story are just too powerful definitely the best game ever.

My two favorite games are Final Fantasy VII and Suikoden 2. I think out of those two Suikoden II is the better game. I also enjoy the original Suikoden and Suikoden V, and yes I own every Final Fantasy game and Every Suikoden game. The best thing about Suikoden is that it's a continuing story in a large and interesting world, with many mysteries yet to be uncovered. The series as a whole has a much much deeper world and and story than any single FF game can ever accomplish.

"as far as I played all rpg, suikoden 2 is the best I have played. Suikoden 2 is the game that make me know how great rpg are. Suikoden have very great world and we can't imagine how big it's world is? The world have great history, much nation and some unknown nation that still not discovered and have the 27 true rune, which some still unknown and mysterious. Cannot wait to see another series of this game, especially suikoden 6"

Suikoden 2 has the best story in all of the rpg games I've played so far. With a unique recruiting system, alternate endings, missable items, and clive sidequest, it was a good experience playing this.

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25 Dragon Quest Monsters

The first RPG game I ever played. The game that made me like RPG games. Better than Dragon Quest because you have the monsters on your side and there are so many cool ones like Rain Hawk, Great Drak, and Gold Slime. Plus the monsters in this game are better than the Pokemon characters. And I love the mystery of the? Family.

26 Ys

YS tends to be only known of by those who are really into RPGs and that's genuinly sad. The older games were remade into masterpieces for the PSP, and Ys Seven revolutionised the gameplay which developed into memories of Celceta which is a remake of 4 and the most recent game is Ys VIII Lacrimosa of Dana and it truly is an amazing experience. Like Final fantasy each game is a story unto itself and no prior knowledge of the series is needed so you can jump right in, but each game (excluding Origins) follows our Hero Adol the red. Who will no doubt be arriving in a new land that just so happens to be suffering some form of turmoil that needs to be resolved. Hopefully the success of Ys VIII makes more people take note of the series when Ys 9 launches

27 The Witcher

The Witcher games make the others on this list look like Tetris. Why is this 30?

With the best story, deep characters and epic, mature lore this should be in the top 10.

Belongs in the top three EASY!

That sword is for monsters...

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28 Persona

Shin Megami Tensei is already here why is Persona here? Did someone not know they are the same game?
<_< >_> - fwed

Why I like this rpg so much is the epicness, I love how they put Hitler near the final boss in persona 2 inoccent sin.

NOW ITS TIME FOR Hitler
HitlerS BACK
ITS Hitler
HitlerS BACK PREPARE FOR Hitler!

29 Far East of Eden
30 Gothic

Cars in Gothic? Did you really played it dude ;)?
Nevertheless - Gothic 1 and 2 are maybe the best genuine RPGs ever made, 100% open world gameplay.. enjoy it

Great story, easy interface, steering a little bit too complicated. But 100% open world just put me to my knees. The game still rocks! Enjoy

As in my opinion, this game was and will be the best rpg ever. The innovation brought by Gothic 1 with the Day/Night cycle and the script of the AI were unique in those days. Also, the binding between the storyline of Gothic 1 and Gothic 2+Night of the raven is the best I've ever seen.

Do not play Gothic. Once you will finish it you will want more and there is no such equivalent today. All other RPG games after Gothic will be childish in your mind, the game is so good...

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31 Panzer Dragoon
32 Legend Of Heroes
33 Golden Sun

Here is why Golden Sun is the BEST and the MOST EPIC RPG I love most:
-The Story is just... Epic, the characters are growing into your heart, and the story makes your courage stronger.
-The music is so awesome: it makes your courage and adrenalin much stronger, and you can't stop hearing it! For example: Venus Lighthouse. And the music makes the game ambiance and atmosphere epic and stronger.
-Battle system and GBA graphics: normally, I don't care about graphics, but CAMELOT always uses the best graphics. The battle system is one of the best as well.
-Long Gameplay:
Well, the name says everything: The game is very long and you'll spend much time playing it.

Finally this game is mentioned, its one of the best rpg I've ever played

this is not only the best RPG I've ever played it's the best game ever

This is truly a masterpiece. One of Nintendo's diamonds, one of the best games I've ever played. It has one of the best storilines, and its song are this kinda songs you keep in your mind

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34 Fable

This game is so underrated. Not only is the game actually good but the characters are funny and the story lines are always good stories.

This is a game when you actually get some good choices and the characters look amazing alright some havethe games haven't met there standards but I played skyrim and it did not really meet my standards so this game is better than most

Fable 3 might be just OK, but Fable and Fable 2 are two games that I replay on a regular basis. They are easily done if the most enjoyable games I've part partially for their sense of humor

only game other than ffVII that has been able to pull me in and keep me for years!

35 Dragon Quest

An excellent JRPG series, without a doubt!

I loved to play dragon quest when I was a child an never played something I would compare to it ever again, what is the reason why I still play it 10 years later, it deserves way more than place 36

Dragon Quest really is a RPG Series, unlike many listed here, and deserves much better than 32nd place

I play tested Dragon Warrior I for NES. I hated it at the time, but played it some months later and ended up enjoying it.

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36 Mount & Blade

How is this not here?

Mount&Blade is a single-player, action-oriented role-playing game without any fantasy elements, which takes place in a medieval land named Calradia. The game features a sandbox gameplay style, in which there is no storyline present. The player is able to join one of the five battling factions, fight as a mercenary, assume the role of an outlaw, or take a neutral sideReception on Mount&Blade has overall been positive.

Reviewers praised the game for its innovative combat mechanics, complex character skill system, and large modding community

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38 Disgaea

The level cap of 9999 makes this game very interesting. The story is very childish with little adult humor but it is worth playing for its unique leveling system. Every item, weapon, and piece of armor can be leveled up. There are unlimited plays through and you can build your team any way you choose. This is one of the best tactics games available.

39 Bioshock

The bioshock series has three stories that will never be forgotten by the player. There's no reason to overlook this game because it's not your basic RPG. It's heavily based on storytelling and has many great characters like an RPG should. WHY ISN'T THIS HIGHER?

This is not even an RPG-game, lol - Bicyclerepairman

40 Might and Magic

I have found the best games in the series to be: MM6, MM8 and MM9, but I loved all MM6-MM9 games. I recommend them to any RPG fun. The characters' skills are well balanced, the quests are numerous. Too bad that 3DO does not exist any longer to develop the series. UBISOFT just destroyed the series with that so called MM10 which has nothing to do with any previous game and also Heroes of Might and Magic V is far bellow IV in strategy (except graphics which is better)

Loved these games. Darkside of Xeen (no.5) kept me mesmerised for years as a kid, it was such a harsh and unforgiving environment, with epic adventure music and beautiful imaginative 256 colour graphics. The quests, characters, items were all very engrossing and well balanced. plenty of humor and riddles strewn along the way make this one of my all time favourites. Might and magic 3,4 and 6 also deserve mention, being of excellent calibre, though not quite on the same level as the epicness of MM5.

How is this pioneer if all RPG's not in the top 10? - Bicyclerepairman

5 great games, 3 ok games and dozens of related games (like Heroes of Might and Magic I-V) for computers and consoles. A decade of RPG fun.

41 Arcanum

If you are referring to ARCANUM of steamworks and magick I refuse to believe anyone whose actually played it would put it this low. If this was not the game intended get off your butt and give the game a try. It will blow your little RPG mind with the creativity and redefining game tactics.

It was really fantastic! They diverse set of skills your character could master was astounding. Sure it was isometric, but the world was very skillfully made. Hurling fireballs or firing a Tesla gun? Using a full plate set or a magnetized top hat to stop projectiles? Alchemy or chemistry? So many choices. Plus you could switch between real-time fights or turned based in the blink of an eye.

This RPG with a really original world, a mix of industrialization and medieval magic, should be rated a lot higher. I spent days and days hooked on it.

Great story, great character building, and many interesting quest's and NPC's!

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42 Shining Force

Though I never played the games to follow shining force 2 which came out for the short lived sega saturn, Shining Force 1 and 2, and to a lesser extent - Shining in the darkness, were as bang on for their time in terms of how RPGS were evolving and I'd recommend anyone to DL a sega genesis emulator and play the games on your computer and you'll see what I mean.

Good lord I played this a lot as a kid. I turned it on thinking that it wouldn't be as good in retrospect but here I am talking about it! Top ten material.

Shining Force should be at least in the top ten.

Shining Force III in par with FFVII counterwighted through battle-system, storyline and replay value.

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43 Star Ocean

I don't know about the first ones, but Star Ocean 3: Till the End of Time is possibly my favorite rpg of all time. Compelling story and addictive battle system, plus deep and interesting characters.

I have fond memories of playing Star Ocean 2 with my best friend in elementary school. Years later I had forgotten its name and could find it until after I had completed its sequel. Star Ocean 3 is by far the most popular in the series. It was also the game that got me hooked on JRPGs forever. I enjoyed the characters, the combat (despite the fact you can only use 3 characters at a time), the intriguing worlds and plot (including the plot twist, though I admit that triace could have made it a whole lot better).

Moving onto the series as a whole. I have yet to complete the first and second installments, but I've finished the fourth and I love the whole series. The combat is brilliant; grinding is a lot more tolerable in SO than it is in other games. Generally the characters and plot have been pretty good as well; minus 4, whose characters and voice acting seemed almost unbearable at times (e.G. edge, Lymle respectively), but even that one was still quite enjoyable overall. But ...more

Great series...i don't understand why this is not considered to be in the top ten...along with legend of dragoon both have great story lines and good gameplay to go with

One of the greatest rpg series I've played in my life. It's sad that so many people don't know about this great series.

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44 Monster Hunter

Really awesome and really hard to get into. That's probably why this serie isn't that popular.

45 Xanadu
46 Grand Theft Auto

Why isn't this higher? One of the best selling series of all time. Great characters, modern land, and a great, cynical look on modern America. Maybe it's not the traditional dungeon and dragon RPG, but it's certainly as open and fun as any traditional RPG.

This is not an RPG, if it was it would be in the top 10 - venomouskillingmachine

47 Ultima

Unlike a lot of games on this list, the Ultima games are actually RPGs... Not on-the-rails melodramas with loads of fighting (JRPGs) and Zelda, which is an action/adventure! There is no doubt that JRPGs were originally influenced by games like Ultima I and IV, but they never developed beyond it, and while they may be fun for a while, they ultimately become tedious and boring. There are notable exceptions like Chrono Trigger, but even some of the most celebrated JRPG titles like FFVII don't stand up to scrutiny when you come back to them with more gaming experience and shrug off the nostalgia. So why are the Ultima games RPGs? It's mainly because you get plonked into a big, bad world and can do what you like. I don't consider the on-the-rails linear nature of most JRPGs to really give you the chance to roleplay at all... When I'm controlling a character and being forced by the game to attempt to kill an ally as part of an exploitative and contrived adolescent plot (you know what game ...more

Ultima VII I & II = Complete Freedom. Great history and plot, rune alphabet is something awesome... the real sensation to be there is unique... ships, weapons, hidden treasures... all at the reach of your hand for the first moment if you know where to find them... no linear or level restriction to use a weapon...

This were truly RPGs...

How can someone vote something else? Ultima is by far the best ROLE-PLAYING-GAME EVER MADE.

From the earliest days of computer RPG gaming to Ultima Online which still has a loyal and active following today a truely groudbreaking series.

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48 Valkyrie Profile

best rpg series of all time as the title of the thread said with historical, mythological, literature involved - ronluna

Lenneth and Silmeria are not ones to be forgotten...

This game is Difficult, yet interesting mechanics make me love it.

49 Phantasy Star

yes i agree phantasy star is one of the greatest rpg games i am a level 91 and the game never gets boring with online

The characters were solid, the mazes amazing, the puzzles difficult

The god_father of all RPG's should never get a rating of this kind of "disrespect. " Who decided this list anyway, my 11 year old.

Phantasy Star was the first RPG I played and also the best!

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50 The Legend of Dragoon

This is a standalone game and not a series - NuMetalManiak

Best RPG I've ever played. The story is great, and the battle system is very refreshing. My cousins and I had a hard time beating the final boss, we all took turns trying to take him down, I finally got him on my third try. It's worth beating him just to see the ending, which pulls on your heart strings.

This is Sickening this is the only rpg game I have ever "beat" I've been stuck on the final boss for like 4years I was trying daily for like 2 weeks then sorta gave up and have been doing it off and on this game is #1

So underrated. Great game and after I beat it I was begging for a sequel. If you give it a chance you will be begging for another game as well! It definitely tops Final Fantasy. Swag

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