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Top 11 Best RPG Games of All Time

Updated on January 31, 2016

I have been a gaming addict since i was little and i especially loved the role-playing games. I love to explore fantasy worlds and customize my character. There are a lot aspects that make a good role-playing game, but the most important one is a good story. Because i love rpg's so much i made a list of my top 11 picks. I included a trailer and links to IGN and gamespot. Enjoy!

11. Dark Cloud

This is probably one of my most treasured rpg's. Way back when i got my first PS2 it came with a demo disk. dark cloud was on it an i loved it. It would only allow you to play for 1 hour and after that you had to start over again. I probably started over again 20 times because i loved playing it so much. When i had the chance i bought the game and played it non-stop for weeks. Dark Cloud has some cool gameplay features. You can build cities with lost pieces found in a dungeon for example. The weapon upgrading system is the best thing about dark cloud. There are a huge amount of weapons which you can upgrade. There are a lot of different upgrade possibilties and when your weapon is powerful enough, you can transform it into an even more powerful weapon.

Gamespot: 8.1 IGN: 8.4 Boefie: 7.5 For: PS2 Released: 2001

10. Prototype

I don't know why it is so much fun to roam through a city and kill everything on your path. Prototype is probably the most brutal game on this list. You are Alex Mercer, a mutant who is able to mutate himself on the fly. You can transform your hands into huge hammers for example. The gameplay is gory and fun. You battle other mutants and monsters as well as army vehicles and infantry. If you feel murderous you can roam through the city and throw people of tall building. The graphics and the story are both good.

Gamespot: 8.5 IGN: 7.5 Boefie: 7.5 For: Xbox 360, PS3, PC Released: 2009

9. Overlord

This game is probably the most sadistic and unknown game in the list. In this game you are the overlord. An evil entity who wants to rule the world. To achieve this you have loyal minions at your disposal, crazy little monsters who do everything for their master. These guys will make you laugh all the time. They will pillage and burn everything in sight and gladly die for you. They are dumber than a pig and love drinking beer. The game has nice graphics and even lets you build your own castle. the gameplay is extremely fun and the story is good.

Gamespot: 7.5 IGN: 8.0 Boefie: 7.5 For: Xbox 360, PC Released: 2007

8. Fallout 3

Fallout 3 is a unique and depressing game. It has this kind of charm that pulls you in its world. You wander around in a huge wasteland slaughtering of all kinds of mutant monsters. There are a lot of fun quests that you can do. The world is a bit depressing which fits the mood perfectly. One great and unique feature is the radio. It's a weird but awesome feeling to walk the wastelands while listing to 60's music. I actually loved those songs, they give you this peaceful feeling.

Gamespot: 9.0 IGN: 9.6 Boefie: 8.0 For: Xbox 360, PS3, PC Released: 2008

7. The Last Remnant

The Last Remnant is a turn based rpg made by square enix. The gameplay is unique and fun. Most of the time will be spent battling fantasy monsters and customizing your weapons. One unique feature in this game is that you can switch between the japanese and the english language. I prefer the original Japanese language because the english voices are a bit dull. The last remnant has a wondeful storline and great graphics. The story and battles are epic.

Gamespot: 8.0 IGN: 6.8 Boefie: 8.0 For: Xbox 360, PS3, PC Released: 2008

6. Assasins Creed series

The assasins creed series will make you kill a lot of people. It is so much fun to stab a person in the back and walk away like nothing happened. Assasins creed is a truly unique game. Never before has such a game been released, the only thing you will be doing in this game is butchering people! You will get all kinds of different situations and assassination targets to deal with. The gameplay is great but can get repetitive after killing 1000+ people. The story and graphics are both great also.

Gamespot: 9.0 IGN: 7.5 Boefie: 8.5 For: Xbox 360, PS3, PC Released: 2007

5. The Witcher 2

The witcher is an epic medieval fantasy rpg. Witchers are extremely powerful mutant swordfighters. They are trained to battle monsters, but you will be fighting people also. The witcher 2 has an amazing storyline which is all about making choices. The choices you make in the game will affect everything in a major way. The graphics are simply breathtaking. The swordfighting in the game is awesome, witchers have wicked swordfighting moves. When i happen to have something in my hand that resembles a sword i always try to do them, thinking im a witcher. You will probably be doing that too after having played this game.

Gamespot: 9.0 IGN: 9.0 Boefie: 9.0 For: Xbox 360, PC Released: 2012

4. Dragon Age: Origins

I remember drinking green tea and eating cookies while playing dragon age: origins. Dragon age is a must play for rpg fans. You can select different classes and different races to begin your game with. The story is a classical fantasy story, some ancient mages brought doom upon the land by creating creatures called the darkspawn. These darkspawn are butchering everyone and need to be stopped. You will fight with 3 team members on your side. You can control every team member which is a great feature. The gameplay is great and the story is epic. Dragon age 2 however was a big failure.

Gamespot: 9.5 IGN: 9.2 Boefie: 9.0 For: Xbox 360, PC, PS3, MAC Released: 2009

3. Mass Effect series

The mass effect series is truly amazing. It has an intricate story line and lots of engaging side quests, not to mention all the incredible worlds. You can team up with different alien species to battle enemies with and all kinds of sci-fi weaponry. The story will have you playing this game through the night. Once the story grabs a hold of you, it will be impossible to stop playing. I was amazed by all the different kinds of aliens the game features, you will see all kinds of amazing creations. The graphics are also amazing. Everything little thing in this game is just perfect.

Gamespot: 8.5 IGN: 9.2 Boefie: 9.5 For: Xbox 360, PC, Released: 2007

2. The Elder Scrolls Skyrim

After having waited months to get this, i finally got my copy of skyrim! I shoved it into my cd-drive and played it through the night. This game has everything a great rpg needs. It has a huge free-roaming world, quests all over the place, epic gameplay and dragons! The graphics are amazing, all the scenery just looks amazing. The great thing about this game is that you can do whatever you want to do. You are not bounded by a main story line. If all you wish to do is massacre villages you can do just that! It is like being a toddler again, living in your own world doing whatever you want!

Gamespot: 9.0 IGN: 9.5 Boefie: 9.8 For: Xbox 360, PC, PS3 Released: 2011

1. Kingdom Hearts

This game will hold a special place in my heart forever. I began playing it when i was about 11 years old and loved it to death. A combination between disney worlds and incredibly engaging gameplay made me an addict. I have played this game several times and its still amazing. The graphics were great for the time. It has wonderful soundtracks and the characters are unforgetable. You will fight alongside disney characters like Donald and Goofy! Can a game get any better?! You will complete several storylines in a lot of different disney worlds which all contribute to the main story line a little. Your life is not complete if you have not played this game! I really hope Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released soon, square enix has confirmed that they are working on it.

Gamespot: 8.2 IGN: 9.0 Boefie: 10+ For: PS2 Released: 2002


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      Alexis 7 weeks ago

      Glad to see Dark Cloud on the list. It's such an under appreciated series. We can only hope there's a third game in the series someday!

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      Snowy 2 years ago

      Thanks for being on point and on taetrg!

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      Lissa Clason 3 years ago from Fayetteville, North Carolina

      I've only played about half of these, most of which are among my favorite games ever (Kingdom Hearts was my childhood). I think I'll look into some of the others here that I haven't played. Mass Effect in particular looks interesting, as it's not something I normally see. Thanks for the list :D

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      Boefie 3 years ago from Germany

      Soo many games, so little time... :-(

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      peposterone 3 years ago

      I like you kid, you got spunk and your reply to i find it disturbing made me laugh so hard i shot milk out my nose..

      Everyones given you a thrashing but you kept on bashing. I must add for future consideration the tales series: specifically Tales of The Abyss (ps2 and nintendo DS) and Tales of Vesperia (xbox 360). While your at it, try Tales of Symphonia Chronicles for PS3 if only to play Tales of Symphonia.

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      Pat Cornell 3 years ago from Endwell, New York

      Nice list, but I think that Kingdom Hearts 2 is far better than the first.

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      Spyterra 3 years ago

      why don't you just download a playstation simulater and buy a pc controller instead?

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      Boefie 3 years ago from Germany

      I am going to play the final fantasy series someday. But i will need to get a playstation for that :(

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      Brandon Hart 3 years ago from The Game

      Wow no Final Fantasy... I like your Dragon Age Origin pick - unfortunately, Bioware made a terrible sequel, but I loved that game.

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      Tommy 3 years ago from Colorado.

      You need to try the Tales series it's way better then the last Remenent. Don't get me wrong the last remenent is a better game then most people give it credit for. But it's also a bit of a buggy mess the tales has some fun action and none of them are has buggy has the one you mention.

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      Boefie 3 years ago from Germany

      I agree, you can do so much in fallout! :D

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      Sarah Forester 3 years ago from Australia

      Great list!

      My two favourites are the Overlord series and Fallout series (all of them). Fallout in particular I think I could play forever with the level of choice that it offers :)

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      Archangel 4 years ago

      Wait, what? Assassins` Creed is an RPG?! ? (O_O)

      Does that mean Halo is a fighting game? And Final Fantasy is an RTS?

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      Boefie 4 years ago from Germany

      If you don't like my list, make one yourself.

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      heyshithead 4 years ago

      here he goes again....never seen such a shitty list in my whole life?overlord and prototype...are you retarded, these are action games...no vampire the masquerade bloodlines? No diablo, fallout 1/2?next time you make a list call it me and my shitlist.....

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      Boefie 4 years ago from Germany

      Sounds pretty good, i'll check it out.

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      AnimatedEllie 4 years ago

      I may be an amateur at gaming and haven't really been exposed to videogames (Thank my parents for that -__-) but I think Persona 4 definitely should have been on that list. Sure, it takes an eternity to finish partly because of the difficulty and the fact that if you mess up, it takes your progress back a week or something. But anyway, check the game out :) It's a great RPG to play and despite being a fighting game, the story is pretty deep and at times, it's intellectually challenging.

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      Boefie 4 years ago from Germany

      Yea, i also got the idea from another hubber. They are called trackers or something like that.

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      EJ Lambert 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I know everyone will jump on Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy for not being on this list but I actually have one that went under the radar a little bit. That is Chrono Cross, the sequel to trigger. It was a masterpiece of engineering, very complete much like FF7 was for the original Playstation, yet kept the complexity of Trigger. You got involved deeply with the characters, loved the music and enjoyed excellent graphics for its time. Never mind the superb story and the still-not-widely-used alternate ending system. Awesome.

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      Charles 4 years ago

      In reference to "Wiley Coyote", while aggressively referencing the same recycled list that every unwarranted elitist does is fun, you might want to use some actual objectivity the next time you try to bash other people for incorrectly categorizing a list of games. I'll agree with you that RPGs are dying as a result of today's gaming industry, but that's pretty much the only thing I can agree with in your post. Given all the games from his list that you disqualified, I think your definition of an RPG should probably be suffixed with, "that was made in Japan". I'll grant you, a good chunk of the games listed don't fit the RPG title at all, but to disqualify a game as an RPG simply because it allows for a first person view is retarded and biased. The only difference between the Bethesda/Mass Effect games and your atypical Japanese action RPG is that it doesn't make a distinction between a field view and a combat view. (And here I thought a game being immersive was a good thing) Given your criticism, though, I'm guessing that if you didn't end up liking Final Fantasy Tactics, you would've been part of that same crowd of morons arguing that it didn't meet the criteria of an RPG, and should be categorized as a RTS. Additionally, you should probably look up the meaning of the word, "fantasy" before using it in a critique about how the original author didn't get the meaning of the term, RPG. Given how vague the term "RPG" has become, the author made a very forgivable mistake in his usage. "Fantasy", meanwhile, has a very concrete and straight forward definition, so it's factually incorrect to say a game doesn't have a "fantasy" setting, simply because of the fact that it doesn't revolve around a group of personality-deprived teenagers saving a medieval-looking world.

      I also don't see any justification for excluding "The Last Remnant" as an RPG, but I'm guessing that your response didn't really warrant any time for thought or for gathering the information that you lacked. Given what you consider as "great games", though, it may just be that you're incapable of independent thought, so allow me to critique your list the same way you do with his. (Which, by the way, at least had the decency to try to provide justification, despite an mistaken understanding of the term)

      Final Fantasy Tactics - Agreed, great game that still holds much of its value despite age. Still, my earlier comments stands. It was a great way to expand a genre, but could easily be seen as "Not an RPG" by those who didn't enjoy it. (Much like you, with your apparent bias against Western-style RPGs)

      Lufia 1&2 - While they were fun at the time of their release, I don't see how you can objectively call games like this, "Best RPG of all Time". They lacked any real sense of substance or personality, and were a temporary distraction at best.

      Star Ocean: The Second Story - I liked the very first Star Ocean. Horrible voice acting combined with unoriginal character and story design made the rest completely forgettable. That includes PSP rehashes of games made in the 90s for the SNES.

      Final Fantasy Series - I don't really see how offering solid gameplay with a forgettable story made these games so overrated. Given that it's been the same story with a different wrapper for 10-11 games, I don't see how people aren't bored by now. (As I recall 1, 2 and possibly 3 were devoid of a story other than "GO SAVE THE WORLD". I exclude 13 altogether, because I don't really see how you can call it an RPG. As far as I can tell, it's an action game with a distinction between the field and battle view.)

      Shining Force 1&2 - I really hope these were joke entries to see if anyone would notice. If so, you are a comic genius. (Doubt it though)

      Suikoden 1&2 - Surprisingly good entry, given your other choices. Shame what they did with 3 & 4, though 5 wasn't too bad in comparison.

      Breath of Fire 1&2 - Nothing special. 3 is pretty much the only game is the series that actually stood out as being an excellent game, but you didn't mention 3, so maybe you just see personality as a burden of complexity to the altruism of the characters. After all, who could possibly be expected to, "SAVE THE WORLD" with the weight of having a backstory, right?

      Secret of Mana - You know what's fun? That's right: SAVING THE WORLD. (By the way, how does this fall under RPG and not a more appropriate "Adventure" title like Zelda? Or does a specific set of rules to judge a criteria by only apply when it's games you don't like?)

      Chrono Trigger - Going back in time, TO SAVE THE WORLD. In all seriousness, Chrono Trigger was a pretty solid game. In its time, I might even say it was amazing and revolutionary. In recent years, however, it has become one of the most overrated games every produced, aside from Final Fantasy 7. You're free to disagree, but please at least provide some justification for what made this game so absurdly amazing that it warrants being listed as an "all time" great, and not just a "for its time" great. The gameplay, depth of story, and character design have all been completely overshadowed by lesser rated PS1 & PS2 games. I'm sorry, but a "All Time" list should never require rose-tinted glasses to ring true. It just doesn't work that way.

      All that said, I'd give you my list, but since anything I'd give would be a reflection of my personal taste, and nothing more, I couldn't objectively call anything, "The Top 11 RPG Games". I'm afraid mistaking my opinion for fact is just not something I like doing. In the future, please try to educate yourself to save myself and others the hassle of writing this kind of response. Thanks.

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      BigH 4 years ago

      No Oblivion?!?!

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      Zoney 4 years ago

      Any "best computer RPG" list without Wizardry 8 on it is, quite frankly, awfully sheltered and incomplete and non- RPG-ish. In other words, go out and play some RPG's, son (I of course realize you ain't my son). Then, after you do, get back to us.

      Other notable, glaring omissions:

      Planescape: Torment

      Gothic 1 and 2

      Baldur's Gate 1 and 2

      ...et al.

      Also I recommend the first Star Wolves game, a niche-market outer-space RPG/tactical RTS from a Russian developer. That game rocked.

      If you're into Neverwinter Nights and the Aurora engine, I recommend the Aielund Saga modules -- they're free but require you to have the original game and all expansions.

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      Boefie 4 years ago from Germany

      Maybe they are not pure RPG's, but they certainly have a lot of RPG elements.

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      John Smith 4 years ago

      Not that I hate any of these games, but some of these aren't even RPG's? Prototype and Assassin's Creed are definitely not RPG's...

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      Boefie 4 years ago from Germany

      It disturbs me that someone gets disturbed about something so trivial.

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      Anon 4 years ago

      The fact that you obviously don't know what an RPG game is disturbs me greatly.

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      Boefie 4 years ago from Germany

      Well i'm not gonna change my title LOL!

      And if you don't like my top 11, by all means make your own!

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      Anon 4 years ago

      Fallout 3...But not the older Fallouts?

      Dragon Age...But not Baldur's Gate, the freaking greatest game of all time?

      INVALID!

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      Anon 4 years ago

      If you're not going to play older RPGs because you don't want to, don't make the title "...of All Times," just make it "My Favorite RPGs That I Played."

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      king patty 4 years ago

      Chronotrigger and final fantasy 3 are the top two rpgs of all-time imo. Difficulty and storyline are unrivaled

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      Luke 4 years ago

      you...forgot...chrono...trigger...

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      Majo 4 years ago

      I was 7 qears old in 2000 and my favorite RPG is Final Fantasy 7 so no excuses with age :D. To say the only games from your list which I played are Assassin`s creed and Kingdom hearts. They`re preety good, but WTF is Assassins` creed doing in the list of best RPG`s? Try for example Valkyria chronicles, some older FF games (XIII is quite good but shitty whe you compare it with rest and I consider XII as downfall too). I`m currently playing Dargon Quest VIII, Valkyrie profile and Persona 2. All of them are my first from their franchise and won`t be last. And here is my top ten list (I played mostly FF so don`t be terrified by their amount in here). 10) Disgaea 3; 9) Star Wars:KOTOR; 8) Dragon quest VIII; 7) Kingdom hearts 2; 6) Final Fantasy V; 5) Final Fantasy IV; 4) FF Tactics: The war of lions ; 3)Final Fantasy X; 2) Valkyria Chronicles; 1) Final Fantasy 7

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      Wiley Coyote 4 years ago

      I think your definition RGP is a bit too literal. In video game terms RPG's are either turn based combat games, top down action, or certain strategy combat games. But they always have one thing in common...fantasy elements (and never first person). It doesn't matter that you're young and haven't played the greatest games ever made, you probably shouldn't make such a pathetic list of games that thousands of us do not consider RPG's. RPG's are all but dead. If it wasn't for the past few Game boy systems and the PS Network, there wouldn't be any real RPG's in production in the past 5 years.

      Here's an example of an actual top 11 RPG's of all time list...

      11) Final Fantasy Tactics 10) Lufia 1&2 9) Star Ocean: The Second Story 8) Final Fantasy 9 7) Shining Force 1&2 6) Final Fantasy 4

      5) Suikoden 1&2 4) Breath of Fire 1&2 3) Secret of Mana

      2) Chrono Trigger 1) Final Fantasy 6

      The closest thing to a legit RPG on your list is Kingdom Hearts, which can't hold a candle to the games I just listed, plus probably dozens of others.

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      Boefie 4 years ago from Germany

      Haven't played Baldur's Gate actually.I think i am going to check them out now.

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      Aleister888 4 years ago

      Thomas, yes, Baldurs Gate was a brilliant series!

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      Gamer 98 4 years ago

      I have already playd Dragon age orgins and it's a great game and I recommend it to everyone. I will try every game from the list that i can play on PC. At the moment i am downloading "The Elder Scrolls Skyrim"

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      Boefie 4 years ago from Germany

      well, i didn't really game much before 2000 since i was just 8 years old back then. And i don't fell like playing 13 year old game at the moment.

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      itsme 5 years ago

      your lack of RPGs before 2000 disturbs me.

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      thomas 5 years ago

      Great list, but I don't see Baldurs Gate Series. If you have'nt played these. GET GOING! ;)

      And a not so famous game, but with the best and most captivating story ever told. Planescape Torment. My personal favorit