Top Rpg Games of All Time

The joy of the Role Playing Game, or RPG, is the ability for the player to get lost in a fantasy world, forgetting about the realities of life – the mortgage, debt, work, relationships – and being someone else for as long as the game is loaded. That character might be human or alien. Man or woman. Straight or gay. Mage or warrior. The choice is yours.

Over the years there has been numerous efforts to reinvent the genre, but at their core all RPGs trade on that same hook – character customisation, progression and story telling.

The list below picks out the best RPGs ever released, but there's so many more that we thought it wise to acknowledge the most acclaimed RPG franchises around. We're talking classics such as Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Tales, Dragon Quest and Ultimate. Then there's the modern hits such as The Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Fable, The Witcher. And let's not forget the RPG which turns kids in to crazed collectors, Pokemon.

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    Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Review

    Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

    Crisis Core is not only a must buy for FF fans, but a must buy for RPG fans. Did you cry when Aeris died in Final Fantasy VII? Is your bedroom a shrine... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

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    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Review

    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

    Thanks to the extra time and attention given to it by CD Projekt, The Witcher Enhanced Edition is a truly excellent RPG. Without doubt, The Witcher was one of the most controversial PC titles of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Fable II Review

    Fable II

    Fable II hasn't perfected the RPG, but it's a massive step in the right direction and a beautiful game to boot. If you think you have what it takes to be a righteous hero, give Fable II a try. Being good has never been so hard. Lionhead's follow-up to the Xbox action... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Fallout 3 Review

    Fallout 3

    Fallout 3 is packed with interesting places, with choices to make, with that nebulous sense of adventure you only find in the best RPGs. And after a long wait, it's finally here. The past 10 days have been very busy for me. I've broken into countless... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

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    Chrono Trigger Review

    Chrono Trigger

    Chrono Trigger is brilliant for loads of reasons, but what impresses most is how great it plays despite the fact it's 14 years old. Somehow, the Nintendo DS has become the number one games console for fans of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Nintendo DS

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    Fallout 3: The Pitt Review

    Fallout 3: The Pitt

    The Pitt just about makes up for the snore-fest that was Operation Anchorage, and will have Fallout 3 fans dribbling with anticipation for the level-cap raising third add-on Broken Steel. Now this is more like it. After the disappointing Operation Anchorage... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

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    Fallout 3: Broken Steel Review

    Fallout 3: Broken Steel

    Put simply, if you love Fallout 3, Broken Steel is an essential purchase. IMPORTANT NOTICE! The following review contains SPOILERS relating to the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

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    Star Ocean: The Last Hope: International Review

    Star Ocean: The Last Hope

    Last Hope International is the definitive Star Ocean 4 experience, and as far as we're concerned, the best next-gen RPG money can buy. Last summer, when I probably should have been frolicking on a beach... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,PC,PlayStation 3,Xbox 360

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    Pokemon HeartGold Review

    Pokemon HeartGold

    With HeartGold and SoulSlver the Pokémon series has reached a point where it can't get any better. It's like a level 100 Pikachu; it's as good as it can possibly be. What is it about the Pokémon series that draws players back time and time... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

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    Pokemon SoulSilver Review

    Pokemon SoulSilver

    With HeartGold and SoulSlver the Pokémon series has reached a point where it can't get any better. It's like a level 100 Pikachu; it's as good as it can possibly be. What is it about the Pokémon series that draws players back time and time... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

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    Demon's Souls Review

    Demon's Souls

    Demon's Souls is a pitch-perfect example of how great risk can make the rewards taste all the sweeter. One of the most unique RPGs in years. Upon dying for what felt like the sixth millionth time, to a lowly boss in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3

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    Fallout: New Vegas Review

    Fallout: New Vegas

    Despite the numerous bugs, New Vegas is a magnificent RPG, one that stands head and shoulders above its predecessor. More importantly, it's also the game that Fallout fans have been waiting for. For years now the Fallout games have been telling us that war never changes.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

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    Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom Review

    Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom

    If you enjoy rich worlds, interesting stories and endearing characters, I implore you: don't let this pass you by. I have weak tear ducts; it's one of my very few flaws in life. I cried the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

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    Pokemon Black Version Review

    Pokemon Black Version

    Rest assured in the knowledge that Black and White are damn fine games; the best the series has to offer. I was recently asked my most anticipated game of 2011. The answer? Pokémon... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

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    Pokemon White Version Review

    Pokemon White Version

    Rest assured in the knowledge that Black and White are damn fine games; the best the series has to offer. I was recently asked my most anticipated game of 2011. The answer? Pokémon... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

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    Bastion Review

    Bastion

    Bastion is the perfect game to kick off Microsoft's Summer of Arcade, capturing that certain something that Limbo and Braid had in previous years. "A proper story's supposed to start at the beginning. It ain't so simple... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox 360,PlayStation 4,Xbox One,Nintendo Switch

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    Crimson Alliance Review

    Crimson Alliance

    Where Crimson Alliance could have joined the white noise of dungeon crawlers, Certain Affinity has managed to design a solid and - more impressively - distinctive game. If you've been able to get through the last 15 years of dungeon crawlers... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Skyrim is easily one of the strongest and best examples of the Western RPG, and it further establishes Bethesda's reputation as one of the most talented and creative forces in the gaming industry. Because we at VideoGamer.com care about our audience, we'd like to offer... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

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    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings: Enhanced Edition Review

    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

    With a combination of additional content and cutscenes The Witcher 2 on Xbox 360 is one of the most lovingly crafted fan-services you'll find. After I scored the PC version 9/10 last year, CD Projekt RED has taken the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PlayStation 3,Xbox 360,PC,PlayStation 3,Xbox 360

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    Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review

    Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

    It's taken years of craft and - likely - a hell of a lot of money, but Ni No Kuni is a wonderful, wondrous experience and will keep you captivated and enchanted for dozens of hours. Ni No Kuni reminds you just why you fell in love with the JRPG. I mean, it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS,PlayStation 3

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    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Review

    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

    Effortlessly entertaining. If you have a 3DS, you should play Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. Yet... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Pokemon Y Review

    Pokemon Y

    Pokémon X&Y represent a mega evolution for the series. Pokémon X&Y start speedily. There's no faffing around, and it's not long... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Pokemon X Review

    Pokemon X

    Pokémon X&Y represent a mega evolution for the series. Pokémon X&Y start speedily. There's no faffing around, and it's not long... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Review

    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls

    Fixes problems, buffs loot, nerfs boredom. A worthy expansion. Make no bones about it, Reaper of Souls is what Diablo 3 should have been to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    Child of Light Review

    Child of Light

    A beautifully-presented and surprisingly deep RPG that is deserving of everyone’s attention. Child of Light is bloody brilliant. Mixing a wonderful aesthetic with combat... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS Vita,Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,Wii U,PlayStation 4,Nintendo Switch

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    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition Review

    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition

    The best (console) version of Diablo 3 money can buy. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition brings a welcome list of new features,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PlayStation 4

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    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3 is vast, intriguing, and enthralling. Update: Having now spent time with the retail, patched versions of the game... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PC,PlayStation 4

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    Jade Empire Review

    Jade Empire

    With masterful art direction and a flawlessly executed script, Jade Empire is a genuine masterpiece of the genre. There are times when you play a game and know that you're playing something... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox

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    Mass Effect Review

    Mass Effect

    BioWare, with a little help from a friend, has made one of the best RPGs ever made even better. November last year I gave the Xbox 360 version of Mass Effect 10-out-of-10... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox 360,PC,Xbox 360

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    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Review

    Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    We knew then that Miyamoto and co had made a classic, but it's only now that we can see just how revolutionary Ocarina of Time actually was. I bought the gold cartridge edition of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS,GameCube