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Submitted by Relientk77 1242d ago | opinion piece

Top 100 RPGs of All Time #20-1

This is it. IGN released the last entries of their Top 100 RPGs of All Time List today. The entire list of all 100 has now been revealed. This last installment is showing you the top 20 RPGs of all time, according to IGN. (Dark Souls, Fallout 3, Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy VII, Nintendo DS, PC, PS3, Retro, Secret of Mana, System Shock 2, Xbox, Xbox 360)

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Relientk77  +   1242d ago
Glad to see

Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy VII on here
Ranma1  +   1242d ago
FF10 is my first FF and my number 1 RPG
Relientk77  +   1242d ago
Definitely an amazing game, I love Final Fantasy VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X. They are actually all on this list too.

Final Fantasy IX and X are my favs
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Blastoise  +   1242d ago
I think Knights of the old republic was better than mass effect though.

Also glad to see Dark Souls was relatively high, a truly great game.
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Deputydon  +   1242d ago
Personally I think Dark Souls should be in the top ten, preferably even the top five.

This list is great for two reasons though, #1 and #2 are arguably the greatest RPG's of all time. I would put CT ahead of FF6 personally, but I've never seen a major gaming site put CT or FF6 over FF7, thank God it finally happened.

I would also argue that Xenogears should be A LOT higher. #47th best RPG of all time? It's in my personal top ten, but once again I'd be okay with a top 20 at least, but 47? Sigh.

EDIT: Also, I didn't look through the whole list thanks to IGN's love for money from ads, so they put articles like this one game a page, but I don't remember seeing Chrono Cross in the top 50 at all, which is a disappointment. I'd also say that Castlevania: Symphony of the Night should easily be in the top 20.
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gamejediben  +   1242d ago
The thing about Xenogears is that it was unfinished after the first disc. It was an amazing RPG but still an incomplete masterpiece. Thats why its at #47.

Oh and Chrono Cross is at #61 which isn't bad but I'd have personally put it above games like tales of Destiny or Dragon Quest V.
Irishguy95  +   1241d ago
Yeah the second disk of Xenogears really brings it down. No matter how much you like it(as do I). The second disk pulls it's quality down in alot of ways, including pacing and well...the fact that it's a game, not a book. Or at least it shoulda been. The first disk is a masterpiece though/

Wow...20 pages/ **** you Ign. **** you.
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knifefight  +   1241d ago
What hurts even more is that the development team had the best *intentions* to add more to that game -- in the second disc -- and flesh out all those parts you just end up reading about, but they ran out of time and ran out of budget. The publisherman said the game had to be out the door, so they had to rush and do what they could with a suddenly limited amount of time and money >_<
Deputydon  +   1241d ago
@Knifefight, if I remember correctly, a lot of the dev team was shifted over to the FF7 team in the beginning of development, so once FF7 was complete and finally allowed the dev team to go full force again, it was too late to finish such a long, detailed game.

But still, even in it's incomplete state, the game is a masterpiece. And if there is one game that I'd like to see a remake of, even if they kept the PS1 quality graphics, it would be Xenogears, just to see how the dev team really wanted the game on that 2nd disc.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1242d ago
I'm disappointed that Summon Night Swordcraft Story didn't make the list at all.
doogiebear  +   1242d ago
Anyone who's owned Persona 4 would say it should be #1. Giving it to FF again is an easy cop out. Persona is considered by many to be the greatest. If only more people had played it.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1241d ago
Never played Persona 4 before, waiting for P4 golden on the Vita. Needless to say you have raised my expectations up for it now!
3-4-5  +   1241d ago
A lot of people aren't interested in dating and playing highschool kids.

That isn't what makes an RPG great. hence every jrpg that doesn't involve dating being rated higher on the list.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1241d ago

If I could live in a Final Fantasy game it would be IX.
Just putting that out there! lol
Amazing game.
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Relientk77  +   1241d ago
Me too, the world in Final Fantasy IX is simply vast and beautiful. Actually I think I'm gonna play Final Fantasy IX today

Aceman18  +   1241d ago
FF6 was and will always be my favorite make in the series and im glad they recognized it as one of the best rpgs around.
JC_Denton  +   1241d ago

IGN should have to change the G in their name to S (for shit, that is).
HiddenMission  +   1242d ago
FF7 is one of my favs of course
Relientk77  +   1242d ago
Actually I am suprised at how low they put Final Fantasy VII
majiebeast  +   1242d ago
Dark souls in top 20 is a bit much there are other games that should be in that spot but hey this is ign who didnt even put mgs 4 in the top 20 ps3 games.
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Deputydon  +   1242d ago
Coming from someone that has put hours upon hours upon hours into Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, Final Fantasy 6, Demon's Souls, and Dark Souls, I'd argue that Dark Souls should be much, much higher on the list.

I have so many hours on the game it's incredible. I have more total hours between multiple characters than most Skyrim fanatics. I have two with 120+ hours, four characters with 70+ hours each, three with 50+ hours, two with 40+.

It's addictive, it's fun, it's got stellar online, it's got atmosphere, it's got incredibly tight controls.

Even what little music the game has, it's perfect.
Irishguy95  +   1241d ago
Agreed, Dark souls is my fav game this far.
kwyjibo  +   1242d ago
Planescape: Torment is at number 13.

Mass Effect at number 9.

Let's not pretend that IGN have any idea about RPGs. It's essentially a random walk through 100 random games that they've phoned in, because list articles are easy.

You don't actually have to invest any time in doing in depth research or offer fresh insight. You just take a pack of playing cards and give them a good shuffle.

There's about as much depth, and less entertainment, than a buzzfeed top 10 fat person fails slideshow. lol! He's stuck in a well!
Xperia_ion  +   1241d ago
Yeah, IGN failed hard on this countdown.
Imalwaysright  +   1241d ago
Planescape Torment at number 13 is a huge fail. Its arguably the game with the best storyline in the entire industry and for that reason alone it warrants at least a top 3 spot on any best RPG list. Huge fail.
cozeh  +   1242d ago
FFVI deserved winner. 7/OoT shouldve been closer I thought. Seeing WoW in there just made me sad.
wishingW3L  +   1242d ago
IDK, I think Chrono Trigger should have been #1 and FF6 #2 while FF4 shouldn't even be in the top 10 if FF7 isn't in there. Pokemon red/blue is a joke to be in top 5m it should be top 20 at most.
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specialguest  +   1242d ago
I can accept FF6 as winner. The game was the pinnacle of RPG at the end of the 16bit era. It had one of the richest content with lots of side quest, customizing the menu look, tons of weapons/armor, hauntingly memorable music, deep character back story, and very strong character development for its time. It was solid 10 in my opinion for an RPG. I couldn't find one thing about the game that bothered me as an RPG fan from that time.
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Aceman18  +   1241d ago
absoultely agree with you 10000000% for me its the best rpg ever made.
omarzy  +   1242d ago
Switch Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6. Anyone know if Grandia is in there somewhere? Shame on IGN if it isn't. Shame on them for not putting Grandia is the top 5. FF7 should be in the top 5 as well.
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gamerben  +   1241d ago
no way, chrono trigger is a good game but I don't even think it deserves to be #2
Megaton  +   1242d ago
Not bad. I agree with about half of their top 10, including their #1.
WildArmed  +   1241d ago
Same, I went through their top 5, I gotta say I agreed more often than not.
Blastoise  +   1242d ago
Skyrim #7?

You have got to be kidding me.
Megaton  +   1242d ago
Yeah, sorely out of place on that list, IMO.
Eyeco  +   1241d ago
Skyrim #7 Vagrant story #94 and Chrono Cross #61

DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   1242d ago
FFVI as #1 genius I always favored that one over every other final fantasy.
solar  +   1242d ago
Agreed. I had a hunch FFVI or FFVII would be #1 on the list. As a huge fan of VI and not a fan of VII, i was a bit happy. I need to dl an emulator and play FFVI again. My fave RPG of all.
Aceman18  +   1241d ago
playing VI on my vita and it looks wonderful
Dasteru  +   1242d ago
For anyone who doesn't want to click through 20 pages and give IGN more hits.

20: Everquest
19: System Shock 2
18: Dark Souls
17: Earthbound
16: Diablo
15: Secret of Mana
14: FF Tactics
13: Planescape: Torment
12: Kotor
11: FF VII
10: Fallout 3
9: Mass Effect
8: WoW
7: Skyrim
6: Diablo 2
5: FF IV
4: PKMN Red/Blue
3: Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
2: Chrono Trigger
1: FF VI
MightyPatapon  +   1241d ago
Final Fantasy VII is easily the game that popularized role-playing games all over the world.

VII should have been #1.
Imalwaysright  +   1241d ago
Fallout 3 above Fallout 2! If this is a joke its not a very good one.
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taquito  +   1242d ago
baldurs gate
baldurs gate 2 SoA
Dark Souls-pc version
The Witcher 2 pc version
oblivion-pc version
demons souls-ps3
neverwinter nights 2
icewind dale 1
icewind dale 2
temple of elemental evil
chrono trigger
mass effect -pc version
dragon age origins-pc version

something like that for me
gamerben  +   1241d ago
western rpg fan huh? lol
TheDivine  +   1242d ago
Idk about 20 as i havent played too many but
Lost Odyssey
Tales of Vesperia
Paper Mario (gamecube)
Dragon Age Origins
The Witcher 2
Fallout 3\New Vegas
Demons Souls\DkS
Kingdom Hearts
Jade Empire
All are favorites of mine. Most are recent but damn good. The ff6-9, chrono trigger\cross, xenogears, and p3/4 are prob worthy but i havent beaten them yet. Twewy is one of my recent favorites along with The Last Story. Both are top tier and totally refreshing. They dont fit in with the normal wrpg/jrpg genre.
ExCest  +   1242d ago
Persona should have been there.

Skyrim is too glitchy for my taste.

fallout 3 is pretty fun.
goldwyncq  +   1241d ago
I found it insulting that Skyrim made it into top 10 but not FFVII.
AIndoria  +   1242d ago
Final Fantasy VIII, Valkyria Chronices and Persona 3, so Fxcking underrated. :( Seriously ,I feel like if I could, I'd make EVERYONE play them.
gamerben  +   1241d ago
i thought ffviii was a good game, but I can totally see why some people wouldn't like it.

I haven't played the others, unfortunately.
3-4-5  +   1242d ago
DQ 5 at # 80 or so....from what I've heard of the story it seems it should be higher ( closer to #1 ) on the list.

It is the True inspiration for Pokemon Red/blue and they had that in top 10.

1996 is probably the best year for Games, Movies, Music EVER!

So many good games, not just RPG's, music of all genres including video game, and Movies were released that year it's amazing really.

I'm going to get hate for this but there were way too many Generic PC Rpg's way to high on the list.

They all played well but were super ugly.
Sizzon  +   1242d ago
Vagrant Story, Legend of the Dragoon, TES IV: Oblivion, Demon's Souls and Lost Oddysey are some great RPG's also :)
rhap  +   1241d ago
It's funny how they consider Diablo or Dark Souls RPG games, not to mention FPS with a few RPG elements like ME. They should put Frogger in it as well since you ROLE PLAY a frog trying to cross the street with action RPG elements like dodging and taking different routes.

IGN, amazing. I bet if you put everyone involved in this list together they haven't played 30 out of the 100 games in there, just the mainstream Bioware and Blizzard crap.
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DestinyHeroDoomlord  +   1241d ago
Gotta catch'em all! I dont like r/b that much but they did start it all. "rhap.... get a life"
GrahamGolden  +   1241d ago
that how jrpg one time dominate everything...out there lol 20 from these titles 10+ where JP

to bad today they care more about money than quality.

skyrim dont deserve to be in the top full of bugs and glitch...if a elder scrolls should be at the top 10 that would be morrowind.

and world of warcrap 8 ? lol
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XB1_PS4  +   1241d ago
This is my personal list.. I'm pretty biased based on what I played most, and when I played them.
2. Chrono Trigger
3. FF VI
4. FF X
5. Breath of fire (First RPG I ever played.)
mobijoker  +   1241d ago
My top 5 would be:
Baldur's Gate
Dragon Age Origins
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
Those who haven't played Mask of the Betrayer because of the buggy mess that
was NWN2,I urge you to try this.....Certainly the best expansion ever and would have been one of the best games ever if it saw a separate release....
To me its truly the pinnacle of D&D games....
Captain Tuttle  +   1241d ago
Skyrim, while a great game, is rated WAY too high.
x5exotic  +   1241d ago
FF12 is the best for me
chukamachine  +   1241d ago
All boring games.

Sephiroushin  +   1241d ago
FF VI and chrono Trigger deserves their position ... but some others on the best 10 who's crazy idea was that! A pokemon game, World of Warcraft, Skyrim, Fallout 3 o.O ... but they're very popular I see what they did there!
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C0MPUT3R  +   1241d ago
Final Fantasy VI is God. I love that game.
goldwyncq  +   1241d ago
They put EarthBound but not it's sequel, Mother 3?! Only a few gamers have played it, but still, that's one of the best, if not the best Nintendo RPG in existence.
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George Sears  +   1241d ago
Where is Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne. They add Personas but no love for the main series? That's whack.

(If on the list then I have no idea where)
R_aVe_N  +   1241d ago
That list is all kinds of messed up
Acquiesc3  +   1241d ago
That list is overall horrible, but thank God they atleast got #1 right. FF6 all the way.
knifefight  +   1241d ago
I'm the LAST person in the world to ever defend IGN, but let's be straight here: *anyone's* list of a top 100 somethingorother will look great to some, OK to others, and terrible to even more people. It's just the nature of the beast.

They put their picks out there and that's what up. They're the opinions of the authors so, eh, it is what it is. There is no right or wrong opinion on it, really.

...But yes, I can also condone an FF6 #1. ^^;;
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