Submitted by Raiz 1401d ago | opinion piece

Best Single Player RPG Games of ALL TIME

Many of the best video games ever released were RPGs, many of these single player. This may sound shocking considering the 9 million sales of Modern Warefare 3 that have been sold in just the past few days. But the truth of the matter is that at the heart of gaming remains the RPG – Role Playing Game. (Chrono Trigger , Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Fable, Fallout 3, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Gam3rSinceBiRTH  +   1402d ago
Chrono Trigger!!!! Fable: Lost Chapters. One of my fav RPG's of all time. Fallout 3 was my number 1 until Skyrim. Skyrim destroys all. They should of added Lost Odyssey in there for best Jrpg.
GameOn  +   1401d ago
I'd take Vesperia over Lost Odyssey any day.
Fylus  +   1401d ago
Chrono Cross. Just sayin'.
maawdawg  +   1402d ago
Fable and DX:HR being on that list without having either of the Baldur's Gate games or Torment: Planescape on it kind of makes that list laughable to me. Deus: EX HR could barely be considered an RPG at all and shouldn't be on the list in the first place. If you are going to make a slot for a shooter RPG on the list the Mass Effect series kills DX:HR anyway.

I can see the rest being there, especially Chrono Trigger, though I prefer FF3 (or 6, whatever you want to call it) to 7 as my favorite Final Fantasy.

I would put any of Diablo 2, WoW, Neverwinter Nights 2, or even the original 2 Bard's Tale games on it before Fable got a sniff of the list.

All that said Skyrim is quickly moving up my list of favorite RPGs ever. It would have a hard time dethroning Baldur's Gate 2 as my top spot though, the BG story was just at another level from anything we see now.
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SolidGear3  +   1401d ago
DX:HR is the best RPG since Fallout 3 and the only thing coming anytime soon that could match it is Mass Effect 3.
maawdawg  +   1401d ago
Just because Deus Ex had some thrown in skillups to put points in doesn't make it an RPG, except in the very broadest and most diluted sense. To me that is the equivalent of calling Splinter Cell Conviction a great RPG, Team Fortress 2 a loot RPG, and COD multiplayer a grindy action RPG.

Fallout 3 was very good, and new Vegas was just OK to me. Oblivion was solid but Skyrim is hands down the best RPG on this console generation and it isn't close, as far as I am concerned.

Still, for story, characters, and emotion, games like Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, and most of the other old Black Isle games were light years ahead of what we get in the genre now.
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SweatyFlorida  +   1401d ago
The title should be changed to "This Gen" instead of "ALL TIME" -_-
Pintheshadows  +   1401d ago
Planescape Torment, Baldurs Gate 2, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights, Fallout 2.
maawdawg  +   1401d ago
Thinking of all these great old RPGs is making me want to go back and replay them all again. Amazon has a box out that gives you Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 with all expansions, Icewind Dale 1 and 2 with all expansions, Planescape: Torment, and Temple of Elemental evil, all in one box for $20.

I think I am going to have to re-buy them for whenever I get done my playthroughs of Skyrim.

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Pintheshadows  +   1401d ago
I actually still have all of them. I played Planescape Torment, about 2 months back and it's still thoroughly excellent.

I miss that era of gaming so much. Those were glorious days.
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gnb2003  +   1400d ago
Totally agree. It seems that the days of isometric, top down RPGs are all but over.

Its really unfortunate. The developers paid less attention to graphics and more attention to story. I find it odd that games like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights, which came out many years ago, seem so much bigger than most RPGs today.
PRHB HYBRiiD  +   1401d ago
No mass effect 1? :(
Tex117  +   1401d ago
Secret of Mana, FFVI, Chrono Trigger

Souls games

Elder Scrolls
SolidGear3  +   1401d ago
I'd say my favorites are Fallout 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Mass Effect 2, Dead Island, Fallout: New Vegas, Dragon Age II, Final Fantasy XIII, Alpha Protocol, Dungeon Siege III, Parasite Eve II, Diablo, Borderlands and The Witcher 2.
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Grip  +   1401d ago
wow u put everything tn there, even Dead Island in that list!
Kur0  +   1401d ago
What the hell is Fable doing on this list.
gamernova  +   1401d ago
Legend of legaia?
TheOtherTheoG  +   1401d ago
Fable is in the list and neither of the Baldur's Gate games, Mass Effect games or any of Black Isle's games are. What.

If I was to choose 10, in no order (1 per franchise)
- Deus Ex (narrowly over HR)
- Planescape Torment
- Fallout 1 (narrowly over New Vegas)
- Baldur's Gate 2
- Mass Effect 2 (narrowly over 1)
- Skyrim
- FF7
- Persona 4
- Chrono Trigger
il-mouzer  +   1401d ago
we share 'similar' tastes

1. Elder Scrolls: Skyrim/Morrowind
2. The Witcher (series)
3. Baldur's Gate
5. Deus Ex (original)

those are my top 5 rpgs, though I'm a huge RPG fan so probably even my top games as well.
HeavenlySnipes  +   1401d ago
Chrono Cross deserves a spot on any list
BuffaloBoobs  +   1401d ago
Somebody's gotta say it.

"RPG Games"
Hicken  +   1401d ago
Not one Persona game, or any other SMT title. Not one?
BitbyDeath  +   1401d ago
Final Fantasy 8 is my favourite.
GammaTru  +   1401d ago
There is never any love for SEGA RPG's on lists like these. May I remind you all of:

Shining Force 3 - Introduced multiple scenarios where the actions of the first game would determine mini changes in the second, including characters that appeared in later scenarios, etc. This experimented with the idea before Mass Effect in any rate.

Panzer Dragon Saga - Took the on-rails shooting of the Panzer Dragoon games and turned it into one of the most atmospheric and unique RPG's of all time.

Phantasy Star Online - One of (if not the?) first online RPG's on a console. Also introduced a cross language chat system so that people of different languages could communicate.

Skies of Arcadia - Was just plain awesome.

Shenmue - Was one of the most cinematic RPG's created and combined QTE's with Virtua Fighter-style combat. Okay, we can forget about the QTE's... :P

Valkyria Chronicles - Amazing strategy RPG with fantastic visuals.

Yakuza - Basically Shenmue but with less RPG and more whacking people.

There are more, but those are the ones on the top of my head.
Hicken  +   1400d ago
Best RPG of any kind this generation is Valkyria Chronicles, to me. It's hands down in my top 5, along with the Xenosga series, Final Fantasy VIII, Legend of Dragoon, and Persona 3 FES.
megalonagyix  +   1401d ago
Deus Ex. (2000)
Best game ever.

KOTOR, Planescape, System Shock 2


Dragon Age, Mass Effect probably the most cliched rpgs ever. (dragons, spell powers, dungeons, meh)
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