The 101 Best RPG's Of All Time by Gregor Kartsios (Game One / Game Two / Rocket Beans TV)

by RobZombi | created - 11 Nov 2016 | updated - 18 Apr 2018 | Public

The RPG-Afficionado Gregor Kartsios from Game One, Game Two & Rocket Beans TV gives us a list with the 101 best RPG's of all time.

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1. Chrono Trigger (1995 Video Game)

Action, Family, Fantasy

Crono, a young boy, is thrust to adventure by destiny to destroy an oncoming threat that will destroy the world in 1999.

Directors: Yoshinori Kitase, Akihiko Matsui, Takashi Tokita, Nao Ito

Votes: 2,443

2. Suikoden II (1998 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

Three years after the Gate Rune War, the 108 Stars of Destiny once again gather to protect the City-State of Jowston from the invading Kingdom of Highland, led by the demonic Luca Blight.

Director: Yoshitaka Murayama

Votes: 330

Suikoden II

3. Final Fantasy VI (1994 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A mysterious woman joins a group of Mercenaries in order to find out about her destiny and means of saving the world from an evil madman.

Directors: Hiroyuki Itô, Yoshinori Kitase

Votes: 2,038

4. Paper Mario (2000 Video Game)

E | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Bowser has become invulnerable by imprisoning the seven Star Spirits and using the wish granting powers of the mythical Star Rod from Star Haven. Mario must rescue the Star Spirits, who have been sealed in cards.

Director: Ryota Kawade

Votes: 746

5. Xenogears (1998 Video Game)

T | Animation, Action, Adventure

Young warrior and artist Fei Fong Wong sets off on a journey that tests his faith as well as courage as he is suddenly thrown into a battle where no one is who they seem.

Director: Tetsuya Takahashi | Stars: Hikaru Midorikawa, Tomokazu Seki, Yumi Tôma, Hideyuki Tanaka

Votes: 547

6. LUNAR: Silver Star Story Complete (1999 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The hero of Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete is Alex, a young boy whose ideal is the great warrior of the past, Dragonmaster Dyne. But in order to become a Dragonmaster, Alex has to find ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Ireland | Stars: Ashley Parker Angel, Akira Ishida, Rhonda Gibson, Kyôko Hikami

Votes: 21

7. Final Fantasy VII (1997 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Drama, Family

A former soldier from an evil company joins a mercenary clan to fight the company he once served.

Directors: Yoshinori Kitase, Yasushi Matsumura, Masato Yagi

Votes: 8,367

Final Fantasy VII

8. Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (1993 Video Game)

Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Chaz Ashley is a hunter who lives on a planet once was green that's now a desert. He has to deal with the biomonster problem. Later he has to stop Zio the magician who wants to destroy the world and restore the computer systems.

Directors: Rieko Kodama, Kiyoshi Takeuchi, Tohru Yoshida

Votes: 88

9. Breath of Fire IV: Utsurowazaru Mono (2000 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Nina, the princess of Wyndia, and Cray, chieftain of the cat-like Woren tribe, are searching for Cray's relatives who disappeared under mysterious circumstances during a diplomatic mission.... See full summary »

Director: Hinorobu Takeshita | Stars: Isshin Chiba, Kyôko Hikami, Inuko Inuyama, Kumiko Watanabe

Votes: 16

10. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (2004 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

The game begins with the court jester of the kingdom of Trodain, Dhoulmagus, stealing an ancient scepter and casting a spell on Trodain castle.

Director: Akihiro Hino | Stars: Ricky Grover, Emma Ferguson, Blake Ritson, Jon Glover

Votes: 603

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the cursed King

11. Dark Cloud 2 (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

Max receives a mysterious red stone and learns that the rest of the world has been wiped out by a creature named Griffon who's looking for the stone. With the help of a girl from the future... See full summary »

Director: Akihiro Hino | Stars: Rikako Aikawa, Aki Akiha, Chafûrin, Susumu Chiba

Votes: 229

12. Final Fantasy X (2001 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

A celebrated young athlete is drawn from his futuristic hometown and convenient lifestyle to a harsh and techno-phobic land by a mysterious force only known as Sin.

Director: Yoshinori Kitase | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, Hedy Burress, John DiMaggio, Paula Tiso

Votes: 6,210

Final Fantasy X

13. Dark Souls (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

After escaping an asylum, an undead warrior treks through the dangerous kingdom of Lordran.

Director: Hidetaka Miyazaki | Stars: Adam Sopp, Andy Gathergood, Blake Ritson, Charlie Cameron

Votes: 2,866

14. Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (1992 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

The hero of this game is the son of a brave warrior named Papas. It appears that his mother died just after giving birth to him, and his father took him on a long journey when he was a ... See full summary »

Director: Manabu Yamana

Votes: 83

Dragon Quest V DS

15. EarthBound (1994 Video Game)

K-A | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Ness, a boy from Onett, Eagleland, teams up with new friends to defeat an Evil Destroyer named Giygas. During the epic pursuits, Ness and his allies attempt to find the sacred Eight Melodies.

Director: Shigesato Itoi | Stars: Shigesato Itoi, Yukari Saito, Hirokazu Koyano, Etsuko Kawano

Votes: 723


16. Persona 5 (2016 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Crime, Fantasy

A group of students who secretly call themselves the Phantom Thieves are here to stop an evil conspiracy that is not only corrupting the city of Tokyo, but the entire world too.

Director: Katsura Hashino | Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Max Mittelman, Mamoru Miyano, Nana Mizuki

Votes: 1,541

Persona 5

17. Panzer Dragoon Saga (1998 Video Game)


Edge is one of the soldiers in the service of the mighty Empire. The Empire has recently ordered some excavations at ancient ruins, trying to discover the secret of an old technology that ... See full summary »

Stars: Atsushi Goto, Kachiko Hino, Hiroaki Hirata, Masatô Ibu

Votes: 111

Panzer Dragoon Saga

18. Grandia II (2000 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the aftermath of the battle between the God of Light and the God of Darkness, a young mercenary named Ryudo is charged to protect a songstress named Elena, but their journey reveals that the history of the world is not all it seems.

Director: Takashi Takebe | Stars: Cam Clarke, Jennifer Hale, Jodi Benson, Peter Lurie

Votes: 186

19. Valkyrie Profile (1999 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Odin and two supreme goddesses send out a woman named Lenneth Valkyrie, to collect the souls of deceased warriors and witches to help the Aesir of Valhallah to protect their land and every other land from the rebellious Vanir.

Directors: Yoshiharu Gotanda, Kunihiko Ikuhara | Stars: Megan Hollingshead, Veronica Taylor, Tara Sands, James Carter Cathcart

Votes: 102

20. Dragon's Dogma (2012 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A dragon snatches away the heart from the chest on a warrior. Now, not dead, nor alive, the warrior must go on a quest to find the dragon and kill it to end the curse. However, there's much more at stake.

Directors: Hideaki Itsuno, Kiyoshi Yamamoto | Stars: Troy Baker, Laura Bailey, Sergia Louise Anderson, JB Blanc

Votes: 449

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

21. LUNAR 2: Eternal Blue Complete (2000 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

You control Hiro, a young treasure hunter who likes exploring various caves and ruins with his trusty companion, the wise-cracking pink flying cat Ruby (who claims to be a baby dragon). One... See full summary »

Director: Victor Ireland | Stars: Chad Letts, Hikaru Midorikawa, Kelly Weaver, Chisa Yokoyama

Votes: 16

22. Shadow Hearts: Covenant (2004 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

During World War I, a German army officer and her companions try to thwart the plans of a secret society.

Director: Matsuzo Machida | Stars: Joe Cappelletti, Kari Wahlgren, Ellyn Stern, Bob Papenbrook

Votes: 147

23. Final Fantasy VIII (1999 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

A group of students at a military academy rescue a mysterious girl, who some say is the sorceress who wants to govern the universe.

Director: Yoshinori Kitase

Votes: 4,727

Final Fantasy VIII

24. Persona 4 Golden (2012 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Family, Mystery

Persona 4 Golden takes place in a fictional Japanese countryside and is indirectly related to both Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 and the Persona 2 games. The player-named main protagonist ... See full summary »

Directors: Daiki Itô, Valerie Arem | Stars: Daisuke Namikawa, Shôtarô Morikubo, Yui Horie, Ami Koshimizu

Votes: 589

25. Mass Effect 2 (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

After being revived from death and having to join a pro-human organization without a choice, Commander Shepard must assemble a team, battle a new threat, and make tough choices in order to save the galaxy from total annihilation once more.

Director: Casey Hudson | Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Maggie Baird, Adam Baldwin, Michael Beattie

Votes: 17,132

26. Tales of Symphonia (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

Lloyd Irving and his childhood friend Colette are destined to go on a journey to save the world of Sylvarant, but doing so may endanger Tethe'alla, a world parallel to theirs.

Directors: Yoshito Higuchi, Eiji Kikuchi, Kiyoshi Nagai | Stars: Scott Menville, Heather Hogan, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Kari Wahlgren

Votes: 595

27. Breath of Fire III (1997 Video Game)


The lone survivor of a legendary dragon clan, a rebellious youth embarks on a great journey. One of discovery - and danger. The classic role-playing game now returns to continue the epic ... See full summary »

Directors: Makoto Ikehara, Junko Nonda | Stars: Yukihiro Fujimoto, Kyôko Hikami, Ai Kamimura, Yôko Matsui

Votes: 27

28. Suikoden (1995 Video Game)

K-A | Adventure, Fantasy

108 Stars of Destiny must band together to liberate the corrupt Scarlet Moon Empire.

Director: Yoshitaka Murayama | Star: Karen Strassman

Votes: 221

29. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (2004 Video Game)

T | Adventure

You control two heroes: Estelle Bright, a daughter of the famous adventurer Cassius, and her adopted brother Joshua, who was brought to live in their house under mysterious circumstances. ... See full summary »

Director: Toshihiro Kondo | Stars: Kenji Akabane, Hidemi Anzai, Satomi Arai, Tomohisa Asô

Votes: 28

30. Demon's Souls (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The great kingdom of Boletaria has fallen into disparity. King Allant has aroused the Old One from its long slumber, and a great fog descends upon the land, bringing forth great soul-devouring demons.

Director: Hidetaka Miyazaki | Stars: Aditi Tanna, Christopher Fairbank, Clare Corbett, Evetta Muradasilova

Votes: 1,057

31. Brandish (1991 Video Game)

T | Fantasy

Once there was a prosperous kingdom, which was protected by a tower, where a mighty dragon was living. The people of the kingdom were secure with such a guardian. But one man wanted the ... See full summary »

Director: Daisuke Fujii | Stars: Banjô Ginga, Daisuke Gôri, Miki Itô, Yayoi Jinguji

32. Fallout 3 (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

Centuries following nuclear war, a teen leaves the safety of an underground vault in order to find their father, who left in hopes of creating a water purifier.

Director: Todd Howard | Stars: Liam Neeson, Malcolm McDowell, Ron Perlman, Odette Annable

Votes: 16,823

33. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (1995 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A prequel to Lufia & the Fortress of Doom (1993). Maxim meets Iris who tells him to go on a Journey with his friends to fight against the four Sinistrals on the floating island destroying towns and killing people.

Director: Masahide Miyata

Votes: 33

34. Final Fantasy IX (2000 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Drama, Family

When bandits try to kidnap the princess, they discover that it's the princess who wants to be kidnapped. But they are chased by an evil queen and an even more powerful entity.

Director: Hiroyuki Itô

Votes: 3,758

Final Fantasy IX

35. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (2006 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

A new student arrives at a school full of monsters that attack at night. A team of Persona users recruit him to help battle alongside them to rid the monsters for good.

Director: Katsura Hashino | Stars: Akira Ishida, Megumi Toyoguchi, Rie Tanaka, Maaya Sakamoto

Votes: 627

36. Shining the Holy Ark (1996 Video Game)

K-A | Action

Three mercenaries - Arthur, Melody, and Forte - are hired by the King of Enrich to hunt down and capture a renegade ninja by the name of Rodi. The group pursues Rodi to the nearby mines ... See full summary »

Directors: Shuji Shimizu, Yusuke Sugimoto, Yasuhiro Taguchi

37. Undertale (2015 Video Game)

E10+ | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Enter the Underground, a massive subterranean cave to where monsters, who once lived harmoniously with humans on the surface, now have been banished after losing a war with humanity.

Director: Toby Fox | Star: Willard Scott

Votes: 1,632

38. Shadowrun (1994 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Sega Genesis RPG about Joshua, a Shadowrunner out to discover who murdered his brother.

Star: Karyn Mason

Votes: 76

39. Tales of Destiny (1997 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

A great swordsman named Stahn Aileron takes a ride on a giant dragon ship. During the flight, the ship is attacked by pirates. Looking for a weapon to defend himself, Stahn discovers a ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomokazu Seki, Yuri Amano, Tesshô Genda, Shô Hayami

Votes: 33

40. Wild Arms (1996 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Western

Three travelers come together to save their world, Filgaia, from a group of metallic-skin demons who plan to awaken their leader, Mother, and subjugate the world through ancient weapons of mass destruction called Golems.

Votes: 95

41. Shadow Hearts (2001 Video Game)

M | Fantasy, Horror

Yuri Hyuga is a young harmonixer: a man who possesses the power of transforming into demons. He meets Alice Elliot, a young British girl whose father was brutally murdered, and who is ... See full summary »

Stars: Hiroki Takahashi, Chie Ishibashi, Ken'ichirô Sanada, Mie Sonozaki

Votes: 107

42. Radiata Stories (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Comedy, Drama

Jack Russell, a 16 year-old boy, wants to become a knight just like his late father, Cairn. On the day that Radiata Castle are trying to recruit the people who wants to become the Radiata ... See full summary »

Director: Naoki Akiyama | Stars: Tomoe Hanba, Masashi Hirose, Yui Horie, Sanae Kobayashi

Votes: 63

43. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (2013 Video Game)

T | Adventure

The game takes place at the same time frame as Zero and Ao no Kiseki games, but in the Erebonian Empire. The game's plot is centered around the newly formed special class "Class VII" in ... See full summary »

Directors: Valerie Arem, Takayuki Kusano | Stars: Mai Aizawa, Keisuke Baba, Takahiro Fujimoto, Saori Gotô

Votes: 46

44. Dragon Warrior VII (2000 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

You plan to become a humble fisherman of peaceful Estard Island, the only land in a world of ocean. But when you discover the artifacts from an ancient land, you tear the fabric of time and... See full summary »

Votes: 63

Dragon Quest VII

45. Suikoden V (2006 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

This is the fifth installment Suikoden series by Konami, takes place in the Queendom of Falena, six years before the events in the first and nine years before the events in the second one.

Director: Masayuki Saruta | Stars: Takashi Akiyama, Keiji Fujiwara, Kiyotaka Furushima, Issei Futamata

Votes: 171

Suikoden V

46. Final Fantasy XV (2016 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

After leaving his home city of Insomnia, young prince Noctis embarks on a journey with his closest friends to reclaim his throne.

Director: Hajime Tabata | Stars: Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Ray Chase, Kenta Miyake, Christopher L. Parson

Votes: 1,802