Game Informer June cover: Top 100 RPGs of All Time


Few genres can absorb players like role-playing games. Striking a balance between narrative, combat, exploration, and progression, RPGs are capable of immersing us in fantastic worlds. The latest issue of Game Informer is a celebration of that power, containing our ranked list of the top 100 RPGs of all time. In it you'll find over 30 pages filled with fond memories, covering old-school masterpieces and modern twists on familiar formulas.

Like any ranked list, this one was difficult to create. First, the line defining RPGs has grown blurry over the years, encompassing more than turn-based battles and experience-driven leveling. Second, our staff is passionate about RPGs, and many arguments were had over various games' inclusion and exclusion – not to mention the specific numbered placement. Where will your favorites fall? Probably not exactly where you think they should, but whether you agree with our choices or not, we hope that looking at these 100 amazing games is a fun way to reflect on this genre and its ability to produce unforgettable characters, moments, and stories.
Funny timing considering IGN is doing Top 100 RPGs this week.


100. Torment: Tides of Numenera
99. Dragon Quest III
98. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
97. Dark Cloud 2
96. Lost Odyssey
95. The World Ends With You
94. Golden Sun
93. Pillars of Eternity
92. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
91. Bastion
90. Panzer Dragoon Saga
89. Tales of Symphonia
88. Radiata Stories
87. Vagrant Story
86. Pools of Radiance
85. Might & Magic: World of Xeen
84. Horizon: Zero Dawn
83. Xenoblade Chronicles
82. South Park: The Stick of Truth
81. Destiny
80. Odin Sphere
79. Dragon's Dogma
78. Wasteland
77. Radiant Historia
76. Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
75. Shadow Hearts: Covenant
74. Monster Hunter Generations
73. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
72. Paper Mario
71. Jade Empire
70. Undertale
69. Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
68. Divinity: Original Sin
67. Path of Exile
66. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
65. Mass Effect
64. Darkest Dungeon
63. Valkyria Chronicles
62. Baldur's Gate
61. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
60. Icewind Dale II
59. Chrono Cross
58. Tales of the Unknown, Vol. 1: The Bard's Tale
57. Dragon Age: Inquisition
56. Fable II
55. Skies of Arcadia
54. Grandia II
53. Star Ocean: The Second Story
52. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
51. Dragon Quest VII: Journey of the Cursed King
50. Pokemon Gold & Silver
49. Xenogears
48. Persona 3
47. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
46. Demon's Souls
45. Mass Effect 3
44. Fire Emblem: Awakening
43. Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord
42. Shadowrun
41. Xenosaga: Episode I - Der Wille zur Macht
40. Neverwinter Nights
39. Fallout
38. System Shock 2
37. Diablo III
36. Fallout: New Vegas
35. Final Fantasy X
34. Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium
33. Final Fantasy
32. Valkyrie Profile
31. Ultima VII: The Black Gate
30. Persona 4
29. Suikoden II
28. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
27. Earthbound
26. Dragon Age: Origins
25. Kingdom Hearts II
24. Dark Souls
23. Final Fantasy IV
22. EverQuest
21. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
20. Diablo
19. Persona 5
18. Final Fantasy VII
17. Ultima Online
16. Secret of Mana
15. Pokemon Red & Blue
14. Deus Ex
13. Planescape: Torment
12. Fallout 3
11. Bloodborne
10. Final Fantasy Tactics
9. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
8. Diablo II
7. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
6. World of Warcraft
5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
4. Mass Effect 2
3. Chrono Trigger
2. Final Fantasy VI
1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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The cover art reminds me of 90s game covers like PSM or EGM2. I feel kinda nostalgic looking at it.
Okay, that was boring. Had my hope up for a Destiny 2 cover (which would be boring for someone else, of course).
Yeah kind of a shame it isn't a cover for a new game I thought it might be Darksiders III before seeing that it's the next IGN First.
I disagree, I like the art, but I get the feeling they are including Horizon and BotW are going to be on this list and last I checked, they are not RPGs.


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It's probably the slowest month ever if the cover article is just a chart like hundreds others you can easily find in internet.
If Horizon is on this list doesn't this mean the criteria to be on it is stupid easy so the amount of games they can throw could be stuff like Yakuza and Nier too?
The dragon in the top left is from Panzer Dragoon RPG, right? If so, glad to see it made the cover. Unless there's another dragon-riding RPG where dragons have those proportions and the same design.