10 Best RPGs of all time (Opinion List)

Published: August 2, 2014

This is a list of my personal favorite RPG games, thus, this is my top 10 favorite RPGs.

Please note however that this list is not an official list, and is based strictly on personal opinion.

Have you ever wanted to play a RPG game and just stood jaws wide open at how many RPG games exist, and had no idea where to start? Don't worry, this list will help you start out with my top 10 RPG games.

  1. #10 - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (SNES)

    For all newcomers to RPG games, this is the absolute perfect starting point. Final Fantasy Mystic Quest for the Super Nintendo is a RPG made specifically for newcomers to RPGs. It was also a USA made RPG instead of a Japanese one, so the difficulty is a lot easier than typical RPGs.

    So in this game, you play as the main character, Benjamin, whose village was destroyed by a mysterious earthquake. During this time, Benjamin learns that he is the Knight in the Prophecy and must go throughout the world, restoring the 4 crystals that were stolen by 4 fiends.

    This game also has many different characters you meet up with and fight along and also has many humorous and memoriable parts. If you are new to RPGs, this is the perfect place to start.

  2. #9 - Super Mario RPG (SNES)

    Here is the first Square Enix RPG on the list, and trust me, there will be a few. However, unlike final fantasy and heroes of light, in this game you take control of your well known famous plumber, Mario, in a quest to find 7 crystal stars that will restore the mushroom kingdom to it's former glory.

    This is a Japanese RPG, or otherwise known as JRPG, and has a different style of combat and story than most American RPGs. Japanese RPGs are typically more difficult and sometimes has more puzzles and times where you don't know where to go, but don't feel afraid of this game, as it is a perfectly example of an excellent JRPG from Square Enix.

  3. #8 - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is a western RPG, otherwise known as an American RPG. However, this isn't like your typical 16-bit turn based battle RPG, this is a graphically beautiful, open world rpg with an action battle system, and hundreds upon hundreds of quests you can do, with weapon hunts, myth hunts, magic hunts, and all kinds of amazing things you can do.

    Oblivion takes place in the Cyrodiil region of Tamerial, where the Deadric Invasion, lead my Mehrunes Daegon is happening, through the power of Oblivion Gates that the hero has to close, and then has to put an end to Daegon.

  4. #7 - Final Fantasy (NES)

    You had to see this coming, another Square Enix JRPG, however, this is the first in the FF series, and the first of more to come in this list. Final fantasy takes you on a quest with the 4 heroes of light, whom of which have to restore 4 orbs at 4 locations of the world after defeating 4 fiends, to save the world from a villanous character, Chaos.

    This RPG is one for more experienced players, as with every first RPG in a series, and especially with NES RPGs, there is a lot of grinding and a lot of artificial difficulty to overcome, but nevertheless, it is worth the playing experince of the game to spark a neverending series.

  5. #6 - Dragon Warrior (NES)

    Dragon Warrior, by the Enix side of Square Enix before Square and Enix combined to become one company. This is an amazing game, hands down. Dragon Warrior spawned a series of RPGs that is parallel to that of Final Fantasy, although there are less games overall.

    In this game, you take control of one hero, the hero of Edrick, who of which has saved the world before, and you must go defeat the Dragon King from shrouding the world in darkness. A pretty simple story for a pretty simple RPG. And the battle system is you and a monster on a one on one battle. Every battle. This game is very much worth the playing experience.

  6. #5 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    Hey, another Elder Scrolls game. Yes! And this particular one is the fifth in the series, and like the previous one, you take the main character though a BEAUTIFUL open ended world with amazing graphics, amazing combat, amazing story, and all out, amazing everything.

    In this game, you play through the Skyrim region of Tamerial, with the main character who is dragonborn, a special type of warrior who can use dragon shouts, and you must stop the invasion of evil dragons who want to destroy Skyrim. Fighting dragons, that has got to sell the game for you right there. Highly recommended to play. 

  7. #4 - Final Fantasy VII (PSX, PC, PS3, PSP)

    Ah, so begins the hate that this amazing game is not number 1 on my list, but thus it isn't. This is besides the point, because this is probably the best and most well known Final Fantasy game in the series, to the point that it spawned a side series to Final Fantasy VII, with games like Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core and even movies like Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

    I recommend all of them and honestly, because of the crazy timeline of this game, I am not going to describe the story. Just play the games in this order:

    Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core

    Final Fantasy VII

    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

  8. #3 - Dragon Warrior III (NES)

    Another Dragon Warrior game, and in my opinion, the best one in the series. This game is very similiar to that of the last 2 games, to the point that it is in the same world, you'll learn more about that as you play it, but besides the point. You take control of 4 heroes in this game, to stop the evil Baramos from destroying the world.

    This is a very simple story and a simple RPG, with minimal grinding, NPCs that tell you where to go and more, and this RPG will always be remembered in my list of games I would replay over and over again.

  9. #2 - Earthbound (SNES)

    Ah, Earthbound, or as otherwise known as Mother 2 in Japan. This is an amazing game, hands down. No other way to say it. It's funny, got a story revolved around a hero that is probably the same age as you. You got hippies, crazy old ladies, drug tripouts, and more. What more could you ask for.

    This game though, in my personal opinion, is kindly difficult. You might have a hard time if you are an inexperienced RPG player, but otherwise, this game will always be one you can replay over and over. It's also rather long, and has humor from start to finish.

  10. #1 - Pokemon (GB, GBc, GBA, DS, 3DS, GC, Wii)

    You had to see this coming, and I am not putting just one game as number one, no, this is the entire series!

    Pokemon. This was a revolutionary RPG that is still more popular than any JRPG out there today. This game is amazing. Humor, pets you fight with called pokemon (and there are 749 of them in X & Y), and more.

    In this game, and virtually every game of the series, you play as one character who wants to become Pokemon Champion. Pretty simple, however, I won't go as far as to say this game is easy. This game has hard moments, but it is so enjoyable and so fun, and is exactly why it's #1 on my list.

So you have it, my top 10 list of what I think are the top 10 best RPGs. I hope you enjoyed my list, and expect more from me.