Top 10 RPGs, According to RPG Fans


Japanese RPG fans quizzed about their favourite RPG titles have given a fair acquittal of their tastes, even if the list is predictably heavy on Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy at the expense of more original titles…

The ranking:


1. Final Fantasy X

2. Dragon Quest III

3. Final Fantasy VII

4. Persona 4

5. Kingdom Hearts II

6. Dragon Quest IX

7. Tales of the Abyss

8. Dragon Quest V

9. Chrono Trigger

10. Fallout 3

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:15 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did they poll 12 year olds D=?
    Where are more traditional RPGs like Mother 2 and Secret of Mana... Chrono Trigger got on the list at least. Although I enjoyed FFX... I'm kinda disappointed that it got number 1... Ten represented the begging of the end of square... at least for me.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    14:46 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck! Secret of Mana.... another source of undiluted win which missed the list. Mother 2 though? I've never played that. Beats the fuck out of me how I could've missed it though...

    *Miroku74 scratches his head in in puzzlement*

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:38 22/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFX should be in the high millions, not number 1...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 11/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    i dont agree with the list, secret of mana deserves to be on here but don't knock ff10, tidus being a weenie is the only thing people really have against it, auron is badass, sin being a false devouring god is the shit, sphere grid is genius can max it out for each character and make them hybrids, but FF12 was the shit too..way too short and again vaan detracts slightly but balthier and vasch are the shit. the gameplay is definitely spiced up from turn based and it has the best bosses in the series like the hunts

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No FFTactics? It has a very epic plot. Nice graphics(at that time), though younger players won't understand the plot. The downside is Square made so many imbalances in the game like Orlandu, Calculator Job, Bewoulf, etc., which made the game a piece of cake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:37 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isnt anyone just suprised that persona 4 is on the list not that it isnt a great game- its fucking fantastic- its just that its such a young game compare to most of em i mean what persona 4 is bearly 1-2yrs

    19:57 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Proof that it's awesome nevertheless..

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:57 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chrono Trigger should be ranked higher. And where are Xenogears and Final Fantasy 6!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:58 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont get it? persona 4 was much better than FFX

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:03 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where is my Pokemon Yellow!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:30 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Loli mods are the reason why Fallout 3 is so popular in Japan. Just ask 4chan's /v/ or search "fallout 3 loli" in /rs/

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Xenogears and FFVI make this a pointless list. Also KH2??? WTF is that doing there

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:16 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    star ocean 3 and valkyrie profile man!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:24 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    and whats with seiken densetsu 2 aka secret of mana? :/ is it really that unpopular/bad?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    why is chrono trigger so low? otherwise, its ok.

    xeno was ok, but i think its coz the main char got some.

    i love the play system of xenogears, but really, its not all that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:47 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Planescape Torment
    Baldur's Gate 2

    Where are those?

    At least I can agree with FF7, P4 (P3 wasn't bad either), Tales of the Abyss and Chrono Trigger.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I forgot Ultima 7 (both parts)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Glad somebody remembered Ultima ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:54 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    because Planescape Torment and Baldur's Gate 2 never had a Japanese version?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:44 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm really surprised by this list. Fallout 3 seems out of place on this list, and I'm not sure why its there. Its the same fucking game as Oblivion and all the games that preceded it. The only difference is the setting and some minor game play changes.

    RPG gamers like some innovation, but mostly the same shit works over and over again. Still, I would think Knights of the Old Republic or Mass Effect would have represented the "newer" generation of RPGS. I guess Western titles don't penetrate the Japanese market too easily, considering it is an XBOX creation.

    FF X was somewhat enjoyable to me. But the voice acting was horrendous, and the characters were essentially all the same as far as combat is concerned, with a few exceptions. I think the fans love of Yuna and Rikku, coupled with songs like Suteki da ne and Zanarkand are what made this top the list.

    No mention of Suikoden 1 or 2, Knights of the Old Republic, Star Ocean, Chrono Cross, FF IV or VI, the first Dragon Quest......strange, very strange.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:41 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    worst list ever!!!

    & wtf FALLOUT?

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    Comment by DriftWise
    22:13 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Persona 4 is # 4.


    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. FF VIII
    2. VAlkirie Profile 1
    3. Valkirie Profile Silmeria
    4. FF VI
    5. FF VII

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:22 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The two big surprises for me were a) seeing Fallout 3 (or ANY western RPG) on the list, and b) seeing Persona 4 on there instead of Persona 3 FES. I know 4's probably a better game, but I was under the impression that it was simply overshadowed by its predecessor.

    Surprising to see FFX beat out FFVII as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:18 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow I'm amazed that FFX beat out FFVII; not because FFVII is a better game, but because it's fan base is rabid. I should know one of my friends is a FFVII fanboy and he annoys the hell outa me with his FFVII shit. I played FFVII and it wasn't anything special, it had an interesting story and whatnot but it was still an average RPG. I liked FFX better, good story, nice visuals, innovative battle and skill systems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Summon toys is innovative? Oh sh~...

    // Opera doesn't seem to like many comments on this site... So anonymous from Fx.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:35 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nethack is fucking where???

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:44 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i dont remember fallout have rpg gender

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:45 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whoa, Fallout 3 really surprised me there!

    Anyways, I'm not that much into DQ or KH. My list would include FF9, FF6, P4, and Tales of Symphonia and Vesperia. The lower 5 would just be fillers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:47 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh man, I nearly forgot Suikoden II. Call me crazy, but I think it was much better than III.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:34 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    where the goddamn Shadow Hearts series?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:34 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Suikoden and Xenogears? No Wild arms and Star ocean?

    The topic should be "Top 10 brand new RPG according to new fans".

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:18 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tat FFVII is quite a new brand

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:15 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont see any rpg's on this list .

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    Comment by fxc2
    21:02 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Incredible... Fallout 3 made the list for some reason. o.O

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:01 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fact that FF7 is on there at all is proof that they didn't ask actual RPG fans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem with this list is that no RPG gamer will have this exactly list. Sure, most of the games on that list are good, but most of them are also very very similar. The top 10 fruit list does not have 7 apples in there - RPG games have variety too!

    This is at most top 10 popular or just well-known RPGs. Everyone RPG fan has his own list, and it's not going to be anywhere near the same. So yeah, let's not attack the list and just say what our own top 10 or top 7 or top 5...

    ...and for once, agree. =P

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:05 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where the hell is .Hack//G.U!!!

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    Comment by Y10NRDY
    14:57 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'm so happy that FFX made the top of the list. i wasn't expecting that at all. it was MY FAVORITE entry in the series but out of all my nerdy ass friends i am the only one that shares that opinion.

    inb4 "you don't have any friends" or "dakimakura can't play video games or have opinions".


    Comment by Anonymous
    13:49 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no way theres no way dued that is so cool

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF with FFX to be the top?

    Never play something boring like that, i can't even finish the game, the sound was fcking worst, make me feel sleepy, fcking dub, even in japanese version. and gameplay.. new is ok, but this is not what it should be... no world map, no free run... god !!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:30 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow, I'm amazed Fallout III even made it to #10.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:20 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol ff7 vs ff10 XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:55 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's obvious that they had not played Planescape: Torment. Why else would it not be there?

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    Comment by Leaf
    14:39 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm, some titles I'd add to the list

    breath of fire II
    breath of fire III
    grandia II
    Tales of Destiny remake
    Tales of Destiny II
    Tales of Rebirth

    Also, none of the eiyuu densetsu VI trilogy are there o_o


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    Comment by Anonymous
    14:30 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFX deserved to be TOP ! hell yeah~

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    chrono trigger should b at least top 3

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the fuck is FF X doing at the top....?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:54 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least FFVII isn't at the top. It's so overrated.

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