What Is Your Favourite RPG Series?

What Is Your Favourite RPG Series?

By series, I mean any RPG that’s spawned a sequel. And by favourite, I mean of all time.

Remember, you can only pick one. So, vote and then explain your selection in the comments below.

And if more than one of you demand the inclusion of an RPG series I’ve missed, I’ll add it to the poll.[imgclear]


  • Monster Hunters FTW!! An RPG that really takes skill (not saying the others don’t take skill) but other RPG games have leveling system whilst this doesn’t, therefore you stay the same but its your gear and your own experience that helps fight against the stronger monsters later in the game.

  • Alright, I only voted for final fantasy as it really is the only RPG that I played. I played these games during the school holidays when I was younger as I had the time to play them.

    As I grew older my priorities changed, I didn’t have the time to spend playing them just to level up to defeat the next big boss. And thats when I lost my interest in these types of games.

    I loved the story lines, the characters, the music and environments in Final Fantasy. They sucked you in and took you in to the world. They were one of the very few games where I was emotionally attached to the characters and really gave a damn about them.

    But, these days are behind me. I am lucky to get a solid 2-3 hours on the PS3 these days! Priorities are elsewhere I guess… training on the bike and making the wife a happy one!

  • When it comes to RPGs, I was divided by Elder Scrolls and Mass Effect. In the end, I had to go with TES: specifically, Mirrowind.

    Both are very similar: very large open worlds, players having a sense of choice that actually feels real, the environments actually respond to your actions and the characters feel real.

    But when it comes to environment depth, Mirrowind wins out. In Mirrowind, the depth is in the characters you meet long the way it has a very rich history but current and in the book one can find in the numerous libraries.

    In Mass Effect, while there are memorable characters, there are not as many and most of the background and details are placed in the Codex which makes it easy to ignore.

    Do not get me wrong though, if I could pick both, I would. And Mass Effect comes *VERY* *VERY* close to Mirrowind.

    • I agree with you. TES has a rich history, and a fantastic environment. Number III is easily better than the other ones. The only thing I have to say is…



  • Cliched but it’s gotta be FF for me, although it’s gone down hill ever since Square-Enix started to milk the franchise to the bone. But the main series’ games in the SNES/PS1 era were gold, as was FFXII.

    Also love Shadow Hearts (wish we can get a new SH game! But not possible now since Nautilus closed shop), Fire Emblem and Grandia, and a few more entries in the Persona series might let it overtake FF for me.

  • I love the Baldurs gate games – even to this day, I still go back and play the original BG (making sure to get the golden pantaloons), and export/import my character into BG2. Such a great series.

    Although I did enjoy the Breath of Fire games as well (with number 2 being my personal favourite).

  • I have to give it to Ultima. Every game up until Pagan completely captured my imagination but it was Ultima VII with its virtual world (achieving what Oblivion claimed to achieve well before the game was a twinkle in the developer’s eye) that is the main reason I give the nod to Garriott’s creation.

    Over a year of constant play – you just don’t get longevity like that these days. 😛

    Of course, had Arcanum ever been given a sequel that would have easily pinched top spot.

    In the world of JRPGs (fights not to make snide comment about the ‘RPG’ status of some of the games in that list :P) it’s the Shin Megami Tensei franchise that wins out.

    I’ve had to mention both since JRPGs and RPGs are such radically different genres that I can’t, in good faith, just pick one franchise.

  • God damn… That is EASILY the hardest question i have been asked on here… You’re missing secret of mana though, of which 3 is the best 😛

    Oh and neverwinter nights which was just AWESOME! Loved my little dwarfs and all the mods that came out for it including the Ash Williams voice pack 😛

    But my favorite of all time.. hell…

    I love pokemon for it’s cute, accessible pure fun! I have been addicted to that little gem more times than i care to admit

    I love the Eldar Scrolls series for it’s sheer magnitude and beauty. I got lost in Arena for many months and Morrowind was just such a masterpiece of gaming at the time… Oblivion was pretty damn good too.

    Knights of the old republic has to be one of the best Star Wars based games of all time with some of the most memorable battles and characters..

    Final fantasy has always been a fantastic series, with VIII still being one of my favorite RPGs of all time! But the series as a whole was a bit hit and miss..

    and diablo… god.. who could fault diablo with is loot hoarding and dungeon crawling…

    But my FAVORITE of ALL TIME…
    It has to be Fallout.. Fallout 1 and 2 are easily two of my favorite games of all time. They just did so much differently from other RPGs of the time. I loved the grity visuals. I LOVED the bloody mess perk. I loved the combat and weapons. I loved the sense of humour and the character interactions. I loved Dogmeat!!

    Nothing could ever surpass those 2 games in an RPG… for me, personally, at least.. the amount of time and joy i sunk into those games is just astounding.

    Now i look forward to diving into Fallout 3 GOTY whenever i finish Mass Effect and War for Cybertron 😛

    Aweome Q dave.. really had me thinking and considering my choices :p

    What’s yours?

  • It was hard to choose, but I think the elder scrolls series is my favourite. They’re just amazing games and so enjoyable to play. You can keep playing for hours and they offer so much replay value. I love my friend for introducing me to the series 🙂

    I dunno about having Zelda in there. I wouldn’t exactly call it an rpg.

  • Reluctantly voted for Mass Effect, on the simple basis that it’s the only series (other than Zelda) listed above that I’ve actually finished more than one of the games.

    Just doing a quick count, I think I’ve invested time into maybe 18 titles from the above serieses, and finished 6.

    Not due to lack of enjoyment of said games, just lack of commitment. I would prefer games to be shorter. “120 hours of gameplay” to me isn’t a selling point.

  • Personally i hope FF does not win this – i am hoping for a bioware win with either KOTOR, Baldur’s Gate or Mass Effect winning the prize.

  • Ummm NO mention of Bards tale ?? There were 4 of them back in C64 Days.

    Even have the contructors kit for PC discs floating around here somewhere.

  • Top poll choice. I don’t think I’ve ever thought so much about one before.


    The setting is perfect. In the future, everything blown up. The RPG elements are brilliant, and it all makes sense. The perk system was something I’d never encountered the likes of before.

    A destroyed future full of references to the past, military, domestic and pop culture.

    Chuloopa used the word ‘gritty’ and I couldn’t think of a better word for it.

    But the number one thing, that gets me EVERY time I start up a fallout game, be it 1, 2, Tctics, or 3, it’s the music… it just sets the whole game up so perfectly.

    As iconic as it can get.

    • Agreed, can’t believe it isn’t doing as well as other games on there. Mass Effect? Sure its a pretty good RPG but it doesn’t have the weight of a lot of others up there.

  • This poll is kind of lacking on the SRPG & niche JRPGs front. Ar Tonelico? Disgaea? Atelier? Valkyria Chronicles? Kind of needs an ‘Other’ at the very least 😛 The Persona series should also probably have a separate poll entry to the core Shin Megami Tensei games. They’re related but very different.

    Personally, despite the problems it has and the fact that it’s very hit and miss, I’ve always loved Namco’s Tales games. There’s something about them that really clicks for me, primarily the way the battle system feels I think. Baldur’s Gate is probably what I’d pick if I was looking for the best, but favourite is a different question altogether.

    As an aside, it’s a great shame that Skies of Arcadia never made it as a franchise.

  • I wasted many of my summer school holidays becoming lost in the post-nuclear world of Fallout 1 & 2. The third solidified my faith in the series.

  • And we can only choose one?!?

    It’s so hard to split KoToR, Elder Scrolls and Zelda. Though I usually don’t consider Zelda an RPG.

    • To further clarify, I love so many different RPGs as individual games, but some of them don’t really grip me as series (re: Final Fantasy).

      Morrowind is probably my favourite RPG of all time, yet the KoToR series is easily a rival to the Elder Scrolls for me.

      Again, I don’t really consider Zelda an RPG in the same way that most of those other mentioned series are. It’s more of an action adventure to me. But that’s just my opinion.

  • Shattered that “Planescape: Torment” doesn’t qualify…

    I’d suggest adding the “Vampire the masquerade” games to the list though, the first was good, and Bloodlines was a Masterpiece (granted, a very buggy masterpiece at first)

    • It’s hard to call Vampire a series, though, considering the two games were so different and made by separate developers. And… the first one was crap. Hardly a great RPG series!

      • while it’s a fair point, saying that the two games within the same universe don’t constitute a series due to different dev’s/locations/characters, is like saying that fallout 3 doesn’t count as part of the fallout series due to it being made by Bethesda…

        And as to the first game being crap… that’s subjective… some critics praised it, some hated it… I actually quite enjoyed it…


        • Fallout still qualifies as a series, according to my definition, for its first two entries alone. Beyond that, Bethesda’s Fallout 3 still feels like part of the same series because it not only continues the title numbering but it takes place in the same world and adheres to many of the same gameplay principles. To my mind, the two Vampire games are simply two games both based on the Vampire license in much the same way as, say, Battle for Middle Earth and Lord of the Rings Online are two separate games in Tolkien’s world.

          • Hmmm, I dunno about that one Dave. Fallout 3 is almost a completely different syle game to Fallout 1 + 2. For instance, I played the SHIT out of Fallout 3 and loved it, but the first two Fallouts bored me.

            On the other hand, my friend loved the first two fallouts, but easily became bored of the third one.

            But I will take your point that the first two count as a series 😛

          • This is easiest to compare on a point by point basis. I’ll use fallout 3 and Bloodlines as the examples compared to the previous iterations of the series.

            Fallout 3 occurs in the same world, but a different location from the original 2.
            The vamp games also occur in the same world.

            They both changed developers for the sequels, both switched to a FPS engine, while keeping parts of the original theme and the general running of how characters generally function within the game as close as possible (the skills/perks/targeting of fallout, and the clans/powers/abilities of vamp).

            Both have little, if any direct correlation to the previous title in terms of characters/events/locations, but keep the same organizations/themes etc.

            and if you’re going to make the “has to have a consecutive number after it’s title to continue the series” a deal breaker, technically fallout: new vegas, wouldn’t be considered part of the series when it comes out…

            anyways…this is non-productive… at the end of the day, it’s not really worth arguing, tis your poll, I was just suggesting something that I considered a great example of an RPG series… I’m happy to agree to disagree… Many awesome titles still on this list 🙂

          • Good debate. I guess it comes down to the “feel” for me. I played Bloodlines and it felt like a totally different game to Redemption. I played Fallout 3 and it felt like Fallout with a different perspective. I could never get into Redemption whereas I loved Bloodlines and all three Fallouts, so maybe it’s as simple as that…

  • Went with Final Fantasy, almost purely for the PS1 era.

    Mass Effect, Fallout and TES wouldn’t be far behind.

    I also loved Suikoden, but only have the first two.

  • You forgot the Shining Force series. That’s my favourite, but from the choices above it has to be Pokemon!

  • SSI AD&D gold box series is probably the best. But Questron and it’s scattered but direct Ultima inspired lineage is the series I played most.

  • Out of th eoptions up there, it’s a tie between ultima and might and magic, but where’s the Gothic option!?!?! I love gothic!!! such an awesome series of games!

  • It would easily be fallout for me if it was only the first 2 games, but i just couldn’t get into 3 no matter how hard i tried (and this caused me great anguish)

    Hmmmm… I guess i’ll go Ultima, had a good time with those games when i was a youngun.

    I loved mass effect, but i havent started ME2 yet so it doesnt quite get there for me.

    Damn you fallout 3!!!!!!

  • I still find Baldurs Gate character creation screen to be the most enthralling gaming experience I’ve ever had. I poured endless hours into creating different chars

  • Zelda just isn’t an RPG. Great series, but it doesn’t fit any of the numerous definitions for the genre aside from the ridiculously broad “it’s a game where you play a role” which basically covers everything from Dr Mario to Neverwinter Nights.

    I went with Mass Effect. I’d have gone with Baldur’s Gate but I actually tried to play it again and realised that without several mods it just isn’t as fun as I remembered. So, by virtue of being great out of the box, Mass Effect gets the nod.

    • The player in RPGs controls one or several adventuring party members fulfilling one or many quests. The major similarities with pen-and-paper games involve developed story-telling and narrative elements, player character development, complexity, as well as replayability and immersion

      Zelda: Check

      Players explore a game world, while solving puzzles and engaging in tactical combat. A key feature of the genre is that characters grow in power and abilities, and characters are typically designed by the player.

      Zelda: Again check

      Just because you don’t level up or gain a party in Zelda doesn’t not make it an RPG

      • “The player in RPGs controls one or several adventuring party members fulfilling one or many quests. The major similarities with pen-and-paper games involve developed story-telling and narrative elements, player character development, complexity, as well as replayability and immersion”

        Practically all modern games with a narrative fit this description. Is Tomb Raider an RPG? How about Portal?

        “Players explore a game world, while solving puzzles and engaging in tactical combat. A key feature of the genre is that characters grow in power and abilities, and characters are typically designed by the player.”

        Devil May Cry fits this description a lot more closely than Zelda does. So do the Resident Evil games.

        Zelda is a story driven Action-Adventure game. That’s not a bad thing, but that doesn’t make it an RPG.

    • The thing is, if I hadn’t included it, these comments would be full of people saying “Where’s Zelda?!?!?”

      • Well those people would need to hear one of ElPrez’s famous ‘What constitutes a RPG’ rants… On second thought, if he did that then half the list of games there would be wiped off. <_<;

        • No, no… I’ve sworn off the RPG rants. Doctors told me that constantly typing in forums to educate people about the genre was giving me carpal tunnel. 😛

          You have no idea how much I’m resisting the urge though. 😉

  • With my vote SMT is up to 1.8% for shame! How can you not love a series that gives you games allowing you to shoot yourself in the head to summon demons and date high school girls?!

  • Hrmmm Mass Effect is polling pretty well.

    I haven’t played it yet, need to finish downloading it. My brother started though and when I asked him what he thought, his response?

    “It’s no KotOR”

  • This was a VERY, VERY tough decision!

    Fallout 3 and TES IV: Oblivion have sucked so many hours out of me, it’s not funny. Their huge immersive worlds really drew me in. However, I didn’t really enjoy their prequels all that much, so that counts them out.

    Pokemon may have a tired and true formula, but I play every damn game through from beginning to end. Every generation adds enough to the formula to warrant a playthrough, and Black and White looks to be adding the most we’ve seen in a while. Pokemon was my childhood… so it was hard to NOT vote for this one!

    Zelda has been fairly hit and miss for me. I loved twilight princess, but disliked ocarina of time (shock and horror i know! Please don’t attack me) I adored the two DS Zelda’s (spirit tracks and phantom hourglass) but hated most of the gamecube ones. I love parts of Zelda, not the whole series.

    Ahhh Bioware. Dave, if you had put ‘Bioware’ as an option, I probably would have picked that instantly. Of the Bioware series, my favourite GAME was KoToR easily, which was unfortunately followed by the lacklustre KoToR 2. Mass Effect had a fantastic storyline, but flawed gameplay mechanics (at least for me). Baulder’s Gate was a classic, but it will never hold a candle to…

    THE DIABLO SERIES! I’ve probably spent more time in Diablo 2 than every other video game combined. The first Diablo came out when i was ten years old, and because we only had the one computer, I would simply WATCH my older brother play for hours on end… and still enjoy myself! When I got a bit older, I started getting into it myself, but soon after that Diablo II came, and that is where most of my Diablo memories lie. My brother and I must have killed Diablo (and later Baal) a hundred times together, trying every combination of all of the classes.

    It was a hard choice, but I think it’s the right one! Sorry for the essay length post, I’m getting nostalgia all over the place!

  • Definately should have been an Other opition. Shining Force is missing. Evolution is missing. Sacred is missing.

    Geez, could I whinge any more?

    Shin Megami Tensei got my vote, but only because I couldn’t vote for Shining Force.

  • Baldur’s Gate.

    Not only a fantastic series in it’s own right, but that it also spawned my actual #1 favourite:

    Planescape: Torment

  • I voted Knights of the Old Republic, but what this list really does is make me realise how many well-regarded series I’ve never played!

  • I don’t know.

    Bioware wins either way.

    I loved KOTOR… like in an unnatural way, but I don’t know if the game by itself, without star wars, makes it better than the rest.
    I’m still playing ME one and two… so that’s another one.
    Although it’s not listed, Dragon Age is up there too.

    It’s all too hard.

  • Planescape: Torment should be up on the list, It is far an away my favourite RPG.
    Its had to pick between some of the others, but had Planescape been up I wouldn’t have had to even think about it

  • So many great games, but I think I’ll go with might and magic, specifically 1 & 2, because they were my first taste of delicious rpg goodness

  • Zelda for all time. But favourite modern RPG – Mass Effect. Zelda’s last few years have been nothing but disappointing. Nintendo’s desire to shoehorn in touchscreen controls was the dealbreaker for me.

    Absolutely the worst Zelda decision ever. Controlling Link via stylus, having to switch out individual items every time you want something else, and having to use the stylus for BOTH camera and aiming is as painful as it sounds.

    Ironically, Nintendo could have just done the same thing they’ve done for decades: D-pad controls and ability to set 1:1 button/items and they’d have made me very happy.

  • I used to love the FF series when i was a kid, but after attempting recently to replay FFVIII, ive realised just how little time i have nowadays to put up with grinding, random battles, and long, drawn out, turn based boss battles… So mass effect wins for me, but only because i havent played enough of the zelda games to honestly say its my fave :\

  • Elder Scrolls was my choice. I just love the lore and environment. Oblivion was a bit of a shame, but hopefully V will be better.

    Also, no Neverwinter Nights David? NN2 was so good.

  • Thats… a lot of games.
    By my count there is at least 140 games represented by these series. With an average playtime of 40 hours (I’m guessing here), that’s over 5500 hours. So if you played for 2 hours every day, that’s around 8 years of your life.
    So… who’s played all of them?
    This poll could maybe have been improved with an option to tick off all the games series’s you’ve played, and then select your favourite. That way, fanboys/girls of a particular series who refuse to touch another series will have their votes moderated, while those who’ve experienced a wider range make a more meaningful contribution.

    PS: My fav = FF 🙂

  • This was hard to answer, but for me it was Ultima. I remember when I first played Ultima 6 on my 386 PC and was amazed by how huge and open the game world was. Sadly it was all downhill come Ultima 8, but there were some great moments prior to that (especially Ultima Underworld 2).

  • Ultima invented the concept of Computer RPG as we know it today. The depth of the story told throughout the series has a hard time being compared with any other. Sure, it is dated, and there have been a lot of prettier games since, with more features. But that is not what this is about.

    Role-playing games put you in the moment with the character. They put you into the story. And no other game series has managed to do that like Ultima

  • Where’s kingdom hearts? Sqeenix game with cute disney stuff which is great as a game and as a trip back into your childhood?

    Not my fav, not sure if it’d be anyone’s fav. But it was worth a mention.

  • Final Fantasy,
    SIMPLY because of Final Fantasy IV.
    what an epic game,
    great storyline, excellent characters, and insane music,
    and of course, that spoony bard.

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