8 of the Most Influential RPGs Ever Made

8 of the Most Influential RPGs Ever Made

Here's our list of the eight most influential RPGs ever made!

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The fallout page didn't load. Anyone with the same problem?

Lol. This is nowhere near the list of most influential rpgs. That one would look like:
Wizardry/Might&Magic
Goldbox
Eye of Beholder
Baldur's Gate/Planescape/Fallout
Gothic/Morrowind
Final Fantasy/Legend of Zelda
Deus Ex/System Shock 2
Diablo (if you consider it RPG; I don't)

This is why editors matter, kids.

First, it's spelled 'influential,' not 'influencial.' At least turn on your spell check.

Second, on a site that covers both tabletop and video gaming, 'RPG' on its own is ambiguous. You should have used 'CRPG' in the title at least, if not in the whole article, to establish context.

Rastrelly:
Lol. This is nowhere near the list of most influential rpgs. That one would look like:
Wizardry/Might&Magic
Goldbox
Eye of Beholder
Fallout
Baldur's Gate/Planescape/Fallout
Gothic/Morrowind
Final Fantasy/Legend of Zelda
Deus Ex/System Shock 2
Diablo (if you consider it RPG; I don't)

Wait, how would The Legend of Zelda be considered an RPG, yet Diablo not be?

bkd69:
This is why editors matter, kids.

First, it's spelled 'influential,' not 'influencial.' At least turn on your spell check.

Second, on a site that covers both tabletop and video gaming, 'RPG' on its own is ambiguous. You should have used 'CRPG' in the title at least, if not in the whole article, to establish context.

1) Before looking closely at my errors, open your wide all-knowing eyes, and see the 'video games' category of the material.
2) Before telling me to stick to website's all-wideness, tell it to the author who picked games in the article, for there is exactly 0 tabletops involved.
[Adds to ignore list]

Hawki:

Rastrelly:
Lol. This is nowhere near the list of most influential rpgs. That one would look like:
Wizardry/Might&Magic
Goldbox
Eye of Beholder
Fallout
Baldur's Gate/Planescape/Fallout
Gothic/Morrowind
Final Fantasy/Legend of Zelda
Deus Ex/System Shock 2
Diablo (if you consider it RPG; I don't)

Wait, how would The Legend of Zelda be considered an RPG, yet Diablo not be?

Within the timeframe when first LoZ came out it could be considered one of the modern jrpg vision precursors. All Diablo invented is form of proper action-RPG with emphasis on 'action'.

Rastrelly:

bkd69:
This is why editors matter, kids.

First, it's spelled 'influential,' not 'influencial.' At least turn on your spell check.

Second, on a site that covers both tabletop and video gaming, 'RPG' on its own is ambiguous. You should have used 'CRPG' in the title at least, if not in the whole article, to establish context.

1) Before looking closely at my errors, open your wide all-knowing eyes, and see the 'video games' category of the material.
2) Before telling me to stick to website's all-wideness, tell it to the author who picked games in the article, for there is exactly 0 tabletops involved.
[Adds to ignore list]

Not to stick myself in anyone's business... But just because their post was next after yours, doesn't mean it was directed at yours. It's rather obvious he was referring to the author of the post, especially since influential is misspelled right there in the title.

Okamisama:

Rastrelly:

bkd69:
This is why editors matter, kids.

First, it's spelled 'influential,' not 'influencial.' At least turn on your spell check.

Second, on a site that covers both tabletop and video gaming, 'RPG' on its own is ambiguous. You should have used 'CRPG' in the title at least, if not in the whole article, to establish context.

1) Before looking closely at my errors, open your wide all-knowing eyes, and see the 'video games' category of the material.
2) Before telling me to stick to website's all-wideness, tell it to the author who picked games in the article, for there is exactly 0 tabletops involved.
[Adds to ignore list]

Not to stick myself in anyone's business... But just because their post was next after yours, doesn't mean it was directed at yours. It's rather obvious he was referring to the author of the post, especially since influential is misspelled right there in the title.

Wait, where? In my post it is definitely 'influential', but in the article I never noticed a single instance of 'influential'. Or it was fixed?

And, then, jab is still misdirected - category is still videogames, and the list features a lot of games that are not "cRPG" (unlike my list, which consists of those almost entirely).

Rastrelly:

bkd69:
This is why editors matter, kids.

First, it's spelled 'influential,' not 'influencial.' At least turn on your spell check.

Second, on a site that covers both tabletop and video gaming, 'RPG' on its own is ambiguous. You should have used 'CRPG' in the title at least, if not in the whole article, to establish context.

1) Before looking closely at my errors, open your wide all-knowing eyes, and see the 'video games' category of the material.
2) Before telling me to stick to website's all-wideness, tell it to the author who picked games in the article, for there is exactly 0 tabletops involved.
[Adds to ignore list]

Um... I'm pretty sure the guy was criticizing the thread founder, not you.
...you must be fun to hang around at parties...

Rastrelly:

Okamisama:

Rastrelly:

1) Before looking closely at my errors, open your wide all-knowing eyes, and see the 'video games' category of the material.
2) Before telling me to stick to website's all-wideness, tell it to the author who picked games in the article, for there is exactly 0 tabletops involved.
[Adds to ignore list]

Not to stick myself in anyone's business... But just because their post was next after yours, doesn't mean it was directed at yours. It's rather obvious he was referring to the author of the post, especially since influential is misspelled right there in the title.

Wait, where? In my post it is definitely 'influential', but in the article I never noticed a single instance of 'influential'. Or it was fixed?

And, then, jab is still misdirected - category is still videogames, and the list features a lot of games that are not "cRPG" (unlike my list, which consists of those almost entirely).

Again, the author. Not you, the very first person on this who wrote the article, along with the title that says "Influencial RPGs Ever Made" right at the very top in big letters. None of what was written was clearly directed at you, considering they mentioned specifically the articles choices.

Rastrelly:

Okamisama:

Rastrelly:

1) Before looking closely at my errors, open your wide all-knowing eyes, and see the 'video games' category of the material.
2) Before telling me to stick to website's all-wideness, tell it to the author who picked games in the article, for there is exactly 0 tabletops involved.
[Adds to ignore list]

Not to stick myself in anyone's business... But just because their post was next after yours, doesn't mean it was directed at yours. It's rather obvious he was referring to the author of the post, especially since influential is misspelled right there in the title.

Wait, where? In my post it is definitely 'influential', but in the article I never noticed a single instance of 'influential'. Or it was fixed?

And, then, jab is still misdirected - category is still videogames, and the list features a lot of games that are not "cRPG" (unlike my list, which consists of those almost entirely).

Did you get drunk this early in the morning? :D

Yup, I'm an idiot. I still disagree with most of bkd69's points, but I dumbed all the way. So, yes, I beg forgiveness ^^

Rastrelly:
Lol. This is nowhere near the list of most influential rpgs. That one would look like:
Wizardry/Might&Magic
Goldbox
Eye of Beholder
Fallout
Baldur's Gate/Planescape/Fallout
Gothic/Morrowind
Final Fantasy/Legend of Zelda
Deus Ex/System Shock 2
Diablo (if you consider it RPG; I don't)

Good list, but Ultima Underworld should be on there instead of Deus Ex/System Shock 2, it's the original FPSRPG.

Stemer:

Rastrelly:
Lol. This is nowhere near the list of most influential rpgs. That one would look like:
Wizardry/Might&Magic
Goldbox
Eye of Beholder
Fallout
Baldur's Gate/Planescape/Fallout
Gothic/Morrowind
Final Fantasy/Legend of Zelda
Deus Ex/System Shock 2
Diablo (if you consider it RPG; I don't)

Good list, but Ultima Underworld should be on there instead of Deus Ex/System Shock 2, it's the original FPSRPG.

Good point, BTW. At the time I completely missed Ultima series and I tend to forget about it all the time T__T

Influence is relative. For me, Final Fantasy 6 was far more influential than 7 was, mainly because I played 6 sooner and more often than 7. They are quite similar with their dark tone, cast of characters, and both did have moments of levity.

> Baulder's Gate II
> Balder's Gate II

Is it intended?

I'm rather disappointed in this list. By rights if something is being listed as influential then it should talk about the influence that the games had on its sequels. Using movies for the sake of example, if we brought up Star Wars then the explanation should be about how it is credited as shaping the Hollywood we know today by pretty much creating the summer blockbuster, kickstarted the special effects industry, created a resurgence in Science Fiction, and pretty much codified the concept of a major film trilogy. We would not, however, bring up the menace of Darth Vader, the roguish charm of Han Solo, or the excitement of the space battles. So too should it be here. While World of Warcraft unquestionably deserves a slot on the list, the reason is not that it was so popular that they actually pulled it from the shelves. It is because it became the gold standard to which every MMO is compared, to the point that it's not uncommon to hear new MMOs hyped as "WoW-slayers" and the people hyping it generally being disappointed when it turns out that those games feel too much like WoW does and cannot dethrone it. Influence is the focus, not why we find them enjoyable.

n0e:

The Elder Scrolls games gave you a perspective that other RPGs didn't, the first person view.

Hey, that's not true! Several RPGs (like Eye of the Beholder and Might and Magic series) already experimented with first-person view long before TES:Arena was first released.

Still haven't played FF VII. A lot of my friends didn't play it actually...

Fcbook Del Orto:
The fallout page didn't load. Anyone with the same problem?

Not that it wasn't a great game, but what did Fallout influence?

OT: A middling list. While I agree that I should have at least HEARD of all the most influential RPGs of the time, there's an awful lot of overlap, especially for the time period of around 2000. The NES and beyond had some pretty innovative titles for their day, ones you wouldn't wholly say are obscure.

No Fallout, Deus Ex, Planescape: Torment, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, or System Shock? Not even Ultima or Wizardry, series from the 80's whose innovations have had a hand in shaping almost every video game RPG since? Hell, Ultima Underworld should get a name drop at the very least considering it's the first (or at the very least one of the first) real-time first-person RPG. And why do KotOR and Mass Effect get their own separate pages considering one is a direct precursor to the other?

"One cannot deny the massive impact that World of Warcraft had on the video game industry"

Is this meant to be a positive? The impact it had made me look at many MMO's after as cheap clones, because that's what they roughly were, trying to appeal to a similar audience by copying bits and pieces. Even the other big titles some people referred to as 'WoW Killers' were pathetic.

If anything it had a damaging impact, and even my favourite MMO, Lineage 2, was altered to be a lot like WoW. So instead of being it's own thing, it also became a shitty version of WoW. Yeah, I loved that influence.

And don't forgot they also charged for mounts and other shit, you know, within a full priced game that you also paid for monthly. Also again, each expansion wasn't exactly cheap when they were first released either.

I'm sorry, but I can't see anything positive about it. I thought some of raid idea's were clever, but it definitely wasn't the first MMO to have those.

Gottesstrafe:
No Fallout, Deus Ex, Planescape: Torment, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, or System Shock? Not even Ultima or Wizardry, series from the 80's whose innovations have had a hand in shaping almost every video game RPG since? Hell, Ultima Underworld should get a name drop at the very least considering it's the first (or at the very least one of the first) real-time first-person RPG. And why do KotOR and Mass Effect get their own separate pages considering one is a direct precursor to the other?

Yeah, and Ultima 7 pioneered tons of the elements used by isometric games like Baldurs Gate and Fallout, and continued with the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series to this day. And used by Ultima Underground, yes. I've always considered Ultima 7 THE most influential RPG.

Maybe even more important than Dragon Warrior, which brought the JRPG to the largest console of it's day and popularized it for an American audience. Without Nintendo Power's giveaway and Dragon Warrior, JRPG's in general and specifically Final Fantasy may never have had more than a tiny niche appeal in the US.

 

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