Chronology of the Greatest RPGs

Mission Statement

The purpose of this post is to create a chronology of the greatest and most influential Role Playing (video) Games. My vision is that eventually this piece will showcase branching paths, tracing the evolution of the RPG over the past twenty or so years. The inception for this was my desire to play through the greatest RPGs of all time. By creating a chronology, it is my hope that we can trace the evolution of the genre and discern the greatest games and discover their influences.

Format

I've created a preliminary chronology that is by no means exhaustive or final. It's purpose is to spark discussion. I welcome disagreements and fully embrace the notion of editing it as the discussion ensues. There is no limit of one game per year. There does not have to be a game every year. Games should be considered on the following criteria: their influence, critical reception, their heritage, and their enduring playability. These criteria are open for discussion and revision, as well.

The List

Here's my preliminary chronology to get things going.

Guild Wars 2 – 2012

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via wiki.guildwars.com

TES V: Skyrim - 2011

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Mass Effect 2 – 2010

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via upload.wikimedia.org

Demon’s Souls – 2009

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via upload.wikimedia.org

Fallout 3 – 2008

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via images2.wikia.nocookie.net

The Witcher – 2007

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via upload.wikimedia.org

Final Fantasy XII – 2006

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via images2.wikia.nocookie.net

World of Warcraft – 2004

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via upload.wikimedia.org

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – 2003

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via upload.wikimedia.org

TES III: Morrowind – 2002

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via upload.wikimedia.org

Final Fantasy X – 2001

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Diablo II – 2000

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Everquest – 1999

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Planescape: Torment - 1999

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via upload.wikimedia.org

Baldur’s Gate – 1998

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via upload.wikimedia.org

Final Fantasy VII – 1997

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via upload.wikimedia.org

Ultima Online – 1997

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via upload.wikimedia.org

Chrono Trigger – 1995

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via images2.wikia.nocookie.net

Final Fantasy VI – 1994

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via images1.wikia.nocookie.net


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