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Just to promote some discussion for the fun of it, I thought I'd do a series of forum posts based on the 53 genres listed in VGG.* Here's a GeekList of all 53 threads.

This thread's genre: Action RPG

Listed below are the top-ranked games in this genre. How does the list fit with your experience?


Have you played any of these games? Which ones? Do you agree or disagree with the ranking? How would you rank the games listed? Are there other games in the genre that you think should be in the top ranks?

And by the way, what do you think of this genre in general?

Mass Effect 2
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
System Shock 2
Deus Ex
Mass Effect
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
Fallout 3
Fallout: New Vegas
Diablo II
Mass Effect 3

*In case you don't know how to find the VGG genres and rankings, hover over Browse at the top of the screen, then click Genres. Click a genre, and scroll down to Linked Items. Click the Sort window, and sort by Rank.
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Haven't played any of the games listed.
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Like RPGs, these are also my jam.

I've played ME and Diablo, which were both good. Gonna be getting back into Dragon Age: Origins fairly soon. Secret of Mana (1993) was my favorite growing up. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is great, but buggy. Star Ocean: The Second Story & Star Ocean: Till the End of Time are also great. Kingdom Hearts series is another favorite.

Strange how Dragon Age: Origins is considered an Action RPG on here, yet Baldur's Gate is an RPG - in my mind those are the same genre.
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Looking at my list of played and rated games, I truly love action RPGs. They are some of my highest rated games.

I have played so much Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Bastion, Torchlight, Fate, and Morrowind - though I do consider Morrowind more straight-up RPG than action RPG (after all, you can get through the game without killing anyone if you want.)
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I have played all of these except Castlevania, and they are all fantastic. Lord of Destruction is an expansion, so probably shouldn't be on the list. I also feel like games with pauseable combat shouldn't really be considered ARPGs. I'm surprised BioShock isn't considered an ARPG.
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