I'm currently part of a research group on video games genres, and I'm myself assigned to RPGs. The ultimate goal over the years will be to be able to describe in details the evolution of the genre, although a first step will be to try to determine which games are considered as the best and most important of all time. It's important to us to have varied sources, such as academia, media and the community of gamers. That's where I need your help, as RPG fans and specialists. I would like to know which RPGs you consider as essential. You can answer either here or by PM, and I'll be glad to compile and share the results, which I'll do next week. Your help will be greatly appreciated as your opinion will be crucial for my research! Here are the general criteria:
-I don't ask for a specific amount of games. It can be a top 3, a top 20 or any amount option you'll prefer.
-Please let me know on what general criteria your choices are based. I do not ask for anything specific.
-For each game, please add a short explanation for that specific choice.