Favorite Action RPGs
(List is still under construction).
Rather than making some large, arbitrary list for all my favorite games in a particular order, I decided to instead make a small list for each genre. The first item on each list is my favorite, with a couple of runner-ups in no particular order. There's also a rule that I will only allow one game per franchise on a list, aside from rare occasions where it's incredibly hard to decide between two games.
Action RPGs generally need a thick amount of 'JAPAN' in them. Without Japan's crazy influence, an action-oriented game with RPG elements is either a western RPG, a rougelike, or something else entirely. Combat needs to either be in real-time, or require some interaction from the player during turn-based attacks.