I am noticing a severe lack of D&D games and roguelikes in this thread.
Go play Torment and Nethack, and then get back to me.
I'm playing through Torment right now (Played it as a child, never got out of the Hive, it may have been a demo, or I may have just been too stupid to figure out the quests, but I plan on completing it this time around.) and its just... an incredible game.
It's not without its faults, but the way that sidequests are weaved into the game alongside the mainquests... its often difficult to tell where sidequests end and the main quests begin. The quests are actually challanging as well: They're all cleverly disqused puzzles. Playing through Torment almost makes me feel like I'm playing a text adventure when I'm trying to delve into some of the quests. The narrative is awesome and surprisingly original for a D&D game, and some of the techniques and themes that are employed throughout the game are really genius.
It's an old game, so it suffers from some of the faults that a lot of old games suffer from. It lacks streamlining, and has terrible player character AI. Playing through it now, on a modern computer, running a modern operating system, I do get some graphical bugs, but nothing too large.
The art ages pretty badly as well, but the art itself is not necessarily bad, it's detailed and well designed, just dated. It uses the prerendered 3D sprites that were so popular in games of that time (Donkey Kong Country, Myst, etc...) but you get past the art pretty quickly as you get immersed in the world and narrative.
Dude, Torment is so good. I'm playing it right now, actually (as we speak).
I'm also a lover of Dragon Age and Fallout. I used to be really into the JRPGS, but American RPGs are so much more.. in depth? Iunno. Something like that.
Tales of Symhponia.
It's been my favourite game since I first played it. Loved the characters, the story and the fun action based battle system.
Don't really like my rpgs turn based.
But, with that comes my self contradiction!
Persona 3, my new favourite game!
The story is pretty good, but what really made this game great was the characters. They're all done so well, and it makes the story so much more interesting.
Even though it's turn based, it's still pretty quick paced, so that made it much more enjoyable for me.
I guess if I count pokemon, which I really should, Pokemon Emerald is a good one. My favourite pokemon game.
This list is a fairly long one I'd have to say considering 90% of what I play is RPG.. so let's go:
Golden Sun series -
Skies of Arcadia -
Paper Mario: TTYD -
Tales of Vesperia -
Tales of Symphonia -
Rogue Galaxy -
Tales of the Abyss -
Legend of Dragoon -
Final Fantasy III -
Final Fantasy Tactics -
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn -
Lunar series -
Guild Wars -
Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga -
Advance Wars series -
Pokemon Silver -
Dragon Quest VIII -
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga -
I'll delve into reasoning later. It's past my bedtime..
i really enjoyed Fallout New Vegas. I played that game for hours upon hours on end. Exploring the Mojave Wasteland was amazing, and I know that I will eventually replay the game when all the expansions get released.
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^You have a good taste in games, my friend. Honest Hearts is an awesome DLC, I can tell you that right now. Dead Money is glitching for me though.
Swift as a deer. Quiet as a shadow. Fear cuts deeper than swords.
Quick as a snake. Calm as still water. Fear cuts deeper than swords.
Strong as a bear. Fierce as a wolverine. Fear cuts deeper than swords.
The man who fears losing has already lost. Fear cuts deeper than swords.
Fear cuts deeper than swords. Fear cuts deeper than swords
Some of the RPG's I've really liked were classics like Final Fantasy (4-10), but I also liked Breath of Fire 3. BoF3 focused a little more on puzzles than Final Fantasy did, but the challenge in later gameplay was tremendous and a huge difference between the two series. With Final Fntasy it's fairly straighforward as to where to go next, but BoF3 got very difficult towards the end. Not only where the battles very challenging, the puzzles were next to impossible to solve if you didn't have a guide handy, or missed something important along the way. The game could also screw with your stats, where if you 'died' too often, stats like HP would go down permanently. The storyline and differences between characters made for a very entertaining and involving game.
Some American RPG's I also really liked were Mass Effect 1+2, Baldur's Gate 2, Neverwinter Nights and finally Morrowind/Oblivion/Elder Scrolls. I hope Skyrim will be as good, it's certainly looking promising and much more polished than Oblivion was. Oblivion was good, but you really need mods to enjoy what the game can truly offer. Morrowind was exceptional, if a bit buggy/crashy at times.
Dragon Quest VI, The Legend of Dragoon, Final Fantasy XII, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Rogue Galaxy, and Tales of Symphonia are among some of my favorite RPGs. I have a few others, and I plan on having more favorites.