Aww, RPGs. Those awesome games that take forever to beat and when you do there are thousands of side quests....Well, that wasn't a very good description but, you know what I'm talking about Even if you don't like RPGs you atleast HAVE to have a favourite one.
For me i'd have to say between, Final Fantasy VI/VII, Paper Mario/Thousand Year Door, Chrono Trigger,Earthbound/MOTHER 3. There's more I like but I can't think of them right now x_x
- Final Fantasy VI and IX (I love most of the others too though) VI had this amazing ensemble cast and incredible atmosphere. I played it yeaaars after its original release and it still struck me so much even with the old graphics (I also thought it was still gorgeous). IX was incredible fun, felt so true to the FF series and also had a lot of my favourite characters (Freya, Vivi, Beatrix and Steiner!)
- Xenogears!!! It's probably not the only JRPG with giant robots but it's the only one I've ever played. I also loved the ridiculously philosophical and complicated story.
- Skies of Arcadia. Well, sky pirates! Need I say more?
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - I love this game, great story, funny moments, memorable characters, aaahhh gotta love the final boss and his theme.
Chrono Trigger - An instant SNES classic. You just can't go wrong with this game.
Pokemon Sapphire - My first Pokemon game, on my first Nintendo system. Got it for my 9th birthday in 2003. I love this game so much. I will always have this game with me, it's a childhood favorite. And I loved my Blaziken too <3
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While I really enjoy RPGs, I haven't played much. Out of the few I have though, I'd have to say Chrono Trigger. Amazing story, above par gameplay, beautiful music. Basically everything essential in a JRPG and more. My one gripe is that it's kinda of easy, I mean I beat Lavos on my second try.
Final Fantasy VI and Persona 3 would probably qualify, but I haven't beaten them yet so I feel like that doesn't count. As of right now, Final Fantasy 9 probably ranks the highest for me. When I first borrowed that game from my friend I played for 8 hours straight with no breaks. I finished it in 3 days. I loved it so, so much.
In any case, my favourite RPG is probably Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. The original Paper Mario was fantastic, but not flawless. TTYD, however, improved on its predecessor in every conceivable way. The combat is unique and intuitive, and the fact that the combat actually requires more input than choose attack -> select enemy -> watch character kick enemy's shins is a welcome departure from JRPG conventions. It was good in the original Paper Mario, but not perfect. TTYD adds new tweaks such as new options, a partner health metre, and the unique (and entertaining!) audience system overall make every battle a blast. Plus, there's no random encounters (in either game), and that's always a plus!
However, I must say that TTYD's greatest strength lies not in it's fun gameplay, but in the writing. TTYD has what is most likely the greatest script I have ever seen in a video game (although Portal comes close). The dialogue is hilarious and superbly written, and it really brings the world of the game to life. Returning characters are fleshed out more than ever before (particularly Peach and Bowser), all while introducing a veritable slew of memorable new characters. The partners, which were a bit on the bland side in the original, have all been given their own distinct personalities that make them unforgettable characters, from the sassy Goombella, to the old sea dog Bobbery, to the timid Koops, each partner has a fleshed-out character that makes them excellent companions while playing. Even the NPCs have well-written and well-developed characters, from the TEC the computer, to the recurring antagonist Lord Crump, to, of course, Bowser.
Even if the the gameplay sucked (which thankfully couldn't be further from the truth), I would go as far as to say that the writing alone would vindicate it, something that I can say about precious few other games.
If you haven't played it yet, get off the computer immediately and begin playing it at once. Buy it, rent it, steal it, I don't care. Just play it.
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.
Fallout 3 and New Vegas, The Elder Scrolls IV, Fable, Dragon Age, and the Mass Effects would have to be my favourites.
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Fear cuts deeper than swords. Fear cuts deeper than swords
My fav. RPGS include: Paper Mario, FF7, FFX, and the Mario & Luigi series.
I love paper mario for it's cuteness, and it's not extremely difficult as to figure out what to do next.
FF7 I just fell in love with Midgar and it's back story, and I loved the new challenges and enemies. Wasn't like anything I had played before.
-Played FFX after trying 7. Also loved it, but for different reasons. I loved it for it's music, it's characters, and the aeons were just awesome!
And M & L is just pure fun <3
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