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I have 2 cube RPGs. They are Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and Phantasy Star Online Episode I and II.
They are different.
PSO12 is a simple hack and slash for items and level game. You repeat the SAME levels everytime you reset the game.
FFCC is more interesting. You go into dungeons yes, but you get to CHOOSE which levels to play as. And the items do not simply drop on the ground. Instead, item ingredients are found and must be forged at blacksmiths to be made into items.
PSO12 lets you choose 3 main classes and 4 subclasses for a total of 12 selections. From that, you get to choose the weight proportion and suit color and your set.
In FFCC however, you only have 4 classes. They each specialize in a different area. Then you choose their outfits, their gender and the job.
I think FF:CC handles playing with friends better. You share the same screen, so the screen is bigger. Graphics are very detailed. The item/material system makes trading important. Each player uses a specific map to help the team in a unique way.
PSO... As a team game, you use split screen. It works, but you really don't cooperate, other than just being in the same team.
What PSO does interestingly is go online. If you have the game and a modem and internet, you're set.
So I really have to judge these games on different levels. FFCC is an awesome cooperative game that looks great. PSO is a game that is deep with the items and you get to take it online.
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i really liked skys of arcadia that was a good game it didnt just end really quick like rpgs that are announced with realease date but without a realease date they could end it however they wanted without having to cram the ending in say 1 hour of play time if u get what im saying:PJonny_ramone?
Got this list from IGN, if I missed anything please add it. E means exclusive.
Action RPG = x-men legends, x-men legends II, Digimon World 4, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles-E, Mega Man Network Transmission-E, Baldurs Gate Dark Alliance, Chronicles of Narnia, King Arthur,
Card RPG = Baiten Kaitos-E, Baiten Kaitos Origins-E, PhantasyStar Online Episode III C.A.R.D-E., Lost Kingdoms-E, Lost Kingdoms II-E,
Fighting RPG=Virtua Quest
Strategy =Fire Emblem-E, Futue Tactics: Uprising, Gladius
RPG = Pokemon XD-E, Lord Of The Rings the Third Age, Paper Mario-E, Mega Man X, Tales Of Symphonia-E, Evolution Worlds-E, Skies of Arcadia Legends,-E Pantasy Star Online Episode I and II-E, Summoner a Goddess Reborn-E,
Baldurs Gate, Chronicles of Narnia, and King Arthur are considered to be Action games by many, but they all have enough RPG elements to be counted as RPGs, leveling up, stat tracking,charecter abilities etc.
Tales of Symphonia was released on the PS2 in Japan, but was only released on the gamecube in the US and Europe. Evolution Worlds and Skies of Arcadia were originally Dreamcast Games, but both are enhanced and modified versions of those games on the cube. Phantasy Star Online was also released on the dreamcast and later on the xbox but the gamecube version is different from both the other versions of the game. Summoner a Goddess Reborn, is an enhanced version of Summoner II released on the PS2.
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when it comes with RPGs and the Gamecube, I'm probably the best person to ask... I've reviewed all the ones I've beaten, so if you're curious for more info on these, then just click my profile...
RPGs I own or have played
Amazing Island - This game is a mix of pokemon **** collecting, slight sim based and party game mechanics with plenty of rpg overtones, but overall a terrible game
Animal Crossing - Sim game that can be listed as a subgenre of rpgs, fun
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings - awesome Turnbased RPG that uses cards, any RPG can with a Cube should own this
Baten Kaitos: Origins - just as good as the original, if not better
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance - decent action RPG but gets repetitive with a short quest... maybe if you find it cheap
Beyond Good or Evil - hands down the best Zelda game, not involving Link
Evolution Worlds - ports/remakes of a couple Dreamcast games, generic turn-based rpg fair, not worth buying
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicals - dungeon crawler action rpg, very fun multiplayer, but single player can be a drag.. still a good game and worth checking out
Fire Emblem: Path of Radience - I just bought this, so I haven't really played it yet, but I'm sure any RPG fan with a cube should own this based on the awesome GBA games...
Future Tactics: The Uprising - seriously freaking awful Turnbased Strategy RPG... avoid
Gladius - extremely fun turn-based strategy RPG, any RPG fan should own this on any system
Harvest Moon - A Wonderful Life - fun sim game, although rather difficult (or maybe I just suck at these?)
Legend of Zelda: Windwaker - some people claim Zelda is Adventure, but I always labled it RPG since the first one, this is no different to me... games like Myst and Kings Quest and Monkey Island and D are Adventure.. stuff it
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - one of the best games released on the Cube or any last gen system, and no RPG fan should ignore it
Lord of the Rings: The Third Age - extremely awful turn-based RPG, avoid
Lost Kingdoms - a few good ideas and interesting plot turned into a rather short and difficult card / action based rpg
Lost Kingdoms II - this game takes those few shinning moments of awesomeness from the first game and makes a rather good game out of it.. but still very short quest..
Medabots Infinity - terrible dungeon crawler RPG with pokemon ****collectables... avoid avoid avoid
Megaman Network Transmission - action / side scroller with RPG elements like leveling up, free roaming and upgrading... not a bad game at all
Megaman X Command Mission - a suprisingly fun turn-based RPG but with weak dungeons, otherwise a good game and worth checking out
Mystic Heroes - generic hack and slasher with slight RPG elements, don't bother
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door - turnbased RPG and one of the best rpgs on any last gen system i've played
Phantasy Star Online Ver III - I haven't played this yet so I can't comment, but I can't imagine it being to awful
Skies of Arcadia Legends - a Dreamcast port with added features and quests, very fun game with a lengethy adventure and good story, any RPG fan should own this on either system
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy - a fairly fun Action "Adventure" Zelda clone...
Star Fox Adventures - read above
Summoner: A Goddess Reborn - 3rd person action RPG, which could of been good, but it was buggy as hell, it's the same game as Summoner 2 on the PS2, so get that insted
Tales of Symphonia - hands down the best RPG on the cube and the best RPG i've played on any of the last gen systems...
X-Men Legends - fun dungeon crawler action rpg, but crap storyline
X-Men Legends II - better multiplayer, graphics, but still a crap storyline.. both games are worth checking out though
then there's these, which I haven't played:
Blood Omen 2
Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Plus (I have these on the Dreamcast, they're not terrible but they're slow and repetitive, so otherwise, I wouldn't bother)
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Digimon World 4
Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody
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