Best of the Best RPG's from Any Platform

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#1 Posted by retro82 (658 posts) -

Hey,

I need to make the list of the RPG's which I should try to own and play before I die. Please list 5 best RPG's from any platform which is still worth playing.

Note: Platforms I own are PC, PS2, PSP, Wii and DS.

Thank you in advance.

Note: I listed the games which I ve already tried in my second posting somewhere below.

Note 2: Please, put special emphasis on the best of the best games so that I can prepare my "must own" list.

#2 Posted by Jim_bo_bo (245 posts) -
I grew up as a Nintendo gamer, so I don't have many suggestions for non-nintendo consoles buuut... EDIT: just read the note, sorry about listing games for a console you don't have... but you can always try emulaters. Also, Final Fantasy I and II are in a one-cartridge deal for the GBA that you could play on your DS. I believe it's called "Final Fantasy I and II: Dawn of Souls" And I believe Crono Trigger was also put on the Playstation... NES Final Fantasy I SNES Final Fantasy II Crono Trigger Earthbound Super Mario RPG Playstation Final Fantasy 7 Final Fantasy 8 Final Fantasy 9 Persona Someone else could probably give you a better list, I was never that much of an RPGer myself. Those are just the really good ones that I know of, I haven't played all of them.
#3 Posted by mike7677 (2426 posts) -

PC:

Kotor and Kotor 2.

PS2:

Final Fantasy X, Haven't tried XII, but would like to

Dragon Quest VIII (If you have to buy a single game, this is it.)

DS: (also includes GBA games)

Final Fantasy IV (The one coming out for DS at March's end)

FinalFantasy V & VI. VI was the best.

Pokemon Diamond andPearl.

Not to worry I'll think of more.

#4 Posted by z4twenny (4898 posts) -
dragon quest 8 was fantastic, its up there with FF7 in terms of sheer awesomeness.
#5 Posted by AddictedGamer50 (541 posts) -
Mario Sunshine and Pokemon Ruby!
#6 Posted by AddictedGamer50 (541 posts) -
Mario Galaxy too!
#7 Posted by 3KindgomsRandy (15488 posts) -

PC

  1. Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn
  2. Knights of the Old Republic
  3. Knights of the Old Republic 2
  4. Fallout (Arcanum makes a decent, if watered down, substitute if you can't find Fallout)

PS2

  1. Suikoden 3
  2. Shadow Hearts/Shadow Hearts Covenant (should play them both)
  3. Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
  4. Persona 3
  5. Suikoden V
  6. Xenosaga Series

Wii

  1. Tales of Symphonia (Gamecube)
#8 Posted by BobSacamento (4340 posts) -

FF7 FF8 and FFX

should be part of school curriculum

#9 Posted by Monstrer (3 posts) -
humm...
PS2:
- Final Fantasy XII
- Kingdom Hearts II
- Tales of the Abyss

:)
#10 Posted by trick6952 (1488 posts) -
dragon quest 8 was fantastic, its up there with FF7 in terms of sheer awesomeness. z4twenny
DQVIII took me about 100 hours to complete
#11 Posted by muthsera666 (13271 posts) -

Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

KotOR series.

Fable, though it's not really an RPG as much as action/adventure.

Some more, but I'll post them later.

#12 Posted by muthsera666 (13271 posts) -

[QUOTE="z4twenny"]dragon quest 8 was fantastic, its up there with FF7 in terms of sheer awesomeness. trick6952
DQVIII took me about 100 hours to complete

I have over 100 hours on Morrowind, and I'm not halfway yet... :P

#13 Posted by Jim_bo_bo (245 posts) -

[QUOTE="trick6952"][QUOTE="z4twenny"]dragon quest 8 was fantastic, its up there with FF7 in terms of sheer awesomeness. muthsera666

DQVIII took me about 100 hours to complete

I have over 100 hours on Morrowind, and I'm not halfway yet... :P

Morrowind is definitely a game that never gets old. Especially if you have the two expansions... It's incredibly addicting, and it's very easy to get lost in the game for hours before realizing how long you've been playing. But I definitely wouldn't suggest it on the Xbox. You can heavily modify it on the PC version, and there's so many good mods out for it, that it would be a shame to buy it on the Xbox.
#14 Posted by nrt25 (670 posts) -
The Witcher is my favorite current gen RPG thus far.
#15 Posted by Shadow-Eagle (953 posts) -

Fallout 1&2 should absolutely not be missed.

#16 Posted by Lord_Regnier (1283 posts) -

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Jade Empire

Final Fantasy VII

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic

Final Fantasy X

#17 Posted by 5UPERMARIO (1201 posts) -

Chrono Trigger

Oblivion

Final Fantasy X

#18 Posted by jackducat52 (11 posts) -

Chrono Trigger is a huge must play. Ranks right up there with FFVII in my book, but in some ways I think it has aged better.

Final Fantasy X has a crazy story that makes no sense and is amazing at the same time.

KoToR is just fun. Not a great story and the light/dark choices are kinda lame but being able to do whatever you want is always fun.

Any Pokemon game. They may seem childish but I picked one up last year (Good ole' blue) and remembered how addicting they are.

Kingdom Hearts 2. Again childish but somehow is a great game with a good story.

Final Fantasy VI. Incredible story, tons of great characters, funny, great enemies, just great.

Those would be my picks. FFXII is good but not incredible. Bioshock may not be a true RPG but still one of the best games I've played.

#19 Posted by RK-Mara (11488 posts) -
Planescape: Torment
#20 Posted by CheeChee_Macko (2236 posts) -

You have a PC, so that is all you need for the best RPGs:

1.) Baldurs Gate I & II

2.) Neverwinter Nights

3.) Knights of the Old Republic I & II

4.) Morrowind

5.) Oblivion

#21 Posted by retro82 (658 posts) -

Thank you for all your valuable comments.

Now, I am listing the games I already own and/or I ve already played:

PC

Baldur's Gate 2, IWD 1&2, Planescape Torment, Fallout 1&2, Arcanum, Morrowind, Diablo 1&2, Might and Magic VI&VII, NWN 1&2, Fable, The Witcher

Others

DQ VIII, Shadow Hearts Covenant, Tales of Eternia, Jeanne D'Arc, Monster Hunter Freedom, Phantasy Star II-III-IV (for PSP)

Any games better than those I already have which are obviously worth hunting down and buying?

#22 Posted by nooblet69 (5162 posts) -

Hey,

I need to make the list of the RPG's which I should try to own and play before I die. Please list 5 best RPG's from any platform which is still worth playing.

Note: Platforms I own are PC, PS2, PSP, Wii and DS.

Thank you in advance.

retro82

Considering the platforms you own ill reccomend some rpg's I have played and love :

Pc : Elder scrolls : Morrowind, Elder scrolls : Daggerfall, The Witcher, some more I cant think of atm..

Ps2 : FFX, Star ocean 3 till the end of time

Ps1 : FFVII, FFVIII, Star Ocean : the second story..

Wii : Not sure, dont own one..

DS : FFVI for gameboy advance ( it will work through backward compatability) it is one of my favorite rpg's, beat it on playstation a long time ago, FF 3 and ff revenant wings might be worth a try too.

#23 Posted by Video_Game_King (27545 posts) -

Let's see...I'll try one per platform:

Secret of Mana: Great game alone, but a helluva lot better with 2 more people.
Fire Emblem: Engaging, challenging, and a great storyline.
Final Fantasy: Still quite a good game (especially when you name your characters Kenny, Cartman, Stan & Kyle (Kenny being the Black Mage :P):P))
Kingdom Hearts: Hey, if I can put Secret of Mana up there, why not Kingdom Hearts?
Phantasy Star IV: Nice wrap up to the series.

Of course, being an RPG enthusiast, this was pretty damn hard.

#24 Posted by krunkfu2 (4218 posts) -
if you got a ps2 get chrono cross
#25 Posted by ajames_123 (2983 posts) -

Secret Of Mana on SNES

Still worth playing today due to its awsome battle system plus multiplayer features and a Awsome sound track.

#26 Posted by Tking1293 (1222 posts) -

1. Skies of Arcadia

2. Final Fantasy VII

3. Mass Effect

4. Chrono Cross

5. Chrono Trigger

#27 Posted by SmashBrosLegend (11344 posts) -
 Single greatest game ever made. Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, Secret of Mana, Super Mario RPG, Final Fantasy III, and Final Fantasy VII don't even come close (take it from a man who owns each of the mentioned games, complete with boxes and manuals for their original systems). If you like RPGs, you owe it to yourself to play this game. It has become rather obscure, so now it is pretty expensive. The reason it is so rare is because a lot of the originals were sent back to Taito/Natsume (depending on the region) due to the sheer difficulty of the game. The puzzles are mind-bending, the battle system is cIassic and surprisingly deep for a SNES RPG, the soundtrack is outstanding, the art styIe is beautiful, and the story is entrancing. Due to the Ancient Cave feature, the replay value is near infinite. I don't believe it is at all possible to improve upon this game. I've beaten it over twenty times, and i have no plans to stop playing it.
#28 Posted by muthsera666 (13271 posts) -
[QUOTE="muthsera666"]

[QUOTE="trick6952"][QUOTE="z4twenny"]dragon quest 8 was fantastic, its up there with FF7 in terms of sheer awesomeness. Jim_bo_bo

DQVIII took me about 100 hours to complete

I have over 100 hours on Morrowind, and I'm not halfway yet... :P

Morrowind is definitely a game that never gets old. Especially if you have the two expansions... It's incredibly addicting, and it's very easy to get lost in the game for hours before realizing how long you've been playing. But I definitely wouldn't suggest it on the Xbox. You can heavily modify it on the PC version, and there's so many good mods out for it, that it would be a shame to buy it on the Xbox.

Personally, the mods aren't that big of a deal for me. I don't think I use any, other than the official ones, which are about two. Generally, I prefer games on the console to them being on the PC, though Morrowind I definitely prefer on the PC. Playing it on the Xbox isn't bad, though.

#29 Posted by yentar480 (5066 posts) -
earthbound and chrono trigger (snes) final fantasy 7, vagrant story, xenogears, final fantasy tactics (ps) Tales of Symphonia, Skies of Arcadia, Baten Kaitos (GC) Dragon Quest 8, Persona 3, Digital Devil Saga, Dark Cloud 2, Shadow Hearts: Covenant and so many more for the ps2
#31 Posted by Shiggums (21436 posts) -

Legend of Dragoon (PS)

Star Ocean: Til the End of Time (PS2)

KH series

(I decided to avoid the obvious FF games :P)

#32 Posted by Jim_bo_bo (245 posts) -
[QUOTE="Jim_bo_bo"][QUOTE="muthsera666"]

[QUOTE="trick6952"][QUOTE="z4twenny"]dragon quest 8 was fantastic, its up there with FF7 in terms of sheer awesomeness. muthsera666

DQVIII took me about 100 hours to complete

I have over 100 hours on Morrowind, and I'm not halfway yet... :P

Morrowind is definitely a game that never gets old. Especially if you have the two expansions... It's incredibly addicting, and it's very easy to get lost in the game for hours before realizing how long you've been playing. But I definitely wouldn't suggest it on the Xbox. You can heavily modify it on the PC version, and there's so many good mods out for it, that it would be a shame to buy it on the Xbox.

Personally, the mods aren't that big of a deal for me. I don't think I use any, other than the official ones, which are about two. Generally, I prefer games on the console to them being on the PC, though Morrowind I definitely prefer on the PC. Playing it on the Xbox isn't bad, though.

Yes, but the game can get pretty glitchy and unfair, which is where the PC shines with the console command key.
#33 Posted by muthsera666 (13271 posts) -
[QUOTE="muthsera666"][QUOTE="Jim_bo_bo"][QUOTE="muthsera666"]

[QUOTE="trick6952"][QUOTE="z4twenny"]dragon quest 8 was fantastic, its up there with FF7 in terms of sheer awesomeness. Jim_bo_bo

DQVIII took me about 100 hours to complete

I have over 100 hours on Morrowind, and I'm not halfway yet... :P

Morrowind is definitely a game that never gets old. Especially if you have the two expansions... It's incredibly addicting, and it's very easy to get lost in the game for hours before realizing how long you've been playing. But I definitely wouldn't suggest it on the Xbox. You can heavily modify it on the PC version, and there's so many good mods out for it, that it would be a shame to buy it on the Xbox.

Personally, the mods aren't that big of a deal for me. I don't think I use any, other than the official ones, which are about two. Generally, I prefer games on the console to them being on the PC, though Morrowind I definitely prefer on the PC. Playing it on the Xbox isn't bad, though.

Yes, but the game can get pretty glitchy and unfair, which is where the PC shines with the console command key.

I've never really had any problems with glitches or unfairness, though I'm not saying they can't have happened.

#34 Posted by GuttersnipeMav (378 posts) -

dragon quest 8 was fantastic, its up there with FF7 in terms of sheer awesomeness. z4twenny

Whoa whoa whoa, hold on. I'm going to disagree. I played both, and believe me I think FF7 is a contender for Best Game Ever Made Ever ZOMG LOLZ, and I also recently finished Dragon Quest 8.

Now don't get me wrong. Dragon Quest 8 was fun, I had a gripe with the cartoony, anime-y (KAMEAMEAAAHHHHH!!!!), goofy looking enemies that made me want to snuggle with them, not fight them; not to mention the ridiculous looking bosses, the repetitive enemy models and, well, King Trode. All this being said, I had a lot of fun with the game. I thought it was really, really good. Not great, CERTAINLY not FF7 great, merely really good. The item crafting was fun, the monster arena was a good side quest, but the story never really captivated me. It only really got good around when Neos got briefcase nuked. FF7's story grabbed me by the balls and didn't let go until the final breath. With Dragon Quest 8, I didn't feel the same pull, I'm sorry to say. Maybe I never will.

That being said, let's not make rash comparisons that we can't back up here.

#35 Posted by GuttersnipeMav (378 posts) -

Legend of Dragoon (PS)

Star Ocean: Til the End of Time (PS2)

KH series

(I decided to avoid the obvious FF games :P)

Shiggums

Good pull with Legend of Dragoon. Too many people haven't played that gem.

Also, sorry for not adding games to my rant above. If they haven't been added:

FF7, you must play this if you haven't already. You must.

Final Fantasy Tactics

Chrono Trigger / Chrono Cross (Hell, play Radical Dreamers if you can come across a decent port)

Personally, I think you should skip Star Ocean: Till the End of Time and Xenosaga. Play Xenogears, for sure, but Xenosaga is both punishingly hard and the story isn't that interesting. As for SO:TtEoT, it's interesting story doesn't make up for the difficulty and the really awful battle mechanics. Read a synopsis. Playing that game is more of a chore than anything else.

#36 Posted by chris3116 (12174 posts) -

SNES
Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy 6
Earthbound
Super Mario RPG

N64
Ogre Battle 64

Sega Genesis
Phantasy Star 2

PS2
Final Fantasy X

#37 Posted by esb1118 (2661 posts) -
Tales of Phantasia
#38 Posted by mistervengeance (6768 posts) -

PC:

Kotor and Kotor 2.

PS2:

Final Fantasy X, Haven't tried XII, but would like to

Dragon Quest VIII (If you have to buy a single game, this is it.)

DS: (also includes GBA games)

Final Fantasy IV (The one coming out for DS at March's end)

FinalFantasy V & VI. VI was the best.

Pokemon Diamond andPearl.

Not to worry I'll think of more.

mike7677

lol pokemon diamond and pearl are freakin lame

#39 Posted by Steel_Rain777 (1770 posts) -

Snes

Chrono Trigger

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

PLaystation

Final Fantasy 7

Final Fantasy 8

Final Fantasy 9

Chrono Cross

Legend of Dragoon

Xenogears

Vagrant Story

Valkyrie Profile

Star Ocean:The second Story

Lunar Silver Star Story Complete

Lunar 2: Eternal Blue

N64

Paper Mario

Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Ogre Battle 64

Dreamcast

Skies of Arcadia

Grandia 2

Playstation 2

Final Fantasy X

Dark Cloud 2

Kingdom Hearts

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

Shadow Hearts:Covenant

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

Xenosaga

Rogue Galaxy(Hear it's good)

Arc the Lad:Twilight of the Spirits

Gamecube

Paper Mario: And the Thousand Year Door

Baten Kaitos

Tales of Symphonia

GBA

Tactics Orge: The Knights of Lodis

Golden Sun

Golden Sun 2

Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga

Xbox

KOTOR 1

KOTOR2

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2

#40 Posted by mike7677 (2426 posts) -

3DO had a good rendition of Star Control 2 and the PC had Star Control 3

Genesis had Might and Magic(I have to admit, that was an acquired taste.) Genesis had Star Flight. (Another acquired taste)

PC and Mac (Mac version is free) had Wing Commander:Privateer.

#41 Posted by 93jam (205 posts) -

This list is mostly backwards compatibility. These are games I also own or use to own.

Gamecube/ Wii / Virtual Console

Tales of Symphonia

Baten Kaitos EWLO and Baten Kaitos Origins

Paper Mario N64

Paper Mario Gamecube

Shining Force 1 and 2

Pokemon games

Skies of Arcadia

DS/ GBA

Mario and Luigi SS and PiT

Pokemon Games

Final Fantasy Advance series

Golden Sun series

I don't have a DS, but that new Sonic RPG looks pretty good.

Others

Grandia 2- They made it for PC, PS2, and Dreamcast. My friends said the PS2 version was not as good as my DC version. I don't know about the PC version. My friends also said that Grandia, G3, and G Xtreme were good, because they wern't ports.

the Zelda series if you count them as a RPG.

Battle for Wesnoth's Single Player Mode might be an RPG. www.wesnoth.org

#42 Posted by skreetpreacha (877 posts) -

no FF games?

You NEED:

1. FFX-PS2

2. Guild Wars-PC

other games that MIGHT interest you:

1. KOTOR (was kinda boring to me though)

2. FFXII (can be kinda boring if you expect it to be like FFX. It's more of an offline MMOG. If you like Monster Hunter, you'll like this)

3. KH 1 and 2 (2 is much better, but also much easier. Real-time battles are fun and if you like Disney, you should definitely get).

#43 Posted by VGobbsesser (15614 posts) -
Get Final Fantasy VI Advance.
#44 Posted by Alexander146 (722 posts) -

PC: Diablo 2, Neverwiner Nights(plus expansions), Diablo 2, Morrowind, Dungeon Siege 2, Diablo 2, WoW....did I mention Diablo 2? :P

PS2: FF12(Hands down best PS2 RPG), Dragon Quest 8(Hands down second-best PS2 RPG) The Wild Arms series, Devil Summoner, Dark Cloud 2(hands down third-best PS2 RPG) and Persona 3(hands down fourth-best PS2 RPG)

GBA: The FF remakes, Golden Sun, Tales of Phantasia, Pokemon R-S-E(if it counts).

DS: Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker, Pokemon D/P(again, if it counts).

#45 Posted by G-Lord (2134 posts) -

Panzer Dragoon Saga on the Sega Saturn.

Beat the game about a week ago. I think it is still worth playing.

#46 Posted by tequilero (9331 posts) -
This are a few good Final Fantasy titles for PSX,FF Tactics,Chronicles and Anthology which is the best of the three imo;try at least one of this.
#47 Posted by SuperAgentZero (476 posts) -
Chrono Trigger and Legend of Dragoon
#48 Posted by Icegoten777 (68 posts) -

NES
Final Fantasy I

Crystalis



SNES
Final Fantasy II
Crono Trigger
Earthbound
Bahamut Lagoon

Tales of Phantasia

Super Mario RPG

Playstation
Final Fantasy 7
Final Fantasy 8
Final Fantasy 9
Persona

As well as all the Fire Emblem Games which some are English and others are Japenese. You can still play the Japenese ones if you have Great Common Sense of Video games but fire emblem in particular.

#49 Posted by sleepanimal (76 posts) -
PC Dink Smallwood:P:D:P
#50 Posted by ali_kerem (558 posts) -

Best of Best;

Xenogears

Chrono Cross

Vagrant Story