Best PS1 RPGs that aren't Final Fantasy?

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#1 Posted by Kcinz (857 posts) -
I already own most of the Final Fantasy games for the PS1, so are there any non-Final Fantasy RPGs that I should look into buying?
#2 Posted by TheBlackKnight3 (1586 posts) -

Chrono Cross, Grandia, Wild Arms, Suikoden, Vagrant Story, and Xenogears. Some of the best RPGs I have ever played.

#3 Posted by Dudersaper (32949 posts) -
Persona 2 Innocent Sin Persona 2 Eternal Punisment Vagrant Story Valkyrie Profile Thousand Arms Parasite Eve Dragon Quest VII Front Mission 3 Xenogears Chrono Cross Legend of Dragoon Those are the ones I have.
#4 Posted by Kcinz (857 posts) -
Suikoden... I read in the Playstation magazine that it's a pretty good game. Is Suikoden II as good as the first one?
#5 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5207 posts) -

Suikoden... I read in the Playstation magazine that it's a pretty good game. Is Suikoden II as good as the first one?Kcinz

It is, but most people will be hard pressed to get it, at least at a game store or on ebay; it goes for over $100 pretty consistently.

#6 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5207 posts) -

Lunar: Silver Star Story

Lunar 2: Eternal Blue

Valkyrie Profile

Persona 2

#7 Posted by BPoole96 (22802 posts) -

Legend of Dragoon

#8 Posted by MuddyMaestro (10346 posts) -

Grandia is certainly my favourite RPG on the original PlayStation, even though it wasn't exclusive to the system.

#9 Posted by cprmauldin (1567 posts) -

I'm having a blast with Dragon Warriror VII, though it is a bit on the expensive side.

#10 Posted by Bubble_Man (3095 posts) -

Suikoden... I read in the Playstation magazine that it's a pretty good game. Is Suikoden II as good as the first one?Kcinz

It takes everything about the first game and makes it better. Many consider it the best of the series, myself included.

#11 Posted by Darthkaiser (12447 posts) -
[QUOTE="Kcinz"]Suikoden... I read in the Playstation magazine that it's a pretty good game. Is Suikoden II as good as the first one?

It's way better mate Suikoden II made Suikoden I popular....well at least I think that You should try Valkyrie profile, Chrono Cross, Dragon Quest
#12 Posted by hakanakumono (27455 posts) -

Suikoden II isn't worth the price of admission.

#13 Posted by Darkman2007 (17929 posts) -

Grandia , Lunar 1 and 2 , Breath of Fire 4 ,

theres also Vagrant Story and Chrono Cross, but I never managed to get into those.

#14 Posted by 3KindgomsRandy (15488 posts) -

Suikoden and Suikoden 2 are my favorite RPG's on the PS1.

#15 Posted by Eikichi-Onizuka (8039 posts) -
Lunar and Lunar 2 are the ones I'd recommend the most. Arc the Lad Collection, Breath of Fire III-IV, Grandia, and Suikoden I-II(haven't played II myself yet bought it not that long ago, but I hear it's even better than the first one), and Tales of Destiny II(or Eternia depending on where you are) are all great as well.
#16 Posted by Blueresident87 (5339 posts) -
Legend of Dragoon, Lunar Series, Chrono Cross, and Grandia.
#17 Posted by Double_Wide (1985 posts) -

Chrono Cross, Breath of Fire III, LUNAR 2: Eternal Blue, Saga Frontier and Monster Rancher

#18 Posted by benleslie5 (7875 posts) -

Vagrant Story

#19 Posted by Allicrombie (25226 posts) -
Dragon Quest VII gets a lot of flak but I enjoyed it.
#20 Posted by kittensRjerks (3802 posts) -

Lunar 1 & 2

#21 Posted by AcidSoldner (7051 posts) -
Vagrant Story, even though it falls into the universe of Ivalice which includes Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII.
#22 Posted by slamminjammin69 (1599 posts) -

good PS1 RPG games

Suikedon 1 and 2

Parasite Eve

Parasite Eve 2

Beyond the Beyond

Threads of Fate

Legend of Legaia

Grandia

Thousand Arms

Star Ocean 2nd Story

Elemental Gearbolt - not sure if its RPG technically or just a game where you use the lightgun optionally

#23 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

I'm a huge Western-RPG guy, and I've seen absolutley ZERO mentions of Western-RPGs here. You guys realize that RPG doesn't mean just random encounters and turn-based battles, right? Anyways, here's my recommendations:

Brave Fencer Musashi - An excellent action-RPG that mixes the gameplay of The Legend of Zelda and the RPG sensibilities of SquareSoft, with just the right amount of cartoony humor thrown in.

Dark Stone - If you like Diablo, you'll like this game. Nuff said.

Diablo - It's Diablo. If you play RPGs, and you don't know what Diablo is, you need to go play the game, immeadiatly. And if that's not an option, at least look it up on YouTube. This game created an entire sub-genre of RPGs, that many games have since emulated. Games such as Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, Dungeon Siege, Neverwinter Nights, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and others. In the game, you are a lone adventurer, tasked to stop the Lord of Terror himself, Diablo. You venture further and further underground, until you arrive in Hell itself. Along the way you will grab tons of loot, level-up your character, gain spells and equipment, battle tons of enemies, and fight some pretty interesting bosses. Might be a bit dated by today's standards, but I doubt you care much about that if you're looking for PS1 games.

King's Field 1 & 2 - Any chance I can get, I praise this truly unique RPG series. It is far too unique, and far too well made of games to just be forgotten. At the same time, it's one of those games you either absolutely adore, or grudgingly despise; there is no middle-ground when it comes to King's Field. It's an action-RPG played from the first-person perspective, in a fully 3-D, open-world environment. The game has a high-emphasis on exploration, and doesn't explain a dang thing to you or help you out and has a high learning-curve. This is a big reason why many people dislike it, for me it's exactly why I like it.

Legend of Legaia - So this one is traditional JRPG in it's gameplay and sensibilities. Sue me, I can like a few JRPGs in addition to my love for Western-RPGS. What sets this game apart from other JRPGs, IMO, is the battle-system. There is this command line (which will get longer as you level-up) where you can place different combinations of buttons. If you do the right combinations, you will be able to unlock special moves and magical attack. You also earn some along the way, or will find people and/or scrolls that tell some of them, so it's not completely guesswork. But this make the random-encounters seem a lot less tedious, because you are CONSTANTLY experimenting with the system in hopes of unlocking a new move.

Parasite Eve - Great mixute of RPG and survival-horror. The story in this game is the main-draw, and it's a doozy of one. I can't explain it all here. But basically you're a cop, investigating a bizarre series events at an opera house where people suddenly burst into flames, and animals morph into monstrous creatures. The gameplay is pretty unique, as it combines random encounters with real-time battle one the random enounter begins. And the graphics are stunning for the PS1.

#24 Posted by slamminjammin69 (1599 posts) -

Uh excuse moi. I did mention Legend of Legaia along with Parasite Eve.

#25 Posted by Dudersaper (32949 posts) -
He said nobody had mentioned WRPG's, which he then mentioned Kings Field, Dark Stone and Diablo
#26 Posted by rawsavon (40002 posts) -
The FF's are not even close to the best the PS1 has to offer IMO -Lunar 1 and 2, especially part 2 (Eternal Blue); it is one of my top games ever -Grandia...starts slow (first couple hours suck), but it turns out to be one of the best on the system -Arc the Lad collection...first game is more like a short prologue though (just a warning), but the whole collection is great -Suikoden 1 and 2...the best the system has to offer IMO -Chrono Cross -Legend of Dragoon...out 'fantasies' final fantasy IMO (except for FF9 which I think is great) -Tales of Eternia...one of the very best 'Tales' games (which is saying something) -Star Ocean: Second Story...great game and cast with lots of replayability (2 lead characters with multiple different people to recruit, can't recruit them all in one game) Games other people love: Dragon Warrior (found it to be boring as hell) Xenogears (most overrated game ever IMO...especially the terrible second half)
#27 Posted by Eikichi-Onizuka (8039 posts) -
[QUOTE="rawsavon"] -Lunar 1 and 2, especially part 2 (Eternal Blue); it is one of my top games ever

Agreed there, I liked Eternal Blue better as well though Silver Star is great as well. I can't recommend it enough.
#28 Posted by riou7 (10833 posts) -

You should definetely pick up Suikoden I and II..

#29 Posted by SeventhEntity (682 posts) -
Tactics Ogre is really good
#30 Posted by pspman1997 (84 posts) -

chrono cross and dragon quest 6

#31 Posted by Legolas_Katarn (15592 posts) -

Suikoden II isn't worth the price of admission.

hakanakumono
I and, likely, almost everyone else here would disagree.
#32 Posted by hakanakumono (27455 posts) -

[QUOTE="hakanakumono"]

Suikoden II isn't worth the price of admission.

Legolas_Katarn

I and, likely, almost everyone else here would disagree.

That's fine. It's a mediocre RPG with a weak story. If you want to spend $100 on that, by all means.

#33 Posted by anbu-black-ops (2380 posts) -
My top 4 are: Grandia Lunar Xenogears Vagrant Story Highly recommended: Chrono Cross Tales of Eternia Alundra Lunar 2 Legend of Dragoon Parasite Eve 1 and 2 Front Mission 3 Arc the Lad collection Breath of Fire 3 and 4 Suikoden 1 and 2 FF tactics Tail Conerto Brave Fencer Musashi Castlevania SotN Threads of Fate Tales of Destiny Wild arms 1 and 2 Dragon Warrior 7 Star Ocean Vandal Hearts 1 and 2 Vanguard Bandits Sayuki: Journey West Jade Cocoon Thousand Arms Tactics Ogre Grandstream Saga Mega Man Legends 1 and 2
#34 Posted by JoeInWonderland (112 posts) -
My favorite RPG for the PS1 was Threads of Fate. Solid gameplay for the most part, amusing story line and fun boss battles. And I think I liked it a lot because it wasn't insanely difficult either, especially for people who are used to RPG's, and yet still fun to play through both characters' story lines.
#35 Posted by dr-professional (480 posts) -
I already own most of the Final Fantasy games for the PS1, so are there any non-Final Fantasy RPGs that I should look into buying?Kcinz
BO3 all other games. no..... Well maybe dragon quest. The above 2 are assuming you don;t like terrible filler to the plost and terrible implemention of certain things in the games.
#36 Posted by FPSDad1161 (814 posts) -
Xenogears, Chrono Trigger (comes in the Final Fantasy Chronicles package, but is not a FF game), Legend of Dragoon, Suikoden, Persona 1 & 2, Vagrant Story, Parasite Eve, Dragon Warrior VII, Wild Arms. Those are the ones off the top of my head.
#37 Posted by armouredpriest (471 posts) -

[QUOTE="Legolas_Katarn"][QUOTE="hakanakumono"]

Suikoden II isn't worth the price of admission.

hakanakumono

I and, likely, almost everyone else here would disagree.

That's fine. It's a mediocre RPG with a weak story. If you want to spend $100 on that, by all means.

I'm curious...what would you have considered a strong RPG story from that era for comparison's sake, hakana?

For the record, I disagree with you, but you're not the only person that I'm aware of that didn't care for Suikoden 2 specifically, or the Suikoden series in general. Just curious why you think what you think, and what your point of comparison is. Also, if you just think that $100 is too much for any game, that would be fair enough (assuming you're in the US).