First thing: RPG's are by far my favourite genre when it comes to video games. I know the Dreamcast is very lack luster when it comes to them, but it's still got a few good'ens. I've got some already, and played nearly all of them...Here's my opinions so far...Don't worry there's no spoilers:
I played Dragon Riders: Chronicles of Pern, or whatever it's called, for about two hours till I turnt it off. I really couldn't get into this flawed game.
I've still got PSO after all the years, but with the servers being closed down and all now, there's not much appeal. It's a world designed for like 200+ players; it feels very uncomfortable and really lonely just walking around it all by yourself. I'll think about getting the Gamecube version for offline coop. I'll get around to connecting to the DC private server sometime in the future (schtack's server or something?). The only thing that's stopping me from connecting already is that without the expensive BBA, the method of connecting seems really complicated. I had about 1050 hours on the official servers back in the day! It was my first online game :)
I started Grandia 2 last week and finished it today - took about 30 hours - not too long, but not too short either. I remember the hype for this before it's release aha. It's a decent RPG that has a lot of charm to it. The battle system is fantastic - definately the best thing about the game. It's very similar to Star Ocean battle system. Most RPG fans seem to only play them now a days for story whilst ignoring wether or not the game is actually fun to play, which this is. The story in this is very original, but at the same time it's also very predictable. Some of the characters are cliche: Elena - a very pure girl, who's also religious and hasn't seen the world outside of her eyes - very cliche; their character development is predictable; some of them are annoying. There's still a few kick ass characters, though (Millenia is awesome xD). Despite all of the negative aspects, they're still memorable, mainly due to how they treat and act with one another. The game is far too easy! Only two of my characters died throughout the entire thing...Not once did my entire party die. Millenia also gets this SP move later on which is extremely broken. You can just keep using it over and over to keep enemies trapped and unable to attack. I beat most of the bosses without getting it once due to it, including the final boss. The 'hub' of the game is at a birds eye view and walking around. It's not random enemy encounters but it's just like FF13. There's some puzzles while you're walking around, but there's no logic to them. It's just pull a switch, then pull this switch, then you've done the puzzle. There's not much replay value, you'd only wanna play this again for the amazing battle system. You can't go back to any old areas. Once you advance the game and leave that area, that's it, you can never go back there. One thing that really bugged me is the use of voice acting. It's only used about 20% of the time. Why not all the time? Despite all of this, the game has a lot of memorable moments and the monster/dungeon design is done very well. The music is decent and you'll be humming some of the tunes while you play, but it's nothing special and most of it is constantly repeated throughout the entire game. Overall it's a decent RPG with both a lot of positive and negative aspects, with the positives being the more powerful of the two by very slightly. I don't ever see myself playing through this again, because it feels like it's just so 'alright' or just so 'barely decent' that I might aswell just be playing something awesome, well that's how I felt. If I ever did play this again then it'd be for the battle system and the charm of it. 7/10.
I've got Evoloution 1, but I've never played it, nor seen any gameplay on it. Is it any good? Most people seem to have a mixed opinion on it.
Elemental Gimmick Gear is suppose to be a decent Zelda rip off, I'm looking out for this.
Time Stalkers is suppose to be one the worst RPG's ever made. Anyone played this? I doubt it lol.
I was told Record of Lodoss war is a good game, but I know nothing about it.
Last, but certainly not least, is Skies of Arcadia. This is what you immediately think of when it comes to Dreamcast RPG's. I've got it and plan to play it later...I've never played it before. It looks, and from what I've heard, absoloutley amazing. I can't wait to play this tbh. Sega made a decent attempt of keeping the Dreamcast alive with their new first party franchises, and this is evidence as of why. I was gonna play this years ago on the Gamecube, but it was too scratched and none of my local stores are willing to clean Gamecube discs. The only complaint that I've heard from this game is the random enounter rate is extremely high with a battle occuring every 3 seconds. Is this true?