I am an avid gamer, but lately, this hasn't been the case, and by lately, I mean the past year or so. My main genre of gaming is, of course, the role-playing games. Since I started gaming at the age of four, thanks to my grandfather who was into technology, I have been playing Breath of fire, Lufia, Final Fantasy etc... RPG's that really stood out to me in those days, and had continued to until recently. Throughout the years of new gen technology from the snes - PS1 - PS2 and PS3 (I prefer PS) I have come to realize the reduction of rpg's coming out.
The PS1 being the major realm of awesome, in-depth stories involving characters and their progress with games like xenogears, FF series, vagrant story, Breath of fire, grandia, legends of dragoon, etc... this gen stood out the most for me, with its new amazing CG's and storyline. PS2 came along and, they had some okay rpg's such as FFX and XII, and Dragon Quest VII, but nothing else really stands out from the rest of them. I may have forgotten others, but that shows that there has been a reduction in them since the PS2. Now, with the PS3, There have only been a handful of games that really stood out to me, Eternal Sonata and Valkeria Chronicles which is considered an Strategy. Nothing else has made an impact to me. I am not a fan of Fallout 3 because I find with the abundant of side-mission (which some people like), I find it diverts me from really being into the story... I don't find it really comes out well with the story.
So, which games have come out that really has an engaging storyline? When are there going to be more RPG's that really bring upon something that will leave me helpless to its seduction. Mass effect is pretty, but when dealing with dialogues, I find the character looks more like a robot than having any emotion behind it.
What do all of you's think? Am I the only one who thinks like this? Is the RPG Genre slowly going away?