Best GameCube RPG

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#1 Posted by SauceCaptain (1273 posts) -
Looking back now there were actually lots of great RPGs for the gamecube. Whats the best of the bunch?
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#2 Posted by Tomogos (25 posts) -
I enjoyed Tales Of Symphonia
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#3 Posted by yakk_3 (1442 posts) -
I wouldn't say the GC was the greatest platform for RPG's. The main 3 I played were ToS, Paper Mario: TTYD, and Baten Kaitos. Of those, the order goes: 1. Paper Mario 2. Tales of Symphonia 3. Baten Kaitos
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#4 Posted by Ms_Lockheart (147 posts) -

there really were hardly any RPG's for the Gamecube. the PS2 had a whole lot though.

my favorite was definitely Tales of Symphonia, but i've never played Beaten Kaitos.

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#5 Posted by Uchiha_Sasuke1 (1636 posts) -

Its a tie between Paper mario and TOS. Thats what i think

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#6 Posted by DeafNYCPlayer (2309 posts) -
Tales of Symphonia, and Skies of Arcadia Legends
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#8 Posted by white_sox (18179 posts) -
I didn't play too many rpgs on the cube, but Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is worth much more than the $5 it will cost you at EBgames.
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#9 Posted by LoG-Sacrament (20397 posts) -
its more of a strategy rpg, but fire emblem was really good.
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#10 Posted by Rocky32189 (8996 posts) -
Paper Mario: TTYD
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#11 Posted by skreetpreacha (877 posts) -
I somewhat enjoyed ToS, and enjoyed Paper Mario a little more, even though it was alot of reading and slower paced. Both were good and decent, but there were no "superb" RPGs for the GC IMHO. (like the FF series on the PS2)
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#12 Posted by Funkyhamster (17366 posts) -

There are barely any GC RPGs... my favorite would be Tales of Symphonia though.

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#13 Posted by battalionwars13 (1264 posts) -

Paper Mario: TTYDRocky32189


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#14 Posted by Ninten007 (3129 posts) -
For me, Paper Mario TTYD, Fire Emblem PoR, Baten Kaitos 1 and 2. Gladius.
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#15 Posted by Nova_Mongoose (2261 posts) -

Without a doubt. Tales of Symphonia

It was as good as FF and had great artistic graphics.

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#16 Posted by jimkabrhel (15625 posts) -
Paper Mario. I can't tell you how many times I've played it and enjoy it immensely each time.
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#17 Posted by Junior_AIN (4682 posts) -

Tales of Symphoinia is the best

Paper Mario is a great game, you should definitely not miss it

Baten kaitos is pretty good too

Skies of arcadia is good

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#18 Posted by Revelade (1862 posts) -

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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#19 Posted by Tohru_Readman (450 posts) -

1. Tales of Symphonia

2. Fire Emblem: Path Of Radiance (which I know is more strategy)

3. Paper Mario

4. Baten Kaitos

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#20 Posted by Funkyhamster (17366 posts) -
I would have liked Paper Mario TTYD a lot more if not for the endgame... you know, the last "dungeon" and final boss fight. Without spoiling anything, it seemed totally out of character with the rest of the game.
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#21 Posted by Darkness-zora (336 posts) -
i liked skies of arciadia, paper mario and fire emblem
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#22 Posted by Bliind-Guardian (738 posts) -
Tales of Symphonia is the best one, ive spent over 200 hours playing it without gettin' bored :D and a new ToS coming!!! i think its called Tales of Symphonia Knight of Ratatosk... or something like it :P
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#23 Posted by redfield_137 (2269 posts) -
I really enjoyed Tales of Symphonia.
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#24 Posted by WiiRokkz (148 posts) -

I enjoyed Tales Of Symphonia

Totally agreed

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#25 Posted by Cypher_VR (1396 posts) -
I played it on the dreamcast but i favored the phantasy star online i have paper mario ttyd, and FF:cc my fav RPG for the gamecube - Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2 Plus Favorite RPG of all time currently is split - Super Mario RPG/Earthbound
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#26 Posted by Jonny_ramone (133 posts) -
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:P
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#27 Posted by SauceCaptain (1273 posts) -
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
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#28 Posted by SauceCaptain (1273 posts) -
So far it seems that TOS is the fan favorite with paper mario second in votes and a handfull of others with a few votes each.
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#29 Posted by SauceCaptain (1273 posts) -
A few people have said that the cube didn't have manny RPGs, but that is only half true. Last gen I had a cube and xbox and found that the cube had far better rpgs then the xbox at least, but just didn't have nearly as manny RPGs as the PS2. My friend had a PS2 and I played most of the good RPGs on the system and they're not any better then the good RPGs that gamecube has. I guess the impression that the gamecube doesn't have manny RPGs comes from them being low profile games. Most of them never had any advertising of any kind and got limited releases, so I'll go make a list of all the gamecube RPGs just in case anybody is interested in checking them out.
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#30 Posted by SauceCaptain (1273 posts) -

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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#31 Posted by Radiata_Blue (250 posts) -
Tales of Symphonia was decent and addmitedly had some cool moments, but itsnot nearly as good as everyone makes it out to be. I prefered Skies of Arcadia Legends, even though it was a remake. ToS showed off the GC capabilities more effectivley and was a better showpiece for the system, but in terms of story and character it wasn't as good as Legends.
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#32 Posted by Funkyhamster (17366 posts) -
Eh? I liked ToS's story... I love watching corny Bollywood movies though, so I like my stories with extra cheese.
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#33 Posted by cookoo4cocopuff (793 posts) -
tos hands down although ive never played paper mario but IMO i think that tos was the best RPG ever ....thats how much i like it
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#34 Posted by zh666 (5068 posts) -

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
Darkened Skye
Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey
Hobbit, The
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)
Pokemon Colosseum
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Digimon World 4
Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
Virtua Quest
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody

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#35 Posted by squarefan_31 (99 posts) -
Tales of Symphonia easily. But Paper Mario: TTYD is great as well.
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#36 Posted by Flame_Blade88 (39348 posts) -
Tales of Symphonia
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#37 Posted by zpxkjp (163 posts) -
Hard one, i say its a tie between Tales Of Symphonia and Baten Kaitos.
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#38 Posted by groudyogre (1661 posts) -
I enjoyed Tales Of Symphonia
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#40 Posted by Basil-Culex (71 posts) -

I only had 2:

Tales of Symphonia


Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door

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#41 Posted by Funkyhamster (17366 posts) -
Azlar, don't say stuff like that... #1 it's kinda wrong, because you can still play GC games even if the system is "dead," and #2 because knowing this board, it'll probably start a gigantic flame war.
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#42 Posted by Azlar (224 posts) -
The GameCube is dead period. Anyone claiming otherwise is a delusional fanboy. My advice to those noobs is to go get a life. kthxbye
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#43 Posted by KathR (1122 posts) -

My 2 favorites...

Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door
Skies of Arcadia Legends