The Best PS2 RPG's

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#1 Posted by TaCoDuDe (3239 posts) -
I recently acquired a brand new slim PS2, and quite a bit of money with which to buy games for it. I bought it mainly for its extensive RPG library, but I'm a bit overwhelmed with choices. I immediately bought FFX and FFXII, but beyond that, what would you guys reccomend?
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#2 Posted by summer_star17x (2683 posts) -

Persona 3 FES

Shadow Hearts Covenant

Rogue Galaxy

Kingdom Hearts

Tales series

.hack series

Dark Cloud 2

Dragon Quest VIII

I will also throw in a few other games that you should play: God of War, Okami, and Metal Gear Solid

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#3 Posted by mlisette23 (354 posts) -
If you want darker themed and generally harder rpgs then I recommend all the ps2 (they're the only ones I've played) SMT games, well maybe not SMT: Devil Summoner. If you're going to start with any of those I recommend starting with P3: Fes, it's not the hardest of the SMT games and it's a great introduction to SMT. I also recommend that you get SMT: Nocturne and the first SMT: Digital Devil Saga as those have been recently reprinted and you wouldn't want to spend double their retail price later on.
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#4 Posted by Lebowski__basic (1252 posts) -
Where can I find a list of PS2 RPG's that aren't turn based?
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#5 Posted by TaCoDuDe (3239 posts) -

Thanks, Ill definitely check those out.

What about the Suikoden games? There seems to be a bit of disparity of the opinions on these.

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#6 Posted by Mr_Cumberdale (10189 posts) -

I recently acquired a brand new slim PS2, and quite a bit of money with which to buy games for it. I bought it mainly for its extensive RPG library, but I'm a bit overwhelmed with choices. I immediately bought FFX and FFXII, but beyond that, what would you guys reccomend? TaCoDuDe

FFX was an excellent choice. I'd also suggest Kingdom Hearts I + II as well as Dragon Quest VIII (WARNING: very old school)

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#7 Posted by summer_star17x (2683 posts) -

Where can I find a list of PS2 RPG's that aren't turn based?Lebowski__basic

Kingdom Hearts.
Tales series

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#8 Posted by PreLuDe_DuDe (513 posts) -
The Suikoden series are outstanding RPGS available for the Playstation. I would get a copy of Suikoden V if you really want to get a feel of the series. Part 5 brings Suikoden back to its original charm and glory of the PS1 era. It should be still available from the internet if you look in the right places. Definitely a must buy for rpg fans.
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#9 Posted by PreLuDe_DuDe (513 posts) -
Also...I have not played Suikoden 4 but most people despised that game for its poor production quality. It seems as people pretty much view that game as the black sheep of the series. Suikoden III was also a nice sequel but my attention span was limited for whatever reason when I played it, but many seem to enjoy that one as well.
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#10 Posted by kryu88 (9301 posts) -

Shadow Hearts 1 and 2 (3 if you liked 1 and 2, but 3 isn't connected by story like 1 and 2 are)

FFX

Persona 3

The other SMT games are also pretty good (Digital Devil Saga and Nocturne)

For more action oriented RPGs, KH is pretty good or Star Ocean Till the End of Time or Radiata Stories.

Would SRPGs count too? Because then I'd also put Disgaea up there.

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#11 Posted by Flame_Blade88 (39348 posts) -

My favorites are:

  • Kingdom Hearts
  • Kingdom Hearts II
  • Dragon Quest VIII
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Star Ocean Till the End of Time
  • Dark Cloud
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#12 Posted by marchofthedogs (192 posts) -
Kingdom Hearts I and II
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#13 Posted by Lebowski__basic (1252 posts) -

[QUOTE="Lebowski__basic"]Where can I find a list of PS2 RPG's that aren't turn based?summer_star17x

Kingdom Hearts.
Tales series

What are the Tales series?

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#14 Posted by havenshadow07 (83 posts) -

It seems every time I come onto a RPG thread I learn something or need to buy another RPG. Makes me so happy that good games are always out there if you want to look or simply ask!

To answer the question though anything I would recommend is put up:)

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#15 Posted by 3KindgomsRandy (15488 posts) -
As for Suikoden's, any of them are worthwhile, but don't expect a ton from IV. It's still decent (and better than a lot of RPG's that come out) but it's not up to snuff with the rest of the series. I'm hard pressed to recommend any of the others over each other, because they're all great. 3 is probably my favorite though.
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#16 Posted by summer_star17x (2683 posts) -
[QUOTE="summer_star17x"]

[QUOTE="Lebowski__basic"]Where can I find a list of PS2 RPG's that aren't turn based?Lebowski__basic

Kingdom Hearts.
Tales series

What are the Tales series?

Tales of the Abyss
Tales of Legendia
Tales of Symphonia
Tales of the Tempest
etc

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#17 Posted by TaCoDuDe (3239 posts) -
I think Ill be getting the SMT and Suikoden games first. I'd get Disgaea, but I already have the first one and its sucking up enough time as it is.
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#18 Posted by ItsEvolution (2593 posts) -
Shadow Hearts rules all. Too bad it's really expensive on Amazon, or I'd re-buy it.
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#19 Posted by willxcool (2038 posts) -
DRAGON quest 8, SMT series hack sereis dark cloud 1 and 2 dude just check my rpg list then youll see allot of good rpgs there
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#20 Posted by Joystick_n_hand (460 posts) -
DARK CLOUD 2!!!So awesome!
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#21 Posted by N8A (18602 posts) -
Suikoden III is a really good one.
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#22 Posted by Land-0-Funk (863 posts) -

Xenosaga I-III..confusing story (it's japanese so that's no shock) but i've been enjoying it so far.

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#23 Posted by Soilworkcob (626 posts) -

There is an RTS series of strategy RPGs called Growlanser. They're decent enough games.

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#24 Posted by Chrono66 (1296 posts) -
Some of the people in this topic said that Dark Cloud 2 is amazing. I have to say the gameplay was very good, but the story was god awful.
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#25 Posted by marchofthedogs (192 posts) -
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter if you can manage to find it
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#26 Posted by Alexander146 (722 posts) -

Some of the people in this topic said that Dark Cloud 2 is amazing. I have to say the gameplay was very good, but the story was god awful.Chrono66

Huh. I personally found DC2's story pretty good, better then the paper-thin plot of DC1, at least (then again, Dark Cloud 2 is a VAST improvement over the original).

Anyways, some more RPGs that have yet to be mentioned:

-Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner

-Atelier Iris

-Digimon World 4(really more of an action/hack n slash rpg, but still decent).

-Shining Force NEO (the voice acting could be a bit better though.

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#27 Posted by PlayBox39 (420 posts) -

Star Ocean:Till the end of time.

Oh it's good.

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#28 Posted by Eikichi-Onizuka (9070 posts) -

Persona 3 FES

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

Dragon Quest VIII

Grandia II

Suikoden III-V

Disgaea

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#29 Posted by thismarlasinger (514 posts) -

Aside from those that have already been mentioned (pardon me if I repeat some, I just has a glimpse of the replies)

Odin Sphere

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmera

Any SMT game (esp. Digital Devil Saga and Persona)

I heard Radiata Stories is good ... but I have yet to play it.

BTW, I loved Suikoden 2 (but for some reason, wasn't a big fan of Suikoden 3); is Suikoden 4 or 5 anything like 2? Just felt like 3 sort of lost its original charm.

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#30 Posted by NIkoscho (459 posts) -

Final Fantasy X and XII
Dragon Quest VIII
Persona 3 & 4
Shin Megami Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2 , Nocturne
Valkyrie Profile 2 : Silmeria
Suikoden 3 & 5
Shadow Hearts 1 , 2 & 3
Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2

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#31 Posted by RazerBlade13 (3822 posts) -

Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts 2

Shadow of the Colossus

Rogue Galaxy

Dragon Quest VII

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

.hack//G.U. Series

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#32 Posted by CleanPlayer (9822 posts) -
KH series my friend will get you off to the right track
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#33 Posted by theholyrevenger (153 posts) -

JRPG:

PERSONA 3,4

DRAGON QUEST 8

STAR OCEAN

WILD ARM

WRPG

BALDURGATE DARK ALLIANCE 1,2

CHAMPIONS OF NORRATH

BARD'S TALE

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#34 Posted by bobbo888 (394 posts) -

next time you decide to recommend games to people who have probably never heard of them, don't include just the abbreviated form of it... WTF IS SMT... how am I supposed to know that? 

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#35 Posted by Seabas989 (13168 posts) -

Persona 4 is the best RPG I played on the PS2.

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#36 Posted by Pikminmaniac (11210 posts) -

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is an absolute must play

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#37 Posted by dbz987 (3763 posts) -

5 year old thread

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#38 Posted by benleslie5 (8645 posts) -
  • Persona 4
  • Persona 3
  • Kingdom Hearts series
  • Dragon Quest VIII
  • Star Ocean Til the End of Time
  • Dark Cloud
  • Rogue Galaxy
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#39 Posted by harrahs80 (25 posts) -
iam playing rogue galaxy right now this game is awesome ! i have so far as rpgs okage shadow king dark cloud final fantasy X rogue galaxy i want to buy dragon quest 8 soon
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#40 Posted by renerak (25 posts) -

Thanks guys, was searching for some good ps2 games to emulate. Helped me a lot.

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#41 Posted by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -

Baldur's Gate and Final Fantasy X

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#42 Edited by bussinrounds (2837 posts) -
@renerak said:

Thanks guys, was searching for some good ps2 games to emulate. Helped me a lot.

Just to add a few...

Gladius

King's Field: Ancient City & Shadow Tower Abyss

Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land

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#43 Edited by Ryagan (590 posts) -

Persona 4, Persona 3 FES, Tales of the Abyss, and Dragon Quest VIII are all really great. I still have yet to play Kingdom Hearts. I'll have to play the PS3 version.

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#44 Posted by good_sk8er7 (4326 posts) -

Haven't played a lot of them yet. Intend to at some point when I get around to purchasing all of them.

From what I've played I'll just do a top 5. In no order.

FFX

DQVIII

Persona 3

Persona 4

Shadow Hearts From the New World.

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#45 Posted by c_rakestraw (14870 posts) -

@renerak: Don't revive old threads, please.