What was the first RPG (W/J) that got you into the genre?

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#1 Posted by Jakandsigz (6341 posts) -
I have to say that Rpgs I played a lot of in the day, consoles and PC, many great ones, SSI, Enix, Origin and a bunch of others, but it was not until I played System Shock 2 when i started to go back and collect a ton of games I had missed and started getting into the genre.
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#2 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

First RPG I ever played was Dragon Warrior. I was pretty young at the time, and just didn't have the patience for turn-based RPGs, so I wasn't a big fan of it.

A few years down the road, though, I played Dragon Warrior IV and was enamored with it for weeks. That's the one that really pulled me into the genre.

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Before it, though, I've always loved the games (and still do) that mixed RPG-elements into action games. It's always a more rewarding experience when your character/party grows throughout the game.

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#3 Posted by AtelierFan (1544 posts) -
There were four, maybe five that got me into the genre: around the same time, Tales of Destiny 2 (Eternia), Grandia, Valkyrie Profile and the psx version of Diablo. and way before that, Suikoden.

ToD2, Grandia and VP sucked me in with great battle systems - the mix of real time/action feels and turn based battle elements - and great worlds.

Diablo made me realize that I like dungeon crawling and grinding.

All of these games made me fall for seeing my characters get stronger as they leveled up.

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#4 Posted by JML897 (33134 posts) -
Pokemon Red
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#5 Posted by dbtbandit67 (415 posts) -
I have to say that Rpgs I played a lot of in the day, consoles and PC, many great ones, SSI, Enix, Origin and a bunch of others, but it was not until I played System Shock 2 when i started to go back and collect a ton of games I had missed and started getting into the genre.Jakandsigz
I played the heck out of Final Fantasy on the SNES, but at the time I didn't even know what an RPG was. It didn't occur to me it was an RPG, I just had a ton of fun with it. FF7 is probably what really got me into them. By then I was more aware of the unique style to the genre.
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#6 Posted by kljohns2 (462 posts) -

If my avatar doesn't already give it away...Xenogears!!!

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#7 Posted by Pixel-Perfect (5778 posts) -

Final Fantasy IX. 

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#8 Posted by nooblet69 (5162 posts) -

Man, I don't really remember. I'm thinking it was either Star Ocean the Second Story ( PS1) or Pokemon Yellow ( GBC ). I played a lot of action / adventure games on snes and genesis but don't remember playing too many rpg's on them.

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#9 Posted by LordBrew (269 posts) -
Diablo and Final Fantasy VII are the two that got me into RPGs.
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#10 Posted by rawsavon (40001 posts) -
That's an easy one. I started gaming on the NES, but I always considered RPG's to be 'for nerds' - usual dumb kid feelings, not realizing we are all nerds. Then I saw something in a magazine about Lunar 2 EB having a 6 hour ending (on the Sega CD). I assumed it meant an ending you watched and not one you played. So I went out and got Lunar 1, and that is where it all started. From that point on, RPG's have been my main choice so far as genres go (not the only choice, mind you, but the main one).
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#11 Posted by GaussRiemann (249 posts) -

Lands of Lore and Surging Aura.

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#12 Posted by Jehuty08 (1951 posts) -

pokemon blue

The first non pokemon RPG that I really played was goldensun though

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#13 Posted by AMG (26 posts) -

My first RPG was Dragon Warrior on the NES.

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#14 Posted by BarbaricAvatar (982 posts) -

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Single-handedly got me into RPG's after i'd spent my lifetime avoiding them due to having only previously sampled menu-based games (which i still hate).

Baldur's Gate followed soon after for me but Summoner got the ball rolling.

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#15 Posted by Devil-Itachi (4384 posts) -
Final Fantasy for the NES got me into the genre but because of 1 save file and 2 older brothers rarely got a chance to play. There was also Ultima exodus on the NES which I probably played more.but didnt care for as much.
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#16 Posted by turtlethetaffer (18600 posts) -

The first RPG I technically played was Pokemon Crystal.  but the one that "got me into it" was, surprisingly, the DS version of Final Fantasy IV.  My love of JRPGs has only come about recently, in the past two or three years.

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#17 Posted by AtelierFan (1544 posts) -

Final Fantasy IX. 

Pixel-Perfect
Hmmm... I had quoted you before, saying "Yay, another FF IX fan". Now that seems to have vanished.
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#18 Posted by Seabas989 (13157 posts) -

Pokemon Blue was the first RPG I played.

Shining Force got me into SRPGs.

Final Fantasy IX made me love JRPGs.

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#19 Posted by Stinger78 (5844 posts) -
Overhead - Dragon Warrior on NES Side-scrolling - Faxanadu on NES At least those are the first RPG's I remember playing - if they both count.
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#20 Posted by JML897 (33134 posts) -
[QUOTE="Pixel-Perfect"]

Final Fantasy IX. 

AtelierFan
Hmmm... I had quoted you before, saying "Yay, another FF IX fan". Now that seems to have vanished.

That was in another thread. Pixel-Perfect just really likes talking about FFIX. (Not that there's anything wrong with that)
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#21 Posted by MLBknights58 (5016 posts) -

I saw Final Fantasy VI played at some kids house, later got SMRPG, then FF VII.

So SMRPG? i guess

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#22 Posted by fend_oblivion (6729 posts) -
Pokemon Red. I remember the day we (twin brothers and I) bought a GBC and Pokemon Red. Both my brothers took turns to exit the the main character's house but couldn't. When it was my turn, I was able to exit (the door mat). I shouted in joy which promptly led to one of the twins taking the handheld console from me :P Fun times, fun times :)
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#23 Posted by AtelierFan (1544 posts) -
[QUOTE="AtelierFan"][QUOTE="Pixel-Perfect"]

Final Fantasy IX. 

JML897
Hmmm... I had quoted you before, saying "Yay, another FF IX fan". Now that seems to have vanished.

That was in another thread. Pixel-Perfect just really likes talking about FFIX. (Not that there's anything wrong with that)

Omg you are right. My mind...
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#24 Posted by ristactionjakso (6118 posts) -

FF4 and Chrono Trigger for SNES.

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#25 Posted by LittleMac19 (1638 posts) -

33574-Drakkhen_%28USA%29-2.jpg

^^ This is the first RPG I played

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^^ This is the first RPG that got me interested into the genre

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#26 Posted by BIGtex42 (60 posts) -

Super Mario RPG! Lol

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#27 Posted by Shadowchronicle (26969 posts) -
I think one of the Pokemon games introduced me to that style of gaming but I never really developed the interest till later when I played Okage Shadow King.
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#28 Posted by gargungulunk (378 posts) -

Dragon Warrior!  My neighbor had it, and we played all the way till the final boss.  Then one night---a book fell onto the system and erased the save...stupid no-code battery pack...never made it back that far again.

The idea of genres back then didn't really take shape in my mind till later...PSX actually, when games like FF7 and Lunar SST rather spelled out what an RPG "is"...  now you got me thinking how helpful, yet goofy, genre labels can be...and how they keep evolving. 

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#29 Posted by Ricardomz (2715 posts) -

JRPG: Final Fantasy IX

WRPG: Heroes of Might and Magic

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#30 Posted by Blueresident87 (5657 posts) -

Willow on the NES. It's more of a Zelda type of RPG, but that was the one that piqued my curiosity and caused me to value exploration and item management.

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#31 Posted by Jakandsigz (6341 posts) -

Dragon Warrior!  My neighbor had it, and we played all the way till the final boss.  Then one night---a book fell onto the system and erased the save...stupid no-code battery pack...never made it back that far again.

The idea of genres back then didn't really take shape in my mind till later...PSX actually, when games like FF7 and Lunar SST rather spelled out what an RPG "is"...  now you got me thinking how helpful, yet goofy, genre labels can be...and how they keep evolving. 

gargungulunk
What?
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#32 Posted by Pixel-Perfect (5778 posts) -

Pokemon Red. I remember the day we (twin brothers and I) bought a GBC and Pokemon Red. Both my brothers took turns to exit the the main character's house but couldn't. When it was my turn, I was able to exit (the door mat). I shouted in joy which promptly led to one of the twins taking the handheld console from me :P Fun times, fun times :) fend_oblivion

 

Oh my God! I remember that, I couldn't exit the house either! :lol: 

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#33 Posted by Byshop (18351 posts) -

First JRPG was probably Dragon's Quest, but FF7 was what got me into the genre.

For WRPGs it was the original SSI D&D "Goldbox" games that I started on back in '88.

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-Byshop

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#34 Posted by Eric_Drav3n (2773 posts) -

I think the first RPG I played and what got me into the genre was Exile: Escape from the pit. I was pretty addicted to it when I was younger.

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#35 Posted by dagreenfish (1818 posts) -

Crystalis, then the original Final Fantasy, both on the NES.

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#36 Posted by fend_oblivion (6729 posts) -

[QUOTE="fend_oblivion"]Pokemon Red. I remember the day we (twin brothers and I) bought a GBC and Pokemon Red. Both my brothers took turns to exit the the main character's house but couldn't. When it was my turn, I was able to exit (the door mat). I shouted in joy which promptly led to one of the twins taking the handheld console from me :P Fun times, fun times :) Pixel-Perfect

 

Oh my God! I remember that, I couldn't exit the house either! :lol: 

Aha! :D
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#37 Posted by 187umKILLAH (1414 posts) -

Golden Axe Warrior on the Sega Master System, it took me and my brother months to clock it but we finally did it.

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#38 Posted by AtelierFan (1544 posts) -
now you got me thinking how helpful, yet goofy, genre labels can be...and how they keep evolving.  gargungulunk
well put!

I think the first RPG I played and what got me into the genre was Exile: Escape from the pit. I was pretty addicted to it when I was younger.

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Eric_Drav3n
Spiderweb Games is one of my favorite indie/(c)rpg devs.
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#39 Posted by dagreenfish (1818 posts) -

I think the first RPG I played and what got me into the genre was Exile: Escape from the pit. I was pretty addicted to it when I was younger.

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Eric_Drav3n

Wow, a few weeks I was going through some old stuff and found the sheet of paper from Spiderweb with my registration code for Exil III.

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#40 Posted by Boddicker (4347 posts) -

Some SSI goldbox game

Hillsfar and Pools of Radiance are the ones that really stick out in my mind.

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#41 Posted by Boddicker (4347 posts) -

33574-Drakkhen_%28USA%29-2.jpg

^^ This is the first RPG I played

pokemonsilver_gbcbox.jpg

^^ This is the first RPG that got me interested into the genre

LittleMac19

Drakkhen was pretty good on the PC. I never played the SNES port.

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#42 Posted by Byshop (18351 posts) -

Some SSI goldbox game

Hillsfar and Pools of Radiance are the ones that really stick out in my mind.

Boddicker

OMG Hillsfar! I can't believe I forgot about that game. I played pen and paper D&D when I was a kid, so I liked the other SSI games for their more "pure" D&D experience but Hillsfar had great graphics for the time and it was a minigame du jour.

A couple other games that I used to play but I couldn't remember how RPG-ey they were are Sentinel Worlds: Future Magic and Hard Nova. Party-based sci-fi space exploration games.

-Byshop

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#43 Posted by Oldgun (212 posts) -

Breath of Fire III

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#44 Posted by Boddicker (4347 posts) -

[QUOTE="Boddicker"]

Some SSI goldbox game

Hillsfar and Pools of Radiance are the ones that really stick out in my mind.

Byshop

OMG Hillsfar! I can't believe I forgot about that game. I played pen and paper D&D when I was a kid, so I liked the other SSI games for their more "pure" D&D experience but Hillsfar had great graphics for the time and it was a minigame du jour.

A couple other games that I used to play but I couldn't remember how RPG-ey they were are Sentinel Worlds: Future Magic and Hard Nova. Party-based sci-fi space exploration games.

-Byshop

Hillsfar was quite good from what little I remember. The lock picking was the shit. The arena was a challenge. I dimly remember a horse riding minigame where you had to jump over things.

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#45 Posted by Jakandsigz (6341 posts) -

[QUOTE="LittleMac19"]

33574-Drakkhen_%28USA%29-2.jpg

^^ This is the first RPG I played

pokemonsilver_gbcbox.jpg

^^ This is the first RPG that got me interested into the genre

Boddicker

Drakkhen was pretty good on the PC. I never played the SNES port.

You want to stay away as far as possible from the SNES port. I also see a lot of people posting first games, Wizardry the Proving grounds for me.
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#46 Posted by Byshop (18351 posts) -

Hillsfar was quite good from what little I remember. The lock picking was the shit. The arena was a challenge. I dimly remember a horse riding minigame where you had to jump over things.

Boddicker

Yeah, Hillsfar's DoT must really suck because every road was absolutely littered with hazards. :P

-Byshop

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#47 Posted by abcdefgabcdefgz (698 posts) -

Yeah nes dragon warrior that game with nintendo power. I thought the game was stupid when I first saw it. After I played it I ended up beating it, and I still like dragon warrior today I am about finished with 8 and its a really good game that stays true in some ways to the original

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#48 Posted by Trail_Mix (2579 posts) -

Pokemon Blue was, I believe, the first RPG I ever really played. So I have to give it some credit.

What really got me into RPGs though was the original Dot Hack series, on PS2.

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#49 Posted by Arach666 (23253 posts) -
Ultima IV was the first one I played but it was Ultima Underworld that really got me into the genre,alongside Ultima VII.
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#50 Posted by benleslie5 (8639 posts) -

Final Fantasy IX