Your Favorite RPG'S?

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#1 Posted by bamwhoisit (25 posts) -
Hi, I was just trying to find the best hidden gems within RPG'S, any console any generation. In my opinion the best RPG's are free roamers, or Turn Based here are my favorites. Fable II: Fable II is my favorite installment to the series, you can free roam it's short and simple and a lot of things to do, you can go off and explore, get married, raise a child, play co-op (Which I admit doesn't work at all.) Get a job or do the main story. With the choice of Good or Evil, this game makes my favorites. Final Fantasy 7: Yes, I know cliche, but it's just a brilliant twist on a turn based RPG. I won't go as in-depth as I did last time but that is why I chose FF7. The Elder Scrolls: Utter brilliancy, can you think of a better free roaming RPG? I thought so. Now this series has it all. All the variety let's face it; you can do anything you want and everyone loves this game the battle system is great and gets better throughout the series. Mage, Archer, Warrior, Argonian, Khajit, Nord. Hardly any of the variety. What's yours? Feel free to post below!!!
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#2 Posted by buccomatic (1941 posts) -

my favorite RPG of all time is FF2

i loved FF7 but hated all the FF games since that one.

if you count legend of zelda: link to the past as an RPG then that tops the list (i see it as more of an action/RPG) and not a pure RPG.

fallout 3 is it a shooter or RPG? if RPG it tops all of these

i also love kindoms of amalur reckoning - might not be considered an RPG becuase it's so action/combat oriented

so i'll say

1. Legend of Zelda: Link to the past (best game ever - bar none IMO)

2. Fallout 3

3. FF2

4. FF7

5. KoA:R

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#3 Posted by Bubble_Man (3100 posts) -

Final Fantasies 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Suikoden 1 and 2

Chrono Trigger and Cross

Lunar 1 and 2

Star Ocean 1 and 2

Dragon Warrior

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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#4 Posted by ESEA (25 posts) -

Hmm . . .

1. Planescape: Torment

2. Fallout series

3. Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption

4. Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura

5. Jagged alliance series

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#5 Posted by Dracula68 (33109 posts) -

Here are my top 5 in no particular order. I see that nothing since the PS2 gen has blown me away. Bad sign for me.

  • Chrono Trigger(SNES)
  • Suikoden II(PSX)
  • Dragon Quext VIII(PS2)
  • Knights of the Old Republic(Xbox)
  • Final Fantasy IX(PSX)
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#6 Posted by teshead (25 posts) -
My Favorite is Oblivion it's so fun to just wander round and find quests to do. I prefer it to Skyrim because of it setting it's only problem would probably be that it's combat isn't that good.
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#7 Posted by nocoolnamejim (15136 posts) -
In no particular order, I consider these RPGs to be the best ones of all-time. Planescape: Torment Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 Star Control 2 Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2 (Second game makes the list if Version 1.7 of the Restored Content Mod is added to it. Excluded otherwise.) Dragon Quest VIII Final Fantasy IX Chrono Trigger Final Fantasy IV Final Fantasy VI The Witcher 1 and 2 Dragon Age Origins Mass Effect 1 Neverwinter Nights 2 and Mask of the Betrayer The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines Persona 3 and Persona 4 It's a long list I admit, but I've been playing RPGs for a long time.
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#8 Posted by Allicrombie (26207 posts) -
My favs are -Chrono Cross -Secret of Mana -Morrowind -Final Fantasy IX -Earthbound
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#9 Posted by cychuck (27 posts) -

Give Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 a go. BG2 is my favourite game of all time.

Xenoblade is also excellent if you've got a wii, DS Dragon Quest's.

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#10 Posted by Bigboi500 (35550 posts) -

Chrono Trigger

Dragon Quest series

Final Fantasy series

Tales series

Shin Megami Tensei series

Fallout series

Fire Emblem series

Disgaea series

Persona 3 & 4.

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#11 Posted by xXShortroundXx (1807 posts) -

Star Ocean 2

Persona 3 & 4

SMT Nocturne

Chrono Trigger

Valkyrie Profile

Breath of Fire 1,2,3 & 4.

Pokemon Blue

Dragon Quest V & VIII

Final Fantasy IV & VI

Dark Cloud & Dark Cloud 2

Disgaea 1

FFT Tactics

Tactics Ogre

Lunar Silver Star


Sword of Mana


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#12 Posted by davinfected (402 posts) -

Suikoden 1 & 2 (excellent stories and characters)

Suikoden Tactics (weak story, but very addictive battles)

Vandal Hearts 1 & 2 (awesome stories, fun battles)

Adventures of Alundra (Zelda's evil clone!)

Breath of Fire 1 & 3 (I just couldn't get into 2 for some reason...)

Golden Sun 1 & 2 (awesome dungeons and stunning environments)

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#13 Posted by Dudersaper (32951 posts) -
Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King .hack//G.U. Trilogy Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4 Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3 FES Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga/Digital Devil Saga 2 Shin Megami Tensei Devil Summoner/Devil Summoner 2 Rogue Galaxy Parasite Eve Golden Sun
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#14 Posted by buccomatic (1941 posts) -

mmm yes.

chrono cross

chrono trigger

secret of mana

secret of evermore

vandal hearts 1

awesome games!

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#15 Posted by CaptainNoShow25 (25 posts) -
obvously we must be related or something... or share the same tastes :D EPICAWESOMENESUPER i totally agree with you on disgaea and woth fire emblem, one of the best nintendo rpg series of all time... possibly the best
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#17 Posted by madmartigan117 (117 posts) -

I havent played a whole lot of rpgs. But Id say every Elder Scrolls game since Morrowind. I remember enjoying one called Legend of Dragoon or something like that. There was a turn based Lord of the Rings game I enjoyed, I cant recall the name now. KotoR was fun. My all time favorites are the Mass Effect games though.

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#18 Posted by Doublexiii (152 posts) -

Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean for the Gamecube is a nice turn based game with a card based combat system.

I also like any of the GBA or GB Pokemon games, DS ones are just too slow paced. The Paper Mario series is also very good along with Megaman X Command Mission. Oh, Tales of Symphonia, Skies of Arcadia, and XenoGears!

Just so many that I love!

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#19 Posted by asdfgamer101 (25 posts) -

I really like borderlands and Skyrim. I had a lot of fun. Others to consider r da Fallout series.

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#20 Posted by Dracula68 (33109 posts) -

I really like borderlands and Skyrim. I had a lot of fun. Others to consider r da Fallout series.

Borderlands is not an RPG. It is like ME 1---Shooter/RPG hybrid.
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#21 Posted by iHarlequin (1928 posts) -

Give Final Fantasy III (VI) a shot, I don't think anyone that's played both III and VII would say the latter is better -- it just got a lot of exposure as a PS game. Chrono Trigger is also worth checking out -- easily one of the best RPGs ever made -- as is Phantasy Star II and Final Fantasy II (V) - if you go for FF II, you might want to get a version that isn't the original SNES American one or the one on the Wii VC - they were both toned down in difficulty, and turned out to be very easy.

More recently, Xenoblade: Chronicles and TESV: Skyrim come to mind. I'm not a huge fan of The Last Story, but it's critically acclaimed.

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#22 Posted by psychobrew (8884 posts) -
In order. 1) Every single game in the original Might and Magic series (not the later Heros of Might and Magic series, which aren't RPGs). 2) Guild Wars. 3) So far, Xenoblade.
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#24 Posted by touchmydog (25 posts) -

Baldur's gate saga





Arx Fatalis



Diablo 2

Oblivion (modded)

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#25 Posted by Za3n (25 posts) -
My favorite rpgs I've played. Kingdom Hearts II for PS2 Kingdom Hearts for PS2 Final Fantasy VII for PS1 Final Fantasy Tactics for PS1 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for DS The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Enhanced Edition) for Xbox 360 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Xbox 360 Kingdom Hearts Re Coded for DS Chrono Trigger for PS1 which I didn't get to finish yet
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#26 Posted by jakeaw (25 posts) -

Favorite series: Final Fantasy, Shadow Hearts, Kingdom Hearts, Star Ocean...and I'm sure there are more...

Favorit game: The Legend of Dragoon (can I get a remake?!?!?!)

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#27 Posted by sumwun18 (25 posts) -
hm i would reccomend checking out: final fantasy 6,8,10 suikoden phantasy star skyrim disgaea to name a few
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#28 Posted by benleslie5 (8638 posts) -
  • Persona 4
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Kingdom Hearts series
  • Persona 3 Portable
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Disgaea 4
  • Valkyria Chronicles
  • Dragon Quest VIII
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#29 Posted by hbkrug (25 posts) -

Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout 3

Divine Divinity


Fable II

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#30 Posted by dark_orb (1505 posts) -

In no particular order

  • Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics (PS)
  • Chrono Trigger (SNES)
  • Persona 3 & 4 (PS2)
  • Xenogears (PS)
  • Xenosaga Ep. 1, 2, and 3 (PS2)
  • Baldur's Gate (PC)
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)
  • The Elder Scrolls III and IV (PC)
  • Arc The Lad II (PS)
  • Breath of Fire II (SNES), III and IV (PS)
  • Star Ocean: The Second Story (PS)
  • Eternal Sonata (PS3)
  • Parasite Eve (PS)
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#31 Posted by FoxeoGames (55 posts) -

My favorite RPGs? You mean JRPGs or western (computer) RPGs? I'll make both lists, roughly in order:

(in reverse order, #1 is the best)

My Top JRPGs:

10) Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3, Xbox 360) [BTW I hated FFXIII]
9) Xenosaga II (PS2)
8) Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360)
7) Xenosaga I (PS2)
6) Secret of Mana (SNES)
5) Final Fantasy IV (SNES)
4) Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
3) Chrono Trigger (SNES)
2) Xenogears (PS)
1) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)

My Top western RPGs:

10) Divine Divinity
9) Baldur's Gate II
8) Fallout 3
7) Mass Effect 3
6) Mass Effect 2
5) Ultima 7 Parts I & II (PC)
4) Oblivion (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
3) Skyrim (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
2) Demon's Souls (PS3)
1) Dark Souls (Xbox 360, PS3)

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#32 Posted by ShipwreckX (186 posts) -

Arcanum PC

Fallout 1-3+new vegas PC


Elder Scroll Series (arena being my first) PC

Okage PS2

Ultima Online PC

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#33 Posted by L3X18999 (348 posts) -

Final Fantasy 7,8,9


Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2

Fallout 1, 2, NV

DarkSun (Anyone remember that one? Love it...)

This isn't in any real order, just some of my favorites...

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#34 Posted by NavJav (25 posts) -

1.Fallout 3 ===>=== The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim

2.Mass Effect 3

3.Mass Effect 2

4.Dragon Age:Origins (Best Storylining EVER!!!!!!!)

5.Fable II

I really can't pick between fallout 3 or Skyrim,but I think fallout was slightly better thanks to it's apocalyptic atmosphere and amazing soundtracks.

Especialy the soundtracks.

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#35 Posted by Gamr2723 (119 posts) -
Without a doubt for me: KOTOR 1, 2 Fallout 3 (Amazing) Oblivion Skyrim (One of the greatest achievements in PC gaming history) Fable 3 (Clever game) Mass Effect (Trilogy) Dragon Age Origins (Well done!) Witcher 1,2 And for action RPG's: Torchlight (One of the greatest games ever created!) Titan Quest (Hours of great fun!) Sacred
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#36 Posted by zzodr (261 posts) -

Bards Tale - C64

Ultima V - C64

The Black Crypt - Amiga 500

Legend of Grimrock - PC

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#37 Posted by crognalsen (76 posts) -

Dragon Warrior

Final Fantasy IV

Baldur's Gate 2


Knights of the Old Republic

Mass Effect 1 and 2

I think there are to many to list

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#38 Posted by RedMageinBlue19 (25 posts) -

Pre Xbox/PS2 era:

Final Fantasy 1-9

FF Tactics

Dragon Warrior


Legend of Zelda(any)

Chrono Trigger(SNES and PSX)

Super Mario RPG:Lot7S

Lunar Series (Sega CD,Sega Saturn and PSX)

Star Ocean 2(PSX)


Xbox/PS2 era:

Star Ocean:Till the end of Time

Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2

Final Fantasy X and XII

Xenosaga Series

Kingdom Hearts Series

TES:III Morrowind



360/PS3 era:

TES IV:Oblivion and TES V:Skyrim

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Fallout 3

Fallout:New Vegas

Fable 3

Star Ocean:The Last Hope

Valkyria Chronocles


PSP Games:

Star Ocean 2(PSP)


FF Tactics(PSP)

Valkyria Chonoicles II


FF Dissidia(i know it not techally not a RPG but it from RPG series)

FF I and II

FF IV:Complete Colection


Looking to play Chrono Cross,Xenogears and Grandia in the future!


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#39 Posted by Gamr2723 (119 posts) -
So great to see someone brag on the old Commodore 64, and Amiga system gaming platforms. I would agree with you, some of the best gaming I have ever remembered was on a 64 years ago. I would of shared these games on my post also but I figured most of these young poeple would have know idea what I was talking about. Legend of Grimrock - seems to me to be re-creation of the old game Dungeon Master, I first played this on a Atari computer, then later found it for the Amiga, was a very challenging game in its day. Since you are a loyal 64 and Amiga fan, have you seen anywhere where to get Barbarian the Death Sword for PC? Supposedly it released in March but I can't find it anyhwere on the web? Thanks and great post.
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#40 Posted by PunkStream (61 posts) -

The Mass Effect series has always been my all-time favourite RPG series. Other RPG's that are great to play are Dark Souls, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and Deus Ex. I haven't played the Final Fantasy games, but I've heard they're really good and plan to get into them soon. :)

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#41 Posted by Bra-LoD (25 posts) -

The Legend of Dragoon

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#42 Posted by fanirama (1193 posts) -

1. Titan Quest and expansion == the BEST ISOMETRIC RPG

1. Demons Souls / Dark Souls == all time BEST ACTION RPG - my all time favorite.

3. Kingdom of Amalur Reckoning = excellent gameplay and graphics

4. Torchlight = fun cartoony rpg

5. Diablo 2 == good darker isometric RPG but excelled by Titan Quest

6. Dungeon Siege 3 = liked it. decent gameplay and graphics

7. God of war series = loved the story, action rpg elements and overall feel

8. Deus Ex HR = only Deus Ex I played. Fun and enjoyable.

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#43 Posted by skooks (1411 posts) -

Dragon Quest VIII
Final Fantasy VII
Fallout 3
Knights of the Old Republic
Persona 3 FES
Xenoblade Chronicles

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#44 Posted by campzor (34932 posts) -
dragon quest 8 > final fantasy x (by just a tiny tiny fraction) > the MAIN pokemon games > Deus Ex HR > Rest
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#45 Posted by paladinjedi (65 posts) -

Personal tastes are subjective and debatable, of course.

Objectively speaking now, let's consider these aspects that make a truly unique and mature game experience:

1. FULL VOICE ACTING (important base for any characters' personality)

Notable: Gothic series, Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect series

Winner: Mass Effect series

2. CHARACTERS (memorability, immersion, personality, emotion, romance etc)

Notable: Dragon Age series, KOTOR series, Mass Effect series

Winner: Mass Effect series (almost tied with KOTOR)

3. CONTROLS, MOVEMENT, ORIENTATION (inspired, logical, choreographic combat)

Notable: Gothic series, KOTOR series, Jade Empire, Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning, Mass Effect series

Winner: KoAR (almost tied with ME)

4. DIVERSIFIED STORY (possible multi-story; attractive narrative, moral choices, alternate paths, different endings etc.)

Notable: Gothic series, KOTOR series, Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines, Jade Empire, Mass Effect series

Winner: KOTOR series

5. LOGICAL DIFFICULTY (building main character makes a real difference in fights; same goes for equipment)

Notable: Gothic series, KOTOR series, Jade Empire, Mass Effect series

Winner: Gothic series


Notable: KoAR, Mass Effect series

Winner: Mass Effect series (almost tied with KoAR)


Overall winner: Mass Effect series. This game really draws a standard for the future rpg games.

Conclusion: There are games of the past and games of the future. Games of the past didn't care much about the Person itself (gamer, main char, npcs etc.), whihc means: personality, dialogues, philosophy of life, emotion, romance etc.

Games of the past insisted on graphics, gore, "dark" something, tons of eye strenuous effects, killing. There comes an age when you grow up, evolve and, naturally, leave such games behind you.

Games of the future will come to care more and more about the Person and Emotion above combat and action. Not that action will dissapear, instead will have its place, one well behind the first one of building a Personality and Relations...

That's one reason why some people prefer a good Visual Novel to many so-called "rpg games"...

Meditate and Have Fun!

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#46 Posted by tztekila (25 posts) -
for sure is morowind,oblivion and now skyrim :-)
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#47 Posted by GreyMarine (894 posts) -

Well ...

Valkyria Chronicles 1 & 2
Deus Ex Human Revolution
The Legend of Heroes 6
Final Fantasy IV , VIII , VI
Dark Souls
Recettear The Item Shop Tales
The Last Remnant
Tactic Orge
Dissidia FF
Persona 3 & 4
and a lot more

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#48 Posted by endor1 (25 posts) -
I agree with your list. Totally awesome since I list a lot of these in my personal top 25 RPGs of all time. A lot of people/friends also say that Final Fantasy IV and VI are probably the greatest JRPGs of the 16 bit era. Most people remember Final Fantasy VII on PSone because of all the advertising at the time. My 5 others that aren't on your list are (in no particular order) Shining Force I & II, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate1, and Skies of Arcadia (Gamecube version)
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#49 Posted by RobertBowen (4094 posts) -

These RPGs would feature among my favourites of all-time:

- Fallout 3 GOTY
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind GOTY
- The Witcher 1 & 2
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GOTY (with OOO mod on PC)
- Neverwinter Nights + all expansions (still prefer it over NWN 2)
- Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
- Fallout: New Vegas (the patched less-buggy version)
- Gothic 2
- Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
- Two Worlds II
- Planescape Torment
- Fallout 1 & 2
- Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura
- Arx Fatalis
- Eye Of The Beholder 1 & 2
- Lands Of Lore: Throne Of Chaos
- Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth Of Worlds
- Betrayal At Krondor

Action RPGs would include:

- Dungeon Siege + Legends Of Aranna
- Divine Divinity
- Divinity II
- Sacred Gold
- Torchlight
- Titan Quest + expansion
- Sacred 2 (X360 version - a flawed and buggy gem)

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#50 Posted by ragnarockw (26 posts) -

Some of these you will know some you might not.

All FF game's APART from 13 that sucked end or story.

All suikoden game's except 4

All gradia game's

All shadow heart game's

Dark cloud 1+2

most other rpgs like wild arms and jade cocoon 1+2

Ones you might not know are Beyond the Beyond,Ys games,Hack. games,summoner 1+2

Azure dreams, There was others i can't remember but one game had you collect items like a rose then plant it in the desert and it turned in to a town.