Few genres of games have had such a dedicated and enthusiastic audience, as that of Role Playing Games, and all this while never having been the most popular or top-selling genre. Released as Final Fantasy III for the SNES in 1994, it is actually the 6th installment of the immensely popular Final Fantasy series produced by Squaresoft. Theoretically one could replay the game several times and have a very different experience. This one was equally as huge as its sequel, and had just as amazing graphics for its time.
The only reason the game is not getting a 10 rating in this department is the fact that while leveling characters is not a problem in the beginning and middle of the game, once a character reaches the higher levels (above 60) it becomes a very time consuming, tedious process to level up the character sometimes taking hours upon hours to raise a character just one level.
Sometimes playing RPG on the computer you may suddenly want to act the way not offered by the plot of the game. The majority of such games owe to simplistic software development kits such as the Japanese RPG Maker series. As far as games for the SNES go, there are only 1 or 2 other games as engrossing as Final Fantasy III.
With more than 200 hours of gameplay here, count on playing for days on days. There are very few games that can be left to sit for years on a shelf and then picked up and played again with the same level of commitment and enjoyment as Final Fantasy III. PlayStation 2 – The PlayStation brand name has been the home of quality RPGs since PS1 first roled out with Suikoden and Final Fantasy games in the mid- 90s.
Role Playing Games
The original PlayStation system was one of the best selling consoles of all time but there are many games for the system that are hard to find. For example, I can tell you from my own experience that once I started the game as a guard (pure RPG adventure) and finished as an emperor (RPG+tactics+strategy). While the Action RPG gamer will find this game very repetitive, the fan of the Turn Based style RPG gamer will love it.
Also an adventure quest RPG can be a MMORPG, which stand for massive multiplayer online role-playing game, which is played online, and you interact with many other people in a virtual world. The graphics are incredible, the characters hilarious and deeply involving, and the story arresting.
The best in the series with the possible exception of Suikoden II, Suikoden III tells the story of a huge cast of characters, all intricately entwined with one another. These were followed by (but did not always lead directly to) games on other platforms, such as Akalabeth (1980) (which gave rise to the well-known Ultima series), and Wizardry.
Best Roleplaying Games
It’s not a secret that table RPG games are not so popular as they used to be. However a certain number of amateurs are still fond of them. Of course, when Final Fantasy VI is released, I might have to replace this with that one, as we all know that VI is the greatest of them all. In this way the player can really have a different experience by playing repeatedly as different characters and treating party members differently.
These MMORPG’s have also had the most success with mainstream gaming, with top-selling games such as World Of Warcraft setting all kinds of subscription and sales records which had never been enjoyed by RPG’s as a whole until very recently. It was smaller, shorter, and less engaging than what was claimed, but it was still a solid, fun game to play.
These two points have a great meaning, they allow the player to associate himself with a certain character and being in his shoes to go through the situations which are impossible in ordinary life. Dark Cloud 2, Final Fantasy X, the Shin Megami Tensei games and many more deserve recognition, but alas these are also long as hell, so if you had more than 5, when would you ever finish them.
Bastion Review, The Kid’s Story
If you enjoy indie games, I assume you do because you have no reason not to, Bastion is one of the greatest samples for that. These MMORPG games such as the already mentioned World Of Warcraft, almost always require that you pay a monthly fee of roughly $5-30 dollars to play the game, although there have been some exceptions, most famously the Guild Wars series of games which has allowed gamers to play online with no monthly fee.
Final Fantasy VIII was an exhilarating experience that has earned its place on this list. Firstly, any RPG is a Role Paying Game, which is supposed to have a character, and a system of his development. The first RPG PC games offered a single player experience. As an experienced soldier, The Kid, I mean we players try to find and save all other survivors among monsters in different parts of the map.
The original PlayStation system was one of the best selling consoles of all time but there are many games for the system that are hard to find. This is if you want to obtain what is called a “complete” gaming experience meaning gathering all of the most powerful weapons, armor, and magic, and also leveling characters up to maximum levels. Each character is fully realized and a part of the action, their story an intricate part of the game.
I imagine soon, with the release of the new Pokemon game, and the surprising announcement of Dragon Quest IX coming exclusively to the DS, the RPG options there will explode, but for now your best bet in the RPG realm on handhelds is with the Game Boy Advance.
A game that stands out from others on the list due to its multi-genre appeal, Vagrant Story is a lesser heralded title that deserves recognition amongst the greatest RPGs of the era.