Mindless List: Top 5 RPGs
Doing the review for Dragon Quest IX got me thinking of past RPGs I’ve played and which ones were the best. The list below you is the results of my ponderings.
Some spoilers Final Fantasy VII is not number 1 nor is even on the list. In fact no Final Fantasy is on this list. So what else could possibley be better than a Final Fantasy game a fanboy might ask?
Well all of these games on this list of course.
5) Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
I had a hard time trying to decide on number 5 because it came down to two games I really love and they bot happen to be Dragon Quest games. The toss up was between DQV and DQVIII but I ultimatley decided on VIII for a few reasons.
DQVIII was the first Dragon Quest game that I played, so it opened the doors that that led me to discover more entries in the series. It was also the game that started my love affair with Level 5.
Your on a journey to track down a demonic Jester who has placed a curse on your kingdom, and king (what a dick). For whatever reason your the only one who got out of the ordeal just fine. So it’s up to you wayward hero, to track down this demonic Jester and reverse the curse.
During the corse of your adventure you’ll travel with a great cast of supporting characters, across a vast and beautiful cel-shaded landscape, and fight many monsters along the way.
Pair all of that with character designs by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, and you got a great RPG with a lot of charm. It’s really hard to not like this game.
4) Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars
Mario RPG will always have a special place in my heart for a number of reasons.
It was the first RPG that I ever played, and what better person to introduce me to a brand new genre than good ol’Mario.
As well as being my first RPG ever this was also the first game that I ever bought with my own money. Saving up my allowance made the moment I finally got to play this even more sweeter.
Memories aside Mario RPG is actualy a really great RPG. With a story that features the humorous wit that the later Mario RPGs would become famous for, this was also the first game to really give a personality to Mario and his world.
The battle system was also something new to RPGs of the time. Instead of your normal pick an action and it plays out, there were actual context sensitive moves you would do to make your attacks stronger, or block an incoming attack. This innovative system brought a lot more participation to the RPG genre.
Another reason this game rocks, you got to team up with freakin’ Bowser!!!
This blew my young mind when I found this out. Suddenly everything I knew was a lie and my world was turned upside down. Black was white, dogs and cats were getting along it was craziness!!!
And lets not forget Mallow and Geno. They made oringal characters for this game, that you actual like and care for, than they go and never use or speak of them again.
COME ON NINTENDO!!!! Give these guys some work.
3) Skies of Arcadia Legends
Skies of Arcadia might not be a name your all familiar with but thats about to change.
In Skies you play as Vyse a young sky pirate with a thirst for the unknown. You find yourself in a battle with a tyranical Empire with the fate of the world resting in the balance. Vyse himself is a very likable character sporting one of my favorite quotes from an RPG. “Impossible is just a word people use to make themselves feel better when they quit.” It’s very refreshing having a main character who is so optimistic about things rather than some, gloomy Emo kid with spiky hair.
There’s lots to do in Skies from taking on side quests, hunting down bounties, building your crew or just take your ship out and explore the wild blue yonder.
The battle system is fairly by the books, but you can change the elemental alignment of your weapons to deal more damage to certain enemies and add a layer of strategy to the mix.
The real standout of Skies and what sets it a part form other RPGs is the ship battles. You’ll often find yourself face to face with an enemy ship and due battle with them in yours. The battles are a great way of brining some variety to the gameplay and you get a real sense of accomplishment when you win.
You know a game is epic when it comes in the box Earthbound did. Earthbound is so great that it couldn’t be contained in a regular SNES box. Instead they had to supersize it and through in a Players Guide (which I still own) for good measure.
You play as Ness a boy with psychic powers who must stop the alien threat know as Giygas. Over the course of the adventure you’ll travel to exciting places, encounter some interesting enemies(how many game have you fighting hippies?) and indulge in a story that is both engaging, and pretty darn funny.
While most games are set in a more fantasy setting, Earthbound was the first I ever played to have a more modern setting as it’s backdrop and it was a refreshing change of pace. In Earthbound you start off as just a normal kid, and the modern setting really helps connect more with Ness even though he never says anything.
The battle system is pretty par for the course, but it’s really the game’s story and it’s sense of humor that set it apart from the rest of the bunch.
Also any game that has a Blues Brothers reference is okay in my books.
1) Chrono Trigger
You can’t dispute it. You can’t deny it.
I don’t need to tell you why this game is great but I’m going to do it anyways.
Chrono Trigger is a ‘masterpiece’ in every sense of the word. You got a great story centered around time travel. A great cast of characters that includes a frog knight, a robot and a cave woman.
Add to that a great battle system, some great music and best of all no random battles!!!
Not to mention this game looks great even to this day.
Include 12 or so multiple endings which increase the replay value extensively. Chrono Trigger is so great that even if it didn’t have multiple ending you’d want to play it over and over again.
For all those reasons and more Chrono Trigger is number 1, and is truly a game that stands the test of time.