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What are your favorite RPG series?

Discussion in 'RPG Discussion' started by gaiages, Sep 26, 2013.

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  1. Varnis

    Varnis Yevonite

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    Shin Megami Tensei Series (including Persona, Digital Devil Saga, Devil Summoner, Devil Survivor, etc.) - mainly because they're a different style compare to the Traditional JRPG

    Tales of... Series - I'm an avid anime watcher and the games are both very fun to play and their characters are always entertaining to follow, also the Drop-in/Drop-out Co-op makes for an interesting Playthrough when you're playing with friends.

    Final Fantasy - I enjoy knowing that every new entry to the series is a new story with a new cast of characters along with different gameplay mechanics which makes it feel like it's not the same game everytime.

    Kingdom Hearts - sometimes I'm in this series for the Disney Nostalgia and other times I'm in it because I want to see how these 3 Kids who grew up on an Island can have such an interesting journey through different worlds.

    Valkyria Chronicles - I love my strategic warfare games, and this series has such an interesting concept that I know I'm gonna have fun with it.
     
  2. cosmicblizzard

    cosmicblizzard Some author guy Moderator

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    Grandia, Lunar, Chrono, Suikoden, Valkyria Chronicles.

    AKA every series that's dead :(
     
  3. yeah_93

    yeah_93 AVALANCHE Warrior

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    Mass Effect is great. The Souls games also. Final Fantasy has consistent quality in their games.
     
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  4. chinparu48

    chinparu48 Stiltzkin's Apprentice

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    Suikoden is the best for me, the characters and the storylines are always above the rest (especially Suikoden II&V)
     
  5. coldreactive

    coldreactive Balamb Garden Freshman

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    Wild ARMs
    Star Ocean
    Tales
    Xeno
    Grandia
     
  6. Stealth

    Stealth Red Wings Commander

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    Can I add black matrix?
     
  7. soup or mann

    soup or mann Red Wings Commander UFFSite Veteran

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    Used to be Final Fantasy. Nowadays, however, I'd say either Ys, Persona, or the Tales series.
     
  8. Zero

    Zero Red Wings Commander UFFSite Veteran

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  9. Amiti

    Amiti Balamb Garden Freshman

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    Final Fantasy series
    Kingdom Hearts series
    Fire Emblem series
    Xeno series
    Of course, there are more, but these are the ones that I've grown a passion for.
     
  10. Seda

    Seda PSICOM Soldier Staff Member Moderator Site Staff

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    I actually do not have a favorite series. I don't think any clearly stands above the rest for me, although there are certainly a lot of series I like.
     
  11. Stealth

    Stealth Red Wings Commander

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    That is basically mine too
     
  12. Keriaku

    Keriaku Balamb Garden Freshman

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    As far as video games are concerned, Final Fantasy will probably always be the top. With the general direction in recent times for making the series as a whole more cohesive, each game past and future becomes more relevant to me. Dissidia makes it pretty explicit, and Fabula Nova Crystallis shows a strong interrelatedness within the current games, as well as retroactively for what how the 'Old Tales of the Crystal' can weave FF1 - FF5 together. This sense of an evolving series' raises Final Fantasy above and beyond any other in my eyes.

    And for similar reasons, Shin Megami Tensei is right up there as well. No individual game can top the fact that there is a whole collection of ideas and realities all connected with infinite stories to tell. Devil Survivor, Persona and Digital Devil Saga are the top for me. Though I really enjoyed SMTIV, I feel like it'll need to continue to evolve it's ideologies that form the basis of the gameplay. Nocturne was a solid step forward with differing Reasons, but IV went back to the more traditional Chaos vs. Law idea. I think it need to move to more complex territory than that to continue to impress, though as a 'traditional'-esque JRPG it was pretty astounding.

    Moving from there, Chaos Rings is a high contender if it continues to have the quality of story, themes, and music design it has shown so far. It truly feels like a 'Final Fantasy' for the modern era, and I love it. They're pretty deep, and I'm really happy it's moving forward with the series route.

    Beyond that, it starts getting more to individual games. Shadow Hearts is up there, but the series as a whole disappointed me as it moved away from the Survival Horror territory and went for a more comedy slant. I really hope The World Ends With You continues on the be a series, but that has yet to be seen. ICO/Shadow of the Colossus are a great start towards a series as well.

    Ah, and I can't believe I almost forgot about Suikoden. Though it's noticeably absent from the current gen arena, it is a beloved classic series. I love me some Viki/Jeane/Yuber/Luc mysteries. The whole world involving the True Runes was fascinating, and even the newer turn towards alternate realities and such could be really interesting if it was skillfully interwoven with the 'original world'. Really hope a Suikoden VI happens one day.
     
  13. Shin Kazama

    Shin Kazama ShinRa SOLDIER UFFSite Veteran

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    Being that four of my top 5 RPG's of all time are Final Fantasy titles, FF is still my favorite RPG series.

    If anyone is curious the order goes like this:

    1. Final Fantasy VII
    2. Final Fantasy VI
    3. Xenogears
    4. Final Fantasy Tactics
    5. Final Fantasy VIII
     
  14. Fleur

    Fleur Red Wings Commander

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    + Final Fantasy - I can't ignore this one. Plus I'm in a Square-Enix and Final Fantasy-based community as I type this, so I'm essentially obligated to mention this franchise. Final Fantasy has encompassed a huge part of my childhood since I first laid my hands on FFX-2 (of all games to touch first), and ever since it's been a major influence in my last ten years, inspiring me to write and explore my own fantasy worlds - heck, I even got carried away and wrote a whole novel when I was 13, even though my English teacher only asked us for a short sci-fi story - and get into other contemporary fantasy fiction. I will be one of the people to say that the series hasn't been very good this generation. Except when many people say it's not been good since FFX, I say it's suffered since FFXII. Hopefully next-gen?

    + Valkyrie Profile - my next RPG series following Final Fantasy. I started with Silmeria, but a lot of it was beyond my 13 year old mind's comprehension. But I was inspired to delve into exploring Norse mythology, and a couple of years later, got my hands on the first Valkyrie Profile game as a proper starting point. I grew to love it, even if it's still one of the most depressing games I've ever played, with how many deaths there are with the lengthy backstories accompanying each Einjerjar. Then I returned to Silmeria a year later and was finally able to fully appreciate the game. I've even played the DS game to the death, though disappointed obviously that Hrist wasn't receiving her own game. And probably never will. Unfortunately, I've had to make peace with the fact that we may never see a new console Valkyrie Profile game ever again.

    + Mass Effect - I ALMOST purchased an Xbox 360 for the first game, but then decided to switch to the PS3 as FFXIII and Uncharted 2 appeared over the horizon. Then one day I got my hands on the first two games in a big Steam sale, and despite all my nitpicks at some of the more questionable game design choices, I absolutely loved them. Huge, expansive space opera with its own rich lore that I could pause the game at any moment and spend up to an hour just reading the entries, and on top of that, endearing, well-written characters that even my Renegade FemShep couldn't help but gladly talk to in between missions, and be kind and considerable towards. Mass Effect 3, despite even more jettisoning of RPG features, is still a very solid game, despite the last ten minutes of the ending. Weird how many fans of the series strangely let those ten minutes alone make them swear off the whole franchise as a trash heap. Yes, BioWare bizarrely dropped the ball so hard that it killed a kitten in the process, but it doesn't negate the overall experience of the series, which I highly recommend to any RPG and sci-fi fan.

    + Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - do you know why I really adore the KOTOR games? Evil escapism. Sometimes you grow sick of being a kind, thoughtful, considerate person in real life to friends and acquaintances, while knowing full well that you lack the ruthlessness of others you know. Then come the KOTOR games when I can just be an evil Dark Jedi/Sith for the whole duration of the games. I could simply do the right thing. Old man despairing that a corrupt merchant nearby is screwing him over. Go beat up this corrupt merchant and bring justice. Or I can totally do the wrong thing and side with the corrupt merchant, before screwing him over in the end with my own double-crossing as the merchant splutters disbelief that I would do such a thing. It's much more entertaining! Who needs to be a hero all the time? Furthermore, KOTOR 2 is the better game of the two, despite the fact that it...wasn't exactly a finished game (go get the mod for it, PC gamers!), because Chris Avellone was in charge of the writing. He essentially mocks and critiques the banality of the black-and-white dichotomy of the Light Side and Dark Side nonsense through the words of Kreia, who herself has to be one of the best video game characters I have encountered yet. And furthermore, boooooo. When BioWare said The Old Republic MMO would be like KOTORs 3,4,5, 6 and beyond, I was bitterly disappointed.

    Other RPGs I've played have been single entries in a franchise, or just single entries on their own. I love Xenoblade to pieces, though I've never had the opportunity to play the full Xenosaga trilogy, or Xenogears, because I'm a filthy UK peasant. Despite a stupid save system, I am thoroughly enjoying Shadowrun Returns, though I've no experience with any of the earlier games. Fallout: New Vegas is a solid and exhilarating experience, even though I've yet to finish it, and therefore haven't yet checked out Fallout 3. My Elder Scrolls experience is limited to the tidbits I've played of Morrowind, and the wacky hijinks that my boyfriend and I got up to in Skyrim (the allegedly awful PS3 port that is). My only Star Ocean experience is with Star Ocean 4. And sadly, despite great gameplay, a terrible story and cast of characters grounded the momentum to a screeching halt and I've struggled to carry on ever since.

    I adore Dragon Age: Origins, and I'm cautiously anticipating Inquisition, but Dragon Age 2 has been something I've managed to put off for this long. I think it's general negative word-of-mouth, how bizarrely ugly it looks, and well, it's somewhat unrecognisable. The thing is BioWare, Dragon Age could have been its own thing. It could have been the natural evolution of the old CRPGs that I'm interested in checking out. It didn't need its own established "Shepard" of a main protagonist, nor did it need an abrupt transformation into what I think DA2 looks like. It didn't need to be contorted into a medieval equivalent of Mass Effect with a greater emphasis on the cinematic.

    EDIT: Yes, I am a Suikoden, Tales, Shin Megami Tensei, Grandia, Lunar, Golden Sun, Wild Arms, Ys, Fire Emblem, Kingdom Hearts and Shadow Hearts virgin. =(
     
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  15. Stealth

    Stealth Red Wings Commander

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    Not enough smt
     
  16. TRI Mike

    TRI Mike PSICOM Soldier

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    Final Fantasy
    Persona
    Tales of
    The Elder Scrolls
    Pokémon
    Atelier
    Slowly getting into Kingdom Hearts.
     
  17. Stealth

    Stealth Red Wings Commander

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    I generally think there are jrpgs everyone should play
     
  18. Misty

    Misty Yevonite

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    Aside from Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy, I've really enjoyed the Mass Effect trilogy and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. They're the only two other series that are coming to mind. Mass Effect 3 did have its shortcomings but I still feel it was a very strong title, the fallout over the ending is exaggerated in my opinion, and the Citadel DLC more than makes up for it. I have a few nitpicks with the series as a whole (particularly how they handled gender and sexuality in some cases), but I'm a sucker for science fiction/space operas.
    I read through this thread shocked that it took so long to bring up KotOR! It's only two games but it's fantastic, definitely two of my favorite games. I'm personally attached to playing as light side male in the first game as I love the redemption storyline & Bastila. I agree that the writing in KotOR II went on a whole other level, breaking down the flawed black & white view of the Jedi. It was touched upon a few times in the first game but it was central to the plot in the sequel. I really wish KotOR II was properly finished, and that we got proper sequels after that... I would have loved to see Avellone's writings extend further.
     
  19. Stealth

    Stealth Red Wings Commander

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    Every day it feels like I have new favorites.
     
  20. APZonerunner

    APZonerunner Network Boss-man Staff Member Administrator Site Staff UFFSite Veteran

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    KOTOR fans just need to get behind ME now, really. And I'm really excited for what they do next with Mass Effect - they have a chance to break traditions and just go deep on whole new sides of that lore. It's an incredibly fleshed-out universe thanks to the work ethic that went into the creation of ME 1-3, and so they can really do something amazing, I reckon. :)
     
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