Top 10 RPG Classics

A countdown of 10 of the greatest RPG classics;

A classic for the SNES, produced by the makers of the Final Fantasy Series (Squaresoft) and has a lot of similarities. The art work is fantastic and the storyline is pretty good as well. Fighting is a classic turn based system with Normal attacks, Magic attacks and combo attacks with your other characters

Its gotta be the good old fashioned 150 pokémon games for Game boy. Yellow is the best because you start with Pikachu and hes pretty much badass throughout the whole game. For anyone who doesn't know what Pokémon is and by this logic im also guessing isn't from this planet, then you basically collect animal/monsters and use them to fight other animal/monsters in a turn based system. Some argue it isn't an RPG but you play the role of Ash and it's a game, therefore a Roleplaying game, its has battle modes and a linear storyline.

Grandia 1 inparticular, the game was released on the PS1 and even for a PS1 title the graphics were awful, but if anything this gives the game all the more charm. You really feel like your going on an adventure playing this game, at first its all lala and childhood innocence but then the plot thickens and it gets really good. The main character Justin is a kid who really wants to be an adventurer, so he goes exploring the seas and the world and you discover it with him, The fighting system is a fluid variant of the turn based system and isn't the kind of battle system that becomes tedious and boring as it really keeps you on your toes.

Suikoden V inparticular, It has an epic 100+ characters and a long thrilling storyline, with twists and turns aplenty. The game is typically a turn based game and adopts formations, however when huge armies within the game go to war you control it more of an RTS but this only happens a few times in the whole game but is a nice break from the norm. Its abit slow moving for the first couple of hours but after that you'll be absolutely hooked.

Shadow Hearts 1 for the PS2 inparticular. It is technically the sequel to Koudelka for the PS1, which sadly isn't in this list but believe me it came very close. The fighting system is pretty unique and requires you to stop a moving bar at the right time to have a successful attack, as the game progresses you have to stop the bar multiple times in one sequence to do a combo which really adds a lot of skill to the RPG genre and keeps you on your toes the whole game. The storyline is fantastic and the whole game has a dark eerie feel about it.

Star Ocean Til the end of time inparticular. It uses a fluid battle system which is a cross between hack n slash and turn based. The battle system is really enjoyable and rarely gets boring. The storyline is gripping from the start, really good. The game creates a good mood and tension, i dunno wether its the music or what..

Jade Cocoon 1 inparticular. 2 is very good also so it was a difficult choice but Jade Cocoon 1 feels a little more traditionally RPG. Basically its like Pokémon meets Final Fantasy, the first one is very rare and i haven't really met anyone else who's played it. You catch monsters and fight with them and collect monsters but can also fight using yourself as a character. What really makes this game great and different from Pokémon is that you can merge your monsters and create a new one and its always exciting wondering what will come out of the merge. The games only drawback was that it was too short, typically lasting up to 20 hours.

Front mission 3 for the Ps1 inparticular. From the maker of Final Fantasy (Squaresoft). This is a grid based RPG turn based game. This means that sure its turn based but you best use some strategy otherwise you best book a one way ticket to a save point. The storyline is fantastic, a lot of twists, turns and betrayals. The fighting system is great because instead of you and the enemy have just one HP bar, you have an HP bar for every limb, if your arms get taken out you loose your melee or your gun depending on which arm, if your legs get taken out you can no longer move around the grid very fast and if your main body is destroyed then your pilot can jump out of their robot and try to jump into one the enemy has abandoned, failing this this unit is out for the full fight. Fights can be long and drawn out but not in a bad way. You don't have to wander around towns and world maps, instead you just select the location you want to go to on a map, this is great cos you don't have to get stuck in dungeons for hours and so the game is just raw storyline and fighting.

There never was a sequel to this game, despite constant demands from the cult community. This game was such a find, can't believe i stumbled across it, completely underrated and never got the recognition of RPG's such as Final Fantasy but wholly deserves it. Its a 4 disk epic, oldschool RPG, the graphics arent hollywood but they are just about good enough. The storyline is brilliant and the Music really works with it. The battle system is unique and requires you to press a button every time your character strikes the opposition, if you miss then the attack will end there, if you press the button at the right time each time then you will finish the combo. This keep the game interesting from start to end and never gets boring. Some great twists in the storyline.

Was there ever any doubt, perhaps not the most original choice but Final Fantasy is without doubt the greatest and most successful RPG series there has ever been. Spanning from SNES to PS3/XBOX. The one i will choose is Final Fantasy 7 (FF7), though choosing pains me greatly, like choosing your favorite child. Had i not have grouped The whole series into one tho, the whole top 10 would NEARLY all be Final Fantasy titles with FFX a very close second.

FF7 is the first release for the PS1 and at the time was very good graphics, this was the first title most people played and since doing so most people have then gone on to play the previous titles. FF7 is an epic 3 disk game which took me well over 100 hours to fully 100% it. It begs to played more than once and the storyline has created debate feverishly for years after. It is a classic turn based battle system, admitably nothing spectactular but good clean and simple. The music really makes this game and i can't listen to one of its scores without getting a huge desire to recomplete it.

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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

Now, this is a good top 10 list. My favorites up there have to be The Legend of Dragoon, Final Fantasy 7, and Chrono Trigger. When I go to Otakon every year, I always see Chrono Trigger on sale for at least $150 and up.

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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

You got good taste for sure, $7.999 dollars some hopeful has listed up there on Amazon ha. My Legend of Dragoon goes for around $140 but i wouldn't dream of selling it. Which FF title would you have chose?

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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

$7,999? Highway robbery. LOL. Final Fantasy 7 hands down. I also liked Part 8. I don't have any of the Final Fantasy games, but I do appreciate a good RPG. I still have my Mega Man Legends (1 and 2) for PSX. I might play from time to time. In fact, maybe I should get back into this summer. Haha. I really wish some of these games I slept on buying, I bought. They sure go for a pretty penny nowadays.

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Tonyx35 4 years ago from Illinois, USA

Thanks posting this hub. 2 PS1 RPGs I never knew about before... Grandia and Jade Cocoon.

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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Oh god yeah, if only we knew they'd become so valuable ;)

Tony if you do buy them, Jade cocoon is 20 hours long'ish and Grandia is more 80 hours but is kinda slow and boring for the first hour or so, i don't need to tell you since you already know 8/10, that RPG's need some effort at the beginning sometimes heh

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RachaelLefler 4 years ago from Illinois

I remember a battle game for PS1 that I don't have any more, the one thing I remember about it was this 2-tailed kangaroo/mouse creature was one of the fighting characters but I think that most characters were human. It looked kind of like Suikoden but I'm not sure if it was that one.

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WhydThatHappen 4 years ago

Where is god of war?! Also, which of your hubs is your personal favorite?

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internationalearn 4 years ago

This is awesome! I have Playstation 2 and was looking for RPG games (with little luck, especially when it comes to multyplayer). Was not aware of these titles - Suikoden looks awesome! I first played Pokémon on a Game boy and enjoy it on a DS even now. FF series is superb. This is a great list.

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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Rachael 2 tailed kangerooo.. can't think of anything, anything else can think what that is?

Not played GoW (God of war) unfortunately, might have to, i kinda stuck to Turn based RPG's

Fighting the urge play these games again is hard...

Internationalearn, i was very close to adding some multiplayer rpg's you might like... Theres Baldurs Gate which you can play the main storymode with 2 players, in fact its even better with 2 than 1... and 'Champions' which is just like baldurs gate, you should check them out... Jade Cocoon allows you to play 2 player versus mode like Pokémon did, where you load your monster from your single player game and pit them against your friend orso

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DeanSexton 4 years ago from Nowhere Land, Ontario, Canada.

Great list!!! Glad to see there are other appreciators of Jade Cocoon in the world!!!

I have a warm place in my heart for Shadow Hearts and Star Ocean as well!!!

Voted up!!

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melfina 4 years ago from WI, USA

Love your list! I see which one we were both in sync on ;)

I love so many of the games on your list, isn't it hard to pick just 10? Lol.

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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Ha very much so, im afraid had to get the chop and i certainly changed my mind a few times =D

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Dannytaylor02 4 years ago from United Kingdom, Liverpool

funny ive never even heard of star ocean until bnow! thanks mate ill be checking that 1 out

DeLaO 4 years ago

Only one thing wrong, the FF series you have listed from SNES to PS3/Xbox. The most epic FF was on NES. Also by far the hardest, as long as you play the original version. not to mention the openeing of the series

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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

@ Dannytaylor Glad to help Danny, i had hoped to share a few games with people when i wrote this!

@ DeLao well spotted! but i couldn't have added 1-3 in the list, since i've never actually played them, which FF do you mean?

DeLaO 4 years ago

I mean Final Fantasy (1) the only one that was released originally in English. And I love the fact someone else realizes the Legend of Dragoon was an AMAZING game.

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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Then you are truly an appreciator of rare rpg games ;)

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oscar86 3 years ago from Canada

Love Chrono Trigger! Haven't heard of a few of the games up there but they all seem great. Wheres Tales of Symphonia? That is my all time favourite RPG :P

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CCahill 3 years ago from England Author

Actually never played that one! What's it like?

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Willsummerdreamer 3 years ago from Marietta, Georgia.

Great list, though I personally would have replaced Pokémon and Jade Cocoon with Persona 4 and Tales of the Abyss. And Final Fantasy 7 is still the best game ever, even after all these years lol.

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jimmyglaughlin 3 years ago from Colorado

Awesome list! I miss a lot of these games.

RobinHood 3 years ago

Not a single western RPG? That's a little close minded, don't you think? Either Fallout (1 or 2--3 isn't near old enough to be considered a "classic"), Diablo, Morrowind, Neverwinter Nights, Baldur's Gate, any Ultima game... but most of all Planescape: Torment. No classic RPG list really counts if Torment isn't in there.

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CCahill 3 years ago from England Author

Baldurs gate could actually be in here but its simply my preference for turn based RPG's ;)

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Hiromichi Mori 2 years ago from Mililani Town, Hawaii

Nice list. Out of the ones you listed, my favorites (in no particular order) are Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VII, and Grandia. I personally would have added in Lunar 2: Eternal Blue, Grandia 2, and Final Fantasy VI. But that's just my humble opinion. ;D

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CCahill 2 years ago from England Author

Never played Lunar 2, since your taste is clearly a good one, maybe i should look into it ;)

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Hiromichi Mori 2 years ago from Mililani Town, Hawaii

Yeah, you definitely should when you get a chance. I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy it.

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