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My Top 10 Playstation Role-Playing Games (RPGs)

Updated on September 4, 2018
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I've been an avid gamer for more than 20 years, and especially love the genres of horror, RPGs, and puzzle.

Role-playing games are definitely my favorite type of video games, and the original Playstation gaming console had some of the best ones. Here are my top ten choices for RPGs on the original Playstation. (Remember, these are just my personal favorites, and there are way too many great ones to list here!) If you want to check out some of the games on this list, look at the Playstation Store online. They have many PSOne Classics available for download. You can also play some of these games on PC.

10) Persona: Revelations

This game started off the incredible Persona series. It has a few issues, and it is very challenging. However, it was completely innovative and it had such a great storyline that it definitely makes my top list! The PSP remake of this game can still be played by downloading it through the Playstation Store.

9) Final Fantasy Tactics

Final Fantasy Tactics is a tactical RPG. The graphics in this game are beautiful, the soundtrack is amazing, and the storyline grips you. There are so many different classes to play and master, making it really fun to keep playing. There have been quite a few spin-offs, but the original is still the best. This game is available for download as a PSOne Classic. You could also try the remake version, Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions.

8) Suikoden

This game has a great plot, and the most fun part for me was going around the world trying to find all the different characters. The combat system was fun and easy to understand. Suikoden spawned a lot of sequels that are also really fun to play! Suikoden II, also on the PS1, is definitely worth checking out as well. Both are available as PSOne Classics on the Playstation Store.

7) Final Fantasy VIII

Final Fantasy VIII is certainly a classic featuring all the best FF creatures you expect. It has fun characters and an engaging storyline. The extra side quests available in the game make it really long-lasting, and the card game is like a game inside a game! FF8 is not everyone's cup of tea, but the characters and gameplay really pulled it together for me. This game is available on Steam and the Playstation Store.

6) Legend of Mana

Legend of Mana is another Square game, and it has a pretty unique gameplay style. You get to create your own world with artifiacts and go on all kinds of different quests. The game doesn't really have a major main plot, but rather several mini-plots. The world building aspect is a nice touch too. This game is available as a PSOne Classic.

5) Lunar: Silver Star Story

Lunar is an awesome role-playing game with an anime style. It has a gorgeous soundtrack. The game features an in-depth plot and really well-developed characters. The combat system is simple to use and makes for a great game! There's another Lunar game, but it's basically a re-hash of this one. Play this one first. The PSP remake of this game, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony, is available on the Playstation Store.

4) Parasite Eve

This game is more of an action RPG, although it still has a turn based combat system. The plot of Parasite Eve is meant for a mature audience, and it definitely brings something new to the gaming world. It is based on the novel by Hideaki Sena. Fleshed out characters, gorgeous graphics, an intense storyline, and an innovative combat system make this game a gem. The second one has more action elements, but is still an awesome RPG that I highly recommend. They are both available as PSOne Classics.

3) Breath of Fire III

This RPG is simply a classic. It has fun, quirky music and the storyline is unique - you get to play as children and adults. There is a lot to do in Breath of Fire III other than just the main plot; you can fish, find mentors, build your Fairy village, and more. The PSP remake is available on the Playstation Store.

2) Legend of Legaia

Hands down, one of the most underrated RPGs on the Playstation console. Legend of Legaia features an amazing storyline to follow, as well as a totally unique combat system. Instead of simply ordering a character to attack, players put in a combination of buttons in order to have the character use special moves. Unfortunately, this game is not available on the Playstation Store.

1) Final Fantasy VII

My top choice is Final Fantasy VII. For me, this game sums up what a RPG should be. It has an amazing storyline, characters you fall in love with, endless side quests, an amazing soundtrack, and a fun combat system. You could put 100 hours into this game and still have something to do. Even though this game has aged, I could still play it today! This game is on Steam and is also available as a PSOne Classic and a PS4 game on the Playstation Store.

Which one is your favorite PS1 RPG?

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