Forgotten RPGs

  • Wild Arms : A great series that blends wild west aesthetic with Japanese post apocalyptic Sci-Fi.
    **SMT Devil Summoner Raidou Kuzunoha ** : A great duology of games on the PS2 set in 1930's Japan with an action RPG battle system mixed with the devil summons from the SMT series.
    Dark Cloud 1&2: an action RPG/Dungeon crawlers with great music and art style especially 2.
    Musashi Samurai Legend: An action RPG and sequel/spiritual successor to Brave Fencer Musashi , IMO has a great Art style and character designs by Tatsuya Nomura and an awesome OST , the only bad side is it can get repetitive and the voice acting of the MC is cancer to the ears the whole dub is uneven actually.
    The Legend of Heroes Trails series (in The Sky/of Cold steel/To Zero/In Azure) : Nihon Falcom flagship JRPG series , fantastic games that are unfairly overlooked by gamers even though it has a great combat system , music , story/characters and a very deep lore , and while we are on the subject of Falcom The YS games are also incredibly underrated.
    Grandia: A series with a great and innovative battle system , jolly settings and music that SE are setting on while it's developer Game Arts are stuck making mobile games.

  • @Waleed_WSF88 I love how bat shit insane the plot of the first Wild Arms gets. It just seems like a simple RPG with a western theme and then BAM! Demons! I'm glad they re-released the third one for PS4 (along with both Dark Clouds) but that first one will always stick with me the most.

  • @SabotageTheTruth Wild Arms 4&5 have a different battle system from 1-3 called The HEX system , it's addictive add to that platforming and puzzle solving and you have a unique RPG , also XF is a great PSP SRPG that few ever mention.

  • @Waleed_WSF88 Gotta say, I've only ever played the first 3 Wild Arms, I'll have to check out 4 & 5 sometime.

  • Persona 2! I feel like I've been talking about these games a lot lately. But the Persona 2 games deserve a lot more love than they get, you can see a lot of Persona 4's roots in P2, including the whole face your other self motif. But, it also had a lot of cool mechanics that I really wish would make a return:

    In Innocent Sin one of the main issues are that rumors become true, so you have to strategically spread rumors like "the waiter at this restaurant sells weapons on the side" but further than that "they're high quality but expensive" and stuff like that. You can collect different versions of rumors from various rumormongers around town before finally picking the version you want to spread. You can also eat before you enter dungeons to grant various stat boosts that wear off with time.

    Besides all that, those games are insane. To quote myself from an earlier post :

    People think P3/4 were crazy, but they ain't seen nothing yet. Idols, school rivalries, wish granting, shadow men, demon summoning detectives, Armageddon, BLIMPS, Philemon, extreme weaboo parents, astrology, machine gun guitar cases, suppressed memories, Hitler, floating cities, and of course ex-spy ramen shops."*

    Not to mention, as could be expected the music is rad. The characters are amazingly likable and memorable (Eikichi is the bomb). And these games actually feature some of the best Persona designs. Hades and Maia are personal favorites.

    Intro Velvet Room Gameplay Detective Agency (Rumor) Gameplay Dungeon Gameplay

  • @michemagius Why can I only like this post once? I want to like it a million times, damnit.

    The rumor system is one of my favorite things a game has implemented, period. The dark tone of the entire game is alluring and it's refreshing to play a Persona game where you're not a high school student. Like... I'm actually getting tingles thinking about how great this one is. It might be time for another playthrough.

  • I'll throw in the Parasite Eve and Front Mission series just because it sprung to mind.

    whispers: also Lunar

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    Vagrant Story. It was such a unique rpg. Also the only JRPG my fiance ever played and liked.

  • Sands of Destruction was a fun quirky jrpg for the DS published by Sega. I haven't finished it myself, but it's pretty cool.
    Youtube Video

  • @Danjin44 said in Forgotten RPGs:

    .hack series...I really want one for PS4.

    I loved the .hack series. Even though the game was somewhat flawed in terms of gameplay, I thought the world they created and story was executed very well. Plus, carrying your character over to each game was paramount to my enjoyment. I love when this happens.

    Everyone may have played an Elder Scrolls game, but few have played, The Elder Scrolls: Battlespire. This dungeon crawler was a dark, fascinating Elder Scrolls game that is always overlooked as it had a more intimate story without the size of it's predecessor Daggerfall. Plus, this is the only non MMO Elder Scrolls game with online co-op and deathmatch.

  • This game wasnt that good but always has a spot in the back in my mind for some reason.alt text

  • @BogusMeatFactory I loved the dumb emails you'd get from the other characters in the .Hack// games, lol. I remember someone being obsessed with talking to me about jellybeans.

  • This was kind of a silly and relatively short one for DS, but I have really fond memories of Magical Starsign. It's just a jolly game that doesn't take itself too seriously, and the combat system is turn-based (a huge plus for me) and is simple enough that it's easy to pick up but involved enough when it comes to spell selection and planetary alignment (yes, you heard that right. Arbitrarily moving planets around is a core gameplay experience in both magic potency and also unlocking hidden areas of the map on those planets) to feel interesting and rewarding. It's definitely geared towards a younger audience, which is when I first played, but it's still a game that I return to time and time again.

    Speaking of games geared towards a younger audience that I still enjoy, I think the Nancy Drew PC games are an underrated gem. I actually grew up playing them with my mom, since I was (and still am) a big Nancy Drew fan and she likes the adventure game and exploring components of the games. Some of them are very hit-or-miss (Danger by Design is one of my least favorite games of all time), but it does a great job of combining character interactions, puzzle elements, and compelling (if low graphics quality) environments into really rewarding gameplay. When you make progress in a (good) Nancy Drew game, you feel like you did it because you set tasks for yourself, did good investigation work, and found creative solutions to challenging situations. The Final Scene, Secret of the Scarlet Hand, The Haunted Carousel, Curse of Blackmoor Manor, Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon, and The Silent Spy are some of my favorite installments.

  • @Minamik said in Forgotten RPGs:

    @BogusMeatFactory I loved the dumb emails you'd get from the other characters in the .Hack// games, lol. I remember someone being obsessed with talking to me about jellybeans.

    I know right? It was so quirky with the message boards and how the out of game events played out that just added to that charm!

  • It has been a long time, but I was such a huge fan of the Golden Sun series when I was younger. The Djinn were so cool and it was pretty epic

  • I'm a huge fan of the original Wild Arms game. The graphics haven't held up so much, but I think it's a nice little RPG. Wild Arms 2 is not-so-hot, though.

    Wild Arms Intro

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    I've got to show some love for my first RPG, long forgotten - The Legacy of the Ancients. Such a cool game. I did a video on it a couple years ago.
    Bloodworth's First RPG

  • Okage: shadow king, a game for the PS2 that aged well about a down on his luck boy who one day gets possessed by Satan Stan, in his journey to free himeself from his curse he meets up with a parasol wielding asskicking chick and a perverted mad scientist, hilarity ensues.

  • Legend Of Legaia

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  • @Lexad

    YES! Golden Sun! Those games were amazing.

    Great music, too. It's been years since I last played one, but I can still play the opening tune in my head.

    Most of them aren't very old, but I feel like this is a good place to plug the Spiderweb Software games. They don't have much production value, but they make up for that in other areas.