Submitted by Nercay 1114d ago | opinion piece

The Most Under Appreciated RPG's This Generation.

We’ve all played games like Skyrim and Oblivion, but there are so many under appreciated RPG games out there that no gamer should ever miss out on! RPG’s are great games that can provide hundreds of hours of gameplay and are always worth the money you pay! Here at Xbox Reviewer we have decided to compile a list of the most underated RPG games! (PS3, Xbox 360)

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LordMe  +   1115d ago
I agree with those choices. And Resonance was my favorite off of the list.

Great game with some very cool gameplay, everyone says JRPD's are dead. Then when games come out with a new formula, no one buys them.

Good list!
Lord_Sloth  +   1115d ago
Japanese Raccoon Police Department dead. Zombie Outbreak suspected. XXXD
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LOGICWINS  +   1114d ago
I've heard from people who have played Alpha Protocol that its actually a really fun original game. It's just very unpolished.
guitarded77  +   1114d ago
VERY unpolished... It has good design and gameplay, but it's glitchy and could have used another year in development. Audio and visuals are well below par for the time it was released. I don't know the whole back story, but if I remember correctly, the game was rushed by the publisher (SEGA), and they had to cut the budget. Shame, they could have had a Mass Effect level RPG on their hands. They rushed to make a quick buck, but ended up losing out on mega bucks.
Mutant-Spud  +   1114d ago
Yeah I liked it but it was a chore, it had cool stealth skills and whatnot but it was pretty poorly executed, I really liked the armour and gun customisation and the writing was top notch, the story was actually pretty interesting and the interaction between the main guy and...err that hot spy chick was convincing.
kariyanine  +   1114d ago
@guitarded77 You remember partially correctly. The game was supposed to come out October 2009 after having been in development for three years but Obsidian wasn't finished with it so SEGA gave them an extra six months to fix it and in turn cut the overall financing. Obsidian still wasn't able to get the game up and running at a high level of quality and so SEGA chose to recoup their losses by pusghing the game out the door. Hoenstly you can't blame SEGA for Obsidian's failure to get the thing running. In fact Obsidian has a track record of releasing buggy and unfinished work. They are great storytellers but can't wrap their heads around functional game design.
JellyJelly  +   1114d ago
Where's NieR?
Eyeco  +   1113d ago
You know Alpha Protocal passed my radar, i was only reminded by this article, the sad thing is after reading your comment im not sure if i wanna try it, imo games that could be great/ superb but due to lack of polish and refinement are disappointing , are so much worse than flat out bad games, because you wanna like them but the issues keep you from appreciating the game.

I remember playing Dead Island it had allot of good ideas and was pretty ambitious which is more than i can say for allot of games these days but it was so un-polished , if they only spent a year refining allot of its elements it could have been one of the best games of 2011 maybe even this gen, but because they didn't i had a hard time recommending it to friends
MobyRoyale  +   1114d ago
I just received Resonance of Fate and the Ico/Shadow collection from *Amazon a couple of days ago. I briefly played some Resonance, and right away I could tell that the battle system is excellent. I've been focusing mostly on Ico(and boy can I see why people Revere this game....wow) and I am loving it.

Looking forward to diving into some Resonance of Fate after I complete Ico.
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AsimLeonheart  +   1114d ago
I didnt really like Resonance of Fate. Have been playing JRPGs since the 90s. The story was confusing and short as hell, cut-scenes did not make any sense, the enemies were mostly palette swaps, world map completion was tedious, the arena was tedious especially getting gold medals for each fight and the game was all fights, fights and more fights. There was no exploration and different or varied locations to visit. Still I played it a couple of times for the sake of completion and giving it a chance. I do not think I will ever play it again though.
AIndoria  +   1114d ago
Imposter! I challange you to fight. How dare you oppose the armies of Zero and wear my mask?
TheColbertinator  +   1114d ago
lol Use your Geass
Lucretia  +   1114d ago
lmao its so true.. no one every tries to play jrpgs anymore even though they have been fantastic because they stood true to their roots or even if they do something new, no one still plays them.

instead they bash anything japanese anymore this gen and keep playing halo 888383 and cod 9292929292
Ak47Russia  +   1114d ago
Imo, skyrim is overrated! it has loose combat mechanics that lacked a visceral feel
Things like indistinguishable distances between the player, the enemy and the strike zone of a sword.
Swinging anim is crap there is no weight of the player.

game journalist these days don't know nothing about games, so people should stop believing them and thier stupid scores...
Wolfbiker  +   1114d ago
Holy hell yes!
Blastoise  +   1114d ago
Terribly overrated. I`ll never understand how it got the 10/10s it got.
Eyeco  +   1114d ago
Its a good list if you only own a 360.

Not saying that theres anything wrong with the list but there are much more under appreciated RPGS like Folklore, Valkyria Chronicles, Fire Emblem Radiant,Disgaea 3, Eternal Sonata.

The list should renamed Most Under appreciated on the 360, that said more people should play Blue Dragon was pleasantly surprised with that game
StrawHatPatriot  +   1114d ago
Good choices. Final Fantasy XIII gets too much recommendations/praise (even though many FF fans don't like it very much) than it deserves.
cleft5  +   1114d ago
Bro FF13 gets hated on like crazy because it was too linear. I like ff13 and I get a ton of shit for it. I barely ever hear anyone praise it, unless you are talking about a small group of hardcore jrpg fans.
Perjoss  +   1114d ago
Ff13 had fantastic graphics, an amazing soundtrack and a great combat system, sadly it also had quite a few major flaws. Personally i didnt like the story, the linearity and i really didnt like the character progression system.
Lucretia  +   1114d ago
same, people always give me crap because i said ff13 was good, and i also think 13-2 was Great and people hate me even more for it.

people are pathetic Japanese hating trolls.


ff13 too linear.....they fix that and people still hate it.

RE5 u cant move and shoot, In RE6 u can and people complain that u can....seriously, wtf
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AIndoria  +   1114d ago
Final Fantasy XIII is the most hated FF of all. I love it, but meh, people don't agree with me and I can see why.
Blastoise  +   1114d ago
@ Cleft5
@ Perjoss
@ Lucretia
@ Alndoria

Sorry I disagree with all of you, people hate Final fantasy 13 and 13-2 because they sucked. Not because they are "Japanese hating trolls".

Terrible characters (Despite Lightning I suppose), Linear (even in FF13-2), awful battle system, non-nonsensical storyline, classic summons turned into motorbikes, a soundtrack that's kind of a mixed bag at best, lack of sidequests (again even in 13-2), poor dialogue (Piggy kitty? da fuq), DLC shenanigans ect
The graphics are great, shame its pretty much the only good thing about them though.

And this is from an owner of previous Final fantasy's, Disgaea 4, Valkyria Chronicles and recently Tales of graces f.
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HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1114d ago
I love me some Japanese games I've recently been going through Yakuza 4, Dark Souls and Star Ocean.

Does this make me a "Japanese hating troll"? No.
Do I like FFXIII and FFXIII-2? No.
because these are terrible terrible games and all of the fanboys that keep defending it are the people that are stopping Sqeenix from getting the message that we have had enough of Lightning and her adventures.

The FFXIII series is bad.
Bad story telling.
Boring battle system.
Riddled with useless DLC.
Poor dialogue.
Boring characters.
An annoying Moogle that you want to punch in the face.
Summons that are more like transformers.
You can't go into 90% of buildings.
The jump movement is useless since you have to line up with a little circle to jump from platform to platform.
An then there is all of the problems in the original such as:
Straight boring paths to take.
No towns.
Cringe worthy dialogue "moms are cool".
No mini games.

I could go on and on and on.
Pick up a copy of Tales Of Graces F if you want a good JRPG.
Eyeco  +   1113d ago
FF13 is the poster boy for the downfall of JRPG'S and to a lesser extent japanese gaming development, its essentially a fps dressed up as an rpg, with linear gameplay, retarded level up mechanics, stripped down features and is made for people who dont play RPG'S period whether its Japanese or Western PC.

Its easily the worst PS3 game i've ever bought, (i have a great collection) and by far one of the most disappointing releases of the last 5 years. Its a great game if you don't play RPGS but...well you know rest
MRMagoo123  +   1113d ago
I completely agree here , i dont think the ppl that hate ff13 hate japanese games, i have been a fan of jrpgs since i first started playing games but i think ff13 was pretty much an fps with an rpg skin.

And what the hell did they do to summons ffs that took the cake along with the fact it was all corridors and tunnels.
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N4Flamers  +   1113d ago
I don't remember good dialogue in any final fantasy but I thought that was a staple of the series. I liked the battle system but then again I would only auto battle if I was bored. I agree that it was missing a lot of things that could have made it great ( towns, likeable characters) but I'm not ashamed of my purchase.
Trago1337  +   1114d ago
While Resonance of Fate's story was ok at best, the Battle system is one of my favorites this gen, they forgot Magna Carta 2
Rai  +   1114d ago
I agree with Resonance of fate and lost odyssey
InfamousHero  +   1114d ago
Lost Odyssey is definitely underrated. I think it's mostly because its an Xbox 360 exclusive. White Knight Chronicles gets brought up a lot in terms of good RPGs this generation and Lost Odyssey is far beyond it in terms of quality. Definitely suggest you pick it up if you havent yet.

as for FFXIII, i still recommend that to people. Great game if you go into it with no expectations and just play it for what it is. looking forward to FFXIII-3
MRMagoo123  +   1113d ago
so as long as ppl play ff13 with the expectation of an fps hidden in an rpg skin they should like it ?
InfamousHero  +   1113d ago
"no expectations"
sugadaddy  +   1114d ago

Come on man!
jambola  +   1114d ago
should have had hyperdimension neptunia(s)
tiffac008  +   1114d ago
Well it is an Xbox site, so I guess no PS3 only JRPGs were mentioned. ^^;;;

Lost Odyssey and Tales of Vesperia are easily some of the best RPGs this gen. :)
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Booyah  +   1113d ago
Picked up Lost Odyssey, and I must say I can't believe I didn't picked it up earlier.
3-4-5  +   1114d ago
Still need to get Tales of Vesperia eventually. It would be my first Tales game but I've heard it's one of the best ones.
Edward75  +   1114d ago
All great games. Lost Odyssey IMO is the best RPG this gen!
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Hicken  +   1114d ago
Agree particularly with Lost Odyssey and Resonance of Fate. Haven't played Blue Dragon or Vesperia yet, though I'll get around to them eventually. Alpha Protocol caught my eye, then it didn't.

I'd add Valkyria Chronicles to such a list.
DivineAssault  +   1114d ago
Any eastern rpg is under appreciated these days.. I like tales out of there but dont care for the others.. PS3 in japan got the best version of it too... Lost odyssey was ok
Edward75  +   1114d ago
We agree on something Hicken. VC was very awesome and I think is deserving of being put on the list. I really liked the art style, and thought it was awesome all the way to the end. Really needs a nex-gen sequel. And trophies!
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Kratoscar2008  +   1114d ago
On psp Growlanser Wayfarer of Time, Gungnir and Persona 2 Innoccent Sin.
jsslifelike  +   1114d ago
How are any of these really under-appreciated? If this wasn't just an Xbox site, writer would know JRPGs that don't hit the mainstream like Arc Rise Fantasia on Wii and the various PS3-specific ones are those that do not get enough credit. Bah to list.
josephayal  +   1114d ago
No Folklore?
Jazz4108  +   1114d ago
I love rpgs but I paid 60.00 for folklore at release and it was horrible.
SuicidalTendencies  +   1114d ago
Not really an RPG. It's one of my favorite PS3 games though.
abzdine  +   1114d ago
Resonance of Fate has some very stiff mechanics. Combat seems fluid but tbh it's lacking dymanic cause you die you dont know why.

Blu Dragon is a game without sould, a bit like Star Ocean4. Empty background and not the game JRPG fans will enjoy all the way.

JRPGs are not good at all this generation. Japanese try to open up to the west, Microsoft paying exclusives and the games are not done on time just to have the game released before PS3. I think and hope Japanese devs will learn from this and make it better next gen.

JRPGs are on Wii PSP and NDS.
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Stoppokingme  +   1114d ago
I totally agree with Lost odyssey being added to the list, But i couldn't disagree more with Blue dragon, I nearly had a stroke when i seen it added to the list.

Blue Dragon is so generically JRPG it's not funny, it does nothing different from other titles in the genre. And the characters are so damn annoying that you don't care about them. Not to mention the boss fight music, it's so f*****g woeful it needs to be heard to be believed.

Lost odyssey is a completely different story. IMO it's better than FF-XIII.
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Run_bare  +   1114d ago
Resonance was my first Platinum (PS3) ever :) I love it, I wish they make more of this kind of JRPG.
ShinnosukeRFD  +   1114d ago
There's no way I'll ever play a JRPG on an American console.
ReZoN  +   1114d ago
I agree with all of the games on the list except Resonance of Fate. The story, music and atmosphere were great but the battle system made me cringe.
SuicidalTendencies  +   1114d ago
Magna Carta 2? Eternal Sonata? No love for these RPGs?
RandomGamer  +   1114d ago
Ha that's funny, I own all those games listed.
TheColbertinator  +   1114d ago
Eternal Sonata was so much fun
Ben_Grimm  +   1114d ago
Resonance of Fate was very good. I had some problems with it though like the story not picking up until damn near the very end. Also customizing your gun was very hard since they didn't provide comparisons of old and new items.

Other than that loved the gun play and action of the game. Would love to see a sequel with some polish and expanded.
rezzah  +   1114d ago
Resonance of fate is an amazing game. I didn't finished cause I lost the save. But I'll get back into it one day.
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Decaf_PIxel_Kat  +   1114d ago
Resonance of Fate is definitely at the top of my list for under appreciated RPG's!
Blacklash93  +   1114d ago
Only one I've played on there is Tales of Vesperia, which I enjoyed a lot.

The World Ends With You was another favorite of mine that I think is underrated (commercially anyway), but I suppose that doesn't count as this generation in any way being on the DS.

I've been interested in RoF, but I've never gotten around to trying it. Maybe it's time to give it a go.
Relientk77  +   1114d ago
I would definitely say

Tales of Graces f, I think alot of people overlooked it

It is potentially the best RPG this generation
NovaSethyr  +   1114d ago
Good choices, but as with some of the comments a few have been left off. Eternal Sonata is one that definitely comes to mind, super under appreciated and fantastic game.

Although I did enjoy Tales and Alpha Protocol, those were great choices on the list.
NotSoSilentBob  +   1113d ago
I would have to add WhiteKnightChronicles II. The game has so much to it AND you have to play the first 1 if you want any chance of knowing what happens. It's only downfall was the required Grinding to get items and guild levels.
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