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8 JRPGs Better Than Final Fantasy 7

The Escapist: To give credit where it's due, Final Fantasy VII spurred a whole generation's interest into RPGs - heck I probably still have the triangular shaped PC box around my house somewhere. It's certainly not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, but it does have a tendency to be lofted to an undeserved pedestal based more on popularity than overall quality or interesting premise. So instead of Final Fantasy VII, here are eight JRPGs that I would personally recommend anyone play first.

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Yi-Long1113d ago (Edited 1113d ago )

4-5 lines of text, 1 picture, click next. Repeat. repeat. repeat.

No thanks. If you can't be bothered to out a small 'article' on 1 page, I can't be bothered to click through it all.

Please N4G, come up with some rules to try and avoid these articles on this site.

Click-bait sites shouldn't be allowed.

guitarded771113d ago

We have the power to rate websites and story quality. Take advantage of it if it bugs you. I guess I've become desensitized to it.

Are lists really "news" to begin with?

DragonKnight1113d ago

Don't bother with the ratings system, it doesn't work. I've had confirmation from 2 individuals that are in the position to know that it doesn't work. They've both stated that Kotaku receives so many downvotes that it's not even funny, eclipsing any upvotes by a huge margin, and Kotaku is never taken down. The voting system is completely pointless.

thorstein1113d ago

Report it as Lame then say it is clickbait for just this reason.

In fact, (and I would/ will agree with you) state that you would approve if there weren't so many clicks to get through such a short article.

ChickeyCantor1113d ago

There is a rule, which is user approval. Aim at them.

Godmars2901113d ago

Its the "click-readjust-click&quo t; that pisses me off. Comes off as an impolite and uncivil.

Magicite1112d ago

I guess thats how they make money.

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OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1113d ago

For me
Xenoblade Chronicles
Tales of Symphonia (GC)
Final Fantasy VIIII
Chrono Trigger
Super Mario RPG
Bravely Default
Fire Emblem Awakening
Tales of Vesperia

I have more too.

user65409481113d ago

You need to play Persona 3 and 4 my friend.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1113d ago

I will get on Vita. After getting Persona Q.

cpayne931113d ago

You should probably play 3 and 4 first, since it looks like Q will be a continuation of those.

GamingSinceThe80s1113d ago

I don't see EarthBound on your list!lol

Godmars2901113d ago

If you're going to talk about FF7, you need to compare it to games which were around at the time.

And that's FF"IX" if you're going for Roman Numerals.

Cryptcuzz1111d ago

Why the downvotes? Ni No Kuni is one of the best RPG games and is well liked critically and did pretty well for itself commercially.

FamilyGuy1113d ago

Why isn't Vagrant Story ever on any of these list?
Star Ocean 2 was also pretty high up for me.

TH3BR3W1113d ago

I've been saying the same thing about Vagrant Story for a long time. It's one of the best gems Squaresoft made before the enix happened lol. I played 300+ hours on that game and that's low balling it. Vagrant Story was far ahead of it's time and still has some things about it that were great that haven't been used ever again and that saddens me very much.

levian1113d ago

FF7 was good but by no means a masterpiece. My favourite parts were the materia and chocobo breeding.

My favourite RPGs:

FF12
FF8
Chrono Trigger
FF6
Super Mario RPG
Bravely Default
Paper Mario 64
FF5
FF7

ShinMaster1113d ago

Yeah... I wouldn't play Q before 3 and 4 if you're planning on playing those as well.

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kalkano1113d ago

Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, and Skies of Arcadia are ALMOST as good as Final Fantasy 7. I'm not a fan of the other games on the list.

meatnormous1113d ago

FF7 was in 3d and thats why people say its better. Its great but not better than ff6 imo.

kalkano1113d ago

Stop looking for excuses why people liked it better. People liked it better because they liked it better. 6 is great too, but most prefer 7.

DragonKnight1113d ago

FFVI, and Chrono Trigger are superior to FFVII. Chrono Cross, eh. Skies of Arcadia I haven't played so I don't know.

And it's not an excuse to say that people liked FFVII better because it was in 3D. That's the exact reason most people liked the game who weren't FF fans. It's known as the game that brought JRPG love to North America for a reason, and that reason isn't the story, it's the graphics. They were revolutionary at the time.

FF fans who played FF before VII came out generally prefer IV or VI to VII because they are superior games with superior stories, characters, you name it.

kalkano1112d ago

^ I started with Final Fantasy 1 in the early 90's, then played 6, 4, and 7 (in that order). I've now played all main entries in the series and the only one I think MIGHT be better than 7 is 10. If 10 was more open, it would definitely be better.

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HeavenlySnipes1113d ago

Chrono Trigger and Cross are 100x better than FFVII

Majin-vegeta1113d ago

Pfffttt no Legend Of Dragoon??Fail list is fail

Kevlar0091113d ago

I never actually played it, but I saw my brother's friend play against the Final Boss and the game looked pretty sick. I really like the timed hits system (much like in PSO)

Becuzisaid1113d ago

The combat was good. The writing really hurt the game though. So not better than FF7 in my opinion but still good.