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Top Ten RPGs Of This Generation... So Far

Gaming Union writes: "This console generation has seen a remarkable shift in what it means to be a role-playing game. Elements that have traditionally been exclusive to RPGs - such as leveling / upgrading characters and equipment, branching, non-linear plots, and collectible items - have begun to be incorporated in numerous other genres, blurring the lines between them. However, the core RPG genre remains intact, featuring a wide variety of the best Western and Eastern game designers have to offer. This is Gaming Union's top ten RPGs of this console generation (roughly 2005 to present)." (Demon's Souls, Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Quest IX, Fable 2, Fallout 3, Nintendo DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360)

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Coramoor_  +   1988d ago
I have to say this is a very good list, all the games i've played on this list were top notch
Sanrin  +   1988d ago
I can amen to that.
DasBunker  +   1988d ago
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Chubear  +   1988d ago
Ah FO3, it should be about $20bucks now right. I've heard such great things about it so I hope I'll enjoy it before the onslaught of games come in this Fall.

Is there Goty edition or something for FO3?
GWAVE  +   1988d ago
This is a pretty good list, but keep in mind that there are a ton of great RPGs on the handhelds and on PC, too.
DORMIN  +   1987d ago
Valkyria Chronicles is still my fav RPG this gen. VERY happy to see it on the list!

Can't wait for VC2 and the VC3 announcement. XD
Perjoss  +   1987d ago
Don't like the way they have Mass Effect 2 there but Mass Effect 1 only makes it into the honorable mentions. The first Mass Effect is more of an RPG than 2, 2 focuses much more on combat and has much less RPG elements.
DasBunker  +   1987d ago
lol glad to see people agreed with my "c" comment.. i was gonna edit it but i forgot :P

im gonna try demons souls soon... people positive comments are overwhelming.. i dont have many games that im looking forward this year anyway
JDouglasGU  +   1987d ago
@ GWAVE: the list does include some games on PC, PSP, and DS. the console generation is more of a time reference.
Myze  +   1987d ago

It's kind of a tricky thing. ME1 is definitely more of an RPG, but ME2 IS still an RPG, and to me (and the majority of people) it is still a better game, even if the RPG elements aren't as common. Then again, RPG is not a clearly defined genre, either.

Overall, great list, but also shows that this generation, so far, does not come close to measuring up to past generations in terms of RPGs. I'm not saying some of the games don't measure up, but in the past, I could make a top 50 list with quality RPGs, easily.
jeseth  +   1987d ago
Like the Folklore love.
That game was magic. Arguably the most underated game this gen.
ChineseDemocracy  +   1987d ago
Solid list, played and loved every single one of those titles.
gtamike  +   1988d ago
Fallout 3
kanetheking  +   1987d ago
fallout 3 for anyone in England
about 6 pound on Amazon get it.
darkcharizard  +   1988d ago
So what's the best game this generation?
handheldwars  +   1988d ago
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
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Darkfiber  +   1987d ago
darthdevidem01  +   1987d ago
Easy MGS4
darkcharizard  +   1987d ago
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
And if you consider that last gen,

Metal Gear Solid 4 or Super Mario Galaxy 2
Kingdom Come  +   1987d ago
Gears of War One or Two...
My Opinion, I won't disagree with others...
jalen247  +   1987d ago
Easily GOW III
Kratos rules them all
dragon82  +   1987d ago
I can't decide so I will give my top 5:

Fallout 3
Heavenly Sword
Heavy Rain
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Nerox3  +   1987d ago
God of War 3
flyingmunky  +   1987d ago
Demon's Souls

That game more than any other reminds me of old school gaming. Amazing sense of atmosphere, nothing else really like it this generation.
Imperator  +   1988d ago
If you have a 360 and are interested in JRPGS, there's no better choice than Lost Odyssey. IMO, it's miles better than FFXIII. Such a great game. Probably one of my favorite 360 games.
mrcash  +   1988d ago
I was hoping for a sequel but I doubt we'll see one.
Umbrella Corp  +   1987d ago
Im with you guys LO was a master piece.Turn based system and amazing graphics with he creator of the original Final Fantasy.The story was so touching and Jansen hahaha that mofo was funny.
heroprotagonist  +   1987d ago
Lost Odyssey is awesome. It's underrated in my opinion. I agree with what I heard in some article that everybody judged earlier RPGs harsher because they all assumed Final Fantasy XIII would come along and blow all those games away. Now that FFXIII has turned out to be below expectations I realize even more how awesome Lost Odyssey is.
Jamegohanssj5  +   1987d ago
Demon Souls and Oblivion. The End.

Kingdom Come  +   1987d ago
Sorry guys...
Double post curtosy of my iPhone :/
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Kingdom Come  +   1987d ago
Just curious...
What does this TGSI stand for? I've been meaning to ask for months...
ReservoirDog316  +   1987d ago
@ Kingdom Come
Haha, I asked that before. It means:

The Genius Said It.
longcat  +   1987d ago
TGSI - Tokyo Game Show (International Edition)
callahan09  +   1987d ago
It's a pretty good list. My only changes would be: Dragon Quest IX should be on the list, not the honorable mentions, so I would switch its spot with Crisis Core, and Eternal Sonata shouldn't even be an honorable mention (didn't like it at all), and Disgaea 3 should be there on the honorable mentions in its place.
Alvadr  +   1987d ago
Demon Souls is good but its a little too hardcore for my tastes. I have a busy life and I like to enjoy my games on an evening and its just not fun at times having to consult a guide every step of the way because its to easy to die or miss something important. If the enemies didnt respawn when you died I would probably like it 100times more. Still, I shall stick at it for now.

Glad to see Oblivion and FFXIII on that list. When are they going to announce an Elders Scrolls V!!!
meganick  +   1987d ago
I liked every pick on the list except Final Fantasy 13, which I thought was a major letdown.
Scrooge  +   1987d ago
ME1 had more detailed character stats to upgrade than ME2. Is that all a game needs in order to have "more RPG elements"? I think it's a weak argument. Upgradable character stats were present in ME2 just not as detailed, everything else was better in ME2.

I like Demon's Souls, it's really hard. I put like 100 hours into Oblivion. I think it's about time I picked up Lost Oddyssee, but there's too many others I need to play and not enough time. I'm yet to finish GOW3 for crying out loud!
mephman  +   1988d ago
Some quality games in there, one for every different type of RPG fan.
JDouglasGU  +   1988d ago
RPGs have really diversified over the years, it's a great thing to see.
Xwow2008  +   1988d ago
list :)
RedPawn  +   1988d ago
Great List, but out of PERSONAL TASTE, I would of put DQIX in the place of Fallout 3.
darthdevidem01  +   1987d ago
I agree Fallout 3 was disappointing after Oblivion!
Coramoor_  +   1987d ago
Fallout 3 had it's problems but in comparison to oblivion it was far better, oblivion just lost me after a while, altohugh i did enjoy what i played of it immensely up to a point
Redempteur  +   1987d ago
fallout 3 was disapointing after ..Fallout 1 or 2...

fallout is not bad but it's oblivion with another skin ..while i'd want ...well fallout ...
jaosobno  +   1988d ago
Demon's souls, my favorite RPG of all time.

On the other hand, FF 13 belongs on "The Worst" lists, not "Best". They should have put Mass Effect 1 instead of FF 13.
PS360WII  +   1988d ago
Okay list. I'd throw in The World Ends With You too but that's what you get with lists
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lightningsax  +   1983d ago
That definitely deserves a place in the list over Tales of Vesperia. TWEWY was an amazing game.
Malebaria  +   1988d ago
Good list even though I´d personally put The Witcher there.
sonicsidewinder  +   1987d ago
I'm looking into that game now, missed out on it due to the PC being cruddy. A game that was definetly on radar but for all intents and purposes stealthed me. The second one's on it's way so i don't wanna miss out.

There's a lot of comparison with it to Dragon Age (In terms of maturity and setting). Dragon Age was okay, but thats it. 'Overtly cliché' might be too kind. Any infinity engine game bests that any day. But i've heard good things about this...this Witcher.

I'd welcome some insight. A purchase may beckon this 'morrow.
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CrzyFooL  +   1987d ago
The Witcher may very well be one of the best RPG's of ALL TIME. The problem is that the original release got nearly no American marketing and was translated poorly. The Enhanced Edition: Directors Cut that you can get now is nothing short of a classic. The graphics and gameplay hold up surprisingly well for a game that came out in 2007. Even if The Witcher doesn't make many lists like this now due to the fact that it's only sold close to 2 million copies at this point. The Witcher 2 will undoubtedly top most of these lists in the future. CDProjekt ONLY makes PC RPG's for PC RPG gamers. And they will show that they do it better than anyone. Wow, I just typed a lot . . . I must really like this game . . . :-p
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yog-sothot  +   1987d ago
I'd put the Witcher in the list too, but I guess it's not there as there were no console version (and therefore, one could argue that the game does not belong to any "generation" as there is no such thing in PC gaming world)

good list nevertheless
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TheColbertinator  +   1988d ago
Valkyria Chronicles and Mass Effect are my favorite RPG games this gen
Robearboy  +   1988d ago
Best western - Fallout 3
Best JRPG - Lost Odyssey
Best other - Valkyria chronicles

Bearing in mind i have yet to discover the delights of Demons soul
CrzyFooL  +   1987d ago
You got the first 2 right. :-)
blahblah  +   1987d ago
your list will change
when you discover those delights
IrishYamato  +   1988d ago
Demon's souls is one of the best i have played in a while
lolzers  +   1988d ago
Yeah it's excellent. I got it on import before Xmas and after completing it stupidly sold it on Ebay. I got more back than what I paid for it but I really regret doing so. I'm gonna buy another copy next week now it's been released in the UK as I've got a serious urge to get back into it.
laoboy_Smoke  +   1988d ago
Valkyria n Demons Souls 4 me
Gilliand  +   1988d ago
Am I the only one who considers ME2 to not be a major RPG. It's as much of an RPG as Fallout 3 is an fps. It's there but it's not a major focus.

I loved ME story and RPG elements and hated the shooting, ME2 sotry was good, the RPG elements were ok but the gameplay was one of the best. For ME3 I want a mix of those things.
Robearboy  +   1988d ago
You know i kind of agree, although ME2 was all round better and more polished than the ME1, the first left an overall greater impression on me, the story and the way it was told was much more compelling plus the weapons collecting, leveling up and RPG elements were far superior on the first.

Like you say ME3 needs to be a mix between the both
TheStorm  +   1988d ago
I agree as well. Though both were outstanding games, and as some one said above ME2 was way more polished, it was kinda watered down too much. Some one once put it best. ME1 was an RPG with shooting aspects. While ME 2 is a Shooter with RPG aspects.

I really hope they give ME3 it's RPG core back. I think they need to blend ME1 and ME2 to make ME3.
punisher99  +   1988d ago
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is the one that really blew me away. Mainly the great game play and exploration.
BeOneWithTheGun  +   1988d ago
over 200 hours
Agree! Cannot believe they put FFXIII above it.
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callahan09  +   1987d ago
It's in alphabetical order.
darthdevidem01  +   1987d ago
FFXIII deserves to be above it

But like callahan said its in alphabetical order.
JDouglasGU  +   1987d ago
as mentioned above, the list is in alphabetical order
BusterFang  +   1987d ago
Can't help but agree, Oblivion was the first RPG I played this gen! I really love that game. I also love Demon's Souls and Dragon Age: Origins. <3

TheRebelliousHater  +   1988d ago
ME2 is amazing now I want to buy demon souls. Have to buy till march of 2011 because online in that game will be gone :(
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theEx1Le  +   1987d ago
What? why will it be gone?
blahblah  +   1987d ago
not gone
it will be supported AT LEAST until then (but if traffic will go on as it does, i doubt they will end it then). that was Atlus announcement, not Sony or From (asian release) or Namco (european release)

that goes only for blue phantom edition. asian is packed with players major and european is gaining momentum more and more
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theEx1Le  +   1987d ago
cool, thanks for clearing that up for me
lightningsax  +   1983d ago
Definitely buy Demon's Souls ASAP. You won't regret it. Even if for some weird reason the online component disappeared, it's still great - online connectivity enhances the game, but it doesn't make or break it by any means.

There are some great RPG's this generation (not as many as usual, but still, great ones!), but Demon's Souls is king for me. Followed closely by Oblivion.
Ares84PS3  +   1988d ago
Demon's Souls #1
No queston.
Hank Hill  +   1988d ago
Demon's Souls is the best RPG by far.
jdktech2010  +   1988d ago
I played and loved Lost Odyssey, Dragon Age, ME and FF13. I wasn't a huge fan of Elder Scrolls (never have been) but I could see why it's on the certainly is an expansive game
turnerdc  +   1988d ago
I'm glad Lost Odyssey made the list...
Very underrated game, best JRPG I've played this gen.
CrzyFooL  +   1987d ago
ONLY JRPG I've played this gen. LO was the real FF13.

Anything square has made since Sakaguchi left is complete shit. Bring on the disagrees, you know it's true.

Cept the PSP games . . . even tho one was just a remake.
Lyr1c  +   1987d ago
I sadly have to agree. I found Final Fantasy 13 to be one of the biggest let downs in a long time. Hopefully SE can get their act together and release a gem with Versus....
Capt-FuzzyPants  +   1988d ago
Crisis Core was great because of it's ending.
fucadastates  +   1988d ago
tales of vesperia is on ps3 too, at lest i played it on ps3 :)
Whackedorange  +   1988d ago
Only out in Japan i think, a shame since it should be localized to other areas aswell.
JDouglasGU  +   1988d ago
it's only on ps3 in japan.
fucadastates  +   1987d ago
well so what, da does not make it "only xbox360" as statet in the article? or dosent games in other "sprog" count?
GeoramA  +   1988d ago
Demon's Souls really is an amazing experience and it literally came out of nowhere.

The hype for DS2 is going to be huge.
JonnyBigBoss  +   1987d ago
Demon's Souls and Valkyria Chronicles are my two favorites.
kanetheking  +   1987d ago
i would have put folklore in the top ten
but that just me good list anyway.
Coramoor_  +   1987d ago
i just could never get into that game, despite how awesome the overall concept was
JDouglasGU  +   1987d ago
i also really enjoyed Folklore, but it's hard to put in the same conversation as some of the giants in the top ten. if only because of the massive budgets of some of those other titles.
Pumbli  +   1987d ago
Folklore got an honorable mention, woot!

It's a really underrated RPG.
darthdevidem01  +   1987d ago
GO FFXIII and Oblivion!
A LIVING LEGEND  +   1987d ago
Good list.
My list includes WKC(the online was Grade A imo).
Oblivion was disappointing but had it's moments.Demon Souls :)
FF13 is debatable,it did few things right but so many wrong.The final 20 hrs is the only part I enjoyed,as pointless as they were.
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Lyr1c  +   1987d ago
It's ridiculous when you have to get 20+ hours into a game to get to the "good" part....
lelo2play  +   1987d ago
Good list of games... but i would change the list, taking some games out in putting other games in there.
Coramoor_  +   1987d ago
that is a rather vague and pointless comment, would you care to expand on that?
Jorrel56  +   1987d ago
FF13 was awful. Not even worth honorable mention no less making the list.
darthdevidem01  +   1987d ago
FFXIII was the best out of them!

Boo @ You
Lyr1c  +   1987d ago
Actually, he's right...FF13 WAS awful.....

Unless you've never played a FF game in your life prior to 13
Homicide  +   1987d ago
I played all FF's, and I thought FFXIII was a very good game. Much better than that FFX crap.
dragon82  +   1987d ago
I have played every Final Fantasy game and I actaullly realy like FFXIII. If you compare it to the best of the series of course you are going to be let down. If you just judge it on its own merits its actually quite good. I really like the new combat system.
Chuk5  +   1987d ago
So FF13 makes it but TWEWY doesnt? BS. TWEWY is the most refreshing jrpg this gen.
Lyr1c  +   1987d ago
I definitely have to agree. Other than those 2 blatant mistakes, I'd have to applaud the list.
CrzyFooL  +   1987d ago
This list will have to be edited when The Witcher 2 comes out ;-)
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