IGN: A History of RPGs

Matt Coleman: We're taking a stroll back through the annals of RPG history to analyze where the genre has come from and where it's going. We're looking at that evolution through the lens of gameplay developments, seminal titles and some underrated games that set the stage for the RPGs of today. We couldn't get to each and every title, but this should cover a sizable cross-section of the history of RPGs.

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DA_SHREDDER2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

Here's a break down of rpg's, They used to be awesome, some of the best one's are still from the NES/SNES era. But since then noobs and serpent share holders have tarnished the genre with their greed. Media outlets like IGN and Gametrailers scream for innovations, and in the process have confused devs on what they should really be doing. Change the old and make new or stick with the old and get crap reviews. Either way we are past the point of no return, though the newer Action Rpg's are good, but they always have been since Phantasy Star Online, Barbarian on the Dreamcast, Elder Scrolls. Now it seems all action games have some type of rpg elements. What I yearn for is a deep jrpg, like Dragon Warrior 4, but with more story and more content. FFX was the best FF imho, I wish they would pump out more gems like those.

_DarkCharizard_2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

The best traditional RPG this generation, period. The Last Story, Dragon Quest X & Pandora's Tower coming soon...

Godmars2902341d ago

FFX had one of the best stories character wise, but when you look at the plot there are some massive plot holes and failings in logic.

iamtehpwn2341d ago

I agree with you for the most part, except I believe that innovation is definitely needed it's just don't abandon your core principles in order to innovate.

Examples of innovative FF's would be 8 and X which way in a different direction than the formula, but did not compromise what Final Fantasy is all about.

MattS2341d ago

The real problem is that many of the RPG fans and developers have never played a pen-and-paper RPG.

The genre looks absolutely nothing like why I grew up with with 2nd and 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons. And what I grew up with was categorically better.

BritneyJ2341d ago

Certainly a lot great games from the past. I have still fond memories of the first Dragon Warrior for the NES.

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trainsinrdr2341d ago

The best RPG is oblivion plain and simple.
Well not so plain.
However that title will soon go to its son.

3GenGames2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

Of all time?! You must have forgotten of a ton of RPG's from 1986 to about 1999 then...

rambler2341d ago (Edited 2341d ago )

Zelda is an action-adventure. Allthough the systems are similar in RPG's and action-adventures, there are differences which are fairly evident only if you play them.

In my opinion, a lot of what people think are RPG elements being added into modern games (the writer mentioned Batman) can be equally attributed to action-adventure. Things such as leveling, upgrades and the like aren't exclusively linked with RPG's.

CLOUD19832341d ago

One thing is sure, FFVII is the KING of JRPG's (and for millions of ppl the best game ever) like it or not even with all the haters that bashing it with every chance or random [email protected] here and there that keep repeating of how overrated is facts is there isn't 1 article that dont use Cloud's image to draw ppl, every1 know that FFVII sell more than anything, it's the JRPG with the most fans, with the best sales, with the best ratings, with the most dl's on PSN No1 from the moment they add it as PS1 classic, and most of all the game that make the genre known and loved all over the world, and if there is even one person that can say that FF & JRPG made the crazy sales they did now out of JPN before FFVII then he obviously kidding his self.