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Top 10 JRPG games, back when JRPG's used to be Awesome

A long time ago JRPG's used to use a simple formula, which consisted of epic and unique stories with interesting and strategic battle systems, optional hard bosses and mini games, it was a guaranteed success. But now the JRPG developers have ignored these formulas and the genre is having some trouble on consoles.

Honourable mentions:
12. Secret of Mana
11. Dark Cloud 1 & 2

10. Shadow Hearts 1 or 2: Shadow Hearts 1 is scarier, its one of the best horror themed RPG's I played. It had an interesting ring based battle system which was quite fun. I miss this series. The company that made it is now defunct| Metacritic-critic & user rating:85,91 (Shadow Hearts 2)

9. Suikoden 1 or 2: good story about geopolitics, conquest and war. Although the game had 2d graphics which kind of let it down. But it didnt stop me from enjoying the game| Metacritic-critic & user rating:82,98

8. Tales of Symphonia: my first tales game, highly addictive battle system, quite of number of side quests and very difficult optional bosses. The story was average and was quite cliche| metacritic-critic & user rating:86,90

7. Chrono Trigger: epic and addicting battle system, excellent story, just 1 optional boss in the original, I wanted more. The music in the game isn't better than FF 6, 7, 9 or 10| Gamerankings (snes):95.1%

6. Final Fantasy IX: has the magic FF formula that always works=good turn based atb gameplay + mini games + hard secret bosses + epic stories=WIN, Square Enix seems to have forgotten this formula. Maybe if they played this game they would go "oh damn, thats why our games used to be great"| Metacritic-critic & user rating:94,91

5. Persona 4: the gameplay is ok & much better in the hard mode of the game. But what stood out is the amazing story, it has quite a lot of plot twists. I have not seen a JRPG with plot twists as good as this game| Meta-critc & user rating:90,91

4. Final Fantasy 6: this game possibly has the best story of all the FF games. I didnt think it was as good as FF7 or FF10 though, because it didnt have that many mini games, hard bosses (except the dragons, czar dragon was missing which was a shame) and this game has a few serious bugs. If you used the "sketch" ability it could potentially crash the game depending on who you used it on, and what their status effects was when you used it| Meta-critic & user rating:92,94 (gba ver)

3. Kingdom Hearts 1: what i loved most about this game is the gameplay & difficult secret bosses, this game should not be judged based on face value. Just because it has Disney characters in it, does not mean its an easy or rubbish game | Meta-critic & user rating:85,89

2. Final Fantasy VII: everything about this game is "cool", when I first played this, it was 1 or 2 years after the PS2 came out, the graphics did not put me off. The game has a deep story, excellent gameplay, mouth watering CGI (for its time) and bad ass characters | Meta-critic & user rating:92,89

1. Final Fantasy X: This was my first FF & JRPG, so there maybe some bias here. But even then you can't deny that FF 10 is an epic game with an excellent story, wide variety of customization and beautiful cut scenes. Not to forget the excellent emotion extracting music. Just listen to 1 tune below. If only Square Enix made FF games like FF10 and those before it again...but we know that will probably never happen| Meta-critic & user rating:92,87. This is 1 of many awesome tunes from FF10:

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Emilio_Estevez2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

Final Fantasy IX is def my favorite FF. Also, like the 10 to 1 list, people usually feel the need to start with 1.

Ranma12178d ago

Have you played all the games on my top 10 list. whats your top 10 or 5?

Emilio_Estevez2178d ago

No, just FF6,7,9 and part of 10. Not a big fan of JRPG's, but sometimes I'll check em' out.

iChii2178d ago

You forgot a few epic Final Fantasy VIII (The best FF in my opinion) and Secret of Mana. Also, Chrono Trigger deserves a better spot than 7, that game is legendary but I respect your opinion.

thorstein2177d ago

You mean, your top 5 JRPGs and top 5 FFs.

You left out the original Dragon Warriors (Dragon Quests), which were phenomenal, Earthbound, Actraiser, Secret of Mana, Ogre Battle (all iterations) Star Ocean, Phantasy Star.

If you don't recognize any of those, grab a SNES and GET THEM!!! You won't be disappointed. Oh, (and though it isn't JRPG) if you do grab an SNES pick up Shadowrun.

dedicatedtogamers2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

FF10 as #1? Gotta disagree there, but I suppose I did grow up with a lot of cRPGs in the '90s so perhaps my RPG preferences are colored. All the games on the list are ace, of course. No disagreements there.

LightofDarkness2178d ago

Absolutely, I even rank XII ahead of X (blasphemy, I know). I think a lot of people rank X so highly because it was their first Final Fantasy game, but honestly there are a lot of better games IMO. I didn't like the cast at all, really. I'd also have ranked IX ahead of VII, and probably put IV in there. And Chrono Trigger is always #1. ALWAYS.

CRPGs do tend to colour one's perception of JRPGs, true. Stories like those found in Planescape: Torment and Baldur's Gate II just seemed to be more meaningful and "mature." Even playing through Xenoblade Chronicles, perhaps one of the most progressive JRPGs in some time, I can't help but notice the ever-present story cliches and archetypal characters.

I could never get into the Persona games, mostly because I have a hard time empathizing with high-school kids and their problems :p, but I just didn't find them engaging enough. I also have yet to play Dark Cloud, Tales or Suikoden games. Perhaps I'll tackle them after The Last Story.

dedicatedtogamers2178d ago

If you like more "mature" storylines, you'd enjoy Suikoden, especially II. Yeah, it has its cliches, but its almost entirely political/racial. Vagrant Story is another good one.

Kalowest2178d ago

Most of those are Square-Soft games, SMH now like at them.

PhantomTommy2178d ago

Chrono Trigger and Persona 4 are amazing, I think Dragon Quest: Journy Of The Cursed King should be on the list though, what a game.

thorstein2177d ago

Yes DQ VIII. I wish my Fat Ps3 still worked so I could play it!!!

Theo11302178d ago

Notice how all those game look about the same aesthetically, that's why jrpgs aren't doing so well.

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