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Going Back To The Playstation RPG

InzignaInzigna Registered User regular
edited March 2007 in Games and Technology
Hey people, I decided to do some shopping for good playstation (1) rpgs, nostalgia has kicked in, and I want to see some opinions.

I ordered Final Fantasy IX and VII, planning to skip VIII for another series, any recommendations?

I just want some good old PS rpg gaming, opinions will be good.

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    No Great NameNo Great Name FRAUD DETECTED Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Legend of the Dragoon

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    KarilmatKarilmat Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Star Ocean 2: Second Story
    Xenogears
    Wild Arms
    Lunar games
    Final Fantasy Origins/Anthology/etc. (includes Chrono Trigger on one of them)

    That's all I can come up with off the top of my head without checking out the collection.

    EDIT:
    Vagrant Story
    Valkarie Profile (if you can find it)

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    DukhatDukhat Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Suidoken II, Valkyrie Profile, Final Fantasy Tactics (close enough).

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    TiemlerTiemler Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Front Mission 3

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    ShimShamShimSham Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Parasite Eve (I & II)

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    KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Vandal Hearts was an awesome strategy RPG, coming before FF Tactics.

    Chrono Cross along with FFIX was one of the last hurrah's of the Playstation era.
    Thousand Arms in a charming rpg/dating simulator.

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    yakulyakul Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Suikoden 2 remains the greatest console RPG of all times. The majority of the 2d rpgs on the PS1 have aged gracefully however.

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    ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Dukhat wrote:
    Suidoken II, Valkyrie Profile, Final Fantasy Tactics (close enough).

    The first two there are viable if you are made of money. Amazing and amazingly expensive.

    Wild Arms.

    Also, if you're into "a little different," Elemental Gearbolt is a :^:. It's a light gun shooter/RPG, and is full of awesome and win.

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    WoodroezWoodroez Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Kyougu wrote:
    Vandal Hearts was an awesome strategy RPG, coming before FF Tactics.

    Chrono Cross along with FFIX was one of the last hurrah's of the Playstation era.
    Thousand Arms in a charming rpg/dating simulator.

    I'd like to hear more about Vandal Hearts. I've seen it floating around for 25 bucks in at the nearest bit of civilization. thoughts?

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    KamiKami Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Star Ocean: The Second Story is probably my favorite role-playing game ever made.

    Make that a priority.

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    kitchkitch Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    SirToons wrote:
    Legend of the Dragoon
    I love you.

    [spoiler:69a558cf6c]The Legend of Dragoon[/spoiler:69a558cf6c]

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    Thoughtless MuseThoughtless Muse Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
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    BallmanBallman Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Alundra is an awesome zelda-ish action rpg (think 2D, not 3D zelda games). If rumors are to believed, the second Alundra is less than stellar.

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    redstormpopcornredstormpopcorn Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    If you can find it, Tales of Destiny II. Pretty decent story, often hilarious writing (though not always intentional), and my favorite implementation of the Linear Motion Battle System. Also has the most badass final attack in any game, ever.

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    VariableVariable Mouth Congress Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Woodroez wrote:
    Kyougu wrote:
    Vandal Hearts was an awesome strategy RPG, coming before FF Tactics.

    Chrono Cross along with FFIX was one of the last hurrah's of the Playstation era.
    Thousand Arms in a charming rpg/dating simulator.

    I'd like to hear more about Vandal Hearts. I've seen it floating around for 25 bucks in at the nearest bit of civilization. thoughts?

    if you ebay you can get it much cheaper, but it's what got me into strat RPGs. It's AWESOME, if a bit simple.

    I don't see how a person could not enjoy it though.

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    BacklashBacklash Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story

    Also what everyone else is saying. But first Vagrant Story.

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    VeritasVRVeritasVR Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Backlash wrote:
    Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story

    Also what everyone else is saying. But first Vagrant Story.
    Vagrant Story had one of the best storylines I've ever seen. It was seriously at the top. However, the gameplay was annoying as the game progressed. I found it to be a match-fest with elemental properties. If you don't have the right element on your weapon, you do like 5% damage to a bat.

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    BacklashBacklash Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    VeritasVR wrote:
    Backlash wrote:
    Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story

    Also what everyone else is saying. But first Vagrant Story.
    Vagrant Story had one of the best storylines I've ever seen. It was seriously at the top. However, the gameplay was annoying as the game progressed. I found it to be a match-fest with elemental properties. If you don't have the right element on your weapon, you do like 5% damage to a bat.

    First time I tried playing the game the combat system was frustrating and I don't think I made it very far.

    Second time I faqed my way to a set of a couple uber weapons, and it was the best gaming experience I had on the PS1. That's how great the story and presentation is. Once you can wrap your brain around the weapon crafting system (which I admittedly needed help on), you can start to open up the combat system a bit and have a lot more fun with it.

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    VeganVegan Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
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    I've always heard nothing but hate for this one.

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    ZsetrekZsetrek Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Backlash wrote:
    VeritasVR wrote:
    Backlash wrote:
    Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story

    Also what everyone else is saying. But first Vagrant Story.
    Vagrant Story had one of the best storylines I've ever seen. It was seriously at the top. However, the gameplay was annoying as the game progressed. I found it to be a match-fest with elemental properties. If you don't have the right element on your weapon, you do like 5% damage to a bat.

    First time I tried playing the game the combat system was frustrating and I don't think I made it very far.

    Second time I faqed my way to a set of a couple uber weapons, and it was the best gaming experience I had on the PS1. That's how great the story and presentation is. Once you can wrap your brain around the weapon crafting system (which I admittedly needed help on), you can start to open up the combat system a bit and have a lot more fun with it.

    Yes, a thousand times Vagrant Story.

    I'd highly reccomend downloading Zy Nichols' FAQ, and reading through the crafting stuff - one of the best FAQs I've ever read, and he covers that aspect of the game really well.

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    khainkhain Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Series

    Final Fantasy
    Tales of Destiny
    Alundra
    Breath of Fire
    Grandia
    Lunar
    Suikoden
    Wild Arms

    Stand Alone

    Xenogears
    Star Ocean
    Arc the Lad
    Brave Fencer Musashi
    Front Mission 3
    Legend of Legaia
    Legend of Dragoon


    Love or Hate Games
    Vagrant Story
    Valkarie Profile
    Chrono Cross

    Can't Stand
    DQVII - Supposedly if you can get past the beginning there is a good game there, but since the intro is like 5 hours long and boring as hell that never happened.


    All good RPGS, Also though you say your skipping FF VIII I still recommends playing it. Its not great, but its not terrible either and I think one of the main reasons everyone hates it is because it came out after FFVII not because its actually a bad game.

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    RichardTauberRichardTauber Kvlt Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Aye for Grandia. Epic of bacon-like proportions.

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    JebuJebu Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    khain wrote:
    Grandia
    Wild Arms
    Brave Fencer Musashi

    Hell yes. These were probably my three favorite RPGs from the PS1 era.

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    JJJJ DailyStormer Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    VeritasVR wrote:
    Backlash wrote:
    Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story Vagrant Story

    Also what everyone else is saying. But first Vagrant Story.
    Vagrant Story had one of the best storylines I've ever seen. It was seriously at the top. However, the gameplay was annoying as the game progressed. I found it to be a match-fest with elemental properties. If you don't have the right element on your weapon, you do like 5% damage to a bat.
    I like how it forced you yo buff the hell out of yourself and debuff bosses to even scratch them.

    I found it weird that your storage chest was a separate save.

    Was it possible to use a storage save from one game and use it on another?

    The game became way too much to handle after a fight with Rosencrantz.

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    Thoughtless MuseThoughtless Muse Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Vegan wrote:
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    I've always heard nothing but hate for this one.

    All those people? Wrong. DQ7 is nothing but love, aside from the fairly broken class system.

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    LuftwafflesLuftwaffles Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    PS RPG rankings list taken from gamerankings.com

    1. Final Fantasy IX PS Square Enix 46 8.7 92.7%
    2. Chrono Cross PS Square Enix 41 8.7 92.6%
    3. Final Fantasy VII PS SCEA 30 9.0 92.5%
    4. Vagrant Story PS Square Enix 44 8.5 92.2%
    5. Final Fantasy VIII PS SquareSoft 37 8.5 90.6%
    6. Xenogears PS Square EA 22 8.7 90.5%
    7. Final Fantasy Chronicles PS Square Enix 23 8.6 87.3%
    8. Grandia PS SCEA 38 8.2 86.5%
    9. Final Fantasy Anthology PS Square Enix 22 8.6 85.3%
    10. Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete PS Working Designs 23 8.3 84.0%
    11. Valkyrie Profile PS Enix Corporation 22 8.2 84.0%
    12. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete PS Working Designs 23 8.2 83.2%
    13. Breath of Fire IV PS Capcom 30 7.8 81.2%
    14. Suikoden II PS Konami 23 8.4 81.0%
    15. Brave Fencer Musashi PS SquareSoft 22 7.6 80.6%
    16. Dragon Warrior VII PS Enix Corporation 27 8.0 80.5%
    17. Final Fantasy Origins PS Square Enix 32 8.2 80.2%
    18. Star Ocean: The Second Story PS Enix Corporation 25 8.2 78.8%
    19. The Legend of Dragoon PS SCEA 26 8.1 78.5%
    20. Parasite Eve PS SquareSoft 27 7.7 77.1%
    21. Legend of Legaia PS SCEA 24 7.6 76.6%
    22. SaGa Frontier II PS Square Enix 27 6.6 75.3%
    23. Threads of Fate PS Square Enix 23 7.0 75.3%
    24. Jade Cocoon: Story of Tamamayu PS Genki 24 6.3 74.8%
    25. Legend of Mana PS Square Enix 25 7.1 72.8%
    26. Alundra 2 PS Activision 25 5.8 70.5%
    27. Wild Arms 2 PS SCEA 22 7.3 68.0%
    28. Darkstone PS Take-Two Interactive 23 5.7 65.6%
    29. Koudelka PS SNK 28 6.6 59.5%

    Pretty much everything's been covered by this thread.
    I'm gonna chip in a recommendation for breath of fire 3 and wild arms 2.

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    Forever ZefiroForever Zefiro cloaked in the midnight glory of an event horizonRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Chrono Cross.

    I love the combat system. Setting up your grid how you want it is great.

    No grinding. You can do some if you want to get the absolute most out of your stats, but it's definitely not necessary.

    Of course, you see the enemies on screen, no random battles.

    Some great graphics for the PS1.

    Oh god the music, so beautiful.

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    DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Are you skipping VIII because you played through it and didnt like it?

    If not, thats a stupid exclusion

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    DukiDuki Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    VIII is pretty missable, actually. I mean, if you have the opportunity, do play it, but there are a number of much better RPGs on the system to spend money on.

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    GrisloGrislo Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    If you stumble across it somewhere, pick up Azure Dreams.

    People have already mentioned FF Tactics, but Tactics Ogre was also available on the ps1 in an English translation, so that's worth considering.

    Otherwise, people have mentioned some excellent games.

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    langfor6langfor6 Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    BEYOND THE BEYOND

    Just kidding. Don't play that. I remember buying it way back in 1997 because I needed an RPG fix.

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    UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    langfor6 wrote:
    BEYOND THE BEYOND

    Just kidding. Don't play that. I remember buying it way back in 1997 because I needed an RPG fix.
    Hahaha! Actually, it wasn't completely horrible. Made by the Golden Sun people, and you can see a lot of parallels between the games from puzzles right down to the battle sprites on a depth plane. Just pretty generic, but I like that from time to time.

    Wild ARMs for reals. Great music, great sprites, decent story, fun gameplay, kind of archaic battle system but awesome nonetheless.

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    DreamerdownDreamerdown Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I actually didn't think Beyond the Beyond was all that bad. Oh well.

    My recommendations:

    Alundra
    Arc the Lad Collection
    Breath of Fire III
    Breath of Fire IV
    Chrono Cross
    Dragon Warrior VII
    Final Fantasy VII
    Final Fantasy VIII
    Final Fantasy IX
    Final Fantasy Chronicles
    Final Fantasy Anthology
    Grandia
    Hoshigami
    Jade Cocoon
    Legend of Dragoon
    Lunar: Silver Star Story
    Lunar 2: Eternal Blue
    Parasite Eve

    Persona 2
    Star Ocean 2
    Suikoden
    Suikoden II

    Tales of Destiny
    Tales of Destiny 2
    Vagrant Story
    Valkyrie Profile
    Vandal Hearts
    Wild Arms
    Wild Arms 2
    Xenogears

    Bolded my favorites. Should be enough to start with.

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    PatboyXPatboyX Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    ShimSham wrote:
    Parasite Eve (I & II)

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    not sure if that is the exact quote. played the game once and i still think of that hilarious/awesome cut-scene.

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    BlackjackBlackjack Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Hey. People.

    Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

    I mean, come on. What are you? Savages?

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    ReignerReigner Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Man, I'd forgotten all about Alundra, that's some damn fine gaming right there.

    Alundra
    Star Ocean
    Final Fantasy Tactics
    Legend of Legia (well, I liked it at least)
    Brigandine

    A few other obscure titles out there that I have but don't remember them right off hand unfortunately.

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    DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Duki wrote:
    VIII is pretty missable, actually. I mean, if you have the opportunity, do play it, but there are a number of much better RPGs on the system to spend money on.

    There is zero reason to skip it unless he has already played through some and decided he doesnt like it.

    Based on the polarized opinions of a handful of people, and completely ignoring what other people say is a poor decision

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    UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Deusfaux wrote:
    Duki wrote:
    VIII is pretty missable, actually. I mean, if you have the opportunity, do play it, but there are a number of much better RPGs on the system to spend money on.

    There is zero reason to skip it unless he has already played through some and decided he doesnt like it.

    Based on the polarized opinions of a handful of people, and completely ignoring what other people say is a poor decision
    Not really. There are a good chunk of RPGs recommended here that nobody has said anything against, and a minor few that people have objections to. The logical thing is to go after the ones that seem to be universally liked.

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    tony_importanttony_important Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    ShimSham wrote:
    Parasite Eve (I & II)
    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

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    SaniusSanius Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    SirToons wrote:
    Legend of the Dragoon
    I loved this game. Kind of.

    I got up to disk 3 and then I had to give it back to a friend, but man I loved the combat.

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