ITT: Best RPGs that go under the radar,
Starting with Star Ocean
It's not that unknown though. I've seen it posted on /v/ a bunch of times.
I still consider this to have the best soundtrack of the decade.
Of the '90s, obviously.
Also, Treasure of the Rudas. Really fucking detailed sprites with some pretty simple, but, smooth animation.
This is one my faves from the PS2 era, don't think I've ever seen it on /v/
This. People just ignore Vandal Hearts. Probably because of how popular FFT was and is.
Also, honourable mention: Vandal Hearts 2. It had a weird battle system and art style, but it was a great game.
this is one of my top 5 PS1 games.
Saga Frontier 2 is another. Amazing waterpaint color art style (Done by hand), and another A+ soundtrack
From what I remember I didn't invest as much time but the over arcing story and the setting is worth a playthrough in my opinion anyway.
Fighting stuff in Victorian England with Jap clothing is actually fun.
Both the main Summon Night games and the Swordcraft Story side ones were great, if lesser known in the west and coming pretty late to the point where nobody even bothered to localize the 3rd SCS sadly. That series is one of the few older ones I wish would get a decent remake/upscale/port to some more modern stuff, I feel like they're still fun and could do well given a second chance.
So1 is great , SO2 is greater. So3 is good until the tweest and then it becomes awful. Last Hope is an abortion.
Yes, definitely. Mechanically it's pretty standard JRPG with the exception of a couple of weird systems but the setting, story, music and characters are all a breath of fresh air.
Damn, that still looks glorious.
I think some of the later ones were stronger, though not going to lie, it's never been my favorite series. SO1 was definitely the weaker SNES title vs ToP to me, but both series have had their ups and downs.
>TFW it's expensive
Emulating it wouldn't be the same ;_; damn it why are GBA games so freakin expensive
>Damn, that still looks glorious.
The game aged great due to the art style. The backgrounds and sprites were all done by hand, using watercolor paint. It's a gorgeous game with some great music.
Also a pretty great storyline where you're an exiled prince trying to reclaim his kingdom.
>I'm pretty sure piracy actually killed any other summon night games coming out.
No, at least not for the third SCS, we know why that didn't come because the localizers specifically said so. Basically they hadn't gotten to the series until late, by which I mean late in the lifespan of the GBA, and by the time they were thinking about doing the third the NDS was already out. They said they felt that even though the earlier ones had actually done well it would not do well to release something for a handheld platform a year or whatever after the successor was out and it was obsolete. That reasoning only became stronger as time went by.
I can see the cold business rationale there, I mean, at this point it'd be a tough sell to try to get something new localized for the PS3 let alone the PS2 if you were starting from scratch. Yeah lots of people have those and use them but things move fast, management wants to be onto the next thing. That's why I'd like too see good updated ports, to mobile even (given controller support).
Didn't play the first one as much, but my 7 Y/O self loved the second. The battle system was just so different.
Worst things about the game were the high encounter rate+trying to learn magic, but this was another great JRPG I never see discussed. Had a fighting game style combat system where you could make your own combos.
>good until the tweest and then it becomes awful
Man honestly, who the fuck cared about the story.
The gameplay in general was amazing and the amount of extra content was massive and fun.
To this day, I still don't understand why people call SO3 shit cause of the story while praising tales series games which have equally asinine story telling.
Even on /v/ it comes up once in a blue moon. Granted, everyone left who knows and remembers it seems to like it, one of the few games that /v/ is generally totally positive on (what few there are), but it's still plenty unknown.
1999 was 15 years ago.
>You will never play a videogame and stop for a minute as you enter a new area and the scenery and soundtrack send shivers through your entire body as you slowly feel completely immersed into the mood and the masterfully crafted sounds.
This one here just hits the spot on me. Its so beautiful, so emotional. Its just too fucking good. Why cant we have more like this instead of WUB WUB.
Feels fucking sad
>TFW no original disgaea games after 2
It hurts. Disgaea 2 wasn't even good.
The PS1 version is the recommended version, i recall something about not being able to sort your party or something in the PSP version and some other shit, the amerilard PS1 version had extra stuff added/fixed
I just got a PSP. Reccomend me some adventurous/cozy JRPGs.
check this shit out /v/ I looked up Valkyrie Profile for PSP on ebay and I got this masterpiece
Radiant Historia, Bravely Default, SMT4, Devil Survivor 1-2, Etrian Odyssey series (4 fucking games), Dragon Quest 9.
Oh, you're a retard. Should have said so in the first place!
Dat battle music.
>this gem got ignored because unlimited saga was terrible and they couldn't look past the art style
Easily among the top 3 ps2 era jrpgs. Hard as balls to learn, but once you get it you can easily get a few hundred hours out of it.
I played it as a little kid and had NO idea what I was doing most the time. Game had so many different plotlines and a weird way of leveling up. I just remember my boi Gustav and his steel sword owning niggas.
I love how it's legit covered in snack crumbs/sawdust/whatever the fuck
How he has the nerve to charge 10 dollars is beyond me
what the hell are you talking about
All of the music in that game was good for GBA.
Also this game has the best screenshot LP ever.
You mean point and click linear adventures right? I'm sure these games are fun for casual players who just want to turn their brains off for a while and play something simple but alas, I can't force myself to pretend to be this stupid so I could play a JRPG
Saw a thread about it on /v/, I have no idea what I'm talking about besides that. They mentioned that the screen blurs to the point of becoming unplayable if the background is static for more that a few seconds.
>mfw 95% of /v/ has played neither
>mfw they're some of my favorite vidyas of that era
Had a weird charm to it.
Also the OST was pretty cool
I know this is supposed to be a troll image but it is literally spot on except for the one screen cap of Dragon Age 2.
Fucking weaboos can't even make an image with the explicit purpose of riling somebody up without first humiliating themselves. You lot are pathetic
Is Stella Deus a good alternative to Final Fantasy tactics? I Found out recently that despite hating SRPg's I can APPARENTLY stomach Tactics games just fine.
If it were up to me I'd just play Shining Force all day but no it had to be Tactics that gets all the clones...
SH1 is unlike any other JRPG, literally ever. It's some creepy gothic horror (bloody and violent in spots) RPG-ing where you hear voices and are asked to tail this girl who's the key to survival or something. It's exceptional.
SH2 ditches the horror for action and humor and a WAY bigger game and manages, somehow, to be smarter and funnier and better in almost every way.
SH3 is a turd.
>2003 was 11 years ago.
Almost 12, in a few weeks.
I just finish Dark Dawn and as a Golden Sun game it definitely felt weaker compared to the original 2. Still a decent game though.
Despite the whole bullshit about
those vortexes people forgot about 5% into the game being the cliffhanger end, it helped ground me in terms of how much time I spent on the original games. I though GS DD was shorter compared to at least TLA, but when I booted up my old copy, I saw I had a save file from right before the last boss that was roughly the same amount of time I spent playing DD up until beating Dullahan (and has anyone really beat him without grinding or summon spamming). I could have sworn I sank so much more time into the Lost Age as a kid plus that conversion system was neat as fucking minus mistyping a code or something at the very beginning.
Traitorous Steve Blum Tier:
Cute but Useless Tier:
Rogue Galaxy had so many good characters to use, you wish you could have more then 2.
Wish more games were like suikoden letting you use 6 characters at a time. No point in having all these great characters when you are limited to 2 of them.
Hating that shit in Radiata Stories, would have bumped that game up from a 7/10 to maybe a 9/10 for me.
I don't mind not having control if the game was balanced around that, but it's unforgivable to give me 50 different interesting characters that have complex recruiting processes and only let me play 2 at a time.
At least it got a shitty PS2 port.
Glorious 10 FPS.
holy shit, someone ELSE besides me played SF 1 and 2? i've never talked to ANYONE that played them.
2 is great, dat Gustave scene where you protect that fort with Johan and the tears that followed.
love SF1's combo system, makes for some kick ass looking shit with the right moves in a level 5 combo.
Pretty sure everyone with a PS1 played SF, 2 was either a love it or hate it game for a lot of people though. Wish SF had aged better, I love the gameplay so much more but it looks terrible on anything but a tiny screen to me now.
>Star Ocean 2
>Legend of Mana
Toss in Parasite Eve 2 and Final Fantasy VII and that was the majority of 8th to 10th grade for me.
But on Legend of Mana... that weapon crafting guide on GameFAQs. I think it was written by someone who really DID have the Uncle that worked at the game company.
It's very simple and has no real customization. Final fantasy tactics, tactics ogre, disgaea and fire emblem ruined me on srpgs I guess.
Look into Jeane d'Arc or Wild Arms XF if you are looking for a more recent good srpg.
I hear a lot about tactics ogre but never anything about the original game or ogre battle 64. I thought those games were actually really good and the closest to a console rts that wasn't retarded we'll ever get.
It's not really under the radar but I know for sure quite a few have not played it
Seriously, go fucking play the Ys series if you haven't
If you don't expect a wild arms game it's pretty great. I'd still rate it around the mid-slightly above average tier of srpgs though, but there haven't been many good ones in a while.
March of the black queen was probably the first game that I ever had to start over from scratch after sinking 30-40 hours into the game. That difficulty curve will fuck you in the ass if you aren't building your groups right.
Was never able to play ogre battle 64 since I never had an n64 growing up and the game never worked on any emulator I've tried.
I managed to play through it on pj64 1.7. it worked fine except for some very minor texture glitches. even though matsuno didn't work on it, I think it's my favorite game in the series. it had the most fun class upgrades and an entertaining story. managing chaos frame was a real bitch though.
Technically the remake of 2 is 'better' in the sense that they corrected a lot of the mispronunciations and general translation errors. But at the same time those mispronunciations were a big part of the charm in that game, the new voice actors are irritating as fuck and the new character portraits are significantly worse.
The bosses can be very difficult, but the leveling up system makes grinding pretty short and easy.
It's very unique, but it's easy to get lost objective-wise. Nonetheless, it's pretty awesome and it's an orgasm for people who loves collecting items and 100% everything. You should definitely give it a go.
This game and it's prequel, Silver Star Story.
Pure fucking magic, man. Every time I play these games, I go back to being a kid again.
I tried playing Oath in Felghana...it was shit...the first dungeon doesn't even trigger until you talk to every NPC in town, despite know exactly where you have to go...it's bullshit and I couldn't even beat the first mid-boss anyway.
Welp, looks like I'm starting this tonight. Thanks for the answer, man!
For some reasons I play this quietly in my room.One of the most fun JRPG i've ever played.
Outdated during its time, but still great. Especially the script and the music.
>2 is great, dat Gustave scene where you protect that fort with Johan and the tears that followed.
This was definitely the highlight of the game.
damnit, Gustave... Why you gotta be such a total bro?
>For some reasons I play this quietly in my room
Because it's embarrassing as fuck? I played it for a few hours. You date girls to increase your blacksmithing powers.
I remember talking about farts with one of the girls.
I played SF2, though it was years ago and I remember little. I do recall being upset when playing as the adventurer guy and the girl died on me, so I reloaded and did something else and she lived.
I remember the villain was an egg. A little egg.
What saga game has ever been a grindfest? The design of every game is meant to punish you for grinding because the enemies get progressively harder the more battles you fight. Shit some parts of the game are impossible to beat if you spent any time grinding since you don't have the equipment to even stand a chance against random encounters.
Played, finished the unleashed bosses and that whatever dungeon.
>Legend of Mana
Pretty, I like the gem people storyline the most.
Played, but not finishing it. Mixing and matching bugs wasn't exactly my favorite.
Played, also played the sequel. The sequel kinda sucks. They have the stupid thought that having around 15 combo per person is a good idea. Usually for each combat i just entered the combo and watch tv or read a book for 5 minutes until it's finished.
1 is good, 2 not so much. Lost the originality.
Romancing is nice, great artstyle too. Also hard to learn? That shit is piss easy. now Unlimited Saga though, that one was fucking hard.
Played this. It's ok, but i don't exactly like how the characters you spend times building can go old, weak and dead. Sure it's kinda cool in the story aspect but still sucks.
Also no one mentions the first Saga Frontier? That one have a cool, colorful battle skills and trippy last bosses.
fucking saga frontier was great, wish they would have made it about gustav-the motherfucking steel -only, loved the idea of a dude that was born with magic, in a world were magic was key, and had to trust in his brain and steel weapons
>Romancing is nice, great artstyle too. Also hard to learn? That shit is piss easy. now Unlimited Saga though, that one was fucking hard.
The art looked terrible on stills and I think a lot of complaints were about how ugly it looked in screenshots. But when the game was actually moving the characters looked great I think, the general world was beautiful too.
The difficulty part I mean is that there were no quest markers or general hints to where you progress next and it was really open ended in a lot of ways which people outside japan aren't really accustomed to in rpgs. The fact that enemies got stronger as you fought more random battles and the skill system being the classic complex saga way probably confused a lot of people too.
I loved the shit out of that game, but I can admit it probably turned away a lot of people who only gave it an hour or two to win them over. Unlimited Saga was a whole different kind of difficult though. I hated it when it first came out, but eventually went back and played it again and appreciated it a bit more.
I never really see people talk about (or at least praise) the xenosaga series. Its only ever how immaculate xenogears was or how they either love/hate the blade series.
I tried to get into the Xenosaga series. I really did. I played the first one to completion, got about halfway through the second, and never once touched the third.
I don't know why I couldn't get into it. Maybe it was the multitude of cutscenes? I dunno. I'm sure I didn't give it a fair shot.
It would have been better as a movie or anime in all honesty
The games were all over the place in quality on the gameplay and it really lacked a lot of depth in the combat I thought
FUCK THEM AND WHAT THEY DID TO SAGA 2
FUCK THEM FOR MESSING WITH SORAYA SAGA
ALSO THESE GAMES ARE EVEN MORE CUTSCENE HEAVY THAN FUCKING FINAL FANTASY 13 AND METAL GEAR COMBINED
it wasn't actually a very good series. the second game was especially terrible. it's better to just keep putting kosmos in crossover games and forget the rest of the series existed.
But you can skip the cut scenes, I don't understand.
Xenosaga will always be one of my favorite RPG's.
It's talked about, but mostly complaints.
Usually about ep 2 being shit compared to the first and questions about whether or not it can be skipped.
Ep 2 really isn't actually that bad. It's just broken: you only need Kos Mos, Junior, and Momo; cast elemental swords, then combo the shit out of the enemies.
I found 2 to have the best story.
Jr.'s and Albedo's past was a thrill to watch through.
Battle system did downgrade a lot though, especially when 3 came along. 1 had the perfect gameplay style, why did they have to change it.
>xenosaga & hack
For me these 2 have the same flaw. The series are almost the same game spread in 3-4 installments. For each i played the shit out of the first one and got bored of the 2nd one.
My favorite team is
Dias Precis Chisato Opera
Opera Vectra shits on them all
That fucking skill where she fires plasma balls, Alpha on One or something, that shit is broken especially when maxed out, continuous stun locking of the enemy when combined with Claude
>decide to man the fuck up and buy the ps2 games since I only beat 1 and watched //sign
>find 1 cheap, 2 cheaper
>3 is $80
>4 is over $160
WHAT THE FUUUU
>Start 1 over again to refresh my memory on the story, blown away with nostalgia
>raped by first boss because I didn't feel like grinding
agree that xenogears is overrated
third one is an adequate game, definitely worth getting to. Second game is meh but it still has parts that I like.
second one is awful compared to the INCREDIBLE quality that the first one put out. Kos mos is fucking 12/10 waifu tier though, shion too honestly. Had the biggest crush on both of them growing up.
2 was bad but I wouldn't say shit. Seeing the backstory to rubedo/albedo/nigredo was entirely worth it.
honestly, 2 is easily the worst of the 3 but it is still worth getting through if you fell in love with the first one. Also has one of the hypest trailers I ever saw. had to rip it off of an archive of gamespot years ago after I discovered that this trailer is nowhere to be found.
I still get chills watching this
I always feel bad for people who didn't buy all the copies when they could.
Owning all of the disks feels so good.
Agreed, Shana was too pure maiden, her replacement probably had a penis, and Rose... Did you ever notice her Demon Gate Dragoon magic is actually a gateway in to her vagina? I'm serious.
I hate what happened to the Grandia series.
The sad thing is, they did it to themselves. They made the mistake of thinking that everyone loved the games for the combat system.
Which, isn't entirely inaccurate. But it was the combination of a good battle system + a good story that compelled me to play them.
Grandia 1? Amazing game of childlike adventure and wonder. Similar to Lunar: SSSC
Grandia 2? A more mature and thought provoking game about the nature of good and evil / religion. Similar to Lunar: Eternal Blue
Grandia 3? I honestly don't remember much about this one. Something to do with a kid and an airplane...?
And don't even get me started on Grandia:Xtreme. That game is literally just "look at our awesome battle system: the game"
I think my final 4 for beating the secret dungeon was Claude/Ashton/Dias/Rena or Claude/Ashton/Celine/Rena
Yeah Dias was a faggot, but you pretty much only need one mage, and i like Celine over Leon.
I feel pretty much the same as your image except for disk 4. I was pretty diligent about farming cores through the other disks but disk 4 had me do a ridiculous amount of core farming.
The Legend of Heroes series. (Kiseki series)
It's slipped under the radar since it's not localized.
It will be getting a bit more attention with the SC localisation soon (maybe).
But yeah, it is a great series that only a few people on 4chan have played.
Completely mundane, non-special, animu SRPG that's easy as fuck and has an abysmal translations. Still one of my most favorite games due to it's simplicity, multiple endings and just being a fucking SRPG with motherfucking ROBOTS.
It pisses me of to no end that I never got the play the .hack because they were never localised to PAL.
I guess.. I do remember seeing the ads in gaming magazines though. They really emphasized the "your actions depict who you are" mechanic but.. for the most part I don't it remember it really mattering.. And as an adult it's a lot easier picking the right choices in regard to when to say something ballsy vs playing it safe or avoiding a fight. Then again I'm sure it affects acquiring certain crew members.
>No mention of pic related
Underrated and well done. Almost reminiscent of Chrono Trigger.
Honorable mentions: Sands of Destruction, Saiyuki: Journey West
Dunno if BFMusashi counts.
Nope, on gamefaqs you'll find a lot of guides steal shamelessly from actual printed and published guides for things like that. Or they'll steal a faq from another language and just put the right names in.
Arc the Lad.
It came out (na ver) at the dying stage of psx so not many people play them.
Are you niggers serious? I can't believe Threads of Fate hasn't been mentioned. This PS1 title consumed weeks of my life. The replay value is wonderful for this game.
Yakuza Ishin, Yakuza 5, Dragon Quest VII 3DS (a remake that outstands, and outshines the original in every damn way), Zero no kiseki evolution, Ao no kiseki evolution, Sen no kiseki, Sen no kiseki 2, Phantasy Star Nova.
I disagree, Rue had the best story, although Mint's was enjoyable as well.
Wonky? I don't think so, but I remember movement being almost too fast and falling off ledges a lot.
That scene must be one of my favorite ones in JRPGs.
>Asks for good RPGs
>Posts a J"RPG"
Bought all 3 and they set on my shelf forever because I tried to play through the first one several times and ended up dropping it .
Finally powered through it last year and it only got better once I finished the first one.
I was really dreading 2 since everyone shits all over it, but I enjoyed it a lot more.
I have never seen this game mentioned on /v/, holy shit is it fucking rough for a tactics game and there's a god damn decision to make after nearly every mission that changes your route/party members.
>under the radar
Yes, if you're talking about the GBC one.
The game that restored my faith in Square, really
It's funny because that is exactly why xtreme is my favorite, with the first game being a close second. I never actually played 2 though. And I agree that 3 was shit.
3 had all of the worse anime shit in it. Girl sees her brother kill her god in front of her fucking face right before he starts to choke her to death. "Oh he must have a good reason though!! I still love him!! :D". Then end with a final boss yelling about how "all love must perish" or whatever. They also made it amazingly easy and at the same time half ruined the combat stystem with those stupid air combos and worse mana eggs/skill books.
GBA version, but the psp extra chapter was included in the end. Google Didja Redo.
Sure thing OP
Linda Cube Again
Venus & Braves
Tengai Makyou Series
Sakura Taisen Series
Digimon World games
Super Robot Wars series
Metal Max series, Metal Max 2 is a masterpiece
Marl Oukoku Series, with the PS2 game being really really good
some others I may be forgetting right now, but they're all 9/10 games in an average, with some dips here and there but great games in general.
>People like Saga Frontier
I have to say, even now.
It's the hardest Squaresoft RPG to date in my honest opinion. I can't do shit in that game, and I can't enjoy it.
>Under the radar.
THREADS OF FATE