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Well After the top 50 games thread, and the upcoming release of XenoBlade in Canada, I've been on a JRPG craze. Working on FFXIII right now, and compared to a lot of older JRPG's it's just utter crap (auto recover, and auto attack, really?). I'm looking at selling some of my old crummy games and trading them in for some old JRPG's at a local Retro games store. I already have an extensive JRPG collection, but my PS1 and PS2 systems could use more games. Been wondering if people could give me some recommendations.

I already own Chrono Cross, XenoGears and Final Fantasy IX, but plan to work on them

Not new to the JRPG world, beat FFX and played most of FFVII and FFXII. Chrono Trigger and Super Mario RPG are two of my favorite JRPG's, but I also love Lost Odyssey and I think the games I referenced are the type of games I will be nuts for. I have a list of the better rated games, but I want to know why individuals liked specific titles, and if it's still worth playing.

Below is a list of Playstation and Sega JRPG's I wish to own one day, those crossed out I already have. I can't afford all these at full price, but you would be surprised what you can find garage sale hunting.

Brave Fencer Musashi (Reminds me of Goemon: Mystical Ninja)
Breath of Fire III, IV and maybe V
Chrono Cross
Crisis Core: FFVII
Dark Cloud 1 & 2
Dragon Quest VII (Opinions?)
Dragon Quest VIII
Drakengard 1 & 2
Final Fantasy Anthology
Final Fantasy VII, VIII, IX, X, X-2, XII
Front Mission 3 & 4
Grandia 1, 2 and maybe 3 (If I can afford it, I know this series is expensive)
Jeanne d'Arc
La Pucelle: Tactics
Legend of Dragoon
Shadow Hearts: Covanent
Star Ocean: First Departure
Star Ocean: The Second Story/Second Evolution
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
Suikoden 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Tactics
Tales of Legendia/Desitiny/Desitiny 2/World
Vagrant Story
Valkyria Chronicles 2
Valkyrie Profile 1, 2, Lenneth and CotP (DS)
XenoSaga 1
, 2, 3


Grandia 2 (If I find it for DC, I'll get it for this system)
Skies of Arcadia (Either Dreamcast of Gamecube, I own both consoles)

I will also likely pick up Ogre Battle for N64.

Note: I plan to get Tales of the Abyss for 3DS. I played it on PS2, and I definatly liked it.

Any more suggestions? For those who have played the Lunar franchise, what is it like?


This is a dream list of mine to....well with my Nintendo, Sega, and MS collection, complete my video game collection up to 1990 (exclusing Sega 32X and Saturn). It will take me a while to complete, but man will I enjoy playing these games when I get them all.

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Shadow Hearts: Covenant  It's the second one, it got really good reviews. And it's my 2nd favorite PS2 JRPG to FFX.  
It's also developed by a large of the amount of people who co-developed lost odyssey. Nauhtilus or something like that they changed their names like 3 times.
I actually found the Lost Odyssey battle system, a worse version of the judgement ring that's in this series.

Persona 3 FES (though this had only control 1 character like FFXIII,  great story), and Persona 4 (doesn't have this issue, but worse story and characters imo)

I didn't really like many PS2 JRPG's. 

Vagrant Story, Parasite Eve (Make Sure 1, 2 imo sucked). Parasite is probably my favorite story from the PSX generation.
and Suikoden II. Those are kind of staples that everyone recomends though.

I thought legend of dragoon was like power rangers. It entertained me, but don't really ever want to touch it again. I find it's talked about too hightly here even though it was more hokey, and had a decent battle system for back then, but it's been down way better since.

Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy Tactics
Wild Arms
Thousand Arms
Breath of Fire III
Breath of Fire IV

Star Ocean The Second Story
Tales of Destiny (Also known as Tales of Eternia)
Tales of Phantasia (Japanese version translated via emulator)
Persona 1
Persona 2 Innocent Sin (Translated via Emulator)
Persona 2 Eternal Punishment

Brave Fencer Mushashi
Dragon Quest VII
Final Fantasy Origins
Final Fantasy Chronicles
Final Fantasy Anthology
Legend of Mana
Lunar Silver Star Story
Lunar Eternal Blue

Parasite Eve
Parasite Eve 2
Valkyrie Profile
Rhapsody Musical Adventure
Saga Frontier
Saga Frontier 2
Azure Dreams
Vagrant Story
Suikoden I
Suikoden II

Final Fantasy XII
Final Fantasy X-2 (Beware)
Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
Tales of the Abyss

Tales of Legendia
Tales of Destiny 2
Rogue Galaxy
Star Ocean Till the End of Time
Persona 3
Persona 4
Dark Cloud
Dark Cloud 2
Disgaea Hour of Darkness
Disgaea 2
La Pucelle Tactics
Makai Kingdom/Wars (Forgot the full name)
Phantom Brave
Radiata Stories
Valkyrie Profile 2 Silmeria
Breath of Fire Dragon Quarter
Shin Megami Tensei Series (Devil Survivor and Digital Saga)
Grandia II
Grandia III
Grandia Xtreme
Magna Carta
Odin Sphere
Phantasy Star Universe
Romancing Saga
Shadow Hearts
Shadow Hearts II
Shining Force series
Steambot Chronicles
Suikoden III
Suikoden IV
Suikoden V
Xenosaga Episode I
Xenosaga Episode II
Xenosaga Episode III
YS Series

There are others I might of missed and of course I excluded the ones you want/have.

Edit: Ones in bold are must get.


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Valkyrie Profile 1 & 2. Both are quite mature JRPG's with great art styles and extremely satisfactory battle systems.

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I already own Chrono Cross, XenoGears and Final Fantasy IX, but plan to work on it. Other games I am looking at buying include The Legend of Dragoon (PS1), Dragon Quest VIII (PS2), Drakengard (PS2), Front Mission 3 (PS1) and ICO (not a JRPG, but still excellent).




Alundra 2 is an Action RPG Puzzle game. A hidden gem from PS1 era. I couldn't think of anything else since a poster above made a list of pretty much every RPG in existence.

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Digital devil saga 1 & 2 (2 part story).
SMT: Nocturn aka SMT: Lucifer's Call

i am not sure if you said if you had it but FFX in PS2 is easily the best JRPG for the system.

Of those you didn't mention my favorites are:
Persona 3:FES and Persona 4
Kingdom Hearts I + II
FFX-2 (well, many people hate it though.. I love it, think it's a great game in its own right :p)

I'd say you missed Valkyrie Profile, and this though not on PSX was on N64 and was great: Ogre Battle 64.
Final Fantasy tactics was also a big game.

I heard both Kingdom Hearts games were unforgettable on the PS2, and if you'll mention Ico, why not try Shadow of the Colossus?

And it seems you yet have to get your hands on FFVIII, incredible game.

Other series that come to mind are Suikoden, Lunar and Star Ocean. I haven't played much of Suikoden or Star Ocean but my friend told me great things about them, I only played a bit of Lunar 2, it was good but I got bored. Cutscenes were really nice there though and tactics were cool.

Vagrant Story was interesting, but a little too slow for me.

Xenogears (which you already own) and Final Fantasy 8 were my two favourites - but I also really liked Final Fantasy 7, Vagrant Story, and the Wild Arms games. Final Fantasy 9 felt more like a watered down FF7, a little more generic in flavour as well - not saying it is bad (I like the game a lot), but take FF7 over it.

If you like Chrono Trigger, get your hands on Skies of Arcadia (for Dreamcast and Gamecube disk for Wii) which has a very similar battle system, character cast, and mood.

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