#1 Edited by Purpz (81 posts) -

Hi all, just wanted to hear the community's opinion on this. What do you guys think is the all round RPG? I'm looking for something to sink a shit load of time in until Borderlands 2 come out. I'm in love with the Bethesda games, (Fallout, TES, ect) and I do play RPG's a lot. And if anyone's got any suggestions, please put them forward.

Also, I love reading peoples opinion's, so chat away.

Purpz

EDIT : By RPG I was really talking about anything. I'm a very open gamer, so anything really. Just something you would personally refer as a 'RPG' game.

#2 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

I'm by no means an RPG expert. But the best RPG I've ever played where I literally was addicted to playing for hours on end was The Witcher. Was simply charmed and attracted by every aspect of it, one of my most memorable experiences, and IMO the one game in my massive library that deserves to be called "unique". If you do everything in the game it takes up to 70 hours I've heard.

#3 Edited by laserbolts (5314 posts) -

I just finished the witcher 2 and it was one of the better RPGs i've played in the last few years. I played on 360 and it was a fine experience even though the PC version looks wayyy better. Also the impression I get is that picking a certain path completely changes the game so I am soon going to start a second playthrough. Oh and I didn't play the first one so it is fine to just jump into the second one.

#4 Posted by Scrawnto (2436 posts) -

Fallout 2, hands down, though it doesn't have any of the action trappings of a Bethesda RPG or Borderlands. Super Mario RPG comes second for me, but I don't think that's what you're looking for.

#5 Posted by Video_Game_King (36106 posts) -

How strict is our definition?

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#6 Posted by Jesna (73 posts) -

That question is ridiculously broad. Are we talking RPGs out of Japan or the West? Do SRPGs or ARPGs count, not to mention MMOs? Do you care more about story or mechanics, and if so what kind of mechanics? No game can possibly be the 'best' RPG without a stricter definition.

So I guess what I am saying is go play Baldur's Gate 2 or something.

#7 Posted by Purpz (81 posts) -

@Scrawnto said:

Super Mario RPG comes second for me, but I don't think that's what you're looking for.

A Super Mario RPG? Is that for the SNES or something?

#8 Posted by Demoskinos (14590 posts) -

Dragon Age:Orgins is by far the best RPG ever. They do choice and moral ambiguity better than any other game. The combat is tactical and fun and the six different Orgin stories give you a distinctly different outlook giving TONS of reason to re-roll characters over and over. Also, the more is actually really well done even if it does borrow fairly heavily at times from LotR.

#9 Posted by Demoskinos (14590 posts) -

Ugh... damn mobile site. Meant *lore* not more

#10 Edited by believer258 (11682 posts) -

@Purpz said:

@Scrawnto said:

Super Mario RPG comes second for me, but I don't think that's what you're looking for.

A Super Mario RPG? Is that for the SNES or something?

Oh boy.

Yes, that one was for the SNES, but there have been other Mario RPG's since then.

EDIT: Well, OK. Skyrim, I guess, but I can't really name a single all-out favorite.

#11 Posted by Socialone (202 posts) -

Even though it's my favorite genre, I've been playing RPGs for only 5 years. So far, my favorites are Dragon Age Origins and Oblivion, but I hear Baldur's Gate and Morrowind are both superior to their successors. I should get around to play them someday.

#12 Posted by Scrawnto (2436 posts) -

@believer258 said:

@Purpz said:

@Scrawnto said:

Super Mario RPG comes second for me, but I don't think that's what you're looking for.

A Super Mario RPG? Is that for the SNES or something?

Oh boy.

Yes, that one was for the SNES, but there have been other Mario RPG's since then.

Yes, I am indeed talking about Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, for the SNES. Developed by Squaresoft, actually.

#13 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@laserbolts said:

I just finished the witcher 2 and it was one of the better RPGs i've played in the last few years. I played on 360 and it was a fine experience even though the PC version looks wayyy better. Also the impression I get is that picking a certain path completely changes the game so I am soon going to start a second playthrough. Oh and I didn't play the first one so it is fine to just jump into the second one.

He said: 
@Purpz said:

I'm looking for something to sink a shit load of time in 

 
And Witcher 2 ends in 20 hours.
#14 Posted by Slay3r1583 (601 posts) -

Suikoden 2

It has an Iron Chef mini-game. So that trumps everything else ever. Oh and there is a great story, interesting characters, and a fun battle system.

#15 Posted by CaLe (3916 posts) -

Probably Skyrim.

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#16 Posted by mosespippy (4051 posts) -

Dark Souls is a pretty great RPG. The mechanics of combat are down to a science and you can really spec out your characters in quite a few different ways so replaying the game is fun and different. It's basically open world once you beat the tutorial boss. It can be completed anywhere from level 1 to level 713. It can take under two hours to finish for experts or 120 hours for people on their first run through. The mulitplayer adds an extra dimension to the game. Hunting down other players is really intense in a game where everybody is focusing perfect execution of combat. One mistake and the battle is most likely lost so don't let your guard down.

#17 Posted by jorbear (2517 posts) -

Planescape.

#18 Posted by Danteveli (1165 posts) -

Fallout 2 is best RPG ever closely followed with Planescape and Baldurs gate.

#19 Posted by Bumpton (441 posts) -
#20 Posted by Doctorchimp (4071 posts) -

@Purpz: What consoles are we talking here?

#21 Posted by AlexW00d (6198 posts) -

@Danteveli said:

Fallout 2 is best RPG ever closely followed with Planescape and Baldurs gate.

This is probably the correct answer, or at least, these three games.

#22 Edited by L1GHTN1N (439 posts) -

Kind of a broad question, there are so many types of RPGs these days. For a newish one The Witcher 2 is fantastic, fun combat system and a great story with plenty of grey moral choices. For something a little more traditional Dragon Age: Origins is probably the best option now, it plays like Baldur's Gate or Icewind Dale with a few modern touches; it's also on sale this week on Amazon for $5 in the US or $10 for both of them. Some people like the second, some don't, but for $5 it's worth checking out.

Also there's my personal favorite Persona 3/4 for the PS2. They are JRPGs with an AMAZING story, great characters, and the social links are great. They also will probably last you until Borderlands 2 comes out, 3 took me 86 hours and 4 took me 68 hours to finish without doing a lot of the side quests and not including time lost to death.

Super Mario RPG for the SNES is the best RPG on that console which is saying something. Buy it on the Wii Virtual Console for $8 or get it through an emulator, you need to play that game.

#23 Posted by McShank (1629 posts) -

Chrono Trigger is run, FF9 is awesome, any of the Fallout games are great. Or if you really want a game that you can sink endless hours into, Try a Disgaea game, you will farm your life away.

#24 Posted by laserbolts (5314 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic said:

@laserbolts said:

I just finished the witcher 2 and it was one of the better RPGs i've played in the last few years. I played on 360 and it was a fine experience even though the PC version looks wayyy better. Also the impression I get is that picking a certain path completely changes the game so I am soon going to start a second playthrough. Oh and I didn't play the first one so it is fine to just jump into the second one.

He said:
@Purpz said:

I'm looking for something to sink a shit load of time in

And Witcher 2 ends in 20 hours.

If you do one playthrough but it definetly seems like a game that would warrant a second playthrough.

#25 Posted by Roger778 (955 posts) -

I would recommend Dragon Age Origins if you want an epic Role-playing Game that is very story-driven, and has combat that can be very tactical.

I also love Fallout 3, and the Mass Effect series, which focuses on a combination of role-playing and shooting.

#26 Posted by Red (5994 posts) -

Surprised it took so long for someone to mention Persona 3/4. Both games took me around 85 hours to complete, and could probably help your wait for Borderlands 2, if you're into JRPGs. I'd also recommend the Fire Emblem series, if you're in the mood for some turn-based strategy.

As far as CRPGs go, Dragon Age is pretty much the pinnacle of traditional RPGs. I'm not saying it's better than Baldur's Gate, just that it was released a decade later, and a decade of technology does a lot of good for a game. But, hey, if you think you can deal with the old systems and graphics, definitely give the Baldur's Gate series a spin. The enhanced edition is due sometime this summer and will up the resolution to modern standards, and, although it takes some time to get used to, it's still a pretty great game. I played it for the first time earlier this year, and probably sunk a good 40 hours into it before I got sidetracked. I should really go finish it.

#27 Posted by thebipsnbeeps (545 posts) -

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. Luigi tells the best stories.

#28 Edited by dabe (299 posts) -

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Or Deus Ex 1)

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

Knights of the Old Republic

Outcast

Morrowind

Baldurs Gate II

Planescape: Torment

Fallout 1 & 2 & possibly 3

Alpha Protocol

Yakuza 1, 2, 3, 4

...among others.

#29 Posted by katanalauncher (215 posts) -

Planescape Torment is the only answer

#30 Posted by D_W (1129 posts) -

Suikoden 2 is often considered the greatest jRPG of the PS1 era, if not ever. It certainly give you a lot to do and has pretty decent story especially for it's time. 

Koudelka is my personal favorite RPG on the original Playstation. Though it's fairly short, being only about 6 to 8 hours long. 
 
SMT: Nocturne for the PS2 will consume your soul. There is a lot to do in that game and it's quite long. It's also really hard but very rewarding.
 

#31 Posted by Silvergun (297 posts) -

PC side, it's really hard to beat Baldur's Gate 2. The game is just brilliant, and it's still a lot of fun to play today. That's one of the reasons I always hesitate to recommend Planescape to people, the story and writing are awesome to be sure, but that game has aged extremely poorly. BG2 (and Icewind Dale 2, which is also totally worth checking out) hasn't and I think that lets it take the crown.

Console side, I can't speak highly enough of Valkyrie Profile. The game is downright gorgeous (and this is on the PS1 no less!), has a fantastic soundtrack, and has what I still consider the best combat system ever in a JRPG. Probably the most striking thing about the game is that is really does an excellent job portraying its world as a dark, hopeless place, even better than stuff like Diablo does. I mean, every person who winds up joining your party joins after dying, usually under pretty grim circumstances. Also one of the main characters is totally Guts from Berserk, so that's good times.

If you do play it, play with a guide. The best ending pretty much demands it.

#32 Posted by Aronleon (739 posts) -

If you can get your hands on Persona 3 or 4 on PS2, both games will give you an incredible amount of content and things to do. Fallout 2 is great but be warned the game is pretty though. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door for the Game Cube is so much fun, Super Mario RPG, Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Triger all for the Snes all great on their own. And of course The Witcher and the Witcher 2 for the PC.

#33 Posted by glyn (382 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

Dragon Age:Orgins is by far the best RPG ever. They do choice and moral ambiguity better than any other game. The combat is tactical and fun and the six different Orgin stories give you a distinctly different outlook giving TONS of reason to re-roll characters over and over. Also, the more is actually really well done even if it does borrow fairly heavily at times from LotR.

This

#34 Posted by TadThuggish (906 posts) -

Mass Effect 3

#35 Posted by supermonkey122 (813 posts) -

Pokemon.

#36 Posted by Bleeble (95 posts) -

Final Fantasy Tactics, I have invested hundreds of hours into that game.

#37 Posted by pornstorestiffi (4909 posts) -

Personally, i would have to go with Star Wars: Knights of the old Republic. Its probably the only RPG i have completed at least 10 times.

#38 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

NBA Jam

#39 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

Baldur's Gate 2 is the best all-round RPG of all time.

#40 Posted by GiantBomber (350 posts) -

This is just my opinion, but play the Dungeon Siege series.. seriously WWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW. (Not so much DS3)

#41 Posted by DillonWerner (1526 posts) -

Planescape Tormet is fantastic, and I'm madly in love with Morrowind.

#42 Posted by Nightriff (4930 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

Dragon Age:Orgins is by far the best RPG ever. They do choice and moral ambiguity better than any other game. The combat is tactical and fun and the six different Orgin stories give you a distinctly different outlook giving TONS of reason to re-roll characters over and over. Also, the more is actually really well done even if it does borrow fairly heavily at times from LotR.

Agreed, play DA:O and you will get your money worth easily.

#43 Posted by amiirasri (14 posts) -

NEVERWINTER NIGHTS!

It looks a bit dated but still nice. The spells have decent effects and really it doesn't hurt your eyes. The point is that the graphics won't get in the way of gameplay.

The main campaigns are meh at first, but some are really good as you go towards more expansions.

There are some amazing modules out there to play. I still boot it up once in a while to find new stuff to play or replay anything I have 'forgotten'. There are so many stories to experience

However, combat is not as fast as anything like Mass Effect/Skyrim and ESPECIALLY NOT Diablo/Dungeon Siege so if you want action don't play NWN.