#1 Posted by hershelgeorgelives (86 posts) -

So anyway, Im tired of seeing JRPGS being trashed on these forums. I want to know what the best JRPG all of you have ever played is. I expect a lot of Niers and such. I've got to go with a strange one, Mother 3. That game was amazing. Hands down it had the balls to do things that no other video game has done. It focused on issues of death and family relationships, was funny, and had a kick ass soundtrack to boot. I've never played a game quite like it. But I want to know what all of your favorites are, So do tell.

#2 Posted by Master_Funk (749 posts) -

Not a fan of most JRPGs, but Persona 3 is one my all time favourite games, so I'm gonna go with that.

#3 Posted by Slay3r1583 (684 posts) -

Suikoden 2. It has a fucking Iron Chef minigame.

#4 Posted by Doctorchimp (4175 posts) -


Demon's Souls.

Dragon Quest VIII

#5 Posted by RoboRobb (1090 posts) -

Persona 4!

#6 Posted by PixelPrinny (1076 posts) -

This is now like the 100th thread I have said these two games: Xenogears and Final Fantasy VI. They are the best of the best. Better than Mother, better than Suikoden, better than Chrono Trigger, better than Persona, better than Dragon Quest, better than any Tales of game. I know this because I am just amazing like that (true story).

Seriously though, everyone's entitled to their own opinion. Those opinions just happen to be wrong if they're anything but Xenogears and Final Fantasy VI. Ohh ho ho ho ho!

Have JRPGs been getting trashed on here lately? Seems like they've been quietly just goin' along doing their own thing while everyone rants and raves about ME3. Maybe I'm just missing these threads, but I would have imagined being more active in my friends feed if JRPGs were being attacked. :P

#7 Posted by TwoLines (3177 posts) -

Suikoden 2, FF IX, Chrono Cross. Yeah, I'll go with these three.

#8 Posted by chrissedoff (2245 posts) -

I agree with Mother 3.

#9 Posted by Morrow (1870 posts) -


Of all time: I'd say Secret of Mana and Terranigma.

My favourite JRPG on the PS3 however would be Eternal Sonata.

#10 Posted by Special_K (125 posts) -

Yay Earthbound! It's either that or FFVI, I think.

#11 Posted by Lazyaza (2320 posts) -

Front Mission 3. Though I suppose its not a "regular" jrpg. No whiny emo androgynous teens for one thing, just awesome adult characters in giant robots kicking the living shit out of each other in a game with one of the coolest stories ever that even had an alternate universe version on the same damn disc. Fucking hell Squares abandonment of the franchise still pisses me off, and 4 never even released here and 5 never got translated garrhhh.

#12 Posted by Gillard (26 posts) -

I have a weird list.

Final Fantasy VIII, Super Mario RPG and I know a lot of people hated it, but The Legend of Dragoon.

#13 Posted by Skanker (255 posts) -

Mother 3



#14 Posted by mattdragn (93 posts) -

Panzer Dragoon Saga easily. Atmospheric and an awesome combat system. Story was great too.

Nocturne was pretty rad as well.

#15 Edited by Pepsiman (2768 posts) -

Now, I bet judging by my avatar, you're expecting me to say how much I love Persona 4 at the top of my lungs. I do think that's a pretty damn great game, and I've written my fair share of creepy threads as a result of that adoration, and that continues to be unwavering even if the severe merchandising of it all is really wearing me down. But that answer would be unoriginal and will probably be uttered by who knows how many old fans of the first Endurance Run.

So instead I'm going to be the one person who says Barkley, Shut Up and Jam Gaiden: Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley Saga. For a dumb freeware game that exists mostly as a joke sequel of both Barkley, Shut Up and Jam and the movie Space Jam, it is not only surprisingly playable (despite the perspective, the gameplay is more like Mario RPG and its ilk rather than other traditional JRPGS), but also humorously very well-written, taking itself just seriously enough for you to be in on it all. It's a short game, granted, but it's a great experience for what it is. And...

You'll never really feel the same about video game bosses once you fight Bill Cosby as Ghost Dad.

You can make the argument about whether it's a "true" JRPG since it was made by a Western team, but since a lot of it is so fundamentally riffing on how the SNES Final Fantasy games looked and played (among other games, naturally), I'd argue it's close enough. I'll just leave a video of the first portion of the game. Tracking down the download version should be easy enough without my help.

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#16 Posted by DeF (5236 posts) -
#17 Posted by Anund (1040 posts) -

Demon's Souls and Dark Souls obviously, they are both amazing. Aside from those, the only JRPG I truly enjoyed was FFVII.

#18 Posted by Pink_o_mat (221 posts) -

Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 9 and Secret of Mana

#19 Posted by StrikeALight (1130 posts) -

Persona 3, 4 and Xenoblade in recent years. I'm pretty much done with the genre now, though.

#20 Posted by supermike6 (3776 posts) -

Persona 3 and 4 obviously, but if you're willing to count Nier as an RPG then I'd probably rank that above both those games.

#21 Edited by killacam (1321 posts) -

earthbound, final fantasy VI and VII, and right now i'm playing through xenogears, a fantastic game that moves along faster than any jrpg i've ever played. chrono trig and mario rpg get very honourable mentions.

#22 Posted by BeachThunder (13351 posts) -
#23 Posted by RuthLoose (874 posts) -
#24 Posted by mwng (1031 posts) -

No love for Pokémon yet?
Also, Valkyria Chronicles is really really good.

#25 Posted by Cincaid (3048 posts) -
#26 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2735 posts) -

Persona 3.

#27 Posted by Vexxan (4627 posts) -

Persona 3 FES.

#28 Posted by Gargantuan (1896 posts) -

I've only played two. Demon's and Dark Souls. I think Demon's Souls is a tiny bit better overall than Dark Souls but it's close.

#29 Posted by TobbRobb (5243 posts) -

FFX, I refuse to give up my childhood RPG.

Persona 4 and FFVII are both up there though. I like most Jrpgs, but those 3 are the ones I wanted to spend a ridicolous amount of time in.


#30 Posted by JusticeJanitor (329 posts) -

Persona 4, Chrono Trigger, Skies of Arcadia and Final Fantasy VII. Maybe Tales Of Symphonia.

#31 Posted by CanuckEh (312 posts) -

I'm a sucker for the SNES games: Final Fantasy 3/6, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG...and wish that someone out there would make RPGs as accessible as those games.

...so someone please correct me and say someone in 2012 has made a JRPG as accessible as those.

#32 Posted by MosaicM80 (325 posts) -

Earthbound and FFVII. I know FFVII tends to be a little ridiculed for whatever reasons, but it was the first FF game I really got in to. Even though I was young enough to get into FFVI, I never really did. In fact, I never finished FFVI and I still regret that to this day. I still love earthbound to death though. I've heard good things about mother 3 as well.

#33 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

Panzer Dragoon Saga is pretty goddamn awesome. It's like somebody turned Star Fox into an RPG that manages to kick the shit out of everything else on the market.

#34 Posted by zDarkHerald (54 posts) -

Final Fantasy IX, Lost Odyssey and if they count as a JRPG then the Pokemon games 

#35 Posted by Petiew (1385 posts) -

Final Fantasy IX and Dragon Quest VIII.

#36 Posted by Morningstar (2327 posts) -

Final Fantasy VII, Resonance Of Fate, Persona 4. If you consider Demon's Souls a jrpg, then throw that in there too.

#37 Posted by Baconbot (118 posts) -

Chrono Trigger and Persona 4 are the first that come to my mind.

#38 Posted by SoldierG654342 (1872 posts) -
#39 Posted by RecallBerserk (145 posts) -

Xenoblade Chronicles

#40 Posted by Unchained (1091 posts) -

I really loved Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV, and Final Fantasy VI in my SNES days. 
I haven't really played many JRPGs since then.

#41 Posted by nick_verissimo (1440 posts) -

Persona 3, but growing up I absolutely loved the Golden Sun games. I replayed those over and over again and are still two of my most beloved games.

#42 Posted by Cloudenvy (5874 posts) -

Persona 3.

#43 Posted by Animasta (14827 posts) -

if Nier counts than that, otherwise SMT3: Nocturne.

#44 Posted by SefaRed (130 posts) -

I loved Secret of Mana back in the day. But since then I've grown to hate JRPG's.

#45 Posted by Bulby33 (655 posts) -

Chrono Trigger is my favorite.

#46 Posted by gorkamorkaorka (512 posts) -

Final Fantasy VII. Kefka has no real motivation other than just being crazy. The materia system is much better than the Esper one. There is more advancement and it is more complicated. After the floating continent, the flow of the story breaks completely.

#47 Posted by Sooty (8195 posts) -

Persona 4

#48 Posted by DeF (5236 posts) -
#49 Posted by Grixxel (846 posts) -

Chrono Trigger, Xenogears,FF7 and 8.

#50 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

Probably Chrono Trigger