PSX JRPG's

#1 Posted by N3onThr33 (380 posts) -

Whenever I hear people complain about JRPGs they say they haven't evolved really other than graphically. So with that in mind, and if it's true, would I be able to play a Playstion One JRPG like Chrono Cross or Final Fantasy VII and get the same experience without feeling like I was playing a bad, dated video game? I realize that the graphics would be PSX graphics, but I'm fine with that. Any advice is welcome, and so are recommendations for games. Thanks.

#2 Posted by drac96 (674 posts) -

I played Chrono Cross again last year. I still believe it's an amazing game that holds up due to its unique battle system.  
 
I don't understand why you're looking for recommendations  though. Have you played many PSX Rpgs and want to know if they stand up? Or have you played none of them and want to see if you still can without them seeming terrible?

#3 Posted by N3onThr33 (380 posts) -

I've played none of them, well, I played a couple hours into FFVII and it was still fine. I'm just wondering what would be some good ones to pick up if they're still fun to play.

#4 Posted by McGhee (6075 posts) -

The PS1 was the Golden Age of the JRPG. Games to play: 
WILD ARMS 
Grandia 
Xenogears 
Breath of Fire 3 & 4 
Suikoden 2 (expensive purchase nowadays) 
Alundra 
Brave Fencer Musashi 
Final Fantasy Tactics 
Final Fantasy 7, 8, 9 
 
And others, but this is off the top of my head.

#5 Posted by Animasta (14723 posts) -

I'm actually playing through Persona 2: Innocent Sin right now and really enjoying it.
 
well, if the battle system wasn't so fucking slow D:

#6 Posted by EVO (3941 posts) -

Ask people what their favourite JRPG is, and I think most would say one from the SNES - PSX era. So if anything, JRPGs are worse today than back then.

#7 Posted by drac96 (674 posts) -

Oh, well if that's the case there are a ton of games you should play. 
 -Vagrant Story  
-Xenogears  
- Final Fantasy 4,6,7,8,9 
-Chrono Cross 
-Legend of Dragoon 
 
I could go on, but these are the games I can think of that were great. There were so many good JRPGs for PS1. They're all still fun to play, you just have to like JRPGs.

#8 Posted by benjaebe (2784 posts) -

Final Fantasy holds up pretty well, especially 8 and 9 since the character detail was much better.
@Laketown said:

" I'm actually playing through Persona 2: Innocent Sin right now and really enjoying it.  well, if the battle system wasn't so fucking slow D: "

This too. Started playing it not long ago on a whim and it's actually pretty damn enjoyable.
#9 Posted by csl316 (9444 posts) -
@drac96: I second Vagrant Story and Chrono Cross.  
 
Sure, graphics are dated, but they're still great games.  Both have fun and challenging gameplay, excellent music, good stories, and unique styles.
#10 Posted by Animasta (14723 posts) -
@EVO said:
" Ask people what their favourite JRPG is, and I think most would say one from the SNES - PSX era. So if anything, JRPGs are worse today than back then. "
nostalgia dude. Sure, FF might have been better back then (I personally think 12's the best but I'm weird) but other JRPG's completely kick the ass of most early JRPG's.
#11 Posted by N3onThr33 (380 posts) -

Alright, so the verdict is they're still fun. I'll have to start looking for Chrono Cross or one of the others suggested. Thanks guys.

#12 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -

Wait, are you trying to get recommendations or are you trying to prove a point? 
 
If you want a recommendation then play Legend of Dragoon. I also suggest Legend of Legaia, but I'm hearing from a lot of people that it's crap. I actually don't think so. 

#13 Posted by rasko9 (70 posts) -

i think there should be more jrps now like ff13 and star ocean. 
western rpgs like fallout 3 are hella boring.
#14 Posted by N3onThr33 (380 posts) -
@ch13696 said:
" Wait, are you trying to get recommendations or are you trying to prove a point?  If you want a recommendation then play Legend of Dragoon. I also suggest Legend of Legaia, but I'm hearing from a lot of people that it's crap. I actually don't think so.  "
I was really wondering if they were still playable compared to recent JRPG's. But, I also asked for recommendations. I've seen Legend of Dragoon fairly cheap, I'll probably pick that one up then. 
 
@rasko9 said:
" i think there should be more jrps now like ff13 and star ocean. western rpgs like fallout 3 are hella boring. "
I would disagree. But it seems like you're trolling, so whatever.
#15 Posted by FateOfNever (1855 posts) -
 These are pretty good
Legend of Mana
Thousand Arms (some of the writing could be better though)
Valkyrie Profile  
Star Ocean: The Second Story
Tales of Destiny 
Azure Dreams
plus a bunch of others already mentioned and probably a good number more that I forgot about.
#16 Posted by xyzygy (10078 posts) -

FFVIII Is the best Final Fantasy on the PS1, I would definitely reccomend that. The whole leveling, skill and battle system is a lot different than any other FF 
 
And Star Ocean: The second Story is really good too. I actually currently have Wild Arms on hold right now as I really wasn't enjoying it but hopefully it gets better, but after seeing all these people recommend it, it can't be that bad of a game.

#17 Posted by plop1920 (450 posts) -

Try Legend of Dragoon, I don't remember the story so take that as you will but I do remember the combat system in that game being a lot of fun

#18 Posted by Gaff (1884 posts) -

While I generally applaud some Vagrant Story love, or non-FF JRPGs in general, I honestly think that some UI and gameplay elements haven't aged well.

Vagrant Story's blacksmithing is incredibly obtuse as is the Blunt / Sharp / Piercing and Dragon / Human / Phantom / Beast / Undead / etc. mechanic.
FFT is hampered by a terrible translation (a sign of the times) and game breaking exploits (hello, fully decked out calculator).
Even a late JRPG like Persona 4 still has some UI relics that just bog the game down.

They're still great games, but... The sheen has dulled a bit since they were first released.

#19 Posted by NoCookiesForYou (764 posts) -

Played Final Fantasy IX couple of weeks ago. Sure the graphics aren't aged that well, but it's propably one of the better looking PSX games out there. Great characters, music, atmosphere and a good story. Definitely recommend that one.

#20 Posted by kingzetta (4307 posts) -
@McGhee_the_Insomniac said:
" The PS1 was the Golden Age of the JRPG. Games to play: WILD ARMS Grandia Xenogears Breath of Fire 3 & 4 Suikoden 2 (expensive purchase nowadays) Alundra Brave Fencer Musashi Final Fantasy Tactics Final Fantasy 7, 8, 9  And others, but this is off the top of my head. "
yeah! when squaresoft actually made good games
#21 Edited by ViciousAnchovy (798 posts) -

Definitely play Grandia 3. Also consider Legend of Legaia . I got it for a friend on his birthday a long time ago, and he liked that. I haven't played too much of it, but what I have played I liked. Its battles have you select attacks by inputting them fighting game style, only there's no time limit. It's interesting.

#22 Posted by blueaniman93 (604 posts) -

i played final fantasy vii last year and loved it  
im sure if you can get over the graphical antiquity, you can have a great time with psx or earlier jrpgs 
you cant go wrong with one of the psx final fantasies
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#23 Posted by PixelPrinny (1050 posts) -
@FateOfNever said:
"  These are pretty goodLegend of Mana Thousand Arms (some of the writing could be better though)Valkyrie Profile   Star Ocean: The Second Story Tales of Destiny  Azure Dreams plus a bunch of others already mentioned and probably a good number more that I forgot about. "
Wow, points for mentioning obscure titles like Thousand Arms and Azure Dreams. 
 
Playing through Tales of Destiny myself at the moment. It has its charm, but the Tales series has definitely come a long, long way since then.  
 
Lots of good games mentioned in this thread... Xenogears would get my recommendation as the absolute must-play PSX JRPG. That game is phenomenal.
 
@kingzetta said:
" yeah! when squaresoft actually made good games "
Squaresoft published good games in the west, you mean. Square Co. Ltd. was their Japanese parent company. ;P
#24 Posted by kingzetta (4307 posts) -
@PixelPrinny said:
" @FateOfNever said:
"  These are pretty goodLegend of Mana Thousand Arms (some of the writing could be better though)Valkyrie Profile   Star Ocean: The Second Story Tales of Destiny  Azure Dreams plus a bunch of others already mentioned and probably a good number more that I forgot about. "
Wow, points for mentioning obscure titles like Thousand Arms and Azure Dreams. 
 
Playing through Tales of Destiny myself at the moment. It has its charm, but the Tales series has definitely come a long, long way since then.  
 
Lots of good games mentioned in this thread... Xenogears would get my recommendation as the absolute must-play PSX JRPG. That game is phenomenal.
 
@kingzetta said:
" yeah! when squaresoft actually made good games "
Squaresoft published good games in the west, you mean. Square Co. Ltd. was their Japanese parent company. ;P "
same thing
#25 Posted by McGhee (6075 posts) -
@kingzetta said:
" @McGhee_the_Insomniac said:
" The PS1 was the Golden Age of the JRPG. Games to play: WILD ARMS Grandia Xenogears Breath of Fire 3 & 4 Suikoden 2 (expensive purchase nowadays) Alundra Brave Fencer Musashi Final Fantasy Tactics Final Fantasy 7, 8, 9  And others, but this is off the top of my head. "
yeah! when squaresoft actually made good games "
I actually didn't hate FF 13 like so many do, but it definitely doesn't stand up to past games. I have high (maybe misguided) hopes for Versus 13. What I've seen of that game so far looks really amazing.

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