1. Suikoden II
I vividly remember the first time I got my hands on this game. Albeit, the copy was a bootleg considering I was in the Philippines, it ran perfectly fine. Suikoden II quenched my thirst for another great RPG experience, and respectively holds up even today. The sheer mass of the game that includes a total of 108 characters to gather, expansive overworld, 1 vs 1 duels, etc. is able to captivate the player for hours on end. Furthermore, I believe that the storyline isn't as stereotypical to what we would associate a JRPG to be. I will add that there exists your archetype standards of treachery, defeat, drama, and eventually victory, and Suikoden II does these themes superbly right.
If you haven't touched this series, I highly suggest trying to pick-up the cheapest one you can find (copies of Suikoden II are NOT cheap).
2. Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy VIII, like the other great numbered titles in the series, is greatly overshadowed by the Final Fantasy VII fanboys and girls. The series' first demonstration of lifelike character proportions and fashion sense, is just a few reasons why this stands out amongst the other twelve games. Yes, we can all agree that the Junction System was not delicious as VII's Materia System, and the storyline was a little difficult to follow from time to time, however, the other aspects of the game seemingly wipes these down. VIII further expanded the staples that we'd see in future installments with a wide arrange of summons, new monsters, and the ever infamous gunblade.
3. Chrono Trigger
Where do I even begin? This game shines without a doubt as a landmark for all great RPGs. Releasing with beautiful SNES sprite graphics, Chrono Trigger excels in everything pixel.