365 Games To Play Before You Die - #101-125: RPGs (Pt 1)

365 Games To Play Before You Die


All RPGs or RPG-like games today and this is just part one. Seeing as my backlog is quite large I need to go through many games a day so that I'm back up to the original game a day schedule.

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#101: Baldur's Gate II: Shadow of Amn

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2000
Developer(s): BioWare
Best Quote: 'Jump on my sword while you can, evil! I won't be as gentle!'
GB Wiki Page

Bioware classic.


#102: The Elder Scolls IV: Oblivion

Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360 and PS3
Release: 2006
Developer(s): Bethesda
Best Quote: 'I heard a rumour that you’re an idiot, is there any truth to that?'
GB Wiki Page

Dark Brotherhood was the most fun part of that game.


#103: Titan Quest

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2006
Developer(s): Iron Lore
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Not as good as Diablo II but then no action-rpg/hack-n-slah is. I did really like the variety of masteries you could choose from because it made your character customisable.


#104: Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Platform(s): PS2
Release: 2005
Developer(s): Level-5
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

 The only Dragon Quest game that I've played and I had a great time with it.


#105: Final Fantasy X

Platform(s): PS2
Release: 2001
Developer(s): Square Enix
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

My least favourite of all the Final Fantasy games (that I've played) but still better than many other RPGs.


#106: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

Platform(s): PS2
Release: 2008
Developer(s): Atlus
Best Quote: 'Aha! Is this our chance?'
GB Wiki Page

Never played it but I watched all the Endurance Run episodes and that was more then enough for me.


#107: Icewind Dale II

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2002
Developer(s): Black Isle
Best Quote:
GB Wiki Page

Like Baldur's Gate it's one of those classic CRPGs that put an emphasis on developing your character, something which I'm a big fan of. Also, I miss Black Isle.


#108: Vagrant Story

Platform(s): PS1
Release: 2000
Developer(s): Square Enix
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Amazing art style.


#109: Freedom Force

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2002
Developer(s): Irrational Games
Best Quote: 'For Freedom.'
GB Wiki Page

No game has paid a better homage to comic books then Freedom Force, it does it even better then game that are based on comic books.


#110: Fallout 2

Platform(s): PC
Release: 1998
Developer(s): Black Isle
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Another classic.


#111: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Platform(s): GBA
Release: 2003
Developer(s): AlphaDream
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Much funnier then I expected it to be and a very good RPG too.


#112: Golden Sun

Platform(s): GBA
Release: 2001
Developer(s): Camelot
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Probably the best pure RPG that I've on the GBA.


#113: Divine Divinity

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2002
Developer(s): Larian
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

More hack-n-slash action.


#114: Chrono Cross

Platform(s): PS1
Release: 2000
Developer(s): Square Enix
Best Quote: 'Fate has no forgiveness for those who dare stand against it.'
GB Wiki Page

Convoluted, yes, but it's still a damn good JRPG.


#115: Ultima VII: The Black Gate

Platform(s): PC
Release: 1992
Developer(s): Origin Systems
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Out of all the Ultima games (and I haven't played them all) this comes out on top.


#116: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Platform(s): SNES, GBA and VC
Release: 1992
Developer(s): Nintendo
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Not really an RPG, although it does have some RPG elements.


#117: X-Men: Legends

Platform(s): PS2, Xbox and GC
Release: 2004
Developer(s): Raven
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

X-Men + RPG = Fun, fun and more fun.


#118: Dungeon Siege

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2002
Developer(s): Gas Pwered Games
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Nothing to say except that it's good.


#119: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Platform(s): GBA
Release: 2002
Developer(s): Square Enix
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

The GBA game into which I've put more hours than any other. I really love the Ivalice world and even though the story is a bit so-so, the setting and gameplay are top notch.


#120: Jade Empire

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2005
Developer(s): BioWare
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Bioware does it again, this time in China.


#121: Planescape: Torment

Platform(s): PC
Release: 1999
Developer(s): Black Isle
Best Quote: 'It insults the dead when you treat life carelessly.'
GB Wiki Page

Planescape: Torment is one the best example of a story driven game. Most of the quests can be completed with dialogue rather then confrontation and even the times when your supposed to engage in combat can be avoided with persuasion and speech.


#122: Secret of Mana

Platform(s): SNES
Release: 1993
Developer(s): Square
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Surprisingly the only Mana game I've played.


#123: Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos

Platform(s): PC
Release: 1993
Developer(s): Westwood
Best Quote: 'Welcome to the Chieftain's compound.'
GB Wiki Page

Patrick Stewart!!


#124: Anachronox

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2001
Developer(s): Ion Storm
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Hard to spell and slow to get going but once it does, it's a treat.


#125: Kingdom Hearts

Platform(s): PS2
Release: 2002
Developer(s): Square
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

I like it but it's not as amazing as some make it out to be.
 
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Posted by mracoon

365 Games To Play Before You Die


All RPGs or RPG-like games today and this is just part one. Seeing as my backlog is quite large I need to go through many games a day so that I'm back up to the original game a day schedule.

Previous 5 Games


Full List



#101: Baldur's Gate II: Shadow of Amn

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2000
Developer(s): BioWare
Best Quote: 'Jump on my sword while you can, evil! I won't be as gentle!'
GB Wiki Page

Bioware classic.


#102: The Elder Scolls IV: Oblivion

Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360 and PS3
Release: 2006
Developer(s): Bethesda
Best Quote: 'I heard a rumour that you’re an idiot, is there any truth to that?'
GB Wiki Page

Dark Brotherhood was the most fun part of that game.


#103: Titan Quest

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2006
Developer(s): Iron Lore
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Not as good as Diablo II but then no action-rpg/hack-n-slah is. I did really like the variety of masteries you could choose from because it made your character customisable.


#104: Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Platform(s): PS2
Release: 2005
Developer(s): Level-5
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

 The only Dragon Quest game that I've played and I had a great time with it.


#105: Final Fantasy X

Platform(s): PS2
Release: 2001
Developer(s): Square Enix
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

My least favourite of all the Final Fantasy games (that I've played) but still better than many other RPGs.


#106: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

Platform(s): PS2
Release: 2008
Developer(s): Atlus
Best Quote: 'Aha! Is this our chance?'
GB Wiki Page

Never played it but I watched all the Endurance Run episodes and that was more then enough for me.


#107: Icewind Dale II

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2002
Developer(s): Black Isle
Best Quote:
GB Wiki Page

Like Baldur's Gate it's one of those classic CRPGs that put an emphasis on developing your character, something which I'm a big fan of. Also, I miss Black Isle.


#108: Vagrant Story

Platform(s): PS1
Release: 2000
Developer(s): Square Enix
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Amazing art style.


#109: Freedom Force

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2002
Developer(s): Irrational Games
Best Quote: 'For Freedom.'
GB Wiki Page

No game has paid a better homage to comic books then Freedom Force, it does it even better then game that are based on comic books.


#110: Fallout 2

Platform(s): PC
Release: 1998
Developer(s): Black Isle
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Another classic.


#111: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Platform(s): GBA
Release: 2003
Developer(s): AlphaDream
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Much funnier then I expected it to be and a very good RPG too.


#112: Golden Sun

Platform(s): GBA
Release: 2001
Developer(s): Camelot
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Probably the best pure RPG that I've on the GBA.


#113: Divine Divinity

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2002
Developer(s): Larian
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

More hack-n-slash action.


#114: Chrono Cross

Platform(s): PS1
Release: 2000
Developer(s): Square Enix
Best Quote: 'Fate has no forgiveness for those who dare stand against it.'
GB Wiki Page

Convoluted, yes, but it's still a damn good JRPG.


#115: Ultima VII: The Black Gate

Platform(s): PC
Release: 1992
Developer(s): Origin Systems
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Out of all the Ultima games (and I haven't played them all) this comes out on top.


#116: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Platform(s): SNES, GBA and VC
Release: 1992
Developer(s): Nintendo
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Not really an RPG, although it does have some RPG elements.


#117: X-Men: Legends

Platform(s): PS2, Xbox and GC
Release: 2004
Developer(s): Raven
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

X-Men + RPG = Fun, fun and more fun.


#118: Dungeon Siege

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2002
Developer(s): Gas Pwered Games
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Nothing to say except that it's good.


#119: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Platform(s): GBA
Release: 2002
Developer(s): Square Enix
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

The GBA game into which I've put more hours than any other. I really love the Ivalice world and even though the story is a bit so-so, the setting and gameplay are top notch.


#120: Jade Empire

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2005
Developer(s): BioWare
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Bioware does it again, this time in China.


#121: Planescape: Torment

Platform(s): PC
Release: 1999
Developer(s): Black Isle
Best Quote: 'It insults the dead when you treat life carelessly.'
GB Wiki Page

Planescape: Torment is one the best example of a story driven game. Most of the quests can be completed with dialogue rather then confrontation and even the times when your supposed to engage in combat can be avoided with persuasion and speech.


#122: Secret of Mana

Platform(s): SNES
Release: 1993
Developer(s): Square
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Surprisingly the only Mana game I've played.


#123: Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos

Platform(s): PC
Release: 1993
Developer(s): Westwood
Best Quote: 'Welcome to the Chieftain's compound.'
GB Wiki Page

Patrick Stewart!!


#124: Anachronox

Platform(s): PC
Release: 2001
Developer(s): Ion Storm
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

Hard to spell and slow to get going but once it does, it's a treat.


#125: Kingdom Hearts

Platform(s): PS2
Release: 2002
Developer(s): Square
Best Quote: -
GB Wiki Page

I like it but it's not as amazing as some make it out to be.
 
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Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I heartily endorse and have thoroughly played every game on today's batch.  Great picks! 
 
And dude, you remember Ultima!
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Posted by StarFoxA

Why do I still see no Chrono Trigger?

Edited by L33tfella_H

Pretty good list of RPGs, although i'm not sure about Kingdom Hearts myself. i Bought the Freedom Force Pack on steam last month, and i'm pretty glad i have it (i have a retail copy of the original game, but not Vs the 3rd Reich). Superstar Saga was a suprisingly fun Action-RPG (the sequel was a bit fuddy-duddy, but i hear Bowser's Inside Story is back on form). I also realized i have to play more Dragon Quest 8...and FF X.
 
I'm not really Digging Chrono Cross, but since it's been a while since i played it, maybe i should give it another go (the music is amazingly good though, so much so that i got the soundtrack).

Posted by AgentJ

Would have liked to see Tales of Symphonia in this section. Maybe you should replace LTTP with it?

Edited by JJOR64

Glad to see Dragon Quest VIII and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga on the list.

Posted by Shirogane

Not really suprising that Secret is the only Mana game you've played. It should also stay that way, unless of course, you include Seiken Densetsu 3. All of the other mana games have been absolute crap, and will corrupt your memory of the Mana series forever.
Posted by Video_Game_King

Wait, FF10's the worst one? Have you played FF12? Or 2? Those are WAY worse.

Edited by Driadon

Quotes I would add/change
 Baldur's Gate II: " Take heart fellow adventurers, for you have curried the favor of Boo, the only miniature giant space hamster in the Realm!"
 
Fallout 2: "Heh, just kidding. His name's Bob!"
 
This is an awesome list, keep it going.

Posted by TooWalrus

I've played a lot of those games. Some are great, some of them I wouldn't consider 'must plays.' And I can pretty much guarantee that most people who didn't play them back in the day aren't going to go back and play old-ass PC RPG's.

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Posted by jinxman

Kingdom Hearts is the most overrated game I've ever seen.  I love the setting, and the idea...but when combat comes down to button mashing ONE BUTTON...ya, fuck that...thats not an RPG by any means.

Posted by skrutop

Not a fan of Kingdom Hearts 2 at all.  BTW, for DQ8, I just remember Yangus screaming "Cor Blimey!" a lot.

Posted by TenaciousE

Dragon quest was awesome, like 5 years ago 1 was 14,

Posted by wwfundertaker

It will take a lifetime to play those games.

Posted by Astras

How the hell can you choose:
 

  • Oblivion over Morrowind
  • Titanquest over Diablo 2
  • Final fantasy 10 over any of the previous 9
  • Cronocross over crono trigger
 
It  just doesn't make any sense.. or are these games are going on a more classic list?
Posted by Pinworm45

no chrono trigger? 

Posted by Sweep

I really loved Golden Sun, it was everything I wanted from a Jrpg, even if the puzzles were occasionally overwhelming. Keep it up Mracoon, not many more blogs left before you complete this leviathan miniseries :D

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Posted by Ace829
@StarFoxA said:
" Why do I still see no Chrono Trigger? "
Maybe he's saving it for last?
Posted by perilator666

Play Ultima VI, then change your list.

Posted by Ghostiet

Chrono Cross over Chrono Trigger is a controversial decision. Also, Titan Quest?

Mother 3 should be put on that list. Also, Nier and Lost Odyssey.

Posted by Video_Game_King

So what happened to this? Are we still going to see this?

Posted by ProfessorEss

Far too few people have played Freedom Force it seems.
Great to see it on your list.