I need recommendations for Ps2 Rpg's

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#1 Edited by kuz101 (223 posts) -

I have a backwards compatible Ps3, and I have been researching Ps2 rpgs because i missed out on the era and I am a huge rpg fan, so any recommendations? I do like Tri-ace and am wondering in any of their ps2 stuff was good. Also, I have already beaten Persona 4, Persona 3 FES, and have purchased Dark Cloud 2. 
Edit: I forgot to mention that I also have beaten the two Kingdom Hearts games. 
Edit 2: Final Fantasy X was my first choice on my next rpg so with all your recommendations, I will buy that next, and I have already got Final Fantasy XII, keep the suggestions coming!

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#2 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

Final Fantasy X

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#3 Posted by bertmasta (204 posts) -

If you haven't Played Final Fantasy 10 that was my favourite 
Also Dragon Quest for the ps2

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#4 Posted by ch13696 (4760 posts) -

I have a giant collection of RPG's for my PS2. Take a look at my list. Though it does need to be updated. I should get on that.

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#5 Posted by mau64 (586 posts) -

My friends really enjoyed the .hack games. I was fond of Final Fantasy X.

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#6 Posted by Ace829 (2106 posts) -

The Ar Tonelico series and .hack series are some good choices. Also, Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2.

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#7 Posted by Deathpooky (1690 posts) -

The first Disgaea was a great strategy RPG that you'd probably like if you enjoyed the Persona games (lots of character building, leveling items/weapons, tons of classes and skill, etc.).  I probably sunk 100+ hours into that game.  Story is so-so, but the gameplay is incredibly addictive.

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#8 Posted by Faint (837 posts) -

the best game ever in my opinion - final fantasy x
notable mentions: kingdom hearts 1 & 2, dragon quest viii journey of the cursed king, musashi samurai legend (i found it more charming than most i guess, i really love the music). id also have dark cloud 2 on this list if you didn't have it yet.

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#9 Posted by CaptainTightPants (2831 posts) -

Rogue Galaxy, Shadow Hearts Covenant , Dragon Quest VIII

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#11 Posted by XxBarretxX (321 posts) -

Persona 3
Kingdom Hearts
Dark Cloud Series
Xenosaga Series.
Theres just too many to reccomend

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#12 Posted by ATrevelan (618 posts) -

I'd echo the Xenosaga series and add Star Ocean 3. Gotta love tri-ace's combat! 

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#13 Posted by Xtrememuffinman (951 posts) -


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#14 Posted by LiquidSwords (2728 posts) -

 Ys: The Ark of Napishtim & Kingdom Hearts I / II

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#15 Edited by PATERSON (256 posts) -

Kingdom Hearts and .HACK

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#16 Posted by WhiteBrightKnight (170 posts) -

I'd say Rogue Galaxy, FF12 as much as people hate it it still is at least interesting, and then maybe some of the shin megami tensei spin-offs like Digital Devil Saga.
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#17 Edited by kuz101 (223 posts) -
@ATrevelan said:
" I'd echo the Xenosaga series and add Star Ocean 3. Gotta love tri-ace's combat!  "

@ATrevelan:  Yeah, I think their combat system are the most action oriented for jrpg's, and i love that
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#18 Edited by Mamba219 (203 posts) -

There are a huge number of really good RPGs for the PS2. I'll recommend a few that haven't been mentioned here.
Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits is a really fun lite-strategy RPG. I found the story here really interesting and there's a great cast of characters to go along with it. Fun game if you like slower paced games.
Tales of the Abyss is one of the keynote Tales of... RPGs. If you're not familiar with the series, it has a really exciting fast-paced action RPG style, while still maintaining a great cast of characters and a great story. It's really, really long too...a regular playthrough will take something like 45-50 hours.
Tales of Legendia is another Tales of... game, but I'm not as familiar with this one. The battle system is different from Abyss, it's almost like a combination RPG + 2D fighting game, if that makes sense. I've heard that it's quite good, but I haven't played too much of it myself.
The Suikoden series is also excellent, though for the PS2 the really good ones are 3 and 5. 4 isn't quite as good. The games have a traditional battle system, but they have really expansive character recruitment options and extremely in-depth storylines involving a lot of politics and intrigue. Don't know if that's your thing, but if so I'd *highly* recommend at least trying Suikoden III, as it is a superb game. 
Radiata Stories is a terrific and underrated game. It's by Tri-Ace and has a similar battle system to Star Ocean except without the space opera. Instead it's replaced with goofy humor and a Majora's Mask like day/night system where people do stuff depending on the time of day. Pretty much everyone you meet in the game is recruit able into your party.
As others have mentioned, the Xenosaga series is good (especially if you like anime), the Dark Cloud series is a fun action RPG, Final Fantasy X is kind of the poster child of PS2 RPGs (even though I don't find it to be one of the best), the Kingdom Hearts series is kind of juvenile but ultimately good, and there are simply a ton of other superb options for the system. You will have no shortage of fun RPGs to find and play. Best of luck!

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#19 Posted by Dan_CiTi (4578 posts) -

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

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#20 Posted by tranquilchaos (585 posts) -

Shadow Hearts Covenant

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#21 Posted by Redformun (5 posts) -

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria 
It's astounding.  

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#22 Edited by kuz101 (223 posts) -
@Mamba219: I would get Tales of the Abyss as i am playing Vesperia, and am loving it, but the problem is that it is 50$ used on Amazon, and i am not gonna pay that much. I will likely pick up Radiata Stories somewhere down the line as well as Suikoden 3 as i have heard many good things about that game. Arc the Lad i'll have to reseach a little, and Legendia i am not fond of. Xenosaga is another game i will have to research. Thanks for the well-written and explained recommendations!
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#23 Posted by cspiffo (876 posts) -

DQ 8.  Best PS2 RPG, hands down.

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