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SquareTex Feb 25, 2008

Adoru wrote:

First: Final Fantasy IV. Technically I played a bit of Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior on NES when they came out, but really didn't see the appeal (only played 2-3 hours of each). It wouldn’t be until a few years later that I’d stumble upon FFIV and absolutely love it. Since then, I’ve played most console rpgs and enjoying a lot of them.

That's kinda how my story goes. I borrowed Dragon Warrior back in my NES days, but it didn't quite hook me at the time, either. Guess I wasn't very patient back then.

But in 1994, along came a game called Final Fantasy 3us/6j. And reviews were great. "Hmmm", I tell myself, "is there something I'm missing here?" I wanted to rent this game and see what the appeal was.

Alas...my local video store didn't have it. But they DID have FF2us/4j. "Alright, I'll rent this one. If I like it, I bet I'll like FF3 also."

I started playing at 8:30 that night.

It was 4:30 in the morning before I stopped.

The RPG genre had me hook, line, and sinker.

...and yes, I DID go back to Dragon Warrior, playing the GBC remake on my GBA, and had a nice little time with it. Didn't really care for DW2, though. DW3, however...that was the first game I BOUGHT for my GBA, and I do not regret that one bit! big_smile

Side note: I did not realize how lucky I was at the time, but not long after I got the RPG bug, I rented DW4 when visiting a friend. Yes, DW4, the rare-as-hen's-teeth game! And that was FUN. Didn't get to finish it, though. sad
Like many, I was highly anticipating the English release of the PS1 remake, and was disappointed that it didn't happen after all. Here's hoping we have better luck with the DS version.

Okay, side trip finished. Focus, SquareTex, focus! wink

As for favorite...? Whew...tough order.
But, I'll also have to say Final Fantasy IX, if for only one reason. Normally with an RPG, I'll need to wait a bit before I jump back into it for another go-around, if ever. Not with FF9, though. That world so absolutely charmed me, that within a day or so of finishing, I was right back again for more. smile

allyourbaseare Feb 25, 2008

I believe I have you all beat:

First RPG: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (woots!)

A kid down the street was playing it one time and I couldn't help but be intrigued by the gameplay.  Later on, a friend of mine had it and I bought it off him for 20 bucks.  Beat it in about a week and then traded him that one for Final Fantasy IV.  I think I came out on top of that deal, but I will always remember FFMQ as my "gateway drug".  The music ROCKED btw.

Favourite RPG: Pretty much any one from the SNES era.  There's too many to name:  FFIV & VI & MQ, Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, Terranigma (F*** you Europe), Lufia II, Illusion of Gaia, Secret of Mana, Super Mario RPG, E.V.O. (action/rpg-ish).  Honestly, I can't pick just one.  I love each one for different reasons.  If I absolutely had to pick one, It would probably be Final Fantasy IV.  I played it again on the GBA and found myself completely involved with it.  If a game can do that multiple times, it's gold. 

Wife's first RPG: Chrono Trigger.

Wife's favourite RPG:  Chrono Trigger.  A close second (if this can even be considered an RPG, which probably it isn't) is Dragon Quest:  Rocket Slime.  We had so much fun playing that one together.

Megavolt Feb 25, 2008

First RPG: Willow (NES)/Secret of Mana (SNES) - Willow was technically my first RPG before I became learned on what RPGs were and Secret of Mana was the first RPG that I intentionally sought out and enjoyed a great deal.  Anyways, I never got too far in Willow, though it was certainly an interesting game.  I just remember getting scared whenever an enemy showed up because the music would become urgent and the grass would start swaying violently.  And yet it's all about magical acorns, right?  Anyways, Secret of Mana was pretty much the eye-opener of the genre for me.  From there I began to actively seek out any and all RPGs.  It's still one of the most aesthetically beautiful RPGs of the genre and the title opener (Fear of the Angels ftw?) is totally classic.

Favorite RPG: Final Fantasy VI (SNES) - I could also pick Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, or Super Mario RPG, but I've come to realize that the impact which Final Fantasy VI had on my expectations of all RPGs from that day forth was huge.  Amazing music, amazing cast, engrossing experience.  I used to play it with the Game Genie and I used to have the five codes (one of them being for infinite money, one for level 99 on all characters, etc) memorized.  Objectively I think that Chrono Trigger might be the most polished and well-constructed RPG ever made, but I do prefer the music and cast of FFVI, and since it does predate CT, I think that FFVI was more progressive/daring in many respects.  Put simply, FFVI is still the RPG by which I judge all others.  It's a game that was as innovative as it was molded according to the lessons learned from Final Fantasy games past.  FFVII may have been more revolutionary in terms of making RPGs more mainstream, but I believe that FFVI was more evolutionary.  Everything that you expect from a good JRPG can *still* be found in FFVI.

Also, I think that checking out WRPGs could be a good way to reinvigorate your interest in RPGs.  I'd suggest Deus Ex, System Shock 2, Fallout 1/2, Planescape: Torment (although I have yet to finish it), and KOTOR 1/2.  Deus Ex in particular would definitely make my top ten favorite RPGs of all time.  It's an ambitious game with an awesome atmosphere and a deliciously complex plot chock full of, you guessed it, conspiracies.  I often find the high fantasy aka LOTR-inspired stuff to be boring in western RPGs, perhaps because I'm used to the more imaginative way that JRPGs handle swords and sorcery elements.  Sci-fi however tends to work out a lot better for me whether it's cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, or based in outer space.

shdwrlm3 Feb 25, 2008

First RPG: Secret of Mana / Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

My memory's a bit hazy on my first real RPG, but I do remember that my experience with Secret of Mana was the first time I even heard of the term. My brother's friend introduced us to SoM shortly after it came out, and my brother and I were immediately drawn in by the music and the unique (to us, at the time) level-up gameplay. After that, we actively began searching for RPGs.

That search led us to tons of classic RPGs that we had missed. I think my brother got and played through the first Final Fantasy, but I didn't start playing "real" RPGs until Mystic Quest.

Favorite RPG: Final Fantasy VI

This was an easy choice. FFVI was the game that really cemented my love for RPGs. In hindsight, the gameplay wasn't as complex as some of the other entries in the series. However, what it lacked in gameplay was made up for with its involving story, majestic soundtrack, and interesting, relatable characters (no bland emo types here, thank you very much).

I think I played most of the major SNES-era RPGs (Earthbound, Super Mario RPG, Lufia II, Chrono Trigger), but my interest waned somewhat during the PS1&2 eras, during which I mostly played just Square RPGs. The DS has rekindled my love for the genre, however.

Final Fantasy IX is tops for me.  I absolutely love the characters, and thought this game was the pinnacle of the series.

I loved the light-hearted tone of the first few discs, but after a while it all got way too depressing. I mean, was there any place in that game that didn't get blown up? I also didn't buy Kuja's "redemption." In fact, I generally can't stand any attempt to redeem RPG villains, since such attempts always fall flat (see also: Seifer, Ghaleon, Krelian). All that said, FFIX still had the most charming cast of the PS1 FFs, and I had a ton of fun playing through the game.

XLord007 Feb 26, 2008

First RPG: Centauri Alliance (Apple IIe)

A first-person Sci-Fi RPG with a hex based battle system, no story, inter-planetary travel, and multiple character classes, I suspect my hatred of PC games first formed here.  I poured so many hours of my life into this horrible game and accomplished nothing.  I want my childhood back, Broderbund.


Favorite RPG: Chrono Trigger (SNES)

The perfect synthesis of character design, narrative, graphics, gameplay, and music, Chrono Trigger is still the... Best.  Game.  Ever.

Daniel K Feb 26, 2008

First RPG: Phantasy Star 1 for the Master System. This game (as well as the other three in the original PS series) has an almost mythological status for me. Definitely the best RPG of the 8-bit era (although the excellent Famicom FF3 is close behind).

Favourite RPG: Persona 2 Innocent Sin/Eternal Punishment for the PS1. Essentially one game, this is the most awesome RPG-experience for me. The characters, story, atmosphere, music, philosophy, and world of this game just clicks 100% with me. Close runner-ups would be Phantasy Star 4, Shadow Hearts 1 & 2, Persona 3, Final Fantasy 3, 4, and 6.

As for Chrono Trigger, I always thought that one was overrated. It was a very good RPG, but in most essential components (story, characters, music, overall mood, etc.) I thought it was a lesser cousin of FF6.

Ashley Winchester Feb 10, 2010

allyourbaseare wrote:

First RPG: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (woots!)

A kid down the street was playing it one time and I couldn't help but be intrigued by the gameplay.  Later on, a friend of mine had it and I bought it off him for 20 bucks.  Beat it in about a week and then traded him that one for Final Fantasy IV.  I think I came out on top of that deal, but I will always remember FFMQ as my "gateway drug".  The music ROCKED btw.

I revived this thread because I just picked up a copy of Final Fantasy Mystic Quest the other day for $6. It's easily worth that and FFMQ is really a gateway drug because it's a gateway game. It dumbfounds me how many people don't realize it's not meant to challenge the likes of FFIV or VI but lead you to them.

And yes, the music does rock.

Idolores Feb 10, 2010

Ashley Winchester wrote:

And yes, the music does rock.

SO glad I bought the soundtrack off of you. I wish for an arrange album every day.

avatar! Feb 10, 2010

The old games are often still great, although I get tired of random battles (the bane of FF games).
So, what RPGs are people currently playing? I am pretty busy these days with my research, taking advanced quantum mechanics, and spending time with a gorgeous lady smile
yes, life is pretty good, although it does get stressful some times. Very little time to be had, but I will say that eventually I do want to play Demon's Souls. I played a little of it and very much enjoyed it.

cheers,

-avatar!

Idolores Feb 10, 2010

avatar! wrote:

So, what RPGs are people currently playing?

I've been doing Baldur's Gate, and P3 as per usual. I plan to finally finish Earthbound so I can get around to playing Mother 3, which is supposed to be  the diametric opposite to Earthbound (which is hard for me to imagine).

Demon's Souls looks really cool, but that one will definitely have to wait.

I found it hilarious and fun to exploit the systems in Fallout and have learned to do so in Baldur's Gate. I leave my Paladin outside, then take Minsc and Imoen and have them break into every house in whatever town I am in. I have Minsc go barehanded and beat the tar out of the occupants until they are unconscious, then I have Imoen raid them of any valuables. Since no one sees the act performed, and because no one is injured in any way, my paladin gets off scot free without any reputation lost! It's great!

Amazingu Feb 10, 2010

avatar! wrote:

So, what RPGs are people currently playing?

Hoo boy, lessee.

I'm playing Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep on PSP, which is friggin' AWESOME.
Much better than 358/2 days, and much more of a "proper" KH game.
Also, Shimomura is totally back in shape! Great stuff, and quite high quality.
When I'm done with this (which won't be anytime soon, since you have to play the game 3 times (that is with 3 different characters) to see everything), I'll probably get P3P.

On 360 I'm playing Mass Effect 2,which is ALSO awesome. Quite surprised noone here is talking about this. Huge improvement over the original.
I'm close to finishing it I think, and once I do, I'll be moving onto End of Eternity (aka Resonance of Fate) which I hear is pretty good.
I also have yet to finish Magna Carta 2 which I put down after a particular nasty boss sequence, and I'm looking forward to trying Star Ocean 4 soon.

And then there's a whole bunch of PS2 RPGs on my shelf that I've never touched, as well as some older stuff that I would love to play again (FF7 and 8 and Xenogears on PSN), and I really wanna get Shadow Hearts 2 Director's Cut just to play through (with some extras) and see if it's as good as I remember.

And I keep hearing SO much good stuff about Mother 3, so I have to try that out too, which will probably involve playing the prequels too.

Man, I need to start leading a hermit's life wink

Raziel Feb 10, 2010

First RPG: I think it was Final Fantasy VII, I'm not sure. Still haven't finished it, even though I've started it 4 times at least. I don't know, it breaks apart after the Midgar, and I quickly lose interest.

Favorite RPG: Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne and Persona 3. There's no way I'll choose between them, they're equal in my eyes. They're rather different beasts, but have that Megaten flavour that I really love.

Besides those two, basically any Megami Tensei game. Also, Suikoden III and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines.

Ashley Winchester Feb 10, 2010

I've been thinking about starting that copy of BOFIII I got a while back... I find it and IV's narratives kind of dry but they're still good games.

longhairmike Feb 10, 2010

in 7th grade we rented an NES from the video store with Dragon warrior.
took us half a day before we realized that crossing a bunch of bridges was a surefire way to get your ass handed to you.

FF6 is the only RPG ive probably played through completely 10+ times

Pedrith Feb 10, 2010

First RPG: Dragon Warrior (Nes)

Favourite RPG: Dragon Warrior III / Chrono Trigger.

David

tri-Ace Super Fan Feb 10, 2010

My first exposure to RPGs was with Dragon Warrior, Dragon Warrior II, Final Fantasy, and possibly some others on NES, but that was more a matter of watching than playing. My first that I played entirely myself from beginning to end was Chrono Trigger, and it's kind of a funny story how I gave it a try in the first place. RPGs had been out of my life since those aforementioned NES titles were new, and I was all about platformers when I got my own SNES. I was completely obsessed with the Donkey Kong Country games, and wanting a guide to find all the secrets in DKC2 led to me subscribing to Nintendo Power for the free guide. I saw that they did their yearly awards, and I was shocked to see Chrono Trigger beating DKC2 in several categories. So I bought it solely based on that fact, probably not even knowing that it was an RPG. Lucky for me, it ended up totally blowing me away, and it did indeed surpass DKC2 in my book. It's still among my very top favorite RPGs or games period, and I'd say it's still the most perfect RPG ever made with the most perfect soundtrack ever composed.

But it's not my absolute favorite anymore. Even though they may have more flaws than Chrono Trigger, nothing can compare to my love for tri-Ace's RPGs, with Star Ocean: The Second Story, Star Ocean: Blue Sphere, and Valkyrie Profile all being basically equal at the top.

avatar! Feb 10, 2010

Idolores wrote:

I found it hilarious and fun to exploit the systems in Fallout and have learned to do so in Baldur's Gate. I leave my Paladin outside, then take Minsc and Imoen and have them break into every house in whatever town I am in. I have Minsc go barehanded and beat the tar out of the occupants until they are unconscious, then I have Imoen raid them of any valuables. Since no one sees the act performed, and because no one is injured in any way, my paladin gets off scot free without any reputation lost! It's great!

You bad bad paladin...
I never found it necessary to loot people, since you get so much gold and goodies throughout the game, but hey, Imoen is a thief after all... well, mage-thief. Minsc (and Boo) is one of the most awesome characters ever! "Go for the eyes, Boo, go for the eyes!"

Demon's Soul is pretty cool. I would describe it as a JRPG that wants to be a Western RPG. Since I'm a huge fan of western RPGs it sits well with me smile It does however have some features that annoy me, but overall I think it will be a rewarding game.

cheers,

-avatar!

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Idolores Feb 10, 2010

avatar! wrote:

I never found it necessary to loot people, since you get so much gold and goodies throughout the game, but hey, Imoen is a thief after all... well, mage-thief. Minsc (and Boo) is one of the most awesome characters ever! "Go for the eyes, Boo, go for the eyes!"

I'm curious as to who you used, avatar!. Almost everyone I've spoken to has used Imoen and Minsc, but after that, opinions greatly vary on who to pick.

Since the narrative of BG2 apparently assumes Khalid and Jaheira were in your party, I naturally chose them, at great detriment to myself (I'm sure there are better characters than poor Khalid; Jaheira is death incarnate with a sling). I've been told Dynaheir was a good choice of mage, but after a quick look at her abilities and stats, and I stripped her of her equipment and items and sent her off alone to fight an ankheg. Needless to say, she did not return. I have no need of conjurors.

allyourbaseare Feb 10, 2010 (edited Feb 10, 2010)

avatar! wrote:

Demon's Soul is pretty cool. I would describe it as a JRPG that wants to be a Western RPG.

I'd agree with this statement.  I played through Demon's Souls and loved every minute of it.  So much so that I wanted to try other WRPG's.  Bought Dragon's Age, tried it out and then sold that piece of shit.

Cedille Feb 10, 2010

I don't pick up Demon's Soul yet (although I think it will be my second PS3 game), but I don't doubt it's awesome because the developer behind Demon's Soul released pretty established first-person RPGs, called King's Field, in PSX era and this is actually my favorite RPG franchise of all time. II and IV are especially incredible. I don't see why Eastern people hyped Oblivion when it arrived because we already had a far better one...

Sami Feb 11, 2010

First one: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Yes, Mystic Quest was my introduction Square and RPGs, not counting Final Fantasy Adventure on the Gameboy which I had played earlier. After MQ came FF2, Mana, Breath of Fire and FF3, and at that point, the interest in the genre spread out into "whatever available", even Paladin's Quest.

Favorite: Suikoden II
Out of a great number of great RPGs, Suikoden II had the most profound impact, and it's unfortunate that Konami has been unable to truly follow up on its level, with Suikoden IV coming closest but lacking the emotional impact and polish of S2, despite the translation bugs. Also, fun fact: Sony blocked the English release of the PSP Suikoden I & II collection and thus the chance to have Suikoden II retranslated, just one exhibit of their overarrogance before it all came down on them.

avatar! Feb 12, 2010

allyourbaseare wrote:
avatar! wrote:

Demon's Soul is pretty cool. I would describe it as a JRPG that wants to be a Western RPG.

I'd agree with this statement.  I played through Demon's Souls and loved every minute of it.  So much so that I wanted to try other WRPG's.  Bought Dragon's Age, tried it out and then sold that piece of shit.

Haven't played Dragon's Age, although many people love it. It's apparently not quite up to Baldur's Gate status, but has a nice dark theme to it. I've also heard it's far better on the PC than PS3 or Xbox.

I really want to get back to playing Morrowind. That game is phenomenal! I personally far prefer Morrowind over Demon's Soul, since Morrowind is not just killing everything (although you can if you want to), but is about exploration and interaction with others (ie a lot more traditional RPG, mixed in with fighting of course). On the other hand, Morrowind is SO huge it can be overwhelming at times, at least for those who HAVE to do all the quests. Fortunately, I'm not so neurotic smile Anyway, Morrowind ranks up there amongst the greats RPGs I have ever played, and if you're looking for a great RPG, I'd highly recommend it (for the PC). I will also get back to Demon's Souls at some point (not sure when though)...

cheers,

-avatar!

longhairmike Feb 12, 2010

Sami wrote:

First one: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Yes, Mystic Quest was my introduction Square and RPGs, not counting Final Fantasy Adventure on the Gameboy which I had played earlier. After MQ came FF2, Mana, Breath of Fire and FF3, and at that point, the interest in the genre spread out into "whatever available", even Paladin's Quest.

paladins quest was cool, with magic consuming your HP. the only things that were a pain was running into a battle with 12 enemies at once. You'd think you'd have enough hp to last a round but then they'd whack you so many times in a row. I never did beat the end boss but my brother did. You had to devote a lot of time fighting weaker enemies to level up your magic spells (like secret of mana)

Ramza Feb 12, 2010

First RPG: technically, if you consider Zelda II an action RPG, then Zelda II. Else, Final Fantasy. Both were games I was *forced* to play by my big brother. I'm glad he trained me right.

Favorite RPG: currently, this esteemed spot still belongs to Xenosaga Ep III, with Lunar 2 in a close second.

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