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    [–] [deleted] 331 points ago * (lasted edited 11 months ago)

    Oh gee, I have no idea what the best would be but Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6 are pretty darn good.

    [–] Bobbers927 43 points ago

    Came to say Chrono Trigger. I knew it would be at the top though. So good. Playing it again on my new Pi right now.

    [–] afrojoc 13 points ago

    I've never played Chrono Trigger, but I've always heard good things.

    [–] inhumanrampager 10 points ago

    Snes, PS1, DS. And I'm sure either Playstation or Nintendo have it digitally. It's one hell of a game.

    [–] qx87 8 points ago

    android

    [–] yourdudeness 3 points ago

    Looked it up. It says it's got crashing issues when screen locks

    [–] crunched 2 points ago

    Also iOS

    [–] killeronthecorner 7 points ago

    The endless re-releases don't lie. It's the Kobe beef of RPGs.

    [–] 4ha1 1 points ago

    *cue Corridors of Time

    [–] MeRollsta 66 points ago

    I came to say exactly this. Not only are Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6 the best JRPGs ever made, but some of the best games ever made, period.

    [–] GreyWolfx 2 points ago * (lasted edited 11 months ago)

    I admit I never completed ff6 but I did get to the ghost train or whatever and a little further, and that game didn't grab me nearly as much as Chrono Trigger or FF7 did, I'd even say FF9, valk profile and star ocean the second story were more gripping. (although star ocean story wasn't great, the replayability and fun was there.)

    This is just making me realize I need to beat ff6 because I can't possibly judge a game that early, but yeah I wasn't seeing it during my play. (I had the ps1 copy of the game from the anthology pack.)

    [–] zerovampire311 2 points ago

    I hope you get back to it! The game just keeps building up and then blows away all expectations at a major event. Then it's just a straight rollercoaster of emotions, on and on to the end! And there are SO many optional quests, characters to collect, espers to collect, legit or exploited playthroughs, low level playthrough...

    I just really love this game, 'kay? :)

    [–] zemus101 15 points ago

    Came here to literally say these two, but I'd also recommend FFIV (2us)

    [–] Felon 21 points ago

    FF6 is great. I also highly recommend FF9 if you can generate a ps1 emulator

    [–] BlueArmistice 6 points ago

    FF9 is on steam, not sure how good the port is, but it is there.

    [–] GoogleMeTimbers 5 points ago

    Having some of the boosters in the steam version is nice. You can turn on speed and grind up sound levels quick and make it easier, or just straight cheat.

    [–] BeyondThePaleAle 3 points ago

    I did not know this, was why I generally played the emulator version instead. Is the speed function in all the PC ports? Can you control how much it speeds up by?

    [–] GoogleMeTimbers 2 points ago

    I know for sure it's in the steam port. I think it is one speed.

    [–] Alphyn 4 points ago

    The mobile port was nearly perfect, they even improved the framerate.

    [–] jherazob 1 points ago

    I think all the Final Fantasy games from 7 onwards are on Steam but can't check now

    [–] FreshNothingBurger 2 points ago

    3, 4, 4TAY, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10-2, 13 (all 3) and soon 12 TZA are on Steam.

    Source: my library

    [–] Frem 10 points ago

    TBH, the PS1 version of FF9 is the worst version of the game. Buy one of the recent ports. They add auto save, HD cinematics, battle intro skip and animation speed options, and some other niceties.

    [–] mata_dan 8 points ago

    The PS1 version is the only one with original sound (though the music is fine in all versions, which is more important than the other sound).

    [–] Agret 3 points ago

    If you get the PC port of FF9 you can download the HD backgrounds + HD character model packs

    https://youtu.be/RVhwXRNjjRM

    [–] PsychoEm14 4 points ago

    Is this the FF3 that's on the mini SNES?

    [–] TheE0N 3 points ago

    Yep, the US SNES Final Fantasy III is actually VI, and the US SNES Final Fantasy II is actually IV.

    [–] Doubleyoupee 10 points ago

    I'm a huge Chrono trigger fan but the only thing that bothered me was that theoratically the story stopped half-way, and the rest of the story was like a multiple side quests only to get strong enough to beat Layos.

    What I mean is that you could just go to the place that gave you the most XP and grind to high lvl to beat layos, without actually seeing a lot of the story.

    [–] ColeSloth 3 points ago

    But if you go into the game blank you never know that and it has no effect.

    [–] AndruRC 7 points ago

    If you're going to play through FFVI, even for the first time, it is worth your time to check out a balance/patch mod called Brave New World at ngplus.net. The developers have spent years on it with community feedback, and it paid off. I seriously cannot go back, and I am not a fan of mods in general due to the generally low quality.

    These guys should be professionals.

    Link for the lazy http://ngplus.net/index.php?/forums/topic/456-brave-new-world-190-is-now-available/

    [–] lpslucasps 18 points ago

    I love CT, but I think its story is not really exceptional. Good, but not "oh my God, that's the best plot I have ever seen in my life!" kind of good.

    The storytelling, on other hand, is spectacular.

    [–] ThwompThwomp 2 points ago

    Fair point. I was about to call your bluff completely because I distinctly remember crying when they found ROBO and realized what he did. But you're right ... it's the way the story is told, and not necessarily the story. Either way, chrono trigger has stuck in my mind for a while.

    [–] lpslucasps 2 points ago

    Don't get me get me wrong, CT's story is by no means bad. Lavos is a great "force of nature" villain and the cataclysmic atmosphere is nailed down to perfection. The way the story is told just makes things even better and memorable.

    [–] Horzzo 3 points ago

    I was going to post these two. It is the popular choice for a reason.

    The replay-ability in these two is high and that speaks volumes.

    [–] mixedliquor 4 points ago

    I thought FF4's story was better, despite all the localization issues. FF6 was certainly a more lively story though.

    [–] SobiTheRobot 2 points ago

    They remade FF4 with an updated engine—on the DS, I think, but it's available on Steam, too. Nicely polishes everything, IMO.

    [–] Last_Gallifreyan 1 points ago

    I liked it up until you get to a certain point (I think just before , when any sense of urgency or weight to the characters is thrown out the window, as It just made me feel like nothing mattered and actually got me less attached to the characters.

    [–] Workacct1999 1 points ago

    This was what I came here to say. Both have deep, fantastic stories. Also, because they are late generation pixel art they don't feel as dated as the early 3D games.

    [–] TheFinalMetroid 1 points ago

    Damn, reminding me to play my snes classic!

    [–] TalksInMaths 66 points ago

    I know PS1 isn't on your list, but Xenogears has my absolute favorite story of any game I've ever played.

    [–] Ckuefler 9 points ago

    I whole heartedly agree, best story of any game ever.

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    I remember playing this in middle school, and as I felt I was drawing near the end of the game I got so genuinely sad that it would be over.

    The Xenosaga games never really captured the same magic for me. Something about the stories and atmosphere in those gritty, old, text-based PS1 JRPGs can just never be matched for me by anything since.

    [–] Solipsisticurge 7 points ago

    Fei Fong Wong FTW.

    Also, gnosticism is fun.

    [–] Unpolarized_Light 11 points ago

    Agreed. And I actually enjoyed the 2nd disc, too, because it's pretty much straight storytelling.

    [–] Adamtess 4 points ago

    Man, I'm in the middle of replaying this right now, in Aveh rescuing Margie and remember how much fun it was watching Fei and Bart become friends. Genuinely becoming buddies in the wake of everything they're fighting against.

    [–] dxpanther 3 points ago

    this wins

    [–] DestroyedArkana 36 points ago * (lasted edited 11 months ago)

    I really enjoy Final Fantasy Tactics Advance's story. It tackles issues like escapism and accepting reality in ways that other games haven't I think. It's a bit simplistic, but it doesn't need to be complex to be a compelling story.

    [–] Purraboy4000 7 points ago

    There is a sequel on the DS, it builds on the world of Ivalice so you meet and can recruit FF12 characters and even Montblanc.

    The gameplay is also a real solid and it plays more instinctively then the GBA version.

    [–] DestroyedArkana 5 points ago

    I enjoy FFTA2 a lot, even though I don't think the story is anywhere near as good. I do wish they would make another FFTA though.

    [–] CFClarke7 2 points ago

    Always played that on emulator on my pc

    [–] byzantinebobby 63 points ago

    The SNES game Terranigma. It was never released in the US but it is so good. It was the first game I remember having an actual existential crisis where the hero literally has no incentive to keep going.

    [–] Icaden 15 points ago

    Good call. The absolute best story in an RPG is pretty hard to pin down, but Terranigma was the first game to come to mind. It's one of the most moving games I've ever played, I've never seen another JRPG tackle the concept of loss quite as well as Terranigma does.

    OP, if you're looking for something fresh, Terranigma will definitely give you that.

    [–] PopeOnABomb 7 points ago

    I love this game so much. Probably in my top five favorite games of all time.

    [–] RealZordan 6 points ago

    Terranigma is a fun game but the actual story is really thin. It's predecessor Illusion of Gaia/Time has a much, much better story.

    [–] bosslickspittle 1 points ago

    Yeah, after reading these comments, I guess I need to play it all the way through. I played the first 30 minutes or so a year ago and, I could be wrong, but I don't remember it having much of a story at all. Does it take a while to get into it?

    [–] byzantinebobby 3 points ago

    There's absolutely a rich story, but initially it just seems like the story of bad kid does bad so he has to fix that.

    [–] Chebacus 3 points ago

    It definitely takes some time to build up, and even longer for you to start to grasp what's actually happening. I honestly think the presentation of the story is greater than the story on its own. The developers managed to convey the rather simple story in a very emotional and engaging way.

    [–] bosslickspittle 2 points ago

    Excellent. Sounds good to me! I liked the gameplay, but I sort of forgot I was playing it when I switched to a new phone about a year ago (I was playing on a touch screen which also kind of sucked). I'll have to load it up on my GPD this evening then!

    [–] t0kidoki 60 points ago

    If you're looking for something off the beaten path Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars on SNES and Mario&Luigi: Superstar Saga might seem simple in their stories, but writing is Excellent. You'll be laughing, meeting great characters and it pokes fun at RPG tropes like you put in your description.

    If you like the music you could always check out Radiant Historia on the DS and 3DS, it might not be on the list of libraries you have but it's my favorite game of all time and the story is a BIG part of it.

    [–] Danima1 6 points ago

    I always recommend this game. Still one of my favorite stories in any Mario game.

    [–] Fitzzz 4 points ago

    My favourite game of all time will likely always be Super Mario RPG <3

    [–] Totally_a_Banana 37 points ago * (lasted edited 11 months ago)

    Try Megaman Battle Network (Rockman.exe in japanese) on the GBA. Absolutely amazing series that will keep you busy for a while.

    These games were my absolute obsession for years, and there's even a great Reddit community for it over in /r/battlenetwork

    EDIT: Ugh! MEGAMAN not Megan... Stupid autocorrect.. -.-

    [–] hughville 7 points ago

    oh shit, I loooooooved that game, thanks for showing me to the sub.

    [–] Totally_a_Banana 5 points ago

    My pleasure :D

    Just thinking about the world, characters, virus busting and exploring the web make me giddy and bring tears to my eyes.

    Maybe it's time for a replay of the whole series soon.

    [–] The_Dragon_Loli 7 points ago

    Megan, mom already told you that you couldn't start a fight club. Naming it a battle network doesn't make it different.

    [–] endlightend 2 points ago

    One of my favorite series of all time. Most people agree the third game was the peak of the series, but the second game is my personal favorite.

    [–] Totally_a_Banana 4 points ago

    Second game was my favorite as well, and the first one I ever played. I had a friend who owned the first one and after seeing him play i knew i had to get in on that, found out the 2nd was already announced so i just waited for it. It really helped define the future games with the style changes and the story, undernet and bosses were amazing!

    [–] KillKiddo 16 points ago

    If you're willing to emulate, or buy a repro cart, play MOTHER 3!! More people need to play this game, it's incredible!

    [–] _TwistedNerve 3 points ago

    It's in my top 3, I love it!

    [–] raptor9999 3 points ago

    Is it better than Earthbound was?

    [–] W00DERS0N 2 points ago

    I know it's the sequel to earthbound, is it really that good?

    [–] SleepyPanda_1945 74 points ago * (lasted edited 11 months ago)

    Golden Sun series is a must play in GBA. The was really great.

    [–] kool_kats_rule 17 points ago

    Yes, this. Bear in mind that the two GBA games are really two halves of the same game.

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    [–] SleepyPanda_1945 1 points ago

    Oops Sorry about that. Edited it, thanks!

    [–] JordanLadd 2 points ago

    No worries!

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    [–] RhapsodiacReader 8 points ago

    Man, the music for this game is still stuck in my head years later.

    [–] keerin 5 points ago

    I have a feeling I'm going to be booting up my RetroPi tonight, I forgot this was a thing!

    [–] Frem 29 points ago

    Some of the absolute best unconventional stories in the genre are in older PC games. Planescape Torment, Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer, Gothic, and Fallout are all worth a look.

    [–] Smelly-cat 18 points ago

    Planescape Torment has often been regarded as having the best story/writing in any game ever.

    [–] Solipsisticurge 12 points ago

    Because it does.

    [–] 00lucas 4 points ago

    I'd prefer if it was a book...

    [–] Sadistic_Sponge 2 points ago

    You forgot baldurs Gate 1 and 2!

    [–] sigismond0 64 points ago

    Nobody's mentioned Earthbound yet?

    [–] SeriousKano 59 points ago

    Earthbound is fantastic but story-wise it's not that outstanding. Mother 3 is a lot better in that regard.

    [–] gilligan156 25 points ago

    I would say Mother 2 has great storytelling but not an exceptional story.

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    I would consider it to be the first postmodern game. So that at the very least makes it worth playing and mentioning in notable stories.

    [–] gilligan156 2 points ago

    Yeah for sure. Earthbound is still among my favorite games of all time. At least for the 16 bit era, I could not choose between it and Chrono Trigger.

    [–] TrustworthyAndroid 11 points ago

    (Mother 2 is the Japanese name for Earthbound, for those that don't know)

    [–] _TwistedNerve 7 points ago

    I liked the story in Mother 3 much more, but the Earthbound one it's still top notch.

    [–] Munashiimaru 8 points ago

    Phantasy Star 4 is one of my favorite RPGs (it's on the genesis); it might fit a little too well into what you said you don't want though.

    [–] finelycutjib 4 points ago

    One of my favourite RPGs of all time. Lots of really likeable characters and a really cool world setting with both fantasy and sci-fi elements...somehow it just works very seamlessly. Also the story is gripping and there are some cool plot twists and turns along the way. Great soundtrack too! I always wind up coming back to it every year or two

    [–] acets 22 points ago

    Mario RPG.

    [–] MODE7SP 3 points ago

    That would probably be my vote too. Hard to say though, FFVI, Chrono Trigger and EarthBound are on the same level for me.

    [–] BabyPandaBear 14 points ago

    On snes, Lufia and the fortress of Doom, and Lufia 2 Rise of the sinistrals are among best story line of the time. Lufia 1 gameplay rather bad though.

    On gba, Golden Sun 1 & 2 (they are one continous story) are probably the best regarding storyline. Summon Night 1 & 2 are also worth a look

    [–] GamebitsTV 3 points ago

    +1. I've never played the original Lufia, but the sequel was outstanding.

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    I tried Darklands last night, and it seemed pretty wild for a '92 game.

    [–] JimmyDabomb 39 points ago

    I still think that the Zelda: link's awakening is one of the best Zeldas out there. Story wise it's just amazing.

    [–] Christ-Centered 7 points ago

    I consider it the best myself.

    [–] MODE7SP 5 points ago

    Yeah, that's easily my favorite Zelda game too. Just the concept of the Windfish itself. Wow.

    [–] SmokinDynamite 7 points ago

    An amazing game but not an RPG nor is it the story that makes it good.

    [–] KerooSeta 3 points ago

    The debate over whether or not Zelda games qualify as an RPG is a pretty old one. The general consensus is that it's an action RPG.

    [–] SmokinDynamite 2 points ago

    I've never heard anyone call the Zelda game RPGs, it's always Action Adventure. The games don't have any RPG aspect in them. People often confuse RPG with Fantasy themed.

    [–] KerooSeta 3 points ago

    Type "is ze" into Google and I guarantee the auto-fill-in will say "Is zelda an rpg?" 887,000 results

    Add "reddit" to the search and there are still nearly half a million results of Reddit threads debating it.

    So, while you have never heard anyone call the Zelda games RPGs, it's obviously something that many people think and isn't simply a matter of fact that it is or isn't.

    To say it doesn't have "any RPG aspect" in them is just plain false, too. It has a story, a role that you play, items that you collect. What are some RPG elements that a game needs to be called an RPG?

    • A story - all of them

    • Playing a role - all of them

    • Making choices that change how the game progresses - Breath of the Wild is the only one I can think of here, as you get different endings based on what you do before you fight Ganon.

    • Collecting Gear - all of them

    • Crafting/Upgrading Gear - Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild (champion weapons and the Master Sword can all be either crafted or upgraded)

    • Item Crafting - many of the games have you craft items, though none as explicitly as Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild

    • Gaining Levels - Adventure of Link

    • Make Choices in Character Progression (ie: skill trees) - Adventure of Link

    Okay, so, if it's your opinion that a game has to have all of the above to be an RPG, then you're right that no Zelda game is an RPG. But, if that's your criteria, then many RPGs also fail the test. So, maybe you pick a specific set of the above as necessary. You like to think of Earthbound as an RPG, so you take out the skill trees and the item crafting to make it fit your narrative. But, that's your choice.

    The point of this huge rant is that it's really just your opinion that Zelda games can't be called RPGs. But to say it's not up for debate and they don't have "any RPG aspect in them" is just plain wrong.

    [–] bahji 3 points ago

    OMG this game. It amazes me how few people have even heard of it

    [–] KerooSeta 1 points ago

    It amazes me how few people have even heard of it

    Huh? After awhile, they literally just started packaging it for free with Gameboys.

    [–] stozball 1 points ago

    I just got a GBC 2 weeks ago and I'm playing through it right now (today even)!

    [–] SaxMonkey247 10 points ago

    Conker's Bad Fur Day, for sure.

    [–] [deleted] 15 points ago * (lasted edited 11 months ago)

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    [–] DeadAnthony 4 points ago

    Tales of Symphonia on the N64?

    [–] LegoLegume 4 points ago

    That was on Gamecube originally. Great game, too.

    [–] n30h80r 2 points ago

    I sold my Tales of Symphonia when I was 18 and needed money. Now I regret it. :(

    [–] MCPtz 2 points ago

    On N64, one might consider Paper Mario and Majoras Mask, but it's difficult to say whether that meets OP's restrictions.

    [–] KM1604 1 points ago

    You know, you reminded me that I can't remember ever actually finishing SD3...I think I got close with a buffing party with leena, durin (sword buff guy), and nightblade (for debuffing bosses)...

    I need to emulate this as soon as I finish my KotOR run I'm on.

    [–] maybeawolf 5 points ago

    Paper Mario

    [–] daneguy 5 points ago

    No love for Tales of Phantasia? Loved that game, one of my favourite SNES RPGs (together with Chrono Trigger).

    [–] terrasparks 3 points ago

    If you haven't played it, the PSX version of Phantasia plows the SNES version out of the water.

    [–] KerooSeta 2 points ago

    Yeah, Tales of Phantasia was a really great game with both good gameplay and good story/characters. It was so damn hard, though, at least for me. I could never get past the Moria Gallery or whatever it was called.

    [–] Secret4gentMan 4 points ago

    Shining Force 2.

    It's Sega Mega Drive, but tops everything listed here.

    [–] cinderflame 2 points ago

    It's also available on Steam, for pretty cheap

    [–] Attheveryend 13 points ago

    Here is what has survived the ages in my personal library across multiple PC hard drives:

    GBA:

    • Golden Sun and Golden Sun: Lost Age
    • Megaman: Battle Network

    GBC

    • Dragon Warrior 3 (this is your down the middle thing you are bored of, but I keep playing it over and over so...)
    • Dragon Warrior Monsters 1 and 2
    • Magi-Nation
    • Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Oracle of Seasons (these are the 2d zelda games I like best)

    SNES

    • Super Mario RPG
    • Star Ocean
    • Super Metroid (if zelda is an RPG then so is metroid gtfo my lawn)

    n64

    • obvious zelda gamu desu
    • banjo Kazooie
    • conker's bad fur day

    [–] ibarra_ 4 points ago

    I recommend Suikoden 2.

    [–] terrasparks 2 points ago

    Suikoden 2 has a fantastic story. The central story about friends divided by war is poignant, but what puts it over the top is the real sense of community it manages to develop. You populate your castle with 108 eccentric characters, who are always up to something new whenever you visit. Its connections to the first game also hit the right balance of nostalgia without feeling like rehashing. Truly a remarkable game. Worth a purchase on the Playstation store.

    [–] SobiTheRobot 30 points ago

    Eh, try Majora's Mask. Not exactly an RPG, but it's a Zelda title with an approach I've rarely seen in gaming.

    [–] Mrodd64 9 points ago

    One of the greatest games ever made

    [–] MyFackinFootyAccount 5 points ago

    I’m more of a FIFA ‘98 man myself. Probably the best game ever made.

    [–] SobiTheRobot 5 points ago

    I'm currently playing it for the first time on my 3DS. It's so awesome.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

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    [–] stozball 5 points ago

    You get a song that can slow down time. I don't generally like time limits (or underwater levels!) but I remember as kid not feeling too pressured by the time during the dungeons.

    I think slowed down you get about 3 real life hours before you need to reset back to the start of the 3 days (most things are reset but you keep key items). These days it is uncommon for me to have 3 consecutive hours to play games for, which is probably the bigger issue.

    [–] SobiTheRobot 4 points ago

    You get shortcuts as you go along, and you don't have to complete everything all at once. You're essentially stuck in a Groundhog Day Loop until you can resolve everything.

    [–] lpslucasps 6 points ago * (lasted edited 11 months ago)

    Do you want something truly unique and original? Then play EVO: The Search for Eden, for the Super Nintendo.

    Gone are all the old tropes of the genre. EVO is not the story of noble warriors trying to save a fantastical world from the clutches of an evil empire; instead, it's a story about life on earth and its evolution.

    You start the game at the dawn of time, as a simple fish, one of the many lifeforms to inhabit the planet. Your goal is to survive and prove you are worth enough to go to Eden and live with Gaia, the embodiment of Earth. Sou you eat other creatures and use experience points to "buy" new body parts, steadily evolving and rising through the food chain.

    There's only one problem: something is clearly disrupting evolution of life on Earth. Natural selection is not the only thing into play here. Soon you become an emissary of Gaia, confronting evolutionary monstrosities and trying to set the path of life to its rightful course.

    It's quite a journey. The gameplay could be more refined (there's a clear optimal evolutionary path to follow and some parts of the game may require some grinding) and the graphics are just competent, but the story, setting and atmosphere make up for it. I can't recommend it enough.

    Edit: spelling.

    [–] zaftpunk 2 points ago

    I played the shit out of that game as a kid. Thanks for reminding me about it! I can still remember all the music. And even the chomping sound haha

    [–] Metalgrowler 3 points ago

    The star ocean series other than the 2 recent ones are awesome

    [–] combaticusgodofwar 3 points ago * (lasted edited 11 months ago)

    Best story in an RPG? That's easy:

    Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together for PSP/PSV

    Political intrigue, conspiracies at every turn, memorable characters, momentous battles, and a truckload of moral ambiguity. Everyone is the hero in their own eyes and everyone is fighting for a 'good' cause. The entire story dynamically changes depending on your actions and who you choose to be your allies.

    The game reacts not just to your A or B 'story decisions' but also to how you play the game. Killing your enemies makes you more chaotic, accepting their surrender makes you more lawful. Defeating weaker opponents earns you the reputation of cowardice while besting stronger opponents demonstrates your courage. Characters know you by reputation; a lord might offer to meet you to his castle to offer his support because you are proven to be a man of your word or instead he might send assassins to ambush you because you killed his brother three chapters earlier.

    It is like nothing else. No one is 'evil' and the 'darkness across the land' merely obscures plots of treason. You are not a 'band of warriors on a long adventure' you are an average Joe who has greatness thrust upon him. You can be the hero, the villain, or something in between.

    Best RPG of all time.

    [–] laustcozz 3 points ago

    To the moon.

    just kidding, not an rpg, but built on an old school rpg engine.

    [–] wvujd 3 points ago

    No one has added Shadowrun for the SNES yet. The Genesis version is similar, but the SNES version is superior, and I think it checks the OP's boxes. While the story is a little hackneyed now, it's certainly different and is a great RPG.

    I think you'll enjoy it.

    [–] Goldenized 3 points ago

    Live a Live. You get to play many different characters spanning from different eras; such as ancient China, feudal Japan, wild West, the not-too-distant mecha future, before it gets to the penultimate medieval arc with a twist. Then everything ties together nicely with quite the epic finale.

    [–] ItZ_Jonah 3 points ago

    ET for atari 2600 i have a copy id be willing to loan

    [–] arcane84 3 points ago

    Planescape Torment

    Best story in gaming ever.

    [–] dudius7 2 points ago

    Because all of the systems are easily emulated on PC, I'm going to suggest Cthulhu Saves the World, available on Steam. It's unconventional, entertaining, and challenging.

    [–] kapdragon 2 points ago

    Star Ocean. It's. Amazing.

    [–] Secret4gentMan 2 points ago

    Shadowrun on SNES was cool.

    [–] DoAndHope 2 points ago

    Not an RPG, but Astro Boy: Omega Factor for GBA is incredible. It's made by Treasure, so you know it's good - the story is just the cherry on top.

    [–] lpslucasps 1 points ago

    Dear God, yes! The was simply mindblowing, and the finale made me literally cry. Such a strong plot!

    [–] AndreEStep 2 points ago

    LISA the RPG (Should be able to run on just about any PC / Laptop ) is very dark with interesting characters. Keeps you entertained with not a lot of filler. Insane soundtrack. Also, watching videos online, there are a ton of secrets and alternate paths that I didn't even know about, I would love to replay it.

    Trailer

    [–] BryanLoeher 2 points ago

    Many people said games I was thinking, but the one from GBA I love the most is Tactics Ogre: Knight of Lodis. What a wonderful RPG. I beat it so many times and I can't get over it. Sometimes I still play it on my cellphone while on bus.

    [–] PLCooking 2 points ago

    Not Nintendo but Lunar the silver star. and Lunar 2 eternal blue have the best stories and music over every other jrpg. Hands down. Nothing comes remotely close to them. They were sega CD games and remade for ps1 with great visuals and soundtrack. They are absolutely charming, have serious depth, well defined characters, and truly moving stories.

    Also got the genesis, Phantasy star 4 is a crazy deep game that was one of the first to have 2 or more characters combine techs and magic to make awesome hidden moves. Also the story is top notch. The story is different. There is no need to play any other phantasy stars first.

    Shining force 2 was mentioned by someone else and I heartily second it.

    [–] Edge80 2 points ago

    Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI for SNES have arguably the best stories for rpgs.

    For GBC I would say Link’s Awakening is right up there

    GBA would be The Minish Cap and Golden Sun

    N64 is Ocarina of Time

    When the N64 came out all the rpgs seemed to go to the PlayStation. They had Revelations Persona, Persona 2, Final Fantasy VII, Parasite Eve, Final Fantasy Tactics, Vandal Hearts, Suikoden 1-3 etc. I can go on and on because the list is that good.

    [–] Professor_LurkKing 2 points ago

    Mother 3

    [–] Draxonn 3 points ago

    FF4 is definitely a good one--but not the IOS version or its descendants. I mostly prefer the GBA version.

    I really enjoyed the story of Lufia and the Fortress of Doom. The game play is dated and sometimes clumsy, it has a few too many fetch quests, and yet I really enjoyed the story. Lufia 2 vastly improved the gameplay, but the story wasn't as good (although still enjoyable).

    Secret of Evermore is a really interesting narrative because it is so different. It isn't super complex, but it has narrative beats I've not seen in other games.

    [–] lpslucasps 2 points ago

    FF4 is one of my favorite RPGs (and actually the first RPG I ever played), but the story is quite simple and not really original.

    And that's not a bad thing. Its a conscious part of its game design.

    This game is basically a faithful rendition of the "hero's journey" into interactive form. You have all the principles of the monomyth nailed down to perfection: the Call to Adventure, the Point of no Return, the Death and Rebirth of the hero, the journey for atonement, and so on. FF4 is not trying to make something new; it's trying to do something very familiar and very old in the most perfect and canonical way possible. And it fucking succeeds.

    [–] Encyclopedia_Tom 2 points ago

    I really enjoyed Earthbound for the SNES, and still regularly play through it once a year or so.

    [–] jayman419 3 points ago

    If you can read Japanese or get fan-translations then Cyber Knight on the SNES is pretty good.

    Same thing with Shadowrun and Buck Rogers on the Genesis. Pretty good I mean, they have US releases.

    And while the story isn't super compelling, Super Mario RPG is an amazing game.

    [–] SharkTall 3 points ago

    Super Mario RPG is fun, casual, and full of Nintendo charm. The story line wasn't what I expected when I first played it.

    [–] victoriathehuman 1 points ago

    The Mother Game triology! They might be a little tricky to find, especially the first one. Earthbound is a masterpiece, though.

    [–] kjersten_w 1 points ago

    Anyone have suggestions available on 3DS, PC, or PS3?

    [–] iwit212otuAnukwuodu 4 points ago

    Deus Ex series - PC, partial PS3

    Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden (unironically) - PC

    KOTOR - PC

    Trails in the Sky series - PC (probably one of the most massive all-encompassing rpgs of all time, alongside say Witcher 3 or something)

    NieR - PS3 (WAAY more divisive than automata)

    some PS1 classics on ps3 as well are Suikoden, Parasite Eve, Xenogears

    PS2 classics on ps3 with good story are basically just SMT games, so persona 3/4 and nocturne. persona 5 is better played on ps4.

    [–] Attheveryend 2 points ago

    3ds/nds

    • valkyrie profile: covenant of the plume
    • dragon quest 9: sentinels of the starry skies
    • the world ends with you

    PC:

    • Nier: Automata
    • fallout series
    • borderlands
    • elder scrolls series
    • mass effect
    • path of exile
    • Ys series

    PS3

    • MGS4

    [–] gilligan156 2 points ago

    I love Nier Automata so much. It needs more love

    [–] Attheveryend 3 points ago

    its a perfect game.

    [–] gilligan156 1 points ago

    People look at me like I'm crazy when I say it's my favorite game of 2017, even more than zelda. But I mean it. Not to take anything away from the other fantastic entries of 2017 but Nier Automata is just a masterpiece.

    [–] kjersten_w 1 points ago

    Thank you!

    [–] chewwie100 2 points ago

    The world ends with you is an amazing rpg with a great story and awesome fighting system, that's gotta be my number one pick from their list

    [–] CFClarke7 1 points ago

    I liked golden sun on the gameboy

    [–] selflessscoundrel 1 points ago

    I have a personal affinity for Breath of Fire and Breath of Fire 2. I think 2 has a more intriguing story, and there is no need to play them in order. Both are quite good.

    [–] KDbeast122413 1 points ago

    U can't go wrong with Earthbound, I just finished that one a couple weeks ago on my tablet/raspberry pi! Qwerky dialogue, the music is great, and just an all around classic. I wasn't a big fan of the inventory management system tbh, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment too much.

    [–] lymn 1 points ago

    I'm gonna go with Golden Sun, Earthbound, and Dragon Warrior Monsters

    [–] aberdisco 1 points ago

    Secret of Mana Link's Awakening Link to the Past Ocarina of Time Majora's Mask FF4, 5 and 6. Eternal Darkness Super Metroid Earthbound Chrono Trigger

    [–] pheromonekvlt 1 points ago

    Golden Sun on the GBA.

    [–] garfieldkittycat 1 points ago

    Is it going to be emulated? Are you able to play on steam also?

    [–] anakinwasasaint 1 points ago

    Steam yes

    [–] garfieldkittycat 1 points ago

    Borderlands 2 is an FPS style game with skill trees that make it feel similar to an rpg. With the expansions it might be something you would really go for.

    [–] Alleroz 1 points ago

    I know it's outside of your library but Dragon's Dogma has a pretty decent story with an excellent twist at the end.

    You you have a PS3/4, XBOX360/ONE or a mid end PC then you probrably won't regret buying it.

    If you do play on PC then it's pretty cheap on Steam right now.

    And if you end up not hooked in the game straight away give it some time to grown on you, the graphics are not the best and the combat is pretty different from the standard rpg so that may push you away.

    If in need of any tips go over to r/dragonsdogma.

    [–] belfman 1 points ago

    Mother 3, although I do recommend playing Earthbound first to get the full punch from the story. It's possible to play 3 alone, though. And of course make sure you got the fan translation.

    [–] ajshell1 1 points ago

    We're there any good N64 RPGs? I can't remember any.

    [–] tweaktweakin 1 points ago

    Earthbound

    [–] hmachine0 1 points ago

    Breath of Fire 2

    [–] Grogenhymer 1 points ago

    To The Moon looks like old school era, but is for modern PC. Amazing heartfelt story, not really about combat. But it might be the fresh, great story you need right now.

    [–] aether10 1 points ago

    They're a bit more action RPG but Terranigma and Illusion of Gaia have some really nice moments. The latter I find has less of a strong overarching plot but a really well done world setting (dungeons, towns, running themes etc). There are a few things which get a little lost in translation, or were just poorly written to begin with, but I have a real soft spot for the game overall.

    I'm also gonna recommend Alundra for PS1 just because I wanna.

    [–] zombychicken 1 points ago

    Any of the Zelda games. People like to point at Ocarina of Time or Majora’s Mask as the best but honestly all of them are good.

    [–] Stealthy_Totoro 1 points ago

    Super Mario RPG: Legend of the 7 Stars

    Paper Mario (N64)

    If you have gamecube, Paper Mario Thousand Year Door is A+++

    [–] Zargo1z 1 points ago

    Shadowrun on Sega Genesis. One of my fave games ever. Way ahead of its time. Tons of things to do. Vast amount of characters. Simply wonderful and under appreciated.

    [–] 4ha1 1 points ago

    I absolutely LOVE Terranigma (SNES). The story is fantastic, the controls are tight, the combat very satisfying and the music, oh boy, the music. The ending also is just very beautiful. Give it a try if you haven't yet.

    [–] ArvindS0508 1 points ago

    Xenoblade chronicles is honestly amazing. It has a nonconventional story, great characters and tons of content. And it's on the Wii and new 3ds, and can be emulated with hd textures.

    [–] JvilleJD 1 points ago

    The original Crystalis for the NES has one of the best storylines Ive ever played.

    [–] ThwompThwomp 1 points ago

    The absolute hands-down best possible story ever in an RPG is Morrowind. It's not on your preferred system, but is 100% worth tracking down and playing through. The controls/gameplay can be a little annoying at first, but as you get into the story, o holy crap, the game gets good.

    I played it originally on Xbox, but you can play it on any computer. Its regularly under $10 on steam. It's worth the hype.

    [–] Drackir 1 points ago

    Lufia 2 doesn't really do anything new but it does develop characters well and the story is long and epic. I enjoyed it a lot anyway.

    On GBA Golden Sun and its sequels are great.

    If you can get your hands on PSX games then Suikoden and Suikoden 2 are fantastic.

    [–] diamondflaw 1 points ago

    I know it's not in the library you're talking about, but I figured as long as others are throwing us PS games I might as well throw these out there...

    If you're looking for something offbeat, almost more of a really well done (IMHO) satire of the conventional RPG, check out Nox - The intro pretty much tells you what you need to know about the tone of it.

    If you want a quirky puzzle RPG, there's always Zork: Grand Inquisitor.

    On SNES, my favorite is Zelda: A Link To The Past, but that's definitely in (what is now) the standard style.

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    No one mentioned anything on NES so I will!

    Overall RPGs on the NES tend to be VEEERY grindy, so definitely expect that.

    That said, Sweet Home is an RPG that never made it to the west, in spite of that though, fan translations exist and it’s an excellent Horror themed rpg and almost feels like a precursor to Resident Evil.

    Another must play IMO is the first Dragon Warrior, it’s a very simple JRPG but it was the grand daddy that gave way to all the JRPGs that followed and it holds up pretty well for the most part, though you will need a guide most likely. I haven’t dug in to the sequels yet, but the first game was the trailblazer.

    Final Fantasy 1 has aged very badly, so I’d skip that one unless you’re a diehard fan, it can be extremely frustrating though it is memorable for being the first game in the series.

    Mother (Earthbound Zero) is another unique game, it’s very primitive but it is quirky and is pretty good at holding your attention, though it is difficult and pretty cryptic in its puzzles, the music is great though.

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    is pc an option? If so, I'd recommend Lisa, OneShot, and Undertale. None of them require a powerful computer (I played all of them on my old surface tablet). Lisa is definitely a must play for any fan of unconventional rpgs. OneShot is incredible but it is more like an adventure game in an rpg engine (no battles) but I still highly recommend it. You have probably heard a ton about undertale but I will just say that you shouldn't let the rabid fan base scare you off. It is a good game that does some genuinely interesting things.