Everyone admits that Final Fantasy VII Remake is a successful remake of Final Fantasy VII. Every player who has tried it will never complain about the gameplay and graphics; quite impossible to criticize those parts. But in fact, this remake is still a bit lacking in terms of story, probably because it is unfinished but that is all we have for now. So, I want to recommend you these first 5 PlayStation RPG with better stories.
1. Breath of Fire III
Breath of Fire III is a RPG developed and published by Capcom originally for PlayStation in 1997. This game is the third installment of the entire series, and also the first to introduce 3D environments and voice acting. The game was ported and released for the PlayStation Portable in Japan in 2005, and a year later the game was also released in Europe, specifically on February 3, 2006.
The story takes place in a fantasy world where humans live alongside anthropomorphic creatures and revolves around a boy named Ryu, the last of The Brood (a race of people who has the ability to transform into a powerful dragon). Ryu’s journey to uncover the mystery of his people and reunite with his surrogate family takes him into adulthood where he is joined by a number of other characters.
2. Chrono Cross
Chrono Cross is a classic RPG developed and published by Square for PlayStation in 1999. It is the successor of Chrono Trigger which was released for SNES, with enhanced graphics and soundtrack and set in the same world as it. Not only is the music, Chrono Cross known for its addictive gameplay with the unlimited character recruitment feature that makes the gameplay even more interesting.
The story of Chrono Cross focuses on a young boy named Serge and a theme of parallel worlds. Faced with an alternate reality which he died as a child, Serge endeavors to find the truth of the two worlds’ divergence. Struggling to uncover his past and find the mysterious Frozen Flame, Serge will be accompanied by 43 possibly recruited characters, along with flashy thief girl named Kid.
4. Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII is a RPG developed by Square in 1997 for PlayStation. The game is the seventh main installment in the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy VII is without a doubt one of the greatest creations of Square Enix. There are too many reasons why this title feels everlasting; now it even has a remake on PlayStation 4. The success has moved Square Enix to port this game into multiplatform.
We will play as Cloud, the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VII and the most popular persona among the RPG characters. Although he isn’t a silent protagonist, Cloud doesn’t speak too much at first. As a former SOLDIER’s proud swordsman, he became arrogant and selfish. But after he discovers about his past, he began to value friendship and starts protecting others, even the Planet.
4. Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy Tactics is a tactical RPG created and developed by Squaresoft in 1997 for PlayStation. It is very popular in its era where RPG lovers lack of tactical games with good storyline and nice gameplay. What is so good about this game is that you can change your character’s job like in early Final Fantasy games, but this time it involves skill combination which makes the game even more exciting.
The story sets in Ivalice, a unified kingdom of seven territories which is caught in the middle of war (War of the Lions) between two opposing factions vying for rule of the kingdom. We will play as Ramza Beoulve, a member of the respected House Beoulve, who finds himself caught in the middle of the war and later trying to uncover the truth behind a sinister plot to save the kingdoms from destruction.
5. Legend of Mana
Legend of Mana is an action RPG developed and published by Square in 1999 for PlayStation. The game is the fourth installment of the Mana series, following 1995’s Trials of Mana. Legend of Mana gives the player ability to shape the world’s structure through Land Make system, generating regions and quests in a non-linear gameplay system rather than a strong main plotline.
Legend of Mana is set in a fictional world of Fa’Diel. The game started with the story of burned down Tree of Mana that known as the giver of mana and life for the world. The war between human, fairies and other creature erupted to decide who will take over the remains of the Tree of Mana. After the war concluded, the silent protagonist bears the task of restoring the world and its mana to its former self.
If you think that Final Fantasy VII Remake is a stunning game, nobody will argue with you. But in terms of story, there are better RPGs even on PlayStation. I will choose Breath of Fire III as my favorite because of the gameplay, and Chrono Cross because of the time travel theme. But take notes that those 5 PlayStation RPG above are qualified to have better stories even compared to Final Fantasy VII Remake.
So which PlayStation RPG do you think has better story than Final Fantasy VII Remake? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.