Usually I would wait until next week to finish a two parts article. But this time, I’m excited to finish the PlayStation RPG topic. PlayStation is the first console I owned, and luckily I have the console that people often call the core of RPG. This will be the second and last part of 5 PlayStation RPG with better stories than Final Fantasy VII Remake. So, I want you to enjoy the content and try to find them if you can.
1. Persona 2 Duology
Persona 2: Innocent Sin is a Japanese RPG developed and published by Atlus for PlayStation in 1999. It is the second entry in the Persona series, as a subseries of the Megami Tensei franchise, and acts as a sequel to the original Persona. The game was re-released in 2011 for the PlayStation Portable and was released in North America and Europe under the title Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 – Innocent Sin.
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is a RPG developed by Atlus and chronologically the third installment in the Persona series, a subseries of the Megami Tensei franchise. It was originally published in 2000 by Atlus in Japan and North America for the PlayStation. The game was later remade by Atlus for the PlayStation Portable and was released in Japan in 2012.
2. Star Ocean: The Second Story
Star Ocean: The Second Story is the second installment of the Star Ocean series made for PlayStation in 1998. Although it has been ported to some platforms, this amazing game started its debut in the classic console such as PlayStation. This game gives the player a choice to play as Claude C. Kenny or Rena Lanford (the two main protagonists) with all its consequences to the story in-game.
This game gives different sensation in playing RPG where you choose which character’s scenario you will play on; resulting in different possibility of recruitable characters. Star Ocean: The Second Story has the real-time combat system that tri-Ace is famous for, and making it as a pioneer of the modern RPG’s real-time battle system. This game is one of tri-Ace’s most critical and commercial successes.
3. Suikoden II
Suikoden II is a RPG developed and published by Konami for PlayStation in 1998. The game is the second installment of the Suikoden series and remembered as one of the best RPG ever made. Many players admitted that the fun part of playing Suikoden series lies in the recruitment of the Stars of Destiny, as well as in Suikoden II with over 100 recruitable characters, of which over 40 are usable in combat.
Suikoden II takes place years after the events of the first Suikoden. The story centers on an invasion of the City States of Jowston by the Kingdom of Highland. We will control a silent protagonist who is the adopted son of Genkaku, a hero who saved City States of Jowston in a war againts Highland years ago. With his best friend Jowy Atreides they got caught up in the war along with the burden of a Rune bearer.
4. Valkyrie Profile
Valkyrie Profile, or also known as Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is the first of the Valkyrie Profile series that released in 1999 for PlayStation. The story involves a war between gods, Aesir and Vanir. To win the war called Ragnarok, Lenneth Valkyrie must recruit fallen human warriors to help in the fight against Vanir. A prequel and second prequel were produced later after the success of Valkyrie Profile.
In Valkyrie Profile, we will play as Lenneth, one of the goddess of battle who was searching the suitable human to help in facing the upcoming Ragnarok. Those people are later called Einherjar, the soul of mortals who were recruited in assisting the Odin’s army. The Einherjar consists of swordsman, mages, and archers. Our task is to recruit best of the best and send them to protect Asgard.
Long before Xenosaga exist in PlayStation 2, there is Xenogears, its predecessor in PlayStation. Xenogears is a RPG developed and published by Squaresoft in 1998, long enough to be called a legend. With the music composed by Yatsunori Mitsuda, it successfully steals the spotlight in PlayStation’s hall of fame. Xenogears became a debut entry in the wider Xeno franchise later.
The story tells about the journey of Fei Fong Wong and his friends as they journey across the world to overthrow the all-powerful rule of Solaris and uncover mysteries concerning their world. The story incorporates themes of Jungian psychology, Freudian thought, and religious symbolism. With a “defect” in Disc 2, Xenogears is still loved by RPG lovers and many are still hoping that there would be a remake on current consoles.
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And those are the last part of PlayStation RPG with better stories than Final Fantasy VII Remake. Final Fantasy VII Remake is not disappointing, but since it is not a complete game there are some games on PlayStation that easily surpass it. It is too hard to pick the best one since those RPG are the best on the classic console. But personally I like Xenogears’ theme and plot combined with the mecha fighting.
Which PlayStation RPG do you think has better story than Final Fantasy VII Remake? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.