PlayStation was known as one of the consoles who possessed a lot of good RPG. We can play amazing franchises such as Final Fantasy series, Chrono series, or standalone legend such as Xenogears all thanks to PlayStation. Between those games, there are some great titles but ended up not as popular as the mainstream RPG. But being unpopular apparently didn’t ruin the quality of those games at all.
7. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is a tactical JRPG developed by Quest. The game was originally released in 1995 for Super Famicom as a sequel to Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen. A few years later it was re-released for Sega Saturn and PlayStation. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is the second entry released in the Ogre Battle franchise with tottaly different gameplay from its predecessor.
The game tells the story about Denam Pavel, a young lad, son of Abuna Prancet. After Prancet was taken away and his village being destroyed by the Dark Knights, he swore to take revenge. Together with his sibling Catlua and her friend Vyce, he plans a vendetta against the Dark Knights and lead the Liberation Army to being freedom to the oppressed nation of Valeria.
6. 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.
5. The Legend of Dragoon
The Legend of Dragoon is a RPG developed by SCE Japan Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 1999 for PlayStation. The game was designed to promote player immersion, realism, and cinematic style. Reception was generally positive, although several critics found it lacking compared to other PlayStation RPGs at that time.
Set in the high fantasy land of Endiness, the game follows a group of warriors led by Dart Feld as they caught in a war between Endiness’ nations. The player will control Dart’s party as 3D character models through pre-rendered environment and fighting battles using a combination of turn-based mechanics and real-time commands.
4. Legend of Legaia
Legend of Legaia is a RPG developed by Prokion and Contrail in 1998 for PlayStation. It has a one-of-a-kind battle system using certain button combinations. The developer, Contrail, also developed popular titles such as Wild Arms 2 and Alundra 2 on PlayStation. Legend of Legaia was followed by Legaia 2: Duel Saga on PlayStation 2 in 2001.
The game is set in the eponymous world where humans use objects called Seru. By uniting with Seru, they can use fantastic powers. While they had once peacefully existed, the mist appears and upsets the Seru, which transforms human into monsters. Ten years later, human survivors Vahn, Noa, and Gala band together to stop the mist, using immune entities called Ra-Seru.
3. Vandal Hearts
Vandal Hearts is a turn-based tactical RPG developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo in 1996 for PlayStation and later ported to Sega Saturn by Konami Computer Entertainment Nagoya. The game spawned a sequel, also on PlayStation and a prequel, Vanda Hearts: Flames of Judgment was created for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.
The story revolves around the main protagonist, Ash Lambert and his colleagues at the third battalion of the Ishtarian Security Forces who begin to suspect a conspiracy at the highest levels of government. Ash’s attempts to draw attention to the situation, though, only draw the ire of the conspirators themselves, leaving only Ash and his allies to foil the their plans and restore order to the nation.
2. Thousand Arms
Thousand Arms is a cross-genre game developed by Red Company and Atlus, and published by Atlus for PlayStation in 1998. The game mixes elements of JRPG and dating sim games. Thousand Arms takes place in a steampunk world, where the Dark Acolytes is trying to find the five legendary Sacred Flames and bring chaos to the world. Meis, as the Spirit Blacksmith must prevent it by making magical weapons with the help of a woman.
1. Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure
Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure is a tactical RPG developed and published by Nippon Ichi Software for PlayStation. Released in 1998, Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure is the first installment of the Marl Kingdom series. A Nintendo DS version was released in Japan and North America in 2008 and in PAL regions in 2009. Rhapsody, along with its sequels, is considered musical RPG.
The story focuses on a young girl named Cornet as she seeks to rescue a prince after being turned to stone by a witch. The game is also known for its overwhelming cuteness and low level of difficulty. Players can select different places on the world map and encounters random battles, such as in Dragon Quest series. Unlike most RPG, in this game the player can save anytime even during battles.
PlayStation, for me is the one and only console that keeps the most of my best memories playing RPG. If you are a RPG addict like me, probably you will also notice and played those games above, but for regular RPG lover, those RPG probably are totally unknown. I played all those but the one that binds me with its charm is Suikoden II. I can say that it is the best among the other titles above.
Which one is your favorite PlayStation JRPG? How many of the games above have you played? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.