We can say that PlayStation is an old, classic game console, but we must not forget that it is the origin of the modern RPG and JRPG we know today. Let us say Final Fantasy series or Tales series, long before the latest game of both series on current console, PlayStation is the host of those series. We have to admit that although the graphics is not so nice back then, it is the origin of many legendary titles.
Personally, the graphics issue is not a really big matter to me. I think PlayStation RPG has a lot more quality to be considered of. The mind-blowing plot, exciting gameplay, neverending battles, and many others, are what I found in PlayStation RPG; somehow, it is still irreplaceable even with the latest game today. Here are the top 7 PlayStation RPG that I felt nostalgic with as a legend in its era.
7. Chrono Cross
Chrono Cross is one of the classic RPG made by Square for PlayStation in 1999. It is the successor of Chrono Trigger, with enhanced graphics and soundtracks. The instrumental theme of this game is so enchanting that you can enjoy listening to it anytime. Not only is the music, Chrono Cross known for its nice gameplay with the unlimited character recruitment feature that makes the gameplay even more addictive.
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.
6. 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.
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 in fighting the all-powerful rule of Deus. Although there is a “defect” in Disc 2, Xenogears is still loved by RPG lovers. That is why; fans still hope that the defect will be fixed in the remake; even though it seems more impossible now since the team of Xenogears was already disbanded and some of the staff united in another developer.
4. Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger is a legendary game of SNES which was released in PlayStation in 1995. It has a good storyline, great battle system, and nice graphics that will pamper us RPG lovers. In this game, we will play as Crono, a young swordsman along with his unique companions. Crono and his companions will travel through times to stop the world from destruction caused by an entity named Lavos.
A princess, a frog swordsman, a prehistoric blonde girl, and a robot will be your party members as you progress through the story. This game also has multiple endings which require some conditions to be triggered. And of course, there will be the best ending available if you can fulfill the condition to achieve it.
3. Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy IX is the ninth main installment in Final Fantasy series which was developed and published by Squaresoft. It was initially released in July 2000 for PlayStation, and later re-released in 2016 for iOS, Android and Microsoft Windows via Steam, and the last re-released in 2017 for PlayStation 4.
The story follows Zidane and his companion of Tantalus Theatre Troupe kidnapping Princess Garnet of Alexandria whom coincidentally planned to escape the castle. Accompanied by her personal guard Steiner, they become comrades and travel together with Zidane to know the secrets of the Crystal and try to stop the malevolent force who intends to destroy their world.
2. Suikoden II
Suikoden II revolves around a boy who begins as a junior soldier but becomes a hero later. Suikoden series has all of it needs to be a favorite. Gameplay, plot, nice 2D graphics are the attraction of this game. Everybody knows that the fun part of playing Suikoden series lies in the recruitment of the Stars of Destiny, where you can recruit more than 100 characters to strengthen your army.
Combat is also one of the reasons why these games are timeless. Combat is divided in three parts: party battle, army battle, and one-on-one. It has the turn-based battle system like in Final Fantasy, but with some differences like weapon range (S/M/L), Runes attacks, and the possibility of fleeing from the enemies using Bribe command.
1. Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII is without a doubt one of the greatest creations of Square Enix. There are too many reasons why this title is everlasting. The masterpiece of Square Enix emerged initially in 1997 on PlayStation, already more than a decade ago. Because of its timeless quality Square Enix decided to port the original version into Android and iOS, also preparing a remake of Final Fantasy VII on PlayStation 4.
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.
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Old but gold, that is what the PlayStation RPG are. Although they are existed long time ago, time didn’t consume them. The fact is, some players think that it will be better to replay a classic RPG rather than replaying a modern, latest game. Why is that? You have to try playing one of those games above to find the answer yourself. My favorite? I’ll go with Chrono Trigger, then, now and always.
Which one do you think is the best PlayStation RPG from above? Do you have another favorite title? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.