A lot of good classic RPG titles have become the pioneer to the present RPG. Even the fourth generation RPG (16-bit era), are the example to many great sequels in the future. By having good selections of RPG, players can choose their favorite and play it until the end; sometimes even plays it one or two more times. The higher the replay values the bigger the chance that they will replay a game.
There are some reasons why players decide to replay a game from the beginning. First, because of the charm of the game that makes them want to play and experience it once again, and second, because there is a possibility of New Game+ that the game provide for extra items, equipments or even modes. Here are the top 7 worth-replaying fourth generations RPG that are known for their high replay value.
7. Super Mario RPG (SNES)
Maybe most people know Super Mario games as a side-scrolling adventure where the character will run to the end while fighting enemies along the way. But you should know that there is a RPG-style Super Mario game called Super Mario RPG. Super Mario RPG is developed by Square and published by Nintendo. As we all know, Square was known for its masterpiece in RPG: Final Fantasy.
Super Mario RPG which was released in 1996 adapts the gameplay mechanics that Square used in all of its creations. That is why, although it is a Super Mario game, the gameplay of Super Mario RPG is FF-alike. In Super Mario RPG, we will fight the bad guys who drove out Bowser from his own castle. And because of that, we will team up not only with Peach but also Bowser, the archenemy of Mario.
6. Secret of Mana (SNES)
Secret of Mana is known for a high quality action-RPG that could stand up to Zelda series in both the quality and timelessness. This game is another creation of Square, as the expert in making wonderful RPG for consoles. Released in 1993, this game stands out with its uniqueness and later became an inspiration to other action-RPG.
Secret of Mana features three main characters fighting an empire which tries to take over the world by abusing the power of Mana. The strong point in this game is the detail of the visuals, where you can see the bones-littering cavern floor, or colorful flowers and plant-life lining the trails as we walk upon. The water and clouds also moves naturally, giving life to the visualization of the graphics.
The combat system used in Secret of Mana is unlike any other. It has a reason why some later games adapt the combat mechanics of game such as Secret of Mana. The combat is all about hack-and-slashing the enemies, but there is a percentage meter that determines how strong our attacks can be. Instead of keep attacking the enemies, we need to remain calm and attack at the right timing for best result.
5. Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow (Game Boy)
This is the first generation of Pokémon games which came in monochrome display, as the technology of Game Boy can provide only that far at that moment. There are some elements of color in Pokémon Yellow, but it is still very limited in visual appearance. The plot of this game is quite simple, a young boy sets on adventure catching monsters, battling other trainers and finally facing the evil Team Rocket.
This generation introduced the most memorable 151 original Pokémon, the beginning of all the great Pokémon we know today. The straightforward story, the traditional gameplay, and the classic Pokémon rosters are good reasons to love this game. In Game Boy era, this is without a doubt the most famous title, and also the beginning to all of the amazing evolutions and Pokémon in present series.
4. Lunar: Silver Star Story & Eternal Blue (PlayStation)
Lunar series developed by Game Arts and Japan Art Media and published by Kadokawa Shoten and Working Designs. Released in 1996, Lunar: Silver Star Story was the first RPG that I played on PlayStation. In my playtime, I didn’t notice that it will become a high-replay value RPG later in the future. The two of the games above shares a lot of similarities, makes it hard to decide which one is better.
Lunar: Silver Star Story focuses on the life of a young lad named Alex with his quests in becoming a Dragon Master and later saving his lover Luna from Ghaleon. Lunar: Eternal Blue takes place a little later and features Hiro, a treasure hunter who tries to save the world from the evil Zophar. The plot heavily revolves around friendship, love, and responsibility.
The soundtracks are amazing, and the characters are interesting enough to follow. Not to forget, although the battle is quite simple, both of Lunar series has a memorable side-scrolling 2D combat which I can’t ever forget as my first RPG in PlayStation. Even though both of Lunar series lacks of 3D elements in graphics, it max out the potent of 2D graphics and still be able to deliver an enchanting visuals.
3. Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
The game Zelda: A Link to the Past is the first Zelda I ever played in SNES. Released in 1991, I must admit that even though it has no 3D elements in graphics, it successfully delivers stunning visuals at that time. Some fans even mentioned that it was the pinnacle of the whole Zelda franchise for a good reason. Many of Zelda series fans thinks that this is one of the best Zelda game ever made.
Zelda: A Link to the Past revolving around the plot that Ganon escaped his prison in the dark realm and Link must travel between the dark and light realm to save both Hyrule Kingdom and Zelda. This game has tons of scattered secrets and puzzles with bigger dungeons than the previous games. Controlling Link is also fun with his charged-spinning attack and new items such as hookshot.
2. Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
Final Fantasy VI was released in 1994 by Square for SNES (now also available in PC, Android, and iOS). The sixth installment of the Final Fantasy series was known to be one of the best Final Fantasy game ever made. It added more depth to both gameplay and narrative than any Final Fantasy game before.
The story tells about a technological world which dominated by an evil empire by the use of Magitek technology. As usual, we will control the characters with different backgrounds. The heroes consist of the people who have been a part of the empire, brainwashed by the empire, or those who rebels against the empire. That makes this game has 6 main characters.
Final Fantasy VI stands out in a lot aspects: expansive world full of wonders, refined Active Time Battle system, and also a personalized skill sets for each characters. For example, Sabin who use Blitz skill requires us to press button combinations, or Celes who uses Runic will absorb the next magic spell cast against the party. In short, Final Fantasy VI is the best of the series to date.
1. Chrono Trigger (SNES)
The great time-travel plot, amazing battle system, skill combining attacks, and loveable characters makes Chrono Trigger always on top of player’s mind since it was initially released in 1995 by Square (now available in PC, Android, and iOS). In this game, we will play as Crono, a swordsman from a small town who travels time to prevent the world from destruction caused by 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 battle system is actually similar to FF’s standard battle, but there are combo attacks which can be performed by combining specific skills of the party members. Each character will have their different elements too to assist them in fighting enemies.
Not only great battle system, this game has the best soundtracks and awesome dialogue; each character has their own backstories and there will be multiple endings which can be triggered by meeting certain conditions as a requirement. New Game+ is available in this game, which can lead us to get the best ending possible. Overall, this game is really captivating that you don’t have reasons to miss it.
Replaying a game that we have finished might be troublesome for some players, but some games are meant to be played more than once. Some players are willingly replaying the game that they have finished because of its high replay value. Like when I played Chrono Trigger, I tried to uncover all the secrets and aiming to get the best ending and that requires more than once playthrough.
What about you, which one is your favorite fourth generation RPG? Do you have another suggestion? Please share your thoughts below.