Everyone knows that Final Fantasy VII Remake has successfully amazed long awaited fans with its quality in every aspect of RPG. With the successful remake of an old, legendary RPG now comes the big question: “What is next?”. So in this article we have the top 7 classic RPG Square Enix should remake after the successful Final Fantasy VII Remake, hopefully with a lot better quality like what it just did.
7. Parasite Eve (PlayStation)
Parasite Eve is a 1998 action RPG developed and published by Square. The game is a sequel to the novel Parasite Eve, written by Hideaki Sena, and also the first game in the Parasite Eve series. Parasite Eve was SquareSoft’s first M-rated game, and the first major American and Japanese game development collaboration for the company.
The story follows New York City police officer Aya Brea over a six-day span in 1997 as she attempts t stop the Eve, a woman who plans to destroy human race through spontaneous human combustion. Players explore levels set in areas of New York while utilizing a pausable real-time combat system along with several RPG elements.
6. SaGa Frontier (PlayStation)
SaGa Frontier is a RPG developed by Square for the PlayStation and released in Japan on July 11, 1997. The game was later published by Sony Computer Entertainment in North America on March 25, 1998. SaGa Frontier is the seventh game in the SaGa series, the first to be released on the PlayStation, and the first to be released under the SaGa brand outside Japan.
SaGa Frontier takes place in a science fantasy universe called “The Regions”, a group of worlds with varying degrees of culture, unique races, technology, and magic. The game allows the player to follow the exploits of one of the seven protagonists, each with his or her own storyline and goal. The game’s Free Scenario System offers a large amount of non-linear gameplay, allowing the player to travel between many of the Regions.
5. Treasure Hunter G (SNES)
Treasure Hunter G is a 1996 turn-based tactical RPG developed by Sting Entertainment and published by Square for the Super Famicom. The story tells about the villain called the Dark King. He was sealed away until an unsuspecting treasure hunter releases him by attempting to get treasure. Now Red, Blue, Rain, and Ponga have to stop him.
4. Xenogears (PlayStation)
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.
3. Brave Fencer Musashi (PlayStation)
Brave Fencer Musashi is an action RPG developed and published by Square in 1998 for the PlayStation home console. The game involves real-time sword-based combat in a 3D environment; it also features segments of voiced over dialogue and role-playing game elements such as day-night cycle and resting to restore energy.
The story follows Musashi, a young swordsman who is summoned to a parallel world to defend Allucaneet Kingdom from the Thirstquencher Empire. He searches for the Five Scrolls, which can enhance the powers of his sword, while interacting with people from Allucaneet and a nearby village.
2. Vagrant Story (PlayStation)
Vagrant Story is an action RPG developed and published by Square for PlayStation. The initial release was in 2000, but the game has been re-released through the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Vita. Vagrant Story was primarily developed by the team responsible for Final Fantasy Tactics, with Yasumi Matsuno serving as producer, writer, and director.
The game takes place in the fictional kingdom of Valendia and the ruined city of Lea Monde. The story centers on Ashley Riot, an elite agent known as a Riskbreaker who must travel to Lea Monde to investigate the link between a cult leader and a senior Valendian Parliament member, Duke Bardorba. In the prologue he is blamed for murdering the Duke and the game discloses the events that happen one week prior.
1. Treasure of the Rudras (SNES)
Treasure of the Rudras is a Japanese RPG released by Square in 1996, and the company’s last developed for the Super Famicom. The plot incorporates elements from Indian religions, centrally the concept of the wheel of time – every 4000 years the world is destroyed and recreated by a Rudra – the name taken from an aspect of the Hindu god os destruction, Shiva.
The story is divided into three major scenarios, each with a different main character: the soldier Sion, the priestess Riza, and the archaeologist Surlent. As the player enters new areas and accomplishes different tasks, the human race’s final 15 days slowly ebb away in a predetermined day/night cycle. The player is free to play the scenarios in any order.
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All those games above are produced by Square Enix for the classic console initially, and now I think is the right time to remake them one by one because they have more than just decent quality. Talking about a favorite, Xenogears always caught my attention, and I have played Brave Fencer Musashi and liked it, but I think the battle system of Treasure of the Rudras looks so promising to be remade.
Which one is your favorite classic RPG? Which one do you think deserve a remake first? Please leave your comment below.