RPG is known for its deep plot and vast exploration. Many players mostly are enchanted by those factors. But aside from those two, we cannot forget to existence of the combat system. The good combat system not only can boost the quality of the gameplay, but also makes players addicted to it. So now, as a fellow RPG lover let me introduce you to these top 7 RPG with the best combat system.
7. Resonance of Fate (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PC)
Resonance of Fate is another RPG developed by tri-Ace and published by Sega for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Released in 2010, this game delivers fast-pace strategic combat involving different firearms and combination moves of the three playable character. Resonance of Fate is set in a steampunk environment where the main character is trying to fight the ruling Cardinal causing crisis.
Like most of tri-Ace’s creations, the selling point in this game is the battle system. It unifies turn-based and real-time combat in a good way. Even the equipment system and leveling system is somewhat complex that it might turn off some excitement like when you play standard RPG. This game has brought the turn-based battle into a higher level of innovation.
6. Dark Souls III (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Dark Souls III is an action RPG developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game was released in March 2016 for Japan and worldwide a month later. It was the fastest-selling game in Bandai Namco’s history, shipping over three million copies worldwide within the first two months after release.
The story takes place in the Kingdom of Lothric, and we will control The Ashen One as the main character to relink the flames of Age of Fire. In order to save the world from destruction, The Ashen One tries to relink the flames by returning Prince Lothric and the defiant Lords of Cinder to their thrones in Firelink Shrine. Four endings are made possible based on the player’s action during the game.
5. Tales of Graces F (Wii, PlayStation 3)
Tales of Graces is a Japanese RPG released for the Wii on December 10, 2009 in Japan. This game was a core product of the Tales series and was developed by Namco Tales Studio. On December 2, 2010 Tales of Graces was ported (under the title of Tales of Graces F) to PlayStation 3 in Japan. Tales of Graces is the twelfth mothership title in the Tales series.
Tales of Graces takes place in a world known as Ephinea and follow Asbel Lhant, the main protagonist. During his childhood, Asbel befriend with an amnesiac girl and unfortunately witness her death. Surprisingly, seven years later he reunited with the girl who retains her amnesia. Together with his companions, Asbel become a hero who will save the world and his kingdom from destruction.
4. Bloodborne (PlayStation 4)
Bloodborne is an action RPG developed by FromSoftware and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. The game was released worldwide in 2015. Bloodborne is played from a third-person perspective and the gameplay is focused on the strategic weapons-based combat and exploration.
Bloodborne follows the player’s character, a Hunter, through the decrepit Gothic, Victorian era-inspired city of Yharnam, whose inhabitants are afflicted with a blood-borne disease. Attempting to find the source of the plague, the player’s character unravels the city’s mysteries while fighting beasts and cosmic beings.
3. Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4)
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is the third main game of the Star Ocean series which was developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix for PlayStation 2 in 2003. Nobody has questioned tri-Ace’s quality since the first Star Ocean game made in 1996. The graphics, the gameplay, and especially the battle system astonished the players ever since the beginning up to this third main title.
The game starts with Fayt Leingod, the main protagonist having vacation on a giant spaceship. Later, he was forced to escape through an escape pod when the ship was attacked and ended up in an underdeveloped planet. His story continues until one day he learned that outside of their 3D world they live in, there were 4D beings in the fourth dimension that they have to defeat to protect their own existence.
2. Grandia HD Collection (Switch)
Grandia is a series of RPG developed by GameArts throughout the whole series and have been published over the years by Entertainment Software Publishing, Sony Computer Entertainment, Ubisoft, Hudson Soft, Square Enix, and GungHo Online Entertainment. The Grandia HD Collection, compiling the first two games was released for Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe in 2019.
1. Divinity: Original Sin II (Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Divinity: Original Sin II is a RPG developed and published by Larian Studios as the sequel to 2014’s Divinity: Original Sin. The game was released for Microsoft Windows in 2017, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2018, for macOS in early 2019, and for Nintendo Switch in the same year. The game received universal acclaim, with many critics citing it as one of the best RPG of all time.
The game is set on the fantasy world of Rivellon, centuries after Divinity: Original Sin. Living beings on Rivellon have a form of energy known as Source, and individuals called Sourcerers can manipulate Source to cast spells or enhance their combat abilities. At the start of the game, the player character, a Sourcerer, is captured by the Divine Order and sent to an island prison known as Fort Joy until a gigantic Kraken Voidwoken attacks the ship.
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Personally, I think combat is an important factor to be considered in playing RPG. An RPG with good plot but having a tedious or too complicated combat system will fail easily. I’m a classic RPG lover and fortunately I have the chance to play the legendary Grandia and Grandia II. Playing both is an unforgettable experience for me, especially with the amazing combat system thas was one of a kind at that time.
Which one is your favorite RPG with the best combat system? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.