Everyone knows that Square Enix’s products mostly consist of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series, and that is correct. We have to admit that those two franchises are two of the most popular and everlasting series under RPG flag, but do you know that there are other amazing franchises made by Square Enix? So here are the top 7 Square Enix best franchises including its metascore.
7. Parasite Eve (Score: 80)
Parasite Eve is an action RPG series developed and published by Square, started in 1998. Parasite Eve (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.
6. Deus Ex (Score: 80)
Deus Ex is a series of RPG formerly owned by Eidos Interactive and after 2009 by Square Enix Europe. The series, set during the 21st century, focuses on the conflict between secretive factions who wish to control the world by proxy, and the effects of transhumanistic attitudes and technologies in a dystopian future setting featuring references to real-world conspiracy theories. The series consists of six games.
5. Ogre Battle (Score: 81)
Ogre Battle, sometimes referred to as Ogre Battle Saga, is a series of five tactical RPG and real-time strategy video games developed by Quest Corporation and is currently owned by Square Enix through Square’s acquisition of Quest. There are five original games in the series, and a remake.
4. Groove Coaster (Score: 82)
The Groove Coaster series is an Android/iOS and arcade rhythm game developed by Matrix Software and published by Taito Corporation. The first Groove Coaster was released for iOS on July 28, 2011. The latest from the series, Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!! was released on Nintendo Switch on November 7, 2019. There are eight games in total of the Groove Coaster series.
3. Bravely (Score: 83)
The Bravely series is a video game franchise published by Square Enix. The game is a turn-based Japanese RPG series set on the fantasy world of Luxendarc, with recurring gameplay elements like a job system (mostly inherited from the Final Fantasy series) and the unique Bravely Default and Bravely Second battle mechanics (not found in Final Fantasy).
2. Chrono (Score: 85)
The Chrono series is a video game franchise developed and published by Square and is currently owned by Square Enix. The series began in 1995 with the time travel role-playing game Chrono Trigger, which spawned two continuations, Radical Dreamers: Nusumenai Hoseki and Chrono Cross. A promotional anime called Dimensional Adventure Numa Monjar and two ports of Chrono Trigger was also produced.
1. Chaos Rings (Score: 86)
Chaos Rings is a RPG series released primarily on mobile platforms. The series was developed by Media.Vision and published by Square Enix. The eponymous first game in the series was released for iOS in 2010 then later ported to other mobile and portable platforms including Android and PlayStation Vita. There are four games in the Chaos Rings series, each with the same gameplay base.
Square Enix is without a doubt one of the most consistent and probably the most successful game company you can find with so many amazing games since old times until today. And among the many, Metacritic have concluded those seven above as the best around. And my favorite goes to Chrono series, even if I play the game now I won’t get tired of it. Truly an everlasting JRPG series.
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