Square Enix is Japanese game developer, publisher, and distribution company known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts RPG franchises. So even if you say you don’t know Square Enix, it is impossible for you to say you don’t know about those amazing franchises, especially if you think that you are a RPG lover.
With those popular franchises, Square Enix has become even well known worldwide. With the company employs over 4300 personels worldwide, it has created tons of wonderful RPG in many forms. But between those wonderful RPG created by Square Enix, there are these games that will easily catch your attention before or even now. Here are the top 7 Square Enix masterpieces for you to try.
7. Bravely Default (3DS)
Bravely Default or also known in Japan as Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is a RPG developed by Silicon Studio for Nintendo 3DS. The game was originally released in 2012 having Square Enix published the game in Japan and Nintendo handled publishing duties overseas. This game is considered a spiritual successor of Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, a gaiden or spin-off of the main Final Fantasy series.
Bravely Default is set in the world of Luxendarc which is kept in balance by four elemental crystals protected by the Crystal Orthodoxy, a religious group with influence across the world. Agnes Oblige, vestal of the Wind Crystal is forced to begin a journey to awaken the crystals after they are consumed by darkness. Along with her friends, she sets out to awaken the crystals and confront a greater evil.
6. Kingdom Hearts (PlayStation 2)
Kingdom Hearts firstly released in 2002, for PlayStation 2 and bringing new sensation in playing RPG at that moment. It introduced the action-RPG mechanics with hack-and-slash battle system. Instead of waiting for turns, we can keep whacking and smashing the enemies with the signature weapon of the main character. Quite a fresh air while people busy talking about Final Fantasy X at that time.
The main protagonists is a young boy named Sora who lived with his two childhood friends; one day they got separated and Sora begin his adventures, leaving his home in Destiny Island. From time to time, he learns that he is the chosen Keyblade wielder who has the duty to save the world from evil. During his adventures, Sora finds new companions from the legendary Disney characters: Donald and Goofy.
5. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars 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. The battle system is a simple turn-based battle with unique features. For example, if we press a button upon attacking we can unleash greater damage to the enemies.
In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, we will fight the bad guys who drove out Bowser from his own castle. The game begins with Mario battling Bowser as usual, but suddenly Bowser’s castle struck by a giant living sword. Then after that incident, Mario must go on a journey alongside Peach, Bowser, and other characters to restore the Mushroom Kingdom back to normal.
4. Vagrant Story (PlayStation Portable, PlayStation, PlayStation 3)
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.
3. Xenogears (PlayStation)
Long before Xenosaga exist in PlayStation 2, there is its predecessor in PlayStation named Xenogears. 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.
2. Chrono Trigger (Android, iOS, DS, SNES, PlayStation, PC)
Chrono Trigger is a legendary game of SNES which was re-released for 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 battle system is actually similar to Final Fantasy’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 to assist them in fighting enemies.
1. Final Fantasy Series (‘90s)
Talking about Final Fantasy series is like a neverending tale. There is a ton of its games, but when I think of it again the best games were the ones released around ‘90s. Me personally, and probably many RPG lovers also, think that the Final Fantasy games that were released around that time are the most unforgettable, even with the graphic limitations of PlayStation at that time.
Compared to the recent Final Fantasy games, for sure the graphics will overpowering the older titles. But as far as I can remember, Final Fantasy VI (1994), Final Fantasy VII (1997), Final Fantasy VIII (1999), and Final Fantasy IX (2000) are the games that always make me want to repeat it after clearing it once. And that feeling can’t be found when I played the recent games, even with the modern and high tech-mechanism.
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The games that were created by Square Enix so far have successfully astonished us RPG fans. The company never ceased to amaze us by creating the wonderful games like the one above. And if you notice, the masterpieces consist mostly of classic RPG. So which one is my favorite? Chrono Trigger for sure, with the chance of repetition is almost limitless. Even just by thinking of it makes me want to play it again.
What about you, which games are your favorite Square Enix masterpieces? Why do you think so? Please share your thoughts below.