Square Enix is Japanese game developer, publisher, and distribution company known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts RPG franchises. The original Square Enix Co., Ltd was formed in 2003 as the result of a merger between Square and Enix, that both known to have their own sets of amazing turn-based and action RPG games.
Based in Shinjuku Eastside Square, Tokyo, this company never ceased to amaze us with their games ever since classic console era. This prove that Square Enix’s consistency have been valued well by its fans. While most people know Square Enix for its Final Fantasy series, there is still a lot of wonderful Square Enix RPG aside from it. So now, let me present you these top 7 Square Enix RPG (non-Final Fantasy).
7. 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.
6. Front Mission 3 (PlayStation, PlayStation 3)
Front Mission 3 is a tactical RPG developed and published by Square in 1999. Front Mission 3 is the third main entry and the fifth entry overall in the Front Mission series. Front Mission 3 is a part of a serialized storyline that follows the stories of various characters and their struggles involving involving mecha known as wanzers.
The story of Front Mission 3 is set in 2112, taking place in Southeast Asia, revolving around the cold war between the Oceania Cooperative Union (OCU) and the People’s Republic of Da Han Zhong (DHZ). There are two branching plots in this game, both revolving around the main protagonists, Japanese wanzer test pilots Kazuki Takemura and Ryogo Kusama, choosing between OCU or DHZ scenario.
5. 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.
4. 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.
3. Star Ocean: Second Evolution (PlayStation Portable)
Star Ocean: Second Evolution is the remake of the Star Ocean: The Second Story for PlayStation Portable. Although the original version has been ported to some platforms, this amazing game started its debut in the simple console such as PlayStation. This game gives the player a choice to play as Claude C. Kenny or Rena Lanford (the two main protagonists) with all its consequences to the story in-game.
This game gives different sensation in playing RPG where you choose which character’s scenario you will play on; resulting in different possibility of recruitable characters. Star Ocean: Second Evolution has the real-time combat system that tri-Ace is famous for, and making it as a pioneer of the modern RPG’s real-time battle system. This game is one of tri-Ace’s most critical and commercial successes.
2. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (3DS, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC)
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is a Japanese RPG developed and published by Square Enix. It is an entry of the long-running Dragon Quest series, and released initially in Japan (2017) for 3DS and PlayStation 4. Later on, it was released worldwide for PC and PlayStation 4 in 2018. Dragon Quest XI continues the gameplay of previous games in the series, now with the ability to explore high areas.
The game tells about the 16 year old main protagonist who grew up in a serene and quiet town. One day, when he participates in a certain village’s ceremony, he discovers that he is the reincarnation of a hero who has a great mission to save the world. Together with his allies: a child prodigy, a rude thief, and an entertainer he embarks on a journey trying to save his world from perils.
1. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (SNES, Sega Saturn, Wii, Wii U, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable)
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is a tactical JRPG developed by Quest. The game was originally released in 1995 for Super Famicom as a sequel to Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen. A few years later it was re-released for Sega Saturn and PlayStation. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is the second entry released in the Ogre Battle franchise with tottaly different gameplay from its predecessor.
The game tells the story about Denam Pavel, a young lad, son of Abuna Prancet. After Prancet was taken away and his village being destroyed by the Dark Knights, he swore to take revenge. Together with his sibling Catlua and her friend Vyce, he plans a vendetta against the Dark Knights and lead the Liberation Army to being freedom to the oppressed nation of Valeria.
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Talking about Square Enix doesn’t always mean it is all about Final Fantasy series. Although we have to admit that Final Fantasy series is the biggest franchise of Square Enix, now we know that there is still a lot of wonderful RPG from this company. Again, let me choose Chrono Trigger as my #1, but to be honest, I can’t forget the feel and memories of playing the amazing Front Mission 3 on PlayStation.
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