Maybe many of us RPG lover would agree that there are so many awesome titles out there we can find under the label of RPG. While the popular games and franchises are always in the spotlight, there are some titles that were outside the radar and made them widely unknown to most of the RPG players. So now let us check these top 7 underrated and forgotten RPG you should consider playing.
7. Arc the Lad Series (PlayStation, PlayStation 2)
Arc the Lad Collection is a compilation of Arc the Lad RPGs on PlayStation. The games were localized by Working Designs and firstly released in 2002. The games form a trilogy with a continuous story throughout each. The collection was later followed by Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits and Arc the Lad: The end of Darkness released in 2003 and 2005 respectively on the PlayStation 2.
6. Alpha Protocol (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC)
Alpha Protocol is an action RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Sega. The game was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in May 2010. The player assumes control of agent Michael Thorton, a new recruit at a clandestines US agency called Alpha Protocol. Thorton becomes a rogue agent and must unravel an international conspiracy to stop a war.
5. Shadow Hearts Trilogy (PlayStation 2)
The Shadow Hearts trilogy was released on the PlayStation 2 in 2001, 2004, and 2006 respectively. Shadow Hearts series was developed by Sacnoth and released by Aruze in Japan and Midway in North America and Europe. The second game in the series, Shadow Hearts: Covenant is highly regarded by fans and collectors as not only the best in the series but as one of the best PlayStation 2 RPG.
4. 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.
3. The Last Remnant (Android, iOS, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PC)
The Last Remnant is a JRPG-styled game developed and published by Square Enix. It was released worldwide for Xbox 360 in 2008 and Microsoft Windows in 2009. The remastered version of the game was released near the end of 2018 for PlayStation 4. Back then, The Last Remnant was the first Square Enix game to use the Unreal Engine.
Rush Sykes, the main protagonist tries to save his sister Irina with the help of his multi-racial teammates from the bad guys. By using ancient weapon and accessories called Remnants, Rush and the unions tries to stop The Conqueror who is trying to conquer the world under his command. This time, Rush must battle The Conqueror and his generals who also uses Remnant weapons and accessories.
2. Jeanne d’Arc (PlayStation Portable)
Jeanne d’Arc is a tactical RPG developed by Level-5 and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation Portable. The game was released in Japan on November 22, 2006 and was localized for a release in North America on August 21, 2007. Jeanne d’Arc was Level-5’s first role-playing video game of this kind, as well as the studio’s first production for the PlayStation Portable.
The game’s story is based on the fictionalized period of war between humans and demons. Unable to defeat the demons through combat, five prominent human generals craft powerful armlets and use their power to banish the demons back to their realm. A survival of the burned Domremy village, Jeanne and her friends guided by the voice from heaven and wields one of the five armlets to save the world.
1. Wild Arms Series (PlayStation Portable, PlayStation, PlayStation 2)
Wild Arms series is a western-themed RPG which originally released in 1996 for PlayStation. For classic RPG lovers, Wild Arms series is a popular title; proven by its existence until PlayStation 2 with Wild Arms V. The first Wild Arms, which is the most unforgettable in the series as a pioneer, tells the story about Rudy Roughknight who tries to save the world with his mysterious weapon called ARM.
Probably because of its success in PlayStation, the first Wild Arms are getting a remake on PlayStation 2 with the title Wild Arms: Alter Code F, with better graphics. But unfortunately the anticipated sequel and remakes is still far from realisation because the developer decided to make a mobile phone game called Wild Arms: Million Memories, which more like a crossover game rather than a sequel.
Maybe most of you RPG fans didn’t recognize some of the titles above. Those games are unfortunately underrated although the have a good quality. But now that you already know, you can start to find those hidden gems. Speaking about a favorite, I would choose Arc the Lad series for the classic RPG, then The Last Remnant for the more modern RPG with improved graphics and quality.
Which one do you think is the most underrated and forgotten RPG? How many of those games above do you know? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.