The year of 2019 may have long passed but left us with many great games including in RPG genre. Kingdom Hearts III, Persona 5 Royal, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and many other titles were released in 2019. But among those great and famous RPG there are few amazing ones who are not as popular as them. So let me present you these top 7 underrated RPG of 2019 including their Metacritic score.
7. Star Ocean: First Departure R (Score: 73)
Star Ocean: First Departure is a remake of the series’ original game Star Ocean which was developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix. The game was originally released for the PlayStation Portable system and the fifth Star Ocean games to be released. An enhanced port titled Star Ocean: First Departure R was released for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in 2019.
The story involves three friends who while searching a cure to a new disease, come into contact with a space-faring federation that is locked in a war with another galactic power. Using advanced technology and time travel, the group attempts to uncover the cause of the war and to find a cure for their planet.
6. The Alliance Alive HD Remastered (Score: 74)
The Alliance Alive is a RPG for Nintendo 3DS developed by Cattle Call, with assistance from Grezzo and FuRyu. The game was published in Japan by FuRyu in 2017, and was published worldwide by Atlus USA in 2018. A high-definition remaster under the title The Alliance Alive HD Remastered for Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC was released on October 2019.
The story follows a group of characters as they mount a rebellion against a race of Daemons that have ruled over humans since blotting out the sun a millennium before. Gameplay follows many traditions of the Japanese role-playing genre, including turn-based battles and navigation using a world map.
5. SaGa: Scarlet Grace – Ambitions (Score: 76)
SaGa: Scarlet Grace is a RPG co-developed by Square Enix and Studio Reel. The game is the twelfth entry in the SaGa series and was published by Square Enix in 2016 for PlayStation Vita. An expanded port subtitled Ambitions released in 2018 in Japan and 2019 worldwide for Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows.
The story follows four protagonists pursuing separate missions across the splintered remains of a dissolved Empire. Central to the plot is Firebringer, a rebellious deity defeated during the Empire’s height. Gameplay focuses on the protagonists exploring the nonlinear world, taking part in turn-based battles where skills growth depends on chosen actions.
4. Wargroove (Score: 82)
Wargroove is a turn-based tactical RPG developed and published by Chucklefish. It was released for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC in February 2019, with the PlayStation 4 version released in July 2019. Wargroove is a Nintendo Wars-style turn-based tactics game in which players explores maps and battle foes.
Following the assassination of King Mercival II of Cherrystone by the High Vampire Sigrid of Felheim, Mercival’s young daughter Mercia is crowned queen and soon faces an invasion by the undead Felheim Legion. The Legion’s numbers overwhelm Cherrystone‘s defenses, driving Queen Mercia and her army into retreat. Mercia’s mentor advises her to seek aid from Empress Tenri of the Heavensong Empire.
3. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Score: 83)
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a Metroidvania game developed by ArtPlay and published by 505 Games. The game’s development was led by former Castlevania series producer Koji Igarashi, and considered a spiritual successor to the series. The game is the second in the Bloodstained series and was released for Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in June 2019.
Bloodstained takes place in 18th century England during the Industrial Revolution. We will play as Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes her skin. She must battle her way through a demon-filled castle summoned by Gebel, her old friend whose body has become more crystal than flesh.
2. Collection of Mana (Score: 83)
Collection of Mana is an anthology release of the first three titles of the Mana series. It was released initially in Japan in June 2017, including Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Seiken Densetsu 3 in their original format. The Collection of Mana was launched in the West in June 2019 with a localized version of Seiken Densetsu 3, now titled Trials of Mana.
1. Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark (Score: 83)
Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is a turn-based tactical RPG developed by 6 Eyes Studio and released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in April 2019. The game is inspired by the classic tactical RPG Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions and the Tactics Ogre series. It has a particular focus on storytelling and character development along with the possibility of customization.
Players will take control of the Arbiter Kyrie, an agent of the Immortal Council tasked with preserving stability and order throughout the land. As we progress through hand-crafted scenarios, we will control our own group of Arbiters, with each character customizable from a wide selection of classes and abilities.
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2019 have left s with its surprises and also great games. While we are focusing only on popular titles and franchises, there are those games above who are as good as them. I can say that all of those games are really underrated for its great quality, but since I’m a fan of Castlevania series, I think Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be a really good spiritual successor to Castlevania games.
Which one is your favorite underrated RPG of 2019 from the list? Please share your thoughts in the comment below.