I might as well write about them when I’m sick.
Sorry for the late post today. I’ve been sick the past couple of days and it finally hit me full force. I will write and post the article on Chronotrigger I intended for today next month. Instead, I’m going to share a list of what I think are the top console rpgs of all time. Feel free to comment and add ones that you feel should be on the list as well.
Top Ten Console Role-playing Games of All Time
- Final Fantasy VI (III on Super Nintendo): This was the third rpg I played when my dad was stationed in Hawaii and the sheer depth of the story and character development was amazing. I was hooked and would play this game hours on end, especially during the summer.
- Secret of Mana: This was the first rpg I ever played. This was the gateway game that sparked off my
obsession addictionpassion for rpgs. The overall look and feel for the game set the bar and would be what I would judge many rpgs against. It just had a very fun lively feel, maybe its nostalgia, but if they ever released this on an updated console I would by it in a heartbeat.
- Chronotrigger: I played this for the first time in Hawaii and got it for my birthday shortly thereafter. I played it constantly. This is one of the best rpgs of all time, ever. The only reason it is number three is because I never would have found it if it wasn’t for the previous two. Chronotrigger was the first game to really introduce multiple endings based on your actions and the story was very engaging, hard to accomplish when your doing a story about time travel. Which as I’ve discussed before, is a delicate thing to do.
- Final Fantasy VII: This is another big one. When I first heard about this I was bummed that it wasn’t going to be on Super Nintendo but on Playstation. Then I saw the commercial for it and my mission was to buy a Playstation. So I busted my butt lifeguarding that summer and bought a Playstation, Wild Arms, and a pre-order of FFVII at Media Play, a store in Savannah. I remember when it came out my best friend Morgan and I drove to Savannah after school to get our copies. Then I didn’t see the outside of my room except for meals, chores, and school. I still have a deep seething resentment for anyone who spoils the big surprise midway through the game. No, I’m not going to say it. You have to play the game to find out, but I will say this was the first time that a game really made me have an emotional response.
- Lufia and the Fortress of Doom: This game was my white whale. I rented it one weekend from Blockbuster in Hawaii, yes I am definitely dating myself. Since it was a Super Nintendo game you saved your file onto the actual cartidge. So if you couldn’t afford to keep checking it out like me, you had to hope that when you were able to rent it again, since it was the only copy, your file was still there. Which it wasn’t. It took me 3 years to finally get to the point where I could finally beat the game, I still cannot answer why I didn’t just buy the game.
- Final Fantasy X: This changed the playing field entirely. They brought actual voice acting into the mix and you would be surprised exactly how much of an effect that had on the drama of the story. I’m not sure if it was the voice acting or just that I was older but this game really got you invested in the characters. You wanted them to succeed. Which only makes the bittersweet ending all the more impactful.
- Xenogears: This game was amazing, great story, great characters, great action that was leading up to an amazing climax. Then you popped in the last disc. All that action, all that discovery of the story were taken out of the players hand and essentially dictated to you. I am not a fan of voice over narration throughout a story. Very rarely is it done well and when it comes to a visual medium you need to show the viewer, not tell. The last disk essentially just told you everything that was happening, I think I even remember the main character sitting in a rocking chair as the story is told to you. This was the first time that I was really disappointed in completing a game.
- FInal Fantasy IV (II on Super Nintendo): This is one that my friend Morgan had in addition to VI. The summer before sophmore year was one that we hung out pretty much every day and played video games. This one that I remember us playing through together because it was his favorite, looking back I can see why because it was an awesome game.
- Final Fantasy VIII: This is a game that I think got a lot of crap but it really was a decent game. The story was actually pretty interesting once you got into it and the cut scenes were stunning. This was also the first time that they tried to tell a genuine love story in a video marketed to the North American audience. This is a story that you often saw in Japanese Anime and Manga but not that often in media geared towards a younger generation here in the states. I think for what it was trying to do it is actually a really good game.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: I can’t make a list like this and not mention this game. I played this shortly after getting my Super Nintendo for christmas. This was before I even knew what a role-playing game was, or even knew how important Sci Fi/Fantasy would be in my life. I was just a kid. This game and the comic series in Nintendo Power really stand out in terms of memories from living on a small army base in the middle of nowhere New Mexico.
Also while you have some time, check the articles that I’ve been posting over at Guerilla Geek for some added fun.