Tell Us Dammit: Name Your 5 Favourite RPGs Of All Time

Hello friends, it's Mark Serrels coming at you with a super broad question that has no real answer.

Still, I would like to hear your answers.

What is your favourite RPG of all time?

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I don't consider myself a super prolific RPG player. I loved JRPGs from the SNES era. I enjoyed Mass Effect (which is a pretty minimalist RPG) and I love the Elder Scrolls series. That's really it for me.

Does Dark Souls count as an RPG? I guess so.

So if I had to name a few I'd probably go with...

— Secret of Mana — Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind — Knights of the Old Republic — Mass Effect 2 — Dark Souls

Yes. That's a pretty good list.


    In no particular order:

    - Trails in the Sky SC
    - Mass Effect 3
    - Persona 4 Golden
    - Tales of Graces f
    - Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

      Your list implies you are a young adult. None before 2010ish.

        I've just been playing games for a very long time and therefore have to constantly update my list of favourites haha

          1) ChronoTrigger
          2) The Elder Skills III : Morrowwind
          3) Breath of Fire 3
          4) Dragon Age - Origins
          5) Final Fantasy VII

    I have to choose? My top 5 (according to today's whimsy) would be:
    - Breath of Fire III
    - Suikoden II
    - Final Fantasy VII
    - Four Heroes of Light
    - Disgaea 3

      Breath 3, Final 7 and Suikoden 2, the golden age of my late teens... *_*

    Golden Sun, Paper Mario, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, Xenoblade.

    I can't think of a fifth, so I'll say "and their sequels". I don't really like RPGs for the most part :P

      OH WAIT.

      Infinite Space, on DS. Not sure if it's strictly an RPG, but that was amazing.
      Also did anyone else in the world play Contact, also on the DS?

      Xeny :D

      EDIT: Did you ever play Persona? Might be up your alley!

      Last edited 30/06/16 10:49 pm

        Never crossed paths with it. I have my doubts though :P

    Okies, here are my top 5

    1. Witcher 3 with all the DLC (This game is seeing Star Wars when I was 7).
    2. Skyrim
    3. Dragon Age Inquisition
    4. Mass Effect (Mass effect 2 was great but I really hated the stupid 1980s Boss fight at the end)
    5. Baulders Gate

    Oh wow... This is going to be harder than favourite child.

    1. Final Fantasy 7 - started the whole ball rolling for me
    2. Skyrim - keeps on keeping on (thanks modders!)
    3. Fallout 3 - The Megaton decision was just a great "holy shit!" moment
    4. Baldurs Gate - Thanks Winthrop, I know now how clean an elven arse is
    5. Shadowrun SNES - Brilliant setting, story and pacing.
    Honourable mentions: Dreamweb, ME2, Fallout 2, Wasteland, Morrowind, Neverwinter Nights, BG2, Witcher 2 and too many others to list.
    Many thanks to @thyco for nominating WoW - how the hell did I forget that??? 10 years on and I'm still paying to play crazy.

    Last edited 30/06/16 11:24 am

    In no particular order, other than the order in which they emerged from my brain right now...

    Final Fantasy VII
    Demon's Souls
    Persona 4 Golden
    Witcher 3

    Soulsborne games are a tough one to pigeonhole. Certainly an argument for them being an RPG but given how much gameplay skills tend to trump your stats and gear it leans heavily into action for me. Given that if you include them, it feels like it opens up Ocarina of Time etc to qualification, I'm going to leave them out of my list. Besides, otherwise it'd probably end up as simply a ranking of Soulsborne games!

    - Chrono Trigger (well duh!)
    - Valkyria Chronicles
    - Planescape: Torment
    - Shin Megami Tensei 4
    - Neverwinter Nights

    I actually hate this question because so many games have RPG elements but wouldnt actually be called RPGs. For example later Fire Emblem games have you creating you're own character that you have to play as in most levels, and can level up and gain abilities etc, even though by rights it's a turn based strategy. The term RPG is kind of stupid as it is because in every game by definition is you playing a role as a character in a game...So I'm just gunna go ahead and do this, because it's somewhat true and I'm lazy... :P

    Final Fantasy VII
    Final Fantasy X
    Final Fantasy XII
    Final Fantasy XIV
    Final Fantasy VIII

      now you are just being picky. and dont be lazy, pick something other than Final Fantasy. ha ha ha

        If I seriously think about it, it'll probably be (no particular order):

        1. Valkyria Chronicles
        2. Final Fantasy VII
        3. Mass Effect 2
        4. Final Fantasy X
        5. Pokemon X

    1. The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall
    2. Mass Effect 2
    3. Fallout 2
    4. Witcher 3
    5. Chrono Trigger


    1. Baldur's Gate 1+2 +expansions
    2. FFVII
    3. Persona 4 Golden
    4. Witcher 3
    5. FFX

    1. Skyrim
    2. FF7
    3. Mass Effect
    4. Knights of the Old Republic
    5. Deus Ex, System Shock 2, Dragon Age, Vampire the Masquerade, Neverwinter Nights 2

    Sorry, can't have just 5. Also, Dark Souls would be number 1 for me but I have to be fair to the games that are RPGs with compelling stories and character interactions. Dark Souls is the greatest due to game play, not so much for the Role Play aspect.

    Last edited 30/06/16 11:29 am

    FF X
    Dragon Age Inquisition
    Mass Effect 2
    Fable (At the time the I really enjoyed the first Fable, thought it was amazing though now not so much)

    Hmmm tough to pick just 5, for me it'd be;

    Final Fantasy 7
    Witcher 3
    Fallout 1

    1. Chrono Trigger
    2. Final Fantasy IX
    3. Golden Sun
    4. Tales of Vesperia
    5. Mass Effect 1 & 2.

    My list is a bit all over the place in terms of years but I always felt that the SNES/PSX era had better RPGs than we get nowadays. Doesn't stop me playing the new Tales games though, still enjoy the combat system they use.

    - Suikoden II
    - Ar Tonelico II
    - Final Fantasy VI
    - Mass Effect I
    - Witcher 3

    Final Fantasy VI
    Resonance of Fate (very underrated IMO)
    Persona 4
    Final Fantasy IX
    Wild Arms 3 (this is by no means a great game, its just nostalgia from a nice time in my childhood)

    1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    2. Diablo 2
    3. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
    4. Mother 3
    5. Dark Souls

    Never been a big fan of BioWare or cRPGs in general, or JRPGs for that matter - despite having two on this list, also at least one person has to be reppin' Diablo in this comment section.

      Oh good, someone else mentioned Paper Mario. I was starting to get worried.

      I was worried about the lack of D2 love.

        I don't consider it an rpg in the pure sense so wouldn't be on my list. More of an aRPG or clicky clicky death game

    Lego Indiana Jones
    Marvel vs Capcom 3
    Red Dead Redemption
    Goat Simulator
    Age of Empires 2

      You what mate?

        If Serrels lists Mass Effect and Dark Souls, there's no requirement for something to _be_ an RPG in order to be listed, so these are fair.

          Pfft, Dark Souls and Mass Effect are legit RPGs.

          Last edited 30/06/16 3:25 pm


    Final Fantasy 6/7

    Elderscrolls: Morrowind (almost lost points due to Cliff Racers...)

    Ys III: Wanderers from Ys

    The list changes but Dark Souls is always #1... in all lists. Favourite coffee blend? Dark Souls.

    Pool of Radiance
    Eye of the Beholder
    Neverwinter Nights
    Trails in the Sky FC/SC (cheating I know but they are basically the same game with different stories)
    Persona 4 Golden

    1) The Mass Effect series, but specifically Mass Effect 2
    I'm counting these together under number one because otherwise this will be a kind of short list, and these games all fit together in one cohesive experience. Wonderful universe building and characters. I know you can write whatever you want and make characters behave however you want, it takes something special to make the player believe it. I maintain that the chemistry between Garrus and Shepherd is really quite incredible, without a doubt among the most impressively explored and demonstrated friendships in any work of fiction. The overall story really felt epic, instead of just putting a bunch of shit on the screen and telling me it is.
    With specific respect to ME2, while at first it seemed like too much of the game was given over to recruitment than what I felt were "real" story missions compared to the first Mass Effect, I liked the scope of this game. The missions were pretty exciting and there was tons of character development. Plus the streamlined inventory and improved combat system is a massive tick in the box. Mass Effect as a whole is one of my favourite things ever, but it definitely peaked in ME2 even considering I liked and had no complaints about the ending of ME3.

    2 & 3) Fallout 3 & Fallout: New Vegas
    It's hard to seperate these two. I immediately loved Fallout 3 even though I bumbled around not knowing what I was doing. I missed Megaton somehow and believed I was playing a true post-apoc sim. I cleared the nearby school of raiders and began setting up camp, storing my excess items and building my repair skill. I was having a blast just exploring, killing, then returning to the school to sleep and continue stockpiling weapons. I ranged further and further south and east searching for any clues about my father, and was almost disappointed when I walked west for a change, discovered Megaton and realised what an idiot I was. I got set on the right path again with some actual quest markers and friendly NPCs. Fallout 3 was great, but still somehow lacking somewhat. Then New Vegas came along.
    It took everything I loved about 3 and improved on it. The story was more interesting (though it annoys me to this day that the true story of the "courier" is revealed only through the DLC). I liked the interplay of the factions. This felt more like a society that was trying to rebuild even as they tore themselves apart with power struggles, and part of a greater whole while Fallout 3 felt very sparse, and isolated, like the Capitol Wasteland was all there was (apart from one of two characters from a far off place referred to as the Commonwealth).

    4) Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
    I think this is the only JPRG I played that wasn't Final Fantasy or Pokémon and I really adored it. A beautifully realised and extremely vast-feeling world, interesting dungeons, the combat system was slightly more involved compared to FF games and really made me feel like I was in control even though the story itself was very linear. Unfortunately I never finished it. I'd sailed my ship out to a secret island to farm metal slimes (which were worth an assload of experience due to their difficulty to kill in 1 or two hits before they flee) and train up the silent protagonists power up ability (heavily inspired by Dragonball z's "super saiyans" which is unsurprising considering Akira Toriyama was responsible for the character designs) when my PS2's memory card slot died, and the game was one of a few that simply refused to read from the player 2 slot.
    Also a pleasant story. It was peaceful to play, almost dreamlike. I'm tempted to pick up the iPad port but I hear it's kinda shitty.

    5) Pokémon Red/Blue:
    I wrestled with whether I'd put Pokémon here or Final Fantasy X but if we're talking bang for buck, Pokémon wins. Admittedly there were no bucks involved since I played emulated ROMs in high school but even so, I finished both games several times. I know they're pretty crappy compared to the more modern entries in the series but I appreciate the simplicity. I also liked Silver and Diamond but that is about where I lost interest in the series. I understand you don't need to do all the side content (like fashion parades or poffins) but even setting that aside it seemed to get the most out of Pokémon you had to master every aspect. To be competitive in the PVP scene you need to be a master breeder or a cheat. There was a point where it became too complex and nuanced and I felt that if I couldn't keep up I was only experiencing half the game and it was no longer good enough to just wander around grinding and smashing opponents with power and type advantages. Red and Blue are much more my speed, that is to say, they're super casual and I'm not the hardcore gamer I used to be. :P

    Honourable mentions:
    Skyrim, Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, Fable 2.

    Last edited 30/06/16 11:45 am

    I've never totally been into all RPG's, but these are my faves.

    1. TES V: Skyrim
    2. Grandia
    3. Grandia II
    4. TES III: Morrowind
    5. Mass Effect 1/2/3 (can't seperate these ones)

      i really, really, really wanted to love Grandia 2, but i still dont get the hype that everyone has for it.
      number one, is one of my fondest gaming memories, but i feel like 2 just fell really flat. maybe i was put off by the awkward graphics, when 3d and polygons were still shite and you could see the polygons, i dunno, i just couldnt like it though.

        The graphics in Grandia II still look fantastic to me - the texture work is super pretty :)

        I didn't quite love it as much as the first though - Grandia is still my favourite. Can't say II disappointed me in the slightest though. But yeah, the series doesn't get it's due. That battle system - it had me picking fights! I'd usually run the other way in any other JRPG, haha. It never, ever got tedious or boring. Also, the music in the first game is definitely a 12/10. The second game was still great, 9/10, but man, Theme of Grandia still makes me teary... as does The Woman of Alent. And a lot of others, haha!

        I've been trying to make my way through the JPN Saturn original - even though I'm intimately familiar with the game, using a translation guide sucks. I'll never get over SEGA not localizing Grandia :/

          yeah, have done the Shining Force 3 trilogy on Saturn, i only ever got to play one of them, but i loved it. its more turn based strategy/rpg, but i loved loved loved Shining Force 2 on Mega Drive.

            Haven't gotten around to the Shining Force III games yet. I've got plans to get one of my Saturn consoles modded with a 50/60hz switch and a Rhea thingy, so I can play some of the translations that are out (there's translations out now for the SF III games!!!). My Japanese Saturn is my go-to Saturn though - it plays most of my PAL library as it was intended. Who thought I'd be praising publishers for NOT optimizing their PAL games? They're the easiest to get going on an import system. I've since re-purchased most of my PAL optimized games that don't play nice with my Japanese Saturn as either JPN or US copies :)

      good to see Grandia up there though. thumbs up.

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