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My favorite RPGs from the land of the rising sun.
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Final Fantasy VIII - PlayStation
My favorite RPG. I love its storyline, especially.
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Xenogears - PlayStation
The story, soundtrack and art are awesome. And with the exception of mech battles, the gameplay is fun, although shallow and repetitive. Also, the gameplay comprises very little of the playtime. Come for the story, which is the best I've ever seen.
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Final Fantasy X - PlayStation 2
Such good story,battle system, customization system, sound and graphics!
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Tales of the Abyss - PlayStation 2
An awesome story, a fun battle system that's kinda shallow, repetitive and too easy, pretty graphics and good characters. Also, no random encounters, yay!
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Chrono Trigger - Super famicom and SNES
The story starts simplistic, but at some point it becomes good. The battle system is outdated, but at least there aren't random encounters. It is also a fairly easy RPG, which I like. The art and sound are phenomenal. Love the theme of time travel, too.
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I didn't play much this, but I pretend. The graphics are astounding! The battle system is fun and the customizaton seems very deep.
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Chrono Cross - PlayStation
I didn't play much this too, it has a very weird battle system that I don't like, but at least it doesn't have random encounters and the story is good (complex, just like I like). The theme of interdimensional travel/parallel universes interests me greatly and the graphics are some of the best on PS1.
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Wild Arms 5 - PlayStation 2
The whole Wild Arms series interests me, but WA5 has the best graphics and I took interest in the hex battle system. Although I didn't reach far yet (I also don't have my PS2 anymore). Why am I interested? It's an RPG series famous for adding puzzle-solving to the mix. Also, the wild west with sci-fi elements is super interesting.
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Parasite Eve - PlayStation
Probably the best action RPG ever. The story is awesome, the graphics follow suit, the battle system is interesting, it has nice customization too.
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Parasite Eve II - PlayStation
Albeit the story is not as awesome as on the first one, it added more survival horror elements (the battle system is less RPG now).
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Phantasy Star IV - Sega Genesis and Mega Drive
Above most RPGs at the time, the themes of space-faring adventure in sword and sorcery worlds is unequaled. Star Ocean wished it was Phantasy Star Algol Saga! Although some things are weird, like the game lacks maps and item descriptions, they are on the manual(?)! The story is good, well-paced, intriguing and it becomes better at the end. The graphics are some of the best on Mega Drive, as is the soundtrack.
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I didn't reach very far on this, but I loved the battle system and graphics and the story was mildly interesting. I was spoiled on the controversial plot twist in the end, but didn't reach it. Depending on the way it is handled, I might not be mad. lol And no random encounters!
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Final Fantasy VII - PlayStation
Didn't reach far. Read the whole story, though. Good story.
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Final Fantasy V - Super famicom and SNES
Didn't finish. Awesome battle system, the job system is fantastic! The story is also fun.
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Shadow Hearts: Covenant - PlayStation 2
Read with attention: historical fiction fantasy horror comedy! That is all in this game! Besides, the judgment ring is an interesting system, the graphics are good and the fact that every character has a different customization system is neat! The soundtrack also does a good job, it had Yasunori Mitsuda in it! I seriously think this franchise was very unique. Also, for some reason, the game reminds me of classic Resident Evil. It has puzzles in it, too. And I adore fixed camera!
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Vagrant Story - PlayStation
Probably the best action RPG on PS1 along with Parasite Eve. Even though they're so different. These might be the best fully polygonal graphics on the system. The story is super good, as are the battle and customization systems.
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Tales of Phantasia - PlayStation
Above average for the time, with well-made story, good unique battle system, puzzles and the encounter rate, that was a problem in original SNES version, was fixed in the PS version. The fantranslation of this version is also more accurate to the original.
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Final Fantasy X-2 - PlayStation 2
I played only the beginning. It seemed nice, obviously the graphics are good, there's a jump button, I've heard the story is more politicized and the job system is back! I doubt the battle system isn't great, considering job system. Although it apparently has an excess of mini-games.
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I did not play them yet, but I think I'll like 'em.
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ToS has no random encounters, has puzzles, good story, good graphics, good customization and battle system, kinda multiple endings. The only downside is I prefer turnbased battle systems, as action ones tend to turn into button mashing.
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Persona 5 - PlayStation 4
I've never taken interest to the Shin Megami Tensei Persona series, especially because of randomized dungeons. But from what I hear, most dungeons in Persona 5 aren't randomized. Also, I love turn-based battle system, action battle systems tend to delve into button mashing. And the battle system is acclaimed, so it must be good. The plots of these games, I hear, are always good. The artstyle is superb. There aren't random encounters and I hear there are puzzles. The only downside is there is only straight romance, but at least it's avoidable.
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The Alliance Alive - 3DS
Some puzzles, visible enemies, story written by the same guy who wrote the ones from Suikoden 1, 2 and 3!
I've heard all of the basics: no random encounters, good battle system, good customization, good story, puzzles, obviously the graphics are nice too. I'm just torn on the card-based battle system.
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I've heard the puzzles are hardcore in the PS1 version, so I hope they're as good in the graphically much better 3DS version. A version that, I heard, streamlined annoyances (no random encounters!). The DQ games have so much charm, too!
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From the creators of Xenogears... probably an awesome story, from what I've seen there are things other than battle, the graphics are glorious. I just don't know about the battle system, since it wasn't strong in Xenogears, and it probably has many long scenes cutting gameplay, which I don't mind much if the story is good enough, which I bet it is.
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Breath of Fire III - PlayStation
Puzzles, good customization, good story, awesome art, good battle system. Apparently, with the exception of lack of random encounters, it's all there. Anyways, this thing about random encounters might be just nitpicking of me, there's no real difference if they're random or not. Although I've heard the encounter rate is high, which makes me cautious. At least, apparently there are no random encounters on the overworld, except in some ares you can choose to go. I find it super odd and outdated that you attack without moving off your place.
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Suikoden II - PlayStation
Heard good things about its story. In fact I've heard the highest of praises for it. That's the only reason I wanna play it.
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Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals - Super famicom and SNES
I've heard awesome things about its puzzles, and that's the only reason I wanna play it. That and the lack of random encounters within dungeons.
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Radiant Historia - Nintendo DS
I like time travel. The plot seems good. It also has no randome encounters.
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SaGa Frontier 2 - PlayStation
Said to have very good story, it features no random encounters. It has very pretty graphics too.
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Golden Sun: Dark Dawn - Nintendo DS
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Charm, puzzles, platforming, for some reason people love this game and I want to know why.
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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE - Nintendo Wii U
Unique theme, unique dungeons (with puzzles to boot), no random encounters, probably an awesome battle system that mixes Megami Tensei with Fire Emblem elements. Probably bad story though.
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Child of Light - PC Games
The battle system uses the system Grandia created, which is good, that's a nice system. There's platforming and puzzle-solving in it, too.
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Golden Sun: The Lost Age - Game Boy Advance
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Golden Sun - Game Boy Advance
Puzzles. That's all I know. Oh, and the battles are turn-based.
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Unique theme of piracy in floating islands, puzzles, graphics. What more could me want? Yes, the encounters are random. I've read the encounter rate was too high on the original Dreamcast release, but was fixed in Legends.
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The japanese role playing games that most interest me, my favorites and the ones I still need to play. I judge them based on: lack of random encounters or not, battle system, customization system, story, graphics, art and existence of gameplay other than battle (usually puzzles). I will not make a difference between turn-based RPGs and action RPGs in this list.

Also, notice the lack of SRPGs? I didn't play many of them yet. They also have a list of their own of mine.

I also won't be putting games that weren't released or fantranslated here. I have a list specifically for stucks-in-Japan I want to play though.

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Posted: 3 months, 3 weeks ago at Apr 25 0:54
Very neat selection you have here.

You'll be pleased to hear that Radiant Historia doesn't have random encounters. The enemies are visible on screen for you to decide on whether or not you want to engage with them. The game itself is the closest to come towards the greatness of Chrono Trigger as far as time travel RPGs are concerned. Only let down by its pacing, which admittedly isn't Atlus's strong suit.

If you liked the second Shadow Hearts game, then the first one might be worth your time too. Some areas will be a step back such as the graphics and combat system, but overall I liked the characters, story, darker tone and music better in the original.
Posted: 3 months, 3 weeks ago at Apr 25 13:38
Thanks for the info!

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