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There have been some great RPGs over the years. As a kid Bard's Tale captured my imagination in a way I never thought possible. The Ultima series advanced my appreciation of how important a good story is to a game.

 

I have played many great RPGs but in my heart of hearts, FF VII will always be my favorite. FF VII was soap-opera crack. I never cared as much about a hero as I did for Cloud. I never loved a villain as much as I loved Sephiroth. My mouth was left open again and again with every plot twist and cut scene (especially one in particular). No game is perfect, I hate the FF random battle system, but this one was close. I have played several outstanding RPGs since, including the incredible KOTR, but none have come close to the specialness of FF VII.

 

Which RPG was your favorite?

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Planescape: Torment

 

Hands down, bar none. Best story ever, brilliant plot twists, and extremely memorable and interesting characters.

 

And one of the few games to really let you play it "your way".

 

Nothing has ever come close to it for me.

 

Console wise, FF4, ChronoCross/Trigger, Skies of Arcadia, and (from the 20 hours I've put in, subject to change) Tales of Symphonia are memorable for various reasons.

 

But they're no Planescape :tu:

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Originally posted by DataTox@Jul 30 2004, 08:36 AM

I cut my teeth on the text-based Zork game and then moved forward to Bard's Tale. That said, I think my favorite is also probably FF VII. Loved that game and still look at it longingly in my CD rack to this day.

 

Chris

God..I forgot about Zork. I remember making my mom order the invisible ink hint book. There were three levels for each solution and you had to use your invisible ink pen to discover the answer.

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I have played many great RPGs but in my heart of hearts, FF VII will always be my favorite. FF VII was soap-opera crack. I never cared as much about a hero as I did for Cloud. I never loved a villain as much as I loved Sephiroth. My mouth was left open again and again with every plot twist and cut scene (especially one in particular). No game is perfect, I hate the FF random battle system, but this one was close. I have played several outstanding RPGs since, including the incredible KOTR, but none have come close to the specialness of FF VII.

 

That, to me is one of the best games ever!!! It's true though I never cared for any kind of character so much like I did in this game (though FF X had it's share of moments). The one scene that actually got me really sad and emotional was none the less one of the best scenes in gaming history... THE DEATH OF AERIS! And Sephiroth is the best villian in any game, he's so cold... This game is the best thing created since porn!

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Originally posted by JJ 1790@Jul 30 2004, 10:24 AM

I have played many great RPGs but in my heart of hearts, FF VII will always be my favorite. FF VII was soap-opera crack. I never cared as much about a hero as I did for Cloud. I never loved a villain as much as I loved Sephiroth. My mouth was left open again and again with every plot twist and cut scene (especially one in particular). No game is perfect, I hate the FF random battle system, but this one was close. I have played several outstanding RPGs since, including the incredible KOTR, but none have come close to the specialness of FF VII.

 

That, to me is one of the best games ever!!! It's true though I never cared for any kind of character so much like I did in this game (though FF X had it's share of moments). The one scene that actually got me really sad and emotional was none the less one of the best scenes in gaming history... THE DEATH OF AERIS! And Sephiroth is the best villian in any game, he's so cold... This game is the best thing created since porn!

 

Well now that's going a bit far......the best thing since porn is INTERNET PORN :thud:

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Originally posted by LupinLives+Jul 30 2004, 10:01 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (LupinLives @ Jul 30 2004, 10:01 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-DataTox@Jul 30 2004, 08:36 AM

I cut my teeth on the text-based Zork game and then moved forward to Bard's Tale. That said, I think my favorite is also probably FF VII. Loved that game and still look at it longingly in my CD rack to this day.

 

Chris

God..I forgot about Zork. I remember making my mom order the invisible ink hint book. There were three levels for each solution and you had to use your invisible ink pen to discover the answer. [/b]

LOL...I had the invisible ink hint book as well. Such memories. Thinking about it again amazes me as to how I could sit for hours in front of the computer to play through what amounted to nothing more than a Choose Your Own Adventure book (I am really dating myself) run on silicon.

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Can't pick just one, probably a 3-way tie:

 

Wasteland for the C64. Precursor to the Fallout games and a Ultima/Bard's Tale gameplay hybrid. Really imaginative, really fun, great post-apocalyptic storyline. Ghetto by today's standards, but the first RPG I remember where firing a sub-machine gun on 'full clip' was a combat option :D

 

Ultima III for C64/Apple II. First game that got me into computers, first fantasy RPG I ever played/finished. Such a fun and cool game, a granddaddy of all that was to follow.

 

Planescape: Torment for PC. Either you've played it and no description is required, or you haven't played it (and need to stop reading this thread and play it!) After working through all the levels of the Zerth "disc", felt like you had played an entire RPG right there - although that was maybe 1/1000 of the Torment game content. Still play this game off and on, it's a lovefest for immersive computer RPGs.

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Every RPG I played after FF7 felt a bit hollow. Then Xenogears came along and did the impossible by crushing FF7 in terms of plot and characters. I haven't been able to fully enjoy an RPG since Xenogears. Everything after has been pretty weak in comparison, although I'm currently playing Persona 2 and it kicks the crap out of the currently released next-gen RPGs, so my hopes are high that it will have an exciting conclusion.

 

I really don't think any J-RPG is going to top Xenogears (Xenosaga was more of an insult than a spiritual successor). My top hopes going forward are for western RPGs since they don't invite direct comparison (KOTOR, Jade Empire, another Deus Ex).

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I haven't been able to fully enjoy an RPG since Xenogears

 

Completely agree. I lost almost all interest in J-RPG's shortly after completing Xenogears. I tried all of them but I just couldn't find myself getting involved at all. I didn't find XenoSaga to be an insult but I did find it be a bit of a disappointment which I again chalk up to the expectation of the game living up the original. It (Xenosaga) does have an excellent story but as BrainB put it while playing a game of ESPN2k5, the games creators may want to think about doing anime instead of games. ;) (though to be fair thier implimentation of cinematics including the ability to pause and skip through them really made it much easier to watch and enjoy.).

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Really liked KOTOR, Ultima series, the SSI gold box games...played a lot of Wizardy and Might and Magic back in the day as well. I am still very much looking for a nice, complete copy of Planescape: Torment, I would love to try it out. If you have one you want to get rid of, PM me!!! I have a lot of stuff to trade at the moment.

 

Played FFVII and thought it was good, but way, way overhyped and overrated, especially with the exceptionally high regards it is given today. I kind of lost interest with FF after that one (with the glaring exception of FF Tactics and FF Tactics Advance).

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All time favorite for me is Final Fantasy III on SNES. One of the only games (if not the only) I stayed home from school to play. I haven't played it since, but own the PSX version of it.

 

Honorable mentions:

 

Secret of Mana

Phantasy Star Online

Final Fantasy 5

Star Wars: KOTOR

Earthbound

 

...and there's others, I'm sure. But I'll leave it at that for now.

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...and there's others, I'm sure. But I'll leave it at that for now.

 

Actually I lied. I won't leave it at that for now. Since Cal mentioned:

 

I personally prefer the action/RPG hybrids.

Anything in the Legend of Zelda series & KOTOR come to mind

 

Zelda: A Link to the Past gets a nod, it's right up there with Final Fantasy III (US release).

 

I actually prefer it to the N64 Zelda's and the GCN Zelda. It seems like I play it every other year or so.

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Fallout 2 for me. Turn based, dark and wickedly funny at times, this is one of the few RPG's I've played several times over.

 

Honorable mentions are Wizardy, the early SSI D&D games, and Ultima 7 part 2 Serpent Isle, all purely for nostalgic reasons (first Apple, Commodore, and PC RPG's respectively).

 

I still need to play Planescape, I'll be picking it up next time I see a copy of it.

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I have lost interest in rpg's since I first started playing games, I used to love them - but your mention of Bard's Tale and Ultima made me think of one that is never mentioned but is probably my favorite, called Magic Candle. It was certainly no technological marvel, I played it on the C64 back in 1988 or so - but it had a great little story, and instead of climaxing in a gigantic battle with evil, you spent the game traveling the world finding the missing pieces of a ritual and the components necessary to keep a demon trapped in a magic candle. Really when I think about it, it was kind of a Lord of the Rings ripoff, but I thought it was great and wondered if you guys had heard of it.

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Oh yes, I routinely drooled over The Magic Candle in my youthful days, thinking it looked incredibly fabulous and dying to play it. Unfortunately, I never did.

 

Mindcraft's history was quite fascinating, inasmuch as they started off dynamite with The Magic Candle but then seemed to utterly fall apart towards the end. They had some interesting ideas, but never seemed to do so hot with the execution thereof.

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For me the old SSI gold box D&D games are probably my favorite. I played the crap out of them on my commodore. And then came the first final fantasy for NES. I wish they'd release that on gameboy. Have to put a mention in for the first 2 phantasy stars also.

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I don't have a favorite.

 

When I'm playing a well-crafted RPG it's the best game ever. RPG's that fit this bill include, but are not limited to, KOTOR, Baldur's Gate series, Fallout 1 & 2, Arcanum and Morrowind.

 

I dislike Japanese-style console RPG's (like Final Fantasy) and usually prefer games that don't have "parties."

 

And, yes, I still need to play Planscape: Torment and I'd be shocked if I don't love it based upon what everyone's told me.

 

-j

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