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    Just looked through this thread and could not help thinking of my own favourites. This will be my first post (even though it's an old topic), but alas, heres my own personal top 5

    1. Baldurs Gate series - Oh come on, original plot, distinct characters with their own story and a good/evil system that works. The first two games were great, but the expansion lifted it up to a new level of awesomeness
    2. Neverwinter Nights series - Can't blame me for that one! I played Baldurs Gate first to start with, so no wonder there
    3. FF IX
    4. The Elderscrolls: Morrowind
    5. Dark Messiah of Might and Magic - It be shiny and new, but too short lived (got it done in two days on hardest) to reach the top.

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    That's all very well and good, but no one's posted in this thread in four years. There are much more current threads you could have posted in instead of reviving an old one that's just going to be redundant.

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    My list (In no particular order )-

    Knights of the Old Republic I & II
    Star Ocean Til The End of Time
    Suikoden Series
    Vandal Hearts
    Skies of Arcadia
    SSI PC Dragonlance series (Champions of Krynn, Death Knights of Krynn and Dark Queen of Krynn)
    Shenmue I & II
    Wild Arms Series

    Can't think of any others at the moment...

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    Legend of Alon D'ar
    Final Fantasy 6
    Valkyrie Profile
    Eternal Ring
    Wild Arms 3
    Arc the Lad Collection
    Final Fantasy 4
    Zelda 2

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    1.FF8 - My First
    2.FF7 - i generally love the story and characters and gameplay in this,plus the art is mazing like 8
    3.FF9 - Once again good characters and gets very interesting at the end of disc 3
    4.Star Ocean 3: Til The End Of Time - Long!,and art style is cool
    5.Kingdom Hearts 2 - I generally like disney and this has better disney worlds and the organization
    6.Fable - Gameplay rocks
    7.Shenmue 2 best timewaster game
    8.Shenmue 1 same as above just not as many things naturally
    9.Kingdom Hearts 1 Deep story

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    Final Fantasy 1
    Neverwinter Nights
    Kingdom Hearts
    Final Fantasy 6
    Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    FF: Tactics Advance
    Diablo II

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    1) Tales of Phantasia (SNES/PSX/GBA)

    2) FF5 (SNES)

    3) Rudra no Hihou (SNES)

    4) FF9 (PSX)

    5) Chrono Trigger (SNES)

    6) Diablo II (PC)

    7) FF6 (SNES)

    8) Bahamut Lagoon (SNES)

    9) BoF4 (PSX)

    10) BoF3 (PSX)
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    1. FF8
    2. WoW
    3. FF Tactics
    4. Vagrant Story
    5. Zelda Series
    6. Baldurs Gate 2
    7. FF XII
    8. Earthbound
    9. Oblivion
    10. Chrono Trigger

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    As far as creativity goes, I think the old SNES rpg Paladin's Quest takes the cake. It's a pretty mediocre game in all respects, but it created an amazingly unique and original world where everything is entirely alien. Everything from trees, to houses, to physical landmasses were something entirely different from the norm. The odd color palette only helped to give the game a bizarre and alien feel to it. Good times.

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    01. Final Fantasy Tactics
    02. Chrono Cross
    03. Xenogears
    04. Vagrant Story
    05. Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
    06. Legend of Legaia
    07. Shadow Hearts
    08. Panzer Dragoon Saga
    09. Chrono Trigger
    10. The rest of the final fantasies.

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    It's 2 something in the morning, so what the hell. I'm not going to make a list though. I just want to throw my support behind Vagrant Story and Chrono Cross because they are both underappreciated.

    And I also want to point out what a travesty it is that so few people have mentioned EarthBound.

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    1Legend of Dragoon
    2Legend of Dragoon
    3Legend of Dragoon
    4.... eh, you can see where I'm going with this, right?

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    1) Golden Sun: The Lost Age
    2) FF 7
    3) Diablo 2
    4) Summoner (yay)
    5) Tales of Symphonia
    6) Tales of Phantasia
    7) Tales of Ethernia
    8) Secret of Mana
    9) Sword of Mana
    10) Golden Sun 1
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    Let's see...

    1) Star Ocean The Second Story (It's hard to be original the second time around, but SO2 elaborated on the characters, the private actions, and the Item Creation. [Reverse-Side was excellent]. The two main characters and two differing journeys definitely give the game replay value.)

    2) Star Ocean (This was the start of a great series that should have more games in it. It was on the SuperFamicon and had spoken dialogue during battles and some cutscenes. The storyline, battle system, and then-new PA system all made this one hell of a masterpiece. Too bad it never made it to America.)

    3) Chrono Trigger (Where to begin with CT? The time travel? The way everything was intertwined within the storyline? The magic system? The story itself?)

    4) Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (Ah, a third success that is actually easy to find. SO3 made the IC process a lot more complex by adding in the business bit of it, hiring inventors and buying the objects in stores. The PA systems was simplified from 80+ endings into 10. But, the game managed to stay original in an ironic way...if you know the storyline.)

    5) Chrono Cross (Yeesh, a lot of playable characters and a hella lot of endings, good and bad. Continuing from Chrono Trigger and twisting everything. A classic example of "you love it or you hate it.")

    6) FFVI (It started out the whole "any character can summon and use magic" thing. Before that, you were limited to what your job class could do.)

    7) Valkyrie Profile series (Come on, you can make playable party members from random objects and reload if you want a different person.)

    8) The Legend of Zelda (Everyone loves Zelda. *insert general statement* Each game would differ from the other with new plots and familiar themes and characters, without ripping the other games off too bad. Nintendo's best franchise, without plumbers eating mushrooms and genociding on reptiles.)

    9) Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (Hmm... Gothic pokemon. But aside from that, recruiting demons you fight, choosing whether you will be a good demon or a bad demon to decide the post-Apocalypse Tokyo's fate. It sounds cliche, but I haven't played anything else like it.)

    10) FFXII (Okay, it's not one of my favorites, but the battle system and story and whatnot were really original for being the 172389216982365th in a series.)

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    Before I begin I just want to point out how many people have a top 10 full of random Final Fantasy games. I really hope that these people are just "mainstream" RPG...ers. The Final Fantasy series is decent...they have some creativity in them that is usually taken from another game and toyed with to their liking. However, most of it comes off mediocre, there is not too often anything breath-taking that just pulls me and makes me think of Final Fantasy as anything but a mediocre RPG ( With the exception of two games, one of which I would have put on my top 10 if not for the above reason): Final Fantasy 6 and Final Fantasy Tactics. (Sorry, Final Fantasy 7 was fun, but it wasn't that great. Your average save the world story with a twisted love triangle that gets solved by the other one dying.)

    So with that said, I will start my Top 10.

    1.Lunar 1 & 2: I'll just group them together since I can't decide which one is better. Now they both have a similar look to them, and they both take place on the same world. However, the second one does not fail to give a unique story and is just as good, if not better, then the first one. The first one, in my opinion, threw out all other competition for its time, and just completely blew me away when I played it. The characters are cute, the cutscenes are cool, and the storyline is great. Now, albeit, it is the simple story of saving the world from the bad guy. But the way the game goes about it, and how the story unfolds is just tons of fun .

    2.Xenogears: By far the most intricate and overall just insane story of any RPG that I know. It was a hard choice between this and Lunar. Xenogears takes a more serious tone then Lunar, and pulls it off very well. Xenogears could be made into a movie trilogy and become and instant box office hit due to its story. The characters are well developed, and they are the most unique and touching characters ever. Fo sho a game worth playin.

    3.Chrono Cross: The story is twisted and insane at points. Right from the beginning you are thrown into some crazy story and you can't help but go "What the Fuck is going on!?", but it does it with class. The characters, the main one being mute, are still fun. Development is only slightly lacking, due to the simple fact that there are SO many characters in your team, it is very difficult to give them all full development. However, the main characters are well developed and easy to make some sort of connection with. Also, this game is a sequel, so comparing it to its predecessor, which happens to get my next spot, it rises above it. Why? Because of the story. The story twists and turns you and makes you want to play Chrono Trigger if you haven't.

    4.Chrono Trigger: I realise I been writing too much, so I'll shortern up my comments now. Old school. Great story and characters. All are developed in some way, something that Chrono Cross was unable to achieve.

    5.Legend of Legaia: Though the second one, imo, was a total flop, this one did prevail. The characters are awesome! They develop very well throughout the entire story and the story itself is unique. Many games have taken this story in some form and twisted it to their liking. The battle system is unique as well, and allows for cool combos. It also makes it worthwhile to go into battles to mess around, so that you can find new special moves and such.

    6.Secret of Mana 1 & 2: I throw them together simply because the second one wasn't released in the U.S., but the second one could easily stand on its own, but it might not be in the top 10 simply because it is too similar to the first. However, these games both are very entertaining. The story lines are great, and the first was very original. The second wasn't so much so, as you were just going from crystal to crystal. However, the character development in both of them was very well done. Also, props to the second one for the different storyline depending on who your main character was, including 3 seperate final bosses, and 3 different sets of endings.

    7.Shadow Hearts: I remember the first time I played this game. The opening cutscene hooked was just insane. However, I was young, probably 13 or so, and there was something about the way the avatars in the speaking text I turned it off. *Laughs*. Anyway, a year or two later I turned it on, and was suprised to find it to be one of the craziest storylines I've seen since Xenogears. The character development is very intense, especially since most of the main characters are not normal people, such as demons and vampires. The story continues to take random turns for the better, leaving the gamer hooked and wanting more. O yuh, and main bad guy is just a complete bad ass who...*Spoiler at bottom of post*

    8.Star Ocean 2: Now, I do not like either the first or the third, but this one deserves its spot on my top ten. Compared to the other two games, you can see that the makers aren't much for creativity, works once. You could argue that the first one is the original, which wouldn't be incorrect, but think of it this way. If you had three games with the exact same story...and one just HAPPENED to be pulled off correctly, would you bother to compare it to the other two flops? No. That's what Star Ocean 2 is. The story isn't unique if you compare it to the other two games, however it is unique in the RPG genre. Its battle system is fun, and works out very well without being boring or confusing. The AI system works flawlessly, and your characters have a tendency to do JUST what you need them to, and what they are supposed to do, in a battle. The story is great, and the characters are just lots of fun.

    9.Breath of Fire 3 & 4: Once again I grouped these two games together. With the exception of the main characters, Ryu and Nina, in both the games, these games are very different. The storyline for both of them are unique, each set in their own worlds with their own happenings. For Breath of Fire 3, the characters have very deep personalities, and they grow up (literally) with even deeper personalities. You become attached to them quickly, and they take you on a fun adventure. Breath of Fire 4 has slightly less character development then the third, but in my opinion the story is much better. It is hard to explain the story without giving something away, so you'll have to play it or take my word for it.

    10.Legend of Dragoon: Great story. Great characters. Insane Twists. Unique battle system. Well worth the 10th spot that it deserves.

    *Spoiler Alert for Shadow Hearts*
    Turns into a demon God at the end. What more could u want?

    *Spoiler end*

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    Uuh listing ^__^ Well the top 10 is probaly something like...

    1: Vandal Hearts 2 - was the first RPG game i played, and it caught me INSTANTLY! The charaters, the tactical battlefield, I just adored this game (Still does xD)

    2: Star Ocean The Second Story - An RPG where you can move on the battlefield? This surely rocked my boots, I was hooked on this game for months xD!

    3: Shadow Hearts 1 and 2 - I absolutly adore the dark feeling there is over these games, and the story was really unique I think.

    4: Suikoden - This game just has it all, sadness, joy, betrayl, I really liked the story alot with the gathering 108 stars (I think it was that many?)

    5: Shining Force 2 - Another tactical Rpg, I really enjoyed this tactical title, it was just somehow...refreshing and fun to play.

    6: Grandia - Hmm...I just really enjoy this game xD The music is beutiful and the story is really interessting, never leaves you bored if you ask me ^_^.

    7: Final Fantasy VIII - This story was something very new if you ask me, also you really got into the persons feelings, and of course the beutiful graphics ^__^.

    8: Tales Of Destiny 2 - Another great rpg that I really got into, I liked the battlesystem really much, it was free and fun, not as free movement as Star Ocean 2 but still very free, and the development in the charaters was also very nice ^__^

    9: Final Fantasy Tactics - Almost forgot this title O_O Final Fantasy Tactics sure is a damn good tactical rpg, it's been quite awhile since I played it, but I just remember I had fun playing it ^_^

    10: Azure Dreams - You ask me why oh why this game is here? ITS DAMN ADDICTIVE O_O! At first I thought "Wtf is this" But after playing it for 3 hours I was sure as hell hooked! Gotta' Catch Em' All xD!
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    I've never really played many RPGs but I have to say, I loved the first two games in the Shining Force series, I played them on the Sega classics XBOX game. Loved it!!

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    1) Blood Omen2 (it isn't an actual RPG but it gets close)
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    The lack of Lost Odyssey, Fallout and Kingdoms of Amalur, is disappointing
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