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    My Top 20:

    1. Lufia 2
    2. Chrono Trigger
    3. Golden Sun
    4. Final Fantasy IV
    5. Xenoblade Chronicles
    6. Final Fantasy VI
    7. Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn
    8. Fire Emblem Three Houses
    9. Octopath Traveler
    10. Golden Sun The Lost Age
    11. Bravely Default
    12. Legend of the Tetrarchs
    13. Final Fantasy VII
    14. Final Fantasy IX
    15. Shadow Hearts Covenant
    16. Radiata Stories
    17. Grandia 2
    18. Fire Emblem Awakening
    19. Monochrome Order
    20. Golden Sun Dark Dawn

    Bonus Track: Tales of Phantasia and Bravely Second.

    Best of Kemco: Legend of the Tetrarchs and Monochrome Order.

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    I already forgot all of the RPGs I have played, but the Golden Sun series (including that super easy Dark Dawn) will always find a warm place in my heart.

    Other than that, I think I must mention Radiant Historia (and its remake for 3DS), and Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor and Devil Survivor 2 (DeSu 1 had a much better plot IMO). And SMT Strange Journey.

    As a bonus track I would mention Magician for NES (for both its OST and difficulty).

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    Journey to Kreisia is at the top of my list because it’s “my” top 20, not an objective top 20.

    Games after the top few aren’t necessarily ranked in order of preference.

    1. Journey to Kreisia
    2. Final Fantasy X
    3. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
    4. Super Paper Mario
    5. Arc Rise Fantasia
    6. Grandia 2
    7. Grandia
    8. Legend of the Dragoon
    9. Dragon Quest 11
    10. Dragon Quest 8
    11. Dragon Quest 7
    12. Dragon Quest 6
    13. Dragon Quest 5
    14. Dragon Quest 4
    15. Okage Shadow King
    16. Wild Arms 2
    17. Mario & Luigi Dream Team
    18. Revenant Saga
    19. Justice Chronicles
    20. Unlucky Mage

    Favorite RPG of all time: Journey to Kreisia (by Exe-Create)

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    I remembered I forgot to include the Boktai series. All four games are pretty fun to play.

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    PS2 is one of the best J-RPG machines of all times:

    Best of Kemco: Legend of the Tetrarchs and Monochrome Order.

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    MPG Annihilator
    1. Final Fantasy III
    2. Another Eden
    3. Final Fantasy IV
    4. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
    5. Kingdom Hearts II
    6. Symphony Of The Origin
    7. Final Fantasy X
    8. Journey To Kriesia
    9. Final Fantasy V
    10. Crystarieno
    11. Eclipse Of Illusion
    12. Fortuna Magus
    13. Justice Cronicals
    14. Band Of Monsters
    15. Asdivine Menace
    16. Ferns Gate
    17. Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opra Omnia
    18. Final Fantasy Brave Exvious
    19. Machine Knight
    20. Asdivine Dios


    This is due to lack of lifespan, I being only 16.

    Light and Darkness, Come forth and be one.
    No matter the battle, without hope, you are done.

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    Honestly I have played action JRPG’s more than your traditional JRPG’s (e.g. turn-based, even though I have), and I probably won’t have whole 20, so:

    1. Tales series (particularly Tales of the Abyss)
    2. Persona series (all of them, but in order from best to good 3>5>4>2>1)
    3. Trails in the Sky Trilogy
    4. Trails of Cold Steel series
    5. Final Fantasy VII (especially the remake)
    6. Star Ocean 1,2,3
    7. Disgaea series
    8. Resonance of Fate (this was a surprise to me)
    9. Dragon Quest series (though mostly XI)
    10. Valkyria Chronicles
    11. The World Ends with You
    12. Valkyrie Profile
    13. Final Fantasy Tactics (and Tactics Ogre)
    14. Golden Sun

    Didn’t include series like Kingdom Hearts, Nier, Ni no Kuni, FF15,12 because they would be too action-y, even though Star Ocean and Tales is very action-y so I don’t know :p.
    I have yet to play Octopath, but I have heard its very good.

    EDIT: Forgot Golden Sun how weird.

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    MSG Commander

    @azyleo Would you recommend the Android version of The World Ends With You? I’ve often considered buying it but it just seems rather expensive for a mobile game…

    All your base are


    @msg-commander its an Android port of a Nintendo DS game so the price is sorta justified with some few exceptions i.e. the whole story is there (including the same cut scenes) however some of the gameplay has been toned down to accommodate touch format. It also lacks the extra scenario which is present in its -Final Remix- version (which is basically extra story content added to the Nintendo Switch version of the game).

    If you like fun and intriguing combat system and a really good story line with 20+hours of content, I would say buy it. I would wholly recommend it.

    P.S. Other games I would recommend is the Chaos Rings series. Really good games which I would also recommend for its price.

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    I tried The World Ends With You on the DS and sold it out of frustration with its controls. It’s possible I’ll rebuy it on the Switch and give it another chance one day, but the odds are low.

    The World Ends With You is an action-RPG with unique controls. By “unique” I mean, “forces the player to constantly divide their attention” and “every review I’ve seen of the Switch version likes the extra content but complains that its controls are even more rage-inducing than the DS version.”

    I recommend closely checking reviews of how the Android version controls before making a final decision.

    Favorite RPG of all time: Journey to Kreisia (by Exe-Create)

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