So, reading some of the posts over at the "final final fantasy" discussion got me thinking about the best RPGs of all time... any system. I'm always looking for some games that maybe I passed up for one reason or another... maybe even some I've never heard of. So with that said, what are your all time favorite RPGs? (For arguments sake how about we leave out all Final Fantasy, Chrono Triggers, basically all the major SE games. We all know them, and it's not like they're some big secret.) Now if you know some of the patched/translated SNES/PS1 RPGs which never made it over feel free to bring those up... I'm sure most people don't know of them.
I'm hoping that through this discussion we can turn up some games and spark some intrigue for those which we haven't played before. It would be nice if we included a small reason why they are on our favorites list!
So as far as my favorite of all time goes (FFs excluded):
Earthbound - Yes I'm part of the cult that is EB... I rented the game from blockbuster just because it came in a big box. Best stupid decision I ever made!
Lufia 2: RotS - Classic RPG with puzzle solving elements. It's actually a prequel, which is pretty cool if you've played both entries. The ending was the only one which has ever made me feel like crying in a video game. I'm not sure if it would elicit the same emotion now that I'm older, but none-the-less.
Suikoden II - While the concept of the story may not be overly interesting, the way it unfolds absolutely is... Rarely am I truly surprised by the plot of a video game, in this I was. There are tons of NPCs you can get to join you, depending on your actions and how you treat them... It's quite an interesting game. I also enjoy the battles.
Well there's a list for starters! I have many more which I'm sure I'll think of later! Can't wait to hear your favorites... I'm looking for a new one to play