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Recommended PS2 RPGs

Discussion in 'jRPG Weeaboo Discussion' started by curds, Sep 26, 2021.

  1. Hobo Elf Arcane

    Hobo Elf
    Feb 17, 2009
    Cadia dumpster
    Wild Arms 3
    Jade Cocoon 2
    Growlanser 5
    Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
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  2. Cromwell Arcane

    Feb 16, 2013
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  3. Sperrin Barely Literate

    May 13, 2021
    Valkyrie Profile 2 Silmeria is quite good if you enjoyed Valkyrie Profile Lenneth which is better and it's one of the better looking PS2 games
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  4. Terra Arbiter

    Sep 4, 2016
    Worthwhile ones I can remember:

    Ar tonelico 1 & 2
    - both decent jrpg romps, use the fan retranslation for the second entry as NISA botched the text really badly in the official localisation. Multiple unique routes for both games. Has innuendo, it's pretty funny, nice setting & lore.
    Mana Khemia 1 / 2 - similar to Ar tonelico without the innuendo, underrated, both solid jrpgs.
    Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter - There were tears concerning the difficulty and break from the series norm which ultimately spelled the death of the franchise, but honestly, it's a damn good game. Challenging on the first run through especially.
    Disgaea 1/2 (basically the same game from a gameplay perspective, as are the many sequels) - multiple routes/endings, pretty funny. Good to sink a load of time into if you happen to have loads of free time.
    Grandia 2 - Sequel to the popular first entry on PS1, I prefer the first entry as they cut down on special moves in the sequel, but it's still got a really nice battle system I wish somebody would poach
    Growlanser 2 - stellar plot branching & multiple endings, interesting battle system. Very underrated.
    Growlanser 3 - not as much replay value as the above, but otherwise, more of the same. Growlanser 5 went with shit-tier 3D models and low-res backgrounds instead of the lovely spritework in Grow2/3, but is otherwise as good as the other entries. Growlanser as a whole does some pretty unique things you don't really see much in rpgs - specifically with plot branching, some character recruitment and just the general tone/setup of the games - like Growlanser 5 has you seizing control of some super weapon and using it to threaten two nearby countries into behaving themselves, and that's just the prologue.
    Metal Saga - I've extolled the virtues of this game here already, great game
    Okage Shadow King - I never finished it, but there was something unique/charming about this quirky JRPG, I need to go back to it someday.
    Radiata Stories - Really great JRPG from triAce, largely based around one city, two main routes, different endings/ characters in each. You can attack pretty much anyone at anytime iirc and NPCs all have their own schedules I think.
    Romancing SaGa - Quite opaque to get into, but if you do get into it, it's really unique. Your actions & random battles progress a global timer that constantly push the game plot forward, so can miss quests and find yourself up against the final boss sooner than you might expect.
    Shadow Hearts 1 & 2 - Unique, dark JRPGs, play in order. There's a third one but it's not as good as these.
    Shin Megami Tensei PS2 entries - They're all worth playing through, golden generation for Atlus
    Valkyrie Profile 2 - great battle system & setting. More traditional than the first entry and leaves the door open for a sequel we'll probably never get but... it's still another great triAce title.
    Star Ocean 3 - Another triAce entry, there will be tantrums over a certain late game plot twist, BUT this game is jam packed with content, included a huge post-game series of quests/dungeons. If you're a triAce fan, you'll enjoy the callbacks, but lots of time is needed to get the best out of it.
    Tales of the Abyss - Best entry in the Tales series for me; good story, characters & banter throughout. Pretty decent size game.
    Suikoden III/V - Both excellent entries, play 1 & 2 first due to the certain aspects of the main plot especially. Suikoden III has important major returning characters that won't mean anything to you without prior knowledge of past games. If you like the series, you can go through Suikoden IV; it's the weakest entry but it's alright. Suiko Tactics does salvage a pretty decent game out of Suiko IV's mediocrity though, if you're still hungry for more. Be forewarned that Suikoden V is a VERY slow starter.
    Wild ARMs 3 - decent JRPG romp, especially if you liked the PS1 entries. 4 & 5 are also on the PS2 but are weaker on the whole. Wild Arms 1 has a remake on PS2, but I prefer the PS1 original.
    XenoSaga 1,2,3 - 2 is weaker than the 1st and 3rd entries, but it's still a pretty enjoyable trilogy to work through.
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  5. Poseidon00 Arcane

    Dec 11, 2018
    The original Wild Arms is fantastic and I recommend it to anyone, but I only got a few towns into the third and I put it down long ago. If its good i'll have to try it again.

    Oh yeah Star Ocean 3 is really solid, forgot about that.
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  6. Miner 2049er Scholar

    Miner 2049er
    Apr 27, 2016
    Wild Arms 5 is pretty good. Some say even the best in the series. It's often overlooked. I guess because late PS2 lifecycle ltitle and no European release. OP won't run out of JRPGs to play in the next...5 years ?
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  7. curds Erudite

    Nov 24, 2019
    Cheers for all the recommendations.

    I started with DQ8 since I already had it and as far as I know it was THE rpg for the PS2 - among others.

    Enjoying it so far. It starts a bit slow but to my (limited) knowledge that's a common element among JRPGs. They love to introduce mechanics slowly.

    I'm the point where I've recruited Angelo, so making decent headway I think.

    Unless my ears mistake me, I'm journeying with the voices of He'Li from Wizardry 8 (Jessica) and Griggs of Vinheim from Dark Souls (Angelo) which is cool.

    Next I'll probably play Persona 3 or Nocturne since again I have both already and the SMT games seem to be the most highly recommended ITT.
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  8. curds Erudite

    Nov 24, 2019
    So, Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer was released on the PS2 - only in Japan, though. :(

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  9. laclongquan Arcane

    Jan 10, 2007
    Searching for my kidnapped sister
    Wrong~! S1-2 is tighter, short little game, representative of their time, which is PS1 era~ But S3 is somewhat bigger, more modern in design. Its scale is broader so you feel that it's looser or slower, but that's just how it is. Once you expand story 3 times, that's the price~
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  10. flyingjohn Arcane

    May 14, 2012
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  11. Atlet Savant

    Nov 11, 2017

    FFX is a cutscene simulator
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  12. Azalin Arcane Patron

    Mar 16, 2011
    No one mentioned Odin Shpere yet?
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  13. Zed Duke of Banville Zo Kath Ra Patron

    Zed Duke of Banville
    Oct 3, 2015
    Japanese releases have the best Might & Magic covers (with the exception of the two Elmore covers, though these were far from his best work):


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  14. oddech_wymarlych_swiatow Arcane

    Apr 5, 2013
    If not SMT then Xbox could won 6th gen console war for me but PS2 had:

    DDS 1
    DDS 2
    Raidou vs Souless Army
    Raidou vs King Abbadon
    Persona 3
    Persona 4
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  15. Falksi Arcane

    Feb 14, 2017
    It is tbf, it technically doesn't offer much in the way of interaction. But it just hit the spot for me personally. It came along at the right time for me when interaction wasn't a major concern, and what it did it did well.
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  16. Digital Monocle Augur

    Digital Monocle
    Oct 15, 2010
    You can say that MGS4 and Xenosaga are more cutscene simulators compared to X .
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  17. abnaxus Arcane Patron

    Dec 31, 2010
    Wapan will never give up bikini armour.
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  18. downwardspiral Learned

    Mar 12, 2020
    Boukoku no Aegis 2035: Warship Gunner is also worth trying out if one like warship gunner 2.
    It has a new missile locking system.
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  19. Ash Arcane

    Oct 16, 2015
    PS2 RPGs I played:

    FF7: Dirge of Cerberus
    Kings Field 4
    Dragon's Quest VIII
    Valkyrie Profile 2
    Shadow Hearts: Covenent
    Rogue Galaxy
    Deus Ex
    Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance
    Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance 2
    Xmen: Legends
    Xmen: Legends 2
    Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
    Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams

    PS2 RPGs I'd recommend:


    There's some value to find, e.g the PS2 FF games are at least playable but I wouldn't recommend them, Deus Ex if for some stupid reason you do not PC game, Xmen: Legends if you're hurting for some couch co-op. Yet none are must-plays. Overall I found the PS2 to be extremely mediocre for RPGs, and that generation of games in general to be the start of the decline (when the focus in realism and graphics began, or in the case of JRPGs low-effort anime art styles), though still had a lot of good (non-RPGs) to be found. Still a worthwhile generation, unlike the disasterous one that followed. Stark contrast to PS1 which has tons of RPGs I adore.

    This all said, I have not played SMT. Codex toots its horn a lot so I need to at some point see what the fuss is about. I'm not sure if I'd actually like it though, based on first impressions.

    Edit: there is one I would recommend, and that is Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams. Action RPG lite. Pretty solid game though has one retarded fatal flaw (critical spam). Added to the list.
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