Hi there everyone,
This is a list of games that I would recommended to players looking to explore the RPG genre in games. The games listed are based on several criteria including: accessibility, combat, story, availability etc. A lot of past gen games haven’t been included due to their lack of availability to new time players. I’ve also included some reasoning behind each choice. In the comment section below feel free to add your picks for the starter pack.
1. Final Fantasy X:
Even though FF7 is arguably the most famous, FFX makes it onto the list because of it’s HD-remaster available on both the PS3 and PS4 as well as its engaging story, interesting characters and fun but easy to learn battle system. It acts as a perfect entrance into the Final Fantasy franchise.
2. Kingdom Hearts II:
Available as a HD-remaster on the PS3. I think KHII is the best entrance point in the series. As it sports a better combat system/ camera then KHI and is close enough to the beginning of the narrative that it does not require a lot of pre-reading to catch up on the often convoluted narrative of the franchise. It’s a fun mix of Final Fantasy and Disney, with an age-friendly story.
3. Dragon Age: Inquisition:
Available on all current gen and previous gen consoles (as well as PC) makes DA:I a very accessible game. I chose DA:I over DAII and Origins as it sports the best (and most simplified) combat system and an open map. Even though it doesn’t contain the best narrative of the series it more than makes up for it in graphics, gameplay and sheer content, because of this it is arguably the best entrance point into the series.
Skyrim is a great entrance point into the Elder Scrolls series as it is available on both the previous gen consoles and the PC (even though Morrowind seems to be fans fave entrance). It supports the option of both first person and third person as well as sports an amazing amount of content. PC users are in for a treat with the wacky, fun mods available.
5. Final Fantasy Tactics A-2: Grimoire of the Rift:
This game is a DS exclusive. However I highly recommend it for players wanting to experience grid-based strategic combat. The combat system is easy to learn but has a lot of variation to suit anyone’s play style. It boasts 300+ missions with hours upon hours of content. Perfect entrance to the Ivalice series in FF as well as grid-based combat.
6. Pokemon Soul Silver/ Heart Gold:
This is another DS exclusive. I chose SS/ HG as it boasts two whole regions with the most legendary pokemon to catch. It’s fun, looks nice, and will keep you playing for a long time. A great entrance into the PKMN franchise.
If I’ve missed anything please feel free to add in the comment section below.
Happy gaming and hope you have a great day,