Five on Friday : 5 RPGS I Haven’t Played Yet

 

RPGS, or role-playing games, are definitely my favorite genre of video games. It’s a double edged sword that RPGS are incredibly time consuming games—while I love being able to lose myself in immersive worlds filled with lore, side quests, and great overarching stories—I obviously haven’t been able to play all of the RPGS I want to yet. There’s simply too many great RPGs, and combined with my habit for reading massive fantasy novels, it is hard to find a balance between my two hobbies.  I thought I would share a few RPGS that I am dying to play, but haven’t actually gotten around to actually playing yet.

 

1. 13 sentinels : Aegis Rim

13 Sentinels : Aegis RImDeveloper: Vanillaware

Publisher: Atlus, Sega

Platform: PlayStation 4

Release Date(s): November 28, 2019

Game type: Adventure game, Real-time strategy, Role-playing video game, Action game

Synopsis: Vanillaware, the storytellers behind Odin Sphere and Dragon’s Crown, craft a sci-fi mystery epic spanning thirteen intertwining stories in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. With a Metacritic score of 86, 13 Sentinels has won the praise of critics all over the world.

Uncover the truth and delve into a 2D sidescrolling adventure featuring gorgeous art and environments. Then, battle the kaiju in fast-paced, top-down combat. Customize the Sentinels with an arsenal of mechsuit weaponry, and fight to defend humanity!

 

I picked up this game on the current Playstation Network sale and I’m really excited to play it once I’m done with Trails of Cold Steel III and Persona 5 Strikers. I get strong Pacific Rim vibes from the trailer, and I absolutely adore everything Atlus puts out, so I can’t wait to delve into this game.

 

2. Atelier series (Atelier Sophie)

Atelier Sophie

Developer: Gust

Publisher: Koei Techmo

Platform: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows

Release Date(s): November 19, 2015 (Atelier Sophie)

Game type:  Role-playing video game

Synopsis: The game is set in the small town of Kirchen Bell, a location with a warm atmosphere and occasional rainfall, during the dawning era of alchemy prior to it becoming a widespread art. Within the outskirts lies an atelier studio run solely by a girl named Sophie, who has a mysterious power that allows her to combine items together to form entirely different items. Without a mentor or reference guide to teach her, her alchemy attempts repeatedly fail time and time again. One day, however, she comes across a mysterious book that moves and talks by its own free will. Sophie’s goal is to restore the book’s memories and its former human form.

 

To this day, I have never played an Atelier game! I am especially intrigued by Atelier Sophie, which has to due with magical books. Doesn’t take much more than that to sell me on a game. I would also like to play the latest installments in the series, Atelier Ryza eventually.

 

3. ys

YS VIII Lacrimosa of Dana

Developer: Nihon Falcom

Publisher: NIS America

Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4,

PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows

Release Date(s): July 21, 2016

(Lacrimosa of Dana)

Game type:  Role-playing video game

Synopsis: Ys returns with a brand new adventure for the first time in 8 years! Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island. Amidst this, Adol begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired maiden living in a unknown world. Join Adol as he unravels the riddle of the cursed isle and the blue-haired maiden Dana in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA!

 

Another series of RPGs I really want to get into is the Ys series, which is by the same developers as Trails of Cold Steel. I gotta admit I’m a little intimidated as I know the Ys series, like Trails of Cold Steel, has a huge amount of background lore spanning decades, but hopefully I can manage to figure it all out with the Lacrimosa of Dana, which I have heard is a good place to dive into the series. If all goes well, I’ll probably play the newest installment

 

4. octopath traveler

Octopath Traveler

Developer: Square Enix Business Division 11, Acquire

Publisher: Square Enix

Platform: Nintendo Switch, Windows, Stadia

Release Date(s): July 18, 2016

Game type:  Role-playing video game

Synopsis:
Choose your fate. Eight stories await.

Eight travelers. Eight adventures. Eight roles to play in a new world brought to life by Square Enix. Explore each traveler’s story and use their abilities in and out of battle. Will you expand your horizons as the Merchant or track down a traitor as the Warrior? Where will you go? Who will join you? You alone can choose your path.

Step into the shoes of a traveler to inherit their struggles and strengths. Use each character’s special abilities to interact with the world and enhance your tactics in turn-based battles. The Dancer’s alluring charm leads followers into battle, whereas the Apothecary can mix items to heal allies or unleash explosive attacks. Discover enemy weaknesses and target them to break through their defenses. Store Boost Points with each turn and then spend them at strategic times to strengthen abilities, chain attacks, or provide aid. Choose the path you wish to walk and discover what lies beyond the horizon.

 

I have heard so many good things about Octopath Traveler. And as huge lifelong fan of Final Fantasy and Square Enix, I think this RPG will be right up my alley.

 

5. Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Developer: Monolith Soft

Publisher: Nintendo

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Release Date(s): Dec 01, 2017 (Xenoblade Chronicles 2)

Game type:  Action role-playing video game

Synopsis:

Lead Rex, Pyra, and the world to refuge

Lost in a sea of clouds, entire civilizations rest on the backs of Titans. As the giant beasts march toward death, the last hope is a scavenger named Rex—and Pyra, a living weapon known as a Blade. Can you find the fabled paradise she calls home? Command a group of Blades and lead them to countless strategic victories before the world ends..

 

Full disclosure, I actually own Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and started playing it, only to get distracted by other games. Sadly, it made its way to my infinite backlog. I really want to get back into this Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and also want to play its predecessor, which has recently come out with a Definitive Edition. 

 

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Have you played any of these RPGs? If so, which are your favorites?

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Posted February 19, 2021 in Five on Friday, Games

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2 responses to “Five on Friday : 5 RPGS I Haven’t Played Yet

  1. Funnily enough four of those games I haven’t played yet but I do want to try at some point! As for the fifth, Octopath Traveler, I really enjoyed my time with it. It feels like a love letter to classic JRPGs, so if you enjoy the older Final Fantasys, then you will enjoy Octopath Traveler.

    • Ah, it sounds like your backlog is just as big as mine ? Final Fantasy is one of my all time favorite game series, so I can’t wait to try Octopath Traveler one of these days! So many games, so little time!?

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