Top 5 RPG Series That Need A Comeback

Some RPG series have been dormant for many years now. During the Super Nintendo, PlayStation and PlayStation 2 eras these series were seen as some of the best and most innovative. A few of these series have seen some spin-off games or Japanese only titles recently, while others haven’t had a new release in over a decade. These are the Top 5 RPG series that need to make a comeback.
1. -Suikoden-
Starting life on the original PlayStation back in 1995, the Suikoden series is well known for it’s focus on political storylines, ability to recruit 108 characters and three different types of combat, including turn-based party battles, one-on-one duels and large scale strategy war battles. Suikoden II is probably the most critically acclaimed in the series, while the last mainline instalment was Suikoden V released in 2006. It would be amazing for Konami to release Suikoden VI and bring back the epic storylines and intense battles.
Suikoden II Battle
2. -Grandia-
Developed by Game Arts, the original Grandia is seen as a classic released on the Sega Saturn and PlayStation. Grandia featured one of the best turn-based battles systems ever made, that allowed your characters to counter or even interrupt enemy attacks. The rest of the series followed on with this great system, but despite an online entry recently the last mainline entry was Grandia III released on the PlayStation 2. I would love to see a Grandia revival capturing the sense of imagination, spirit and adventure of the first game.
Grandia Fun
3. -Wild ARMS-
Like a few of the series on this list, the first Wild ARMS game was released on the original PlayStation. Published by Sony, Wild ARMS was notable for having an “Old West” theme and characters that used firearms as weapons. While beginning with a traditional turn-based battles system, later entries changed up the formula to incorporate a Hex System allowing characters to move around a grid when fighting enemies. With 5 main games and a tactical RPG spin-off all releasing on past PlayStation systems now is the time to bring Wild ARMS 6 to the PlayStation 4.
Wild ARMS 5 Dean Rebecca
4. -Dark Cloud-
Level 5 has created some fantastic RPGs over the years, but their very first was Dark Cloud for the PlayStation 2 back in 2000. A sequel, Dark Chronicle was released a couple of years later improving on everything from the original featuring action RPG battles, city-building system mechanics and a magical cel-shaded art style. With the last game released over a decade ago, many fans have waited long enough for a 3rd Dark Cloud game.
Dark Chronicle Characters
5. -Breath of Fire-
The oldest series on the list, Capcom developed the first game for the Super Nintendo back in 1993. After a sequel on the SNES, the series moved to the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 and really hit it’s stride. The battle system is turn-based and the main protagonist of each game is named Ryu who can transform in different types of dragons. The last entry Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter was released in 2002 and brought some unique design elements to the series. Despite a sixth entry being announced in Japan for smartphones, RPG fans would rather a console game returning to the style of Breath of Fire IV.
Breath of Fire Battle
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11 responses to “Top 5 RPG Series That Need A Comeback

  1. Suikoden VI and Breath of Fire V — traditional RPG, 2.5D, with character sprites. They would sell millions, guaranteed. What are they waiting for!?

    • I know right? If they didn’t want to make it big budget, just create a sprite based game like Suikoden II or Breath of Fire IV and release it as a download on the PSN. I hope Ubisoft’s Child of Light did really well and leads the way for other publishers to follow suit. Thanks for the comment and welcome to the site!

  2. Great post! I love to constantly search onformation about these golden age RPG games or series. After the E3 this year… Well, I think I’m officially an old-school only gamer now, better than seeing my beloved experiences condemned to bike minigames on iPhones and such. And that BoF 6 announced last year… God, it attacked my heart with an Ultima spell.

    All of these series are awesome. It’s incredible to see how each one of them have SO MUCH personality. They have unique themes, settings, and gameplay. I don’t get when modern gamers say that “JRPG always were more of the same”. Heck, even the “JRPG” term don’t make any sense for people who play videogames since PS2 era or more.

    To add to this list, I could say some names.
    Legaia, which for me competes with Grandia for the most original and awesome battlesystem. Grandia’s gameplay saw technical perfection with the third installment, I feel Legaia still didn’t get there with Duel Saga on PS2.
    I love Seiken Densetsu, and as much as the new Rise of Mana for iOS *sigh* impressed me, they need to make a intallment for a proper device. Secret and Legend are definitive classics on par with FF and Chrono for me and many RPG fans out there, how can they let it go so easily? WTF, SE…
    To end my nostalgic experience I would remember of the SaGa series. I heard SE was preparing something for its anniversary and hoped it would show at E3. I was wrong (f*cking MMO FFXIV) but i still hope they will really do it.

    Sh*t, I write so much. Great one, Trigger7!

    • This is a great comment mate!
      Yeah I still struggle to get more excited for modern RPGs compared to playing some of the older classics. That some of these great series have been reduced to smartphone apps is pretty sad. Although I think using the FFVII G-bike mini game as a smartphone game is a better idea for that market than releasing a poor attempt at a full RPG.
      I really like your point how a lot of these older games have a variety of different themes and lots of personality. Western, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Medieval, there were RPGs for all different tastes.
      I purposely left out Square franchises, such as Seiken Densetsu/ Mana, SaGa and even Chrono to give some of the other lessen know series some spotlight, but as you said Rise of Mana is in development for smartphones and Kawazu has teased a new SaGa game.
      Anyway thanks for reading!

  3. SRPG Archer

    You described Grandia I well. It did have spirit, imagination, and lots of adventure. An uncommon outcome in our experience. One that we relished and would like to see again.

    Regarding Suikoden, don’t forget the SRPG Suikoden Tactics (2005). We played it and liked it, but have not posted our analysis yet.

    We have Wild Arms XF, the tactical spin-off SRPG you mentioned on our list of future games to play. We are looking forward to the hexagonal grid. Not many SRPGs use one. (We analyzed Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena [1998] which did have one.)

    • It’s impossible not to get caught up in Grandia’s adventurous spirit. It’s funny, because lots of RPGs have a similar premise, but Grandia really nails it.
      I haven’t played Suikoden Tactics, how was it?
      Wild Arms XF is a pretty fun SRPG on PSP, you should definitely give it a go! Thanks for the comment.

      • SRPG Archer

        Suikoden Tactics was good, although not especially exceptional. It was fun to play if you like SRPGs, and a technically well made, quality game. It’s just not one that we remember with the same fondness as more memorable strategy entries.

  4. Grandia is such a great game. I played through it again recently on the PlayStation 3 and I had such a great time.

    I think a lot of people gave up on the game because the first hour or so is… well, dire might be too strong of a word, but it came to mind. It also has a few characters that have some awful voice acting.

    • Grandia does have a bit of a slow start, but once it gets going it is just so much fun. I have no problem with the voice acting, especially considering it is a PS1 era game. Thanks for the comment!

  5. DAMN

    You forgot Terranigma(Soul Blazer Series)…now that is a franchise which is pretty obscure
    Oh if only Quintet was still around…sadly they mysteriously disappeared long time ago

    • Ah Terranigma! I loved that game and even did a review for it on The RPG Square, good pick.
      Yeah unfortunately Quintet seemed to have been disbanded long ago…
      Thanks for the comment.

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