There is a massive following when it comes to video games across the globe. Many gamers like all kinds of games: action games, survival horror games, fighting games, or even first-person shooter games. But very few are yet introduced or aware of RPGs (role-playing games). For people who are curious about the gaming genre, it can be overwhelming to choose which one to play first, and there are a ton of titles to choose from. So, for those looking for new experiences and interested in exploring the RPG universe, here are six great games for beginners.
6. Final Fantasy VI
The first game that I suggest you play is Final Fantasy VI. This is a great game to jump into if you’re very new to RPGs in general, but it’s also a really good place to see if you would like the Final Fantasy series as a whole. Final Fantasy games are the most recognizable RPGs in the industry. The game has visuals that are reasonable for an SNES-era game and a story that isn’t overwhelming for players to comprehend. You can easily obtain this game on the iPhone and/or Android. From personal experience, I would rather download it from the PlayStation Network for the PS3 or for the Virtual Console on the Wii. It is a better and smoother playing experience.
5. Wild Arms
The next game I highly suggest is Wild Arms. This is a really cool game if you are really interested in joining this genre. Its world is big but not terrifying for new players. There are only three characters you control and multiple challenges you’ll encounter that you should be able to enjoy. Wild Arms can be purchased and downloaded through the PlayStation Network. From there you can enjoy your new game on the PS3 or PS Vita.
This particular game is really different from most RPGs. But if you can play it, it’s really worth it. It’s a more westernized game than most other RPGs. It’s super colorful and has a good sense of humor that most gamers can appreciate and respect. Don’t bother trying to get the original cartridge of the game for the SNES though, because the cheapest I saw online right now was $350. But don’t freak out, you can easily get the game on Virtual Console on the Wii U for $10
3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
If you are a big Stars Wars fan and you always wanted to be your own Jedi, this is the best chance for you to do so. You fight with a lightsaber and cut way through enemies just like in the movies. Does this sound like a blast to you? Then you should definitely give it a shot. This game is available for Android, iPad, and iPhone. However, if you don’t like playing with tough controls, I highly suggest you play it on the PC or Mac. You can also snag a copy and play it on the original Xbox. But let’s be honest though, do you even still have one of those?
2. Fire Emblem
If you’re more into tactical games, then the Fire Emblem series is the best fit for you. The plots in these games can be boring and make you want to fall asleep at times, but the games have basic controls that you can easily pick up in no time, and the characters are all unique and different. There are a ton of games in this franchise, but if you have to start with one, the best place to start is probably with Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance, which is also obtainable on the Wii U Virtual Console.
1. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
If you start to play this game and suddenly feel some Dragon Ball Z vibes, you would be 100% right on the money. The animator for the popular anime series is the same one who worked on this game. Out of all the games I listed in this article, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is the most traditional RPG by far. There are multiple versions of this game. Feel free to download it on your iPhone and play it there. But, if you are looking for the original experience of the game, you can play it on the PlayStation 2.
Hope this list helps open your eyes to the RPG world and encourages you to explore more RPG titles in the future.
For more RPG goodness, check out our review on Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age HERE