Wow, this is one poll result that has really surprised us: we have an inordinate number of RPG fans around here!

Role-playing is hardly the most popular genre in the video game industry (based on sales numbers and not review scores), as action/adventure, sports, and FPSs typically rule the charts. But being an RPG-lover at heart, it's fantastic to know so many fans are avid readers of PSXE; it just brings us all a little closer. 'wipes tear from eye' But seriously, even though the majority of you do say action/adventure is your favorite genre, it only won by a very small margin over the second-place RPG category, which even beat out FPS. …which makes me believe we may be the only major gaming site in existence where such a poll will say more readers enjoy RPGs over FPSs; that almost seems like an impossibility in this day and age. But we'd also like to add that we have many intelligent and knowledgeable members, and I hate to say this, but…well, I'm sorry, but it just seems that the average RPG fan is smarter than the average sports or action fan. Obviously , this isn't an all-encompassing figure and it certainly isn't based on anything but my own observations and experiences, but I stick to it. So it kinda makes sense.

Anyway, considering how many RPG fans we have out there, we just thought we'd stay in that realm and ask about your favorite RPG. It's similar to the Best of the Best Polls we ran, but those were console-specific; this is overall: what's your pick? Is it Final Fantasy VII ? Something more old-school like Chrono Trigger ? Or a newer game like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion ? We tried to pick the 10 best-rated RPGs of all time for this poll, so apologies if your selection isn't included.  Oh, and before everyone asks, NO, we don't consider Legend of Zelda to be an RPG.

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Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

I had to pick the Action/Adventure category because of things like Uncharted, but I still get a fuzzy feeling when I remember FFX and the Kingdom Hearts series.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I picked RPGs of course. We're all Playstation lovers so I don't see how RPGs couldn't win.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Indeed, I though the same thing. It's nice to have some evidence, however unscientific, that PlayStation owners are perhaps more likely to enjoy RPGs…than owners of other platforms or players of other genre…


Last edited by TheHighlander on 6/28/2009 10:56:04 PM

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

I'm happy to hear this as well. RPGs were very popular growing up with the ps1 and a little lesser so on the ps2 but still was still going strong. Nowadays, I do only see FPS or action/adventure games for tv commercials 😛 I have to admit though, I haven't enjoyed an RPG in quite some time. Persona 4 was alright, but I never did feel like finishing it after 50+ hours. I think the last truly enjoyable RPG I played (I'm not including FFXI becuase that was just way too much fun) was FFX.

King James
King James
11 years ago

U don't see how RPGs didn't win? Good hyperbole, Vertigo.

slayerkillemall
slayerkillemall
11 years ago

News Flash: Rpg Beats Fps in poll>…
Its rigged i tell ya!…

just kidding,but its weird …
oh BTw i picked Fps…


Last edited by slayerkillemall on 6/28/2009 10:24:22 PM

kokoro
kokoro
11 years ago

It's only natural that more intelligent people take a liking to good RPGs. Good RPGs tend to be story driven and therefore some thought is required inorder to appreciate it. The role playing genre is really the only genre to have allowed games to act as a deep story telling medium. I really don't like FPS games, and apart from the casual multiplayer shoot out, I don't really play them that often.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Indeed, RPGs involve following a story and characters. You have to plan ahead, think strategically, think about what you're going to do next, interpret clues and solve puzzles, all of which of course take some brain power. Of course smart folks like RPGs, it's inherent to the genre…It's not like a twitch FPS where supernatural timing, hand eye coordination and superior reaction times are the skills required…

OPHIDIAN
OPHIDIAN
11 years ago

I love RPGs, but my brother, who is in fact a brain surgeon, doesn't. Whether only the intelligent like RPGs remains questionable.

cegmp
cegmp
11 years ago

Yeah I agree that it is questionable to say that people who play rpgs are generally smarter. But then again I definitely find rpgs more intellectually stimulating than other games. Story aside, i love its strategic aspects.

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

Picked action/adventure for sure.I just find that is the genre with more thought put into the plot.It's like you getting ready to play a mini movie;the games are even better when they have no online modes.This will be the first poll that I won't vote in since I have not played (or seen in action)any of those games which shows my inexperience with rpg's.

mackid1993
mackid1993
11 years ago

rpgs are too open ended for me, i voted fps, they are straight foreward. i played fallout 3 and for some reason it made me a nervous wreck. i hate rpgs. the closest thing i get to them is gta, which is like an rpg/action hybrid.

King James
King James
11 years ago

…did u call GTA an RPG?

napoleon85
napoleon85
11 years ago

Although I don't consider myself a smart person, I prefer an RPG game over any action/adventure game anytime. I would say FFVIII was my favorite. The KH series are pretty good as well and last but not least, the most addictive or best experience has been FFXI.

King James
King James
11 years ago

FF8 FTW!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

If there were no RPGs I probably would have given up gaming some time ago. Don't get me wrong there's lots of great stuff out there, but as far as I'm concerned its all enjoyable fluff until another good RPG comes out.

Yeah FFVII is my fave for my own reasons but people are probably tired of hearing about it so I'd like to also name my favorite under-appreciated RPG: Skies of Arcadia. It was right on the generational lines that were drawn in the sand between your FFVII-IXs and your FFXs (as a barometer I like to use FFs) even though it was on 128bit systems. Was a sweet ride.

napoleon85
napoleon85
11 years ago

Now that I think about it, I would have quit playing video games if it wasn't because of the RPG genre as well. lol…


Last edited by napoleon85 on 6/28/2009 10:46:03 PM

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

I wouldn't have properly started gaming at all if it wasn't for RPGs like FFVII and VIII.

They also taught me how to read English (better than every kid in our elementary/primary school), since I'm from Thailand.

FTW 😉

Qwarktast1c
Qwarktast1c
11 years ago

the reason i got a ps2 was because of FFX

and then of course i also got into ratchet and clank among other things

now i'm gettin all nostalgic!!! damn!! i'm gonna have to play FFX 🙂

did anyone ever manage to complete the entire sphere grid with every character??

i did 🙂

i also added more spheres and used those clear spheres to take away any stat that wasn't +4(strength, agility, etc.) , +300 (HP), or +40 (MP), and then replaced the cleared ones with the ones i just listed

i managed to do it after ALOT of time in the omega ruins and the monster arena. gotta have that triple ap and gillionaire!!!


Last edited by Qwarktast1c on 6/29/2009 12:14:17 AM

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

I did that way back in the day. Unlocking the Clear Spheres and replacing everything lol I mean ..as I said above there hasn't been much to play since FFX 😛 Rpg wise ..and imo of course. FFXI took most of my time the past few years for my rpg fix, but it's been FFX here and there for a looong time and so what else is there to do but max everything out? lol

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Damn Quark that's Quarktastic!


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 6/29/2009 12:57:48 AM

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

same here, i play games only for rpgs + a few very specific action/adventure series ie. MGSs, DMCs, Castlevania, GOWs, ICOs etc.

souljah92
souljah92
11 years ago

is the next final fantasy gunna be turn-based too?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Sorta kinda…not really.

King James
King James
11 years ago

…no. FF hasn't been turn-based since FF10

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

No need to apologize Ben, that's like saying that Chess club members have higher IQs than the average guy on a football scholarship. Clearly it's not true for everyone, but in general….

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I'm genuinely surprised but very happy with those results. If only devs were reading this site. 100k units sold of FFVII, RPGs voted number 2 … make more RPGs !

I don't know about the whole being smarted thing… I guess it's like the difference between reading a book or watching the movie.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

lol, bad place to typo "smarter" my friend 😉

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Did I mention I like RPGs? lol

Riku994
Riku994
11 years ago

THANK YOU! ZELDA IS NOT AN RPG!

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Where the hell's FFXII?

But yes, rpg and action adventure > everything else. Yeah even racing…

kokoro
kokoro
11 years ago

Final fantasy 12 was not a final fantasy.

Qwarktast1c
Qwarktast1c
11 years ago

@kokoro

yes it was, granted it wasn't that great, but it was still a final fantasy

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

No way, I used to live and breathe Final Fantasy. When FFXII came out it was terrible. It looked amazing, had great sound/music, the story even started out okay. But …Unlike every other final fantasy, I can't remember a single significant thing that happened in FFXII after about 30+ hours with the game, and getting about that far TWICE now. It was just too boring imo, I had no control over what I wanted, I couldn't stand that gambit system because it didn't even become fun until you have them all unlocked 😛 and even then you constantly had to change them up just to fight a single boss because you'd end up hurting yourself, or healing the boss. RPGs (besides mini games or puzzles) rely on a stellar battle system, that's it …it's like a traditional fps without guns 😛 and in FFXII the battle system just took care of everything. The license board was also extremely boring 😛 All you do is find out where those special finishing move things are and go get em as fast as possible 😛 ugh …It's the only FF I've never beaten and for me, that's saying a lot.


Last edited by Zemus101 on 6/29/2009 12:59:48 AM

kokoro
kokoro
11 years ago

I know what you mean- there was no flare to the storyline. The characters were so passive and objective about almost everything- there was hardly any emotion- I didn't laugh or cry, It didn't make me happy or sad, I did not become a part of the characters' story. Another major complaint I have is about the main character Vaan. Never have I encountered such a lame and monotonous charcter. There was nothing special or admiarable about him. What were his aspirations ?- "I wanna become a sky pirate"- come on, sureley there is something more going for you. The archaic english translation was also very annoying IMO. Thankfully FF13 is looking awesome.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Got to agree with my homies, it was bland and I really wanted to care about the characters but had a very hard time. They almost had some emotion in Vaan about Recks but it didn't quite make it there. Where was the sexual frustration between Vaan and Penelo? What on earth was I running miles and miles and miles for? Balthier was the only cool one.

Don't even get me started on the battle system, whoever dreamed that up should be shot. I did beat it though, I wasn't gonna let all those hours go to waste.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Final Fantasy XII was possibly the biggest disapointment in gaming ever for me, I tried so hard to like it. but i just couldnt.

After 80 hours of waundering though fields and temples aimlessy i got to the 80 hour point to the final part on the ship, i haveto admit it got slighlty interesting here and had good atomsphere but its not worth 80 hours of dribble.

Balthier was the only character who was interesting, good personality with a backstory. The rest were so bland.

Though i did like the judges, the battles with them were probaly the highlight of the game for me.

but the story, it really was non-existant, it started of ok, but by the time you left the first town, it did'nt really appear until yoiu were kidnapped onto the ship, which then just ripped of Star Wars IV.

The gameplay was okay, but all you really needed was the bubble spell, Curaga and attack. Also once i completed the game, i felt there was nothing else to do but monster hunts.

At least with FFX-2 i was expecting it to be bad & Dont give me that bull.S. about me not being with my feminine side,its not the fact that they were female, but so childish and imature, which i demonstrate with this piece of dialouge:

Yuna: Oh poopie.
Rikku: Yunie, don't talk like that.
Yuna: I'm just copying you!

Isnt that just childish, but look also at how it comppletely shatters the strenght of what FFX-1 built on yuna, shes just become completely dependant on others……..

Anyway yes, i cant vote for this becuase i just cant decide out of FFVII-X They're all perfect in my eye.


Last edited by Vivi_Gamer on 6/29/2009 3:13:01 AM

Qwarktast1c
Qwarktast1c
11 years ago

hey i never said it was good

personally i thought it was crap

but it does have a following, and it is still a FF

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

You guys are a bunch of fools

Not every Final Fantasy needs to follow the same:

-17 year old kid who wants to save the world
-Gets to kiss a princess
-Flies from town to town a matter of seconds

FFXII was the TRUE Final Fantasy experience I've been waiting for since FFIX.

It really took what FFIX started(very lush and visually engaging environments) and a really radical and interesting take on medieval times.

I encourage those of you who didn't understand the game to give psxextreme.com's review of FFXII a read. It'll enlighten you.

There was a lot to it and it was the FF which matured the series('bout time too). And made it more 'bout ideals and the environment around you, including towns, and gov'ts a much more real and interactive beast, if you know what I mean.

Alas!

You all want a world which holds no signifcance beyond what the world does for characters.

In FFXII both the characters at hand as well as the world depend on each other. A beautiful dance between the two is key to really understanding the game.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

@UltimaDream

You said…

"At least with FFX-2 i was expecting it to be bad & Dont give me that bull.S. about me not being with my feminine side,its not the fact that they were female"

And then you said…

"but so childish and imature"

I see, so it *IS* because they are female then?

And now my friends, I have to run for the hills as the female readership will attempt to skin me alive – virtually of course. Boy I'm glad my wife doesn't read this site….
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For the humor impaired…
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I was joking! Honest…

www
www
11 years ago

FFXII had no life,no feeling,no emotions, i mean just…..nothing. FFX was the best on the PlayStation 2 period

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

@ Highlander

"I see, so it *IS* because they are female then?"

That makes no sense….

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Oh come on, if I have to explain that, it will strip what remains of the humor in it.

King James
King James
11 years ago

Come on Ultima, that was funny.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

FFXII was a sweet game.
Not the best Final Fantasy but a still cool ass game.

And BTW I thought the music for it wasn't epic like the others and it didn't have that certain FF Jap RPG flavour.
So nobody should be able to say it had good music going for it ^_^

Unless you like that kind of fantasy medieval archaic military music.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Gaaaar RPG didn't win. Never mind.

Damn, it's tough between FFVII (where I can play Vincent's theme on guitar) and FFX (where I can play the whole of Zanarkand Theme on guitar).

It's out of the songs that I can play for those games lol ^_^

ThugNificent101
ThugNificent101
11 years ago

I've actually always felt that RPG gamers were a pretty intelligent bunch of people, so i feel a bit better that there are many others that feel the same.

The next poll is a bit tough… between FFVII and Chrono Trigger for me, but i like all of the Final Fantasy games on the list, as well as Xenogears and Vagrant Story.

but since I've voted already, it doesnt seem like Chrono Trigger is getting enough love… =/

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

no offence, imo, the effort and intelligence needed to play a FPS is not even close to those needed for RPGs. other than the fact that it is the trend these days, FPSs should rank in the close positions to the very last.

regarding the greatest RPG of all time, my pick will unavoidably be the all time classic Chrono Trigger, followed by FF8 and FF10 in the second and third place. FF7 is the 4th in this list of 10.

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

Hey, I think that list is exactly like mine. FFVIII was my favorite on the ps1. Chrono Trigger on the SNES (although ..it's a tie between FFIV) and FFX and XI on the PS2 (I'm only including XI because it's taken more of my time than any other game well …ever, so it should be on my list)

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Ah! Good to see someone who doesn't overhype FFVII

I agree, FFVIII and X are two of my faves, along with XII and VI.