It happens every generation. Role-playing fans are simply forced to wait as just about every other genre in existence receives its fair share of excellent and top-quality titles.

But we've been saying it throughout 2009: the drought will soon be over; just look at the "coming soon" list, RPG fans. Well, as a reader reminded us, and as Andriasang further outlines, the role-playing fans are finally getting their just due as of right now. Yes, many are still on the horizon, but that horizon is looming large and let's not forget about what we already have. Demon's Souls turned out to be one of the most original, most technically accomplished RPGs we've ever seen, and now that Dragon Age: Origins is here, we've got another awesome RPG to play through (gotta love those totally different storylines for each class). Fallout 3 won multiple Game of the Year awards last year, Valkyria Chronicles was another brilliant breath of fresh air (and the sequel is coming to the PSP next year), Eternal Sonata finally arrived (and with extra content not seen in the 360 version), and Cross Edge satisfied the niche fans. But that's not all; look what's coming: Ar Tonelico 3 , White Knight Chronicles, Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope International , Resonance of Fate (known as End of Eternity in Japan), Last Rebellion , Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (now set for a January 9 release in Japan), and of course, Final Fantasy XIII .

Yes, it has been quite a long wait but if you can't find something to be excited about by now, you're simply not a role-playing fan. There appears to be stuff for everyone!

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Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Let's not forget:

Atelier Rorohna

Crossover RPG Trinity Force

Tales of Vesperia

3D Dot Heroes


Last edited by Orvisman on 11/4/2009 10:42:39 AM

laxpro2001
laxpro2001
11 years ago

And probably the best so far, Elder Scrolls V. Honestly that game has the most re-playability out of any for me

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

huh?

laxpro2001
laxpro2001
11 years ago

My bad… I said Elder Scrolls V. What I meant to type was Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion. I got my 2 messages confused lol. -_-

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

One of my favorites as well.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Can't name them all. 🙂

Kevadu
Kevadu
11 years ago

I am surprised you didn't mention White Knight Chronicles, though. Has the hype for that game been forgotten after having to wait for so long?

Also, Orvisman, I wouldn't classify 3D Dot Heroes as an RPG. It looks like a Zelda clone to me (not that that's necessarily a bad thing).

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Oh yeah, definitely have to add that one…

laxpro2001
laxpro2001
11 years ago

I'm getting Demon Souls once I get home. Currently I'm playing Eternal Sonata which is a lot of fun and I'm loving the character development.

Also gotta finish VC. Definitely a great time for RPG's

Now all we need is the announcment of KHIII and Elder Scrolls V


Last edited by laxpro2001 on 11/4/2009 10:46:33 AM

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I am so glad you put this article up Ben. I was seeing red after your comment about buying Dragon Age on the 360 because you and Arnold both think it will be superior on that machine. I hope you saved your money because the 360 version is showing up some piss poor graphics Maybe you shouldn't be so quick to abandon your favorite system?

vicious54
vicious54
11 years ago

Yep, the PS3 version is getting much better scores than the 360 version but the PC version seems to be the best.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

True, but no more PC gaming for me.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

The PS3 version does look better but the frame rate is still slower than the 360 version. And the loading times aren't too significant in either.

I have the 360 version and Arnold has the PS3 version. I doubt anybody would have major problems with either; that's all I'm saying.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

I just bought Dragon Age for the PS3 last night and yeah the frame rate can be a bit dodgy at parts but the game is damn awesome.

With a name like DA: Origins I am wondering if they are going to make a run at a series with this game. I am kind of hoping so.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
11 years ago

i got the ps3 version, and really its fine. it has its fault but when comparing thw two on each console, its a toss up between which console you want it for. i only have a ps3 so it was a gimme, but for someone like Ben well thats another story.

i guess i just had faith in bio ware that when tey decided to push the date back it was because they wernt satisfied (that says alot). then when to moved it up they realized they had atleast the same game on both consoles, and they were very pleased with the outcome on there first time developing for the ps3 (which also says alot). I knew bio ware didnt wanna let the ps3 crowd down and with it's possibility of growing fan base we might see bio wares upcoming games on our system. just to mention im absolutely enjoying dragon age, i can not stop playing it. its one of those rpgs where you actually ask yourself after you fight if that was the right way to go through it, or when you get into a conversation if you said the right thing! i love it!

Ben may i ask y u did buy it on the 360? i dont care and i wont critiscize im just curious as to why?


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 11/4/2009 11:29:14 AM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
11 years ago

coverton-

in the interview on the ps blog im pretty sure bio ware devs. said this was the first in the origins series, and we would see more out of this story! id have to read it again to quote it but like i said its on the blog, and its a good read worth checking out!

Either way its rockin and deserves more! i love how bioware released two sets of dlc with the game as well. how awesome are these guys!?!?

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

bigrailer19 –

Awesome, and I am doing the same thing about fighting and wondering if that was the best course of action, or convos and then second guessing my responses. This game is just fantastic and has a great depth to it, and yes the two free DLC packs that were with the game disc is great, but seems like a sly way of getting people to buy new instead of used which in all honesty is not a bad thing for a developer I suppose.

I will check out the blog to see what the story is behind more DA games.

OFF TOPIC: The EA online store in the US at least is having a 20% off sale for all in stock games. (Sorry if it's inappropriate to plug them here but thought people might like to know)

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
11 years ago

yeah its simply just a great, engaging game!

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Oh Ben you're killing me. With the reviews coming out it looks like Dragon Age is a success despite the DVD gimp effect, but how could you support the 360 with a day one multiplat purchase on the assumption that it would be better than the PS3 version? I'm more than a little surprised…

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Guys, don't freak out because I got the 360 version. I did it for three reasons:

1. Arnold recommended this as he noted the lesser frame rate in the PS3 version.

2. It was a good idea for me to have the 360 version, so we could produce a review that, while not exactly comparing the two versions, at least understands the pros and cons of both.

3. I haven't bought a 360 game in like, forever. Maybe all of 2009. My collection was looking crazy anemic. 😉

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
11 years ago

yeah ben i dont care why you bought it i just was curious. so i guess i did care a little 😉

but can u say it turned out better on the ps3 than you originally had thought?


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 11/4/2009 12:49:13 PM

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I can tell Arnold's review will be most interesting.

Aftab
Aftab
11 years ago

Same here, Ben. The last 360 game I got was Gears of War 2.

vicious54
vicious54
11 years ago

After playing Demon's Souls, I don't see how I could play Oblivion again.

laxpro2001
laxpro2001
11 years ago

wow that gets me excited… it must be really good!

However after seeing previews, the game seems pretty dark with its environment which fits in perfectly with the game, and since its also a 3rd person (unless you are a bowman I believe), I feel its different enough from Oblivion but I could be wrong.

The game would have to be amazing to keep me from playing oblivion.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

Even if you are an archer it is still 3rd person unless you are specifically in 1st person mode to aim.

Demon's Souls is by far one of my favourite action RPGs of all time. If not the favourite one.

That game is so damn good I have no words that do the awesome of it justice. You need to get it and settle in for a long session of gaming, frustration, anger, and then ultimately joy.

fundando
fundando
11 years ago

Demon's souls woot!
All the talk of demon's sould got me excited.
Best rpg on ps3 so far.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

I thought the Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep is a PSP game, unless I'm wrong. Anyway, is Dragon Age a good game? Is it more like the world of warcraft?

laxpro2001
laxpro2001
11 years ago

It is, I think Ben just got carried away in the RPG excitement.

Maybe that explains why he forgot Elder Scrolls Oblivion!!!

I'm going to shut up now about Oblivion, but if you can edit that Ben it would be awesome.


Last edited by laxpro2001 on 11/4/2009 11:03:29 AM

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

Dragon Age is very good. It is not like WoW at all considering that it is only 1 player. It is more like the game play of well, Baldur's Gate considering it is the "spiritual successor", Champions of Norrath-esque, and if you remember the game Summoner it has game play elements very similar to that as well.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

I don't really consider games like Fallout 3 and Demon's Souls RPG in my eye.
Unlike JRPG which is the 'real' RPG.
Call me nuts, I played these kind of games before and they SUCK big time but that's just me, my taste is different, just like how everyone say The Sim is a fun game to play but I got bored after a few hours.

My RPG wishlist:
1) WKC
2) FFXIII

Just bout this 2, though will there be Disgaea 4?


Last edited by Snaaaake on 11/4/2009 11:09:00 AM

laxpro2001
laxpro2001
11 years ago

Honestly though what is an RPG?

I believe it stands for Role Playing Game, in the games you mentioned you are assuming the role of another character, so shouldn't that be enough to constitute as one?

But I totally get what your saying… though I enjoyed fallout 3 (oblivion with guns).


Last edited by laxpro2001 on 11/4/2009 11:07:35 AM

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

Saying JRPGs are the "real" RPGs is like saying that racing sims (GT series) are the "real" racing games. The last I checked, Burnout and Need for Speed are racing games too, and Demon's Souls and The Elder Scrolls games are RPGs. Your comment hints at genre fanboyism. My god…I hope that doesn't catch on.

Kevadu
Kevadu
11 years ago

It's a funny comment seeing how roleplaying games were invented in the west…

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

Maybe I am, but what I'm saying is that Fallout mix FPS and RPG while FF is simply pressing command just like traditional RPG does.
And like I said, this is just me and no one should get worked up over me, I ain't a critic so my opinion doesn't matter to anyone.

And case closed.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I understand snake, I had the same hangups when I started this generation, now I've appropriately sectioned these off in my mind into JRPG and WRPG because Fallout 3 single handedly changed my mind on first person RPGs. So I went on to get Oblivion (which I had rejected before) and after about 5 hours it was just addicting as hell.

While JRPGs will always be closer to my heart (Hell I started my RPG life on the NES) I can see how the RPG elements of WRPGs outweigh any FPS or TPS or button-action elements that make them what they are.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

The only "real RPGs" are so-called pen-and-paper RPGs. Nothing on any computer or console can (yet) provide a true role-playing experience.

I'm not saying that they can't be great games, though.

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

Bioware make the Dragon Age Ps3 Version looks better plus more faster loading times… now come and give us a Mass effect 2 Ps 3 version with those feats!.

still Dragon Age goes to my pc.. I want to use the baldurs gate camera.


Last edited by Oxvial on 11/4/2009 11:08:39 AM

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

Really weird Mass Effect isn't on the PS3 even though it's EA publishing it.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

It will be on the PS3. Mark my words. Neither Bioware nor EA are fools.

frostface
frostface
11 years ago

Well this seems like the place to ask for some rpg advice then. I had Oblivion and Fallout 3 and wasn't really into either of them. I don't want to give up on all rpg's based on these two games so I'd love if someone could recommend one of these new, more up to date titles. Not that I'm saying that Oblivion or FO3 are outdated, I just found myself walking around way too much doing nothing for a very long time. Maybe that's the definition of rpg's but I'd definitely like to try something else before writing them all off. Ideas please?

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
11 years ago

if you didnt like the aimless walking that may take place in fallout and oblivion i think dragon age is the way to go. you do alot of walking but inside the towns, outside the towns its not so much open world. the great thing though when you travel to dif. locations throughout the land, as its quick traveling it will stop at merchants for you, or maybe youll engage enemies, its kinda a neat cus youd typically see that stuff when traveling anyways.

anyways dragon age is great, liek i said you wont do alot of wondering in the world, but will have plenty to explore in the towns. also the leveling is simple enough for anyone to understand and grasp but deep enough to keep it fresh! not to mention i like how easy it is to understand the stats of weapons and armor as well.


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 11/4/2009 12:12:21 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

It seems you're like me; you need a good story in an RPG to keep you intrigued. I like freedom and exploring, too, but I know what you're saying concerning Fallout 3 and Oblivion. It just isn't my thing.

That being said, you should definitely check out some JRPGs like Eternal Sonata and other WRPGs like Dragon Age. Both of these games are very different from both FO3 and Oblivion, and certainly different from each other. Take a look at each and see which style intrigues you more.

In the future, definitely look for White Knight Chronicles and Resonance of Fate. Story-driven with a hybrid form of action/RPG combat…I think you'll like this better.

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

Oblivion and Fallout 3 aren't the typical rpgs .

I would recommend in this moment Dragon Age Origins .

frostface
frostface
11 years ago

I think that game looks pretty good. I think I may of been confusing that one with Demons Souls (DS isn't that the one more dedicated to veteran rpg gamers than rpg newbies?).

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Oxvial ! I've accepted that SOME people don't think Fallout 3 is a true RPG, but saying Oblivion is not a typical RPG is way out of line. It doesn't GET any more RPG than Oblivion.

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

Well Demons Souls more than a rpg its an action game…and yeah its very hardcore but I love it.

Dragon Age its more of an rpg than Demons Souls I'd say first go with that one and if still you feel brave..later you can get Demons Souls.

Alienange you are rite but I was talking about gameplay.


Last edited by Oxvial on 11/4/2009 12:23:22 PM

King James
King James
11 years ago

Why isn't Oblivion a typical RPG? You sound like that dude that said Demon's Souls isn't a real RPG because of its difficultly.

I think you're confusing the term "RPG" with the term "tradition JRPGs".

Oblivion, Fallout, and Demon Souls are RPGs, Oxvial.


Last edited by King James on 11/4/2009 12:24:54 PM

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

Yeah Demon's Souls is not for the faint hearted or the new to RPGing. Demon's Souls is the quintessential in your face over the top difficult controller breaking action RPG of the generation. It's definitely something to go into prepared for frustration.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
11 years ago

oxvial-

oblivion is rpg like peanut butter is to jelly! why r u saying its not a typical rpg?


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 11/4/2009 12:26:22 PM