My first RPG was Pokemon Red, although I remember more from Pokemon FireRed. I got back into RPGs when I bought a Nintendo 3DS and got Pokemon Y, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. I am currently playing Dragon Quest XI S so I decided to talk about why I love RPGs so much.
The settings are usually fantasy based so I get to explore beautifully designed locations. The setting also tends to be massive because RPGs tend to be long which means that I get to explore different environments.
A great example of this is Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. First, the whole settings is basically on two beings that fought with each other then froze in time and people now live on them. Then, the setting itself has beautiful worlds such as Eryth Sea. The water is a clear crystal blue and I love how this sea has floating islands you walk across.
RPGs typically have a party. I love meeting new party members and seeing what their skills are. I also like bonding with these characters in the game. You generally are spending several hours with these characters so you get attached to them.
Persona 5 has a party that you get close to as you learn more about them. You become like a family to each other, hanging out together and bonding. The game also emphasizes bonds so you want to get closer to your party members as well as supporting characters in the game.
Right now, my favorite party member is Erik from Dragon Quest XI S. I just find him to be really funny and appreciate that he just goes along for the ride to help your character.
You level up by fighting enemies in RPGs. I love fighting enemies because I appreciate looking at the different designs of the enemies. Each game also has different styles to their enemies such as Persona 5‘s style being different from Dragon Quest XI S’s style.
I also like the strategy involved because generally enemies might have different types like maybe they have fire attacks so you need to hit them with ice attacks.
My favorite enemy designs are from Kingdom Hearts games because the Heartless are really adorable. I love the different designs for the Heartless!
There are many bosses in RPGs and there is always one major boss at the end. I love seeing the different boss designs in games and I love how you need to really strategize to defeat them especially the final boss.
Legend of Zelda games uses dungeon bosses to prepare you for the final boss. There are usually two bosses per dungeon, a mini boss and the major boss of the dungeon. These bosses get more and more difficult as you get different items, but they prepare you for the final fight which usually involves fighting Ganondorf.
JRPGS are very long so I love the journey! Plots differ between each game, but they usually consists of main quests and side quests. Main quests are what you need to do to complete the game whereas side quest swill give you experience and optional story.
The general story usually involves something about a chosen hero going on a journey, but not all RPGS follow that formula.
Horizon Zero Dawn follows the typical RPG formula because only Aloy can protect her people from the threat of the robots growing stronger.
Every hero needs a break from fighting! Sometimes RPGS have extra things you can do for fun like fishing or taking pictures or races.
Final Fantasy XV has a fishing mini game, photography, Chocobo races, and a festival that allows players to take a break from the story and have some extra fun! I like fishing minigames despite not having a desire to actually learn fishing in real life.
Now that I have listed why I love RPGS, I want to end with some of my favorite RPG games so here’s my list. I am only listing games I have completed so some games like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D have been left off
- Final Fantasy XV
- Persona 5
- Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Assassin Creed Odyssey
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
What do you like about RPGS and what is your favorite RPG?