Rare RPGs that Every Video Game Fan Needs to Play
Japanese Role-Playing Games are often considered the hardest games to find out there. The games in the genre are rare because they cater to such a niche market. Prices can often rise to several hundred dollars. So which rare RPG is worth every penny? Here are the top five best RPGs that are hard to find (please note: games that have ports, remakes, re-releases on American shores are automatically disqualified from the list).
5. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2 (Playstation 2)
Publisher: Atlus, Developer: Atlus, Original Release Date: April 5, 2005, ESRB Rating: M
This two-part epic saga takes place in a stylish post-apocalyptic world where tribes fight in a seamlessly endless war in order to be accepted into a place called Nirvana. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2 is all about the deep gameplay that often requires you to devour your enemies in order to learn new abilities. The trademarked punishing difficulty made this journey a tough but ultimately fulfilling one.
4. Earthbound (Super Nintendo)
Publisher: Nintendo, Developer: Ape and HAL Laboratory, Original Release Date: June 1, 1995, ESRB Rating: K-A
Earthbound is one of a few handfuls of RPGs that takes place in the modern world. Players will play as Ness as he tries to prevent the world from falling into the hands of the evil Giygas. While it was a simple game in terms of combat, Earthbound is a charming game thanks to the great artwork and music composition. While it wasn’t the best of sellers, the game did leave one lasting legacy: it heavily influenced the Pokémon games.
3. Dragon Force (Sega Saturn)
Publisher: Sega, Developer: Working Designs, Original Release Date: November 30, 1996, ESRB Rating: E
With most RPGs, you will be commanding a small group of people. In Dragon Force, you will be in control of an entire enemy as you try to untie and defend your land from your enemies. The battles are huge with dozens of characters battling it out. Not only do you have to give out orders but you can also attack. Not to mention the addition of multiple story paths and playing styles. Dragon Force may be one of the rarest RPG but it is one of the most replayable one as well.
2. Panzer Dragoon Saga (Sega Saturn)
Publisher: Sega, Developer: Team Andromeda, Original Release Date: April 30, 1998, ESRB Rating: T
Many considered Panzer Dragoon Saga as the Sega Saturn equivalent to the ultra popular Final Fantasy VII. Playing as the dragon rider Edge, you must free the world from the rule of the Ancients. The battles in the game are simply epic; after all, you are fighting with a dragon. It requires you to constantly move around your enemies in order to wind their weak spots. With four discs of high production value content, Panzer Dragoon Saga is a massive adventure worth every penny.
1. Suikoden II (Playstation)
Publisher: Konami, Developer: Konami, Original Release Date: September 29, 1999, ESRB Rating: T
Suikoden II is the best RPG game that no one has played. The story alone makes the game worth experiencing. As a young member of an army, you will go through the trails and tribulations of being a leader for rebel group. Along the way, you will have to recruit 108 characters that will help you in small skirmishes in addition to fighting epic war battles. It wasn’t the hardest of RPGs but it is among the most satisfying and memorable. No matter how rare the game is, every RPG lover should play Suikoden II.