Top 10 JRPG games that are not FF

5. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together & Ogre Battle 64

14. Skies of Arcadia

13. Chrono Cross

12. Pokemon Cyrstal

11. Grandia

10. Dragon Quest VIII: in my opinion, the game has an average story and good gameplay. Sometimes the gameplay is the part which shines the most, usually when you need to be very strategic in hard boss battles. but the best part of this game is the large amount of side quests| meta-critic 7 user rating: 89,84

9. Disgaea: Hour of Darkness: a very addictive turn based rpg where you move characters from place to place, it has a lot of replay value and many side quests| meta-critic & user rating: 84,87

8. Secret of Mana: In my opinion, this is the game which is the blue print for modern day action rpg’s like Kingdom Hearts. It also has a highly addicting battle system and reminds me a lot of the shining force series| Gamerankings: 86.5%

7. Dark Cloud 2 (Dark Chronicles): This game is the Legend of Zelda of the playstation. It has a very similar lock on system to LoZ, tons of side quests, a sim style mini game where you can build your own towns and a secret hard dungeon at the end to give it a lot of re playability | meta-critic & user rating:87,92

6. Shadow Hearts 1 or 2: Shadow Hearts 1 is scarier, its one of the best horror themed RPG’s I played. It had an interesting ring based battle system which was quite fun. I miss this series. The company that made it is now defunct| Metacritic-critic & user rating:85,91 (Shadow Hearts 2)

5. Suikoden 1 or 2: good story about geopolitics, conquest and war. Although the game had 2d graphics which kind of let it down. But it didnt stop me from enjoying the game| Metacritic-critic & user rating:82,98

4. Tales of Symphonia: my first tales game, highly addictive battle system, quite of number of side quests and very difficult optional bosses. The story was average and was quite cliche| metacritic-critic & user rating:86,90

3. Xenogears: the game is full of robotic battles and customization. The game itself is constructed in the traditional turn-based RPG style but with several innovative features that make it stand miles apart from its predecessors. The combat system utilizes some of the same aspects of a typical Square game by incorporating the Active Time Gauge system. In my previous list, I somehow forgot about this game| Meta-critic & user rating:84,94

2. Persona 4 & Kingdom Hearts: these 2 games are tied at number 2. Persona 4: the gameplay is ok & much better in the hard mode of the game. But what stood out is the amazing story, it has quite a lot of plot twists. I have not seen a JRPG with plot twists as good as this game| Meta-critc & user rating:90,91

2. Kingdom Hearts 1: also tied for number 2. What i loved most about this game is the gameplay & difficult secret bosses, this game should not be judged based on face value. Just because it has Disney characters in it, does not mean its an easy or rubbish game | Meta-critic & user rating:85,89

1. Chrono Trigger: epic and addicting battle system, excellent story, just 1 optional boss in the original, I wanted more. The music in the game isn’t better than FF 6, 7, 9 or 10. Never the less this game is a master piece | Gamerankings (snes):95.1%

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