The RPG genre of gaming is so unbelievably huge. It spans across multiple console generations, is at home both on the console, PC & portable gaming systems, and features some of the longest games you could ever play. It is truly a Behemoth of a genre.
Because of that, despite the fact that it is my favourite genre of gaming and the genre I have put the most time into over the 25+ years I’ve been gaming, there are a lot of RPGs I have yet to play. So, I thought I’d take the time today to list out 7 RPGs I really want to play, when I get the chance!
7. Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
Steampunk has long been one of the most fascinating genres out there for storytelling and fiction, for me. With everything from The Last Exile anime through to Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan books, I adore the Steampunk aesthetic and storyline style.
With that in mind, it may be surprising that I haven’t played Arcanum. After all, it literally started “Of Steamworks”.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura should be right up my alley. It ticks so many of my boxes and yet, I haven’t seen a physical copy in the wild, anywhere. Sure, I can fight, but there’s love and emotion in this game, so I’ll definitely get it eventually.
6. Demon’s Souls
It may surprise you to know that I haven’t played a single SoulsBorne game. Not one. Even though they are stupidly popular, I just never got around to picking one of the games up.
That said, I am far more interested in their predecessor, Demon’s Souls. You’re probably asking why and hoping I’ll give you some profound answer in this post. However, I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint you. You see, there really isn’t any significant, overarching reason why I want to play Demon’s Souls over Dark Souls…
I guess it really boils down to the fact that I would rather see whether this sub-genre of RPGs began before I play the newer ones. Getting a sense of how these games have progressed over the years is very intriguing!
Okay, so I’m cheating a little by putting an MMORPG into the mix, but then, this sub-category is a huge part of the popularity of RPGs in modern times. After all, just look at the success of World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV!
I started with MMORPGs with Final Fantasy XI and Guild Wars, completely skipping both EverQuest and World of Warcraft. In fact, to this day, I haven’t played either of them. Yet, for some reason, I have no interest in playing World of Warcraft. However, EverQuest has always intrigued me but I just never ended up giving it a try.
Now that I don’t have time for the grinding involved in endgame content for MMORPGs, I probably won’t ever get to really experience EverQuest. But I really want to!
4. Pillars of Eternity
I am a massive fan of the Infinity Engine games like Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale. There is just something about that top-down, heavy customisation RPG style that really resonates with me. In fact, Icewind Dale 2 is still one of my favourite games.
So when I first saw Pillars of Eternity, I knew I wanted it! Sadly, various other games came out and the large majority of my budget went on retro games. That meant that I never actually purchased the game.
It is still on my “To Buy” and my “To Play” list (and yes, those lists are different) so I will eventually get around to it. No idea when, though…
3. Xenosaga Episode 3
Over here in the UK (and, indeed, Europe as a whole), we only got Xenosaga Episode 2. After all, who needs to know how a story begins and ends, right? Well, I do, for one! So, I’ve since imported Xenosaga Episode 1 (even though we did get a cutscene movie of the game with Episode 2) and played through that. However, I’ve yet to finish the story by playing Xenosaga Episode 3.
The first two are really good games with great yet very dark storylines. They fit me to a tee! That’s why I really want to get my hands on Xenosaga Episode 3.
Whilst I could just go on Wikipedia or some other similar website and read the plot of the game, I’m sure everyone reading this will agree that actually playing the game is much better. You actually get to experience the game, rather than just reading about it.
2. The World Ends With You
When it comes to The World Ends With You, I know very little about the game. But then, it is that intrigue and uncertainty that makes me want to play the game so badly! After all, it has very strong reviews around the internet.
A large number of people seem to really like The World Ends With You, meaning that it must do something right! The world and gameplay may seem to be slightly worse than most other RPGs, but I am still really excited to give the game a try. After all, I adore games that are that little bit strange, and The Earth Ends With You certainly fits that criteria.
Now, this is probably sacrilege for a Retro Gamer, but I have never actually played EarthBound. I know, I know, it’s awful! But there is a reason for it; the cartridge costs roughly 3 arms and 6 legs to buy in any decent condition, and I would rather do it the justice of playing it properly. I could easily get a ROM of it, but it just wouldn’t be the same as actually playing it from the cartridge.
Growing up, I didn’t have a SNES. I was a MegaDrive kid. So, a lot of the SNES-era RPGs passed me by as a child. Then, EarthBound got more and more expensive meaning I was very unlikely to actually get it.
The game is definitely one of the most unique RPGs out there. It certainly fits my preferred game style of “weird and wonderful”. So, of course, I really want to play it. That probably means I will just bite the bullet and get a ROM of it eventually…
And That’s All Folks
Those were 7 RPGs I really want to play, once I eventually get the chance. The genre, as stated previously, is humongous. So, naturally, there are a lot more than just these RPGs that I want to play but haven’t gotten to yet.
Which RPGs do you really want to play but haven’t been able to, yet? Let me know in the comments below!