#5 - Eternal Sonata/Trusty Bell (360/PS3)
When it comes to RPG's and the unique aspects they present, nothing says more then a musical themed RPG with a unique battle system and a colorful cast of characters whom are as different as the sun and moon. Eternal Sonata takes place all within the mind of the dying pianist Frederic Francis Chopin and is a 8 chapter tale spanning about 40-50 hours of length with unique areas and even unique enemies.
Unfortunately Eternal Sonata was released during the hype of the Tales series and was vastly overlooked for it's unique play style and overall enjoyable combat system. The story isn't a half bad one as during the course of the game you learn more about the characters and their world they live in, as well as other details which most RPG's tend to overlook. Eternal Sonata/Trusty Bell was released in 2007 for the Xbox 360 and 2008 for the Playstation 3. Truly a interesting game which many I feel like should pick up for themselves just to experience the game's truly musical themed story.
#4 - Shadow Hearts 2 Covenant (Playstation 2)
Now here's a game which has a unique flavor and feel to it, as well as a fun and interesting tale in the form of Shadow Hearts 2: Covenant which released in the mid life cycle of the Playstation 2's lifespan. The game released in 2004 by giants at the time Midway and it seemed like a surefire hit with the combat system and overall design of the world.
Shadow Hearts 2 followed the story of Karen Koenig whom is on a assignment for the German army in the midst of world war 1, but is taking part in a exorcism of one Yuri Volte Hyuga whom is the game's main character. The game thankfully picks up after the events of the previous game and it's got one of the most unique combat systems out there, rewarding the player for skill timed button presses then rapidly mashing a button or selecting a attack. It's world is quite vast and fun to experience even for veteran RPG players out there, it is for sure worth a look when you have the time for it's 50-60 hours of game play.
#3 - Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions (PSP/IOS/Android)
You're probably thinking what the heck a Final Fantasy title on a underrated RPG list, are you nuts. Hear me out first, Tactics: War of the Lions was released on the Playstation Portable in 2007 when the system was being overshadowed by it's bigger brother handheld the Playstation Vita and the Nintendo DS. The game takes place in the Ivalice universe of the Final Fantasy series and follows a mercenary named Ramza whom wants to change the world he lives in, thus he is embroiled in a civil war and all the usual jazz when it comes to crazy RPG's of this nature.
Now the game plays like a traditional tactics game with each playable character having a set of rules to follow during combat and a set number of opponents per battle to face. Each battle sequence in itself is unique and full of intrigue as it will provide hours of fun and excitement for those fans of the strategy RPG combat games of this nature. You'll likely put about 70-80 hours into this before you get near the end of the game as per a Final Fantasy title's tradition.
#2 - Arc Rise Fantasia (Wii)
Here's a title I am sure not a lot of people have heard of at this point, it was made during the end of the Wii's life cycle and it's a traditional RPG of sorts following the story of one L'arc Bright Lagoon whom gets thrust into being known as the Child of Eesa the creator of their world and follows a magnificent tale of intrigue, betrayal and excitement. Released in 2009 by Marvelous Entertainment, the game has been overshadowed by greater RPG's of the time including Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn which released 2 years prior but boasts greater amounts of game play and is the same style of game as Final Fantasy Tactics.
You'll likely sink about 50-60 hours into this title's story as well as the many side quests this game has to offer including extra dungeons, optional bosses and even summons whom are hidden in the said extra dungeons. If you see a copy of this you should go get it immediately and experience it for yourself, though the voice acting is something to be desired as it's decent, but not as good as one may expect for a RPG.
#1 - Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria (Playstation 2)
Alas this is my #1 pick and it's a bit of a interesting one, allow me to explain my reasons for this one. You see this was the only Playstation 2 Valkyrie Profile title we got with the previous version being on the original Playstation near the end of the life cycle of that system which was later ported to the Playstation Portable. Now this particular title doesn't follow any of the valkyrie's seen in the other game, instead it follows a girl named Alicia whom happens to be the re-incarnation of the Valkyrie Silmeria whom was banished from Asgard and is on the run from the other Valkyrie Lenneth and Hrist whom are hunting the pair.
The development of this title went to Tri-Crescendo whom also developed the game Eternal Sonata/Trusty Bell we talked about earlier and it was a sleeper hit with the game being divided into chapters. It's not a traditional RPG experience though with the pre-rendered backgrounds and 2D style of combat along with the 2D platforming segments this game offers. It was critically acclaimed but severely underrated for a game of it's caliber.
And that's it did you enjoy this piece if so leave a comment down below and let me know what you thought and what recommendations you would make if you had a Top 5 RPG list like mine, would it change or would it be similar. Anyways till next time this is Vergil signing off.