10 More Underrated JRPGs (If You’re Tired of Final Fantasy)

If you’ve only been playing AAA games released in the last ten years, you most likely missed out on a lot of JRPGs that weren’t as popular as the FF series.

Radiant Historia (2010)

The world is slowly devoured by desertification and as a consequence, survivors fight for control over available land and resources. Embroiled in a battle between nations, you control Stocke who was given a book capable of sending you back in time to prevent the disaster.

Secret of Evermore (1995)

You think having a dog companion is cute? How about this action RPG that features a shapeshifting dog as a companion in an alternate world? You can control either the boy or the dog while the AI controls the other you didn’t pick during battles. If you love the combat system is Secret of Mana, this is the one for you.

The Last Story (2011)

This action RPG is aptly named because it is set in a world where the life force is slowly being leached. You control only Zael and employ both stealth and tactical gameplay to progress the story, but you can use player commands for companions.

Arc the Lad (1995)

The first entry to an underrated tactical RPG, it centers on Arc’s search for his father. Exploration in the game is limited to dungeons, fields, and small areas and dialogues mostly happen during events. If you want to play the first game, you should look for Arc the Lad Collection which includes the trilogy.

Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (1995)

This prequel RPG, which includes puzzle elements, follows the story of Maxim during the start of the war between humans and the Sinistrals. You can play this game as an entry point to the Lufia series.

Grandia (1987)

It’s the introduction to the series of the same name and introduces Justine who is on a quest to discover a lost civilization. There are no random battles here because you can see the enemies on the field and you can even sneak up on them, unlike most of the FF games.

Shining Force II (1993)

Another tactical RPG on this list, you can play this game even if you’re not familiar with the first entry in the series. The exploration part is similar to that in open world games because there are no chapters and it allows for free roaming.

Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished (1987)

The entire Ys series has been around for a long time but it’s strangely underrated. This first entry is an action RPG was a pioneer when it comes to storytelling and introduces Adol, who was told that a looming threat was coming. To stop this evil from coming, he has to gather the six Ys books which contain secrets.

Riviera: The Promised Land (2002)

The first installment of the Dept. Heaven series, it features a dating sim, multiple possible endings, strategy elements, and unique movement features divided into look and move modes.

Wild Arms (1996)

A Western-themed turn-based JRPG with 3D-rendered battles, this game combines elements of puzzle solving, story-based scenarios, and combat.

17 Jun 2020

The Best Third-Person Shooter Games

Tired of first-person shooters? Or do you want to play something similar, but with a more immersive story and bigger map? These are the best third-person shooters that will fill those needs.

Gears of War (2006)

Delta Squad may be the last hope of the humans in the planet Sera against the Locust Horde. Marcus Fenix leads the defense, forcing the player to learn how to utilize different weapons and to use covers effectively against the enemies.

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007)

This might seem like just another adventure game in a strange country, but Drake’s Fortune will utilize the player’s skills in problem-solving, platforming, and efficiency in the use of limited resources.

Tomb Raider (2013)

This is the 10th installment in the series which features enhanced graphics and gameplay from the original. If you loved the series, this will make you fall in love with Lara all over again and her arsenal of survival, combat, and stealth skills.

Resident Evil 4 (2005)

Out of all the games in the Resident Evil series, this is probably the most enjoyable. Your task is to control Leon Kennedy as he searches for a presidential daughter in a zombie-filled Spanish town.

Max Payne (2001)

The first game in the series introduces players to detective Max Payne in his search for justice for his murdered family. One of the game’s most notable characteristics is the use of neo-noir graphics and an immersive storyline.

Red Dead Redemption (2010)

This game is not just about your average cowboy. Following the adventures of John Marston, whose family was kidnapped by government forces to force him to kill some people, the player can choose to explore the American West through various side missions or pursue his main goal of getting his family back.

Vanquish (2010)

Vanquish has a unique gameplay in its ability to blend beat ‘em up and bullet hell games. The player will take control of agent Sam Gideon and utilize the abilities of his Augmented Reaction Suit against various enemies.

Dead Space (2008)

The game will not just challenge your ability to control Isaac Clarke during combat, but will test your sanity against reanimated corpses in a mining spaceship. Some of these creatures require special tactics to defeat.

Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

If you have enjoyed most of the titles in the series so far, GTA V will give you three times that enjoyment with the ability to control three different characters in the game. You can choose to complete the missions or just explore the different areas of Los Santos and San Andreas countryside.

The Last of Us (2013)

This survival game introduces the player to Joel and Ellie in their journey across a post-apocalyptic landscape to escape the effects of the mutated fungus. You will explore different towns while avoiding cannibals and other infected creatures.

03 Feb 2020