gunsage blog header photo
gunsage's c-blog
Posts 0Blogs 117Following 0Followers 19



RPG of the Year - 1998

This was a HUGE year for RPGs, at least if you go off the numbers. There are 30 games! This was not an easy pick, so don't think I just randomly selected these. I almost wish I'd done a top 10 list for this year because a lot of the RPGs are just plain incredible.

#5 - Pokemon Red

Don't roll your eyes! This was the first year of Pokemon in the U.S. and it REALLY took off. Why Red? Because I...uh...owned it. Yeah yeah, SHUT UP! Come on, Pokemon was and still is a fun game. "Gotta catch 'em all!" became such an addictive catch phrase and mentality that you literally could not put the game down. Spawning countless sequels, card games, merchandise, and much more, this one absolutely deserves to be on the top 5 list.

#4 - Parasite Eve

PC and console fans alike might not agree with this one, but hear me out. This was Square's first venture into the mature title realm and man is it awesome. Some claim it's just a Resident Evil RPG, but it's much better than that. The game isn't very long, but then again, that lends itself well to multiple playthroughs, which is a must to get the different endings (plus it's longer than any survival horror game I've played, so ha!).

Great story, good characters, awesome gore, nice upgrade/customization system, and interesting semi-turn based combat design. The only reason FFT didn't take this spot instead was specifically because while it is a really good game, it's not the kind of game I feel like playing over and over again. PE was not only new and innovative, it was addictive as hell.

#3 - Panzer Dragoon Saga

This is actually a title I picked up recently and let me tell you, it's pretty goddamn awesome. Firstly, the Panzer Dragoon series is typically seen as an extension of Space Harrier, but much more serious. Think Gunstar Heroes, but while flying, able to shoot in any direction possible, and pure third person shooter action. Well, Saga has a semi-turn based battle system based on this.

Honestly, it feels a little closer to what you get with Skies of Arcadia's airship battles, but more fast-paced and frenzied, also with dragons! There are also plenty of exploration areas where you get out on foot, so there's quite a lot of variety in the game. Nevermind that there are a shit TON of FMVs (possibly too many, in fact). I honestly believe this game was way ahead of its time and I've never played an RPG like it since.

#2 - Baldur's Gate

I both do and don't agree with this one. Unless there are really interesting innovations afoot, usually hardcore traditional AD&D games and I don't see eye to eye. However, much like Morrowind, I can't deny that it at least has an interesting setup and has led to some truly awesome titles since. Good story and writing, simple battle system, and very traditional (if you're into that sort of thing).

#1 - Xenogears

When I first saw the games for this year, I was intimidated. I honestly wasn't sure what I wanted for the top 5, let alone a top 10 list! But right away I knew which one would take #1, PC gamers be damned. Xenogears is an incredible journey with an awesome battle system, great characters, good graphics, and all kinds of great game mechanics.

I honestly can't say enough about this one and yet if I keep this up, I know I'm going to spill out some spoilers, so I'll just say this: the game is incredible, even to this day. You must play it if you haven't already. Although...the second disc kinda sucks.

Runner Ups

There were many great RPGs this year. This wasn't an easy top 5 to compile. I constantly ranked various games against each other, reconsidered what I wanted, and much more in order to make this one possible. This was by far the toughest year I've encountered. I only hope 1999 will be easier. And though the top 5 are the best, in my opinion anyway, I still highly recommend you check out the runner ups as well.

Azure Dreams
Brave Fencer Musashi
Breath of Fire 3
Descent to Undermountain
Elder Scrolls Adventures - Redguard
Fallout 2
Final Fantasy Tactics
Granstream Saga
Kagero - Deception 2
Magic Knight Rayearth (Saturn)
Master of Monsters - Disciples of Gaia
Might and Magic 6
Pokemon Blue
Quest 64
Quest for Glory 5
Return to Krondor
SaGa Frontier
Seventh Cross - Evolution
Shining Force 3
Tactics Ogre (PS1)
Tales of Destiny
#Community    #Retro   
Login to vote this up!


gunsage   1



Please login (or) make a quick account (free)
to view and post comments.

 Login with Twitter

 Login with Dtoid

Three day old threads are only visible to verified humans - this helps our small community management team stay on top of spam

Sorry for the extra step!


About gunsageone of us since 2:58 PM on 04.11.2008

I've been gaming since 1987. I used to be a big Nintendo fanboy, then Square jumped the shark, so I followed. Eventually I realized neither Square nor Nintendo were the only companies out there worth following and my collection more or less speaks for itself now. I love to meet up with people on XBL, though I haven't done much online with the Wii. I've also been writing game review articles since 2004 on the old Project Wonderboy, then Morphine Nation, and now back to the new Project Wonderboy and various other sites.

I also help out in writing for a local videogame store website (VGMX). Not much else to say, really, when it comes to gaming. I wouldn't consider myself an expert, but I would say I'm experienced.

My Backloggery...

Projects I'm working on...

I write stuff, podcast, and makes vids here also...
BTW Actually

Also be sure to check out...

My Facebook Page
My Fitocracy Profile
My Youtube Page
Xbox LIVE:TheGunSage
Steam ID:gunsage


Around the Community