I am a prolific gamer of the RPG genre. I started young with tabletopping Dungeons & Dragons with some neighborhood kids. These same neighborhood kids had an SNES, and when I went over for our game one day, I noticed one playing this crazy looking game on his system, with stats and equipment and little characters running around before the screen changed and he entered a fight.
It turns out he was playing Final Fantasy III (what we nowadays know as Final Fantasy VI), and I was blown away by the idea of being able to play a game like this. I became like a man possessed trying to figure out how to get one of these RPG videogames in my own life.
I considered an article today on five games that had heavy influence on my gaming career, and started putting caveats in place. I first decided I would not post about a game that I have previously posted about before (which excluded Xenogears from my lineup). No more than one game per series, no matter how many of them I’d consider influential to me. I also decided to post one RPG per system, another major hurdle. When I began writing out the list and realized that three out of five of the games were RPGs already, I figured I may as well make the jump to fully discussing the genre, and could write about those other games separately. With all of that in place, I still had trouble paring the list down to what I did.
So now, I present to you, in no particular order: Five RPGs that have truly shaped me as a gamer. I must warn you that I’ll be discussing some things that may reveal spoilers. They are all a bit older as far as games go, but I thought it only fair to include the warning.