treefroggy hmmm so you mentioned
Skies of Arcadia
Basically everything by the shining team: (Landstalker, Ladystalker lol, Alundra, Shining Force III, Dark Savior)
lunar 1&2 kept me happy in the day on sega-CD, they change some of the plot points for 1 (and the music isn’t quite as good in some areas) but the PSX ports are generally more well liked. 2 in particular is amazing and if i play it again on sega-CD, i absolutely have to do the un-working designs patch…people always complain about victor ireland’s dated jokes in these games, but the “rebalancing” is infinitely worse. lunar 2 becomes a painful slog with its “do you want to level up your magic or save the game” nonsense, and this one black wizard fight was so awful, the PSX one (as i recall) actually makes a quick joke about how that fight wasn’t so bad this time!
i really should see if we have a WD thread going. i simultaneously love them and hate what they did to stuff like silhouette mirage
but yeah, if you like early anime troupes in games, i love lunar! combat is snappy, and it’s overall a very memorable journey in both games. i hear it compared to the tales series, but outside of vesperia i haven’t really liked one of those nearly as much
Phantasy Star is one of my all-timers, but i 100% recommend blazing through it with the boosts modern ports offer (as well as map features/etc)
i can talk about that series forever, but IV alone remains in my top 5 all-time RPGs, i think it’s about the finest ending to a sequential series i’ve seen. it even wraps up the bastard child that is III into it!
Skies i’ve been meaning to replay on gamecube for literally ever now, finished it on dreamcast when it dropped & have loved it ever since. it’s got almost none of phantasy star’s sci-fi dystopia despite some of the team members being there, it’s more of the sega “blue skies” vibe that so many of us love. still a shame we never saw that HD port.
ive not finished Landstalker (oh many tim praises that one every few episodes doesnt he?) or alundra but both are on my list for this year, it’d be cool to see if more folks wanna play either of them together! same with Dark Savior, i did Beyond Oasis and that was awesome
i’m assuming enough folks on here have praised Crusader of Centy, i really did love that one (and now it’s on switch NSO!).
more later, but i am totally hitting up your wonder boy/maple story thread later too, that’s so cool!