A Final Fantasy (et al) post to welcome you to the glory of Friday (if you don’t have weekends off then may this hopefully brighten the midst of your work week) with more located here!
I made my monthly trek to the bookstore today and picked up a manga based on a recommendation from Mr. Panda and the Well-Red Mage. It’s for a non-Final Fantasy video game (trust me…I looked to see if they had any Final Fantasy manga, alas, they do not), and when I got home, I did my reading for the day, which included a book about the same non-Final Fantasy video game. This started the gears in my head turning, because I realized but for Final Fantasy, this would probably be my favorite RPG (like) game. So this week’s question is thus…
What is your favorite non-Final Fantasy RPG?
If it wasn’t for Final Fantasy, I’d be in more love with The Legend of Zelda, not that I don’t love that series for all its magnificence and music (speaking of which “Hero of Light” aka the end credits from Link to the Past just came on my iPhone). This is the manga I bought today.
Barnes and Noble has a wonderfully sprawling manga section, but I had no idea Zelda manga even existed. It was between this one and Majora’s Mask, which I’ll probably purchase next.
I’ve always pegged MM as my favorite Zelda, but I’m not sure anymore. Twilight Princess is pretty high up there. I plan to rewatch let’s plays for them all in chronological order when I finish reading Hyrule Historia, but I’ll talk more about this in my State of the Gamer post,
Now, you could argue that Zelda is not an RPG, and it is a debatable point. I’ve always thought of it as an action-adventure/puzzle game with RPG elements. Link doesn’t really have a personality outside of being “the Hero,” and he literally serves as a “link” between the player and the game. You’re not going along for the ride as you do in Final Fantasy and other JRPGs, but rather steering the boat. Where RPGs like FF are more like the books of the video game world, Legend of Zelda could be considered more of a Choose Your Own Adventure, which…is technically still a book, huh.
Anyway, I think you understand what I mean, but Zelda has enough RPG elements to qualify in my opinion, but Chrono Trigger would be another contender for my favorite non-Final Fantasy RPG, but I wanted to pick a non-Squeenix one as well. CT has the time loop element like Zelda and FF (it does…look at the first and eighth game, though there’s much more to this assessment than just surface analysis), epic music (or should I say Epoch music), and numerous endings depending on what you do (choose your own ending). Quite a few of my friends claim this as their favorite RPG, and I can hardly blame them. I rank it among the greats based on “Time Circuits” alone.
Okay…so this is a little creepy. I always thought this song was called “Time Circuits,” but when I looked it up, it appears to also have the moniker “Enhasa,” which refers to the Kingdom of Zeal also called the City of Dreams. One of the books I’m reading just referred to a City of Dreams, as well. Always wheels within wheels with me or I read so many books and play so many games that coincidences are just bound to occur…like how in the book store I saw a novel called Calamity and immediately thought “Is it from the sky?” IT WAS! I literally lolled in the middle of Barnes and Noble.
So what’s your favorite non-Final Fantasy RPG or your favorite RPG is a Final Fantasy is not your favorite. Let’s discuss in the comments!