The 10 Essential Last-Gen Console RPGs

The 10 Essential Last-Gen Console RPGs

The newest consoles are a little light on must-have RPGs yet, but that just means now is the perfect time to catch up on the greats from last generation.

As usual, the latest console generation has gotten off to a sluggish start when it comes to role-playing games. Dragon Age: Inquisition was sharp, and Persona 5 looks stunning. But otherwise, things are a little barren for PS4 and Xbox One owners.

That'll change in due time, no doubt, but for the moment die-hard RPG fanatics have a perfect opportunity to catch up on all the good stuff they missed last generation. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games are still cheap and plentiful, making this the best possible time to snatch up all the "obsolete" games before they go out of print and vanish from the shelves of used game shops and spike up in price. Here are our recommendations, where to find them, and how much you can expect to pay for the privilege.

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Valkyria Chronicles
Sega | PS3/PC | 2008

  • Available new?: Limited availability
  • Average going price: $18-20
  • Digital version available?: Yes (Steam)

Resonance of Fate
tri-Ace | PS3/X360 | 2010

  • Available new?: Limited availability
  • Average going price: $20-22
  • Digital version available?: Yes (PSN)

Mass Effect 2
BioWare | PS3/X360/PC | 2010

  • Available new?: Yes
  • Average going price: $10-12 (ME2); $30 (Mass Effect Trilogy)
  • Digital version available?: Yes (Steam, PSN, XBLA)

Xenoblade Chronicles
Monolith | Wii | 2010

  • Available new?: No (GameStop exclusive, out of print)
  • Average going price: $75-100
  • Digital version available?: No

Fallout: New Vegas
Obsidian | PS3/X360/PC | 2010

  • Available new?: Yes
  • Average going price: $10-15
  • Digital version available?: Yes (Steam)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Eidos Montreal | PS3/X360/PC/Wii U | 2011

  • Available new?: Yes
  • Average going price: $15-30
  • Digital version available?: Yes (Steam, XBLA, PSN, eShop)

Dark Souls
From | PS3/X360 | 2011

  • Available new?: Yes
  • Average going price: $20
  • Digital version available?: Yes (Steam)

Skyrim
Bethesda | PS3/X360/PC | 2011

  • Available new?: Yes
  • Average going price: $15-20 (Basic edition), $27-30 (Legendary Edition)
  • Digital version available?: Yes (Steam)

Dragon's Dogma
Capcom | PS3/X360 | 2012

  • Available new?: Yes
  • Average going price: $17-20 (Basic edition), $17-25 (Dark Arisen)
  • Digital version available?: Yes (PSN, XBLA)

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Square Enix | PS3/X360/PC | 2014

  • Available new?: Yes
  • Average going price: $22-40
  • Digital version available?: Yes (Steam, PSN, XBLA)

Bonus: NIER
Cavia | PS3/X360 | 2010

NIER is, to be completely honest, a complete mess of a game, and only marginally an RPG even by the standards of something like Mass Effect 2. You have to beat it to fully appreciate the depth and substance of its story, and the play mechanics never truly gel. And yet, it commands a loyal, even fanatical audience, drawn to the game for its spectacular music and rewarded for seeing it through to the end despite its failings. Sometimes, you have to work a little to get the most out of a game, and NIER is perhaps the ultimate case-in-point.

  • Available new?: Limited
  • Average going price: $15
  • Digital version available?: No

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