What Do You Think Is the Best RPG Not Named Chrono Trigger?

What Do You Think Is the Best RPG Not Named Chrono Trigger?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | We have concluded our Top 25 RPGs countdown, at last! But what do you think should have been number one?

We've reached the end of the week, congrats! TGIF, as they say. This week was also a big one for the team at USG, because our RPG podcast Axe of the Blood God reached its 200th episode!

For the occasion, Kat and Nadia went over what they believe are the best RPG soundtracks, stories, developers, and more. Oh yeah, and they reached the end of the Top 25 RPGs countdown they kicked off last summer. It's been a long time coming, but they finally reached number one: Chrono Trigger! To listen, you can tune into the embedded episode above.

To many, Chrono Trigger isn't a shocking pick. It's long been celebrated as one of the best RPGs of all time by fans. Maybe to you it isn't (or it is), but we're still curious. What do you think is the best RPG ever made? (And you can't pick Chrono Trigger!) Let us know in the comments below.

Mike Williams Reviews Editor

That's a real hard question for me, because while I enjoy Chrono Trigger, I don't think it's the best RPG of all time. The things that I look for in RPGs, a wide-variety of choices, directions the story can go, and interesting characters, are only partially addressed by Chrono Trigger. It's a work of great craft, but it doesn't sit at the top of the heap for me.

It's a toss-up. The Witcher 3? It told an excellent tale and laid some interesting situations at the feet of Geralt, but its combat was just okay. Divinity: Original Sin 2? Definitely a strong contender overall, with excellent systemic combat and an interesting supporting cast. Fallout: New Vegas? Amazing as an RPG, but also buggy as hell. Mass Effect 2? I slightly miss the more KOTOR-like combat of the first game, though the second's story and cast was much better. And that's only if I don't count MMOs.

I'll go with Divinity: Original Sin 2.

Matt Kim News Editor

I'm more of an action-adventure game guy, but if I had to pick a favorite RPG it'd probably be Atlus' Persona 4. I still remember the entire summer I spent in front of the TV with a PS2 controller in hand trying to solve a murder-mystery with my Japanese teen friends. Honestly the summer I spent in Inaba was one of the best summer vacations ever.

To this day I haven't been interested in playing another 100-hour RPG unless it's from FromSoftware or Persona 4. Not even another Atlus JRPG has been able to sink its claws into me the same way Persona 4 did way back then.

Caty McCarthy Features Editor

This one's easy for me, because, shockingly, I've never played Chrono Trigger. (Calm down! Stop gasping!)

As you all probably know by now, Persona 3 is one of my favorite games ever made. But is it the best RPG ever in my opinion? Well, it's up there, but it still has fatal flaws that can't be ignored. So I'm going with a more recent entry, one that landed actually quite high on our own Top 25 RPGs countdown: The Witcher 3.

No other RPG has gripped me like The Witcher 3, and unlike most other RPGs, I felt as if I was truly roleplaying as Geralt of Rivia. I shaped his personality; I pursued Gwent cards to idiotic ends because in my mind, Geralt needed a break from all the beast slaying. I wooed Yennefer, initially only because I found her hot, but then I too fell for the warmth beneath her icy exterior. I prepared for every battle by... reading in-depth bestiary descriptions about a monster's history. (Then I put the correct oil on my blade, obviously). In the past decade, it's easily not just the best RPG, but maybe the best game I've ever played.

My honorable mentions include Persona 3 (if Persona 3 were ever remade with the battle system and polish of Persona 5, it would probably be the best RPG), Nier: Automata, Ni No Kuni, and Final Fantasy 9. My young age probably shines so bright right now. I'm sorry. I turn 30 in a few years.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Read this next

What Makes a Good RPG Romance? Axe of the Blood God Finds Out

With Fire Emblem: Three Houses now out, Axe of the Blood God takes a closer look at what makes good RPG romances.

The Witcher 3 Endings - How to get Every Good and Bad Ending, All Endings Explained

Here's how to get every good and bad ending in The Witcher 3, for Geralt, Ciri, Yeneffer, Triss, others, and every ending explained.

More Articles

Every Game and Trailer Shown off During the August Nintendo Indie World Showcase

Did you miss this morning's Indie World showcase? Let us help you.

What's The Best Video Game Spaceship?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | In honor of No Man's Sky Beyond, let's look back on the coolest spaceships around.

What's Your Favorite Non-Violent Game?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | Let's talk about our favorite chill, combat-free games.

More on PC

What the Heck is Ray Tracing and Why Does it Matter for Next-Generation Consoles? An Explainer

Nvidia is pushing ray tracing very hard, so let's talk about why it matters to games.

Destiny 2's Console Players Are Having a Fun, Disastrous Time Switching to PC

Turns out there are some differences between the platforms.

One of Epic's Flagship Exclusives is Coming to Steam

Supergiant's Hades aiming for v1.0 sometime next year.

Life Is Strange 2, Episode 4 Review

Life Is Strange 2's penultimate episode is an emotional one.

New Trials of Mana Footage Shows Cleaner, More Accessible Fights

Let's have a good clean fight, Mana fans.

GTA 5 Cheats

Discover all the GTA 5 cheats with this handy GTA 5 cheats PS4, GTA 5 cheats Xbox One, and PC guide. Plus get all the GTA 5 cheats for Xbox 360 and PS3.

More Role Playing Games Games

New Trials of Mana Footage Shows Cleaner, More Accessible Fights

Let's have a good clean fight, Mana fans.

Microsoft Contractors Reportedly Heard You Talking to Your Kinect

The listen-ins were apparently meant to improve the service.

The Fire Emblem: Three Houses Student Ranking Thunderdome: 34 Students Enter, Only Shamir Leaves

We have no favorites among Three Houses' characters, except for the ones that are our favorites.

Cyberpunk 2077 Producer Details Law Enforcement and the Rich Areas of Night City

There are no cops in the poorer districts. That all changes when you get to the affluent areas of Night City.