PlayStation 2 Role-Playing Games

Final Fantasy XII 1.

Final Fantasy XII

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 31, 2006
The story takes place in a world called "Ivalice," in an age when magic was commonplace and airships plied the skies - the Archadian Empire, seeking to strengthen its base of power, had been invading and subjugating its neighboring lands one by one- a fate which befell the small Kingdom of Dalmasca. Archadia's invasion and the subsequent death of the Dalmascan king prompted the Princess Ashe, the sole surviving heir to the Dalmascan throne, to take up arms against the invaders. In her struggle to oust the occupying Archadian forces and restore freedom to her people, Ashe must watch as many of her allies pay the blood price for that freedom. Though tempted to abandon all hope in the face of the Empire's might, her determination keeps her from succumbing before what would seem to be inevitable defeat. Then she meets Vaan, an urchin from the Dalmascan capital of Rabanastre. Vaan dreams of one day becoming a sky pirate, escaping the Empire on his airship. Vaan, Ashe, Vaan's friend Penelo, the sky pirate Balthier, his partner Fran and many more are on an adventure through Ivalice that traces the mysteries behind the Archadian Empire's invasion. Bringing with it a wide array of new gameplay elements, Final Fantasy XII will change the way players think about the Final Fantasy series. Numerous possibilities abound within each scenario, allowing for a less linear, more unique experience for each player. The game also supports Dolby Pro Logic II both in-game and during movie sequences, immersing the player in the middle of the action. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
7.6
Final Fantasy X 2.

Final Fantasy X

Platform: PlayStation 2
December 17, 2001
Final Fantasy's first game on the Playstation 2 is the first to use voice acting and a massive leap in the cinematic approach to storytelling. Stop reading and go play.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.9
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 3.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

Platform: PlayStation 2
December 8, 2008
[Metacritic's 2008 PS2 Game of the Year] Shortly after an urban youth begins a year-long stay in the countryside town of Inaba, the rural town's peace is shattered by a horrific murder that leaves no clues or suspects. As the lone incident develops into a series of bizarre crimes, he discovers that only he and his friends have the power to solve the baffling case, bring those responsible to justice, and restore harmony to his new home. Balance your double life – Beyond intense battles, Persona fusion, and new weapon creation exists a normal high school life of friends, classes, and part-time jobs. The way you manage and integrate your activities within each day will determine how you progress through the game. Unprecedented team control – With a greater emphasis on developing bonds in the fight to solve the mysterious murders, strong friendships are key to your success. Directly control teammates in battle, earn greater party support for combat, and master individual Social Links to unlock your party's true potential. Find the true ending – 60+ hours of gameplay thrusts you into a deep mystery where midnight television leads to serial killings. You must investigate murders, rescue those who can be rescued, and unmask the culprit behind it all—or risk being forever shrouded in the fog of doubt. [Atlus USA]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.8
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 4.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 15, 2005
The world of Dragon Quest VIII is created with breakthrough 3D graphics. The world, which includes fields, towns and dungeons, allow players to move around seamlessly. The graphics are of a high-quality animation, and players can feel as if they are walking around inside the world created by Character Designer, Akira Toriyama. The battle scenes and monsters make users feel as if they were actually facing them All of the monsters and characters are transformed with 3D graphics. Battle scenes provide astrong presence of characters and monsters due to its stunning visuals. Moreover, both new andfamiliar monsters have been recreated with uniquely detailed animation. Characteristic monsters popular among fans of Dragon Quest VIII come alive with a fresh breath of life. An entirely new original score by Koichi SugiyamaKoichi Sugiyama, the composer of Dragon Quest VIII and all of the music from previous titles in the series, composed an entirely original score. A classic and elegant score, the music is also memorable and will leave people humming the tunes. The impressive score makes the journey much more adventurous and paints each scene with emotion. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES 5.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES

Platform: PlayStation 2
April 22, 2008
Lead a group of high school students with a dangerous extracurricular activity: exploring the mysterious tower Tartarus and fighting the sinister Shadows during the Dark Hour, a frozen span of time imperceptible to all but a select few. However, the end of their quest is no longer the end of the story--witness for the first time the aftermath of the final battle and the students' struggle to find meaning in their new lives. Persona 3 FES contains an enhanced version of the original game, loaded with new Personas and cutscenes, a weapon synthesis system, additional quests and events, a hard difficulty mode, and the ability to change your characters' clothes. 30 additional hours of gameplay - Take the role of Aigis in a brand new Persona 3 episode that plays as a full game with an original story, extra cutscenes and objectives, and seventeen new music tracks. [Atlus USA]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.7
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 6.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

Platform: PlayStation 2
December 2, 2001
A darkness is gathering in the sprawling port town of Baldur's Gate. Members of the deteriorating city have been found dead, people fear leaving home, and rumors abound of a thieves' guild civil war brewing beneath the streets of the city. The player, down on his luck and carrying little other than a sword strapped to his back, comes fresh to the town and becomes all that stands in the way of the greatest threat ever to strike Baldur's Gate and the Sword Coast. [Interplay]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.3
Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan 7.

Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan

Platform: PlayStation 2
April 18, 2006
Final Fantasy XI is the first cross-platform, cross-continent massively multi-player online role-playing game in the world. With the release of this third expansion, players will uncover the legends surrounding the Aht Urghan Empire. With new jobs, including the highly requested Blue Mage and Corsair, additional areas to explore, and powerful new monsters, Treasures of Aht Urhgan expands the world of Vana'diel making it an even livelier place to visit. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
6.8
Dark Cloud 2 8.

Dark Cloud 2

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 17, 2003
[Known as "Dark Chronicle" in the UK] Live the adventure of an inventive young man, visited by a protector of the future. Rely on your creative ability to rebuild destroyed worlds, invent equipment needed for your journey and repair weaponry damaged in battle. Your efforts will determine the outcome of things to come.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.5
Kingdom Hearts II 9.

Kingdom Hearts II

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 28, 2006
It has been a year since the events of "Kingdom Hearts." Sora and friends are joined by a vibrant new cast of characters, including the king himself. Together, they will face countless dangers in worlds both familiar and brand-new. It seems the Heartless still exist. A new villain also awaits - but is it an old foe behind the mask, or a new menace? This mystery and others will be solved as the story unfolds in a grand adventure.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
9.0
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 10.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

Platform: PlayStation 2
August 14, 2007
In Persona 3, assume the role of a high school student, who was orphaned as a young boy, and has recently transferred to Gekkoukan High School on Port Island. Only days after he arrives at the school dorm, he is attacked by a Shadow. The assault awakens his Persona, Orpheus, his only chance at defeating this creature of the night. He soon discovers that he shares this special ability with other students at his new school. From them he learns of the Dark Hour, a hidden time that exists between one day and the next, swarming with Shadows that have been slowing claiming victims known as The Lost - poor souls who have inexplicably been turned into walking zombies. Under the supervision of school chairman Shuji Ikutsuki, he joins his new friends in confronting this evil threat... With your school as the primary battlefield, you are forced to juggle between two lives: student by day, defender against evil by night. And your greatest challenges await you on the eve of each full moon. [Atlus]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
6.4
Suikoden III 11.

Suikoden III

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 24, 2002
Fifteen years after the events of "Suikoden II," follow the intertwining stories of Hugo, the son of a village chief, Chris, the virtuous Knight of Zexen, and Geddoe, the rebellious unit commander, as their fates bring them together in order to gather the 108 Stars of Destiny. Suikoden III breaks new ground in the RPG genre with 3 different battle systems, 3 main characters, 3 styles of combat and a fully detailed 3D world. [Konami]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.8
Final Fantasy X-2 12.

Final Fantasy X-2

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 18, 2003
Taking place two years after Yuna's fateful journey to defeat Sin, the once chaotic world "Eternal Calm." The people of Spira now shun the teachings of Yevon and have opened their arms to former foes, the Al Bhed and the use of machina. It is a time of the "Machina Revolution" where people now believe that machina is useful and beneficial, as long as it is used properly. However, even with the peaceful life they now lived, there is emptiness in Yunaís heart that is keeping her from moving on as the others have. One day, Yuna obtains a mystical sphere that contains imagery of what might be the Blitzball player she thought was gone forever. Although Yuna isnít certain that it is him or if he is even alive, she's driven to seek him out. Yuna needs closure to their unexpected parting, even if only to find that she will never see him again. So begins her journey, this is Yuna's story.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.5
Kingdom Hearts 13.

Kingdom Hearts

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 16, 2002
Kingdom Hearts is the story of Sora, a 14-year-old boy whose world is shattered when a violent storm hits his island-paradise home, and is separated from his two closest friends, Riku, a 15-year-old boy, and Kairi, a 14-year-old girl. The storm scatters the three to differnt and unknown worlds. At the same time, there's turmoil in Disney Castle. King Mickey is missing, and Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy set out to find him. On their travels they meet Sora on his own search for his lost friends. The three are told of ominous creatures known as the Heartless - beings without hearts derived from an unknown dimension and as it turns out, manipulated by Disney villains and the ones responsible for the devastating storm. Upon discovering the link between the Heartless, the storm and the disappearance of King Mickey, Sora, Donald and Goofy join forces and help familiar Disney heroes to save their worlds. [Square]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
Shadow Hearts: Covenant 14.

Shadow Hearts: Covenant

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 27, 2004
(Also known as "Shadow Hearts II" in Japan) The story unfolds via amazingly detailed cutscenes which bring the enthralling and complex characters, powerful battle sequences and unique gameplay to life. Shadow Hearts: Covenant also brings back the innovative combat system, the Judgment Ring, which not only allows players to choose which characters to bring to battle, but also determines the final outcome of the battle based on the players' speed and accuracy. New to the Shadow Hearts sequel, are enhancements to the Judgment Ring which allow team-based combo attacks. Set during World War I in a fantastical world of magic and creatures, the game takes place six months after the original Shadow Hearts ended. Yuri, the main character is back, and he embarks on a new expedition with friends Gepetto, a puppet master, and Kallen, a German female soldier. Yuri's morphing abilities have been weakened because he has been cursed by Nicholas, a member of a secret society taking advantage of the war to fulfill their evil ambitions of ruling the world. Yuri and his companions must journey to find a cure for his curse and defeat the malevolent cult. [Midway]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
Champions of Norrath 15.

Champions of Norrath

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 10, 2004
Create your own champions, each with unique powers, appearances and skills in this Action RPG. Experience an epic adventure filled with powerful action and ominous intrigue. Battle vicious monsters where your mastery of weaponry and spells is the only thing between you and the supremacy of evil. Champions of Norrath allows gamers to create their own unique hero to journey from the city of Faydwer into the wilds of Norrath to save the land from a gathering army of evil orcs and goblins. Players can adventure alone or with a band of up to three other players either over the Internet or on a single PlayStation 2 system with a Multitap. Import player characters into friends' games using a memory card and then take them home to play solo--the play options offer console gamers the freedom to play anytime and from any location. Champions of Norrath offers players more than 100 hours of gameplay per player character, unlimited battles, deadly missions and unmatched character customization in an enthralling fantasy world. [Sony Online Entertainment]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.2
Final Fantasy XI 16.

Final Fantasy XI

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 23, 2004
The world of Vana'diel stands at the brink of war. Three powerful nations, united in their plight against the beastmen forces, look to their last hope -- brave adventurers like you! Will the beastmen gain the upper hand, and thrust the once-peaceful Vana'diel into another war? Step into the world of Vana'diel and journey forth on grand adventures with players from all across the globe! Final Fantasy XI is the first online game in the award-winning FINAL FANTASY series. How you play is up to you, with limitless possibilities for adventure. Set out on your own to discover the countless secrets of Vana'diel, or form a party with your friends to purge the beastman forces and bring home sensational spoils! [Square Enix]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.1
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria 17.

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 26, 2006
Hundreds of years before Lenneth's tale, another saga lies concealed by the gods. The valkyrie Silmeria once served Odin loyally, but after an incident ignited a conflict between them, Odin forcefully reincarnated her as a human. The human soul that would carry her spirit was that of Alicia, Princess of Dipan. Ordinarily, Silmeria’s consciousness would have been sealed, her spirit dormant until she was next summoned... However, the forced transmigration causes Silmeria's spirit to awaken within Alicia, leaving two souls to inhabit a single body. The spirit that should have been sealed has awakened—a situation Odin will not ignore for long. This installment introduces the new Photon Action System to the classic side-scrolling action format found in the original. Projecting photons grants players more freedom to explore and expands the action, resulting in challenging puzzles with clever solutions. Add to that "sealstones" that affect the laws of nature in dungeons, launching strategy to new heights. The unique battle system of the previous game has evolved into the Advanced Tactical Combination Battle System. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.9
Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht 18.

Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 26, 2003
Thousands of years into the future, man exists only in deep space. Brutally opposed by a merciless alien race, humanity faces an uncertain destiny as it unlocks the secrets of the Universe in search of the ultimate truth. Features four exhilarating mini-games, innovative battle and control systems, and over 80 hours of gameplay. [Namco]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
Rogue Galaxy 19.

Rogue Galaxy

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 30, 2007
The newest invention of "Dark Cloud" series developer Level 5, this role-playing game wraps up a neat real-time battle system in a world of unique and great-looking characters and environments. Jaster is a young man who dreams of exploring the galaxy. In a sudden turn of fate, he is mistaken for a renowned bounty hunter and recruited into a band of space pirates in a race to find a legendary planet that holds the key to the greatest treasures and eternal life. Clues to ‘Eden’ are scattered round the Galaxy - Jaster will go onto to explore many different worlds and face countless battles in search for these clues – but some treasures are best left undiscovered. [SCEA]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.9
Odin Sphere 20.

Odin Sphere

Platform: PlayStation 2
May 22, 2007
The nations of Erion had always held an uneasy peace, as the various kings and queens watched each other for any signs of weakness. When the country of Valentine is obliterated by the power of an ancient artifact, it sparks a bloody war between the fairies of Ringford and the warriors of Ragnanival. Little do they know that they are acting out an almost-forgotten prophecy: one that, if fulfilled, will lead to the destruction of the entire world. Take control of the warrior princess Gwendolyn, daughter of Odin, and follow the threads of an intricately woven story as you uncover the truth behind the prophecy – and how to bring it to an end. Five playable characters in all; each one's fate is intertwined with the others'. A robust cooking and alchemy system that can be used to create powerful attack and recovery items. [Atlus Software]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.6
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse 21.

X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 20, 2005
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse introduces the epic storyline of an uneasy alliance between the X-Men and the hated Brotherhood in a fight to reclaim Earth from Apocalypse's grasp. Gameplay enhancements include more than double the superpowers and customization capabilities, the debut of several new playable characters, over 100 diverse types of enemies, and a breathtaking range of exotic and real-world environments—from the Madri Temple to Egypt. [Activision]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 22.

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 11, 2005
Serph, leader of the Embryon, wanders aimlessly through the lifeless streets before him. In the Junkyard, his Tribe fought a gruesome war, hoping the light of Heaven would relieve their suffering. In the end, Serph's world vanished, along with the comrades who stood by him. All that awaited him in Nirvana were endless streets littered with the silent remains of human statues. The Promised Land was nothing but a new hell. Guards in white appear through clouds of dust, threatening to arrest Serph as an unauthorized Avatar Tuner. He notices the Karma Temple 's insignia on their equipment as they throw it aside and transform into hideous demons. The water crown's power washes over Serph, and he realizes the Atma was not simply a nightmare of the Junkyard?nothing has changed but his surroundings. Devouring others is the only way to survive. What awaits Serph beyond Nirvana?a glorious paradise, or a sea of blood-soaked corpses? [Atlus]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
4.7
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne 23.

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 12, 2004
(Also known as "Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer's Call") Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne is actually the third game in the series, which first appeared on the Super Famicom. Remakes of the first two titles were recently released in Japan for the PlayStation and Game Boy Advance. While Nocturne continues the series' tradition of a modern-day post-apocalyptic setting, demonic overtones and mature themes, the PlayStation 2 version brings it into the next-generation of gaming with mind-blowing graphics and refinement of the gameplay system. Set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, the game begins as nearly the entire population of the world is annihilated by a global catastrophe called the Conception. Now, the fate of the entire world lies on the shoulders of one boy, who must battle his way through opposing demonic forces and shape the world to come... or destroy it. Yesterday?s foe is today?s ally. Persuade over 100 different demons to join your party. Some demons may evolve into new forms on their own or fuse them to form even more powerful demons. Customize your character with Magatama, living parasites that grant the host demonic powers! Depending on the choices you make, you'll follow one of several ideologies which will ultimately determine the fate of the entire world! Special guest appearance by Dante, from Capcom's Devil May Cry series. Will he become your most feared enemy or your greatest ally? Over 50 hours of gameplay! [Atlus Software]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.5
Growlanser Generations 24.

Growlanser Generations

Platform: PlayStation 2
December 7, 2004
Growlanser: Generations is a 2-disc compilation from Working designs which consists of two highly regarded strategy RPGs. "Growlanser II: The Sense of Justice" introduces players to a special world of melee and magic, where rings become weapons and war threatens to shatter the peace of three neighboring kingdoms at any moment. Players are allowed control of Wein Cruz and up to seven of his companions in battles of ever-increasing size, complexity, and importance against forces that are as devious as they are strong. "Growlanser III: The Dual Darkness," the revealing third chapter in the Growlanser saga, takes players back to the beginning of the Growlanser universe. Back to a world being consumed by darkness, forcing its inhabitantants to seek a way to leave the world behind. Unfortunately, forces are gathering to prevent anyone from surviving the coming apocalypse. As Slayn, the player must find the source of the black scourge falling across the land and stop the plot that will result in mass genocide. A strong cast of supporting characters can be gathered during the quest, and they provide assistance, both in battle and with information gathered during the hours of spoken dialogue present in the game. [Working Designs]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra 25.

Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra

Platform: PlayStation 2
August 29, 2006
The story of Xenosaga III starts a year after "Xenosaga II" ended. Shion has resigned from Vector Industries after learning that the company is deeply connected to the appearance of the Gnosis. She instead joins Scientia, an underground organization working to unveil Vector's secrets in order to bring them down. Uncover the truth and save mankind in the finale of the Xenosaga series which boasts over 3 hours of movies, an updated battle system, and an improved customization feature with more in-depth character specialization and diversification and higher rewards for strategic party management. This RPG also includes an easily accessible database feature, the "Xeno Bible" and a mini-game with over 50 levels that challenges both you and your friends. [Namco Bandai]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.9
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 26.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 24, 2006
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is an action/RPG that features the largest roster of comic book characters ever seen in a video game. Players assume the roles of more than 20 Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Captain America, and through their actions determine the fate of both planet Earth and the Marvel universe – revealed in one of multiple epilogues. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance offers total team customization, where players create their own team name, icon and vehicle, as well as establish their team reputation as they play throughout the story. Gamers also have the option to level up each character individually to their liking, or all team members at the same time to keep their heroes balanced. With the game's new combat system, players battle against the world's most notorious Marvel Super Villains in the air, underwater, and on the ground, using grappling, blocking and dodging moves, by charging up their Super Hero powers before unleashing them, and using environmental objects as one and two-handed weapons. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance features a storyline where the missions players accept, the objectives they complete, and their interactions with other characters throughout the game directly impact how the story plays out. The game also features a robust multiplayer component where fans can band together with friends as their favorite Marvel Super Heroes, and fight evil in both on and offline cooperative story modes. There's also a Competitive Mode where the game tracks various in-game stats so players can see how well they stack up against one another – affecting the amount of experience points earned and how equipment is distributed. [Activision]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.9
Dark Cloud 27.

Dark Cloud

Platform: PlayStation 2
May 28, 2001
Sony's long-awaited first-party title which mixes several existing genres and game ideas, Dark Cloud puts the player into the role of young Toan, who is chosen by a Fairy King to help bring the world back into order after it had destroyed by the recently summoned "Dark Genie" or "Black Demon."
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.0
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time 28.

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

Platform: PlayStation 2
August 31, 2004
The first PlayStation 2 installment in the acclaimed science fiction RPG series, the Director's Cut version is considered to be the culmination of the developer?s true vision. STAR OCEAN was originally released with two versions in Japan. The development time was extended for the North American release in order to incorporate the extra features of the Director's Cut, the only stateside release of the title. STAR OCEAN builds on the first-rate concepts of earlier games in the series and leverages the technological capabilities of the PlayStation 2 to surpass them. In addition, the larger data capacity of the Director?s Cut allows for multiple added extras providing the most complete game package possible. Incorporating the new features with gorgeous, extended cinematic sequences and an unparalleled real-time battle system, including a new VS. mode, STAR OCEAN is sure to attract a new group of admirers and thrill the longtime fans of the series. STAR OCEAN's protagonist, Fayt Leingod brings his family and childhood friend, Sophia Esteed to the Federation-managed resort planet Hyda for a long-deserved vacation. Their dreamy holiday turns into a nightmare when Hyda is attacked by an unknown space military. In the heat of the attack, Fayt is separated from Sophia and his family and begins an emotional quest into the unknown to find his loved ones. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.5
X-Men Legends 29.

X-Men Legends

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 21, 2004
X-Men: Legends is the first game to capture the complete essence of the X-Men by allowing players to control multiple characters that fight together as a team. The game blends the best parts of the movies, comic books in a fantastic new adventure that allows the you to develop your specialized powers as you succeed through your missions. Penned by Man of Action, a studio of comic industry veterans, X-Men: Legends begins with the rescue of a young mutant and takes players through an engrossing plot that could unite mutant-kind, yet destroy the human race in the process. Along the way, players will be able to assemble their ideal X-Men crew from over 15 of the most popular characters from the last 40 years, including Wolverine™, Cyclops™, Storm™, Nightcrawler™, Colossus™, Gambit™ and Beast™, to name a few. However, before players load-up their squad with heavy hitters, they will have to take their foes' abilities into consideration as certain situations may benefit from the abilities of specific X-Men. While Cyclops' optic blasts and Colossus' immense strength are great for clearing a path through hordes of enemies, players can opt to bring Wolverine and Nightcrawler along on a stealth intensive mission to help circumvent detection devices. Once the action begins, players can take control of any member of their squad and even execute multi-character combinations such as the famous Wolverine/Colossus Fastball Special. As they progress through the game, characters will gain experience points that players can use to upgrade the X-Men's abilities and even learn new fighting styles. [Activision]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
Dynasty Tactics 30.

Dynasty Tactics

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 17, 2002
Focusing on the tactical elements of battles in the Three Kingdoms world, this game provides you with the thrill of military victory through the clever maneuvering of diverse units. A multitude of tactical combos can be activated by linking unique attacks together. Smooth graphics using our crowd control system and epic CG movies provide for a game environment that transports the player into the midst of battle.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.2
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon 31.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon

Platform: PlayStation 2
May 12, 2009
A new threat to Japan's Capital calls for the return of its case-solving, tube-slinging Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha the 14th. When a woman walks into the Narumi Detective Agency and asks to find a man, Raidou's boss is reluctant to accept, but soon it's clear there's more to the case than it seems on the surface. It isn't long before Raidou is on the trail of crooked gamblers, masked ninja, and strange insects... a trail leading him inexorably to the mysterious King Abaddon. Massively upgraded battle system - Advancements to the battle mechanics include a MAG balancing system, dodge and hide abilities, and the ability to command two demons in combat. Use the retooled Weapon Alchemy system to create new swords with unique special attacks. Deeper demon integration - Demon negotiation returns with more than twice the number of demons to attempt to recruit to your side. Create more powerful demons through fusion and skill transfer. Control two demons in battle and choose from more tactical options. [Atlus USA]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
4.4
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II 32.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 20, 2004
The anticipated sequel has arrived. Embark on a new adventure in Baldur's Gate and brave terrible dangers in search of fortune, glory, and power. Face a multitude of sinister enemies while traveling through many spectacular environments in this action-packed fantasy game. Rid the lands of chaos, mastering skills, spells, and deadly weapons ? the fate of thousands hangs in the balance. [Interplay]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.3
Wild Arms 3 33.

Wild Arms 3

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 15, 2002
During desolate times on the "Sea of Sand", Drifters venture across the vast lands of Filgaia searching for fortune and adventure. Amidst the deserts lie cities erected from eroded rock and scavenged wood. Towns that a few call home provide rest and solitude for the many travelers of the barren wasteland. Tales of mystic relics that harness unmatched powers spread across the land. While some vision the items as treasure, others have deciphered a secret bringing unlimited power. Meanwhile, one object of mythical stature attracts four Drifters to a common place. These four strangers discover the strength in working as a team. Shortly thereafter they learn of an ancient prophecy determining the future of their eroded homeland. Setting aside their differences, they roam the lands and unlock the knowledge and mystical forces making their adventure their destiny. [SCEA]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.4
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter 34.

Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 16, 2003
It's an epic quest of magical proportions. You live in another time... another place... devoid of all light sources. You are now part of the underground world. Foil your menacing enemies to reach your ultimate mission. Only you can discover the way out of the labyrinth-like dungeon that envelops you and your friends. Escape your underground captors and you'll reach the world of the living. [Capcom]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.5
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 35.

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga

Platform: PlayStation 2
April 5, 2005
(Known in Japan as "Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner") Junkyard, a town of endless rain. With his four companions, Serf, the main character and a member of a tribe called Embryon, sets out for Nirvana, a land that can only be reached by the champions of Junkyard. They devote themselves to fighting against the never-ending resistance mustered by other tribes. In the midst of chaos, a mysterious object, the Pod, suddenly appears. Countless spheres of light are emitted by the Pod and infect Serf and his comrades, awakening their demonic powers. An unimaginable battle unfolds within their faint conscience. They develop a desire to tear the flesh and shatter the bones of their enemies, who have also been transformed. Their instincts tell them to devour every being in their path. Until then, Serf and his comrades only knew of battle, but for the first time, they experience new emotions. At that time, a dark-haired girl, Sera, comes to their rescue. Although she does not know where she came from, she holds a strange power - the power to control the party's demonic transformation. They receive orders from the Church of Karma to head for Nirvana, and they are accompanied by the dark-haired girl. "They who reach Nirvana first shall be recognized as the champions of Junkyard." The struggle intensifies, and they discover that the girl holds a key to the mystery. But, true fear still awaits Serf's party. Including Embryon, the tribe that the main character leads, several groups are at war with each other in order to survive. "Devour" your enemies and absorb their devastating powers and special abilities! [Atlus]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
5.2
Tales of the Abyss 36.

Tales of the Abyss

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 10, 2006
Tales of the Abyss follows the story of the young aristocrat, Luke fon Fabre. Kidnapped seven years ago, Luke returns to his family with no memories of his life before. In order to protect him, Luke's family keeps him confined to the quite lifestyle of the palace. Suddenly, Luke is thrust into the outside world and caught in the workings of the Order of Lorelei and the Oracle Knights who serve as keepers of the prophecy known as the Score. He knows nothing of those who might be his allies or those who are already his enemies. He must learn of the power of friendship and feel the pain of sacrifice. Luke's actions could save the world or destroy it. [Namco Bandai]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
9.0
EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers 37.

EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 17, 2003
After centuries of solitude, the ogres of Oggok have finally opened their gates to the outside world. The long lost Mountains of Rathe, the volcanic Lavastorm Mountains and Veeshan's realm, The Plane of Sky, are now open to all explorers and adventurers. To the West, the Erudites have begun their massive exodus to the unknown islands of the Western Sea to escape the hypocrisy and corruption of their human neighbors. A true frontier, Odus will prove more than just a challenge to the Erudites, for their very existence is at stake. Adventure into Veeshan's home, the altered Plane of Sky. Find your way through massive hanging islands among the clouds. Untold treasures and power await any adventurer daring enough to tackle this perilous landscape. The gnomes of Klick`Anon have finally broken through the northeastern mountains and stumbled upon the tumultuous lands of Lavastorm. Reputed to be ruled by a mysterious tyrant of flame and lava, it's up to Norrath's adventurers to discover the new frontiers. [Sony Online Entertainment]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.2
Champions: Return to Arms 38.

Champions: Return to Arms

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 7, 2005
The Champions of Norrath have destroyed the god Innoruuk, shattering his body into shards of hate. Innoruuk's followers and allies have taken it upon themselves to gather these shards in order to resurrect their fallen prince. Firiona Vie has called upon the champions to take up the crusade against evil to rid Norrath of this evil threat once and for all. The game is designed to offer more than 100 hours of gameplay per character, unlimited battles, deadly missions and the ability to import characters from the original game. The game also features: Two new playable races; Earn medals based on gameplay performance, which can then be used to unlock secret levels; Thousands of new items, weapons, armor and magical artifacts to acquire; All-new and beautifully detailed environments; New spells and abilities for all classes; A host of new monsters to battle and non-player characters to encounter; Innovative medal system which unlocks secret gameplay modes; Secret Epic items of incredible power found through unlockable side quests; The ability to import characters from the original game and start at a higher difficulty level; Increased level limits?take characters to level 80; More than 50 gameplay areas along with a mission system containing non-linear side quests; All new multiplayer and online gameplay options. [Sony Online Entertainment]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.2
Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia 39.

Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 21, 2004
Chains of Promathia is an expansion pack to Final Fantasy XI, which brings more exciting adventures, features, and locations for all levels of gamers. The first cross-platform, cross-continent MMORPG, Final Fantasy XI, allows gamers to connect to the same exact world regardless of whether they are playing on a personal computer or a PS2 and whether they are playing in North America or Japan. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.4
Grandia III 40.

Grandia III

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 14, 2006
Yuki has idolized the legendary pilot Schmidt since he was a young boy and has been trying to build his own ever since. Loving the freedom of flight, he dreams of one day leaving his small island and reaching the mainland. In the woods not far away, Alfina rides alone on a horse-drawn carriage. She is a Communicator, one of the few who can speak with the Guardians, gods that protect the world. She is hurrying to a temple to take the place of her brother, Emelious. Resentment of his obligated duty as a Communicator has turned Emelious into a cruel and violent being filled with hate. Fate will bring together Yuki and Alfina just as the world is about to fall apart. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.5
Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome 41.

Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome

Platform: PlayStation 2
July 26, 2005
An attempt to rewrite history gone terribly wrong, Lord Zetta the ruler of netherworld brought destruction upon himself. When all seemed lost, three evil overlords appear before Lord Zetta to help him recreate his world. Now Lord Zetta wages war on a new world to become the supreme ruler once again, while the three overlords entertain themselves by creating more trouble for Lord Zetta. Players assume the role of Lord Zetta to command an army of determined fighters to reclaim what has righteously been his, the netherworld. Gamers will battle enemies ranging from vicious demons to determined soldiers with both modern and ancient warfare. Slash your enemies with the good old broadsword or blast your way through with the deadly rocket launcher; the choices are yours. Makai Kingdom introduces a new summoning system referred to as the INVITE system that summons your facilities that contain army units to the battlefield. Every facility summoned to the battlefield will contain your troops that are then deployed to battle your hated enemies. In Makai Kingdom, battle maps are randomly generated, offering a new gaming experience every time you play. With unlimited variations of maps, gamers can expect countless hours of game play. [NIS America]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.5
.hack//Mutation Part 2 42.

.hack//Mutation Part 2

Platform: PlayStation 2
May 6, 2003
In part 2 of this episodic, 4-part double-disc masterpiece, your remarkable party members meet up with the characters from .hack//SIGN television series, to support you through your painstaking journey to the truth. What is the developer of "The World" hiding? Kite continues his quest, armed with the forbidden abilities of Data Drain and Gate Hacking. Will he be able to save Orca and the other coma victims...? [Bandai]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.5
Shadow Hearts: From the New World 43.

Shadow Hearts: From the New World

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 7, 2006
The story begins as Johnny Garland, a young, 16-year old detective who lost his father, sister and his memory in an accident, accepts an investigation to track down a criminal suspect who escaped from custody. As he closes in on the suspect, Johnny witnesses a supernatural occurrence - a huge monster appears from a green light known as the "window" and swallows up the criminal. Apparently, a series of horrific incidents similar to this have been plaguing the cities across the nation. Johnny's female counterpart is 21-year-old bounty hunter Shania, a Native American who is searching for these mysterious windows and determined to fight them using her spiritual powers. Together, they travel around the states and are joined by other characters.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.2
The Bard's Tale 44.

The Bard's Tale

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 26, 2004
One man on his own. A poet and a rogue, with no friends to speak of, no one to mourn his passing shouuld it come to that. Even those beside hime are no more boon companions than bondservants, summoned by sorcery and song, as cold and indifferent to him as the light of a wanderin' star. Is a Dragon terrorising the locals? He'll take care of it for the right price. Local princess held captiver? The Bard is your man as long as she's hot. Forget the quest to save the world, our hero is interested in just two things...Coin and Cleavage. The Bard's Tale is a new generation action-RPG with wicket humour and stunning graphics. [inXile Entertainment]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.8
Jade Cocoon 2 45.

Jade Cocoon 2

Platform: PlayStation 2
December 17, 2001
Centuries after the first Cocoon Master Levant purified the wicked Forest Minions and freed his village from a sleep curse, this tale tells the story of a new deadly parasite called Kalma. Kahu, a fledgling Cocoon Master, must now brave the four elemental forests and seek the Orbs of Cocoon Masters past, before Kalma overtakes him and the earth. Within the quest for the four Orbs lies a unique battle system where players can capture hundreds of monsters and train them to become their greatest weapons. Join Kahu and his trusty companion, Nico, on their journey to rid the land of menacing monsters, find the magical Orbs and defeat the deadly Kalma. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.9
Summoner 2 46.

Summoner 2

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 23, 2002
You are the Queen of Halassar. Thousands have fought and died for you. Millions adore you as the "goddess Laharah reborn." Your fate is written in the Book of the Prophets. You are the savior of all creation. But your enemies are strong. The King of Galdyr wants you dead. Sinister factions plot your downfall. The armies of Urath march on your borders. Below Munari City, the mysterious Unseen weave a dark conspiracy. And now one of your own has betrayed you. A thief robs your inner sanctum. Intrigue lures you to the Midnight Sea. In a howling tempest, your destiny begins to unfold. [THQ]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.4
Suikoden V 47.

Suikoden V

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 21, 2006
Suikoden V, like its predecessors, features unparalleled in-depth gameplay, a riveting storyline as well as the series' trademark 108 Stars of Destiny. Thrust into a time of unbalance and unrest, a dynamic drama unfolds revolving around one of the 27 True Runes, the Sun Rune. Players are tasked to explore the lands of Falena, gather allies and become stronger to ultimately bring back peace and prosperity. While on their quest through rich 3D environments, exciting new secrets of the Suikoden world will be revealed. The game features significant enhancements from all the previous installments of the series, including 6-member battle parties, multiple mini-games and the homebase system, where all of your allies gather together along with new features to create a unique gameplay experience like no other. [Konami]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.7
.hack//Infection Part 1 48.

.hack//Infection Part 1

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 10, 2003
A fourteen year old boy named Kite is invited by his schoolmate, Orca, to play the online game The World. While playing the game both Kite and his friend are attacked by an unknown monster. As a result, Orca becomes comatose in the real world. Despite his friend's condition, Kite continues to play The World believing he'll find a way to revive Orca. While playing, Kite accepts Book of Twilight from a mysterious girl in white. Kite is transformed into an outlaw player within the game wielding the very same power responsible for Orca's condition. [Bandai]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.3
Radiata Stories 49.

Radiata Stories

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 6, 2005
The latest fantasy RPG by tri-Ace, developers of "Valkyrie Profile" and the "Star Ocean" series. An emotional story about the conflict between humans and fairy creatures is complemented by a new gameplay system that draws the player deep into the game. The kingdom of Radiata lies in a world where humans and fairy creatures coexist. It is here that the protagonists, Jack and Ridley, meet for the first time. While Jack seeks to become a knight, Ridley must accept her fate in becoming one. Destinies are realized when a war erupts between the humans and the fairy creatures and threatens to end the world of Radiata. The popular traditional real-time battle system known for its straightforward controls and extravagant presentation has a new element. By forming a "link" attack, the player can execute combos and other moves with all party members joining as one. There are over 150 characters that Jack can recruit throughout his adventure. It is up to the player whether they journey alone or seek out others to journey with. Every playable character is beneficial in some way. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.6
EverQuest Online Adventures 50.

EverQuest Online Adventures

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 9, 2003
EverQuest Online Adventures takes place during the Age of Adventure; a time set approximately five centuries before the original EverQuest for the PC. Return to a time in Norrath's past, when the city of Freeport was a new coalition of merchants and the elves have yet to abandon their ancient homeland completely. As a console RPG, there is a focus on exciting combat, questing and character development. Combat is fast and tactically rich, with each monster posing a unique challenge for the player. The world is laden with compelling quests and intriguing subplots. Players enhance their characters by discovering items and unlocking secret abilities. [Sony]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.1
Magic Pengel: The Quest for Color 51.

Magic Pengel: The Quest for Color

Platform: PlayStation 2
June 26, 2003
Take the adventure game role of a lifetime as a Doodler -- a special person capable of drawing your own cast of characters and watch them come alive as active 3D cast members in one of the most original games of all time. Your Doodles are granted awesome powers so you can compete in arenas all across the realm. All the characters you draw become automatically animated as 3D interactive Doodles. As you progress in the adventure you'll earn new colors and parts for your Doodles! Your imagination is the only limit to the style or type of Doodle you create. Save up to 200 individual Doodles on one Memory Card (8MB). Battle it out against a friend in 2-Player Matches to see who can make the greatest Doodle of them all! [Agetec]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.5
Summoner 52.

Summoner

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 25, 2000
Born with the mark of the Summoner, Joseph possesses a power greater than emperors and gods. As a child, he summoned a demon to save his village, and watched in horror as those he loved were destroyed. Nine years later, the armies of Orenia invade, and Joseph must confront the prophecy he was born to fulfill.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.6
Steambot Chronicles 53.

Steambot Chronicles

Platform: PlayStation 2
May 23, 2006
As cars became more and more common on city streets, the Trotmobile came into being. This two-legged, walking metal vehicle could be adapted to a variety of road conditions and purposes: agriculture, civil engineering, and transportation. The industrial revolution continued, increasing the Trotmobile's popularity. People placed their hopes and dreams on the backs of these wonderful machines, marching toward a better life just beyond their reach. Vanilla Beans wakes up to find himself lying on a sun-drenched beach. How did he get there? And, who in the world is the girl standing above him? The girl soon introduces herself as Connie, and Vanilla begins the first busy day ofa grand adventure. He'll take Connie home, meet the other members of her band (the Garland Globetrotters), and explore the town of Nefroburg. At the end of this busy day, Vanilla relaxes in the town square where the Globetrotters are performing only to witness a gang of bandits overrunning the town! How things go from here is up to the player. Will Vanilla join the Garland Globetrotters? Or, will he join the Killer Elephant gang? The choices Vanilla makes, the Trotmobiles he builds, and the friends hekeeps are all up to gamers who take part in Steambot Chronicles. [Atlus Software]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.4
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army 54.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 10, 2006
(Known in Japan as "Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou") Raidou Kuzunoha is a private detective in Japan's Taishou Period of the 1910s and 1920s, but he's much more than just a well-dressed crime scene investigator; he also has the power to capture and conjure demons to do his bidding. Take control of Raidou and his otherworldly companions, guide them through thrilling episodes of action and intrigue, and learn the incredible secrets of the Soulless Army. Detailed real-time combat sequence with swords, guns, combo attacks, and devilish helpers. Photorealistic graphics that transport the player to 1920s Japan. Puzzle-solving with the use of carefully chosen demonic powers. Character design by legendary illustrator Kazuma Kaneko. [Atlus]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
4.4
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana 55.

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana

Platform: PlayStation 2
June 28, 2005
Assume the role of a young alchemist named Krein Kiesling. Krein will be traveling the world of Regallzine to unlock the hidden secrets of alchemy. Customize your weapons and items with help of spirits called Mana. Beautifully hand drawn 2D backgrounds combined with detailed character animation. Over 300 creatable items. Action controls allow players to run, jump, and attack like in an action game.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.5
Wild Arms Alter Code: F 56.

Wild Arms Alter Code: F

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 15, 2005
The world of Wild ARMS is returning seven years after its first release on PS one. WILD ARMS Alter code: F is not only a remake of the foremost title in the series, but a completely renewed and evolved experience with expanded story, system and cutting-edge graphics. On Filgaia, a planet where severe conditions and savage beasts threaten the very existence of all life, the Ancient Guardians call upon three brave warriors to save their benign world from the returning metal demons ? the prophesized destroyers of Filgaia. Rudy - A mysterious child who wields the evil power christened as "ARM"; Jack ? A swordsman who travels in search of a lost treasure; Cecilia ? A princess with the gift of a medium to communicate with the Guardians. Driven by adventure and a calling to reestablish order to their dying world, these "Dream Chasers" prepare to embark on a journey of epic peril, with each unaware of the other?s mission to save their world as they are of their own fates. In a world on the brink of ruin from a merciless alien race, the wheels of fortune are about to turn. [Agetec]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.2
Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose 57.

Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 15, 2005
Four-thousand years into a war-torn future. Earth has been abandoned and mankind forges its existence in deep space, locked in eternal confrontation with the malevolent, alien Gnosis. With sophisticated weapons and robotics technology, humankind wages an epic battle for survival. In a desperate bid to fend off extinction, the search continues for the Zohar, a legendary artifact rumored to be capable of eradicating the Gnosis and ushering in an era of universal peace. Rejoin Shion, KOS-MOS and their companions in the enthralling 2nd chapeter of this landmark multipart RPG saga. [Namco]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.7
Shadow Hearts 58.

Shadow Hearts

Platform: PlayStation 2
December 11, 2001
The Time For Judgment Has Come. A hero with a mysterious past. A young girl holding the key to world domination. A villain who will stop at nothing to unlock the path to unlimited power. [Midway]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.6
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age 59.

The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 2, 2004
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age roleplaying game is an epic quest in which players take on the roles of new characters choosing their own path through Middle-earth while interacting with the heroes and villains of the trilogy. Based on New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson's acclaimed film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, The Third Age videogame allows players to adventure through Middle-earth, building a party of heroes as they journey. Players battle on the side of the Fellowship, but can unlock additional encounters where they fight on the side of Sauron as they progress. In the game, players interact with the characters of the Fellowship in a unique structure, taking on individual quests while intersecting the major events of the film trilogy that drive the story forward. Parties traverse through both familiar and seldom-glimpsed locations, using an innovative turn-based battle system as they fight, encountering the demonic Balrog in the Mines of Moria, defending the fallen city of Osgiliath, or trying to destroy Helm's Deep. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.0
Ys: The Ark of Napishtim 60.

Ys: The Ark of Napishtim

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 22, 2005
Washed ashore on an uncharted island, Adol Christin begins a new journey in Ys: The Ark of Napishtim. Lush environments, beautifully rendered characters and animated 3D backdrops combine to create the setting for Adol's newest adventure. In the world of Canaan, our red-headed hero must fight deadly monsters and menacing bosses with a variety of sword combinations, special attacks and magical spells creating a uniquely deep and compelling gameplay experience. Power-up three magical swords to gain special abilities and attacks. Combines real-time, fast-paced action and strategic boss battles. Original music composed specifically for the PS2 version of the game. Hidden, unlockable secrets that showcase the timeless legacy of Ys. [Konami]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.9
Tales of Legendia 61.

Tales of Legendia

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 7, 2006
Tales of Legendia is an epic tale of love and heroism that explores the ties that bind us all. Senel Coolidge, a young expert of the special skill called “eres,” was drifting in the misty ocean on a small boat with his younger sister Shirley. As food ran out and their strength deteriorated, an island suddenly burst through the mist and approached the boat with astonishing speed. The boat was engulfed by wild waves as Senel tried to steer it. When they woke up on the shore, they realized it was not an ordinary island, but actually the deck of the mysterious giant ship called Legacy. Have they stumbled upon an unknown civilization, or is the Legacy a relic of something long past? The 'Tales' series has been thrilling RPG fans around the world for nearly a decade. While it follows a traditional RPG format, the series is set apart by its slick presentation and art, real-time interactive battle system and clever level designs and puzzles. [Namco]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.1
Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits 62.

Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits

Platform: PlayStation 2
June 25, 2003
Twilight of the Spirits is the first game in the series to be presented entirely in realtime 3D, and breaks significantly with the connected storyline of Arcs one through three. Set some thousands of years after that story concluded, it tells the story of two brothers -- one demon, one human -- whose lives intersect across a 60-hour quest. [Sony]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.4
Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica 63.

Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 20, 2009
The region of Metafalss surrounds Infel Pira, the second Tower, which is said to represent teh Goddess Frelia of the Trio. A mysterious epidemic called Infel Pira Dependency (IPD) has been killing Reyvateils. Croix, a young knight from the Church of Pastalia, is sent to contain the epidemic. However, many more challenges await, which lead him to unraveling the mysteries of the planet Ar Ciel and seek the legend handed down by the people of Metafalss: the lost Song of Metafalica. [NIS America]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.2
Wild ARMs 5 64.

Wild ARMs 5

Platform: PlayStation 2
August 28, 2007
WILD ARMS 5 follows the journey of a group of young travelers as they try to unlock the mysteries of their ravaged land and unknowingly become involved in a struggle that will decide the fate of the entire world. 12,000 years ago, the world of Filgaia was a land immersed in technology far beyond anything found in the present day. For reasons unknown, however, the citizens of this advanced culture suddenly abandoned their technology, leaving the future of the human race to live in a comparatively primitive state. All that remained of this once great civilization were some scattered mechanical parts and the occasional remnants of a legendary golem -- huge mechanical devices built to serve mankind. While use of the old technology remained mostly out of reach, there were some who had begun to research the ancient devices, seeking even the faintest hope of enriching their lives on this desolate world. The situation changed dramatically about a hundred years ago when a new race known as the Veruni arrived on the planet. Although similar in appearance to humans, the Veruni's superior physical attributes and advanced technology allowed them to quickly establish dominance over mankind. The human race found itself relegated to second-class status, and many citizens were forced to perform hard labor day in and day out in order to survive. Fast-forward to the present day. In a small town called Capo Bronco on the outskirts of Filgaia, two youths, Dean Stark and Rebecca Streisand, witness an unbelievable event -- the giant arm of a golem somehow falling from the sky. Their disbelief grows further when they discover that within the clenched fist of the golem's hand lies a girl with little recollection of her past other than her name -- "Avril." This chance encounter inspires Dean and Rebecca to travel with Avril across the wastelands of Filgaia in hopes of helping her regain her lost memories. Little do they know their journey will eventually decide the fate of all mankind. [XSEED]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.8
Graffiti Kingdom 65.

Graffiti Kingdom

Platform: PlayStation 2
July 28, 2005
(Also known as "Magic Pengel 2") Players take on the role of Prince Pixel, who is on a quest to save his parents and restore Canvas Kingdom back to its normal form after an ancient evil transformed it into a labyrinth full of danger. On his quest, the heroic young Prince finds a companion, 'Box Dog', who aids and accompanies him in his many quests. At the start of his adventure, Prince Pixel finds a magic wand that allows him to bring anything he draws to life. The wand also enables him to temporarily take the shape of any enemy encountered and learn their powers. Prince Pixel can become anything the player draws and transform between three additional different creatures at any given time. As Prince Pixel advances through the game, he gets stronger, tougher, and more skilled. Players also benefit from experience by acquiring more drawing tools and abilities. By the end of the game, players can literally re-create any creature that they've seen in the game with an incredibly easy-to-use drawing program. The game allows the user to draw straight lines as well, so even someone with no drawing skills whatsoever can create just about anything. Players use their imagination to battle their way through levels or creatively solve puzzles. [HOT-B]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.1
Grandia II 66.

Grandia II

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 28, 2002
Born of different worlds, woven together by fate, they shall rise to face their destiny. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.6
Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia 67.

Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 6, 2007
Journey throughout the world of Ar tonelico to find the key to destroying the viruses once and for all. Partner up with a Reyvateil, a girl who can create magic through songs, and fight your way back up the tower to save your home. Explore a Reyvateil's inner world with the revolutionary new Dive System, which allows you to go on "Virtual Dates" to increase their magical power. [NIS America]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.1
.hack//Outbreak Part 3 68.

.hack//Outbreak Part 3

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 9, 2003
In the 3rd chapter of the .hack saga, "The World" continues to deteriorate as the virus spreads out of control. As the outlaw player, Kite, you must choose your strategy wisely. Not only is the OUTBREAK affecting "The World" in the game, but now repercussions are being felt in the real world too. Is there a way to stop this outbreak? Where does the answer to the mystery lie? Fight through contaminated cyberspace as you take on and eliminate enemies, and unlock codes to gate hack to even more environments. Will you ever find out who or what is behind this nightmare and wake Orca from his coma? [Bandai]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.2
Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land 69.

Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land

Platform: PlayStation 2
December 19, 2001
Our story takes place in the peaceful kingdom of Duhan, until one day a sphere of light from the heavens shatters the evening sky... Thousands are killed and the kingdom is in ruins... Demonic creatures from the underworld have emerged and the Queen of Duhan has disappeared into the labyrinths beneath the castle. The labyrinths are said to hold the greatest treasures in the land, but will you survive long enough to enjoy them...[Atlus]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.9
Dual Hearts 70.

Dual Hearts

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 23, 2002
Long ago, a sage divided the world into the dream and real world in order to seal the power Nightmare, an evil creature that is the culmination of all that is wrong in the world. With Nightmare's power weakened, the sage was able to divide its mind and body and peace was restored to the two worlds... Enter Rumble, a young treasure hunter who has come to the Sonno Island in search of the legendary Dream Stone. Unfortunately, the stone cannot be obtained through ordinary means... Enter Tumble, a magical creature on a mission by the Queen to undo the seal on the temple... and your only way into the dream world. Together you'll travel by land, air and sea through wondrous and sometimes twisted dreamscapes to unlock the magical orbs that will break the seal to the temple. [Atlus]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.8
.hack//Quarantine Part 4 71.

.hack//Quarantine Part 4

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 14, 2004
The Final Stand... In this, the final episode in the .hack saga, play as the outlaw player Kite to finally unravel the mystery behind "The World". And this time it?s against the clock... As events in "The World" continue to create havoc in the real world, CC Corp faces increasing pressure to move the game servers offline game servers offline, meaning certain death for all comatose victims. It?s up to you now. Can you cure this virus and restore order in "The World?" And can you do it before time runs out for your friend, Orca? [Bandai]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.2
Okage: Shadow King 72.

Okage: Shadow King

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 1, 2001
In an unexpected twist of fate, the spirit of an evil king is unleashed and possesses the shadow of an innocent young boy named Ari. In one magical moment, Ari's life is turned upside down. Wielding the burden of the evil ghostly being. Ari must journey across a wonderfully animated, whimsical world in order to free his shadow. [Sony]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.1
Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy 73.

Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy

Platform: PlayStation 2
August 25, 2009
Head back to Al-Revis Academy for another year of academic advetures. This time you get to choose between two main characters, each with their own group of workshopmates. Study hard in the courses of Alchemy or Combat, or you might not survive till graduation. [NIS America]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.2
Wild Arms 4 74.

Wild Arms 4

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 10, 2006
Jude Maverick has grown up in an isolated town called Ciel, which is completely enclosed in a large sphere floating thousands of feet above the surface of Filgaia. His sheltered world changes forever when he sees the sky "tear" and ships entering his homeland. Upon inspecting the camp site set up by the intruders, he sees something that he has never seen before; a girl. The girl's name is Yulie and she is being held captive by the intruders after being captured by a "Drifter" for hire, Arnaud G. Vasquez. After the invading army attacks Ciel and brings the whole sphere crashing down, Jude, Yulie and Arnaud join forces to find out the army's true intention behind Yulie's abduction. With the help of another Drifter, Raquel, these four idealistic teenagers travel the war-torn land of Filgaia in search of truth, their own identities and their individual paths to adulthood. Innovative new HEX battle system unlike anything seen before in turn-based RPGs; easily accessible while providing an amazing amount of speed, depth and strategy. Action elements on the field map such as double- jumps, using the new "Accelerator" ability to manipulate time, and equipping items to solve puzzles maintains the excitement between battles. [XSEED]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.6
Shining Force Neo 75.

Shining Force Neo

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 20, 2005
New fast-paced gameplay takes the classic Shining Force franchise in a bold new direction. Shining Force Neo is an Action RPG featuring a dramatic, character-driven story and a high gloss anime aesthetic. Real-time combat creates a deeper sense of personal involvement in battles, and the presence of more than 90 enemies on screen at once ratchets up the grand scale that the Shining Force games are known for. [Sega]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.3
Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis 76.

Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis

Platform: PlayStation 2
April 1, 2008
Mana Khemia is the 5th entry in the Alchemy RPG series that began with Atleier Iris; Eternal Mania. The game is quest based, classic style RPG where players adventure on to various missions to complete the game. However, unlike the ordinary classic style RPG, alchemy is the main focus of the game. Meaning players will discover and create items, weapons and even character stats through the use of alchemy.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.1
.hack//G.U. vol. 1//Rebirth 77.

.hack//G.U. vol. 1//Rebirth

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 24, 2006
Years after the events of the first .hack installment, the most popular MMORPG in the world has returned from the ashes as "The World: R2". As Haseo the Terror of Death, players are thrown into his quest for revenge in his search for the mysterious PK (Player Killer) Tri-Edge. This time, players will interact in the real and virtual worlds with fellow "The World" players through various chats, mails, and fully voiced video news clips. Together with Haseo’s virtual partners, login to challenge and solve the mysteries of "The World". [Namco Bandai]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.0
RPG Maker 3 78.

RPG Maker 3

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 21, 2005
From the Designer Series, RPG Maker 3 features an easy to use toolset and transforms 2D instruction into 3D worlds allowing you to produce exciting and enchanting games. It’s storytelling at its best. Choose your characters, worlds, items, landscapes, add a script and more. In no time, you are enjoying a “custom title” created by yours truly. [Agetec Inc]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.9
Mega Man X: Command Mission 79.

Mega Man X: Command Mission

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 21, 2004
In Mega Man X Command Mission, Mega Man must infiltrate Giga City Island to thwart the evil plans of the Liberion Army who have initiated a riot on the isle. By choosing from a selection of seven different playable characters, gamers can construct a three-member attack force using Mega Man, Zero, Axl, or characters new to the Mega Man universe, to help bring peace to the region once and for all. It is up to gamers, to create a dream team of Mega Man?s allies and reploid friends to stop the destructive battle that has begun to wage itself on Giga City Island. Mega Man X Command Mission features exciting action RPG-style combat and a revolutionary "Cross Order System" that allows flawless execution of special and finishing attack moves on enemies. Character building will be a crucial aspect of the game. Using super-energy metals called "Force Metals," weapons, abilities and attack moves can be upgraded, vastly improving the overall performance of characters. [Capcom]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.7
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories 80.

Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories

Platform: PlayStation 2
December 2, 2008
Sora, Donald and Goofy travel down a long road that meanders through endless fields, and come to a crossroads. As Sora stands in the crossroads, he gazes up at the night sky and thinks of his lost friends. Just then, a mysterious man approaches from down one of the branching paths. "Ahead lies something you need," he says, "but to claim it, you must lose something dear." The man vanishes before a single path, leading to a castle that eerily resembles a girl's drawing... In the coming journey, what will Sora and his companions gain, and what will they lose? In addition to Sora, players can control Riku in this adventure that bridges the gap between KINGDOM HEARTS and KINGDOM HEARTS II A full 3D remake of the original GBA release, KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Chain of Memories offers a refreshing rendition of the hit title for the PlayStation 2 system. The talented voice cast from the North American releases of KINGDOM HEARTS and KINGDOM HEARTS II, including David Gallagher and Haley Joel Osment, return to breathe new life into the beloved characters. The mini-game catalog has been completely renewed, now with four brand new experiences accompanying the main adventure. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.7
Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny 81.

Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny

Platform: PlayStation 2
April 25, 2006
The sequel to Gust's RPG about an alchemist out to prove himself and make use of his awesome skills. Atelier Iris 2 focuses on two main characters whom you can assume at will. One character embarks on adventures in distant worlds, facing off against enemies via a turn-based battle system. The other character stays behind at home and creates items and weapons.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.2
Justice League Heroes 82.

Justice League Heroes

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 17, 2006
Justice League Heroes is an action adventure game with role-playing customization featuring Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna and other unlockable Justice League super heroes. Each hero possesses an array of character-specific, upgradeable superpowers resulting in unique controls and fighting-styles. Engaging in one-to-two player cooperative combat, gamers are be able to customize and master these superpowers as they travel through interactive and destructible environments spanning the farthest corners of the universe. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.3
Phantasy Star Universe 83.

Phantasy Star Universe

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 24, 2006
Phantasy Star Universe offers two complete RPG experiences - a single-player action adventure spanning multiple planets, and a robust online multi-player component. The game offers long-time fans the epic experience they have been clamoring for. The solo adventure features more than 40 hours of gameplay, an emotionally engaging story, traditional cut scenes, and strong character development. The title's hero is Ethan Waber, a 17-year old cadet intent on saving his sister, who is living on a planet under siege by mysterious life forces called THE SEED. In Online Mode, players are given the opportunity to create their own characters from a range of races, and they get to explore all three planets in the Grarl solar system. Fans can travel with a squad of other adventurers, enter urban sprawls teeming with hundreds of other players, and build their avatars into powerful warriors. [Sega]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.1
Grandia Xtreme 84.

Grandia Xtreme

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 30, 2002
With an enhanced battle system, Grandia Xtreme pushes RPG gaming in new directions with a faster-paced game of exploration and discovery. With over 130 different types of monsters and 8 elemental lands standing between you and victory, the future of world has never looked more desperate. Can you avert the disaster rising from the ancient ruins? [Enix]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.6
Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir 85.

Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir

Platform: PlayStation 2
July 12, 2005
(Also known as "Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Akaki Elixir no Akuma") The story begins in Lior, a desert city that Edward and Alphonse visit in the first episode of the animated series. As the brothers are unveiling the secrets of a cult called Leto, they are attacked by shadowy creatures from the unknown. Meanwhile, a frightening phenomenon is sweeping the country; people in many regions are vanishing without a trace. In Resembool, Edward and Alphonse meet an enigmatic alchemist. It seems that he has some connection with both the disappearances and the strange creatures encountered earlier. When Colonel Mustang sends the brothers to investigate a village plagued by these monsters, they meet Arlen, an archaeologist who is studying the ancient civilization of Lebis. Edward and Alphonse soon find themselves headed for the ruins of Siam-Sid, the capital city of Lebis, to discover the truth behind the monstrous creatures and the puzzling disappearances.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
7.2
Legaia 2: Duel Saga 86.

Legaia 2: Duel Saga

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 1, 2002
A magical crystal that supplies infinite water to the small village of Nohl is stolen by force, causing a solar eclipse that drowns the land in an evil light, making monsters more abundant and powerful and placing the village's survival at stake. Now Lang, a rookie member of the Nohl militia, must fight his way across uncharted lands to recover the crystal and restore peace to the land. [Fresh Games]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
8.2
Tsugunai: Atonement 87.

Tsugunai: Atonement

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 29, 2001
The story of a young mercenary named Leise, who has inadvertently angered the God of Light by removing the mystical Treasure Orb from its sacred pedestal. As punishment, the God of Light forever separates his soul from his body until he atones for his sins by helping the people of Walondia. However, without a physical body of his own, the only way to change the fates of the people is to possess them. Ultimately, Leise must confront the evil power responsible for the darkness that has befallen Walondia. [Atlus]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
8.8
Magna Carta: Tears of Blood 88.

Magna Carta: Tears of Blood

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 16, 2005
Revenge is the only thing that can erase this hatred. In the land of Efferia, humans and native-Efferians uneasily co-exist in the clutches of an endless war. A young man out for revenge against the natives finds a girl who has lost her memories. Where will destiny lead them...? A 50+ hour fantasy that unfolds through amazing CGI cut-scenes and fully voiced dialogue. Unlock the secrets of the Carta System and unleash magical fury. Character designs are created by renowned Korean Artist, Hyung Tae Kim bring the world of Efferia to life. Unique real-time battle systems allow you to position yourself anywhere on the battlefield.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
7.2
RPG Maker II 89.

RPG Maker II

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 24, 2003
RPG Maker 2 for PlayStation2 gives players a virtual blank screen and every conceivable tool they?ll need to create the RPG of their dreams. By providing fully rendered 3D models for all characters, monsters, backgrounds, and items, RPG Maker 2 lets the players create intricate, detailed worlds of their own. No other game in the history of video games has ever provided this much incentive for gamers to use every ounce of their creativity!
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.5
MS Saga: A New Dawn 90.

MS Saga: A New Dawn

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 21, 2006
In the aftermath of the Great Fall, its survivors face a great irony. They must harness the power of the enemy to rebuild their world. But when the power falls into the wrong hands, their survival is threatened once more. As Tristan, travel the world to recruit your team. Build your army from 39 base model mobile suits. Command them in battles to stop Vladi Zarth and his army. Customize them with more than 260 different parts. Explore towns and perform tasks to earn experience and money. Encounter more than 300 types of enemies. Featuring mobile suits from Mobile Suit Gundam, G Gundam and Gundam Wing. [Bandai]
Metascore:
65
User Score:
7.7
Heroes of Might and Magic: Quest for the Dragon Bone Staff 91.

Heroes of Might and Magic: Quest for the Dragon Bone Staff

Platform: PlayStation 2
April 18, 2001
The venerable "Heroes of Might and Magic" series arrives from the PC, shedding its 2D and turn-based roots while maintaining a traditional RPG storyline -- find the cure for your poisoned king.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
6.2
Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel 92.

Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 14, 2004
In this gritty and darkly humorous 3rd person action adventure, players join the courageous Brotherhood of Steel, whose mission is to maintain peace in the grim post-apocalyptic world of Fallout. Battling raiders, mutants and a host of radioactive nightmares, players attempt to save the scattered remnants of the human race. Life is hard, mutation is rampant and the closet thing to law and order is the fusion-powered pistol that you carry on your hip. [Vivendi Universal]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
4.0
Shining Force EXA 93.

Shining Force EXA

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 20, 2007
The world of Shining Force EXA has long been steeped in devastating wars and oppression. Two bitter nations wage constant war upon each other by summoning armies of beasts and demons. Now, decades later, neither side has gained any perceivable advantage over the other, while the world and its people lay ravaged and devastated by the ceaseless fighting. Players take the role of two characters in Shining Force EXA; Toma, a warrior who holds the power to wield the Shining Force, is destined to unite the divided world in which he lives; and Cyrille, a powerful sorceress who fights to create a better future for her homeland. Together Toma and Cyrille embark on a quest to bring peace and order back to their war-ravaged world. Shining Force EXA debuts an innovative Fortress System by which players manage the growth, layout, and defense of the Geo Fortress, the player's home base. As players leave the Geo Fortress to go on missions and quests, they are kept abreast of events at the fortress. If at anytime the Geo Fortress is attacked during the quest, players must switch between parties and use members from the defensive force that were left to protect the fortress from invasion. The Geo Fortress can evolve during the game to match players' personal style and tactics. [Sega]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.8
Musashi: Samurai Legend 94.

Musashi: Samurai Legend

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 15, 2005
The journey begins when Princess Mycella summons Musashi across space and time to save her people from danger. As a stranger in a new world, Musashi finds intrigue and adventure as he hones his battle skills to defeat a sinister nemesis. All-new battle systems contribute to non-stop action. Musashi can focus his energy to learn his opponents' techniques, allowing him to give enemies a taste of their own medicine. And this time Musashi can not only pick up allies and enemies but also wield them in combat to devastating effect. [Square-Enix]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
8.5
Forever Kingdom 95.

Forever Kingdom

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 21, 2002
A young swordsman named Darius is joined by his childhood friend Ruyan, and a mysterious woman with incerdible magical talent named Faeana on a quest to stop the mad wizard Darsul from destroying their homeland. The three heroes have been bound by the evil sourcer's curse to suffer a shared fate - either they explore the ruins of an ancient civilization together to find a cure for their affliction, or they will all die. [Agetec]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
8.4
Suikoden IV 96.

Suikoden IV

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 11, 2005
Suikoden IV features the return of the 108 Stars of Destiny, as well as an enhanced graphical interface and a new ground breaking battle system. Konami has taken the franchise to new heights with significant enhancements to the visual appearance of the characters and environments as well as the introduction of a new innovative combat system with dynamic camera angles. Suikoden IV continues the gameplay tradition with players interacting with over 100 characters in vast and rich 3D environments as they battle new adversaries, explore new territory and embark on unforgettable adventures. [Konami]
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.4
Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm 97.

Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm

Platform: PlayStation 2
May 29, 2007
Long ago, the power of alchemy allowed people to travel between different worlds through dimensional gates; however, with the collapse of the first great civilization, people lost the means to "jump" worlds. A long time has passed since the great destruction and now people once again are unlocking the mystery surrounding the dimensional gates and adventuring to unforeseen territory, seeking the magical book of infinite wisdom. With the fast paced ACCB system, battle sequences are ordered by cards that represent the characters' action order. The quicker the character, the faster their action turn comes around. An innovative change for Atelier Iris 3 is the introduction of a symbol encounter system. Players no longer randomly encounter enemies, but visually confirm and engage them. Unlike previous Atelier Iris titles, this game adopts a guild quest system through which players can easily accept quests and missions that the guild posts. [NIS America]
Metascore:
63
User Score:
6.8
Drakengard 98.

Drakengard

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 2, 2004
Conflict has erupted between the Empire and the Union. The Empire, once part of the Union itself, has forsaken peace and accumulated awesome power in a surprisingly short time. Caim, a Union warrior and former prince of a small kingdom destroyed by the Empire, has received word that his castle is under attack. To make matters worse, his sister, Furiae, is still trapped within its walls. In an effort to save her, Caim manages to infiltrate the castle gates, but is mortally wounded in the battle. Slowly dying from his wounds, Caim comes upon a captured red dragon that also lies on the brink of death. Desperate to survive and continue his battle with the hated Empire, Caim decides to enter a pact with thedragon. By nature, the dragon herself is a proud beast that is unwilling to cooperate with humans, but she, too, has no choice but to accept Caims offer in order to live. The pact is a bitter compromise, as it requires the human partner to sacrifice some part of his or her body; the price for Caim is the power of speech. But the instant Caim joins souls with the dragon, the two pactpartners are given new life, and become bound together until death. With his strength restored, Caim rescues Furiae and sends her away to safety with a childhood friend, Inuart. Caim and the dragon then begin their quest to unravel the mystery behind the Empires sudden rise to power.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
8.1
Metal Saga 99.

Metal Saga

Platform: PlayStation 2
April 25, 2006
In the not so distant future... Desperate to find a way to save the earth from pollution, mankind created a gigantic supercomputer and named it Noah. Noah’s solution, however, was to exterminate its creators. In a matter of days, civilization fell to terrifying weapons and monsters created by Noah. This cataclysmic event came to be known as the Great Destruction. As the years passed, the number of human survivors grew, slowly but steadily. They formed villages and towns, living off of technology that they were able to salvage from the piles of wreckage. Among the survivors were those who rose up to fight Noah's robotic henchmen. To track down and eliminate these threats to humanity, they utilized the most powerful weapons still operable after the Great Destruction—tanks! As a sign of respect, people nicknamed them "hunters." Noah, the cause of the Great Destruction, was in fact destroyed by one such hunter. However, its ruthless offspring still roamed the world, striking fear in people’s hearts. Now, a young man prepares to set foot into the deadly desert wasteland to make a name for himself, as did his father, a veteran hunter... [Atlus]
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.3
Eternal Ring 100.

Eternal Ring

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 24, 2000
A young magician is sent by his king to investigate the strange happenings on the Island of No Return. Armed with his sword and his natural talent as a sorcerer, Cain attempts to be the first person to return from the island alive. Legend has it that the island is inhabited by numerous beasts, enormous dragons, and magical items that were supposed to be buried long ago. As Cain, you must solve several baffling scenarios and defend yourself while you search for the magic ring.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
6.4
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