‘(according to Game Informer)’ is what should have been in that title, I suppose, as I do not want to take credit or flack for this one.
Game Informer last year did a Top 100 RPGs of all time, and I going to my local Half Priced Books today bought it. Why? LOOK AT THAT ART! Chrono looks like a bad ass!
Final Fantasy VII is one of those games that has to be in the Top 25 of one of these lists, contractually. Let’s see what Game Informer thought was better, last year. Ultima Online, Secret of Mana, Pokemon Red & Blue, Deus Ex, Planescape: Torment, Fallout 3, Bloodborne, Final Fantasy Tactics, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Diablo II, Starwars: KOTOR, W.O.W., The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Mass Effect 2, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
WOW! Shots fired! Some of those were on the list, I feel because they were the first to due whatever the did correctly, but ouch… The first Pokemon was a better RPG? I could believe lifetime sales wise, sure… but on the RPG part? I… just… really? Now I am a fan of Pokemon Blue… but come on. Since the list did not include Yellow which followed the anime more closely, I’m guessing that it was not the story that gave it the place of 15. It obviously was not the graphics either, and it could not be the music. I’m sorry, but FFVII had CD quality audio done by a much larger team! I’m guessing that this one was the first like it, made a huge splash sales wise, etc. and that is why… but WOW.
Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy Tactics, Chrono Trigger, and Final Fantasy VI… I feel like that is saying 2D FF’s>3D FF’s… or almost Nintendo>Sony. Do not get me wrong, these were some juggernaut games that just WOW… amazing on SNES… but the PS1’s Final Fantasy Tactics being there just… it’s a head scratcher. To trick people into buying this one, Square put Cloud in it. Is that why this is there?
Screw Skyrim. There, I said it… and I feel like we can move on with out lives now. I also think that the third Penny Arcade episode should be on this list in general, especially since Undertale is in at #70. Weirdly, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild made it into the top 50, but no Ocarina of Time or A Link to The Past? Is Persona 5 deserving of being #19 to FFVII’s #18? I have no idea… but apparently Game Informer did?
Whatever. For their entire 7 pages full of ads counting down to #1, they put it on their site on the first, and you can click here: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2018/01/01/the-top-100-rpgs-of-all-time.aspx