Three RPG Remakes You Need to Play Now

By Thomas Hart on May 24, 2020

The Role-Playing Game (RPG) video game genre is my absolute favorite video game genre of all time… but it seems for most people it can be the hardest to get into. Defined by slower gameplay, heightened storytelling, and more freedom to let the player choose how to play the game, the RPG can be tricky for most people to jump into. But for those looking for a new RPG to play, there are three remakes of older RPGs on the horizon or out now that I can’t recommend enough.

Both the FinaL Fantasy HD Remake and Persona 5 Royal are available (and exclusive) the the Playstation 4.

Final Fantasy VII Remake: This game has been in the making for several years, announced back in 2014 and lampooned for its long development time, but now that it’s out, the only one laughing is SquareEnix. This game blew people away with incredible visuals, expansions on old and underdeveloped characters, and a radical change to its game play style. Though the original game relied on a turn-based style featured heavily in most RPGs, the remake decided to go for more of a beat-em-up take, a welcome edition that makes the game more accessible for those new to the RPG style.

Persona 5 Royal: This is a long game, so prepare yourself if you are thinking of diving in. My first time playing Persona 5 Royal was around a 120 hour experience, and I can say I loved every minute of it. Persona is half standard, turn-based, fantasy/sci-fi oriented RPG and half slice of life game that adds up to be what I imagine would come from Final Fantasy, the Sims, and an anime dating sim all being put in a blender. Combining fun characters, incredible music, and a take on the RPG battle formula that is easy enough to understand but has loads of depth, Persona 5 Royal is a long game that will keep you satisfied the entire way through.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition: Now, this game isn’t out yet, it releases on the 29th, but it’s a remastered version of an old game so I can say if it’s anything like the original Xenoblade Chronicles, it is worth a go. Xenoblade Chronicles quickly rose from its place under the mainstream games to be considered a modern classic, and most of that is due to its story and music. This game is an RPG with a battle system more in line with a Real-time Strategy game, putting more importance on timing and teamwork with other party members to get through scrapes. This is a bit harder to get into than the other games, but what lies after is a sci-fi story rampant with twists, memorable characters, and creative worldbuilding. This game is called a modern classic for a reason, after all.

Xenoblade Chronicles DE comes out May 29th on the Nintendo Switch. Image:

These three games are perfect new games for any wannabe fan of the RPG to try. They aren’t as traditional as most, but each one brings something different to the table that is sure to grab any new RPG player and get them hooked.

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