Unsequelized RPGs from the 00s

Unsequelized RPGs from the 00s

The RPGs That Time Forgot, But We’ll Always Remember!

You name it—Final Fantasy, Persona, and The Elder Scrolls—these timeless RPG series have captured the hearts of gamers for decades. With each new entry, they bring forth mind-blowing gameplay, captivating narratives, and groundbreaking technical innovations that never fail to thrill both new fans and longtime supporters. Even the seemingly unchanging series like Dragon Quest have managed to keep their essence while enhancing the fan experience with quality-of-life improvements. But, hey, let’s not forget about those RPGs from the early 2000s that never made it to the roaring twenties. While some of them did receive sequels or ports, many were left in the dust, abandoned with their relative popularity and a wistful sigh. Let’s take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and revisit some of these hidden gems (and the potential sequels that never were)! So grab your mythical artifacts, ready your witty one-liners, and let’s dive right in!

10. Dark Cloud & Dark Chronicle (PS2)

Dark Cloud & Dark Chronicle

We kick off our list with a duo that truly illuminated the PS2 era—Dark Cloud and its successor Dark Chronicle (or Dark Cloud 2 in North America). These games may not share a common narrative, but they both mastered the art of city-building, weapon degradation, and weapon fusion. Talk about some serious craftsmanship! Besides, both games boasted unique combat mechanics and time-traveling plots that made our heads spin (and our hearts skip a beat). Despite the second game’s vast improvements, the dreaded poor sales and an unfortunate lack of interest in continuing this epic IP sealed their fates—no dark cloud can escape the storm of fate!

9. Skies of Arcadia (Dreamcast & Gamecube)

Skies of Arcadia

Ahoy there, fellow gamers! Cast your gaze towards the boundless skies and set sail with Skies of Arcadia! This turn-of-the-millennium gem allowed players to chart uncharted territories via majestic airships while uncovering hidden wonders known as “Discoveries” (ooh, so mysterious!). Rumors flutter about a potential remaster for its GameCube remake, Skies of Arcadia Legends. If these rumors prove true, brace yourselves for a classic turn-based RPG where swashbuckling pirates save the known world. Avast, me hearties, the sky’s the limit!

8. Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360)

Lost Odyssey

Prepare to embark on an emotional rollercoaster with Lost Odyssey! This 2007 gem stood out amidst troubled development, introducing refreshing mechanics like the “Aim Ring System” and epic five-member combat parties. But what truly captivated players were the deep story elements that explored the dichotomy of “mortal” and “immortal” characters, leaving a mark on both gameplay and hearts. Glowing reviews and remarkable sales at the time should have paved the way for a sequel, right? Alas, destiny had other plans in store, and the tale of Lost Odyssey remained lost in time, begging for a resurrection.

7. Vagrant Story (PS)

Vagrant Story

Ladies and gentlemen, enter the realm of artistic brilliance and gameplay sophistication with Vagrant Story! This legendary game is frequently hailed as one of Square Enix’s finest non-Final Fantasy creations and a shining example of top-tier localization. With stunning visuals by Akihiko Yoshida and Hiroshi Minagawa, enchanting music by Hitoshi Sakimoto, and intricately woven plotlines by Yasumi Matsuno and Jun Akiyama, this action RPG stole the hearts of fans and Square Enix loyalists alike. Don’t even get us started on its multi-layered combat system that left players begging for more. Though a true narrative sequel remains a distant dream, you can still catch glimpses of Vagrant Story in other Square Enix titles like Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, and Crimson Shroud. Long live the legacy!

6. Jade Empire (Xbox & Windows)

Jade Empire

Prepare to explore uncharted realms with Jade Empire! BioWare, known for their Dungeons & Dragons-style fantasy games and sci-fi adventures, took a daring leap into a world of martial arts and Eastern mysticism. And boy, did they deliver! A tightly-packed action RPG with a refreshing premise, captivating characters, and a tale woven with myth and legend greeted players with open arms. Despite initial interest from BioWare’s co-founders, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, the flames of this empire eventually flickered out, leaving fans yearning for more. But fear not, fellow warriors, for there is hope on the horizon—Sifu, a martial-arts rogue-like by Sloclap, promises to quench your thirst for martial arts mastery.

5. Shadow Hearts (PS & PS2)

Shadow Hearts

Lovecraftian horror meets alternate history in the dark and quirky world of Shadow Hearts! While its predecessor Koudelka may not hog the limelight, the entire Shadow Hearts series deserves recognition for its charming characters, unique combat system, and fearlessness in embracing its own weirdness. Dive into the romance between Yuri and Alice while encountering a bizarre cast of playable characters with their own eccentric quirks and captivating backstories. And let’s not forget the heart-pounding Judgement Ring timing-based system that had players on the edge of their seats, both in and out of combat. It’s high time this occult masterpiece crawls back from the shadows!

4. Baten Kaitos 1 & 2 (Gamecube & Switch)

Baten Kaitos 1 & 2

Prepare to be swept away by the ethereal enchantment of Baten Kaitos! Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and its prequel, Baten Kaitos Origins, may have been overshadowed by other Monolith Soft projects, but their magnetic allure has found a place in the hearts of fans. And guess what? The classics are making a triumphant return with the upcoming Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster for the Nintendo Switch. Get ready to unleash the power of “guardian spirits” and immerse yourself in the spellbinding world of Magnus—a card-based combat system that breathes fresh air into the RPG genre. Brace yourself for mind-bending plot twists and spine-tingling moments that will leave you craving more from this short-lived series!

3. The Legend of Dragoon (PS)

The Legend of Dragoon

Calling all dragon riders and adventurers! Behold, The Legend of Dragoon—a timeless classic that soared above and beyond the Playstation 1 era. With its QTE-like battle system and awe-inspiring Dragoon Spirits, this game won the hearts of gamers everywhere. The addition of QTE mechanics injected an extra dose of adrenaline, granting spirit points for successful executions that allowed for jaw-dropping Dragoon transformations. Not to mention the realistic cutscenes and luscious pre-rendered backgrounds that captivated players from the get-go. Despite fierce competition from heavyweights like Final Fantasy IX, Vagrant Story, and Chrono Cross, this game managed to survive the test of time and elicit continuous admiration from fans. So, dear game gods, how about a shiny remake for this gem?

2. Champions (PS2 & Windows)

Champions

Gather your mighty allies! Prepare your blades and spells! Champions of Norrath and Champions: Return to Arms are here to unleash their hack-and-slash fury upon us! These couch co-op legends not only tapped into the familiar landscape of Everquest, but they also offered timeless action that allowed friends to gather and embark on epic adventures. Compared to games like Diablo II, the Champions series delivered a more social experience, where camaraderie grew as enemies fell. Sadly, unlike the lucky ones, these games never received re-releases, leaving fans craving more online adventures with their heroic buddies. It’s a missed opportunity for sure, but the memories we made will forever shine brightly!

1. Suikoden (PS & Nintendo)

Suikoden

And here it is, the grand finale—a tribute to the unmatched Suikoden franchise! If you ask any RPG fan which series they’d love to see revived, Suikoden will likely be the answer echoing through the halls of gaming lore. Known as one of the greatest JRPG series ever conceived, these games captivated our hearts with their vast cast of characters and gripping tales of destiny and betrayal. While we were blessed with HD remakes for the first two titles, a full-blown revival of the series seems to be but a distant dream for Konami… But fear not, brave adventurers! The spirits of Suikoden live on through its spiritual successor, Eiyuden Chronicle. So, let’s raise our swords, don our armor, and march to the beat of a new era!

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