The 7 Games You Must Play Before Marriage
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Diablo II is probably the video game RPG that started it all. Originally released by Blizzard for PC back in 2000, Diablo II transformed the realm of modern-day video game RPGs forever. This is where I learned how to first pick a character class according to my play style. Of course I started with the Paladin, and I have been playing Tank/Warrior type characters ever since. This is where we learned the importance of a skill tree and choosing skills wisely! Diablo II taught us how to be intelligent in storage spacing! That blasted chest only had so much slots in it it that you had to be ingenious in placing your swords, gems, potions, and scrolls so that you had the best use of the space.
Diablo II was also where I first learned of the dear of dark dungeons. Playing long into the night, those endless levels of catacombs and crypts became darker and more ominous with each passing day. I even started a new Shaman character just so I would companions on the way! My merry band consisted of an archer, a wolf, and even a walking thornbush! Diablo II is unforgettable and always re-playable. It set the bar for all the RPGs to come for the next twenty years. Believe it guys, Diablo II is a ‘must-play’ for any video gamer out there. Before time runs out!
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First thought? He looks like Gokou! But Since we are on the topic of classic RPG games, we have to include Chrono Trigger to the list! I remember crawling into my cousin’s house next door just so my parents would not see me sneak out. We didn’t have an SNES, but my cousin did! I would play there for hours into the late afternoons! Going back and forward in time in wonderfully colored 2D graphics was a delight! Chrono Cross would later be released but it was not the same. Chrono Trigger gave gamers like me an early look into what a wonderful story with good user interface can do to make a great RPG!
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Want another classic 2D and animated RPG? You have to play Xenogears! Honestly this is still one of my most memorable and beloved video game RPGs I have ever played. There is a wonderful story within the brightly colored scenes. A deep plot and great characters make the game very playable and engrossing. The dynamics of having both human and mechanized robot characters gave the game lots of depth. As one of the first games we owned on the Playstation, my brothers and I would take turns playing our own saved games. Just be careful which memory card you use! Fei and his robot counterpart Weltall will use all of their skills, abilities, magic, and boosters to get you through the great world of Xenogears. This game is a beloved classic, and will stand as one of the best RPGs in the Playstation era.
FALLOUT 3 & 4
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Welcome to the Wasteland! Ever since I first laid eyes on the turn-based PC version of Fallout Tactics, I fell in love with the Fallout world! Imagine my delight when I heard about the release of Fallout 3! After several Game of the Year Awards, Fallout 4 would crash through and also become one of the best video game RPGs of all time!
Fallout created a unique, deep, and vast world set in the post nuclear-apocalyptic era. Here you play the part of a Vault-Dweller, a survivor who emerges in a world unlike the one he or she has known. Here you must learn skills, gather weapons, join factions, and work your way towards becoming a beacon of hope in the world. Or, become the ultimate evil.
One of the key winning aspects of Fallout is the open-world choices you can make. You can literally do ANYTHING in the Fallout universe. All these choices tie-up to whether you become a celebrated hero or a fearsome villain. All the dialogue options and action choices directly affect the story and will alter the game’s ending depending on your character’s moral stance. Plus, it never gets old to wrestle with a Deathclaw while decked out in Power Armor. Personally, I have over 150 hours of gameplay on both Fallout 3 and Fallout 4. Now to find time to play if and when Fallout 5 comes out…