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Persona 5 tops the list of Japan’s best RPGs, NieR: Automata ranks in fourth

by Ron Duwell | July 21, 2017July 21, 2017 5:00 pm PDT

Famitsu readers are a very strange bunch. Whenever they do one of these “Top X” lists, it always seems split right down the middle between those who are loyal to the sentimental classics and those who prefer to live in the modern day.

Take this list of best RPGs ever made. With 2,295 votes cast, the top five include three timeless favorites and two games that were released within the past few months.

  1. Persona 5 – 256
  2. Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation – 218
  3. Chrono Trigger – 194
  4. NieR: Automata – 177
  5. Final Fantasy VII – 169

Persona 5 and NieR: Automata are both great games, but they have quite a few decades to establish themselves as memorable favorites in the way that Dragon Quest III, Final Fantasy VII, and especially Chrono Trigger have. Give us a call in twenty years, you two, and we’ll see if we remember you.

As for the rest of the list, let’s take a look for the heck of it.

  1. Persona 5 – 256
  2. Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation – 218
  3. Chrono Trigger – 194
  4. NieR: Automata – 177
  5. Final Fantasy VII – 169
  6. Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – 165
  7. Suikoden II – 155
  8. NieR – 151
  9. Persona 3 -131
  10. Final Fantasy XV – 110
  11. Xenoblade Chronicles – 104
  12. Final Fantasy X – 100
  13. Xenogears – 91
  14. Persona 4: Golden – 90
  15. Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen – 82
  16. Final Fantasy VI – 81
  17. EarthBound – 78
  18. Final Fantasy IX – 75
  19. Final Fantasy VIII – 74
  20. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 72

Oh man, that’s a fun list. Always fun to see your all time favorites do well in polls, and both Chrono Trigger and Suikoden II breaking the top ten pleases me deep in the marrow of my sentimentality bones. Sadly, to this day, Dragon Quest III remains the only game in the series I’ve never played. I need to fix that soon I think, maybe over the upcoming summer vacation.

Where do your favorites rank… if they do at all? No SaGa Frontier… but I wouldn’t expect it to be there.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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