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Here are some more thoughts from a demented mind in Central Florida:
I'm looking for a Christmas gift for my best friend from high school, who recently moved to the San Francisco area. He's got a PS2 - one of the newer, slimmer models, so I'm not sure if it has (or is able to have) one of those PS2 hard drives. He bought Marvel Ultimate Alliance around Thanksgiving 2006 and he really liked it, so I got him X-Men Legends and X-Men Legends II for Christmas last year. I don't know if he has a desktop or just a laptop, but I don't think he's a huge fan of PC games.

I know he digs the Final Fantasy series, but I'm not sure which one's the most recent (to say nothing of which ones he has). I don't know if he'd dig the Kingdom Hearts series.

Any suggestions and ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance, all!



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The best non-FF RPG for PS2 is Dragon Quest 8.

Grandia 2 and 3 are simple but fun games.

Wild Arms and Breath of Fire are RPG franchises with decent PS2 games.



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I don't know that I could be friends with someone who didn't love the Kingdom Hearts games.
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If you can find a copy, Final Fantasy Tactics. I still play it to this day.



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I just finally finished FFXII and it was OK. I didn't think I was at the end of the game when I finished it - there was a ton of content left for higher levels than I was. If he is a completist, it might be a good game for him.

Final Fantasy X is still one of my favorites. I do not like Final Fantasy X-2 though.

I saw Disgaea 2 in the clearance bin at the store and almost picked that up. It's probably worth the $20.




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Okami. The storyline is out there (you're a Japanese sun god, who uses a magic brush to vanquish evil and make the sun rise, amongst other powers you get as the game progresses) but it's a fun ride.

And get him both KH games. If he doesn't like them, get a new friend.




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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
I'll go obscure (read: Atlus) and reccomend Persona 3, which is part high school simulation and part RPG (and wholly awesome).

Kingdom Hearts kind of blows, but your friend would probably like it all the same. It's quite engrossing at first, at least until the second game where things nosedive into not making a damn bit of sense.

The Disgaea games kind of suck.

Dragon Quest 8 is good but slowww.

After playing FFXII I never want to play another traditional JRPG again.
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Funny...I didn't care much for the KH series. They were fun, but nothing spectacular.

Then again, FFX was incredible.

Best part of the PS2 is backwards compatibility. I'd recommend hunting down any of the PSone FF games.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.14
    Originally posted by Alex
    Kingdom Hearts kind of blows, but your friend would probably like it all the same. It's quite engrossing at first, at least until the second game where things nosedive into not making a damn bit of sense.

    The Disgaea games kind of suck.


From what I've been told, there was a Game Boy KH game that ties the two together. Never played it, and I liked both PS2 KH games, so YMMV.

Disgaea 1 is a LONG game. As in, "you can get characters up to Level 1000" long. I've bought 2 but haven't had time to play it. (Engrossed in SvR2k8. which is a good but involved game, you HAVE to learn your fighting styles to survive.)



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In trying to suggest some 'different' games out there, that aren't Final Fantasy games...

I personally enjoyed Wild ARMs 4 quite a bit. It doesn't have the multi-million dollar production values of the FF games, but asks for more involvement on the part of the player than a Final Fantasy game would.

Then there's Shadow Hearts : From the New World, which has a bizarre sense of humor (and an interesting take on North and South America in the 1920s...) that isn't seen in many RPGs at all.






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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
Shadow Hearts: From the New World, and the previous game Shadow Hearts: Covenant are both really good. Don't bother with the first game in the series, it's not so great. Depending on how much you like Japanese-style RPGs, the Tales of series might be a good pick. Personally, I think Tales of the Abyss is one of the best games I've ever played. If strategy RPGs are your thing, I would also recommend the Growlanser series. Only three of the five games have come out in the States, but for the most part the sequels don't depend on each other. The second and third games came out on a compilation called Growlanser Generations, and the fifth game, Heritage of War, just came out a couple months ago.
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