Top 5 SquareSoft JRPGs that aren't Final Fantasy

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Final Fantasy wasn't always the bread and butter for Square Enix. And it wasn't always the greatest JRPG in the West, either. Back in the days of the PlayStation 1 Square Enix (then SquareSoft) had developed many JRPGs. 

This list is comprised of notable titles from their catalog that stand out within the genre. And it will focus on games from different series that are not part of the Final Fantasy franchise. Now onward to the list. 

Published Apr. 11th 2016
  • Ashley Gill
    Associate Editor
    Good list, but I'd argue against Vagrant Story and put Trigger over Cross. And where's a Mana game (everyone's got their favorite).

    Vagrant Story, while groundbreaking at the time and a difficult title overall, is ultimately immemorable. It was one of the best-selling games on the console because it came out so late in the PSX's lifespan, yet barely anyone remembers much about it. Myself included, and I gave it a second playthrough last year. Square put out much better games on the SNES and even the PSX.

    Chrono Cross, while my favorite between it and Trigger, is a mess in terms of story. It's an absolutely gorgeous game in just about every sense, combat is fun, and the amount of characters you can recruit is a nice touch, but I don't know if I'd put it over Trigger in terms of overall quality. It's really hard to pinpoint anything bad about Chrono Trigger.

    Square's offerings on the SNES and PSX combined were legendary. The SaGa series, Mana series, a whole slew of titles that never saw official localizations within those two series and far past that, and friggin' Super Mario RPG. A list of 5 games, especially only PSX titles, does not do justice to their library during the 90s.

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