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Brief Guide to SEGA RPGs

 


With the latest entry in SEGA’s much beloved Valkyria franchise (video games, anime, manga, music, you name it) recently hitting stores titled Valkyria Revolution, on the Xbox One, PS4, and even Vita, now is as good time as any to really appreciate the deep and rich catalog of RPGs released under the SEGA flag. SEGA may not be the king of video games as it once was in an era gone by, but over the course of its 30+ year existence it has created some of the finest role playing adventures that deserve the same acclaim as any of the best role playing epics by Nintendo and Square-Enix.

So here’s a quick and dirty overview of RPG franchises and games by SEGA that are worth any role player’s time.

Valkyria

First Game: Valkyria Chronicles (2008 / PS3)

Most Recent Game: Valkyria Revoluion (2017 / PS4, Xbox One, Vita)

Best Game: Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (2016 / PS4)

 

Shining Force

First Game: Shining Force (1993 / Mega Drive)

Most Recent Game: Shining Force Feather (2009 / DS)

Best Game: Shining Force III (1998 / Saturn)

 

Shining

First Game: Shining in the Darkness (1991 / Mega Drive)

Most Recent Game: Shining Ark (2013 / PSP)

Best Game: Shining the Holy Ark (1996 / Saturn)

 

Phantasy Star

First Game: Phantasy Star (1988 / Master System)

Most Recent Game: Phantasy Star Nova (2014 / Vita)

Best Game: Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (1995 / Mega Drive)

 

Langrisser

First Game: Langrisser Warsong (1991 / Mega Drive)

Best Game: Langrisser IV (1997 / Saturn)

Most Recent Game: Langrisser Re:Incarnation Tensei (2015 / 3DS)

 

Sakura Taisen

First Game: Sakura Taisen (1996 / Saturn)

Best Game: Sakura Taisen II Thou Shalt Not Die (1998 / Saturn)

Most Recent Game: Sakura Taisen V So Long, My Love (2010 / Wii, PS2)

 

Wonder Boy/Monster World

First Game: Wonder Boy (1987 / Master System)

Best Game: Monster World IV (1994 / Mega Drive)

Most Recent Game: Wonder Boy The Dragon’s Trap (2017 / PS4, Xbox One, Switch)

 

Yakuza

First Game: Yakuza (2006 / PS2)

Best Game: Yakuza 3 (2010 / PS3)

Most Recent Game: Yakuza Kiwami (2017 / PS3, PS4)

 

Shenmue

First Game: Shenmue (2000 / Dreamcast)

Best Game: Shenmue II (2002 / Dreamcast, Xbox)

Most Recent Game: Shenmue III (Hopefully Someday… Maybe? / PS4)

 

7th Dragon

First Game: 7th Dragon (2009 / DS)

Best Game: 7th Dragon 2020 (2011/ PSP)

Most Recent Game: 7th Dragon III Code VFD (2016 / 3DS)

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