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NanoPaladin

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I don't think I can answer the questions as presented in the survey itself, but the notion itself is worth discussing here. Do I like SRPGs? Well, yes and no. I like some games that can be given that label, but I think the term itself is contradictory and that if a game was made with that literal goal in mind, it would be a bad game. A strategy game thrives on challenge and having the smarts to beat the metagame, it's about optimising your play to have the best chance of winning. An RPG neither needs nor wants any of those things. The player's actions are determined by what's interesting and what's in character, and those actions are sometimes, or indeed almost always, not the optimal one.

 

So yeah, the good titles are good not because they're SRPGs, but because they're not RPGs. They're just strategy games, being about as much of an RPG as Civilization, or Starcraft. Being kind, I'd say the only distinguishing feature is the notion of unit persistence such that one redshirt isn't the same as the next, but that's not so much RPG as plain old common sense design.

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Soviet RPG? :o

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1) God of War III - PS3 - 24+ hours

2) Final Fantasy XIII - PS3 - 130+ hours

3) White Knight Chronicles International Edition - PS3 - 525+ hours

4) Hyperdimension Neptunia - PS3 - 80+ hours

5) Final Fantasy XIII-2 - PS3 - 200+ hours

6) Tales of Xillia - PS3 - 135+ hours

7) Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 - PS3 - 152+ hours

8.) Grand Turismo 6 - PS3 - 81+ hours (including Senna Master DLC)

9) Demon's Souls - PS3 - 197+ hours

10) Tales of Graces f - PS3 - 337+ hours

11) Star Ocean: The Last Hope International - PS3 - 750+ hours

12) Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - PS3 - 127+ hours

13) Soulcalibur V - PS3 - 73+ hours

14) Gran Turismo 5 - PS3 - 600+ hours

15) Tales of Xillia 2 - PS3 - 302+ hours

16) Mortal Kombat XL - PS4 - 95+ hours

17) Project CARS Game of the Year Edition - PS4 - 120+ hours

18) Dark Souls - PS3 - 197+ hours

19) Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory - PS3 - 238+ hours

20) Final Fantasy Type-0 - PS4 - 58+ hours

21) Journey - PS4 - 9+ hours

22) Dark Souls II - PS3 - 210+ hours

23) Fairy Fencer F - PS3 - 215+ hours

24) Megadimension Neptunia VII - PS4 - 160 hours

25) Super Neptunia RPG - PS4 - 44+ hours

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