1. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, Second Chapter
Finally! About 110 hours. It really was close to twice the length of FC, despite Jawshy's sarcastic reaction to the idea.
This is as close to a perfect JRPG as I think we can get in the modern era. Classic aesthetics, but still beautiful. Incredible writing, both on a dialogue level and regarding the overall plot. Does utilize a few anime clichés, but handles them well. The characters are vibrant, interesting, and full of personality. And the battle system and character building are straightforward, but just deep and varied enough to scratch that itch for customizing. The ability to approach battles from various angles depending on your party and builds never stops being fun. One of my most fun battles was when I used Silver Thorn with Olivier and confused all but one of 7 monsters coming at me in a midboss fight. Most people consider moves like Silver Thorn and Zodiac to be a waste, but I was able to use them to great effect. A testament to the level of balance in this game, it offers an awful lot of player freedom while still giving that freedom just enough of a boundary.
Final Score: 10/10
A fantastic JRPG with some of the best characters and plot in the history of the genre.
Up Next: Final Fantasy XV!