5) Final Fantasy X (PS2) - I have never been a fan of the Final Fantasy series. I know I'm in the minority here, but I always thought the Final Fantasy series was overrated and overdramatic. With nothing else to play on the RPG front on the PlayStation 2 at the time, I was able to plunge into this game without any distraction from other games and found myself enjoying it a lot. Final Fantasy X had everything going for it. Every aspect of the game was polished and despite some minor annoyances with a few things in the game, I consider it one of the best RPGs on the PlayStation 2 console (along with DQVIII and Suikoden III).
4) Grandia II (DC) - Being a huge GameArts fan from the days of Lunar on the Sega CD, I was pretty excited for the release of Grandia on Saturn (which unfortunately only came here in America much later on the PlayStation console). I thoroughly enjoyed the original Grandia and couldn't wait to get my hands on Grandia II for the Sega Dreamcast. Once again, GameArts didn't let me down and crafted a great RPG with a completely different feel than the original game. Grandia II has everything I could want in an RPG. Good graphics, beautiful music, a good storyline, a good mix of humor and dramatic events and the best battle system in the business in my opinion.
3) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox) - I have to be honest, I was never a fan of western RPGs. I had always been a fan of traditional Japanese turn-based RPGs and every time I saw one of those "American" RPGs, I automatically dismissed it and looked elsewhere. However, due to the fact that I was a big Star Wars fan, I decided to give Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic a try and suffice it to say I was pleasantly surprised. The game felt like nothing I had played before and the storyline and dialogue system was simply unbelievable. I played this game non-stop for weeks and I'm very happy I gave this game a chance. It was definitely one of the best role-playing games I've had a chance to play. Now, thanks to KOTOR, I've been more open to western RPGs and have been able to enjoy other games like Fable, Oblivion and Mass Effect.
2) Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2) - I never expected to play this game since I had never played a Dragon Quest game before. I just happened to buy the Official PlayStation magazine that month and it came with a demo of Dragon Quest VIII on CD. I decided to give it a try just to see what it was like. The next day, I went out and bought the game. Being a fan of old-school turn-based RPGs, I was surprised to find that this game was right up my alley and for a while I lost myself in the beautiful world of Dragon Quest. This game still ranks right up there as one of my favorite RPGs of all time.
1) Skies of Arcadia (DC) - Skies of Arcadia was a big surprise for me on the Dreamcast. This is one of those RPGs that you can't really explain why it's so good, it just has something special about it. Of course, the graphics were good, the music was great and the storyline was more than decent but it's the atmosphere, the setting and the cast of characters that gave the game its charm. The sense of adventure, the exploration of the map with your airship, the ship battles, I have nothing but fond memories of this classic turn-based RPG. Heck, when the game was re-released with a few extra on the Gamecube as Skies of Arcadia: Legends, I actually went out and got myself a Gamecube to play this game again.