The Mega Drive is one of the most beloved video games by the Brazilian public and is closely linked to the first experience of many people in the gaming universe, especially through Tectoy’s efforts to officially bring the SEGA device to Brazil in September 1990. This partnership , which was very beneficial at the time, provided not only technical support but also the distribution of localized games in Brazilian Portuguese, as was the case with Phantasy Star 2.
It is no longer news that the Mega Drive was home to highly successful franchises that are acclaimed to this day, and enthusiasts of Role-playing game (RPG) also did not stay in hand. The console offers a very varied list of games of the genre, including action RPGs, tactical and dungeon crawlers that are worth trying. With that in mind, the Voxel listed, in the following lines, the 12 best Mega Drive RPG games.
Phantasy Star 2
Originally released in 1990, Phantasy Star 2 is without a doubt the first name that comes to mind when it comes to RPG games on the Mega Drive. The game draws attention for its gigantic dungeons, turn-based combat and also for the difficulty, requiring players to invest time to strengthen the group of characters.
Years later, in 1996, the game arrived in Brazil localized in Portuguese thanks to Tectoy, at a time when this type of support was not common. This certainly contributed to a new generation of gamers creating a taste for the genre, with no greater barriers to understanding the story.
Wonder Boy in Monster World
Produced by Westone, this charismatic action RPG was originally released in 1991 and focuses on collecting items and solving puzzles to clear paths, in the best metroidvania style. In Brazil, Tectoy launched a modified version called TMonica’s house in the Land of the Monstersconceived with great affection by the fans still today.
Launched in 1994, Beyond Oasis is an action RPG from Ancient Corporation that draws attention for its visuals with vibrant colors and iconic soundtrack, with the involvement of Yuzo Koshiro. The coincidences with Streets of Rage do not stop there, since the developer was also responsible for Streets of Rage 2 on the Mega Drive and even Sonic the Hedgehog no Game Gear e Master System.
Phantasy Star IV: The End of Millenium
After the bad reception of Phantasy Star 3, Phantasy Star IV: The End of Millenium arrived in 1993 with the proposal to deliver everything that is best and most refined in the SEGA franchise. The result was so positive that the game is considered the best RPG on the Mega Drive, even though it broke with Tectoy’s tradition and was released without an official Brazilian Portuguese localization.
Sword of Vermillion
Launched in 1989, Sword of Vermillion is an action RPG that mixes first-person dungeon exploration, in the best style Phantasy Star, with real-time 2D combat. It is worth noting that the game was produced by Yu Suzuki, who years later would become known for the ambitious franchise. Shenmue.
Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal
Referred to as the best tactical RPG in Mega Drive history, Shining Force II was produced by Sonic Software and seeks to follow exactly what made its predecessor a success, but correcting some of its main defects and refining the formula. The game draws a lot of attention for its colorful visuals and battle animations, as well as allowing a lot of exploration.
Players must assemble a team of 12 members to brave the battlefield, with the possibility of finding secret characters in moments of exploration and as they progress through the main story.
Crusader of Centy
Produced by NextTech, Crusader of Centy is a charismatic action RPG that follows the mold of another franchise already well known by players: The Legend of Zelda. The game draws attention mainly for the variety of bosses and scenarios, in addition to the protagonist’s growing arsenal of spells, which collaborate to devise new combat strategies and solve puzzles.
Country speakers is an isometric action RPG with platform game mechanics originally released in 1992 in Japan. Players take control of the gnome Nigel, a treasure hunter who receives a proposal to pursue the fortune of King Nole, known as the greatest tyrant in history. For this, he needs to break through dungeons with his sword and solve puzzles that are on the way.
Monster World IV
Monster World IV part of the game series Wonder Boywhich arrived in Brazil with the modifications of Monica’s Gang from Tectoy. However, this game was restricted to Japan for many years and is considered the best game in the series by enthusiasts. The game mixes RPG, action and 2D platform elements to deliver a dynamic and challenging adventure.
It is worth noting that the game received a remake in 2021 called Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster Worldwhich invests in three-dimensional graphics, but following the original gameplay perspective.
Produced by Compile, Madou Monogatari is a curious RPG set in the universe of Puyo Puyo, a famous puzzle franchise from SEGA. This game is particularly well-known for being the last Mega Drive release in Japan, in 1996, and draws attention for its anime-esque animations. The gameplay takes place in first person, in the format of dungeon crawlersbut everything changes in combat, which uses commands similar to fighting games to unleash spells and different types of attacks.
As a curiosity, it is worth mentioning that the game is part of the Mega Drive Mini catalog in Japan, released on September 19, 2019.
Shining in the Darkness
Forerunner of the renowned franchise Shining Force, Shining in the Darkness is a dungeon crawler-style RPG that arrived on the Mega Drive in 1991. As is tradition in this style of game, dungeon exploration takes place in first person, which was a big difference at the time. In turn, combat takes place in turns and gives players freedom to develop their strategies.
Pier Solar and the Great Architects
While it’s not a SEGA-licensed game and wasn’t even released at the time when the Mega Drive was all the rage, Pier Solar and the Great Architects is an independent project that deserves an honorable mention. Developed by WaterMelon, the RPG was originally released in 2010 and even had a cartridge version.
In addition to the 16-bit mode, which runs directly on the Mega Drive, there is a high definition version available on the Steam store on PC. It is worth noting that the game is also available with Brazilian Portuguese subtitles.
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