The Summer Of Old JRPGs

It's time we try something different, folks. Something old.

This summer on Random Encounters, we're going to go on an adventure through old-school role-playing games. Let's call it The Summer of Old JRPGs.

Over the next few weeks and months, I'm going to go back and revisit some old favorites, from the iconic (Final Fantasy VI) to the less iconic (SaGa Frontier). Every week or two I'll write up some thoughts, memories, and anecdotes. I imagine there will be quite a few interesting things to say about what older games did right, what they did wrong, and how hold up today.

I want you guys to participate, too. Get down in Kinja and share some RPGs you'd like to play or see me play this summer, and I'll put together a loose calendar so you can all follow along, Book Club-style.

Here are some of the RPGs I've got on my tentative list so far:

  • Final Fantasy VI
  • Lunar: Silver Star Story
  • SaGa Frontier
  • Lufia 2
  • Dragon Quest IX
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Soul Blazer

Suggestions? Thoughts? Post'em in the comments, and we'll start this crazy adventure within the next couple of weeks. (Maybe after E3.)

Random Encounters is a weekly column dedicated to all things JRPG. It runs every Friday at 3pm ET. You can reach Jason at jason@kotaku.com or on Twitter at @jasonschreier.