10 Awesome SNES RPG Series You Must Play Before You Die

8. Terranigma

Terranigma Lack of a US release has meant that this title is frequently overlooked in discussions about the greatest SNES RPGs, but with all the options available to players nowadays there€™s no reason not to get a hold of a copy. Terranigma is an action RPG notable for its satisfying real-time combat system, with different techniques available depending on whether or not your character is stationary, running or jumping. Fights are fun and engaging, if not especially complex. However, it€™s the plot, with an interesting game world and themes, which will ensure you keep playing. The spherical world of Terranigma is divided in two €“ the outer face (the Lightside) representing growth and God, and the inner face (the Darkside) representing decline and the Devil. These two forces exist in perpetual struggle, neither able to triumph. Mischievous game hero Ark gradually progresses from his initial folly (he opens a mysterious box, which causes everyone in his village to be frozen) through a series of revelations and momentous events to his final birth as the legendary hero. Terranigma chooses to create a deeper world than many RPGs, and you€™ll watch it develop through the course of the game depending on your actions. Terranigma is not without its flaws €“ neither the graphics nor the soundtrack are especially strong €“ but it remains one of the great SNES RPGs and is well worth a playthrough.
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