Role-playing games are some of the best forms of escapism that you can find in a video game, and right now, you can get some of the best games in that genre at a substantially discounted price. Amazon and Best Buy are hosting sales on games developed and published by Square Enix, one of the major players in the RPG scene. You can get some of the company's biggest and most recent hits at way below the usual retail price. Also, My Best Buy Plus/Total members can take advantage of these discounts in addition to the retailer's buy two, get one free promotion on Switch games.
On the list, there's the excellent prequel to Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion. Falling somewhere between remaster and remake territories, this version of Crisis Core boasts massively upgraded visuals, an overhauled combat system, and the same gripping tale that made the portable version a highlight on the gaming calendar when it was first released. With Final Fantasy VII Rebirth scheduled to launch in February 2024 (some awesome preorder bonuses are up for grabs), now is a great time to learn more about the legendary character Zack Fair, gain insight into how Sephiroth fell from grace, and see how the foundation for Final Fantasy VII's narrative was built.
Another highlight on the sale is Octopath Traveler II, one of the best turn-based role-playing games in recent memory. Like its predecessor, the game looks like a retro treat given an HD-2D makeover, and with multiple characters to follow, this turn-based JRPG provides dozens of hours of action and storytelling. Octopath Traveler II is markedly better than the original. Meanwhile, Theatrhythm Final Bar Line, a rhythm game, is a distinct change of pace from most other games on this list. The sheer volume of content available in it makes it the definitive entry in the Theatrhythm series. A highlight reel of interactive Final Fantasy tunes, Theatrhythm Final Bar Line is pure symphonic and nostalgic fun.
Another interesting game here is Forspoken, a more action-packed adventure in which you take control of Frey as she journeys across a strange and dangerous land. Since launch, the game has been fine-tuned with some substantial updates, received free expansion content, and at the very least it's a fun experience that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's worth considering at this low price.
Other highlights here include The Diofield Chronicle, a real-time tactics game in a similar vein to Nintendo's Fire Emblem series, and NEO: The World Ends With You, a stylish follow-up to one of the best Nintendo DS games of all time that all action-RPG fans should check out.
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