Different, strange, and interesting. Some of the words that come to mind when you think about the GameCube, which is shaped like a cube.
It was the first time Nintendo released a console that used optical discs instead of cartridges. This attracted third-party developers and gave them a little more freedom.
Even though the PS2 is known for having a huge number of role-playing games, the GameCube has a small but well-liked list of RPGs that every RPG fan should check out.
In this list, we’ll look at the best ones.
Digimon World 4 (2005)
When the “X-Virus” computer virus starts to spread through the Digiverse, it’s up to you and the rest of the Digital Security Guard to stop it and save the world from corruption.
Digimon World 4 was different from the other games in the series.
Instead of being a turn-based RPG like its predecessors, this game is an Action/RPG where the playable Digimon hack and slash with weapons like axes, swords, and guns.
Even better, the game keeps some of the series’ most popular features, such as Digivolution. If you play your cards right during the campaign, Dorumon, Veemon, Guilmon, and Agumon can all Digivolve.
Pokémon Colosseum (2004)
Fans of Pokémon had been asking for years for a “mature” and “grim” Pokémon game.
And Pokémon Colosseum is the closest we’ve ever been to getting that wish.
In the game, you play as a former member of Team Snagem, which is known for stealing Pokémon. This person stole a portable Snag Machine and set fire to the Team Snagem base.
You will explore the desert area of Orre with your Espeon and Umbreon, as well as any Pokémon you can steal from other trainers.
The Orre region has a strange post-apocalyptic feel to it, which, along with the darker tone of the story and the somewhat jaded main character, makes for a great Pokémon adventure.
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness (2005)
The Pokémon Colosseum sequel brought back a lot of what made the first game so cool.
But it made the game’s mechanics better and made the graphics a lot better.
This time, you’ll be travelling alone to find Shadow Pokémon. Team Cipher made Shadow Pokémon by “closing the hearts” of their original selves. Once you catch them, you can use your other Pokémon to clean them up slowly, or you can trade them to and from your GBA Pokémon games.
It has more Pokémon, a more focused story, and several more challenges than its predecessor.
I liked the Mt. Battle 100 Trainer challenge, which made the game last longer by a few hours.
If you like Pokémon, you should try this one for sure.
Summoner: A Goddess Reborn (2003)
If you liked the pause-and-play style of Star Wars: KOTOR, you will love Summoner: A Goddess Reborn.
It uses the same mechanics to combine the strategic thinking of an RPG with the excitement of an Action game’s battles.
The name of the game comes from the fact that you play as Maia, the Queen of Halassar, who is also the Goddess Laharah reborn.
She can change into many powerful creatures that help your three-person party beat dangerous enemies and save the kingdom.
This game is the sequel to the first Summoner on the PS2, which would make it Summoner 2, but the name was changed so GC owners wouldn’t go crazy trying to find the first one.
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (2005)
I have never liked superhero games. But X-Men Legends II is not like the rest.
This is one of the best western RPGs I’ve had the chance to play. It’s fun and has a lot going on.
You’ll be in charge of squads of mutants from both the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. Apocalypse has brought these groups together.
Even though the game is great on its own, you can also play it with other people to make it more fun and interesting.
The first X-Men Legends game was also very fun.
But Legends 2 comes out on top because it has a better story, more characters, and better gameplay in general.
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life (2004)
Harvest Moon might not seem like an RPG to you.
But it does count because you level up your skills, get better tools, and do quests for the people in the town.
In this Social Sim/Farming Sim, you can take over a farm and make it the centre of the town around it. Still, farming isn’t the only thing that matters. You’re also supposed to make friends with the locals and feel like you belong.
In the game, your farmer goes through many stages of life, such as getting married, having a child, and finally getting old.
Not the most exciting, but when it first came out, the fact that your character could age was a big deal (especially compared to other Harvest Moon titles of the time).
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody (2006)
Magical Melody isn’t as well-known as HM: A Wonderful Life, but it’s just as good, and it might even be better because the story is more focused and there are more ways to play.
Your goal is to wake up the Harvest Goddess, who has been locked up since the people in the town forgot about her.
You can do this by completing a list of tasks, such as harvesting a certain number of crops, buying a second house, and getting married, which will give you the notes to a “Magical Melody.”
There are many activities and minigames in the game that keep things interesting.
You can also choose whether to play as a boy or a girl, which is great news for girls who like farming.
Virtua Quest (2005)
People say that Virtua Fighter was the first 3D game ever made, but did you know that it also has an RPG spin-off?
Virtua Quest combines parts of fighting games and action/role-playing games (RPGs) to make a unique game that is fun to play.
You play as Sei, a new Hunter in the Nexus, which is a huge virtual universe that people all over the world can join.
Even though he became a Hunter to make a little extra money, he quickly got caught up in an epic adventure that would take him all over the Nexus.
Yu-Gi-Oh: The Falsebound Kingdom
This nerdy list of the best GameCube RPGs of all time starts with Yu-Gi-Oh: The Falsebound Kingdom. You-Gi-Oh fans with GameCubes have probably already bought this game, since it’s the only one in the series available for the system.
It also moves away from the usual card-based gameplay of the anime series and has more of a Lost Kingdoms vibe, with turn-based RPG battles and real-time events thrown in for good measure.
You can fight as Yugi or Seto Kaiba to win battles and complete missions. In the game, you can control 177 monsters from the series. Choosing the right warriors for the job is important if you want to win.
Critics didn’t like this game, but I’ve always enjoyed it. I think it keeps enough of the series’ feel while adding something new, and regular readers know that I love books that try to do something different and offer something new.
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