7 Unique RPGs That Explore New Mechanics

Players from all over the world try to find a new game to play each and every day, but unfortunately, the gaming industry does not come up with new titles that successfully appeal to weary veterans that look for a new adventure.


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There are, however, quite a few games that do explore new ideas, be it a new combat system or a never-before-seen level design. It may be hard for players to find them, and this is exactly where this list comes in. Here are several of those unique RPG games and what they have to offer.

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Undertale

Frisk standing in the library with other friends

Released in 2015, Undertale offers players new ways to deal with enemies. In the game, players are fully responsible for their actions as the game has multiple endings. Every enemy can be spared rather than killed if chosen, so the player will have to find a way out of the conflict. This can be done by actions such as complimenting the said “enemy”, or convincing them to go away.

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This new approach to combat not only makes the player think about the consequences of their actions but also changes the game’s narrative. There is also a true pacifist ending, which can be obtained by sparing every single enemy encountered in the game.

Disco Elysium

Disco Elysium

By many critics and experts, Disco Elysium is described as being one of the greatest role-playing games of all time. This is due to the game’s unique skill system which heavily influences the gameplay, dialogues, and ending.

In the game, each skill is associated with a distinct personality trait, and these will come out to the scene in dialogues or actions of the player throughout the game. This skill system is what makes the game all the more immersive, providing players an iconic and memorable gameplay, and making them consider the consequences of their actions.

Shadow Of The Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus

In the game, the player takes control of a boy named Wander and ventures into forbidden lands to revitalize a girl named Mono. But in order to do so, they must defeat 16 colossi, each one a puzzling encounter themselves.

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Shadow Of The Colossus takes boss battles into another dimension not just by size alone, but also by adding more mechanics other than just slashing and rolling around a giant troll. In order to defeat a colossus, the player has to find a way to climb it and find weak points to strike and resist the colossus trying to take the player off while doing so.

Shin Megami Tensei 4

Shin Megami Tensei 4

A relatively hidden gem it is, SMT 4 offers players quite a lot of different mechanics. In the game, there are demons that the player can battle, offer an object, or try to convince them to be a part of their team. If the latter is chosen, players can use the demons in their team to morph and create abominations that have the attributes of their former selves.

This system of creation keeps the player looking for new specimens as there are hundreds of different demons in the game. Additionally, the game also has multiple endings and the story changes through the decisions the player makes, making the whole process all the more immersive.

Bastion

Bastion

The combat system in Bastion is one of its standout features, having both real-time and strategy combat elements. Additionally, the game is adorned with a 2D hand-painted environment and 3D models.

However, these are not the features that make the game unique, but rather the dynamic narrator implemented in the game. There is a narrator in the game who reacts to the actions and movements of the player, making the experience immersive, adding up to its unique art design and captivating story.

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger

Developed by Square (now named Square Enix) and released in 1995, Chrono Trigger is regarded as one of the greatest role-playing games ever made, if not the greatest one itself. This is largely due to its timeless storyline with multiple endings, and innovative use of time travel in the game.

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Playing as Crono, a boy that accidentally traveled through time and entangled in a series of unfortunate events, the player tries to save the world from destruction by traveling through time and seeing how the choices made in the past affected the future world.

Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal

In Persona 5, The player takes control of a high schooler who is falsely accused and put on probation. The game revolves around the collection, fusion, and interaction between Personas, which are manifestations of a character’s psyche. Much like Shin Megami Tensei 4, the player can morph different personas in their team to enhance their strength and stand victorious in battles to come.

Additionally, the players need to invest in social interactions in their life to gain new attributes and perks, making the gameplay a versatile and satisfying experience overall. Furthermore, the game has one of the best user-friendly UI disguised as a smartphone. Yet the feature that gets praised the most seems to be the social link system of the game, along with the personal interactions between party members, as well as school life.

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