What''s a good Action RPG for the DS?

#1jimborrificPosted 7/12/2011 7:00:42 AM(edited)
I'm looking for an action rpg that has as many of the following traits as possible:
- Character customization
- Large world to explore
- Extensive post game content (secret dungeons, bosses, etc)
- Not-too-unusual battle system

So far, I'm playing Rune Factory 3, which I like, but it can at times be too cutesy and I would prefer a game without the farming aspect. I am also playing Phantasy Star 0, which would be great except the camera makes me want to tear my eyes out (I hate the fact that it isn't a third person view as it makes judging distance more difficult, and the camera follows you rather poorly in my opinion even if you can recenter it with L. I with it weren't so close to the character.)
#2OmunallPosted 7/12/2011 7:03:05 AM(edited)
Phantasy Star Zero (Already mentioned but still)
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles (Better than PSZ)
Soma Bringer
From the Abyss
Ragnarok (SP?)
#3jimborrific(Topic Creator)Posted 7/12/2011 7:24:40 AM
I can't find Soma Bringer on gamestop.com, but it looks like it was well liked so I'll try and check it out. I noticed though that the ratings for Ragnarok and From the Abyss were pretty low on gamefaqs. Is there a reason for that?
#4helldewPosted 7/12/2011 7:49:39 AM
Soma bringer is japanese only but has a translation patch past that your on your own.

FFCC is really the game that is left there is also that blue dragon awakened shadows games but i personally hated it (to clunky)

YS is also good but mind you there isnt any customization. it is one of my personal favorite ARPG series though. although the PSP has more Ys games and the ones it has compared to the DS are vastly superior.

Lufia COTS. i personally loved this game there isnt any customization here again but has a bit of a things to do. combat is fun and dungeons have puzzles.


personally though from what you said its not exactly what you want but if you have a PSP look into YS. if not FFCC. if you can though overall play it soma bringer takes the cake.
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#5OmunallPosted 7/12/2011 10:35:45 AM(edited)
Damn, I forgot about Lufia

And yes,Soma Bringer is japanese only but you can find imports from playasia pretty easy. I don't actually use the translation patches more so than actual translations from websites (the story doesn't seem too deep, at least it's easy to skip and still play)

Another one would be Dragon Quest Rocket Slime and Lunar Knights.

If you want an awesome RPG, Super Robot Taisen is great, with a sort of action realtime battle mechanic (VERY fun, and I loath turn based for the most part)

Also Fighting Fantasy, it's awesome though grind heavy
#6Northern_RosePosted 7/12/2011 11:05:48 AM(edited)
(ARPGs) (Zelda style and Other) ( ** denotes "other")

Avalon Code (good)
Away: Shuffle Dungeon
Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow (good)
Children of Mana
Custom Robo Arena ** (great)
Deep Labyrinth **
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (great)
Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts (good and hard)
Elebits: The Adventures of Kai & Zero
Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain** (excellent)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (great)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
From the Abyss
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (good)
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (good)
Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals (good)
Lunar Knights
Mazes of Fate DS **
Mega Man Star Force 2: Zerker x Ninja//Samurai **
Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace//Red Joker ** (great)
Mega Man Star Force: Pegasus//Leo//Dragon ** (good)
Monster Racers ** (great)
Okamiden (excellent)
Phantasy Star Zero (good)
Ragnarok DS **
Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (excellent)
Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
Spectrobes **
Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals **
Summon Night: Twin Age
The World Ends With You ** (good)

- Character customization
- Large world to explore
- Extensive post game content (secret dungeons, bosses, etc)
- Not-too-unusual battle system
Games that fit most of these requirements:

Avalon Code
Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow
Custom Robo Arena **
Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts
Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain
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