Does Star Ocean 2 count? It was made by Enix, but long before they merged with Square. SO2 won me over with its truly amazing combat and skill/crafting systems - it had (for its time) an interesting plot and good visuals, but more than anything else it really felt like a game from an era where gameplay came first and there was always something cool to do around every corner.
If the eventual Squeenix merger disqualifies Star Ocean 2, then Tales of Graces is my second-favorite RPG of all time, for its lovable characters ("M. Caesar" anyone?) and wonderful action-packed battles. Persona 4, Persona 3, Tales of Symphonia, Dark Cloud 2, and Azure Dreams all have a really fond place in my heart, as well.
I know I've played some JRPGs, but, honestly, I can't remember most of them over the years. The only one that I saw people mention that jumped out at me was Ys. Which we played a ton in college on one of my roommates Sega. The day we finished finally finished the game was a big deal. (Like 15 people watching someone do the final battle.) But that was around '94, so I can't even remember which specific title it was. Just that we spent months watching each other play that game into the wee hours of the night.
-Most of the jRPG's from Gust like Mana Khemia and Ar Tonelico
-Wild ARMs Series (WA3 being my favorite)
-Tales of Destiny(and remake), Vesperia, and Graces
-Fire Emblem Fates
-Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC
- Skies of Arcadia Legends (Airship battles. Airship. Battles. Need more)
- Breath of Fire I - IV (For the love of the Mana Tree I can't imagine what they thought they were doing with Dragon Quarter)
- Suikoden I - II (Gotta catch 'em all?)
- Legaia II (I actually liked this one. Fight meeeee)
I wonder nobody mentions Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii/3DS).
It is such an amazing game with wonderful gameplay (even you have to accustom to the battle-system at the beginning, but you become fit in it very quickly) and beautiful soundtrack. Characters and Story-telling are just awesome, you want to know how it ends.
I know I repeated the game a few times, but that shows how fascinated I'm on this game
Hmm JRPG probably Xenoblade Crhonicles for the wii, I really feel a family fuzzy feeling in there, but by RPG I definetly go with Fire Emblem Path of Radiance, best FE in my opinion, I love the story and the characters also the dificulty is not as bullshit as Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn but it's still pretty hard
Considering that Square uh has mostly Rpgs I hate this is easy. Ephemeral fantasia's got a be tha one that stands out ta me. People only hated it cuzz they said it was difficult an tedious but it didnt seem that way ta me so may be my experience was different or I got lucky yo. Ta me its one a tha greatest things I ever played.
I'm so back and forth on pre-ording MZ. I can totally wait for a better deal down the road (since I don't need the extras and waiting to see how YEP plugins turn out) but there's something about the fun in playing with "a new toy".