Originally I was going to make this the top 10 most underated games of all time, but I was having a hard time remembering enough games to get 10.
So hopefully we can combine our powers and get that many.
Here they are, in no particular order:
Chrysalis - NES
Okay, go waaay back for this one. In fact, it's so far back that I only have the vaguest memories of it. One of the first action RPGs of all time.
Paladin's Quest - SNES
A random Enix RPG for SNES that didn't get much play, even though it's way better than Seventh Saga or Breath of Fire.
Again, I forget much. I think the way it worked is this: You got two dudes on your team permanently. Who you leveled up and stuff as per usual.
In addition, you could hire 2 mercenaries. As you progressed through the game you'd meet better and better mercenaries and ditch the old ones.
At the end of the game you could hire a robot mercenary that had 10,000 HP, while most of your team only had about 2,000, and he was very hard to hurt.
You could never heal him.
Not with potions, or inns or anything.
Most of my playing this was with Nerhael, or just watching him play actually. And I'm pretty sure this game didn't get beaten.
Still fun though.
Super Dodge Ball - NES
You know you want it.
Okay, man is this hard. Help a brother out?
Dragor Warrior 4, Syphon Filter.
Okay, DW4 is fairly well known, but I think it might be the best RPG of all time. Similar with Syphon Filter. For reasons unknown even to me, I love that game and its sequels, and like it way way way better than Metal Gear Solid.