Final Fantasy X is a nice looking turn based RPG that is pretty simple. Actually, many PS2 RPGs are suitable.That'd be a good idea, I'll see what she thinks. I think she's just really into the story aspect of games more than the...gameplay aspect. She likes watching movies/shows/reading, so I think it sort of fulfills that aspect. I think if she got more comfortable over time with controls, she'd dive deeper into games.
I'm not really trying to derail the thread or get into this sort of argument, especially since there're a whole lot of factors in play, but to me it's got a lot of RPG mechanics like leveling up your heart containers (sure, not an exp. point system, but close enough) and gear upgrades (more so the latest installment). I think I'd lean more towards action-adventure, but it contains some RPG elements, therefore I just haphazardly called it an RPG.
Wife played no no kuni 1 and 2, and now she's playing Earthbound on the SNES classic. Simple mechanic RPG's work best with "sim" players for easing into genre. Zelda BOTW was a bit too much for her once the enemies required some good hand eye coordination and timed combinations/counters to dispatch them.
The Legend of Zelda series is the very definition of the action-adventure genre, but that term gets thrown around too liberally these days.Funnily enough I never considered Zelda for an RPG, for me they are adventure games, there is no char building in Zelda other then getting more hearts. on a even more sidenote, shame there was never a sequel to landstalker on the Megadrive/genesis which was a nice Zelda clone waaaay back in the day.
The Legend of Zelda series is the very definition of the action-adventure genre, but that term gets thrown around too liberally these days.
"RPG mechanics" is the "Dark Souls of" of genre descriptions. Everybody started adding it to game descriptions around the time the PlayStation 2 came out. What are believed to be RPG mechanics does not an RPG game make.Yeah, if you go looking for Action Adventure, you're going to find a lot of things that you might not be looking for. I'd call the Zelda games RPG-Lite by today's standards. Sure, you're not wading through specs and huge trees worth of character progressions, but you are very much participating in a functioning game world, interacting with tons of characters, advancing branching plot lines and side-quests, collecting a pretty massive inventory, acquiring weapons and tools, etc. You can interact with the game world to a good extent, (even more-so than some pretty heavy RPGs in some ways). While I wouldn't classify them RPG if we want to go the purist route using classic genre labels, I would wholeheartedly include them under RPG under normal conversational circumstances, and especially in border cases like this, where someone that isn't heavily into games wants to get a lite-ish start in the larger world of role playing games. They are a bit action heavy, but then so are a lot of other RPGs. (cough-Souls-cough)
"RPG mechanics" is the "Dark Souls of" of genre descriptions. Everybody started adding it to game descriptions around the time the PlayStation 2 came out. What are believed to be RPG mechanics does not an RPG game make.
Skyrim is a good choice for someone who isn't a "hardcore" gamer. My SO got really into Skyrim after having played The Sims a lot previously. I tried to get her into Fallout but she doesn't really like shooting combat as much as melee.
With the Hearthfire DLC you get that Sims-like building capability.
too old IMO, graphics don't look good... same with a lot of these recommendations... yea chrono trigger is a good game but I'm guessing someone new to games will think it looks bad... if OP said "she doesn't mind pixel art" then yea...Can never go wrong with World of Warcraft =p
My wife started out the same way, played several sim games and didn’t enjoy games with too old / poor looking graphics. Borderlands co-op was what got her interested more into rpg-lite games and shooters. Since then she’s played:
Van Helsing 1/2
Borderlands (all of them including dlcs)
Far Cry 5
Orcs Must Die 2
Left For Dead 2
All of these games are easy to learn and can be played co-op if you guys enjoy that.