Final Fantasy IX is my favorite ever FF game. Final Fantasy Tactics is 2nd. Just used multiple save files for FF Tactics to avoid saving in an area that can **** you at a later time if you aren't sufficiently leveled. Both games had a superb story. PS1 games. On PS Store
Disgaea or Ps2/PSP is a lot like FF Tactics, but has more open gameplay. Less serious story, very funny dialogue.
Dragon Quest V for the Nintendo DS was my favorite Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior game ever. Avoid DQIX
Chrono Trigger for the SNES is a classic. Many people might lace it in their top 10 all time. Can get on an emulator I suppose.