I was just about to start the countdown for skyrim....Lets see my favorite RPG?
I would have to go with Xenogears. Out of all the RPGs I have played (and I have played alot) Never have I found a more interesting story, and great gameplay.
The way Square put that together was amazing it had 2 different gameplay styles a martial arts like gameplay style, and a mech gameplay style. The combo system they used was genius it was like playing a turn based fighting game.
The characters were well done and interesting(A kung fu monk, A martial arts master who was also a secret sword master, and my favorite a gunslinger named billy just to name a few.) unlike many of the RPG characters you see today. I could go on about how great Xenogears was all day.