Lost Odyssey may seem like your average JRPG, albeit a very polished one, but its lovely "A Thousand Years of Dreams" sequences show the game's true depth. The sequences are short text stories, heart-wrenching snippets of the lives of the immortal, amnesiac main characters. They're parsimoniously sprinkled throughout the game, and you'll always look forward to the next one.
The texts range from stories of lost loves to simple encounters that touched the characters enough to emerge from the murky depths of their magic-addled brains. Lost Odyssey will inspire you, like the immortals at the center of its plot, to relish every moment of your life.
What could be more inspiring than the tale of a mindless, cloned soldier breaking through his mental chains and rising up to save the world? Final Fantasy VII has an environmental message, to boot: much of the game focuses on Shinra Corp.'s planet-murdering energy usage, and the ultimate goal is saving the planet.
After playing FF VII, you're certainly not going to be inspired to play Dirge of Cerberus or the mediocre PSP prequel, so you might as well go plant a tree, right?
Katawa Shoujo (or "Crippled Girl") is one of the strangest games to come out in a long time, and its popularity is somewhat baffling. Then again, maybe the fact that it's strange at all is the real problem—why shouldn't there be an entire anime-style interactive visual novel about a group of disabled high school students?
Their disabilities range from blindness and deafness to missing limbs, skin conditions and everything in between, and it's the game's sensitive, realistic treatment of the characters and their disabilities that makes it truly inspirational. Does it occasionally culminate in bad pornographic scenes? Well yeah, but that sort of makes it even better.