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#51 Posted by Somnus (83 posts) -

Demons souls and/or Dark Souls. They are japanese rpgs, but probably not in the way you mean.

#52 Posted by mosespippy (4127 posts) -

@Colourful_Hippie said:

@Captain_Felafel said:

Persona 4: Golden, mother scratchers! I don't care that it's technically from the last generation, it came out during this one, so shut up.

The original was from the last gen and the remake is from the next gen. Nothing about that game is from the current gen.

Dark Souls is the best RPG from Japan this generation but I don't think that's what the OP meant by JRPG. I haven't played any games this generation that stand out as great in the old JRPG style. I've seen some of Neir and Xenoblade Chronicles but not enough to make a judgement either way.

#53 Posted by fuzzypumpkin (383 posts) -

Lost Odyssey is definitely at the top of my list and I'm hopeful, but also damn near positive that Ni No Kuni will be amazing. That one might surpass Lost Odyssey. Valkyria Chronicles is probably my favorite RPG of this generation, but it's not a JRPG sooooo......yea.

#54 Posted by Soap (3577 posts) -

I'm looking forward to Ni No Kuni also, but for me so far it's got to be Lost Odyssey by a long way. Such a great game.

#55 Posted by Ebany (2 posts) -

Tales of Vesperia, hands down!

#56 Posted by The_Ruiner (1043 posts) -

Mario and Luigi 3...

#57 Posted by yoshisaur (2708 posts) -

I'm going to take the heat and predict the future for saying that Ni No Kuni will be the best JRPG this generation. The team behind it will (hopefully) bring the magic of the movies to the table. I'm buying a PS3 solely for that damn game - so it better.

#58 Posted by Chemin (632 posts) -

Probably Final Fantasy XIII. That game was superb. I'm right, everyone else is wrong. Take that. Lost Odyssey was neat, so was Eternal Sonata and Valkyria Chronicles. Although VC is more strategy than RPG.

#59 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

FF7

#60 Posted by oldenglishC (946 posts) -

@BamurDeadd said:

So this generation has fallen flat on the JRPG front, save for a few gems and the DS library. What's your favorite JRPG that came out? Xbox, PS3, PC or otherwise?

Has to be Lost Odyssey for me! Great story telling and character development and a battlesystem that just invokes nostalgia in all the right places!

This could not be further from the truth, there have been a ton of great JRPGs this generation. I played so many good ones that it's impossible to pick a favorite.

I will throw a dishonorable mention to HD Square games and any abomination that Compile Hearts shit out.

#61 Edited by SniperXan (223 posts) -

@Canteu: Final Fantasy XIII is the source of much heated debate for myself and friends and I certainly understand the other side of the fence. But for me as a fan of the entire rest of the series I just felt that the 20+ hour tutorial then the world opening to a grind-fest just turned me right off. It remains the only Final Fantasy game in the series I have yet to complete. Even if the story is good (and it totally is) and the combat interesting (and it totally is) for me it becomes unplayable at a point and OMG THAT WHINY KID AAGAGGHGAHJKDSAHS!!

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#62 Edited by Animasta (14675 posts) -

Resonance of Fate stands out on the consoles... (I love love love Nier but I don't really count it as a JRPG) edit: also FFXIII-2, I totes forgot but that one too!

I'd probably say strange journey or devil survivor 2 on the handhelds.

#63 Posted by Morningstar (2150 posts) -

@Prismatic said:

Radiant Historia on the DS was my favourite.

Xenoblade was amazing too and is the best I played on home consoles.

These are both excellent games.

#64 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2720 posts) -

Final Fantasy XIII-2. Nier was the first one to come to mind, but it's not really an RPG.

#65 Posted by NinjaBerd (221 posts) -

@Slay3r1583 said:

Unpopular opinion but I loved Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2. I'm really looking forward to Victory.

I'm not counting counting Persona 4: Golden because that is mostly a remake of a last generation game.

Like you said it may be unpopular, but I loved HN Mk2 a whole lot. The game mechanics were solid, and the story was unexpectedly fun.

#66 Posted by Neurotic (632 posts) -

@NinjaBerd said:

@Slay3r1583 said:

Unpopular opinion but I loved Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2. I'm really looking forward to Victory.

I'm not counting counting Persona 4: Golden because that is mostly a remake of a last generation game.

Like you said it may be unpopular, but I loved HN Mk2 a whole lot. The game mechanics were solid, and the story was unexpectedly fun.

Did either of you play the first game? Or rather, do you have to to play the second? I'm considering trying one but am still on the fence.

#67 Posted by rentfn (1279 posts) -
#68 Posted by NinjaBerd (221 posts) -

I skipped the first HN, mostly because I heard the battle mechanics were broken and boring. But as far as story context goes you do not need to have played HN to understand what's going on in Mk2.

I dont really even think HN is canon to Mk2, but regardless they give you a good understanding of what is going on in Mk2.

Also, I cannot wait for HN Victory!

#69 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

@SniperXan: I've finished all of them.

They all have whiny kids.

#70 Posted by SniperXan (223 posts) -

@Canteu: You are not wrong there lol

It's awesome you enjoyed it, but for me personally it marked the single lowest point in JRPGs this generation. (Perhaps the fact I have not played many of them this generation has a part in that but still...)

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#71 Posted by Petiew (1346 posts) -
@Slay3r1583: Maybe you're right. Strangely enough though the concept, characters, humour, etc are things I thought would appeal to me and caused me to buy the game. I'll give it a bit more time since apart from Gapian Field being almost an exact clone of Virtua Forest the game isn't offending my senses.
#72 Posted by FLYmeatwad (154 posts) -

Since I also wouldn't count P4:G, as much as I would like to, I would say Radiant Historia on handhelds and Xenoblade on consoles.

#73 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2365 posts) -

I'm hoping it will be Ni No Kuni for me. Gotta try that demo later.

#74 Posted by Slay3r1583 (608 posts) -

Skip HDN 1 and just play Mk2 if you are really interested. Mk2 is basically a complete reboot.

@Neurotic said:

Did either of you play the first game? Or rather, do you have to to play the second? I'm considering trying one but am still on the fence.

#75 Posted by notdavid (837 posts) -

Seeing a weird amount of love for Lost Odyssey here. Guess I never really heard a lot about that game.

It's actually kind of weird. I chose to get a PS3 over a 360 back when MGS4 came out, partly for Metal Gear, but mostly for the flood of JRPGs that I was positive would never come to the XBox. At the very least, Final Fantasy XIII was sure to be a PS3 exclusive, right?

Thinking about it now makes me feel a little bit offended. Who would've thought that the 360 would have more and better JRPGs?

#76 Posted by Neurotic (632 posts) -

@NinjaBerd: @Slay3r1583: Ah, good to know. Thanks, that's probably saved me some money.

#77 Posted by Nux (2335 posts) -

@ImmortalSaiyan: I get why it gets a lot of hate but I really like it. While the battle system was kinda bad the story was really good and a lot of the side stuff was pretty good as well. When I was playing it I got really hooked.

#78 Edited by Mesoian (1574 posts) -

It's still Lost Odyssey. It's the only RPG this gen I can think of that treats the player like an adult in terms of narrative.

#79 Posted by Animasta (14675 posts) -

@Mesoian said:

It's still Lost Odyssey. It's the only RPG this gen I can think of that treats the player like an adult in terms of narrative.

what does that even mean?

#80 Posted by bogusdd (27 posts) -

Xenoblade for me

Before that I hadn't put 100+ hours into a game since FFX (Monster Arena Nemesis, need I say more)

#81 Posted by hidys (1029 posts) -

TWEWY or Lost Odyssey

#82 Edited by Mesoian (1574 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@Mesoian said:

It's still Lost Odyssey. It's the only RPG this gen I can think of that treats the player like an adult in terms of narrative.

what does that even mean?

Its story doesn't cut corners in order to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It tells the important bits well enough that you can accurately infer certain elements, and spends its time and effort focusing on emotional connections between the cast.

Compare it with Xenoblade that spends about 40% of it's story repeating the same thing over and over and over just in case you didn't get it the last 10 times, then oops! it's it wasn't important after all. Xenoblade has some of the most outrageous cases of "anime bullshit" weaved into the narrative that I've ever seen in a game period, forget about in RPG's.

#83 Posted by Animasta (14675 posts) -

@Mesoian said:

@Animasta said:

@Mesoian said:

It's still Lost Odyssey. It's the only RPG this gen I can think of that treats the player like an adult in terms of narrative.

what does that even mean?

It's story doesn't cut corners in order to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It tells the important bits well enough that you can accurately infer certain elements, and spends it's time and effort focusing on emotional connections between the cast.

Compare it with Xenoblade that spends about 40% of it's story repeating the same thing over and over and over just in case you didn't get it the last 10 times, then oops! it's it wasn't important after all. Xenoblade has some of the most outrageous cases of "anime bullshit" weaved into the narrative that I've ever seen in a game period, forget about in RPG's.

well I quit after being saddled with two of the most annoying children characters I've ever seen (also lol at the lowest common denominator remark, always love when people do that)

and really, the only really good parts were the memories, the main story was boring and the characters were lame.

I mean resonance of fate doesn't tell you anything either really, it makes you infer things from NPC dialogue and side quests for the most part.

#84 Posted by FakeKisser (332 posts) -

I have to admit that my favorite genre of games has always been Western RPGs...

However, there are many JRPGs that I want to play, and this thread is very helpful!

I bought The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles, but I haven't started them yet. I will be playing Ni no Kuni right when it comes out, though!

#85 Posted by mwng (931 posts) -
#86 Posted by Mesoian (1574 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@Mesoian said:

@Animasta said:

@Mesoian said:

It's still Lost Odyssey. It's the only RPG this gen I can think of that treats the player like an adult in terms of narrative.

what does that even mean?

It's story doesn't cut corners in order to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It tells the important bits well enough that you can accurately infer certain elements, and spends it's time and effort focusing on emotional connections between the cast.

Compare it with Xenoblade that spends about 40% of it's story repeating the same thing over and over and over just in case you didn't get it the last 10 times, then oops! it's it wasn't important after all. Xenoblade has some of the most outrageous cases of "anime bullshit" weaved into the narrative that I've ever seen in a game period, forget about in RPG's.

well I quit after being saddled with two of the most annoying children characters I've ever seen (also lol at the lowest common denominator remark, always love when people do that)

and really, the only really good parts were the memories, the main story was boring and the characters were lame.

I mean resonance of fate doesn't tell you anything either really, it makes you infer things from NPC dialogue and side quests for the most part.

Well if you quit after you got the kids, you quit like, 3 hours into the game...so you never got very far into the core narrative.

To be fair, I never played Resonance of Fate due to how terrible it's demo was (Ni No Kuni has the same problem, but I'm still pretty jazzed for that game).

#87 Posted by Animasta (14675 posts) -

@Mesoian said:

@Animasta said:

@Mesoian said:

@Animasta said:

@Mesoian said:

It's still Lost Odyssey. It's the only RPG this gen I can think of that treats the player like an adult in terms of narrative.

what does that even mean?

It's story doesn't cut corners in order to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It tells the important bits well enough that you can accurately infer certain elements, and spends it's time and effort focusing on emotional connections between the cast.

Compare it with Xenoblade that spends about 40% of it's story repeating the same thing over and over and over just in case you didn't get it the last 10 times, then oops! it's it wasn't important after all. Xenoblade has some of the most outrageous cases of "anime bullshit" weaved into the narrative that I've ever seen in a game period, forget about in RPG's.

well I quit after being saddled with two of the most annoying children characters I've ever seen (also lol at the lowest common denominator remark, always love when people do that)

and really, the only really good parts were the memories, the main story was boring and the characters were lame.

I mean resonance of fate doesn't tell you anything either really, it makes you infer things from NPC dialogue and side quests for the most part.

Well if you quit after you got the kids, you quit like, 3 hours into the game...so you never got very far into the core narrative.

To be fair, I never played Resonance of Fate due to how terrible it's demo was (Ni No Kuni has the same problem, but I'm still pretty jazzed for that game).

uh, I'm pretty sure the kids are in disc 2? I played that game for like 10-15 hours or something.

#88 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3212 posts) -

Word is still out on Ni No Kuni but I was really digging both Tales of Vesperia and Tales of Graces F artstyle. Probaby the Jrpg I put the most time in the last 5 years was Dragon Quest IX on DS.

#89 Posted by Mesoian (1574 posts) -

@Animasta: ::eyebrow raise:: You get the kids after the 2nd mission. It's like...3 or 4 hours in.

#90 Posted by Animasta (14675 posts) -

@Mesoian said:

@Animasta: ::eyebrow raise:: You get the kids after the 2nd mission. It's like...3 or 4 hours in.

it was on disc 2, i know this, so if you're saying that disc 1 was only 2 hours or something...

#91 Edited by Mesoian (1574 posts) -

@Animasta: You switch back and forth between disc 1 and 2 a couple times that game. Did you end up doing a bunch of secondary missions in between getting Janson and getting on Ming's boat?

#92 Posted by Bubislegend (20 posts) -
@IBurningStar: I also loved XIII-2 can't really explain why.
#93 Posted by Animasta (14675 posts) -

@Mesoian said:

@Animasta: You switch back and forth between disc 1 and 2 a couple times that game.

well I quit after I made it to some village or something.

REGARDLESS, I hated pretty much all of the characters and didn't find any of the early story machinations interesting, and I know I played for about 10-15 hours.

Also LO has some of the slowest battling this side of FFIX.

#94 Posted by Mesoian (1574 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@Mesoian said:

@Animasta: You switch back and forth between disc 1 and 2 a couple times that game.

well I quit after I made it to some village or something.

REGARDLESS, I hated pretty much all of the characters and didn't find any of the early story machinations interesting, and I know I played for about 10-15 hours.

Also LO has some of the slowest battling this side of FFIX.

I won't disagree with you there, most combat systems that revolve around the job system are pretty slow.

You should keep going with LO, it gets pretty interesting once the amnesia trope is cast off.

#95 Posted by Ryuku_Ryosake (209 posts) -

I'm in the Radient Historia camp with The World Ends With You as a close second. On I consoles I only played FFXIII and Disgaea 3 and 4. I really liked FFXIII so it wins on the console. But Disgaea 4 gets a special mention for Desco, the best character of the generation.

#96 Posted by Animasta (14675 posts) -

@Mesoian said:

@Animasta said:

@Mesoian said:

@Animasta: You switch back and forth between disc 1 and 2 a couple times that game.

well I quit after I made it to some village or something.

REGARDLESS, I hated pretty much all of the characters and didn't find any of the early story machinations interesting, and I know I played for about 10-15 hours.

Also LO has some of the slowest battling this side of FFIX.

I won't disagree with you there, most combat systems that revolve around the job system are pretty slow.

You should keep going with LO, it gets pretty interesting once the amnesia trope is cast off.

well I'm pretty sure one of my discs is cracked so I don't think that's going to happen (at least that's what the gamestop guy said when I tried to trade it in)

#97 Posted by Xshinobi (377 posts) -

Resonance of Fate. I can't believe Sega released that on the day as FFXIII. Even tho RoF is a far better game than FFXIII, Sega pretty much sent it out to die.

#98 Posted by Scrawnto (2440 posts) -

I'm going to go with Persona 4, because fuck it. It came out after Lost Odyssey anyway!

And people saying Vita is a next generation platform: What? It's on the market. That makes it current. It's even contemporary with Nintendo's handheld. You can't have devices out from all the major players and still call them next generation.

#99 Posted by Animasta (14675 posts) -

@Scrawnto said:

I'm going to go with Persona 4, because fuck it. It came out after Lost Odyssey anyway!

And people saying Vita is a next generation platform: What? It's on the market. That makes it current. It's even contemporary with Nintendo's handheld. You can't have devices out from all the major players and still call them next generation.

but then the DS and PSP don't count

#100 Posted by jaycrockett (442 posts) -

I think I only played 2 JRPG's this generation, Infinite Undiscovery and FF13. Liked 13, didn't like Infinite Undiscovery.

Does Crimson Shroud count? Cause that game is awesome.