As promised in my blog not long ago, here is a poll to decide my next JRPG. The time has come a lot sooner than I thought it would. I'm only 16 hours into Shadow Hearts, but it looks as though I'm near the end. It's shorter than I remember. As I strongly suspect I'll finish it on the weekend (maybe even a little before), I thought I'd put up the poll now. This will hopefully stop me from getting the itch to start another game in the meantime.
For this poll, I’ve decided to avoid the massively popular JRPGs. I thought I’d go with some more obscure ones this time. Each of them also has their own unique features. Here’s a brief description of them (story free). Feel free to look them up yourself, of course.
Wild Arms 3
Wild Arms 3 is a turn-based RPG in a wild-west setting. It has anime-style visuals (including some anime cut-scenes). It seems to focus heavily on exploration. I played it briefly a while back, but I stopped for a reason I can’t remember.
Front Mission 3
Front Mission 3 is a strategy RPG with mechs. The ability to buy mechs and upgrade them is a strong feature of the game. There’s also an interesting in-game Internet. I’ve played it before with some friends. We each took turns to play it (and eventually completed it). As there are two storylines to choose, I’ll go for the one I haven’t seen.
Dark Cloud is an RPG with real-time battles. It looks like you have to switch between party members during battle. It also seems to strongly focus on placing buildings in a village in order to restore it. I’ve owned the game for a while, but I’ve never got round to it. I’ve heard mixed things about it.
Koudelka is a turned-based RPG with a grid system. It’s the prequel to the Shadow Hearts games. It’s set in the late 19th century in the town of Aberystwyth, Wales (something I still find a bit crazy, being from Wales myself). It has the same horror theme as the later games.
I’ll go with whatever’s in the lead on Saturday (when I post my new blog entry). Thanks in advance to everyone who votes. If this ends up working, I’ll probably make it a semi-regular feature of my blog (I’m not insane enough to do this all the time...).
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