Ignore the "less than 50 hours post." Length of time is no longer a concern for me. It just needs to be a bloody darn good game.
First off, if you don't like JRPGs, I don't wanna hear it and you can just as well leave this thread right now.
Anyway. So I recently beat FFX, shed a few man-tears at that ending, and I'm kind of lost as to what to play. I want something that's turned based but isn't just typical. Something that perhaps adds a new twist to the turn-based system. Also, most importantly in fact, is the story. After the jaw-droppingly amazing story of FFX, I want something that can get close to that greatness. Something with great pacing, lovable characters, and an involving story with twists and turns at every corner. So even if the gameplay doesn't have that new twist to it, if the story is that good, I won't care. I know such a game is out there, I just need your help to find it!
I would prefer something from the SNES era or PS2 era. So, here are the two games right now which I'm considering:
I've heard it's one of the most amazing RPG's of all time, so I thought I'd check it out. I mean 13 endings? How can that not be great? Only thing I'm uncertain of is whether the game has the characteristics that I want from the story: "great pacing, lovable characters, and an involving story with twists and turns at every corner."
Final Fantasy XII
Now I played this a year ago, and got about 20 hours in, but then realised that the whole game is one big grindfest. I was quite absorbed in the story, the script is fantastic, and I love the setting. Except when I started entering areas where enemies seemed to be astronomically difficult, and as a result, had to grind for an hour or two before I could advance. Thus, I got super disconnected from the story and ended up just losing interest. Also, the only character that I really like from that game is Balthier. However, I've done some reading and some people have said that this game actually DOESN'T need grinding, you just need to be good at the mechanics. Now, I like to think that I'm rather good at RPG mechanics, considering I've finished a good few of them, and beat FFX's final boss
That is, Braska's Final Aeon, not Yu Yevon (if you can even call that a final boss)
on my third try, with no ultimate weapons or aeons besides that which you have to get from the story. So, does anyone know this secret to success in XII? Cause then I might consider playing it again--the story was rather intriguing. Or is there another solution that someone could perhaps suggest to get me into this game again? Cause that grinding is a bigger turn off than a woman with male genitalia. Here's a list of the Squenix games I have finished:
Seiken Densetsu 3 (Secret of Mana 2)
Dissidia: Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
Now, I know what you're gonna say: "Why don't you just play FFX-2 if you loved FFX so much?" First off, FFX-2 doesn't even try to hide the fact that it is purely a fanservice game, and secondly, I've heard from countless people that it ruins the story of FFX. So no thank you.
Before you say it, I want to play FFVII when I have the time to fully exhaust it's content (70+ hours), which at this time, I do not have.
I also don't want a game whose story is like 50+ hours to complete. So thanks in advance! I'm very open to other suggestions too, not just these two.