So anyway, Im tired of seeing JRPGS being trashed on these forums. I want to know what the best JRPG all of you have ever played is. I expect a lot of Niers and such. I've got to go with a strange one, Mother 3. That game was amazing. Hands down it had the balls to do things that no other video game has done. It focused on issues of death and family relationships, was funny, and had a kick ass soundtrack to boot. I've never played a game quite like it. But I want to know what all of your favorites are, So do tell.
This is now like the 100th thread I have said these two games: Xenogears and Final Fantasy VI. They are the best of the best. Better than Mother, better than Suikoden, better than Chrono Trigger, better than Persona, better than Dragon Quest, better than any Tales of game. I know this because I am just amazing like that (true story).
Seriously though, everyone's entitled to their own opinion. Those opinions just happen to be wrong if they're anything but Xenogears and Final Fantasy VI. Ohh ho ho ho ho!
Have JRPGs been getting trashed on here lately? Seems like they've been quietly just goin' along doing their own thing while everyone rants and raves about ME3. Maybe I'm just missing these threads, but I would have imagined @Hailinel being more active in my friends feed if JRPGs were being attacked. :P
Front Mission 3. Though I suppose its not a "regular" jrpg. No whiny emo androgynous teens for one thing, just awesome adult characters in giant robots kicking the living shit out of each other in a game with one of the coolest stories ever that even had an alternate universe version on the same damn disc. Fucking hell Squares abandonment of the franchise still pisses me off, and 4 never even released here and 5 never got translated garrhhh.
Now, I bet judging by my avatar, you're expecting me to say how much I love Persona 4 at the top of my lungs. I do think that's a pretty damn great game, and I've written my fair share of creepy threads as a result of that adoration, and that continues to be unwavering even if the severe merchandising of it all is really wearing me down. But that answer would be unoriginal and will probably be uttered by who knows how many old fans of the first Endurance Run.
So instead I'm going to be the one person who says Barkley, Shut Up and Jam Gaiden: Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley Saga. For a dumb freeware game that exists mostly as a joke sequel of both Barkley, Shut Up and Jam and the movie Space Jam, it is not only surprisingly playable (despite the perspective, the gameplay is more like Mario RPG and its ilk rather than other traditional JRPGS), but also humorously very well-written, taking itself just seriously enough for you to be in on it all. It's a short game, granted, but it's a great experience for what it is. And...
You can make the argument about whether it's a "true" JRPG since it was made by a Western team, but since a lot of it is so fundamentally riffing on how the SNES Final Fantasy games looked and played (among other games, naturally), I'd argue it's close enough. I'll just leave a video of the first portion of the game. Tracking down the download version should be easy enough without my help.
I'm a sucker for the SNES games: Final Fantasy 3/6, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG...and wish that someone out there would make RPGs as accessible as those games.
...so someone please correct me and say someone in 2012 has made a JRPG as accessible as those.
Earthbound and FFVII. I know FFVII tends to be a little ridiculed for whatever reasons, but it was the first FF game I really got in to. Even though I was young enough to get into FFVI, I never really did. In fact, I never finished FFVI and I still regret that to this day. I still love earthbound to death though. I've heard good things about mother 3 as well.
Final Fantasy VII. Kefka has no real motivation other than just being crazy. The materia system is much better than the Esper one. There is more advancement and it is more complicated. After the floating continent, the flow of the story breaks completely.