My personal top Japanese Role Playing games

The Role Playing Genre always appealed to me since I watched my cousin play Final Fantasy VII. Something about how the games seem totally different from other games really appealed to me. Whether it's the turn based system which lets me flex my tactical skills during combat, or the deep and rich storyline which keeps me wanting to move along or the characters who I could relate to, the Japanese Role Playing Genre continues to be my favorite genre of the gaming universe. Now this is strictly for JRPGs and I understand there are way better games out there like the games from the Shin Megami Tensei series and the earlier Final Fantasy games to play, but it wouldn't be fair for me to group them to my personal list because it would just be about their legacy rather than my experience. The current games I'm playing are Final Fantasy IV, and VII so they may make the list soon. But anyways, here we go!

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Posted by Pepsiman

Good man putting Persona 4 at the top. I went into it having played FES beforehand not really expecting it to be topped in most every respect; the game had its flaws, but as the first real JRPG I had played in probably close to half a decade, I thought the legacy would just be too large for it to overcome. Suffice it say that 4 blew me away when it did that and then some. The game gets a lot of flack from people on the site these days because of the Endurance Run (because somehow doing Deadly Premonition indicates they only do bad games for that, right?), but 4 just does so many things right from both a gameplay and story standpoint, so it's nice to see it getting some love here. Suffice it to say it's definitely my favorite JRPG of all time at this point, too.

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Posted by PistolPackinPoet
@Pepsiman:  Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. I think that the ER both helped and hurt the perception of persona 4. Vinny and Jeff don't seem to play JRPGs that often and from watching the old ER, it seemed like they didn't care for the S-Links that much and only wanted to progress through the storyline rather than see the growth of the party. But it's their thing. But without the ER I wouldn't have discovered this awesome game. My sister bought Persona 3 FES and I thought it looked lame so luckily they did this feature or I would have just said the same thing to Persona 4. After watching a few episodes, and tearing my hair out while they made stupid decisions, i decided to pick it up. And as soon I turned on the game, I grew attached to the characters. So much that I didn't want to beat the game. That's how much I loved the game. I just wish I played Persona 3 before 4, so I can appreciate both games more.
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