@wolfgame: We haven't built a good list? I think plenty of us who have addressed what the OP asked have given them plenty, and they seem to have some good ideas for more JRPGs to play. Some people may want to argue about whatever else, but as far as people giving some decent titles for them to check out, I'd say the OP got what they asked for.
However, you can create your own characters and "borrow" other players characters as AI allies. Many of the player-designed characters are cheesy/creepy/sex-ified, though nothing near what is in other games that allow customisation. Since the allies are called "pawns" it may also bother you.
It's the best game I have played in ages though, but when you occasionally run into a super-cheesy character within the city or on the roads, it breaks the atmosphere/narrative slightly.
Sure, I think some NPCs can be cheesed up, but in general, it allows you to have and make good characters. A female fighter can wear armor that actually looks like armor, and they're just as potentially powerful as male fighters. When your awesome woman is riding on the back of a troll before stabbing it to death, it all just works.
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