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So it’s been three years since the next gen consoles came out and there have been plenty if great games that game out. From small scale independent games to the huge blockbuster games there have been no doubt plenty of great games to choose from. However, if you are in my position then you are still in dire mean of your RPG fix and for the life of me I cannot fathom what the hells taking so long.
Now I understand that RPG’s do tend to take it’s time to move onto the next gen consoles, this is usually the case. But it’s been three years since the 360 came out and while there have been RPG’s they haven’t hit me yet. Looking back at some of the best would be those odd hybrid fusions of action oriented games that have RPG elements. Mass Effect, Oblivion and Fallout 3 would all come to mind in this manner. They all have those RPG stat elements and bring it into a action genre. But not really that kind of RPG experience that I’ve been waiting for.
So what have I been waiting for? Well probably one of those JRPG’s, those are the ones I tend enjoy the most. The ones that have come out have not really been very engaging. Most just seem to be very unpolished and not full of life. Let’s take a look at the RPG games I have played so far”
Enchanted Arms- This was probably the first RPG to be released for the next gen consoles and if it was a sign of this to come then it was point on. Horrible dialog, music was very generic, somewhat interesting map progression, graphics could of used more time to develop. The story was somewhat interesting. The idea of a demon possessing your hand and seeing it grow over your body was pretty cool. Biggest problem was probably in the combat.
Eternal Sonata- Really this game was great. The graphics were great, the story premise was original but turned into something else at the end. Music was pretty fine and the battle system was highly addictive. I would have to say that this was my favourite next gen RPG. Problem with this game was the story really. It had an interesting premise but never really used it well enough.
Lost Odyssey- I was really hyped up for this game. I thought the premise was interesting enough but the way it was handled was very poor. Everything about that game seemed to go at a sssssllllllooooowwwww pace. From cut scenes, battle system and dialog everything seemed so slow.Infinite Undiscovery- Really I wasn’t sure what to expect from this game. I knew I wasn’t going to be a grand-slam hit but maybe I was expecting a bit more from it. The voices were very generic, the music was forgettable, the battle system was nothing special and the overall experience just left me saying “.....ok.”
Last Remnant – Really I thought this was the RPG I was waiting for. And I said this to myself as I was playing it. But as I was playing it the game started to feel like a chore to me. The battle system was trying to make battles more of an epic scale when really all it was doing was just making this game more of a chore. Disregard the graphical issues with this game it’s still a sub par experience.I find it odd how I can play these games with such aggravation and yet go back to a game like Persona 4 and enjoy that with such ease. It makes me wonder if Persona 4 were to be released on PS3, would I still think it’s a fantastic game like I do now? Or would I think it needs some more polish?
So what’s the problem? Where are all those great RPG’s I played on my PS2?
Well when you think about it most have either tried to crack the Next Gen consoles with mixed result or just moved on to make cheaper games and move on to the DS. Creating games on with a smaller budget to a mass market of over 80 million owners seems to be logical. People tend to forget that RPG’s have a difficult time selling themselves so they usually stick to the strongest device out there.
Now I know I haven’t played all the Next Gen RPG’s out there (Tales I’m looking at you) but this certain group doesn’t leave me with much hope for the future.
Maybe I was expecting something more when it moved to the Next Gen. Maybe I thought things would get better after playing a bunch of crappy RPG’s that really had no reason to be played or finished. But really if these games were on the PS2 maybe I’d think there just as great as some of the other games out there? Is Final Fantasy XIII going to be that RPG I have been waiting for? I never really Liked FFXII that much so does this spell doom for me? Will I just have to stick with FPS and other action oriented games for these Next Gen games? I certainly hope not but only time will tell.