What's the best 'classic' JRPG on 360?

#1 Edited by JasonLeeson (222 posts) -

Realized I've not played a game of this style throughout the entire console generation.

So far looking around 'Tales Of Vesperia' seems to be the most well received.

Any pointers duders?

#2 Posted by ChinaDontCare (117 posts) -

Blue Dragon??

#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

Final Fantasy XIII/-2?

#4 Posted by jking47 (1280 posts) -

Lost Odyssey?

#5 Posted by Drakoji (289 posts) -

Lost Odyssey or Tales of Vesperia.

#6 Posted by JasonLeeson (222 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Final Fantasy XIII/-2?

You're probably right. Man, I feel like I've been avoiding this though.

Last FF game I played was X - How is XIII-2? Can I reasonably play it without XIII? (Cuz I heard it wasn't so great).

#7 Posted by Lashe (1400 posts) -

Slim pickings, but I enjoyed Tales of Vesperia, Lost Odyssey and Eternal Sonata this gen. Always on the lookout for more though! Could not get into Blue Dragon sadly. Might give it another go some time.

Also, Cthulu Saves The World is on the Indie games. Definitely worth a peep.

#8 Posted by JJOR64 (19620 posts) -

For me it was Blue Dragon. Tales of Vesperia is also great.

#9 Posted by LikeaSsur (1719 posts) -
#10 Posted by Soapy86 (2706 posts) -

Easily Tales.

#11 Posted by Getz (3723 posts) -

Lost Odyssey all the way motherfuckers. I haven't really played many of them this gen, but I heard Resonance of Fate was pretty good also.

#12 Edited by JackG100 (428 posts) -

Resonance of Fate was great. But I wouldnt call it a classic JRPG.

Eternal Sonata might be alright, I didnt like it much but I guess if you really dig JRPGs it might be worth looking into. Personally I think RPGs have just become worse and worse...

#13 Posted by rpoland123 (35 posts) -

No no no it is eternal sonata

#14 Edited by mwng (1041 posts) -

Another vote for Tales of Vesperia here! I really liked XIII and XIII-2 too. Also finished Eternal Sonata, but didn't enjoy that as much.
You could always pick up a wii cheap now too, for some more options...

#15 Edited by theveej (922 posts) -

@Drakoji said:

Lost Odyssey or Tales of Vesperia.


Lost Odyssey is the most "classical". Tales is a tales game which means more action and combo based and you can play it co-op (so not really classic JRPG). I think Tales of Vesperia is one of the best games of this gen and Lost Odyssey is damn good.

Blue Dragon was hot garbage...... not even in the same league as Lost Odyssey or Tales, different tastes I guess........

#16 Posted by JasonLeeson (222 posts) -

Tales of Vesperia seems to be pulling way out in front here. Just watched video reviews for it/Lost Odyssey/Eternal Sonata which also seems to confirm it as the one to go for.

#17 Edited by Spaceyoghurt (165 posts) -

Lost Odyssey is pretty great. Also, the writing in Kaim Argonars dreams (past memories) are awesome, it was a huge part of what kept me interested in playing. It was an impressive extra layer in storytelling.

Tales of Vesperia and Eternal Sonata are fine, but I would recommend Lost Odyssey, feels more mature than the others.

#18 Posted by RVonE (4864 posts) -

Lost Odyssey. Hands down.

#19 Posted by JasonLeeson (222 posts) -

Ok I changed my mind, Lost Odyssey.

It came down to the wire but seeing it has 4 disks swayed me.

#20 Posted by Animasta (14848 posts) -

I disliked lost odyssey.

just watch the memories parts and you'll get the best stuff in the game (the game has some of the more annoying kid characters in a while)

#21 Posted by GERALTITUDE (5100 posts) -

I hope that goes well for you. Lost Odyssey had a great concept but it just didn't hold my interest, sorry to say. Have you been warned about the VO? It's pretty rough.

#22 Posted by S3v3nS1ns (68 posts) -

Lost Odyssey was the only JRPG on Xbox 360 that I enjoyed. It's a shame that Tales of Graces F is only on PS3 I really enjoyed that.

#23 Posted by McBonJon (204 posts) -

The best ones to go for would be Lost Odyssey, Tales of Vesperia, or even Infinite Undiscovery. I have Blue Dragon, but I haven't put much time into that game to say.

#24 Posted by project343 (2894 posts) -

Eternal Sonata and Tales of Vesperia for me. Neither was 'amazing,' but I suppose they're both worth playing.

#25 Posted by Stika (10 posts) -

Lost Odyssey no doubt.

Blue Dragon was okay but I disliked the story, characters and settings, good battle system though (Though Lost Odyssey has a similar, but improved system)

Infinite Undiscovery has an awesome combat and it's very flashy. But the towns are very sterile, the forging mechanics are a bit underwhelming and I didn't care much for the story or the characters

Eternal Sonata is way too easy and the story has terrible pacing issues and it doesn't make much sense either (though maybe that was the point)

These are the ones I've played so far

#26 Posted by RetroVirus (1606 posts) -

The Tales games are usually great, Vesperia probably being one of the best.

#27 Posted by Fredchuckdave (8879 posts) -

Last Remnant is alright

#28 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4748 posts) -

@Animasta said:

I disliked lost odyssey.

just watch the memories parts and you'll get the best stuff in the game (the game has some of the more annoying kid characters in a while)

I really like Lost Odyssey and Agree that the memories are the best part and main reason to play the game. So I'd say LO unless you don't like spending your time playing JRPGs to be spent reading short storys. There is more to the game as well, like great classic combat and an excellent soundtrack.

#29 Posted by Jeust (11728 posts) -

How is Tales of Vesperia, Infinite Undiscovery, Last Remnant, Final Fantasy XIII or Resonance of Fate classic jrpgs? 
Personally I say Lost Odyssey.

#30 Posted by JasonR86 (10118 posts) -


I would go with Tales of Vesperia dude. The Tales series is probably the most traditional JRPG series that has stayed with its roots while updating in smart ways (like the combat). It's one of my favorite games on the 360 too.

#31 Posted by fishmicmuffin (1055 posts) -
Lost Odyssey or Tales of Vesperia.
#32 Posted by abara (235 posts) -

Like most people are saying, you really can't go wrong with Lost Odyssey or Tales of Vesperia. They're both pretty different in tone, style and gameplay so assuming there isn't a crazy circulation shortfall leading to laughable ebay style pricing, just find em both used for cheap!

#33 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3414 posts) -

Lost Odyssey is pretty cool.

#34 Edited by Stokes (264 posts) -

I loved Tales, but the story in all the Tales games that I've played (which is like 2) never seems to stick with me. So I guess what I'm saying is their stories aren't their strongest points.

Edit: Reading back over the plot on Wikipedia, I vaguely remember it. It actually wasn't a half bad plot. No clue why I seem to forget about the plots in those games.

#35 Posted by abara (235 posts) -

Tales series definitely has lots of bad plots and annoying characters, but Vesperia is widely acknowledged as having one of, if not the best stories in the series.

#36 Posted by Senno (80 posts) -

Lost Odyssey is absolutely beautiful - one of the most impressive traditional style JRPG's I've played. The memories are really well done, they add an extra emotional layer that is wonderfully presented. Well worth checking out.

I can also recommend Eternal Sonata. It has beautiful music and an interesting premise. It's quite traditional, and a great deal of fun. It is also gorgeous to look at.

#37 Posted by Atlas (2575 posts) -

Eternal Sonata and Tales of Vesperia are the two that I've played and loved. I couldn't finish Lost Odyssey because zzzzzzzzz...

#38 Posted by cheishxc (102 posts) -

Lost Odyssey isn't that long you can get through it pretty quickly. I'll put in another vote for Cthulu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII in the XBL indies. Tales was never my thing so I can't say one way or the other on that one.

#39 Posted by Cameron (741 posts) -

My vote is for Eternal Sonata, though I never got around to playing Vesperia, so that could be great too.

#40 Posted by kdavey2004 (10 posts) -

@jeust said:

How is Tales of Vesperia, Infinite Undiscovery, Last Remnant, Final Fantasy XIII or Resonance of Fate classic jrpgs?

Personally I say Lost Odyssey.

Tales of Vesperia is about as classic as it gets. And it's excellent.

Eternal Sonata and The Last Remnant are also good.

Avoid FFXIII and FFXIII-2, they're awful. Lost Odyssey wasn't great either.

#41 Posted by sopachuco13 (452 posts) -

I would go with Tales of Vesperia, but Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon are also good.

I am glad that a couple of people have also recommended Cthulu Sanes the World and Breath of Death which are great old style RPGs.

#42 Posted by pyrodactyl (3043 posts) -

Tales of vesperia. People that claim Lost Oddysey, Blue Dragon and Eternal Sonata are anything but mediocre are crazy.

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