@bigsocrates said:First of all, Final Fantasy is not the Dark Souls of the NES. Every game was Dark Souls on the NES, or even worse. The whole thing about Demon's/Dark Souls was trying to return to some of the more challenging gameplay of earlier game design so I resent applying a label of a throwback to the very original thing those games are throwing back to! Not that FF itself was particularly hard, but still...That's not to say there aren't any good JRPGs after 2010 or so. They've started to evolve with things like Xenoblade Chronicles X bringing more action and dynamism to combat, and throwbacks like I Am Setsuna trying to clear away a lot of the cruft that built up over time, but if you don't like anime you're only going to get a few options a year if that. Anime is what the genre offers to a large degree at this point, and its what the real audience expects.TL:DR After action games got good stories JRPGs went up their own butts with anime bullshit in order to offer something different to their fanbase. Now there are very few games coming out in the genre that are appealing to people who don't want that. It's kind of sad, but it makes business sense.I know, the Dark Souls thing was a joke. ^_^ tee hee. I couldn't agree more, technology and adaptability created stagnation in the style of Japanese RPG development. On one hand they have steady jobs and don't outsource at such a high rate, on the other hand a lot of modern Japanese game development seems to be expensive and disastrous with questionable results. Xenoblade is a series I've always been desperate to play, it looks like it was made for me, but the barrier for me is not wanting to buy another Nintendo system until it has well proven its worth. First party titles aren't enough for me. I hear I Am Setsuna's creators are making a new game Lost Sphear that appears to improve upon the first games issues. I guess I need to get over my anime issues, it isn't impossible. I watched Seven Deadly Sins, that's a start right? @rosesaredan said:I think JRPGs have always been anime adjacent, it just became more obvious over time. There's plenty that are bad but I really enjoy Valkyria Chronicles (the og), Xenoblade Chronicles, Tales of Berseria, Dark/Demon Souls, and Ni No Kuni. I emjoy their anime bullshit more than not.True. All amazing games. Being one trophy away from a Ni No Kuni platinum still haunts me. @petiew said:This game is straight up garbage. I'm surprised you even listed the soundtrack as a positive since a number of the tracks are just lifted right out of 3 and 4. I gave up after dying once against the human commander guy where it hits a big difficulty spike and never finished it but I feel like I played enough to be justifiably offended by it's existence.See, that's basically what I was saying in many more words. I was trying to be nice, I don't think they even re-recorded the tracks from SO4, just pasted the files in. It also felt like the battle animations were directly lifted from that game, too. You do all the same moves and the new ones take a ton of quest grinding to learn. @justin258 said:they were on a hit streak with Radiant HistoriaI think the game you're looking for is Radiata Stories. Radiant Historia is a DS JRPG made by Atlus.Yes. My brain is melting like cheese in the microwave.