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Submitted by sarydactl 1282d ago | opinion piece

Why the JRPG is Alive and Kicking

"Just searching ‘the JRPG is dying’ will get you 280,000 hits from people across the globe seemingly reaching that conclusion. Most of them coincide with the period after FF13’s first game release—a telling bit of information that shows that it wasn’t the genre as a whole, but a game, that affected the sentiment towards JRPGs. For this reason, I’ll be using FF13 for many of the examples in the article. However, just because one company seems to keep making games wrong, that doesn’t mean that the entire JRPG genre is dying." (Dragon Quest Monsters 3D, Final Fantasy XIII, Industry, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Pandora's Tower, PS3, Tales of Graces, The Last Story, Xbox 360, Xenoblade)

Godmars290  +   1282d ago
Its in the process of recovery, but in no way thinks to Square or the Final Fantasy franchise. Which is why, as the one time flag-franchise for the genera, FFXIII was the worst example of the genera's issues.

And still don't get why fans of the genera are think its the whole genera and all platforms, when its only the PS3 and 360. The genera has been struggling on those two systems. Nothing else.
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Bimkoblerutso  +   1282d ago
I agree with you for the most part...but why are you saying "genera"?
Infernostew  +   1281d ago
I think he means "genre".
Kratoscar2008  +   1281d ago
XIII is not the worst game in the genre but it didnt help either, in PSP and DS the genre is still alive and kicking but on HD the jrpg genre is almost dying.
NYC_Gamer  +   1282d ago
I doubt many Japanese rpg studios will take the risk and learn how to better program for HD hardware....Rpgs from Japan will continue to release in bulk for the handheld market...SE one of the biggest 3rd party studios in Japan rather release their rpgs on handhelds instead of home consoles.....why?because little effort and big profit in return....SE is too busy buying up western studios/publishing western aimed games...
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Capt-FuzzyPants  +   1282d ago
And they make a nice profit doing it.
rpgrules   1282d ago | Spam
Dark11  +   1282d ago
Sadly big JRPG titles are dead just look Final fantasy

Square enix should change the battle system from turn-based RPG to action RPG
That is way people are excited for FFvsXIII cuz it is action RPG.
rpgrules   1282d ago | Spam
luoshuigui  +   1282d ago
It's half right, JRPGs are alive but in no way kicking.

Almost every high-production-value JRPGs flopped in recent years, either failed commercially (like Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey) or hated by general consensus(FF13), the only game won both sides is Xenoblade, which is on Wii.

It's a vicious circle for them now, the bad sales force
them move away from any serious productions, and keeping working on Handhold or Web Browser games, this further striped their capabilities of catching on.
rpgrules   1282d ago | Spam
CLOUD1983  +   1282d ago
This generation was the worst for JRPG fans as long we talk for home consoles from 1996 to 2006 we have PS1 & PS2 and countless of AAA titles, I can make a list with 20 TOP JRPG games from PS1 & PS2 with ease, try to do that for PS3, xbox or Wii I cant even think 5.. 2 or 3 is the most I can think of and those consoles r in the market for the past 6-7 years and that's tragic for the JRPG genre in general, that's all this generation have to offer for JRPG fans.
rpgyell   1281d ago | Spam
GamingPerson  +   1282d ago
In my opinion WRPGS are enough for me & are the highest quality. Maybe next gen for jpgs huh?
rpgyell   1281d ago | Spam
Godmars290  +   1281d ago
You mean Skyrim where bears are a tougher fight than dragons, a pale on the head makes an NPC oblivious to anything you do and giants can pond you a mile into the air? Nevermind its largely ignorable central story arc.

And in other news, the more I try to type, the worse my typing gets. Genera. Genre. Whatever.
jsslifelike  +   1281d ago
WRPGs have become almost as cliche as the Japanese ones at this point. The game world is completely centered on the player, making them so overpowered in the end that it shatters the illusion of realism. It's getting almost as bad as "wake up, sleepyhead" to me.
blackblades  +   1281d ago
Yeah in japan
charmanderomegha   1281d ago | Spam
Kratoscar2008  +   1281d ago
Is still alive but is puking and making its testament, in the next generation could get better or die inmediatly, only time will tell.
Hicken  +   1281d ago
Is this an extension of that "We in the West hate Japanese stuff" that's been going around this gen?

Tales of Graces, FFXIII, Valkyria Chronicles, and Lost Odyssey are among my favorite games this generation; there are plenty of others I enjoyed, such as Disgaea and Atelier, White Knight Chronicles and Eternal Sonata. That's not even including the games I have yet to play, like Xenoblade Chronicles and the rest of Operation Rainfall.

charmaderomegha and the rpg brothers have quite a few things right. One of the most important ones is that the primary home for RPGs shifted to the systems with the largest install bases: the handhelds. It's not like the previous generations saw huge numbers of rpgs coming out on the less popular systems; the PS1 and PS2 were the most popular, so they saw the most support. Currently, the DS and PSP are the most popular, so they have all the rpgs.

I'm certain you could argue that it's coincidence, but I don't think that argument would hold much weight.

Stop trying to kill off JRPGs.
rpgcommando   1281d ago | Spam

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