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Submitted by Gekko 565d ago | opinion piece

Three Interesting Trends Gound in 2012's JRPGs

Kat Bailey:

As both a columnist and a fan, I've felt relatively lucky this a year with plenty of JRPGs to play and enjoy in 2012, including Persona 4 Golden, Xenoblade Chronicles, and The Last Story.

I'm not exactly drowning in RPGs or anything, but this is probably the happiest I've been since 2008 or so, which was the year I discovered Valkyria Chronicles. I don't want to say that there was something for everyone, because it's a lousy cliché, and not really true either. But for those who were willing to look, it was a good year.

Is this the beginning of a return to form for Japanese developers? Well, maybe not. The accelerated growth of mobile gaming, an aging population back home, and outsized budgets are all substantial obstacles for Japanese studios. But a few interesting trends are taking hold that could have a substantial impact on the industry in the near future. (3DS, Atlus, Catherine, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Industry, Nintendo DS, Persona 4 Golden, PS Vita, PS3, PSP, The Last Story, Wii, Xbox 360)

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