Five RPGs for 2013: Lightning Returns and Crisis Core

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Ranma12049d ago (Edited 2049d ago )

This gen the only good JRPG's I played were:
# Tales of Vesperia
# Lost Odyssey
# Eternal Sonata
# Dark Souls
# Disgaea

And the Only epic one I played is:
# Valkyria Chronicles.

*I dont consider Xenoblade as current gen

This gen is like a drought when it comes to console JRPG's compared to previous ones

ForgottenProphecy2049d ago

Does Dark Souls count as a JRPG? I thought all JRPG's had to be turn based, not just be developed in Japan. Dark Souls feels like a Western RPG. I could be wrong, so that is why I'm asking./

Summons752049d ago

Dark souls was made by a Japanese developer therefore it is a Jrpg. When they made Demon Souls it was the intent to make to have a western feel to it.

Jrpgs do not have to have a turn based system but since it's popular they will go with it.

admiralvic2049d ago

Like a lot of these terms, the meaning depends on the individual and not the actual term in question.

Like every Tales game I've played isn't turn based, but people would 100% consider it a JRPG. The same goes for Ni no Kuni, since there isn't any "turns" past cool downs, so it's up to you really.

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Summons752049d ago

@ AdmiralSnake

Why yes sir. If it is an RPG and made in JAPAN it is a JRPG. Just like a WESTERN Rpg is called that because it's made by WESTERN DEVLOPERS.

Clearly Japan makes different genres of games but if your fool enough to think that I was talking about ALL japanese games then you must have given me the best laugh of the the 5 or 6 others who thought I was generalizing instead of clearly talking about rpg's

No FanS Land2049d ago


So if a english or french studio develop a turn based final fantasy like rpg, how do you call it?

I consider Demon/Dark souls as both Jrpg and Wrpg (more WRPG though)

JRPG because of their setting, japanese influenced grim setting soundtrack.
However it is also clear the game is build to play more like diablo/ Borderlands / Elder Scrolls than Tales of / FF / Suikoden or Legend of mana series.

DA_SHREDDER2049d ago (Edited 2049d ago )

the dark series isn't a Wrpg but you are right, rpgs have been, for the most part, turn based since the NES days. I miss old school, turn based jrps', especially the ones with open worlds, they were the best.

ForgottenProphecy2049d ago

I don't get all the hate I'm getting with Disagrees. I was just asking a question about something I'm not sure about. If it is only a matter of opinion, my opinion would be that Demon's/Dark souls are not JRPG's. If I didn't know any better, I would assume they were made by a western developer. I'm sure there are some games with a JRPG style that were made in the west, I just can't think of an example.

IMO, JRPG is a genre, just like MMORPG and FPS. It may not have to be turn based, but an RPG with a Japanese feel should be labeled JRPG, not just any Japanese RPG.

brish2049d ago

"Does Dark Souls count as a JRPG?"

The definition of a JRPG isn't something that is universally agreed on.

Some people say a JRPG is an RPG made in Japan. Using that definition then yes Dark Souls is a JRPG.

Other people say a JRPG is a specific style of RPG that originated in Japan but can be made elsewhere. Dark Souls has more of a western RPG style so using that definition no, Dark Souls is not a JRPG.

Personally I think the best answer is "who cares?". Dark Souls is an amazing game no matter what type of game you call it.

I've even heard some people say Dark Souls isn't an RPG!

ritsuka6662049d ago

Dark Souls is NOT a Jrpg... --'

DOMination-2049d ago

I always classes it as an action rpg

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Rush2049d ago

It doesn't matter what you consider current gen, Xenoblade and The Last Story are part of the same generation as all of them games you listed and both are brilliant games.

Valkyria Chronicles was a great game but it's more a strategy game than an RPG, the same way I wouldn't call XCOM an RPG other than that the list is OK in my books

3-4-52049d ago (Edited 2049d ago )

Dragon Quest 9 ? ahh..this year...

user39158002049d ago

Jrpg? ever since they got rid of Hironobu sakagushi, the entire fantasy been a disaster. The creator knew jrpg and ever since they fire him, squaresoft aka square enix now has lost the touch of a master piece creating nothung short than garbage. FF13 COMES TO MIND PLAYED THAT GARBAGE AND ITS ONLY LINEAR front with the lack of ingenuity and no direction, trying to make look like a western style and failed to capture both, the west and east a like. A failure produce by the lack of direction is the result. Square started its downfall ever since their savorand now after the last ff I'm no longer interested on anything they can make.

N4GDgAPc2048d ago (Edited 2048d ago )

Really the reason they got rid of Hironobu Sakagushi because he is the big reason Square-Enix almost had to shutdown. He was the director of Final Fantasy Spirits within. That was more of a flop than Final Fantasy 14. He thought it was a great idea to make the movie towards more westernize movie. Thats the reason why they merged with Enix. He made great games but the sametime they could of been called Square-Soft still. Maybe they would of still merged with enix but who knows.

I loved Lost Odyssey but I couldn't get into Last Story. I tried so hard but didn't like it. Xenoblade is one or close to my top 5 rpg's of this gen though.

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Kratoscar20082049d ago

Sorry but LR: FFXIII wont redeem FNC, it doesnt matter if its good or bad, why? Because none of these games are worth of the FF name.

Root2049d ago

It will be bad, it's pretty obvious, it's a shame that most people don't get that still

FF13 was bad
FF13-2 was bad
FF13-3 will be bad

It's common sense really, all your doing is learning from past mistakes.

Square Enix will try and big this up as much as they can just like they did with FF13-2....tricking people into buying the game again.

silkrevolver2049d ago

Oh, I'm sorry that I liked 13 and 13-2.

I guess I must be wrong.

N4GDgAPc2048d ago


Your so right. Thank u for speaking the truth. U showed me the light and my wrong ways that FF13 is a bad game!

or not

There u go again not telling us your opinion but telling us what everyone else thinks about the game. Like my mind is blinded by love of this game and there is no way I can love ff13 and ff13-2.

N4GDgAPc2048d ago

I don't understand how that could be a disgree unless its by Root. There is a difference between saying a fact compared to a opinion. Instead of telling his opinion he always gives false facts. He always complains about us tring to defend the game when he has an opinion. Never has he said WHY he hates the game. Only that supposly EVERYONE hates the game. Even me. Like the statement he said here "tricking people into buying the game again" I'm sorry rephrase that to "tricking me into buying the game" Then that would be a opinion. I never got tricked into buying it. I knew I would love FF13-2.

iamtehpwn2049d ago

You realize that Type-0 and Versus XIII are still FNC titles though, right? Type-0 was highly critically acclaimed. I think you should place your blame on how Toriyama's team handled FNC.

Root2049d ago


Type-0 tried to move away from the FNC mytho but it was nearly done so they couldn't change that much to it other then the name. If they had more time they would of got rid of all the FNC refrences

With Versus it's been in development so long that they've probably reworked it to seperate it from the FNC series aswell. All those old videos with refrences to FF13 stuff were old builds of the game.

FF Versus will probably get a name change and won't have anything to do with FNC or FF13

iamtehpwn2049d ago (Edited 2049d ago )

No. have you actually PLAYED Final Fantasy Type-0?

All these games are still intended to be FNC games as much as possible. In fact, there is an FNC Logo when booting up the game if I recall correctly. Also, the mythology is so heavily tied into the story.

L'cie play JUST as big of a role Final Fantasy Type-0 that they do in Final Fantasy XIII. In fact, toward the end of the game the main characters are faced with the option of becoming L'cie. You have no idea what you're talking about.

Root2049d ago (Edited 2049d ago )

Did you even read my comment

I said...

"Type-0 tried to move away from the FNC mytho but it was nearly done so they couldn't change that much to it other then the name"

Meaning the FNC still played a big part in it BECAUSE it was nearly finished they couldn't do anything to it. Thats why they changed the name, they WANTED to move away from it but because it was nearly done and had so much FF13 related stuff in it there was nothing they could do. Which is why the game contains heavey amounts of FNC did the old Versus trailers.

With FF13 Versus it's differnt since they have time...a lot of it.

So please don't play the "You have no idea what you're talking about" crap when you can't even read my comment properly. I never said FF Type-0 had nothing to do with FF13 so you's obvious you don't know what your talking about.

Kratoscar20082049d ago

Last time i checked FFXIII was acclaimed by the critics and it has its fanbase that talk wonders about it.

I dont know anything about Type Zero but im leaning that is the same deal here, so far until i play it and judge it myself i put Type Zero and Versus in the same train and more if they reference to FNC.

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Root2049d ago

Lightning thanks the only RPG for me so far is Ni no Kuni

kalkano2049d ago

The more they move to action-based combat, to pander to the current FPS generation, the further I move away from the series.

The first RPG I ever played, was the very first Final Fantasy. I cannot buy Lightning Returns, because I cannot support the current direction of the series.

8bitHero2049d ago

crisis core is one of my favorite games this gen. it was the first game i played in the FF7 universe. i still want to play derge of Cerberus(i know i spelled that wrong), i was disappointed to find out it was the last in the FF7 universe, simply because of the cliff hanger ending(i couldnt resist so saw it :3)

anyway, cant wait for ni no kuni. itll be the last game i buy till i make a huge dent in my backlog.

Pozzle2048d ago (Edited 2048d ago )

I wouldn't bother with Dirge of Cerberus tbh. It's an atrocious game with clunky controls, generic characters, repetitive battles, and practically nothing to do with the FFVII universe. Such a disappointment. :(

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