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I Really Miss the Glory Days of Japanese RPGs

Explosion.com's Dave Walsh takes a look at how Japanese RPGs went from a once beloved genre to one that seems to be cast aside and shamed into a corner.

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Kratoscar20081290d ago

If it werent for NIS and ATLUS the genre would be dead now, at least ouside japan.

Hicken1290d ago

For the most part, I agree. Sega has put out one or two(mostly Valkyria Chronicles), and a few other companies like Mistwalker have, as well. But not too many big names have come West.

That said, many of them have been quite good, or enjoyable at the least.

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Ranma11289d ago (Edited 1289d ago )

Many JRPG series have declined, especially those from Square Enix. Before they were the ones you could rely on.

Then they turned to sh*t for some reason...

Godmars2901289d ago (Edited 1289d ago )

And even then they've gone too meta and surreal to really be taken seriously. Left plenty of room for WRPGs to take over in the west.

@3-4-5:
Because they're only seeing the under 20 crowd as the ones buying them. Even Ni no Kuni, though the older crowd is buying it, is aimed at kids.

And then there's Square and Wada again reducing the overall development and design of FF into vapid and glossy yearly releases while DQ is made into a literal money syphon on Japan.

chrispseuphoria1289d ago

Add Namco Bandai to that equation. We have Ni No Kuni and two Tales of games for the PS3 right now because of them. Plus, they've released Tales of Vesperia on the Xbox.

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3-4-51289d ago

People love RPG's...but the people who run these companies don't seem to think so.

Look at Pokemon.....Look at Skylanders.......

Kid's are buying RPG's.....teens like RPG's....people in their 20's,30's,40's,50& #39;s love RPG's...

Why don't dev's realize this and think of more creative ways to make them.

GrumpyOla1289d ago

I also often wonder why developers don't think of more creative ways to make JRPG. I guess people are bored not with the genre itself, but with the recurring themes, such as desert cities with their sand dunes, palm trees, turbanned NPCs and scorpion or centipedes enemies, snow covered cities theme, volcano and caves themes and so on. Also Half beast half human or half this half that enemies.
I think the genre will make a great come back if the devs come up with fantastical and out of this world architecture for cities, flora and fauna etc.

3-4-51289d ago

Yea it doesn't seem that hard though. I could sit down for a few days and come up with some good new ideas for locations. I'm sure a lot of us could. Why can't they ? And they are getting paid for it.

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KrimsonKody1289d ago (Edited 1289d ago )

Ni No Kuni looks REALLY good!
I especially enjoyed the demo. As short as it was, it drew me in quick & not many games have done that for me lately.
I'm getting a physical copy of the game on Monday!

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