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Submitted by L1keMike 571d ago | opinion piece

Which Japanese RPGs stood out this console generation?

Friends and the industry in general seem to be talking alot about RPG’s lately. All sparked by the much anticipated Japanese developed Ni No Kuni. So I got to thinking, with this generation of consoles coming to an end, which Eastern RPG’s have stood out as testament to these ageing machines? (Final Fantasy XIII, Microsoft, Namco Bandai, Nintendo, PS Vita, PS3, PSP, Square Enix, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

Ezz2013  +   571d ago
Ni No Kuni for sure
miyamoto  +   571d ago
NNK defied the status quo
MmaFan-Qc  +   571d ago
NNK, Tales of Graces f, Blue Dragon, Tales of Vesperia, Eternal Sonata was pretty good in my book.

honorable mention to Valkyria Chronicles even if its more tactical.
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GuyThatPlaysGames  +   571d ago
I honestly haven't experienced a good RPG since FFVII. I really haven't gotten back into RPG's but would Ni No Kuni be a good start for me to get back into it? What else would you recommend?
Lord_Sloth  +   571d ago
I highly recommend Valkyria Chronicles and Resonance of Fate.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   571d ago
Lost Odyssey hands down best JRPG released this gen.

If you're a JRPG fan and haven't played Lost Odyssey, then you can't call yourself a JRPG fan. Simply as that.
ChocolateGiddyUp  +   571d ago
If you dug the old Final Fantasy games, then Lost Odyssey for sure.
kalkano  +   570d ago
I would try Lost Odyssey, if I owned an XBOX 360. Unfortunately, that would be the only reason to buy one. So, not going to happen. I'll hope for a port, sometime in the future.
j-blaze  +   571d ago
on consoles it's a tie between Lost Odyssey, Xenoblade, Vesperia, Dark Souls and Resonance of Fate, there are other games i really liked but these are the best imo, impossible to choose just one!
fatstarr  +   571d ago
xenoblade chronicles : so rare and so highly rated.
the last story
tales of vesperia
DivineAssault  +   571d ago
Tales, demon/dark souls, ni no kuni for me.. Most of the others were mehhh
Godmars290  +   571d ago
Anything which wasn't Final Fantasy, sad to say.

Unless you're talking the anti-thesis for why a JRPG stood out.
AznGaara  +   571d ago
Demons Souls, Ni no Kuni and Valkyria Chronicles. I'd throw in Disgaea 4 simply because I love that series so much and the HD sprites make it look so good.

I guess you can count FF13 too. It stood out in a sense that it wasn't like every other FF game before it.
knifefight  +   571d ago
Great list
Add to that Xenoblade, Tales of Graces f, Tales of Vesperia, Yakuza 4, Resonance of Fate, and Lost Odyssey for me. There've been some good ones. There aren't as many coming out as there once were, and oh so few use that overworld map mechanic that I love so fondly, but the games we've gotten have been pretty solid.
koehler83  +   571d ago
Definitely Ni No Kuni. Just beat it yesterday. Truly a masterpiece.

I think Lost Odyssey was also notable, although I found much of the story to be too reliant on walls of text.

I also enjoyed Blue Dragon. Ni No Kuni took a lot of cues from that game so I feel it deserves a mention if Ni No Kuni does.

Unfortunately I found Last Story to be very much overrated and have found it very difficult to stay engaged in Xenoblade, though I can see the potential, it desperately needs an option to make everyone shut the hell up during battle.

I quite enjoyed the White Knight Chronicles games but they suffered for being split up into two products that were obviously a single production.

Without a doubt, Ni No Kuni will go down as my favorite JRPG of this generation.
raWfodog  +   571d ago
Damn, you finished it already. I'm about 25 hours into it and I'm still at Hamelin. Granted, I don't get that much playtime between work, school, and family (wife and 3 kids). But even if I had a lot of time, I'm always exploring the world as I go, grinding, and never go straight to my next objective. I don't want it to end too soon :)
LightofDarkness  +   571d ago
I've not finished it yet, but I think I can say that so far, Xenoblade is the better game. Unless something changes the game up quite a bit in the next few hours, then it has some unfortunate problems that really hold it back from its potential.

I could go into an awful lot of detail, but I'm still at work, so it's best saved for another time (and when I'm totally finished with it, for posterity's sake).
kalkano  +   570d ago
I can't believe you're the only one to mention White Knight Chronicles. I haven't gotten around to the 2nd part yet, but the 1st one was great.
Ultraplayerxp  +   571d ago
Consoles - Ni No Kuni
Handheld - Persona 4: Golden

By far the easiest choices I've ever made regarding this category.
ThePsychoGamer  +   571d ago
Here are the one's that stood out to me

Ni No Kuni, Disgaea 4, Trinity Universe, Hyperdemsion Neptunia MK2, Xenoblade, Star Ocean TLH, and both Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Graces F, Infinite Undiscovery, Yakuza 3 and 4, Valkyria Chronicles, Demon and Dark Souls, well these are the ones that stood out in a good way.
user3915800  +   571d ago
fOR 2012 i SAY mass effect3. dark souls, the witcher2, xenoblade chronicles. For nay time released elder scroll 5. mass effect 2, fall out 3, tales of vesperia, dark souls, monster hunter tri,ni no kuni from level 5 ds in 2010, mario and luigi inside story, chrono trigeer,princess crown and shin megami on psp, persona 4 for my vita. Thats all, dont care if it was jrpg or not, just quality rpgs...
amaguli  +   571d ago
The JRPGs that I think stood out are:
Cross Edge
Disgae 4
Dark Souls
Folklore
Ni No Kuni
Star Ocean 4
Trinity Universe
Valkyria Chronicles
Yakuza 3 and 4
Lost Odyssey
Xenoblade Chronicles
Blue Dragon
Persona 4 Golden
The World Ends With You
Bowzabub  +   570d ago
Folklore was a pretty cool game huh? Hardly ever see that one mentioned.
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SAE  +   571d ago
Just got Ni No Kuni today :D . it gave me headache the first 2 hours. but after that im starting to love the game. they should have let you discover the gameplay by your self or at least put teaching in a mode. lol

94% Demon souls download xD . i either get many games or none >.< ..
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RuperttheBear  +   571d ago
Xenoblade.
majedx9  +   571d ago
WTF Ni No Kuni can not be purchase at this time on PSN!!!!!!!???????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????WHY
stragomccloud  +   571d ago
Other's I'd add to the list:
Tales of Graces(Wii/PS3)
Fragile Dreams(Wii)
Eternal Sonata(Xbox360/PS3)
Xenoblade(Wii)
Last Story(Wii)
Lunar(PSP)
Final Fantasy IV(DS)
Magnus  +   571d ago
I liked Ar Tonelico 3 a very good game if a person fallowed the series from PS2 and it ended on the PS3. Alo have Ni No Kuni, Hyper Dimension Neptunia series, Tales of Graces F. I wish Sony would have released a new Wild Arms game for PS3. Nothing from SqareEnix had me interested in games.I just hope Namco is smart enough to port Tales of Xillia to NA for the PS3.
PooEgg  +   571d ago
This would be the generation that I found myself replaying my last gen JRPGs more often then the current gen stuff, because many of the old games are simply more fun then the new ones, perhaps not as pretty, but I tend to enjoy them more. Currently replaying Suikoden V, and at 100+ gameplay hours it is 10x the game FFXIII is, and unlike FFXIII it is actually fun to play and not just mind-numbingly dull eye candy.
Luke_fon_Fabre  +   571d ago
I'm shocked by how many people think Zelda games are RPGs (well, the second one was, but all the rest were not)
profgerbik  +   571d ago
I always hate these people who say this but yea you should look up the definition of what an RPG is.

Zelda is an RPG.
stragomccloud  +   571d ago
Well, RPA(Role playing adventure). Close enough.
kalkano  +   570d ago
Action Adventure
shackdaddy  +   571d ago
No Xenoblade, Last Story, or Tales?
RTheRebel  +   571d ago
playstation fansite shhh
Theyellowflash30  +   571d ago
1. Xenoblade
2. Ni No Kuni
3. The Lost Odyssey
4. Star Ocean 4
5. The Last Story
6. Tales of Vesperia/Tales of Graces, Tales of Xillia
7. Blue Dragon

Thats my list. I've played and beat every one of these games with the exception of Tales of Xillia.

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