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Submitted by Gekko 429d ago | opinion piece

Ten Modern JRPGs Worth Playing

Jason Schreier: ''Let's make something clear. Japanese RPGs are not dead. They have never been dead. They will not be dead any time soon.

I've written about this subject before, but every day it seems like there's a new screed, a new attention-grabbing editorial or essay. "Are JRPGs Obsolete?" "Do JRPGs No Longer Matter?" "Has The Age Of JRPGs Passed?" No. Shut up. "Will Xenoblade Revitalize The Japanese RPG?" "Will Ni no Kuni Revitalize The Japanese RPG?" "Will Persona Revitalize The Japanese RPG?" No. Nothing needs revitalizing. Shut up.

Allow me to prove my point. I've put together a list of ten JRPGs—all modern, all different, all excellent, all worth playing today. They represent every major console, Wii U aside, and they were all released within the past five years. All ten are worth your time.'' (3DS, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Lost Odyssey, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Nintendo DS, Persona 4 Golden, PS Vita, PS3, PSP, Radiant Historia, The Last Story, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, The World Ends With You, Valkyria Chronicles, Wii, Xbox 360)

Snookies12  +   429d ago
Wait a minute, wait a minute.... So Mario & Luigi gets in (not saying it's not a great, game, I had a lot of fun with it), but there's no mention of Xenoblade or Tales of Graces?
raWfodog  +   429d ago
The author didn't say it was a "Top 10" list. Just that it's a list of 10 jrpg's worth playing. We all know there are more...

Edit: spelling
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Sexius Maximus  +   429d ago
Exactly. It's just a list of 10; there are more out there. However, Lost Odyssey was far and away my favorite JRPG this gen. Xenoblade and Tales of Vesperia are tied for 2nd. (note: haven't played Ni No Kuni yet; that's next on my list)
animegamingnerd  +   429d ago
i am glad i saw last story on a list of best JRPG'S but where is tales of graces and xneoblade? those games in my opinion are up there with last story for best JRPG this gen
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knifefight  +   429d ago
Is it a list of the best?
It doesn't say that it's a list of the best.
But you're calling it a list of the best?
I'm not sure that's accurate. This features 10 modern JRPGs the author feels are worth playing, in his words, his qualifications being that they are worth your time and released in the last 5 years.

It doesn't say "best." Not every feature has to be about the "best."
Son_Lee  +   429d ago
It's criminal how overlooked Nier is.
j-blaze  +   429d ago
agreed, and Resonance of Fate
Son_Lee  +   428d ago
That game's battle system was FUCKED. Way too complicated for its own good.
Canary  +   428d ago
I don't know.

I wrote a FAQ/Guide for it and I still get people emailing me questions about it. So while it may not be talked about much, there does seem to be a steady stream of people 'discovering' it.

Given how few JRPGs there are, period, on PS3/360, it seems like it would be monumentally difficult for anyone to overlook any of them.

Though I suppose there -are- people who don't know Valkyria Chronicles or Disgaea exist.

...

Anyway, my own personal picks for "most overlooked RPGs of this generation" would probably be Dragon Quest VI's remake on the DS (one of the best games ever made); Infinite Space, also on the DS (an incredible 'Space Opera' style RPG); and Eternal Sonata, on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Of course, it helps that I'm a sucker for Chopin.
Chrono  +   429d ago
Needs more Dragon Quest IX.
Kratoscar2008  +   429d ago
Growlanser WoT is the best JRPG i have played this gen.
Wrightylfc88  +   429d ago
Ni no kuni is easily best RPG of this gen
WeAreLegion  +   428d ago
WHO would disagree with that?!? It is!
StrawberryDiesel420  +   429d ago
Demon's Souls and Dark Souls are the best JRPG's to come out this entire generation and maybe ever. That's no exaggeration either, they're that damn amazing.
Hicken  +   428d ago
That's ONLY exaggeration, actually. While both are quite good, I can name about five or so from this generation alone that I would place above them. Don't even get me started on the last two gens. It's just me, but neither of the Souls games would make my top ten, even as much as I enjoy them.
Canary  +   428d ago
It's not an exaggeration, but it's not a valid statement, either.

Both Demon's Souls and Dark Souls are WRPGs.

Western Roleplaying Games and Japanese Roleplaying games are defined by their individual characteristics--the aesthetics of play, the themes and ambience and setting and tone and a whole host of variables. They are -NOT- defined by the country they happened to be developed in.

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