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Submitted by liban-ali 1043d ago | opinion piece

JRPG’s - Why Their Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Ever since the release of Dragon Quest back in 1986, Japanese Role-Playing Games have been on the up and loved by millions. Praised for their stories and memorable characters, it has been a genre that has managed to emit all kinds of emotion in gamers worldwide. However despite all of that, JRPG’s have been written off in the past few years as a genre on its deathbed with no real hope of returning to its former glory. (Chrono Trigger , Final Fantasy XIII, Lost Odyssey, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, PS3, The Last Story, Wii, Xbox 360, Xenoblade Chronicles)

kalkano  +   1043d ago
While I understand what he's saying, the number of quality JRPGs this gen, compared to last gen, is miniscule. He listed a mere 4.

Lost Odyssey was barely played, because it's for X360. I'm not trying to be all "PS fanboy". XBOX has never been the place for JRPGs, and Lost Odyssey is an orphan on it. The target audience is not there.

I was happy to see Ni No Kuni even be made, but I have no interest in it. I was only happy, because I was/am hoping for a JRPG revival. The game itself is just not my style (kiddy, and Pokemon-esque).

Last Story was great, and I own Xenoblade (but haven't gotten to it yet).
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WildArmed  +   1042d ago
JRPGs have been lacking on HD consoles this gen. I've played about 10 JRPGs, only few of them were quality titles.

I've been playing ni no kuni, and it def. reminded me how lacking this gen has been this gen. Initially, I didn't like the 'kid' cast of characters too. But after playing the game, I can see why they did it.
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animegamingnerd  +   1043d ago
i think JRPG'S are slowly making a come back with great sales of ni no kuni and xenoblade and of course persona 4 golden being the highest rated game of 2012
kalkano  +   1043d ago
Xenoblade could have sold SO much better, if they made more copies.
animegamingnerd  +   1043d ago
and not make a gamestop exclusive
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KShinigami  +   1043d ago
The genre obviously hasn't died but has not been as successful in recent years, due to not innovating imo.
3-4-5  +   1043d ago
It's mostly due to this:

When they find a good idea...they never use it again. They think that their next idea will be just as good and they try to innovate when they just need to refine.

There is tons of creativity in refining something if you know what you are doing.

It's like EX:

We like A..thanks for make A...give us another A...

Company proceeds to abandon everything good about A and only keep the annoying things and they make B, which is about half as good as A.

We tell them they messed up and we don't like B at all, we forgive you but don't screw up again.

They then give us B2.

^ That is the problem and no I'm not just talking about FF13..it applies to 70% of all genres.
Kratoscar2008  +   1043d ago
The genre is living and kicking in Handhelds, the console JRPGs are the one dying.
kalkano  +   1043d ago
In a way, it's like we're still playing PS2 JRPGs, for that very reason.
Kratoscar2008  +   1043d ago
In my case im glad because i have my PS2 and im just getting into the SMT whole fanchise:

SMT 3 Nocturne
DDS 1 & 2
Raidou 1&2
P3&P4

Pretty great games that is a shame most people have missed.
WildArmed  +   1042d ago
Agreed, I wish it'd transition to HD consoles thou.
KittyEmperor  +   1043d ago
Did not realize that jrpg's are dying. I mean I only have about 5 or 6 of them preordered this year alone.
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Hicken  +   1041d ago
I don't think they've been dying at all.

Rather, the FPS rose to prominence, and JRPGS found a more welcome, more lucrative home on handhelds.

That doesn't mean the genre has died in the slightest, though. Great games are STILL being made, and more have found their way West than previous generations.

Just, as I said, not so much on home consoles.

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