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Submitted by MattS 1048d ago | opinion piece

The ten best console JRPGs this gen

Digitally Downloaded writes: "Some people (who weren't looking that hard) have claimed that the JRPG genre has been floundering this generation, lacking both in quality and quantity.

They're wrong. Though it can be argued that the genre's biggest franchises (Final Fantasy) has lost its way, a little digging beneath the surface reveals a wealth of great games that are equal to, if not better, than the best JRPGs from years past." (Atelier Meruru, Demon's Souls, Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk-2, Lost Odyssey, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Pandora's Tower, PS3, Star Ocean: The Last Hope International, White Knight Chronicles 2, Wii, Xbox 360, Xenoblade Chronicles)

Root  +   1048d ago
My favourite would be Lost Odyssey...it was the real Final Fantasy 13 game for me. Good characters, good voice acting, the music was amazing, the theme music was better, the battle system was good (can't beat turn based). I could go on...

Plus Jansen was hilarious...one of the best characters in a JRPG for me
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Nate-Dog  +   1048d ago
I loved Lost Odyssey but really didn't like Jansen at all. Just too much of a forced attempt at humour with almost every single line.

Also this list is missing Tales of Vesperia!
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Root  +   1048d ago
I know where your coming from but for a JRPG game he was pretty good in my opinion and I mean a JPRG where they have voice actors. Most games have came off cheesy when it comes to voice acting, look at Blue Dragon or even Cooke and Mac in Lost Odyssey but Jansen was pretty funny with the game being pretty serious at times.

His relationship with Ming as well was nice to watch as well, he kind of changed because of it through out the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...
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SOD_Delta  +   1048d ago
Lost Odyssey was indeed a great game. It deserves a top spot. But They put Star Ocean over Tales of Vesperia/ or Graces? Also no Valkyria Chronicles? I know it's a (J)SRPG, But that still counts right?

Blue Dragon is also a good JRPG. I'd put it above Star Ocean (IMO)

EDIT: @ dedicatedtogamers I can't believe I forgot about that game. Yes, Resonance of Fate was AWESOME. I loved that game. I lose gamer cred. for not mentioning RoF.
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Lykon  +   1047d ago
I've never played a jrpg ...i'm scared of them because i think they might be hard , difficult and complicated..but the weirdness appeals to me .. weird penguins ..schoool children that fight monsters or win a lottery and become god . I like weirdness because i am weird and silly in my head . so what would be a weird silly fun jrpg for me to start with that is not too scarily hard and frustrating? btw im not a bad person ..my bubbles were taken because im weird and silly not because im horrible. you have to be really intelligent and talk about data buses and stuff to get bubbles . I dont understand any of that.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1048d ago
No mention of Resonance of Fate is a fail. That game can easily go toe-to-toe with any of the games on that list. It had the combat that Final Fantasy 13 SHOULD have gotten.
MattS  +   1048d ago
I love how people immediately act as though any personal preference list is 'wrong' just because it doesn't include their favourite game.

I am sorry that my tastes don't match with yours, oh supreme arbiter of game quality. ;-)
dedicatedtogamers  +   1048d ago
Okay, then let me explain why I mentioned Resonance of Fate:

Several games on the list are niche. Nothing wrong with that, but not everyone likes the Atelier series. Not everyone likes Hyperdimension. Not everyone likes Star Ocean.

Granted, not everyone likes RoF either, but RoF suffered from having no marketing. SEGA just dropped it on store shelves and forgot it existed. Unlike a lot of the games you mentioned, RoF actually did some NEW things for the JRPG genre. Additionally, it wasn't a painfully supah-kawaiiiii anime-inspired game. It was a quirky action-JRPG that reminded me of the PS1 era.
MattS  +   1048d ago
This is clearly a personal top 10 list, though. Niche or mainstream doesn't
really matter. I liked Meruru more than RoF, therefore Meruru was on the list.

I actually like RoF, it was one I was tossing up putting in there. But it isn't. I'm not out there claiming this is the definitive 'every single person must agree with me' list. It's a bit of fun to generate some conversation around JRPGs. There really wasn't any need for you to jump in and claim your opinion/ taste in games invalidates mine.

tl;dr - relax. No one was saying RoF is a bad game :-)
j-blaze  +   1047d ago
Resonance of Fate is one of the best JRPGs this gen also criminally overlooked, plus, the guy mentions Neptunia mk. 2, WKC2, and Meruru i really liked those but i personally wouldn't list them on best 10, there are other worthy titles like Dragon's Dogma, The Last Story and of course RoF
animegamingnerd  +   1048d ago
hard one i really loved both graces f and xenoblade a lot
Pyrrhus  +   1048d ago
Garces f, imo, should have made that list. Liked Ni no Kuni, Star Ocean and Nier. Really wished Last Odyssey came to the ps3.
BanBrother  +   1048d ago
I got a 360 in 2008 and Lost Odyssey was one of those games I played religiously. One of the best JRPS's played. If it came to the PS3/PS4 (with updated tech) I'm sure many people would buy it. JRPG's are those games where fans want them, even if they don't have the console.
chrispseuphoria  +   1048d ago
Tales of Graces f is an excellent J-RPG from this generation as well.
LordHiggens  +   1048d ago
Ys Origins.
Bhuahahaha  +   1048d ago
as a jrpg fan i played em all and love it 'cept for the wii titles(dont have one) maybe i'll buy a wii just for that its cheap anyway
Gamer-40  +   1048d ago
Xenoblade
Lost Odyssey
Nier
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Ezz2013  +   1048d ago
ni no kuni and Lost Odyssey
josephayal  +   1047d ago
Lost odyssey and Folklore
GuruStarr78  +   1047d ago
Nier is one of my all time fave games!
Dark_Legend  +   1047d ago
Finished the secret Boss in Ni No Kuni a few days ago, such a beautiful game.
PygmelionHunter  +   1047d ago
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Xenoblade
Ni No Kuni

Can't say I played many RPGs this gen, but those are the best I can think off the top of my head, incredible games.

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