Submitted by thepatientgamer 703d ago | opinion piece

Five Games that Revitalized the JRPG This Generation

Seeing as how Square was the one to introduce the JRPG to a new generation with the release of Final Fantasy VII, many have have seen their decline as “killing the JRPG.”

Here are five games that say otherwise: (Dark Souls, Dragon's Crown, Nintendo DS, PC, Persona 3 Portable, PS Vita, PS3, PSP, Radiant Historia, Wii, Xbox 360, Xenoblade Chronicles)

Relientk77  +   703d ago
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Tales of Graces f
Xenoblade Chronicles
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Snookies12  +   703d ago
Uhhh yeah. Why is Persona 3 Portable in there and not something like Ni No, or Graces f? I mean, Persona 3 was an amazing JRPG, but it's technically last-gen.
miyamoto  +   703d ago
Dragon's Crown revitalizes and redefine's 2D jrpg like Castlevania SOTN and Guardian Heroes did in the 1990's defying the 3D trend

still haven't defeated the White Killer Rabbit though

PS: Demon's Souls also revitalized old school gaming over all. it jump started the whole Dark Soul revolution
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Nate-Dog  +   702d ago
Graces f wasn't anything special. Vesperia on the other hand was amazing, although that was at the start of the generation and is on a console that doesn't really appeal to gamers that like games from Japan so I don't know if I'd really say it "revitalised" the JRPG this gen. But it got me into the Tales series and is probably my most favourite JRPG ever now so I won't complain.
beakeroo1  +   702d ago
Persona 4 Golden > Persona 3
Dragons Crown is much more of a beat em up than a JRPG (and tbh I'm finding myself playing it for no more than half an hour when I can be bothered switching it on)and hell yeah Ni No Kuni should be in there.
majiebeast  +   703d ago
What about Valkyrie Chronicles.
Godmars290  +   703d ago
Not multiplatform/Xbox 360 title. Seems to be the trend despite Dragon's Crown.

Then again maybe the writer just has everything but a PS3.
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wishingW3L  +   703d ago
probably because it's strategy just like Disgaea.
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kreate  +   703d ago
Valkyria chronicles is not a normal strategy game. Its quite unique.

The only problem is that it wasn't a commercial success.
ZodTheRipper  +   702d ago
Valkyria Chronicles definately is missing, when I bought it I had absolutely no idea what an amazing game is waiting for me. I'm always forgetting it on my "best PS3 games" list but it's even in my Top5 ...in fact I'm playing VC2 on my Vita right now :D
STK026  +   703d ago
I don't think Tales of Graces F (or the original Wii version for that matter) helped revitalize the JRPGs this generation. While it is a great game, just like Tales of Xillia, it's still a Tales games, like Tales of Vesperia, and pretty much plays like Tales of the Abyss or Tales or Symphonia. It didn't bring much new to the table. If anything, it showed, just like many of the other games I've mentioned, how the Tales series has stalled a bit in the last few years.
WhyWai88  +   702d ago
I appreciate Tales of games keeping as traditional JRPG. Instead of Final Fantasy 13 that went bananana trying to attract western market.
Jubez187  +   702d ago
That's the whole point of the Tales games though, to keep it classic JRPG...they seem to be the only ones we can count on nowadays. Xillia did adopt some western elements though with the sidequests (a lot of them had more story than a basic WRPG side quest too).
3-4-5  +   703d ago
Dragon Quest 9
j-blaze  +   702d ago
Relientk, with all due respect, don't pretend you played Xenoblade please, all you have is ps3, and always mention NNK and Tales "great games btw" it's like these are the only 2 RPGs you ever played lol

OT: great list, i'd add 5 more..
Resonance of Fate
The World End With You
Lost Odyssey
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Dragon's Dogma and Nier
can't wait for Lightning Returns, FFX/X2 HD, The Legend of Heroes "ps3", Drakengard 3 and other amazing JRPGs this year!
NeXXXuS  +   702d ago
Lost Odyssey for me. Amazing game.
JoySticksFTW  +   702d ago
LO is the my favorite rpg on 360 next to ME1
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RPG1201  +   703d ago
There has't been anything that great to be honest. I'm crossing my fingers for FFXV though looks amazing. But in this gen my fave was Valkyria Chronicles. The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles are really good too.

Edit #1: Final Fantasy Type 0 is a must for hardcore jrpg fans.
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chadboban  +   703d ago
Man I wish they would localize Type 0.
hulk_bash1987  +   703d ago
I would argue Demons Souls>Dark Souls. Simply because of the fact that without the success of the former, the latter would not exist.
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ZodTheRipper  +   702d ago
It's simply a better game because of it's world&character tendencies. I couldn't enjoy DaSo as much as I enjoyed DeSo.
Inception  +   702d ago
Not just better world / story, but Demon Souls also had better frame rate than Dark Souls. But Dark Souls still an amazing game though (imho).
j-blaze  +   702d ago
"the latter would not exist"

I would argue Dark Souls>Demon's Souls. Simply because of the fact Dark Souls is better
hulk_bash1987  +   702d ago
You're entitled to your opinion just as much as I am to mine. Even though I disagree. And also in the context of the article "revitalized" meaning bring new life. Demons Souls being a reason for games like Dark Souls and Dragons Dogma existing, makes it a better fit for this list.
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SilentNegotiator  +   702d ago
Plus it's on Xbox, so you can play it. Right?
AznGaara  +   703d ago
List needs more Ni no Kuni and Valkyria Chronicles.
kalkano  +   703d ago
Very telling that they had to put non-JRPGs on this list. Dark Souls may be made in Japan, but it's emulating WRPGs, and really IS a WRPG. Dragon's Crown is a beat 'em up...I have no idea what that's doing there.

Also, Persona 3 was last gen. So, that leaves us with a Wii RPG (great game), and a DS RPG (haven't played it, but heard good things). Two.
miyamoto  +   703d ago
dude Dragon's Crown is an action jrpg just like Catlevania SOTN, Guardian Heroes, Monster Hunter, Phantasy Star online, and FF XV.

Hicken  +   702d ago
It's not really telling. It's just indicative of a poorly put-together list.

P3P shouldn't be there, I agree. Unlike P4G, it's not really that much of an improvement over the original, and actually lacks quite a bit of the content available in FES, which I consider to be the definitive version. So yeah, you can remove that.

I'd also agree with taking Dark Souls off the list. It may be Japanese-made, but it's got nothing in the style of the JRPG.

Haven't played Dragon's Crown, so I dunno whether or not it fits. I imagine it's in the same vein as stuff like Odin Sphere, which would count to me. But let's say it doesn't. Okay, take it off.

That leaves two games you don't disagree with.

Where's Valkyria Chronicles? Lost Odyssey? Ni no Kuni? ANY Tales game?

Hell, I just finished Xillia a few hours ago. Great game. Best battle system I've ever played in a JRPG. Great story, awesome characters. Deserves to be there.

What about The Last Story, Pandora's Tower, or White Knight Chronicles? Hell, even FF XIII has had a pretty big impact this gen, whether you like it or not.

And I'm certain there are far more games on handhelds that could have been considered but weren't, given that that's where the main concentration of JRPGs were this gen. The World Ends With You is a shoe-in, in my opinion.

The list could have been a lot larger, could have been a lot better.
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Inception  +   702d ago
In Dragon's Crown, we can level up the characters along with a massive catalog of equipment. So yeah, i think we can put Dragon's Crown as JRPG.
Brucis  +   703d ago
I wouldn't really say P3P considering it's a remake of a PS2 game, but otherwise the list is good.
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franwex  +   703d ago
Ni No Kuni does NOT need to be included. It has pretty graphics and that's about it. Gameplay wise is extremely bland.
dcj0524  +   702d ago
We will have to agree to STRONGLY DISAGREE. I loved the gameplay. A mix of real-time and turn-based gameplay is awesome in my book.
ritsuka666  +   702d ago
I agree. Ni No Kuni is ok game but nothing special.
chadboban  +   703d ago
Xenoblade is fantastic ,one of my favorites this gen. Would also like to see Ni No Kuni, Valkyrie Chronicles and The World Ends With You there as well
Misaka_x_Touma  +   703d ago
For me
Xenoblade Chronicles
Radiant Historia
The World End With You
Tales of Symphonia Dawn of the New World
The Last Story
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   703d ago
This list appeared to have lost an odyssey which is a shame because it made my dragon blue from the result.....
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Misaka_x_Touma  +   703d ago
Maybe because it on 360 it not listed
ritsuka666  +   702d ago
Lost Odyssey is best Jrpg this gen for sure.
Benjammin25  +   703d ago
Currently playing Dragon's Dogma. Yes, I know it's not strictly a JRPG, but my god this game kicks all kinds of ass.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   703d ago
Was dark souls a JRPG? I thought it was western for some reason. I've never played it tho.
Benjammin25  +   703d ago
It was a WRPG made by a Japanese development team.
slinky123456  +   702d ago
Its influence was WRPG, JRPG is any RPG in Japan technically.
porkChop  +   703d ago
I don't think the author understands what "revitalized" means. While these are all great games, none of these games had any affect on the JRPG industry at all. P3P shouldn't have even been included because it's just a cross gen port from the PS2.
ApolloTheBoss  +   702d ago
Ni No Kuni

These games made me an JRPG fan.
dcj0524  +   702d ago
Same here. Just replace P3 with P3FES.
Misaka_x_Touma  +   702d ago
wait so you just started playing jrpg
also P4G would be a 8th gen game not 7th game
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furneri357  +   702d ago
i would put shadow hearts covenant as one of my top jrpg, its unique n the combat ring really make the game different from other jrpg, n the story is great n funny
Inception  +   702d ago
Nice list but Radiant Historia & P3P from last gen, not this gen. So my list:

Valkyria Chronicles
Demon's Souls
Ni no Kuni
Tales of Graces f / Tales of Xillia
Fire Emblem: Awakening

And i need to play Shin Megaten IV, Bravely Default (next year), Xenoblade Chronicles, and The Last Story.
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vakarian75  +   702d ago
Well Radiant Historia came out a little while before the 3ds so if you count Demon Souls and Valkyria Chronicles which came out before Radiant Historia as this gen you have to count Radiant Historia as this gen too.
Inception  +   702d ago
'This generation' on my book is for current gen console, which is for PS3, 360, Wii, PSvita, and 3DS. But if you want to count Radiant Historia as a game from 'this gen' than suit yourself.
TheDivine  +   702d ago
For me it was

Lost Odyssey (first traditional FF jrpg in HD and it was the most epic game ever)

Tales of Vesperia (first HD Tales with a huge world map, airships exc and the best MC in Tales)

Xenoblade (OMG the world was massive and breathtaking and combat was fun, a masterpiece)

The Last Story (this evolved with a fast fluid battle system and little things like cover and climbing from western games, it broke the traditional jrpg mold and was all the better for it)

Ni No Kuni (it brought back inspired whimsical fun and beauty, the world map was to die for)

Resonance of Fate (the battle system was so unique and outside of the box, extremely fun and the antithesis of FF13 which released at the same time)

Radiant Historia (the return of a simple sprite based rpg whose story and characters stole the show, a love letter to snes RPGs)

TWEWY (the most unique inventive story and battle system ever, MC has the best growth of any character ever IMO, this game had heart and soul. It made me smile and tear up)

Fire Emblem Awakening (the best sprg ever made imo, near perfection and revitalized not only the franchise but the genre)

SMT4 (a return of hardcore dungeon crawling, beautiful sprites, and it took some notes from Persona in respect to good characters and a deeper story. Arguably the best SMT game to date.)

That's more than five but some were handheld releases and a few were released this year (FEA and SMT4). Lost Odyssey, The Last Story, and Xenoblade had the most impact and the latter two did actually revitalize the genre which was in a funk. LO proved JRPGs didn't need to evolve and classic structure is as relevant as ever if done right. TLS and Xenoblade showed what's possible when jrpgs don't accept the status quo and take inspiration from al genres and games. They were streamlined to remove frustration and grinding. They had better pacing and were more fun to play. They were the two most epic RPGs in the gen and ran on outdated ds hardware showing the folly of squares attempt to focus on graphics vs gameplay, characters, and story. This gen turned out to be one of my favorites ever and sewed the seeds which the 3ds, WiiU, and hopefully ps4 will reap. Looking forwarded to SMT X Fire Emblem, X, FF15, Kingdom Hearts 3, Etrian Odyssey, Xillia 2, DQ7 Remake, Bravely Default, FFX Remastered and whatever Atlus and Mistwalker have up their sleeves.
sherimae2413  +   702d ago
see what i was holding?

its P4G ^_^ thats the great rpg for me :)

P3P, ff type 0, YS, and Tales are all great JRPG games too ^_^
George Sears  +   702d ago
Personally, I prefer the original MegaTen series. With that said, Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne was by far the best MegaTen game I've played.

As far as the list goes, I find it lacking. No Lost Odyssey? FF Type -0? Ni No Kuni? The World Ends with You? The Last Story?
kiwipunk  +   702d ago
it was Revitalized?
Bluepowerzz  +   702d ago
white knight chronicles 2
BlaqMagiq24  +   702d ago
Ni no Kuni
Valkyria Chronicles
Tales of Xillia
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noctis_lumia  +   702d ago
ni no kuni say
tales of xillia say hi
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erikthegman  +   702d ago
Lost Odyssey had a terrible plot don't get me wrong I enjoyed the game but they could have done more story wise, and threw in a few summons for good measure
kma2k  +   702d ago
Ni No Kuni did the trick for me!
AndrewLB  +   699d ago
I'm buying a Vita for one game, and one game only. Ys: Memories of Celceta. It's a fantastic series with bar none the greatest music found in video games.

Here is a fine example of Musical brilliance from the masters in Falcom's JDK Band! http://www.youtube.com/watc...

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